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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 Let's Talk America
First Thursday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 2
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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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.

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Image: LogoThe Library introduced a new writing competition to this year's Summer Reading Program: The Writes of Summer Young Writers Contest. The winning selections are posted here. We encourage you to take a moment to read these creative works of fiction and poetry.

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Arrow Library Blend Cafe
3 Fridays (12th, 19th, 26th)

Beverages are now allowed in the Library if covered or capped. Our new beverage thermos meets the standard and Scarborough Grounds has created a Library Blend coffee to go with our NEW covered beverage thermos featuring our logo! Image: Beverage cup

We'll be hosting a Library Blend Café in the Library from 10:00 am to Noon the last three Fridays in September sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. 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!

Tricky Britches
Friday, September 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

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.


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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.

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October 6, 2014
Awakenings (1990)
1:30 p.m. Library meeting room

Image: Awakenings coverIn this moving film, Robin Williams stars as Dr. Malcom Sayer, a neurologist in charge of seemingly catatonic patients in a Bronx psychiatric hospital in 1969. Introduced to the effects of a drug called L-DOPA in treating degenerative-diseases, Sayer is given permission to test the drug on a patient: Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro). Gradually, Lowe comes out of his shell, encouraging Sayer to administer L-DOPA to the other patients. Rated PG-13; 121 mins. Light refreshments served.

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Arrow Library Book Discussion Group
First Tuesday of the month 10 a.m.
Conference Room
October 7, 2014
The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent

Image: Traitor's Wife book coverIn the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household, and Thomas Carrier labors for the family. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of his part in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present.

For more information about this welcoming book group call 883-4723 option 4.
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Closed Monday, October 13, 2014 for Columbus Day. Returns may be placed in the book drop. They will be processed on the next business day.

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Library Friends Membership Meeting
Sunday, September 28
2:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Scarborough Library will hold a meeting for all members to vote on proposed changes to the organization's By-laws. All are invited to stay for a Meet and Greet after the meeting. Chairs of the various Friends Committees will share plans for the upcoming year. Meet other Friends and learn about opportunities to volunteer in your organization. Light refreshments will be served.

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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Arrow Did you know? With your library card, you can borrow selected Museum and Park passes for 1 day. Learn more>>>

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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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