Three bands jammed at Jesup

Local musicians including members of  GoldenOak opened for Accidental Seabirds, an indie/alternative band out of New Jersey, in a concert at the Jesup on Tuesday, April 28.

GoldenOak is an indie folk band started by a group of friends who grew up in western Maine, two of whom currently attend College of the Atlantic. Alternative Seabirds is a four-person group comprising Jesse Lee Herdman, Jimmy James Cutrera, Anthony Defabritus and Alex Letizia, which has just completed a tour of the Southeast and is now on a tour of New England.

The show is sponsored by the Nest Collective, a group that aims to help build and strengthen community on Mount Desert Island. “We are working to knit local communities together into a nest of resilience, self-sufficiency, radical education, expression, and sharing,” says a group spokesman.

“The Nest Collective is a group of folks that want to create safe and nurturing spaces to connect with each other and help build resilient independent communities on MDI and beyond.  Through the radical acts of growing and foraging food, sharing skills and tools, teaching and learning, embracing our interdependence, and shifting from a reliance on industry and mass production to a dependence on each other, we aim to reconnect with the earth and with each other.”

We maketh merry

‘Tis true — sundry Princesses, Knights, Dragons and even a Pirate gathered at the Jesup April 18 to make merry with stories, high tea, genteel crafts and even a jolly game of Queeg as part of our very first themed Saturday Story Time.  Join us for our next one on Saturday, May 16 when we’ll be celebrating “Mad Chefs” as part of the Taste of Bar Harbor festivities here at the Jesup at 1 p.m.  Come dressed as a chef, or your favorite ingredient.  We’ll have stories, snacks and even a food craft!

True beauty: ECHO helps Jesup

Thanks to ECHO Salon at 59 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. The salon is offering 5% to 10% off any service or product in the salon all this week in honor of National Library Week through Saturday, April 18 in return for a like dollar amount donated through the salon for the Jesup.  So donate $5 at the salon, get 5% off or donate $10 to the Jesup at the salon, get 10% off.   Call ECHO at 207-288 -3200 for more information.  It’s a beautiful solution to make you feel good inside and out.

Celebrate with us!

Celebrate with authors, music, poetry, crafts and more at the Jesup in honor of National Library Week, April 12 through April 18.

First up is the final performance of the Sundays at Jesup Winter Concert Series on April 12 at 2 p.m. The Acadia Choral Society will sing “Songs of the Silver Screen,” a preview of the choir’s spring show.

Then, on Tuesday, April 14 – the 103rd anniversary of the night the Titanic hit the iceberg that sent it to the ocean floor in the early hours of April 15 – join author Mac Smith to hear tales from his book “Mainers on the Titanic” beginning at 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening, with a percentage of the sales donated to the library.

On Wednesday, April 15, beginning at 6.30 p.m., create a unique biographical bracelet for a loved one (or yourself) out of simple materials including words and phrases cut from repurposed books. There is no charge for this event, which is open to anyone age 8 to adult, but attendance is limited to 12; please call the library to register at 207-288-4245.

Cookbook author L.E. Barrett will present a tasty topic on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. — fiddleheads! Join us to find out more about finding and cooking the early spring fern that is a traditional Maine treat. This event also is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of Mr. Barrett’s book, “Fiddlemainia,” will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening, with a percentage of the sales donated to the library.

Slam into the weekend on Friday, April 17, with our Verse Unleashed! Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Poetry lovers and writers are invited to share their work at the open mic in a fun and friendly atmosphere, or come to listen.

On Saturday, April 18, the final day of National Library Week, join us for some medieval mischief. Medieval Mischief Story Time starts at 1 p.m. Enjoy the stories “Sir Cedric,” “The Paper Bag Princess,” and “I’m Going on a Dragon Hunt.” Play the medieval game Queek and partake in medieval-themed snacks. Story time is for knights, princess, dragons and wizards age 4 and older—and their grown-ups too. Dress up in medieval-themed clothing if you like, and come enjoy the festivities.

Also as part of the celebration, ECHO Salon in Bar Harbor is running a National Library Week fundraiser for the Jesup. For every $5 dollars given at the salon as a donation to the Jesup, customers will receive 5 percent off services or products at the salon that week, with a maximum discount of 10 percent. Purchase may apply to service or products. “Read for pleasure, read for adventure, but above all please keep reading…,” says salon manager Michel Thomsen. “We would like to encourage everyone to discover Bar Harbor’s own beautiful Jesup Memorial Library.”

National Library Week has been celebrated throughout the country each April since 1958. It is sponsored by the American Library Association and is a time to both celebrate and support libraries and librarians.

For more information about any of these exciting events, contact the Jesup  at 207- 288-4245, or

Book Fair Help Needed

Help needed!  The Jesup Memorial Library Young Readers Library Committee is looking for a few folks to help out at the Scholastic Book Fair at Conners-Emerson, which will benefit both the school and Jesup libraries. It’s Thursday, April 2, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in the Conners-Emerson cafeteria. Volunteers are need for one-hour shifts between 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Please contact Suzie Maristany at 288-9248 or if you can help.
Thank you!

A Night to Remember

Wow, check out this amazing model (lighted cabins and all!) of the Titanic made by Carl Wehrfritz.  Carl has lent it to the Jesup in advance of a presentation by Mac Smith here at the Jesup based on his nonfiction book “Mainers on the Titanic.”  Stop by to see the model.  Then come back at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 (the 103rd anniversary of the night the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic before sinking April 15) to hear Mac’s talk and ask him questions.  Books will be available for purchase that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books.

Hugh Manatee is here!

Come meet Hugh Manatee, who’s visiting courtesy of the Maine Humanities Council, before he moves on to his next Maine library.

Thank you BHBT!


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently made a generous donation of $2,500 to the Jesup Memorial Library.  “We are grateful for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s thoughtful, visionary support of the work of the Jesup,” says library director Ruth Eveland. “They are a community bank supporting a resource, the Jesup, that benefits the whole community.”

Pictured here at the Jesup are: Ms. Eveland; Vicki Hall, VP of Business Banking; Cathy Planchart-VP of Corporate Communications and Community Relations; and Debra Mitchell-Dow, Assistant Vice President and Retail Branch Manager.

Join the Jesup team!


We have a job opening at the Jesup.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Development Assistant, Jesup Memorial Library

Seeking a high-energy individual to join the Jesup team.

We’d prefer to hire one person full time, but will consider splitting the job into two part-time positions, and hiring two people, one for the press part and one for the development and administrative part.

Responsibilities include:
•    Managing Jesup’s online presence including website, Facebook and social media
•    Producing a variety of written communications including press releases, newsletters & reports
•    Graphic design & production of promotional materials; photo skills a plus
•    Managing volunteers
•    Assisting with events
•    Assisting with prospect research and tracking
•    Data entry

Must have:
•    Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
•    At least 2 years relevant experience
•    Ability to work effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines, high work volume and multiple interruptions, with minimal supervision.
•    Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills
•    Desire to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment
•    Sound judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality
•    Flexibility to work an irregular schedule including nights and weekends
•    Imagination to see possibilities and innovate solutions
•    Passion for the Jesup and its work in the community

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Send cover letter and resume to Ruth Eveland at

Fiddlin’ Around

Gus LaCasse returns to Jesup Memorial Library as a featured performer in their Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series on March 15 at 2 p.m. A student at The Bay School in Blue Hill, Gus is a classically trained violinist and inspired fiddler. He plays traditional music with a real love for the Cape Breton, Acadian, and Quebecoise genres.

Gus was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts. As part of the residency, Gus performed in the Acadian music duo Août Gris, appearing in a Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadian 2014. He is dedicated to classical music and continues his studies with Richard Hsu at Hsu’s studio in Ellsworth, Maine. Among his musical influences, Gus cites Acadian fiddler Pascal Miousse; classical violinists Niccolò Paganini, Jascha Heifetz, and Maxim Vengerov; and legendary jazz manouche violinist Stephane Grappelli. Gus is currently working on a gypsy jazz project and his second CD of traditional music.

The Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series is generously underwritten by Machias Savings Bank.

Come join Gus LaCasse at the Jesup on March 15th for an afternoon of lively reels, jigs, strathspeys, and original compositions.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email Melinda Rice.