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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, November 16, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kitchen Gardens presented by Roger Doiron

Scarborough resident Roger Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardens International. He first became involved with food issues at the height of the "Mad Cow" furor when he was the head of the Friends of Earth's European office in Brussels.

Roger is a highly published expert and award winner in the concept and design of kitchen gardens. He won the United Nations Foundation award for the kitchen garden he planted at the White House. Roger wants to empower everyone to grow a garden—and attending this program is a great way to start! The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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October 19-25 Proclaimed Friends of the Scarborough Library Week by Library Trustees

On October 16, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Scarborough Public Library Corporation proclaimed October 19-25, 2014, as Friends of the Scarborough Library Week in Scarborough, Maine and urges everyone to join the Friends of the Library and thank them for all they do to make our library and community so much better. Read the full proclamation here. Visit the Friends website at http://scarboroughlibraryfriends.org.

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Knitting Group Open House
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM to Noon in the Meeting Room.

Members of the Library's Knitting Group are busy confirming plans for the upcoming Open House. Here is a sneak peak at completed sections of the beautiful knitted afghan they are creating for a raffle to benefit the Library. Come discover project ideas for holiday gifts and great advice from people who are passionate about knitting. Light refreshments will be served, including our new Library Blend coffee!


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Camden Conference @ the Library

We are pleased to serve as a community partner with the Camden Conference to bring the following original programs to Scarborough. Each explores the theme "Russia Resurgent"—the focus of the 2015 conference being held February 20-22 in Camden, Maine. The conference will examine Russia's role in the world, including both the risks and opportunities it faces in its efforts to remain a world power.

We are honored to offer the following presentations. All are free and open to the public. No registration required. For additional information about these events contact the Library at 207-883-4723 option 4. To learn more about the Camden Conference and how you can attend, visit their website at www.camdenconference.org

November 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Today's Russia in Contemporary Russian Fiction: One Translator's Experiences
presented by Lisa Hayden

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Scarborough resident Lisa Hayden is a literary translator. Her translations from Russian have appeared in journals and anthologies. Her blog, Lizok's Bookshelf, focuses on contemporary Russian fiction. Lisa received an MA in Russian literature and lived in Moscow during 1992-1998.

Lisa will look at ways contemporary Russian fiction writers address aspects of Russian history in their work. She will read brief passages from stories and novels she has translated, offering thoughts on cultural and historical themes developed in the works—and on the authors themselves. Lisa saw these authors when she traveled to Moscow this fall.

The translations include three forthcoming books that differ greatly in style and topic: Laurus, Evgenii Vodolazkin's novel about a medieval man; Addendum to a Photo Album, Vladislav Otroshenko's novella about a Cossack family in the early twentieth century; and The Women of Lazarus, Marina Stepnova's family saga that covers everything from a pre-revolutionary cookbook to secret science during World War II to post-Soviet ballet.

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Film Screening and Discussion
Sunday, November 23, 2014
2:00 PM
Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin presented by Paul Mitchell and Sarah Wallis

Image: Film cover Russia's Open BookCo-directors Paul Mitchell and Sarah Willis will join us to screen/discuss their acclaimed film Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin. The documentary premiered nationally on PBS in New York in December. We are thrilled that our program coincides with their travels to the US from their home in England.

Hosted by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry, the film celebrates contemporary Russian authors carrying on the greatest literary traditions of Tolstoy, Gogol, and Dostoyevsky. These authors are interviewed extensively in the film, and excerpts from their recent works are brought to life by vivid animated sequences created exclusively for the film—with Fry providing dramatic readings in English.

Paul Mitchell won a 2012 Peabody Award for the BBC/NatGeo television series, "Putin, Russia and the West." Since 1990 Mitchell has lived in the UK, producing award-winning films for the BBC, Channel 4, France Télévision, and PBS, among others. Sarah Wallis is a Russian speaker and a published author with over 20 years of documentary film experience, including eight years with the BBC.

Arrow Monday Movie Matinée
First Monday of the Month at
1:30 p.m. Library Meeting Room
Words and Pictures (2013)
November 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Image: Words and Pictures CoverAn English teacher and fallen literary star (Clive Owen) challenges an art teacher (Juliette Binoche) to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this romantic comedy drama set at an upscale prep school. As the student body grows increasingly engaged in this vibrant creative conflict, love starts to blossom in the heat of battle. Rated PG-13 for language and mature themes; 111 minutes.

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Arrow Library Book Discussion Group
First Tuesday of the month 10 a.m.
Conference Room
November 4, 2014

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Robert K. Massie

Image: Catherine the Great book coverAnother Massie masterpiece of narrative biography—the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at 14 and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. History offers few stories richer in drama than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, this eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.

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Closed Tuesday, November 11 for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, November 20. Returns may be placed in the book drop. They will be processed on the next business day.

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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.
Thursday, November 6
Location: Meeting Room
Topic: "TBA"
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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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