Double or Nothing Kicks Off Summer Programs

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will kick off its 2015 Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm with a performance at the Wentworth School cafeteria by Double or Nothing. The show is a fast-paced variety show of zany humor and incredible juggling feats starring Steve Corning and Shane Miclon. The event is free to attend. No pre-registration is required.

Families can register children for the Summer Reading Program  the evening of the kick-off, or by visiting the Youth Room beginning June 15, 2015.

The Summer Reading Program lasts for eight weeks and offers a family-friendly schedule of reading incentives and exciting special events for ages pre-K through high school. Information and special program details for children up to Grade 5 can be found on the Youth Page of the Library’s website at Details for teens Grade 6 and up can be found on the Teen Page at

Young authors in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 will also be invited to submit original stories to the Library’s “The Writes of Summer” contest. Stories will be read by guest judges, and winning entries will be posted to the Library’s website.

All Summer Reading Program events are made possible through funding provided by the Friends of the Scarborough Library.  For more information, contact the Youth Room at 883-4723 option 3, or visit the Scarborough Public Library website at

Teen Lock-Down Kicks Off Summer Events

Teen Lock-Down Kicks Off Summer Events at the Library

SCARBOROUGH -- The Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) has planned a “Super Hero Training Camp” theme for this this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program kick-off to celebrate this year's theme - "Unmask!"

The event is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and is open for students entering Grades 6 thru 8 in the fall. Play a super hero trivia game. Design your inner super hero. Dressing in a super hero theme is also optional. Have fun singing Karaoke or play in a Wii tournament—there will be something for everyone, including snacks!

Doors will open at 6:00 pm, then the Library will "lock down" at 6:30 pm and the fun will begin. To register, call the Youth Room at 883-4723 option 3 by June 3rd. Minimum of 25 must be registered. The Lock-Down is free to attend!

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.

Writes of Summer

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The Library introduced a new writing competition to this year's Summer Reading Program.

The Writes of Summer Young Writers Contest invited young authors in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 to submit their original stories or poems. Submissions were read by guest judges, and finalists participated in a special reception held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The winning selections are posted below. We encourage you to take a moment to read these creative works of fiction and poetry.

Winner of High School Fiction:
Separated at Birth by Sasha Borodkina

Winner of Middle School Fiction:
The Wolves of Skyridge: The Twisted Thorn by Madeline Shields

Winner of Intermediate Fiction:
Helping the Animal Shelter by Isabella Cosma

Winner of Middle School Poetry:
A Night Jump by Sam Manganello

Check Out Our Teen Book Club

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Do you love to about books...write? Check out our teen book club and get to know other like-minded young adults!

Connie, one of our awesome Youth Services Assistants, brings her energy and former experience working in a middle school library to her role as "advisor" to the book group. The first meeting of the school year will be on Wednesday, September 17 starting at 3:00 pm. Stop in and check it out!

When: Every Wednesday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Meeting Room 
Who: Grades 6 to 8

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.