Celebrate with authors, music, poetry, crafts and more at the Jesup in honor of National Library Week, April 12 through April 18.
First up is the final performance of the Sundays at Jesup Winter Concert Series on April 12 at 2 p.m. The Acadia Choral Society will sing “Songs of the Silver Screen,” a preview of the choir’s spring show.
Then, on Tuesday, April 14 – the 103rd anniversary of the night the Titanic hit the iceberg that sent it to the ocean floor in the early hours of April 15 – join author Mac Smith to hear tales from his book “Mainers on the Titanic” beginning at 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening, with a percentage of the sales donated to the library.
On Wednesday, April 15, beginning at 6.30 p.m., create a unique biographical bracelet for a loved one (or yourself) out of simple materials including words and phrases cut from repurposed books. There is no charge for this event, which is open to anyone age 8 to adult, but attendance is limited to 12; please call the library to register at 207-288-4245.
Cookbook author L.E. Barrett will present a tasty topic on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. — fiddleheads! Join us to find out more about finding and cooking the early spring fern that is a traditional Maine treat. This event also is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of Mr. Barrett’s book, “Fiddlemainia,” will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening, with a percentage of the sales donated to the library.
Slam into the weekend on Friday, April 17, with our Verse Unleashed! Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Poetry lovers and writers are invited to share their work at the open mic in a fun and friendly atmosphere, or come to listen.
On Saturday, April 18, the final day of National Library Week, join us for some medieval mischief. Medieval Mischief Story Time starts at 1 p.m. Enjoy the stories “Sir Cedric,” “The Paper Bag Princess,” and “I’m Going on a Dragon Hunt.” Play the medieval game Queek and partake in medieval-themed snacks. Story time is for knights, princess, dragons and wizards age 4 and older—and their grown-ups too. Dress up in medieval-themed clothing if you like, and come enjoy the festivities.
Also as part of the celebration, ECHO Salon in Bar Harbor is running a National Library Week fundraiser for the Jesup. For every $5 dollars given at the salon as a donation to the Jesup, customers will receive 5 percent off services or products at the salon that week, with a maximum discount of 10 percent. Purchase may apply to service or products. “Read for pleasure, read for adventure, but above all please keep reading…,” says salon manager Michel Thomsen. “We would like to encourage everyone to discover Bar Harbor’s own beautiful Jesup Memorial Library.”
National Library Week has been celebrated throughout the country each April since 1958. It is sponsored by the American Library Association and is a time to both celebrate and support libraries and librarians.
For more information about any of these exciting events, contact the Jesup at 207- 288-4245, or firstname.lastname@example.org.