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Bar Harbor library opens new used-book store with grand party on March 1

Posted Feb. 27, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR – Let’s party!

The Jesup Memorial Library is celebrating the opening of its used book store, Secondhand Prose, with a grand party on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. Come check out the new store, which will be open for business that night. And there will be a costume contest for those who come dressed as a character from a book!

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’re so excited to be able to do this now,” said Jesup’s director, Ruth Eveland. The bookstore is at 28 Mount Desert St., next door to the Jesup on the site of the Jesup’s future expansion.

“It’s good to get a bookish use in that space now,” said Ms. Eveland.

There will be festive food and drink at the store that night, and at the Jesup library next door, including a cake donated by Hannaford, other goodies made by Jesup board members, cheese, wine, punch and water.

Generous donations from community are making possible a raffle of items including a $100 gift certificate from the Bar Harbor Merchants Association good for use in any BHMA member store; a $100 gift certificate to the Aysgarth Station B&B; t-shirts, a Jesup tote bag and two bundles of books – one of fantasy/science fiction volumes, the other of Bar Harbor history books.

For the costume contest, gift certificates to Secondhand Prose will be awarded to best-dressed man and woman; child age 12-16; child age 6-12 and child younger than 6. Judging by our panel of Jesup supporters – Aaron Long from the MDI YMCA, Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander and Anne Bahr of the White Columns Inn – will take place at the main Jesup building, at 7:30 p.m. for the kids and 8 p.m. for the adults. Raffle winners will be drawn at the library at 9 p.m.

Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Jesup’s front desk – $1 each or six for $5 – and will be available until 8:45 p.m. the night of the party.

The bookstore will be managed by Martha Searchfield and run by volunteers. Volunteer applications to help at Secondhand Prose are available at the Jesup’s front desk.

All proceeds from sales at Secondhand Prose benefit the library, which raises 48.5% of its annual budget from donations made by individuals and businesses, book sales, and grants; 6% comes from the town of Bar Harbor and the rest from endowments.

“We hope this will be good for both our year-round residents and for visitors,” said Ms. Eveland. “It’s yet another way the Jesup is supporting the community and supporting reading.” For more information, call the Jesup at 288-4245.

No reservations needed – just come, check out the new bookstore, and have fun.

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