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Author Doubleheader on July 30

The Jesup Memorial Library hosts two Maine authors on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to see humorist and author Tim Sample and award-winning short story writer CB Anderson.

Sample’s new book is the memoir “Answers to Questions Nobody was Askin.’” Steven King says Sample is “funny if you’re from Augusta, Maine…he’s just as funny if you’re from Augusta, Georgia.” Sample also narrated King’s audiobook exclusive release “Drunken Fireworks.”

Anderson’s book of short stories “River Talk” is set in Maine’s western valleys. Kirkus in its starred review said it was “an uncommonly clearsighted collection of short fiction… and there’s not a single story readers will be tempted to skip.”

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of the event.

For more information about Anderson visit cbanderson.net, and for more information about Sample visit timsample.com. For more information about the event contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org

Lincoln and his Path to the Presidency on July 29

History buffs and Abraham Lincoln enthusiasts take note, Guy C. Fraker author of “Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency,” will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Fraker’s book deals with the personal side of Lincoln and his relationships with his colleagues, clients, and the communities of the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit. Fraker touches on the previously overlooked time Lincoln spent on the Circuit and how his time there propelled him to the presidency.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of the event.

For more information on Fraker visit www.lincolnsladder.com and for more information about the event, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org.

Be a Jesup Hero–There’s One Week Left!

Nine-year-old Maaike Korstanje dropped by the Jesup this week to offer her own donation for the library’s 10K matching challenge.

Long-time Jesup supporter–and superhero–Emily Sabah-Maren will match every dollar donated up to $10,000 by July 31. So far, we’ve received individual donations ranging from $1 to $1,000. We thank Maaike and everyone who has donated so far. Please join them, and be a hero for the Jesup too.

Donations can be made online via the Jesup’s secure server; in person at the library; or mailed to 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609.

Beautiful Tunes on Sun., July 26

Join Bar Harbor resident, harpist Phoebe Durand McDonnell at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. She will be joined by soprano Celeste Mittelhauser.
Durand McDonnell began studying harp at age 10. She has performed with the Maine Allstate Orchestra, the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Odeon Chamber Orchestra in Rockport, and at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Dance the Night Away on Sat. July 25

Big Moose Band returns to Jesup Memorial Library for a night of dancing and music on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. The caller for the night will be Edie Dunham. Dancers of all abilities (even those with two left feet) are welcome and no partner is needed. No contra dance knowledge is required as all steps and dances are taught before the dance begins.

Big Moose is Mount Desert Island’s premier contra dance band and features some of the area’s finest musicians including Ruth Grierson on fiddle, Keith Davis on guitar, Jim Vekasi on mandolin, Charlie Richardson on mandolin and fiddle, Fred Benson on stand-up bass, Ed Damm on banjo and Anne Damm on keyboards, among others.

Bring your family, friends or come alone to enjoy a great night. Even nondancers will have a great time listening to music from the Big Moose Band. There is a requested $6 for adults to pay the caller.

Children’s Author Bridges the US and Japan on Sat., July 25

A small bonsai tree came to the United States from Japan in 1976, along with 52 other bonsai trees that were donated to the National Arboretum in Washington, DC as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan. But this tree had a special story no one knew—it had survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Sandra Moore tells the story of that day from the tree’s perspective in her children’s book, “The Peace Tree from Hiroshima.” She will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m.

For more information about the book visit hiroshimapeacetree.com and for more information about the event contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org.

Digital Photography Workshop on Fri., July 24

Take your camera off auto and learn to capture the beauty of Mount Desert Island from behind the lens on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at Jesup Memorial Library. Mike Leonard, the vice president of the Portland Camera Club, will be on hand to teach budding digital photographers about how to take photos from the land and sea. During his presentation, he will show pictures he has taken on lighthouse cruises of the Maine coast and around MDI.

Leonard will explain some camera settings that often get overlooked as well as offer some simple pointers that anyone can do to make their pictures instantly look better. He will also cover some great places to take your camera around the island. Attendees will leave with a working understanding about the most important camera settings including image size and file formats, white balance and exposure.

The event is co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Whale Watch, which has hosted a photo safari of Maine Lighthouses with Leonard as a special instructor.

For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org.

Best-Selling Memoirist Kate Braestrup on Thurs., July 23

When her eldest son joins the Marines, Kate Braestrup is at a crossroads: Can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with the fear of letting go? Braestrup chronicles this journey through parenthood in her new memoir “Anchors & Flares.” She will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thurs., July 23 at 7 p.m.

Braestrup is the best-selling author of three previous books, including memoirs “Here If You Need Me” and “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” and “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life.” Kirkus Review writes, “Braestrup delivers another appealing, tenderhearted memoir braiding faith and family.”

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of the event.

For more information about Braestrup visit www.katebraestrup.com for more information about the event contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org

Fundraiser at House Wine on Fri., July 24

Stop by House Wine, 227A Main Street, Bar Harbor, on Friday, July 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. to sample some classics and  to support the Jesup Memorial Library.  The theme of this special fundraiser and tasting is “Classics Old & New.” Learn about and sample wines specially chosen by House Wine owner Dawn Lamendola for the evening, which will be paired with books chose specially by the Jesup staff.  A portion of the proceeds of all sales made that evening will benefit the library. For more information contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email info@jesuplibrary.org.

Be A Hero for the Jesup–$10K Matching Challenge

The Jesup Memorial Library is celebrating heroes, of all kinds, this summer. And now, it is your chance to be a hero in the community by making a financial contribution to the Jesup’s annual fund.  Long-time library volunteer and Jesup superhero Emily Sabah-Maren will match up to $10,000 donated to the Jesup by July 31.

Donations can be made online at www.jesuplibrary.org via the Jesup’s secure server (look for the big red DONATE button on the home page); in person at the library; or mailed to 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609.

“While I was growing up, there was plenty of love in our family, but there was not a lot of money.  We barely had enough of it for food, clothing and shelter; certainly none for books,” said Mrs. Sabah-Maren. “The library saw to that. My success and that of my children began in the library.  When I donate, I am giving the same opportunity to others that I enjoyed.”

All money raised will go directly to support annual library operations. As a private nonprofit, the Jesup has served as the public library for the town of Bar Harbor since it opened its doors in 1911. However, the town provides less than 5% of the funds needed by the library to keep the doors open. Endowment provides another 49%. The rest comes from generous individual donors and businesses.

For more information, contact Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications for the Jesup, at 207-288-4245 at the library or  mrice@jesuplibrary.org.