MOUNT DESERT — Brook Ewing Minner’s departure at the end of next month as director of the Northeast Harbor Library has “a bittersweet element to it,” she said last Friday.
She is leaving to become director of Northeast Historic Film, the nonprofit organization that runs the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity; it’s exciting,” she said. “But my job here [at the library] is wonderful. I’ve really enjoyed working with the staff and the board and getting to know this great little town. This is a really, really special library.”
Martha Dudman, chairman of the library board, said Ewing Minner has done a wonderful job in her three-and-a-half years as director.
“Under her leadership, we have increased our hours and programs, done away with fines and made our library a more lively and welcoming place,” she said.
“Best of all, she has empowered our library staff so that we will continue to grow when she moves on. Whoever takes over will find a strong and vibrant institution in good running order.”
The deadline for applications for the library director’s position is Jan. 31.
Northeast Historic Film, in addition to operating the Alamo Theatre, collects and preserves motion picture film and videotape relating to Maine and Northern New England. Its three-story vault holds more than 10 million feet of film.
Ewing Minner, who was at the Blue Hill Public Library for five years before taking the Northeast Harbor Library job, said she is excited about focusing more on archives.
“That’s something I’m really interested in, and I have always loved history,” she said.
She will succeed David Weiss, the founder of Northeast Historic Film, who is retiring.
Ewing Minner said it is an exciting time of transition for both the organization and the Bucksport community, referring to the recent closing of the Verso paper mill. She said she hopes Northeast Harbor Film and the Alamo can play a positive role as the town “reinvents itself from mill town to something new.”
Working in Bucksport also holds some personal appeal for Ewing Minner. Her husband owns a real estate company there, and they live between Bucksport and Ellsworth. Their daughter goes to school in Blue Hill.