Beyond Books


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 six 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

Our 102-year-old building has terrific acoustics — musicians love to play at the Jesup and we love to host them. Concerts are usually on Sunday afternoons, Friday nights or Saturday nights. We also host monthly contra dances on the 4th Saturday of the month.  There is no admission fee for Jesup concerts or dances, though donations are always welcome. Check our CALENDAR to see what’s coming next. If you’re interested in performing at the Jesup, contact Melinda Rice at or (207) 288-4245.

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. If you’d like to suggest a program, or give one, contact Melinda Rice at or (207) 288-4245.

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 Adults: Want to create some special items of your own at the Jesup? Attend one of the craft programs we offer periodically. Check the CALENDAR for information. We’ve had classes on painting, pottery making, jewelry metal making and more.

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. For more information, contact Melinda Rice at or (207) 288-4245.

Get Your Knit On!

knitting-groupKnitters meet at the Jesup every Thursday from about 6 p.m. until they decide to leave. (We close at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.) 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. Come get your knit on at the Jesup.


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. “Because the Jesup’s future plans include providing a place for people to use and learn about various technologies, having a telescope didn’t seem a stretch to me,” says Ruth Eveland, the Jesup’s director. “The library has always been a place for people to learn. We’re simply providing a new tool to help.”

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.