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Piano Concert: Sydney Patten on Fri., June 30

Join pianist and composer Sydney Patten for a concert featuring her original music inspired by Mount Desert Island as well as classical pieces at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Patten will be premiering many of her pieces which are all inspired by the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, the wildlife that lives here and the waters in and around the island. She will also be playing corresponding classical music. Continue reading “Piano Concert: Sydney Patten on Fri., June 30”

“The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand” on Tues., June 27

Join filmmaker Karyl Evans as she screens her documentary, “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. The film is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand, the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America. Continue reading ““The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand” on Tues., June 27”

Contra Dance with Big Moose Band on Sat., June 24

Dance your way into the weekend with the Big Moose Band at their monthly contra dance at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The caller for the evening is Chrissy Fowler. Everyone from contra dance novices to experts are welcome for a fun evening of music and dance.

All dances are taught, so no contra dance knowledge is needed. Even nondancers can get in on the fun and listen to the great music. There is a $6 requested donation for all adults to help pay the caller.

For more information on the dance contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

Author Talk and Book Signing: Jordanna Max Brodsky “Winter of the Gods” on Sat., June 17

In the second novel of Jordanna Max Brodsky’s Olympus Bound trilogy, “Winter of the Gods,” ancient Greek gods walk the streets of New York City, and, when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull statue, Selene DiSilva, once known as Artemis, is the only one who can hunt down the killers. Brodsky will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

Booklist writes “Readers who enjoy detective fiction, ancient Greco-Roman myth, and a bit of romance will enjoy this series.” And, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy writes that the book is “[a] winning combination of gritty crime procedural and intellectually stimulating urban fantasy.”

Brodsky is from Virginia, where she spent four years at a science and technology high school pretending it was a theater conservatory. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. She lives in Manhattan but her in-laws are inn owners in Bar Harbor and she spends much of her time in Acadia National Park.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of the sale price donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event.

For more information on Brodsky visit www.jordannamaxbrodsky.com and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

 

Author Talk and Book Signing: Tom Wessels “Granite, Fire and Fog” on Thurs., June 15

Ecologist, naturalist and hiker Tom Wessels explores the natural and cultural history of Acadia National Park in his book “Granite, Fire and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia.” Join him at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. as he explores what has made Acadia such a unique destination.

Wessels attributes the park’s popularity—and its unusual beauty—to the way in which earth, air, fire and water—in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire and ocean fog—have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else.  Wessels invites readers to investigate the natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to.

Bill McKibben, environmental activist and author of Wandering Home, says “Tom Wessels is the great biographer of New England rock and forest, and this volume belongs on the bookshelf of anyone invigorated by the tang of salt air!”

Wessels a professor of ecology and the founding director of the master’s degree program in conservation biology at Antioch University New England. He serves as an ecological consultant to the Rain Forest Alliance’s SmartWood Green Certification Program. In that capacity Tom helped draft green certification assessment guidelines for forest operations in the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. Tom has conducted landscape level workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. He is the author of five books including “The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite.”

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. This event is also co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

Author Talk and Book Signing: Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle “Driving Miss Norma” on Tues. June 13

Just two days after the death of her husband of 67 years, ninety-year-old Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead of seeking treatment Miss Norma decided to hit the road with her son and daughter-in-law and their poodle Ringo.  Her year-long, cross country journey, made her an international sensation with 500,000 people following her on Facebook. Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle recount their journey in their book “Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living,” they will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.  Continue reading “Author Talk and Book Signing: Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle “Driving Miss Norma” on Tues. June 13″

Scott Simons Architects Talk on Fri., June 9

Get a glimpse of the Jesup Memorial Library’s next chapter with architect Scott Simons on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

The Jesup hired Scott Simons Architects to support planning work for renovation and expansion of the library. Simons originally presented plans for the Jesup’s expansion at a public meeting in 2015. Simons has made revisions to the plan based on that meeting. He will be speaking about the new plans and how the project meets both the community’s needs now and in the future, while still being financially sustainable. There will be a slideshow and plenty of time for questions. Continue reading “Scott Simons Architects Talk on Fri., June 9”