Sculpture Installation at the Jesup

We are honored to have an absolutely beautiful sculpture – “Pull of the Moon” by Andreas von Huene – gracing our front lawn throughout the summer, thanks to the efforts of Charlotte Singleton of Art in Public Spaces Maine (AiPS). AiPS was created to coordinate exhibits and installations which engage the public in the enjoyment of art in many forms and to make the enjoyment of art an everyday experience. Art lovers may wish to follow them on Facebook by going here.

The installation was amazing to watch, and we were able to capture it in a series of photographs. We believe the result speaks for itself.

We were all touched by the fact that David Sywalski, the sculptor whose work was on display on our lawn last summer, was here to assist Andreas in this installation. You’ll see him in the blue cap.

We hope you’ll come by to see this stunning work in person!

A Good Time Was Had by All

The wine has been drunk. The food is but a delectable memory. The piano has returned to its silent repose, the echoes of conversation and laughter faded. And Mark Twain has left the building.

Indeed, for those in attendance, Friday the thirteenth will never be the same.

June 13th at the Jesup Memorial Library was an evening to remember. At the stroke of seven, transformed, as it were, from library to drawing room, the Jesup hosted an enthusiastic group of revelers who were treated to Shakespearean improv, live music, food and wine, games and prizes – and the incomparable Mark Twain who both entertained and mingled with guests throughout the evening.

By all accounts, Dress Up at the Jesup was an unqualified success.

 Mr. Twain held forth on a variety of topics and mingled with guests, to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Mr. Twain held forth on a variety of topics and mingled with guests, to the delight of everyone in attendance.

Many appeared in the guise of their favorite author or literary character – from Strawberry Shortcake to Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan – while others simply donned their evening best. Regardless of their chosen garb, all enjoyed greeting old friends and making new ones and being part of a unique and entertaining fundraiser to benefit Bar Harbor’s landmark library.

The Jesup staff thanks one and all for helping us to create such a memorable and fun event.

Special thanks go to our generous donors, including:

  • Acadia Corporation
  • Bar Harbor Catering Company
  • Bar Harbor Congregational Church-UCC
  • Bar Harbor Merchants Association
  • Harborside Shakespeare Company
  • Llangolan Inn (Peter & Kathy St. Germain)
  • Maine Distributors
  • Maine Sea Coast Mission
  • Mount Desert Island YMCA
  • Reel Pizza
  • Serendipity
  • YWCA of MDI
  • Pianist Michelle McCann

…and especially to our many indispensable volunteers. Simply stated: You made this possible.

First Online Fundraising Effort a Huge Success

Step Up for the Jesup: $6K in 6 Days, Jesup Memorial Library’s first online fundraising effort, resulted in the library exceeding its challenge grant by 31 percent! When the campaign ended at midnight on Saturday, June 14, the total amount raised was $7,861, which was matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $6,000. That means the library now has $13,861 to add to its annual fund coffers. The largest single donation was $1,500 and the smallest was $3. The first donation came within 12 hours of the first online announcement about it, the last right at midnight on the last day.

We had never undertaken a totally green fundraising effort – that is, one without any mailings, conducted strictly online and via email – let alone one in which we had a one-week limit in which to meet a specific (and ambitious goal). We just weren’t sure what was possible. But we were hopeful. And we knew our community of supporters, both near and far, were a force to be reckoned with. The Jesup Memorial Library is, after all, a treasured landmark and revered institution on Mount Desert Island. So we plunged ahead. We asked for your help. And, boy, did you ever deliver! We are humbled and grateful beyond measure for your support.

Putting the FUN in fundraiser

Friday the thirteenth may never be the same!

Forsaking horror for humor, the Jesup Memorial Library brings the first truly American writer (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) to town for an evening of small plates and wine, live music, entertainment, prizes, and fun on FRIDAY, JUNE 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. For this very special evening, Mr. Mark Twain, in the person of renowned actor John Pogson, will mingle with and entertain guests in his signature style. Come dressed as your favorite character from a book, as your favorite author, or simply don your best for this exceptional event. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

Bar Harbor Catering Company will tickle the taste buds of all in attendance with a specially created menu with a literary theme. Music, door prizes, and games will round out the evening, with proceeds to benefit the library.

Sponsors of this FUNdraiser include Bar Harbor Merchants Association, Bar Harbor Catering, Maine Distributors, Acadia Corporation, and the Maine Sea Coast Mission.

Tickets for Dress Up at the Jesup are $35 per person through June 6, $50 afterward, and can be purchased in person at the library or HERE.

pogson-john-twain-photo-web-cropMr. Pogson’s remarkable physical resemblance to the American humorist is just the beginning. He learned early on that he not only looked like Twain, but also shared many of the author’s interests, hobbies, and opinions. These shared characteristics have fueled his commitment to portray Twain as authentically and accurately as possible, which he has been doing since Hartford, Connecticut’s first Mark Twain Days in 1996. Since that time, he has performed as Twain on national television, on film, on stage, and at corporate and private functions, entertaining audiences from all over the world. His performance promises to be a highlight of the evening.

Step Up for the Jesup

We have a generous donation of $6,000 – IF we are able to match it with an additional $6,000 on our own. In 6 days.

Can we do it? YES – with your help!

The Challenge begins on Monday, June 9 and runs through midnight on Saturday, June 14.

Please support the Jesup with a donation.

  • It’s a green project – No letter will be sent. Requests are being made solely online and via email. Donate now, and you will not receive a letter as part of our fall fundraising campaign.
  • Enjoy the convenience of online donation – Challenge Grant donations may be made online. Look for the big maroon DONATE button over there on the right of your screen. It’s that easy!
  • The environmentally friendly theme continues – If you’d rather not donate online, we ask that you not mail your donation. Save the envelope and stamp and drop off your Challenge Grant donation with one of the friendly folks at the library’s front desk.
  • Double your donation – For every dollar given, our donor will match it dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $6,000!

At the Jesup, we do what we do for you, and we couldn’t do it without you! Please Step up for the Jesup – help us get the full $6,000 Challenge Grant by Saturday, June 14.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications, at or by phone at 207-288-4245 or 207-801-8331 (cell).



23 Authors at the Jesup This Summer!

Here to kick off an amazing summer season of authors at the Jesup was Norman Gilliland, whose book “Downeast Ledge” is a wistful comedy about changing times and personal failings set in fictional yet familiar Ashton, Maine.  The crowd that attended the book-signing on June 5 were thoroughly charmed and entertained, as witnessed by the numerous laugh-out-loud moments during his reading.

Which is pretty much the way it goes around here at least several times a month – readers and fans meeting their favorite authors and enjoying an afternoon or evening of close encounters of the bookish kind. For instance, during the months of June, July, and August, we are bringing no fewer than 23 authors to town to read from and discuss their latest books as well as sign copies for their fans. Our co-sponsor for most of these events, Sherman’s Books and Stationery of Bar Harbor, provides copies of the books for purchase, with a percentage of each sale donated to the library.

Here’s a brief overview of what awaits you for the rest of our 2014 Summer Author Program – but for all the details, please visit our Events Calendar:


10 – Ken Textor, on his collaboration with photographer Joe Devenney, “The Hidden Coast of Maine”

12 – Maine writer Jim Witherell, “Ed Muskie:  Made in Maine”

19 – Allen Workman, “Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park”

24 – Richard Peck – acclaimed author of numerous award-winning middle-grade and young adult books – as part of the Island Readers & Writers community-wide read of “A Long Way from Chicago”

26 – Susan Conley, “Paris was the Place”


9 – Bar Harbor’s own Holly Simason & Richard Copp, the sister-brother team writing the Hayley Powell mystery series under the pseudonym Lee Hollis

10 – Roxanna Robinson, winner of the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Fiction for “Sparta”

17 – Former Acadia National Park Ranger Kristen Britain returns to Bar Harbor with “Mirror Sight”

18 – Victor Hand, “A Steam Odyssey: The Railroad Photographs of Victor Hand”

22 – Douglas Whynott, “The Sugar Season”

23 – Emily Bracale, “In the Lyme-Light II”

24 – Funny, gritty Maine writer Crash Barry, “Marijuana Valley: A True Story”

29 – Paul Doiron, Editor Emeritus of Down East Magazine and author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including “The Bone Orchard,” being released July 15

30 – Chris Bohjalian, author of 9 New York Times bestsellers, with “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” which is being released July 8

31 – Children’s author Lea Wait, “Uncertain Glory”

31 – Former Bar Harbor and current Camden resident Tess Gerritsen, whose books sparked the Rizzoli and Isles television series, will be here with her latest effort “Die Again”


1 – Cathie Pelletier, “A Year After Henry”

5 – Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, “Photographing Acadia National Park”

7 – Will Thorndike, “Outsiders: 8 Unconventional CEOs”

12 – Bar Harbor’s own Gail Gutradt, whose “In a Rocket Made of Ice” is a Fall 2014 selection of Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program

19 – Jimmy Gownley, “Amelia Rules” (graphic novels)

28 – Sanford Phippen, “Sturge: A Memoir”

And, not to worry: we have more coming in September and beyond, including Peter Korn, winner of the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Memoir, on September 6, who will be here with his latest, “Why We Make Things … and Why It Matters.”

We hope you’ll join us!

Check out 2 new subscriptions

Thanks to a generous donor, the Jesup has added two new magazine subscriptions to the periodicals now available in the Gladys Franklin O’Neil periodicals room — McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Linden O’Ryan’s work on display

Come see new stunning new work by Linden O’Ryan, on display throughout April in the Gladys Franklin O’Neil periodicals room at the Jesup.  All the pieces are for sale, and the artist is generously donating 20% from each sale to the Jesup.

We are growing!

The Jesup is the guardian of Bar Harbor’s past, and the key to its future.  We are thriving.

Since 2009:
Number of Patrons is up 15%
Number of Programs is up 231%
Attendance at programs is up 233%
Service hours have increased 10%
Number of volunteers is up 141%
Amount of Library materials is up 9%
Come see for yourself all the exciting things that are happening at the Jesup.

  • Attend a program – authors, our new high tech initiative, farming, travel slideshows, concerts, dances and more.
  • Join a club – knitters, writers, astronomers … or start your own.
  • Volunteer – help with tech, cook, shelve books, plan events, office work and more.

There’s something for you at the Jesup ….. Come see what it is.

CLYNK to help the Jesup

Turn your recyclable bottles and cans into cash for the Jesup through the CLYNK program in cooperation with Hannaford!

Just pick up CLYNK bags and tags at the library. Each bag is limited to 20 pounds of returnables. Fill it up, then drop off the bag at  Hannaford Store. No waiting. No hassle. Just helping the environment and the Jesup in one fell swoop.  Hannaford will tally the deposit and credit it to the Jesup’s account. It’s that easy!