Telescopes at the Jesup on Wed., July 8

Bring your star gazing, telescope questions or that dusty old scope that you’d like to learn to use someday to the library and we’ll help you get started in astronomical observing. We will also demonstrate how to use the Library Lending Telescope, available at several libraries throughout New England, including many here in Maine: Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Swans Island Library, Northeast Harbor, Blue Hill, Southwest Harbor and more! Meet Marc Stowbridge, who designed the Library Telescope, featured in Sky and Telescope and taking off nation wide!

Addressing Child Labor through Community Education in Colombia on Wed., July 8

One in nine children in Colombia are forced to work in gold mines, markets, or agriculture to help support their families. Join IPM (International Partners in Mission) and Martha Arroyave to find out how the program is working to end child labor in Columbia during a slideshow at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Arroyave is the grassroots coordinator of the Centro Formación Paz (Peace Training Center/ CFP) in Columbia, an IPM Project Partner. CFP works to empower, support and give voice to women, children and youth through its various programs. One of these programs is Niños Trabajadores (Child Workers) which supports academics outside of the classroom and encourages school attendance by providing education and outreach to working children who must work in the local marketplace during the day. The program offers writing and artistic workshops, field trips and cultural evenings to support the students, while also enabling children to learn, play, and share with their peers, who are in similar situations. Arroyave will present on her work with the children and show how CFP’s programs work to help children and their families.

IPM (International Partners in Mission), an international nonprofit based in Bar Harbor that works to support community-based projects in 20 countries, including Colombia, India, Kenya, and Nepal. For more information about IPM visit and for more information about the event contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email

Old Glory at the Jesup on Fri., July 3

Follow a flag that journeyed from Maine, through all 50 states before ending up on the warship USS America. Join Richard Sassaman at the Jesup Memorial Library for his slideshow “America’s Flag: An American Story” on Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m. Sassaman accompanied retired Maine school teacher Larry Ross and the flag cross country, taking photographs along the way. See some of the more than 8,000 photos he took during the trip.

Concerts at the Jesup on Thurs., July 2 and Fri., July 3

The Jesup Memorial Library is rocking with two great concerts the first week of July. Join indie folk band GoldenOak on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, July 3 at 4 p.m., enjoy the music of Acadia Trad School’s Scottish Roots finale.

GoldenOak blends harmonies, guitar, cello, trumpet and percussion in their music, which ranges from old-time tunes to original pieces. Members of Maine-based band include siblings Lena and Zak Kendall, cellist Seth Wegner, electric guitarist Rand Miles and trumpeter Julian Stearns.

The Acadia Trad School’s finale features Cynthia MacLeod, Ward MacDonald and Chris Gray. The Acadia Trad School promotes both historical and modern adaptations of the arts that expand on the voices of the past while passing the voices of the present to the next generation. MacLeod, MacDonald, and Gray have roots in Scottish music with a touch of the Irish and Canadian Maritimes styles. Enjoy fiddles, bagpipes and bagpipes. There is a requested $5 donation for the Acadia Trad School concert to help cover costs.

For more information, contact Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email

Native American Superheroes on Thurs., July 2

Kick off a summer of super heroes at the Jesup Memorial Library with Koluskap and other Native American heroes on Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

David Moses Bridges, of the Passamaquoddy tribe, will share superhero stories passed down from his ancestors.
Moses Bridges is a master birch bark canoe and basket maker. He lives in Bar Harbor with his wife and children.

This event is part of the “every hero has a story” summer program for children at the Jesup and is suitable for those 4 and older. This event and the program is sponsored by Bar Harbor Savings & Loan.

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

Contra Dance on June 27

Join the Big Moose Band for a night of contra dancing at Jesup Memorial Library on Sat., June 27 from 7:30-10 p.m. The caller for the evening will be Pepin Mittelhauser. Families and beginners are invited to join in the fun, and all dances are taught beforehand. You do not need a partner, or dance experience, to enjoy the night.

Bring your family, friends or come alone to dance the night away. There is a requested $6 donation for adults to pay the caller.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Class on Fri., June 26 at 7 p.m.

Cheese and wine can make the perfect pairing but does cheddar go with chardonnay? Mascarpone with Riesling? Come to a wine and cheese pairing class on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library by House Wine’s Dawn Lamendola. Lamendola, the owner of House Wine, is an experienced sommelier and COA graduate. Make sure to come and impress your friends with your wine and cheese knowledge.

For more information about House Wine visit

Kids’ Summer Reading Kick Off with Bar Harbor Brass on Thurs., June 25

Get ready to pull on your cape and save the day at Jesup Memorial Library. This year’s summer program’s theme is “Every hero has a story” and the Jesup is celebrating a lot of different heroes this summer.

Musical superheroes Bar Harbor Brass will get the program started on Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. All ages can enjoy the music and get some hands-on learning about the instruments.

Summer reading program events happen every Thursday and end in August. Some of the great programs include Native American superheroes, everyday heroes with the Acadia National Park Search & Rescue and SPCA superhero animal rescuers. These events are suitable for children ages 4 and up.

For more information, call the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email

An Absurd Thriller on Thurs., June 25

A Danish cartoonist facing death threats in his own country is spirited away by the CIA to upstate New York to start a new life as a high school guidance counselor. This all happens in the first few pages of bestselling author Brock Clarke’s new book “The Happiest People in the World.” The Jesup Memorial Library is happy to announce that the Portland based bestselling writer will be at the library on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. His previous books have been a Kirkus Book of the Year, a finalist for the Maine Book Award, an American Library Associate Notable Book of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick.

The book “will make readers laugh, scratch their heads and maybe even investigate their high school guidance counselors a bit more closely,” according to Shelf Awareness.

This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library.

For more information about Clarke visit and for more information about the event contact Jesup at 207-288-4245 or

Be a Reading Super Hero this Summer!

School’s out, which means it is summer reading time at Jesup Memorial Library. Children and their parents can sign up starting on Saturday, June 20. Children set their own goals and receive a reading log to record the books they read. At the end of the summer, children can turn in their reading logs for fun prizes and goodies. Children who complete the summer reading program can also attend a special party on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. Have fun, get reading and be a hero this summer!
For more information about the summer reading program, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or