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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!

Bench Honors Memory of Outdoor Adventurer

Michael MacCulloch loved the outdoors. After his death at 49 this summer, his family wanted a meaningful way to honor his legacy and his memory. The answer came from his younger son, Kincaid MacCulloch.

The MDI High School sophomore recalled how the two of them enjoyed sitting together in front of the Jesup Memorial Library, after his father’s illness kept him from pursing so many of the outdoor adventures that he loved – hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and photography.

So Michael’s sisters – Heather Nuesslein and Bonnie MacCulloch – worked with Kincaid’s mom, Kathy MacCulloch, to commission a bench made of local granite from Seal Cove stone mason Brian Harkins. Last week it was installed under a maple tree on the front lawn of the Jesup Memorial Library.

“We are so proud to celebrate the life of a man who embraced Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and all it has to offer,” said Ms. Nuesslein. “We hope many other people will enjoy this bench as they enjoy its surroundings.”

It has already seen much use from visitors to the library.

“The Jesup is about bringing community together,” said library director Ruth A. Eveland. “We’re honored to be part of the memorial to this special member of our community.”

Anonymous Donor Makes Our Day!

Just another random Thursday … NOT!!

Not when the mail brings you a donation of one thousand dollars ($1,000!!)  from an anonymous donor!

What can we say – except Thank You, Thank You, Whoever You Are!

You may rest assured that your kind generosity will be paid forward into the community in the form of:

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

As a private nonprofit that serves as the community’s public library, we know how far-reaching every donation can be. A child who learns to love reading at one of our children’s programs may go on to become a teacher, or a scientist, or a writer – or any number of things his or her heart can imagine! The individual without a computer or access to the Internet can search for employment, take an online course, or email family members. A member of our writers’ group may go on to become a New York Times bestselling author. The possibilities are endless, and it all starts with the generosity of our donors. We appreciate you, one and all.

Story Time with Sophie the Reader Dog

Sophie is an adorable and mellow Bichon Frise, She is also a Certified Reader and Therapy Dog – and she loves to be read to! Her human, Shira Catlin, a student at College of the Atlantic, brings her to Jesup Memorial Library on Thursdays and Saturdays so you can read your favorite stories to Sophie.

Sophie is a good listener who never corrects or criticizes. Children can select their own book to read to Sophie.

Contact Mae Corrion at 288-4245 or mcorrion@jesuplibrary.org for dates and times.

Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series Set

The artists have been booked and the stage has been set for the 2014-15 Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series.

We’ve set out to create a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon with an eclectic selection of artists – truly something for everyone!

Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. – The Blueberry Jammers

A group of nine dulcimer players, with a stand-up bass, a guitar and vocalists, this fun group will perform bluegrass, Celtic and holiday tunes.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. – Hugh Bowden

Composer and guitarist Hugh Bowden focuses on jazz, performing solo and with other members of The Jazz Collective, a well-regarded Down East-based group of musicians who have been performing together since 1997.

Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. – SlaneyRose Jordan

A local girl who is making a name for herself as a singer, SlaneyRose returns to the Jesup with a brand new show, featuring standards and show tunes. She will be accompanied by popular local pianist Michelle McCann.

Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Hawk Henries

This renowned Native American flutist and traditional flute maker will perform his own songs and traditional songs.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Gus LaCasse & Friends

A prodigy, Gus plays fiddle in the Celtic and Cape Breton traditions and will be accompanied by performers on guitar, pipes, and bodhran.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 2 p.m. – Acadia Choral Society

Members of this 60-strong community chorus come from far and wide—from Brewer and MDI to Bucksport, Franklin, and Thorndike. A popular group of devoted music lovers, they will preview their spring show at Jesup’s last concert of the winter season.

All “Sundays at the Jesup” Winter Concert Series events are generously sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

ALSO: The Jesup will be open and offering regular library services on concert Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

LEGO Building Day

You’ve heard, “if you build it, they will come.” Come build something amazing with the new 10,000-piece LEGO® set at the Jesup! On Tuesday, Nov. 25, ages four and up are invited to stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to show what they can do with LEGO® building blocks. This is a time for free play and discovery, but we are also looking for those who would be interested in starting a LEGO® Club at the library. Come talk to Miss Mae about starting a club and what day and time is best.

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