This week you may have noticed something odd at 34 Mount Desert Street. Since mid-afternoon Wednesday, the Jesup Memorial Library has been closed up tight. Don’t be deceived. Although you can’t tell from the outside, there’s a beehive of activity going on inside. And like an actual hive, what’s taking shape is pretty sweet.
It’s the Jesup’s 45th Annual Book Sale, and it’s happening Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer visitors and local families alike look forward to this summertime tradition, and the party gets bigger and better every year.
While the library has always served as the Town of Bar Harbor’s public library, it is, in fact, a private nonprofit that gets less than 5 percent of its annual budget from the town. The annual book sale is its biggest fundraiser of the year. Thousands of previously loved books, videos, audiobooks, CDs, and magazines will be available for sale to support the beloved 103-year-old library, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition, homemade goodies of all kinds will tempt you from the Bake Sale Table. And this year’s raffle is overflowing with great things, thanks to generous local shops, restaurants, and individuals who have contributed beautifully handcrafted pottery, luxurious wearable art, unique items for the home, and gift certificates galore! Raffle tickets are available from any Board member, or purchase them during the sale. Winners will be drawn Saturday shortly after 4 p.m.
The sale itself actually continues through Saturday, Aug. 23, during regular library hours. But for best selection, plan on being there on the 16th.
As always, the Jesup welcomes volunteers. Help is needed to sort books on Aug. 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m.; on Aug. 16 additional volunteers are needed to set up before and break down after the sale, help with the bake sale, and sell books; and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, to move the remaining books back to the basement.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Rooney at 288-4245 or 659-1211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.