Emilie Murphy & Byron Nimocks Give $50,000 for Phase Two Preservation Work
A Legacy We Will Cherish
We’re honored to announce a generous gift of $50,000 to the Jesup 2020 campaign from Jesup friends and supporters Emilie Murphy and Byron Nimocks of Bar Harbor and Rye, New York.
The gift will support the Jesup’s urgently needed Phase Two exterior preservation work. “As the Jesup is reimagined, reshaped and expanded for the future, we gave to both preserve the Jesup’s historic roots and help ensure its vital place in the Bar Harbor community continues,” said Murphy.
Press Coverage of the Demolition at 28 Mount Desert Street
It was with great sadness that we learned one of the Jesup's most loyal and beloved friends has passed. They will be dearly missed.
Shortly after receiving news of this loss, we were moved beyond words to learn that our friend's generous, long-standing support for the library in life has continued in the form of a $50,000 bequest to the Jesup 2020 capital campaign.
Press Release: Demolition Begins on the Building Next Door
In case you missed it: check out the following press coverage of the demolition at 28 Mount Desert Street, and the Jesup’s plans for the future!
Changes on Mount Desert Street
BAR HARBOR, July 10, 2019 – On July 10, the Jesup Memorial Library began demolition of an adjacent building at 28 Mt Desert Street. The Jesup purchased the property in 2012 to allow for future expansion of library facilities. The demolition kicks off Phase Two of the library’s Jesup 2020 capital campaign, focusing on critical repairs to preserve and protect the library’s historic building, plus site work to prepare for a planned Phase Three addition.
Read Jesup Board Chair Ron Beard's Op-Ed in the Mount Desert Islander
You may have noticed the house at 28 Mount Desert Street is looking empty. We are excited to say that the building should be coming down very soon. Throughout June we have been busy salvaging recyclable and reusable materials from the building and finding new homes for plants on the property.
Anonymous $100,000 Gift Names the Rachel Carson Periodicals Room
Ron Beard, Chair of the Jesup’s Board of Directors, has published an op-ed in the June 13, 2019 edition of the Mount Desert Islander.
What do children want in a 21st century library?
Things are blooming in Bar Harbor -- and in the Jesup 2020 campaign!
Introducing Jesup 2020: Check It Out!
Come check out the latest display in the Jesup’s entrance Rotunda: a salon-style art show celebrating children’s imaginings of what they would like to see in the future Jesup!
As many of you know, critical improvements to the Jesup are overdue. Recurring flooding over the past two years has placed collections at risk and disrupted library service, making clear that the time has come to take action to preserve and protect our historic building. Tomorrow is no longer an option.