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Mrs. Claus to Visit Secondhand Prose

The Jesup Memorial Library’s used book store, Secondhand Prose, will have a visitor from the North Pole on Saturday, December 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will serve cookies, give out candy canes, and read some holiday stories to visiting children, while their parent(s) shop in Secondhand Prose.

Cameras are welcome, if you want to take a photo of your child with Mrs. C!

Mrs. Claus thanks Bar Harbor Merchants Association for sponsoring the “12 Days of Shopping and Dining Locally” event, and she is thrilled to be taking part on December 13th!

Bench Honors Memory of Outdoor Adventurer

Michael MacCulloch loved the outdoors. After his death at 49 this summer, his family wanted a meaningful way to honor his legacy and his memory. The answer came from his younger son, Kincaid MacCulloch.

The MDI High School sophomore recalled how the two of them enjoyed sitting together in front of the Jesup Memorial Library, after his father’s illness kept him from pursing so many of the outdoor adventures that he loved – hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and photography.

So Michael’s sisters – Heather Nuesslein and Bonnie MacCulloch – worked with Kincaid’s mom, Kathy MacCulloch, to commission a bench made of local granite from Seal Cove stone mason Brian Harkins. Last week it was installed under a maple tree on the front lawn of the Jesup Memorial Library.

“We are so proud to celebrate the life of a man who embraced Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and all it has to offer,” said Ms. Nuesslein. “We hope many other people will enjoy this bench as they enjoy its surroundings.”

It has already seen much use from visitors to the library.

“The Jesup is about bringing community together,” said library director Ruth A. Eveland. “We’re honored to be part of the memorial to this special member of our community.”

Anonymous Donor Makes Our Day!

Just another random Thursday … NOT!!

Not when the mail brings you a donation of one thousand dollars ($1,000!!)  from an anonymous donor!

What can we say – except Thank You, Thank You, Whoever You Are!

You may rest assured that your kind generosity will be paid forward into the community in the form of:

  • Adding to our collection of books, audio books, and movies
  • Children’s programs
  • Expanded library hours
  • Author talks and book-signings
  • Concerts
  • Dances
  • Providing computer and WiFi access to the community
  • Hosting community forums
  • Write On! at the Jesup
  • Tech and maker space activities
  • Special events
  • Travel talks
  • Club and group meetings
  • And more!

As a private nonprofit that serves as the community’s public library, we know how far-reaching every donation can be. A child who learns to love reading at one of our children’s programs may go on to become a teacher, or a scientist, or a writer – or any number of things his or her heart can imagine! The individual without a computer or access to the Internet can search for employment, take an online course, or email family members. A member of our writers’ group may go on to become a New York Times bestselling author. The possibilities are endless, and it all starts with the generosity of our donors. We appreciate you, one and all.

Story Time with Sophie the Reader Dog

Sophie is an adorable and mellow Bichon Frise, She is also a Certified Reader and Therapy Dog – and she loves to be read to! Her human, Shira Catlin, a student at College of the Atlantic, brings her to Jesup Memorial Library on Thursdays and Saturdays so you can read your favorite stories to Sophie.

Sophie is a good listener who never corrects or criticizes. Children can select their own book to read to Sophie.

Contact Mae Corrion at 288-4245 or mcorrion@jesuplibrary.org for dates and times.

Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series Set

The artists have been booked and the stage has been set for the 2014-15 Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series.

We’ve set out to create a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon with an eclectic selection of artists – truly something for everyone!

Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. – The Blueberry Jammers

A group of nine dulcimer players, with a stand-up bass, a guitar and vocalists, this fun group will perform bluegrass, Celtic and holiday tunes.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. – Hugh Bowden

Composer and guitarist Hugh Bowden focuses on jazz, performing solo and with other members of The Jazz Collective, a well-regarded Down East-based group of musicians who have been performing together since 1997.

Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. – SlaneyRose Jordan

A local girl who is making a name for herself as a singer, SlaneyRose returns to the Jesup with a brand new show, featuring standards and show tunes. She will be accompanied by popular local pianist Michelle McCann.

Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Hawk Henries

This renowned Native American flutist and traditional flute maker will perform his own songs and traditional songs.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Gus LaCasse & Friends

A prodigy, Gus plays fiddle in the Celtic and Cape Breton traditions and will be accompanied by performers on guitar, pipes, and bodhran.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Acadia Choral Society

Members of this 60-strong community chorus come from far and wide—from Brewer and MDI to Bucksport, Franklin, and Thorndike. A popular group of devoted music lovers, they will preview their spring show at Jesup’s last concert of the winter season.

All “Sundays at the Jesup” Winter Concert Series events are generously sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

ALSO: The Jesup will be open and offering regular library services on concert Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

LEGO Building Day

You’ve heard, “if you build it, they will come.” Come build something amazing with the new 10,000-piece LEGO® set at the Jesup! On Tuesday, Nov. 25, ages four and up are invited to stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to show what they can do with LEGO® building blocks. This is a time for free play and discovery, but we are also looking for those who would be interested in starting a LEGO® Club at the library. Come talk to Miss Mae about starting a club and what day and time is best.

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

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.