It is with deep sorrow that the staff of the Jesup Memorial Library shares the news that Claire Lambert, Jesup’s director from 1967 to 1989, passed away Dec. 22. Claire was a friend, mentor and wealth of information to the current library staff, and remained a steadfast friend and supporter of the library after her retirement.
Claire served as head librarian for 22 years and worked as an assistant librarian for two years. She began volunteering at the Jesup in 1950, and continued after her retirement. During her tenure as director, the children’s room was expanded; the book sale fundraiser that has become a community tradition was started; the library began hosting art displays in the periodicals room; our outreach program to Sonogee was launched; and the Jesup became the first library in Maine’s eastern district to join the statewide interlibrary loan service and got its first computer to do so.
She was active in regional and state library communities, serving as president of the Maine Library Association from 1980 to 1982.
We still embrace the philosophy she shared at her retirement party: “You have to remember that the library is the last place you can still get a free education. Although we are a private library, we have always run the Jesup as a public library and to be a public library, it has to be noisy and active.”