Emily Sabah-Maren, left, and Sheldon and Jill Goldthwait will match up to $10,000 in donations to the Jesup Memorial Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Jesup announces $10,000 matching challenge

BAR HARBOR — Longtime Jesup supporters Emily Sabah-Maren and Jill and Sheldon Goldthwait will match up to $10,000 donated to the Jesup Memorial Library between Monday, Aug. 8, and the Jesup’s 47th Annual Book Sale on Saturday, Aug. 20.

“I give financially and of myself to the Jesup because I cannot imagine that the library should not have the same advantages that I derived from it – chances to grow in pleasure of place, in the social aspects, and in knowledge so that it shall be more and more able to pass on this growth for patrons’ enjoyment,” said Sabah-Maren.

A regular volunteer at the Jesup, she was inspired by the chance to join forces with the Goldthwaits to help the library.

Both Goldthwaits volunteer at the Jesup, and Sheldon Goldthwait is a past president of the library’s board of directors, as was his father. “My parents were compulsive readers, so I grew up with my nose in a book. My first job, as a high school student, was in a library. Now I volunteer at the Jesup, and I love to hear locals and visitors come in asking about books, books, books. Our library is transforming itself to meet contemporary demands, but it is still based on the love of reading and the need for learning. I am happy to be able to help the Jesup secure a bright future,” said Jill Goldthwait.

“Not only do Emily, Jill and Sheldon volunteer regularly for the Jesup, they also donate generously – and encourage others to do so. We are grateful for all the support they provide,” said Ruth A. Eveland, the library’s director.

All money raised will go directly to support all that the Jesup offers on a daily basis. As a private nonprofit, the Jesup has served as the public library in the town of Bar Harbor since it opened in 1911. However, the town provides less than 5 percent of the funds needed by the library to keep the doors open. Endowment provides another 43 percent. The rest comes from generous individuals and businesses.

So far in 2016, the Jesup welcomed more than 5,000 people to programs for children and adults – concerts, author talks, arts and crafts, science and technology and other lectures. Plus, we offer free 24-hour Wi-Fi, and access to public computers, plus 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 (Look for the big red “donate” button on the home page.), in person at the library, mailed to 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 to the attention of Melinda Rice or by credit card over the phone.

Contact Melinda Rice, director of development and communications for the Jesup, at 288-4245, 801-8331 or [email protected]



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