Special Guests at Library Story Time

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SCARBOROUGH – Do you have a child starting kindergarten in Scarborough in the fall? Come to the Scarborough Public Library on May 14, 2015 at 10:30 am for a special “Meet Your School Librarian” story time. 

The Youth staff at Scarborough Public Library invited Library specialists from the primary schools to read from some of their favorite picture books. Children will have the opportunity to make a connection with their school librarian, and parents will be introduced to the collaborative relationship that exists between the public library and school library staff.

This program is free to attend. For more information, contact the Youth Room at the Scarborough Public Library at 883-4723 option 3, or visit the Library’s website at


Community Celebration Culminates Civil War Project

Photo of George Merrill ca. 1863 Courtesy of the Scarborough Historical Society & Museum

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Historical Society & Museum, and Scarborough Middle School will culminate their year-long participation in the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project with a community celebration to be held at the Wentworth Intermediate School, 9 Wentworth Dr., on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

The team will introduce the online exhibit Scarborough: They Answered the Call, now hosted on Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society’s digital museum. The exhibit was created using historical research and images compiled over the past year from community contributors and the Scarborough Historical Society’s collection.

The celebration will also include a performance written and directed by the Scarborough Middle School student team. The theme was inspired by the online exhibit and will include a multi-media component.

The Local & Legendary community partnership was made possible through a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and awarded by the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council. The year’s activities also included a Civil War in Film series and One Book, One Community Civil War themed weekend event, both hosted by the Scarborough Public Library.

Refreshments will follow the presentation. The celebration is open to the public and free to attend. For additional information, contact the Scarborough Public Library at 207.883.4723 option 5.

Scarborough Library to Participate in Law Day

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will join libraries across Maine to offer Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day on Friday, May 1, 2015 from Noon to 1:00 pm.

Participating attorneys will speak about the challenges that arise when individuals are faced with a legal problem. General guidance and information on legal resources will be provided.

The Scarborough Public Library will welcome Peter L. Hatem, a solo practitioner who has practiced law in Scarborough since 2002. Mr. Hatem has a civil law practice with an emphasis in real estate, civil litigation, and bankruptcy. He also represents clients in small estate planning matters including wills and durable powers of attorney.

This state-wide program is organized by the Maine Justice Action Group Collaboration on Innovation, Technology, and Equal Access to Justice (the Collaboration). It includes the Maine State Bar Association, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s public libraries, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the State of Maine Judicial Branch and other organizations interested in helping people access the legal resources they need. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Lawyers in Libraries Law Day 2015, visit their website at To learn more about programs and services offered at the Scarborough Public Library, go to

Textile Day @ The Library Celebrating Fiber Arts

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SCARBOROUGH – Baskets of raw wool and yarn. Spinning wheels. Looms. Crochet and rug hooks. Knitting, embroidery, quilting, and felting needles.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, the Scarborough Public Library will be transformed into a fiber and textile center as Maine artisans gather to demonstrate an array of fiber arts techniques.

Ongoing demonstrations and hands-on activities will be offered throughout the day and will include spinning, weaving, tatting, needle felting, bobbin lace, embroidery, rug hooking, rug braiding, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and more. Many of the original works and project kits on display will also be available for purchase. 

For more information about this free event, and other Scarborough Public Library programs, visit the Library’s website at

Library Closed February 24, 2015

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. A renovation project in the Youth Room and staff Workroom will make conditions hazardous for the public.

All computer systems will also be down throughout the day.

Please note that there will be no story times during that week. They will resume on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The first meeting of the TAB Fan Book Club will also be rescheduled from Tuesday, February 24, 2015 to Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Families with students who visit the Library after school hours are advised to make alternate arrangements for February 24, 2015. For more information, contact the Library at 883-4723, or go to

Teens Create Fan Book Club

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will introduce a new Fan Book Club series to the Library’s Youth programming for ages 10 and up. A Fan Book Club selects a genre or book series and invites “fans” of the books to come together to talk about favorite characters, themes, plot twists – anything that excites readers about the books.

TAB members have selected the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling to launch the club. The first gathering will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and will continue on the following Tuesdays: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, & April 14. Fans will discuss one book each week, starting with the first title in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

On April 14, members will vote on a Harry Potter movie to watch at a finale event scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. Attending each club meeting is not required. Fans are encouraged to come to as many as they can. These are “drop in” events; no pre-registration is needed.

For more information, visit the “Teen Events” page on the Library’s website at, or call 883-4723 option 3. All programs are free to attend.

New Library Website

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After months of development, our new website is now up and running.  While a website is never complete, here are some of the design objectives that have influenced this process so far.  Please let us know what you think by adding a comment to this page or sending an email to our librarian/webmaster (webmaster [at]

Design Objectives:

1. Provide a clean, uncluttered front page that focuses on services our patrons want most from a library website
2. Provide a responsive site design that works as well on a small screen as it does within a desktop browser
3. Allow for staff to maintain and/or update their parts of the website as desired
4. Minimize redundant typing and updating
5. Automate content management as much as possible (expire content automatically after the event concludes, etc.)
6. Comply with accessibility standards so that person with disabilities can use the site effectively

Get inspired!

Do you have any favorite library websites?  Or, a few you really dislike?  If so, please add a comment to this post discussing sites you like or dislike.  The more explanation, the more helpful.  If you need some inspiration, take a look at this blogger's favorites, or this list from a library best practices wiki site.

October 19-25 Proclaimed Friends of the Scarborough Library Week by Library Trustees

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On October 16, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Scarborough Public Library Corporation proclaimed October 19-25, 2014, as Friends of the Scarborough Library Week in Scarborough, Maine and urges everyone to join the Friends of the Library and thank them for all they do to make our library and community so much better.

Read the full proclamation here. Visit the Friends website at

Nurturing Lifelong Learners

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You may have noticed some subtle changes taking place in the Youth Room over the past few weeks. We are beginning to introduce new materials, parent resources, and "play spaces" as we work toward becoming a member of the Family Place Libraries™ network.

We were invited to work toward this designation based on our long-standing reputation for providing robust services for children and families.

Family Place Libraries™ are committed to providing services that build healthy communities and "nourish" families through programming and resources. We'll keep you informed of our progress throughout the year. And remember to check our Kids Blog for book recommendations and other news at KIDS@SPL

Teens Take the Lead @ the Library

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The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is growing...not only in numbers, but in the role it plays in helping us create great programming and resources for this growing population of Library users.

Our TAB members are developing into future stewards of our Library; they're promoting teen reading, assisting in developing programs to engage other teens in our community, and serving as great role models for younger children who use the Library.

If you are a teen (or know a teen) who would love to get involved with our TAB group, suggest that they stop in and chat with Mrs. C. The first meeting of the school year will be held Tuesday, September 23 from 3:00 pm to 4:00  p.m.


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