Rock Out with New Friends

While hiking Acadia, Ellen Dohmen kept seeing faces in the rocks around the park. She dubbed them her ‘Rock Friends,’ giving them personalities and names, such as Big Nose, Grumpy and Rabbit. Now, Dohmen has complied some of her most recognizable friends in a new book, “Rock Friends of Acadia: A Treasure Hunt for Children and Adults.” Join her at Jesup Memorial Library on Thurs., June 4 at 10 a.m. for a special ‘Rock Friends’ Story Time and for an author talk and signing on Fri., June 12 at 7 p.m.

Dohmen designed the book to be a treasure hunt in Acadia for children and their families. She includes which part of the park the ‘Rock Friend’ is in with a general location, and urges children to find them.

Dohmen already has plans for her next book. She says that there are many more ‘Rock Friends’ throughout Acadia. She hopes that her book will inspire parents and grandparents to take children outside and let them explore and use their creativity to find their own ‘Rock Friends.’

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Sherman’s, at a story time on Thurs., June 4 at 10 a.m. and at the author talk on Fri., June 12 at 7 p.m. For more about the book contact Dohmen at For more information, contact the library at 207-288-4245 or

Enchanted Evening at Jesup

Join author Brenda Bowen for an enchanting evening at Jesup Memorial Library on Thurs., June 4 at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Bowen’s book, “Enchanted August,” which was just chosen as an Indie Next Pick for June, follows four New Yorkers as they escape their lives in the city and go to the fictional Hopewell Cottage on Little Lost Island off the coast of Maine. The event also marks the beginning of Jesup’s Summer Author Series.

Kirkus calls the book, “Bright and kind and optimistic…A thoroughly pleasant summer read as breezy as the island itself.” Bestselling author of “The End of Your Life Book Club,” Will Schwalbe, notes that it’s “a true charmer of a novel, written with humor, sensitivity, and a huge amount of heart. I fell in love with the glorious Maine setting and with the quirky and endearing characters who find themselves thrown together there.”

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 sale price donated to the library.
For more information contact the library at 207-288-4245 or

Annual Book Sale on Sat. Aug. 22

Travelers schedule their summer vacations to coincide with it. Local families bring their friends and neighbors who’ve never been. And the party gets bigger and better every year. Come celebrate 46 years of community-spirited fun at Jesup Memorial Library’s Annual Book Sale on Saturday, Aug. 22 (the fourth Saturday in August) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 34 Mount Desert Street.

The Jesup Memorial Library Read Around ME calendar

The Jesup Memorial Library Read Around ME calendar is now available to purchase. The fundraising calendar is available to purchase at Jesup or online, by clicking here or visiting this link ( Calendars are $15.99 and can be picked up at the library or shipped anywhere in the continental United States for $5.

Thank you for your support! This is one of the ways the Jesup raises the money it needs to cover yearly expenses.  The Jesup is a private nonprofit that has served as the public library for the town of Bar Harbor since the library opened its doors in 1911. However, the library gets less than 5% of the funds it needs from the town.  About half comes from endowment, and the rest is raised via fundraiser and from donations by individuals and businesses.

Jesup Read Around ME Calendar Launch Party

Celebrate the people who made Jesup Memorial Library’s “Read Around ME” calendar party on Fri., May 22 at 7 p.m. See a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the calendar and meet the photographer, Bob Thayer, his wife and assistant for the calendar Linda Thayer, and the featured models.
The calendar will be available to purchase, the night of the launch, as well as online. Refreshments, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. The calendars will be available for $15.99 with a $5 for shipping/handling for a single calendar within the continental U.S. For more information about this event, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245, or

Buoy Painting Class

Buoy your spirits and create your own unique piece of artwork at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sat., May 30 at 10:30 a.m. Bar Harbor’s own Emily Dwyer will lead the class and show painters how to create their own buoy art.
The class is open to adults and children age 8 and older. The $8 materials fee includes a buoy, paints and supplies.

Class size is limited to 12. Sign up to reserve your spot by calling the library at 288-4245.

Contra Dance with Big Moose Band

Enjoy a night of music and contra dancing on Sat., May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Jesup Memorial Library. The Big Moose Band returns to the Jesup along with caller Chrissy Fowler and the event will feature guest caller Lucy Allosso from College of the Atlantic. The night kicks off with a family dance at 7:30 p.m. and the contra dancing begins at 8 p.m. No dance experience or partner are necessary.

As with all contra dances at the library, admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted at the door to help pay the caller. Suggested donation is $6 for all adults and children are free.

For more information about this event, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245, or

Taste of Bar Harbor at Jesup

Enjoy tips and tidbits from three cookbook authors at the Jesup Memorial Library this week, along with a special Mad Chefs Story Time.

On Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m., cookbook author Susan A. Starr shares stories and muffin recipes from her book “Memoirs of a Mad Innkeeper: The Muffin Recipes Revealed.” She’ll have samples made from her recipes on hand.

On Saturday, May 16, L.E. Barrett returns to the Jesup at 11 a.m. to discuss how to find and cook fiddlehead ferns. Don’t miss this last chance to find out more about foraging for and cooking this traditional Maine treat. Mr. Barrett’s book “Fiddlemainia” is filled with information about the history of the fiddlehead, foraging tips, photographs, and 125 recipes from around the world describing different ways to prepare fiddleheads, including soup, casseroles, bread and even fiddlehead ice cream.

The same day at 1 p.m.,  get wild with Kate Gooding and her cookbook “Black Fly Stew: Wild Maine Recipes” which features recipes for foodstuff from the wild including mushrooms, rabbits, venison, moose and bear.

Also on Saturday, young chefs can cook up their own fun at 1 p.m. during a special Mad Chefs story time.  Children can come dressed up like a chef or even as their favorite implement or ingredient. Make a chef’s hat and enjoy food themed stories, songs and a craft.

Kids’ Art Show and Music

Young musicians and artists share their talents on Saturday, May 9, in a concert and art reception.

From 11 a.m. to noon, browse the imaginative works of young artists who are the students of Mary Lyman. Their colorful paintings range from still lifes to portraits to landscapes. These paintings will be on display throughout May in the Gladys Franklin O’Neil periodicals room, but come Saturday to meet the artists!

From noon until 1 p.m., enjoy performances by students of Michelle McCann – look for lots of pieces on piano and maybe even a flute or horn.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 207-288-4245.

Welcome Kayla!

Jesup is delighted to welcome Kayla Chagnon, who joined the staff this week.  She’ll be handling press and about a thousand other things.

Kayla realized her passion for libraries at a young age when she found out that there were an unlimited number of books at her disposal, and she has not stopped reading since. Prior to moving to Bar Harbor, Kayla received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Wilson College and her Master’s Degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. After finishing college, she interned and worked at newspapers and magazines before settling into the library world at a small library in her home state of New Hampshire.

Kayla is excited to begin on a new chapter, here at the Jesup and in Bar Harbor, where her passion for writing, books and libraries can come together. “A great library is more than just books it’s a community center and the Jesup is just that. I am honored to be part of it,” she says.