Summer Reading Program Kick Off Concert on Thurs., June 21

School is out and it’s time for the Jesup Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program. Join pianist and composer Deborah Fortier for the kick off of on Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” children of all ages are invited to join Miss Mae as well as a group of musicians, artists and speakers for 8 weeks of great programs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Fortier, the associate director of the Bar Harbor Music Festival, will be performing “The Beat Goes On” which will feature music on the piano especially for little ones. This concert is also part of the music festival’s “Young Audience Conecert Series.”

Fortier has been performing and teaching piano in the northeast for 45 years. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Applied Arts in Florence, Italy, (M.Mus.), her teachers include Maria Clodes, Orazio Frugoni, and Zelma Bodzin. She has a private piano studio in New York City and also teaches at Saint David’s School.

The other events in the summer reading program are:

Rock and Roll with Shari’s Dancers on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Music, Stories and Crafts with Miss Mae on Thursday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m.; “Music Makers” Songs and Stories with Jennifer Armstrong on Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Hansel & Gretel Opera with the Bar Harbor Music Festival on Thursday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m.; “Geology of Maine and Beyond” with Tony Sohns on Thursday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m.; “The What and Why of Acadia National Park’s Cairns”  on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; and “Paint Like a Rock Star!” on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

All these programs are co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Savings & Loan. For more information on any of the summer reading programs contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or