Laura Edwards fell in love with Mount Desert Island and its community the ﬁrst time she saw it on an Outward Bound trip at the age of 17 to hike the trails of Acadia National Park. When she moved to the island, one of her ﬁrst jobs was teaching swim lessons at the MDI YMCA. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts, writing a ﬁnal project on the taxonomy of dye plants. After graduating she continued to volunteer at the YMCA, as her two daughters swam with the Sharks swim team. She owned and operated several small businesses with her husband.
Laura began at the Jesup as a patron, became a board member, a volunteer, a substitute and ﬁnally a member of the staff. She loves books, information and working with people. Working at the library is her dream job – the library’s services are free to all and anyone can walk through the front door with only their imagination to limit them. Laura still hikes the trails of the park with her husband, two daughters and their families and three grandpups.