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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!

LEGO Building Day

To kick off the brand new 2015 LEGO® Club at the Jesup, there will be a special preview LEGO® Building Day on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those four and up are invited to come by throughout the day for free play and discovery.

LEGO® Club begins in January and will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 when school is in session, AND the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so mark your calendars now.

Come build something amazing with the new 10,000-piece LEGO® set at the Jesup on Dec. 30th and sign up for LEGO® Club while you’re there!

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

Machias Savings Bank Sponsors Winter Concert Series

Machias Savings Bank is underwriting Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series, along with expanded service hours for the general public on concert days, with a generous donation of $2,500.

“Machias Savings Bank has always been proud of its relationship with the Jesup Memorial Library and all the work they do in our community. We’re very fortunate to have a library staffed by such knowledgeable and dedicated people,” said Matt Horton, the bank’s assistant vice president and branch manager in Bar Harbor. “We’re especially pleased to be sponsoring the Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series and promoting the library’s efforts to be open on Sundays.”

The library is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, but on the days when concerts are scheduled, the library will be open for all regular library business from noon to 4 p.m. Concerts begin at 2 p.m. and last about an hour.

“This is a terrific partnership between the Jesup and Machias Savings Bank,” said library director Ruth Eveland. “We are grateful for their generosity, and their forward-thinking leadership. We get the check, but it’s the whole community that benefits.”

The full Winter Concert Series schedule is as follows:
Dec. 7: The Blueberry Jammers – nine dulcimers, stand-up bass, guitar & vocals
Dec. 14: Bob Bowman – acoustic guitar & vocals
Jan. 11: SlaneyRose Jordan – vocalist singing standards & showtunes
Feb. 8: Hawk Henries – renowned Native American flutist & flute maker
March 15: Gus LaCasse & Friends – traditional Celtic & Cape Breton music
April 12: Acadia Choral Society – special appearance by this popular community choir

For more information, email Melinda Rice or call her at 207-288-4245, or email Matt Horton at Machias Savings Bank or call him at 207-288-2013.

Help Take Us Across the Finish Line

The Jesup’s Annual Fund Drive is in its final days, and we need your help to make sure we can continue providing Mount Desert Island and the wider community with the kinds of programs and resources for which it has come to rely on us, things like:

  • 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 writers’ community
  • Tech and maker space activities
  • Special events
  • Travel talks
  • Club and group meetings
  • And more!

We are a private nonprofit that serves as the community’s public library, yet we receive less than 5% of our annual budget from the town. Each and every donation, regardless of size, means a great deal.  We hope you will consider making your tax-deductible donation before the end of 2014, so that 2015 will be another amazing year at the Jesup!

Donations can be made in person or by using the big maroon DONATE button on this page.

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!