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Summertime Tradition Marks 45 Years

Posted Aug. 09, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

Travelers schedule their summer vacations to coincide with it. Local families bring their friends and neighbors who’ve never been. And the party gets bigger and better every year. Come celebrate 45 years of community-spirited fun at Jesup Memorial Library’s Annual Book Sale on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 34 Mount Desert Street.

While the library has always served as the Town of Bar Harbor’s public library, it is, in fact, a private nonprofit that gets less than 5 percent of its annual budget from the town. The annual book sale is its biggest fundraiser of the year. Thousands of previously loved books, videos, audiobooks, CDs, and magazines will be available for sale to support the beloved 103-year-old library, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition, homemade goodies of all kinds will tempt you from the Bake Sale Table. And this year’s raffle is overflowing with great things, thanks to generous local shops, restaurants, and individuals who have contributed beautifully handcrafted pottery, luxurious wearable art, unique items for the home, and gift certificates galore! Raffle tickets are available from any Board member, or purchase them during the sale. Winners will be drawn Saturday shortly after 4 p.m.

The sale itself actually continues through Saturday, Aug. 23, during regular library hours. But for best selection, plan on being there on the 16th.

As always, the Jesup welcomes volunteers. Help is needed on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 3:00 p.m. to move books from the basement to the main floor of the library; on Aug. 16 to set up and break down before and after the sale, help with the bake sale, and sell books; and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 to move the remaining books back to the basement.

For more information or to volunteer, call the library at 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

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