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Celebrate with us!

Library's new logo

It has been 25 years since we moved from our original building on Black Point Road to our current location, and we think that’s cause for celebration!

To help commemorate this quarter century milestone, the Library Trustee Community Relations Committee and members of the staff worked with Scarborough resident and graphic designer Ian Weidner to create a logo that reflects our place in our community...and suggests a more contemporary view of the Library as a 21st Century institution.

The art conjures imagery of turning pages of a book and of the beautiful marsh grasses that populate our town. You’ll begin to see the logo and art incorporated into print materials and promotional items over the coming weeks and months. And a new website is being developed with a projected launch date of October.

We invite you to celebrate with us!

We have many events planned throughout September...our “thank you” for letting us serve you since 1899!

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Image of a library card

Put the "smartest" school supply in your child's backpack: a FREE Scarborough Public Library card! We are here to provide materials, programs, and services that support your child's academic achievement—in the Library and from home using resources available on our website.

SPECIAL BONUS!

You'll receive our new euro-style car decal for your family "wheels" when you sign up for a new library card in September! Decals will also be available for purchase.

Civil War Grant

Grant's logo

The Scarborough Historical Society, Scarborough Public Library, and Scarborough Middle School will collaborate on a year—long exploration of Scarborough's Civil War history as the recipients of a grant through the Maine Historical Society (MHS) and Maine Humanities Council (MHC).

Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, is a grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together collaborative project teams comprised of libraries, historical organizations, and educational institutions in Maine to explore local Civil War history in multidisciplinary ways.

The Scarborough team will create a digital exhibit specific to local history to be hosted on the Maine Historical Society's Maine Memory Network (MMN) Civil War site. They will also organize several humanities programs throughout the year that will explore Civil War themes, including a One Book, One Community read, a Civil War film series, and a finale presentation created and performed by student participants that will culminate the year's work in the spring of 2015.

The Scarborough Historical Society has identified over 230 Scarborough men who served in the Civil War, many of whom re-enlisted more than once. Hon. Augustas Freedom Moulton spoke of the unsurpassed patriotic record of "old Scarboro" at the dedication of the Scarborough Soldier's Monument in 1913.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Scarborough Historical Society regarding family history related to the conflict, or any letters, pictures, or other Civil War ephemera that can be scanned or photographed for inclusion in the online MMN catalog and exhibit. The Scarborough Historical Society is open on Tuesdays between 9:00 am and Noon at 647 U.S. Route One, or residents can call 207-883-5445 to speak with Bruce Thurlow, or email the Society at scarboroughhist [at] maine.rr.com.

Special events throughout the year will be announced in local newspapers, on the Scarborough Public Library's website and Facebook page, and through flyers available at both the Library and the Scarborough Historical Society.

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