Services and Programs


The  Jesup is a library first and foremost, with books at the heart of what we do. But we offer a lot of other things too — public-use computers, a telescope that can be checked out like a book, concerts, theater, crafts, lectures, language learning and more. The Jesup has something for everyone — come find out what we have for you!

Computers & WiFi

The Jesup has four computers available for public use at no charge. Just come to the front desk and sign up for a 30-minute session. If you’d like to extend your session, check with library staff at the front desk. You can print from any of our computers: black-and-white copies cost 20 cents per page and color copies cost 50 cents per page. If you prefer to use your own laptop, tablet or phone, the Jesup offers free WiFi that is accessible throughout the building.


Concerts & Dances

Concerts are usually on Sunday afternoons, Friday nights or Saturday nights. We also host monthly contra dances on the 4th Saturday of the month.   Check our CALENDAR to see what’s coming next.

Slideshows & Lectures

You name it, we’ve probably had a program on it. Treks and travel of all kinds, health, education, politics, wine, steam trains, photography, gardening, banned books, kayaking and calligraphy. Even astronauts. Check our CALENDAR to see what’s coming up next.

Crafts & Art

Art Shows: Every month, the work of a different local artist is featured in the Gladys Franklin O’Neil Periodicals Room. Drop by and check it out! If you would like to see your art on those walls, contact Laura Edwards at or (207) 288-4245.

Craft Programs for Children: We get our youngest patrons busy with glue, paint and scissors on a regular basis, either as part of story time or for special days that are only for art. For more information, contact Mae Corrion at or (207) 288-4245.

Groups & Clubs

Write On! Writers group at the Jesup: Writers meet at the Jesup every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for skills development, to share the struggles and triumphs of writing, and to critique each other’s work. Nonfiction and fiction of all genres are welcome. The group is open to experienced writers, and to beginners.

Get Your Knit On!: Knitters meet at the Jesup every Thursday at 6 p.m. It’s a terrific, welcoming group of folks who welcome newcomers, to the group or to the craft of knitting. Anyone is welcome to drop in.

Lending Telescope & Astronomy Club

Orion Star Blast 4.5 telescope: orion-telescopeEveryone can reach the stars, or at least get a better look at some heavenly objects, thanks to the Jesup’s Lending Telescope Program. That’s right, the Jesup has a telescope, binoculars and planisphere that can be checked out and taken home, just like a book or DVD.

Acadia Astronomical Society: The Acadia Astronomical Society, an astronomy club, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Jesup beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by an astronomy program at 7 p.m. Beginning observers and other new members are welcome. Meetings and programs are open to everyone. The club supports the Jesup’s telescope program and offers clinics and presentations at the library. Members volunteer with area organizations to provide telescopic observing and outreach events throughout the region.

Acadia Night Sky Festival: Since 2009, the Jesup and members of AAS have participated in the ANSF with book discussions, speakers, and other activities. Look here for this year’s program.