Eddie “Diver Ed” Monat enjoys a little light reading in this picture, one of many in the “Jesup Read Around ME” 2016 calendar. The calendar features images of people reading in unusual places around beautiful Mount Desert Island. A fundraising launch party for the calendar will be held at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Jesup library to debut 2016 extreme reading calendar

BAR HARBOR — A launch party for Jesup Memorial Library’s “Jesup Read Around ME” 2016 calendar will be held on Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

Picture Eddie “Diver Ed” Monat floating in Frenchman Bay, book in hand, members of Isleford’s Dip of the Month Club catching up on some reading while wading in the water, and Harry Owen taking a break to read a book, outside of his landmark barn. These are just a few of the pictures included in the calendar. This fundraising calendar celebrates the beauty of Mount Desert Island and shows that reading can be done anywhere.

“We encourage reading not just in any format, but also in any place,” said Ruth Eveland, director of the library. “I spent a lot of time reading up in trees when I was young, especially summers in Houlton, so I completely understand that you don’t have to be in a comfy chair to find the right place for you to read.”



Visitors to the calendar launch can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the calendar, meet the photographer and models, and buy a calendar to support the library.

Bob Thayer donated his services as the photographer for the calendar, and his wife and able assistant, Linda, spent more than a year taking the photographs for the calendar, often in extreme situations. After careers as educators in Massachusetts and summering in Maine for many years, the couple now makes Mount Desert Island their home. While continuing her work at the Acadia National Park visitor center bookstore, Linda Thayer also works for the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve. Bob Thayer works seasonally as a park naturalist and devotes much of his time developing his second career as a photographer.

The calendar is the brainchild of Jesup board member Tricia Blythe. She received an “Extreme Ironing Calendar” in which people iron in unexpected places. She thought, “why not an extreme reading calendar?” and the project was born.

This is one of the ways the Jesup raises the money it needs to cover yearly expenses. The Jesup is a private nonprofit that has served as the public library for the town of Bar Harbor since the library opened its doors in 1911. However, the library gets less than 5 percent of the funds it needs from the town. About half comes from endowment, and the rest is raised via fundraiser and from donations by individuals and businesses.

Refreshments, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be served.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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