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It's been 25 years since we opened the doors to our current library. What better way to celebrate the "quarter-century" anniversary of this building then with a new look… A NEW LOGO! Our sincere thanks to its creator, Ian Weidner, a graphic designer who lives here in Scarborough.

We are excited to move forward with this new, more contemporary representation of who we are as a 21st Century library. We are hard at work on a new website design that will incorporate our new logo. Stay tuned!

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Arrow Library Day @ Scarborough Grounds
Saturday, September 6th

Image: Scarborough Grounds logoScarborough Grounds has created a Library Blend coffee to go with our NEW covered beverage thermos featuring our logo! The blend "debuts" at Library Day @ Scarborough Grounds. And a portion of each sale will benefit the Library! They'll be open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Image: Beverage cup

Beverages are now allowed in the Library if covered or capped. Our new beverage thermos meets the standard! We'll be hosting a Library Blend Café in the Library from 10:00 am to Noon the last three Fridays in September. Purchase a thermos (or bring in yours—cover required) and have a "cup of joe" on us! We'll also have 1 pound bags of our Library Blend available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Library!

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Billy Elliot (2000)

1:30 p.m. Library meeting room

The life of 11-year old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Soon he is demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by class instructor Mrs. Wilkinson. When his widowed father and overbearing brother discover that Billy has been squandering his boxing money on less than manly pursuits, he is forbidden to continue the class. Meanwhile, Mrs. Wilkinson encourages Billy to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London, where he can refine his craft while escaping his oppressive surroundings. Rated R for language. 111 mins. Light refreshments will be provided.

Arrow September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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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.

Image: DecalSPECIAL 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.


Tricky Britches
Friday, September 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The design of our new logo can be interpreted in many ways: turning pages of a book...blades of marsh grass. It's a bit of a stretch, but we thought some bluegrass music would be a fun way to celebrate our 25th year here on Gorham Road—and give a nod to our new logo!

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Weather permitting, Tricky Britches will perform on the Library lawn—so bring a chair or blanket and join us! If it's a rainy day, we'll bring the music inside. Check our website the morning of the event to confirm the location.

Arrow Library Book Discussion Group
First Tuesday of the month 10 a.m.
Tuesday, September 2
Conference Room
Reader's Choice: Choose a book with a Roaring Twenties Theme

For more information about this welcoming book group call 883-4723 option 4.
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Arrow Let's Talk America
First Thursday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 4
Location: Meeting Room
Topic: "What should the USA do about the ISIS issue: air power, troops, International coalition etc.?
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Since 2008, our Library has been honored to serve as the location for this monthly discussion on topics ranging from local to international issues. Come share your views—and consider new insights. FMI call facilitator, Sam Kelley at 650-1814.


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Muslim Journeys Film Series A Program of the Maine Humanities Council October 1, 15, 22, 29, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Reza Jalali

We are very excited to announce that the Library has been selected to host a new film/discussion series being offered by the Maine Humanities Council. Muslim Journeys film series will explore Islamic cultures through four screenings of acclaimed films: Koran by Heart, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, Prince Among Slaves, and Islamic Art Spots. Discussions on each film will be facilitated by Reza Jalali, a familiar scholar to the Library.

The series is free and limited to 25 participants. To register, email askspl@scarboroughlibrary.org, call 883-4723 option 4, or stop by the Adult Reference Desk during Library hours.

Closed Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day. Returns may be placed in the book drop. They will be processed on the next business day.

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10am - 2pm; July & August
Closed during July & August

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Arrow Children’s Weekly Programs Programs for children and families, including storytimes and special events I Love Books by Kate Follansbee appear on our Youth Services pages.

Follow this link for information about student After School Use of the Library for parents and guardians.

To register for youth programs e-mail the Youth Services Staff kids@scarboroughlibrary.org or phone 883-4723 extension 6278.

Check for program cancellations at 396-6288.

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Stop in and pick up your free copy of the latest issue of BookPage. This popular service is provided by the Friends of Scarborough Library. New issue arrives the first of every month. Get your copy while they last!


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Arrow Did you know? Your library card expires on an annual basis so that we can verify your address, phone number, and e-mail address.

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Having an inactive card will temporarily restrict some of the online services you currently enjoy, like renewing a book, borrowing an eBook or eReader, or requesting a book from another library. If you've given us your e-mail address, we'll e-mail you when your card is about to expire. If another family member uses your e-mail, the email you receive may be related to their card(s) as well. Better check!

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