Ruth Eveland ~ Library Director

“I want to have something for everyone, even if they don’t know it yet,” Ruth Eveland says. “I want to stimulate, educate, help people find each other and do good work, entertain and amuse, and provide That Place where everyone wants to stop by regularly just to see what’s going on and where everyone is comfortable. I want to work with great folks and make exciting things happen. I truly believe that libraries make the world a better place and I want to do that work.” (more…)

Mae Corrion ~ Youth Services Librarian

Mae Corrion has lived in Bar Harbor for more than 20 years and has worked at the Jesup for three-fourths of those years. Prior to her Bar Harbor days, she was the director of a very small library in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Before that she was a high school English teacher for seven years in Michigan, her original home.  (more…)

Melinda Rice ~ Director of Development and Communications

Melinda Rice oversees fundraising and communications for the Jesup and schedules events, along with other duties requiring a love of lists.  She joined the Jesup after a long career in journalism that included work as a newspaper reporter and editor in Texas, New York and the Washington, D.C. area; and freelance work for newspapers and magazines nationwide.   “I’m working with great people toward the common cause of creating a community space that incorporates books, technology and people. What could be better?”  (more…)

Laura Edwards ~ InterLibrary Loans, Circulation, Holds, Computer Use, & Art Shows

Laura Edwards fell in love with Mount Desert Island and its community the first time she saw it on an Outward Bound trip at the age of 17 to hike the trails of Acadia National Park. When she moved to the island, one of her first jobs was teaching swim lessons at the MDI YMCA. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts, writing a final project on the taxonomy of dye plants. After graduating she continued to volunteer at the YMCA, as her two daughters swam with the Sharks swim team. She owned and operated several small businesses with her husband. (more…)

Kayla Chagnon ~ Press Officer & Development Assistant

Kayla realized her passion for libraries at a young age when she found out that there were an unlimited number of books at her disposal, and she has not stopped reading since. Prior to moving to Bar Harbor, Kayla received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Wilson College and her Master’s Degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. After finishing college, she interned and worked at newspapers and magazines before settling into the library world at a small library in New Hampshire, where she is originally from. (more…)

Ponzi Reed ~ Outreach, Periodicals & Large Print

Ponzi Reed first got involved with the Jesup Library when she moved to Bar Harbor almost 30 years ago. She joined the Jesup Young Readers’ Library Committee, and enjoyed it so much that she got involved with the children’s room weekly story hours. Gradually her volunteer job turned into a part-time job at Jesup, and a dozen years later she’s still a friendly face behind the desk. (more…)

Kathy Woodside ~ Collection Manager & Special Projects

Kathy has worked at the library for more than sixteen years. She says, “I love working at the Jesup! I love the sense of community and the diversity of our patrons!” She has a master’s degree in special education and taught for 14 years in various settings, including Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor. She has also worked in both the private and non-profit sectors including the former Bar Harbor Whale Museum, the Abbe Museum and Swan Agency Real Estate, but has discovered that library work is her true calling. (more…)