Unemployment Help


Maine Unemployment Security Law requires all individuals filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits to be registered with the Maine Job Bank. Jesup Memorial Library is here to help those without a computer or Internet connection to comply with the new law.

A representative from the State of Maine Department of Labor/Tri-County Career Center will be available at the Jesup on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 10am-2pm to register people for the Maine Job Bank. Registration takes approximately 15 minutes and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please call the Tri-County Career Center in Bangor at (207) 561-4050 with any questions.

Story Time is on Today — Shakespeare Open Mic is Canceled

Cabin fever?  Join us for Story Time at the Jesup today — Wednesday, Jan. 28 beginning at 10 a.m.  All welcome!

The Maine Unemployment Job Bank session set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. has been rescheduled for this Friday, Jan. 30 at the same times.

Shakespeare Open Mic Night, set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be rescheduled. We’ll let you know when we’ve got it set.

The Jesup is open all day Wednesday — from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for regular service.  Come check out a book or three, get a movie to take home, read a newspaper or magazine, use the computers, or hang out in our warm friendly space and have a cup of coffee. Or drop by just to say hi.


Take Your Child to the Library Day

Storyteller extraordinaire Hope Lewis will be at Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11:00 a.m. for Take Your Child to the Library Day. Expect to hear some of the all-time favorites from Hope’s vast repertoire, including “Snow Queen with the Cold, Cold Heart,” “Alice the Camel,” and others. These stories are appropriate for kids of all ages.

“Kids aren’t required, so bring yourself if you can’t find any kids,” says Hope.

Also on tap for this all-day event is Library Bingo. All children who want to play can pick up a Library Bingo card from Miss Mae in the Children’s Room. Each box on the bingo card describes an item you can find in the Jesup. The object of the game is to find as many items as possible and mark them on the card, then bring the card to Miss Mae or one of the other librarians. Small prizes will be awarded to those who find the most items. Library Bingo will go on all day, so come in any time on Saturday the 7th to play.

Shakespearean Shenanigans Return to the Jesup

Teaming up for another night of interactive Shakespearean hilarity are the Jesup Memorial Library and Harborside Shakespeare Company, who will host a Shakespeare Open Mic Night on Wednesday, Jan. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Jesup.

This is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or experience, to step up to the microphone and share a snippet of a scene, a soliloquy, or a sonnet from the works of William Shakespeare or another piece of classic theater. Harborside Shakespeare members will be on hand to perform and to cheer on other participants.

No experience? No worries. Come to read, watch, or perform. Participants can sign up at the door. A selection of Shakespearean texts will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

AI & Robots: Promise or Peril?

Depending on whom you talk to, artificial intelligence, or AI, is either the best or the worst that can happen to mankind. It’s a question that will be explored at Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. “AI and Robots: Promise or Peril?” will be presented by Ed Snyder, Gray Cox, and Ron Beard, who have conducted a course by the same name at Acadia Senior College.

Artificial intelligence is a technology that promises to let people interact with computers by just talking to them and make computers far better at coming up with useful answers. AI also acts as the “brains” in robots, drones, and driverless cars, bringing an awareness of the world to inanimate objects.

From those who warn of the possibility of malicious super-smart machines to others who see AI as the tool that will instead liberate mankind, there is little dispute that computers will soon become more intelligent than us. Some of the best brains in Silicon Valley are now trying to work out what happens next.

So, AI and Robots: Promise or Peril? Come to the Jesup on Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. as we attempt to answer the question.

Hometown Girl Wows Crowd

Bar Harbor native SlaneyRose Jordan wowed a packed house at the Jesup on Jan. 11 with a lively concert of standards and Broadway show tunes. Check out photos from the concert at our Facebook page here:  and videos on our YouTube page here.

Join us for the next concert in the Sundays at the Jesup Concert Series, sponsored by Machias Savings Bank, on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. when Native American flute master Hawk Henries will perform.

Journey to a Slammin’ Good Time

After a successful launch of its Words Unleashed! Story Slam in November, Jesup Memorial Library has announced that the next slam is on Friday, Jan. 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This month’s theme is “Journeys.”

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, told in the first person. Stories must be no more than five minutes long, and prizes will be awarded.

Those who wish to read will sign up at the door. Names of storytellers will be drawn at random, and we’ll hear as many stories as we have time for.

Plans are to have additional Words Unleashed! Story Slams in alternating months throughout the year if interest remains high, so come by and participate – as either storyteller or audience member.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email Linda Rooney.

Pages and Repasts: Wicked Good MDI Mystery Dinner

Join the Jesup for a whole series of tasteful good times in the new year, beginning in January 2015.

The Wicked Good MDI Mystery Dinner is the second of five Pages and Repasts fundraisers for the library. Pages and Repasts combines good food with a literary theme for a good cause, the Jesup Memorial Library. Each event will have a different host.

On Saturday, January 31, join host Judith Swazey at her home for The Wicked Good MDI Mystery Dinner. This is not your typical “whodunnit” mystery! Diners will be given clues to what each course will be – and even which utensils you’ll be given with each course! – in this meal catered by Cas Dowden of Cas Ole. Paired with a discussion of favorite mystery writers, this will be a fun evening. It’s open to six people and the cost is $50 per person. All proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the Jesup.

For more information about this or other upcoming Pages and Repasts fundraising events, or to buy tickets, email Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications, or call her at 207-288-4245.

Pages and Repasts Kicks Off at Acacia House Inn

Join the Jesup for a whole series of tasteful good times in the new year, beginning at Acacia House Inn on Saturday, January 10.

The popular High Street inn is hosting the first of five Pages and Repasts fundraisers for the library. Pages and Repasts combines good food with a literary theme for a good cause, the Jesup Memorial Library. Each event will have a different host.

At Acacia House on January 10, have brunch beginning at 11 a.m. in Lothlórien, the Elven forest realm featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” Ten spots are available. Feast on fruit, pastry and a main course, plus a hot and cold beverage, all for just $25 per person. All proceeds benefit the Jesup.

All tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Jesup’s front desk. Sign up in person or by calling 207-288-4245, or email Melinda Rice.


You are Awesome

Jesup Memorial Library thanks its many friends, far and near, businesses and individuals, for all their contributions throughout the year.

You are awesome!

Because of your generosity, in 2015 we will be able to continue:

  • Adding to our collection of books, audio books, and movies
  • Providing quality children’s programs
  • Offering expanded library hours
  • Hosting author talks and book-signings
  • Sponsoring concerts & dances
  • Screening films
  • Providing computer and WiFi access to the community
  • Hosting community forums
  • Encouraging local writers through our writers’ group
  • Providing tech and maker space activities
  • Hosting special events
  • Bringing travel talks and slideshows to the community
  • Providing space for local club and group meetings
  • And so much more!

Best wishes from Ruth, Mae, Melinda, Laura, Linda, Kathy, Ponzi, Christine & Tony for a New Year filled with joy and laughter – and many visits to the Jesup!