May 27, 2020
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Generous donor to match $10K in donations to Jesup Library

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A donor will match up to $10,000 given to the Jesup Memorial Library by midnight on Sunday, Aug. 31.

“We know libraries change lives. This challenge is offered by a generous woman who believes the Jesup helped her through a challenging time in her life,” said library director Ruth A. Eveland. “She believes strongly in the Jesup, and wants to encourage members of our community to contribute to the library so it can continue to be the strong community resource that she found and continues to enjoy.”

The challenge grant was made by longtime library supporter Emily Sabah-Maren through the Thomas H. Maren/Emily Sabah-Maren Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

All money raised will go directly to support annual library operations. As a private nonprofit that serves as the town’s public library, the Jesup receives only 4.8 percent of its annual funding from the town. Endowments provide 49.3 percent. “The rest comes from the individuals and businesses who prize the shared resources, programs, access to information, and opportunities provided by the Jesup,” said Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications for the Jesup.

Donations can be made online at via the Jesup’s secure server, in person at the library, or mailed to 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609. Anyone who donates now will not receive a solicitation letter as part of the library’s fall fundraising mailing.

“Please step up for the Jesup,” said Ms. Eveland. “The library and all its offerings are free, but it costs money to provide them.”

The Jesup is a shared resource, a thriving community gathering place that provides resources for everyone to use on an equal basis. That includes books in their traditional, audio, and “e” forms; opportunities to use and learn new technologies; access to hundreds of online databases; and a visiting author program that brings everyone from local writers to New York Times bestsellers right here to Bar Harbor. It includes lectures and workshops on a truly eclectic range of topics, help from friendly expert staff, and story times and learning programs for children.

For more information, contact Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications, at or 207-801-8331.