September 21, 2017
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Jesup seeks to raise $100 for each year it’s been open

— The Jesup Memorial Library turns 106 years old on Aug. 30 this year and its Board of Directors invites you to help celebrate! Board members will match up to $10,600 donated between Aug. 10 and 30. Donations of all amounts will be gratefully accepted. Help us celebrate 106 years of serving our community.

“Board members have reached a little deeper this year, above and beyond their usual gifts, to issue this special challenge. We invite you to join us in support of our well-loved community library and we pledge to match your gifts, big or small,” says Ron Beard, chairman of the Jesup’s board.

All money raised will go directly to support day-to-day library activities. “With our many public programs and library services, the Jesup contributes so much to making our community better. But annual donations cover only about half of our operations,” Beard says.

As a private nonprofit, the Jesup has served as the public library in the town of Bar Harbor since opening on Aug. 30, 1911. However, the town provides less than 15% of the funds needed to operate the library. Endowment provides another 36%. The rest comes from generous individuals and businesses who support the Jesup and all it does.

So far in 2017, the Jesup has welcomed more than 5,800 people to programs for children and adults – concerts, author talks, arts and crafts, science and technology and other lectures. Plus, the library offers free 24-hour Wi-Fi, and access to public computers and thousands of books and e-books, music, movies and even a telescope to be checked out.

Donations can be made online at www.jesuplibrary.org via the Jesup’s secure server, in person at the library, or mailed to 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 to the attention of Melinda Rice. Thank you for your support of the Jesup.

For more information, contact Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications for the Jesup, at 207-288-4245, 207-801-8331 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.