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Writer Workshop Filled in Record Time

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014 at the Jesup kicked off with a writer workshop led by author Cynthia Underwood Thayer – and what a success it was! The class, limited to 12, filled within days of its announcement, and a waiting list had to be formed.

Local writers who learned “How to Make Your Dialogue Pop!” included (left to right in photo) Peggy Smith, Edith Korstanje, Rhiannon Rooney, Gail Gutradt, Susan Dewey, Christopher Palmio, Kate Jordan, and Kim O’Brien, shown here with instructor Cynthia Underwood Thayer. Other participants not pictured are Ann Anda, Maureen Cosgrove, Dee Karnofsky, and Eileen Linnane.

Many thanks to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce for its generous sponsorship of all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year, including this one.

Due to the level of interest, additional writer workshops and other writing events are being planned for 2015. If interested, please email Linda Rooney or call her at (207) 288-4245 so we can add you to our writers list for advance future announcements about other special events tailored to the writing community.

Words Unleashed Story Slam

For its first ever Words Unleashed Story Slam on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., the Jesup Memorial Library has decided on a theme of “Firsts.” Come to the library and tell the story of one of your own “firsts” – first love, first job, first car, first child, first pet, first outdoor adventure, first time away from home, first concert, first whatever!

Those familiar with “The Moth” broadcast on NPR will recognize the format. These are true stories told live. Keep in mind your story must not only be true, but also must be your own story – not your sister’s or your best friend’s. Stories must be no more than five minutes long, and a prize will be awarded for the best, as judged by the audience.

This is an evening many folks have been asking for, and this is the perfect month to offer it. Plans are to hold additional Words Unleashed Story Slams in January and March if there is enough interest in November, so come by and participate – as either storyteller or audience member.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the Words Unleashed Story Slam as part of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events happening at the Jesup this year.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

Flavorful Fundraiser

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars is hosting a fundraiser at their Bar Harbor store, 8 Rodick Place, on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. to benefit the Jesup Memorial Library. The event will be catered by Tasteful Tides of Northeast Harbor featuring delectable foods made with FIORE products, an informative talk by store owners Nancy and Pat O’Brien about their recent trip to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, and, of course, tastings of FIORE’s many varieties of artisan olive oils and vinegars.

There is no cover charge, and any purchases made that night will get 10 percent off, with a portion of all sales going to the Jesup. Kick start your Christmas shopping and re-stock your pantry, all while helping the Jesup fulfill its mission.

Though it serves, and has always served, as the public library for the town of Bar Harbor and the surrounding area, the Jesup is a private nonprofit organization supported largely through donations, receiving less than five percent of its annual budget from the town. Fundraisers like this one enable the library to provide programming for all ages throughout the year, including book signings, concerts, slideshows, and informative programs of all sorts – free to everyone and open to all – throughout the year.

For more information, contact the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or lrooney@jesuplibrary.org, or call FIORE at (207) 801-2580.

Words Unleashed Poetry Slam

Calling all poets and lovers of poetry! Words Unleashed Poetry Slam happens on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Come to Jesup Memorial Library at 34 Mount Desert Street for an open mic night where poets are invited to share their work in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Additional poetry slams are planned for February and April if there is enough interest in November, so come to read or to enjoy the poetry of others.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the Words Unleashed Poetry Slam as part of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events happening at the Jesup this year.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

Bees and Blueberries

Ed Flanagan, President and CEO of sustainable blueberry producer Wyman’s of Maine, will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. to discuss his company’s environmental initiatives, including their commitment to saving the honey bees.

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our nation’s produce, including Wild Blueberries. Every berry grown owes its existence to the crazy dance of a honey bee from flower to flower. As Wyman’s likes to say, “In our business, it is simple: No bees, no berries!”

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the mysterious disappearance of honey bees, was first detected in 2006. Since then, Wyman’s has taken a national leadership role in the effort to help beekeepers solve CCD, and eliminate the threat to our nation’s crops.

Mr. Flanagan will discuss measures we can all take to help protect the honey bees that are so essential to our food supply.

Don’t miss this important discussion that literally affects each and every one of us.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

Create the Community You Want to Live In

The Jesup’s Annual Fund is underway and you can do your part by making your donation right on this website today, using the big maroon DONATE button.

Although it has always served as the public library for the Town of Bar Harbor, the Jesup Memorial Library is a private nonprofit that gets less than 5% of its annual budget from the town. Our endowment provides about half of the funds we need, grants another 2% and the rest we have to raise on our own.

At the Jesup, you can read in a cozy armchair or alcove, use one of our computers or bring your own and connect to free WiFi, relax in the periodicals room while catching up on the news with your favorite newspaper or magazine, check out a classic novel or the latest bestseller, and bring your little ones for a year ‘round selection of children’s programming.

But you can also attend a contra dance, hear a concert, meet both New York Times bestsellers and emerging authors at book-signings, enjoy live poetry readings, attend a movie screening and discussion, see slideshows on various topics, engage in community forums on the issues of the day, participate in a vibrant and supportive writers’ group, join the weekly knitters’ group, and so much more. And while these events are free to the public, they do cost money to provide.

Online donations not for you? No problem. Just stop by or call the library at (207) 288-4245 or email Melinda Rice. A donation to the Jesup is a donation to the entire community.

Slammin’ at the Jesup

As part of November’s NaNoWriMo events at Jesup Memorial Library, we’ll be hosting two live events for poets and storytellers.

The Words Unleashed Poetry Slam will be held on Friday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Poets are encouraged to come by for an open mic night and share their work in a fun and friendly atmosphere! Additional Poetry Slams are planned for February and April if there is enough interest in November, so come to read or to enjoy the poetry of others.

The Words Unleashed Story Slam will be held on Friday, November 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Those familiar with “The Moth” broadcast on NPR will recognize the format. These are true stories told live.  The theme for this month’s Story Slam is “Firsts” – as in, first love, first child, first car, first pet, first outdoor adventure, first time away from home, first concert, first time, first whatever! Your story must be TRUE and must be YOUR story – not your sister’s or your best friend’s. Stories must be no more than five minutes long. This is an evening many folks have been asking for, and this is the perfect month to offer it. Plans are to hold additional Story Slams in January and March if there is enough interest in November, so come by and participate – either as a storyteller or audience member.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year, including the Words Unleashed Poetry Slam and Words Unleashed Story Slam.

NaNoWriMo 2014 – Writers’ Workshop

Jesup Memorial Library kicks off National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo 2014 – with a writing workshop with award-winning author Cynthia Thayer on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Dialogue is Not Conversation: How to Make Your Dialogue Pop” is designed for both beginners and experienced writers of fiction and non-fiction. “Because dialogue is the heart and soul of good writing and the bane of bad, we will spend the day intensively examining all its aspects through writing exercises, discussion, good and bad examples, and critique,” Ms. Thayer said.

Since seating is limited to just 12 participants, a $20 deposit will hold your place in this intimate workshop. Mail or bring your check made payable to Jesup Memorial Library to the library at 34 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor. Reservations are on a first come-first served basis. Your deposit will be fully refunded at the workshop; no-shows forfeit their deposit. Participants should plan to bring lunch, pens, and paper.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year, including the Cynthia Thayer workshop.

Ms. Thayer’s first novel, “Strong for Potatoes,” published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, “A Certain Slant of Light,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. Algonquin Books published “A Brief Lunacy” in March 2005, and Random House published the paperback the following year. A chapter from her sequel to “Indigo Secrets” was awarded the short fiction prize by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2013.

She earned her BA in British Literature from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and went on to do her graduate work in nineteenth-century British literature. After teaching high school English and theater in Massachusetts, she settled in Gouldsboro, Maine and has taught adult education classes at Sumner High School, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All (which she founded), fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, and fiction writing at University of Maine at Machias, as well as many other retreats and workshops. For more on Ms. Thayer, check out her website.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a full day of mentoring with Cynthia Thayer.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

NaNoWriMo 2014 “Come Write In” Sessions

Come to the Jesup during NaNoWriMo 2014 in November. The world needs your novel – come write it here!

We have scheduled 15 separate “Come Write In!” writing sessions at various times of day where you can come by and find writing fellowship. Of course, you are always welcome to come write at the Jesup in one of our cozy alcoves, the Gladys Franklin O’Neil Periodicals Room, or one of our comfy leather wing chairs, but these specific sessions are set aside for groups of writers to gather, write together, brainstorm challenges, and celebrate successes. During these specific “Come Write In!” sessions, the Jesup will supply coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

Save the dates – and plan to join your fellow writers here at the Jesup!

TUESDAYS 5-7 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS 2-4 p.m.

THURSDAYS 6-8 p.m. (except Thanksgiving Day)

FRIDAYS 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year.

Acadia Night Sky Festival Events at the Jesup

Come to the Jesup on Sunday, September 28, for an afternoon of star-spangled wonder – it’s all part of the Acadia Night Sky Festival!

12:00-1:00 Author Richard Grossinger, “The Night Sky”

1:15-2:15 Jon Thomas, “Why is the Sky Dark at Night?”

2:30-3:30 Dr. Julie Rathbun, “A Spacecraft to Study an Ocean on Another World”

3:45-4:45 Bob Reichman, “Plutoids, Dwarf Planets, and Other Transneptunian Objects, Oh My!”