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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!”

Be a Champion of Your Community

Watch your mail for a letter from the Jesup – see if you recognize anyone in the photos, and read about all the Jesup offers the community. Then donate. Be a champion of the Jesup and a hero to your community. Ensure that Bar Harbor has a place where everyone has equal access to the many resources it has to offer.

Although it has always served as the public library for the Town of Bar Harbor, the Jesup is a private nonprofit that gets less than 5% of its annual budget from the town.

At the Jesup, you can read in a cozy armchair or alcove, use one of their 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.

If you don’t receive a letter, please 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.

Garland Farm in Words and Pictures

Join us at the Jesup Memorial Library for a rare insider’s look at the Mount Desert Island legacy of renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. On Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m, Jim and Emily Fuchs and Beatrix Farrand Society archivist Marti Harmon will share a talk and slideshow on Garland Farm, the last home and garden of Ms. Farrand, who lived there from 1955 until her death in 1959.

Beatrix Farrand was one of America’s most significant practitioners of landscape architecture from the 1890s through the early 1940s. She studied horticulture with Charles Sprague Sargent, founder of the Arnold Arboretum, and learned about landscape design from extensive travels in America and Europe. The gardens at Garland Farm are Ms. Farrand’s last design and a significant example of her work.

The Society was founded to foster the art and science of horticulture and landscape design, with emphasis on the life and work of Beatrix Farrand. One of the key attractions of the Beatrix Farrand Society’s headquarters at Garland Farm is the evolving reference library and archives for use by scholars and other interested visitors.

Ms. Harmon’s presentation centers on the library, the high-resolution digitized copies of herbarium specimens from the University of California at Berkeley currently on display in the Educational Barn, and the 40 prints in the Farrand Wing. The plant specimens were collected in 1949-1954 from Reef Point, Beatrix Farrand’s summer home in Bar Harbor.

The presentation by Jim and Emily Fuchs, two of the founding members of the Society, will focus on history, architecture, and landscape design.

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

Take the Maine Arts Commission Survey

The Maine Arts Commission’s statewide planning process looks to boost the cultural vitality of our state. Community conversations have provided valuable insights, so the Arts Commission has created a brief survey to find out what you think about the arts in your community and in the State of Maine as a whole.

Please lend your voice to a project important to the future of our state. Click on this link and take a 5 minute survey. If you respond by December 15, you may enter to win a $50 gift card.

Vote on Best New Fiction

Come to the Jesup Memorial Library to cast your ballot for the 2014 Maine Readers’ Choice Award literary fiction of the year!

In the Gladys Franklin O’Neil periodicals room, we have set up a display of the four finalist books along with official booklets and ballots. Please return your completed booklet or ballot to the Circulation Desk or Ballot Container in the periodicals room no later than September 15, 2014. One booklet or ballot will be drawn and the lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to our bookstore, Secondhand Prose!

You can also vote online (although ballots cast online can not be entered into the Jesup’s drawing).

The four recent titles up for consideration in the vote which occurs from September 1 through 15, are:

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown and Company);
  2. Benediction by Kent Haruf (Vintage)
  3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Harper Perennial); and
  4. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Random House.)

The works were selected by the Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee as the top candidates from an initial field of over 140 works of fiction. The winner of the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award will be determined by readers throughout Maine.

Books reviewed by the Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee came from recommendations from librarians, patrons, and booksellers throughout the state of Maine. Many of the titles selected have appeared on a wide variety of “best” books lists this year as well. That list was pared down through a blind voting process by members of the Committee.

In order to be considered, the books must have been published in the United States in the previous year, appeal to a wide audience, and be judged by the Committee to be notable works of exceptional quality. Revised editions, updates of previously published works, series, or trilogies are not eligible for consideration.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award was officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association with the aim of increasing awareness and reading of adult literary fiction.

For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or visit the Maine Readers’ Choice Award website.