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Mission and Philosophy


To ensure all students are effective and ethical users and creators of information in a changing world.



The South Portland Library Department strives to provide students and faculty with the following:

  • A personalized learning environment for academic and personal research and growth;
  • A judgement-free space which promotes the exchange of various ideas and opinions with others;
  • Instruction in effective and ethical use and creation of information;
  • Inspiration to create, explore, collaborate, challenge, and enrich their learning through literacy and hands-on learning;
  • Equitable access to a well-rounded collection of resources that meets the needs of diverse learners.

Family Services

The Skillin Library is for families! Parents and family members may come and check out books or send in a request for books for their child. Just send Ms. Stanbro an email or send in a note through your child's teacher.

Lending Limits

Parents and Families-no limits

Pre-K & Kindergarten-1 book

1st & 2nd grade -2 books

3rd grade - 3 books

4th & 5th grade - 4 books

Lost or Damaged Books

Ensuring that all students have access to quality reading materials is an essential part of school. All students, regardless of outstanding loans, can check books out and keep them in school. 


We treat lost, overdue, and damaged books as an educational opportunity for your child in keeping with our 21st Century Skill Standard for Initiative and Responsibility. If a child has reached his or her lending limit, or has overdue books, we will ask that no more books go home until those books are returned or renewed.


We do not want any student unable to bring home books because of a lost book. If you think a book checked out to your child is lost, please contact the library so that we can begin a search here at school. Most lost books are found. 


To maintain the quality of the collection, we ask families to pay for lost or destroyed while in your care. We accept donations or partial payments as well. We do not charge any fines for late returns. 


Mrs. Jen Stanbro | Skillin Elementary School | 180 Wescott Road | South Portland, Maine | 04106 | Tel: 207-773-7375