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SBSI Grant Supports Early Literacy Stations

(L-R) Louise Capizzo, Library Youth Services Manager, accepts a check in support of the Library’s Early Literacy Stations (seen in background) from Melanie Lee, SBSI Scarborough Branch Manager, and Terri Litchfield, SBSI Scarborough Branch Teller.

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library was awarded a grant from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI) in the amount of $5,148 to fund two new Early Literacy Stations (ELS) for the L

ibrary’s Youth Room. The stations were installed in December 2015.

Early Literacy Stations are designed specifically for children ages 2-8 and feature over 4,000 localized learning activities that span all seven curricular areas: math; science & nature; social studies & geography; reading; art & music; writing & computer skills; and reference. The stations offer a mouse and keyboard designed for tiny hands, as well as a touch screen feature. 

“The Early Literacy Stations are very popular with young families who visit our Library,” says Nancy Crowell, Library Director. “The systems allow children to move through tutorials at their own pace and introduce children to technology in a safe and innovative way. They also compliment the traditional early literacy services we provide, including our weekly story times and reader advisory for parents. We’re very grateful for the many years Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has shared our commitment to make these interactive learning tools available to our youngest visitors.”  

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has a long history of supporting early literacy technology at the Library. In 1999, they funded the purchase of two iMacs for the Youth Room. The iMacs were replaced in 2006 with the newer Early Literacy Station technology through a second grant from SBSI. The community bank also funded the purchase of a replacement station in 2009. In 2012, SBSI awarded the Library a $6,000 grant to support its new e-book Cloud Library.  

For additional information about early literacy programming and services offered at the Scarborough Public Library, visit their website at To learn more about ways Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution supports the communities it serves, go to

Scarborough Public Library Selected as Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Recipient

Hannaford Helps Logo

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of January 2016.

This exciting program was designed to create revenue streams for deserving local nonprofits based in the communities Hannaford serves. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag purchased at the Hannaford located at 31 Hannaford Drive, Scarborough, the Scarborough Public Library will receive a $1 donation in support of its mission to provide free and open access to educational and enrichment opportunities for all who live, work, or attend school in Scarborough. The bags retail for $2.29.

“Being selected as the recipient of the Hannaford Helps program for January was a wonderful surprise,” says Library Director, Nancy Crowell. “Last year, an average of 384 people visited the Library each day. Our Library is an EEOC – an Equal Education Opportunity for Everyone provider, and our ability to serve the broad needs of our community requires ongoing investment in materials and online services. The proceeds from Hannaford Helps will allow us to renew licenses for educational databases and purchase new materials.”

The Scarborough Public Library was founded in 1899. The Library holds over 70,000 items in its collection and offers cardholders access to millions more as a member of the Minerva consortium. Online services also include three e-book platforms and access to, a leading site for technical and creative training. Last year, the Library offered over 400 free enrichment programs, attended by over 10,000 people.  

Learn more about the Scarborough Public Library at Additional information about the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program can be found at

Rwanda Bean Co: Coffee That Gives Back

Photo of Mike Mwenedata and coffee farmers in Rwanda

SCARBOROUGH –Mike Mwenedata and Nick Mazuroski, co-founders of Portland-based Rwanda Bean Co, will share their journey to generate sustainable profits for coffee farmers throughout Rwanda at a prog

ram offered at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd, on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The event is part of a series being offered at the Library in partnership with the Camden Conference in support of the 2016 Conference theme “The New Africa.”

Mwenedata and Mazuroski’s commitment goes beyond just purchasing beans; they have pledged to give 50% of their profits back to the farming community to provide school fees, health insurance, and to generate clean electricity in rural villages.

The effort is particularly meaningful to Mwenedata; at the age of nine, his father, mother, and five siblings were killed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In 2009, he immigrated to the United States and eventually came to Maine to attend the University of Southern Maine, never losing sight of his desire to combine his business sense with a way to make a difference in the lives of children in his native country.

Master African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan performing

Photo of Jordan Messan Benissan

SCARBOROUGH – Master African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan will be performing at the Scarborough Public Library on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

The event is part of a series of programs being offered at the Library in partnership with the Camden Conference in support of the 2016 Conference theme “The New Africa.”

Benissan was born in Togo and is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals and received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers.

Benissan currently teaches music at Colby College and has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music around the world. His recordings have been nominated for “Best World Music Album” by Phoenix Magazine and featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered."


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