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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 hard at work on a new website design that will incorporate our new logo. Stay tuned!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Broadturn Farm: More Than a CSA
Library Meeting Room

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Over the past eight years, Stacy Brenner and John Bliss have been dedicated stewards of Broadturn Farm—a property protected by the Scarborough Land Trust through a conservation easement. Hear the story of how Stacy and John developed this full working farm that includes Community Supported Agriculture memberships (CSA), farming education programs, summer camp experiences for youth, a floral design studio - Flora Bliss, a sought-after wedding venue, and organic food provisions for local business. The program is free and open to the public and will offer light refreshments.

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Giving to the Annual Fund
A Message from Nancy Crowell, Library Director

Image: Nancy CrowellI have had the privilege of serving the residents of Scarborough as Director of the Scarborough Public Library for over 35 years. When I began my tenure, the Library was primarily a repository for books. Today, traditional library services co-exist with emerging technologies that bring resources to our cardholders 24 hours a day.

We are here to provide services that are accessible and relevant to everyone. We invest in new formats like eBooks and eReaders as well as our print collection. Online discovery tools are matched by the personal service of our highly skilled reference staff. Programs range from skill-building series to traditional book discussions. And children find a love of reading through Early Learning Stations, books, and family story times.

The following numbers represent the many lives we touched last year alone. An average of 398 people visited us each day. We offered 496 original programs—both in the Library and in the community—and they were attended by 11,524 people. 215,770 materials were checked out, including 37,148 interlibrary loans. 10,274 eBooks were downloaded, and public computers were used 11,670 times.

These statistics help us quantify our achievements, but they only reflect a part of our story. Behind all the numbers are our most important assets—the people we serve. And so, we continue to ask this important question when considering new initiatives: Will they make the library experience better for our patrons? You drive our work—and your support makes our work possible.

I hope you will join me in making a gift to the 2014-2015 Annual Fund. Our dedicated staff and Trustees will work each day to honor the trust and intent your generosity implies. You can make your gift through our secure website, or by picking up an Annual Fund envelope at the Library. I look forward to many more years of service to the Library and the community, and I thank you for being a part of our success through your valued support.

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To Uplift and to Empower:
Q&A with the Scarborough Public Library

Our Library has had the honor of partnering with the Maine Humanities Council (MHC) for over 20 years to bring enriching programming to our community. From "Let's Talk About It" book discussion series to live theatrical performances - MHC programs invite participants to expand their minds and consider a different point-of-view. Our Library has also created original programming funded through community grants awarded by MHC. And so it was yet another honor to be featured in the Winter 14-15 issue of the Maine Humanities Council's newsletter.

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Following is a link to the Q&A between MHC and two members or our staff - Louise Capizzo, Youth Services Manager, and Celeste Shinay, Programming and Development Manager. http://mainehumanities.org/blog/uplift-empower-qa-scarborough-public-library/

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Arrow Monday Movie Matinée
First Monday of the Month at 1:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room
January 5, 2015
The Hundred-Foot Journey

Image: The Hundred Foot Journey coverIn "The Hundred-Foot Journey," the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelin starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur's icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival's undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. Starring: Charlotte Le Bon, Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Amit Shah. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality; 122 minutes. Light refreshments served.

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Arrow Library Book Discussion Group
First Tuesday of the month 10 a.m.
Conference Room
January 6, 2015
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Image: The Girls of Atomic City book coverThe Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities, it didn't appear on any maps until 1949, and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships--and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men! But against this vibrant wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding. FMI, call 883-4723 option 4. Click here to view upcoming Book Discussion Group selections.

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Upcoming Closures

December 24, 25 for Christmas

Tuesday/Wednesday, December 30, 31 for Inventory

Thursday, January 1
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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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Library Knitting Group
Every Saturday
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Meeting Room

Whether you've been knitting for decades or days, join this welcoming group of knitters. Can't commit to every Saturday? No problem! Just come when you can.

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Let's Talk America
First Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7 (due to New Years)
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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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Next time you visit us, don't forget to "check out" our beverage thermos, euro-style car decal, and Library Blend coffee (created by Scarborough Grounds) featuring our new logo! All proceeds benefit the Library.

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