CHASE EMERSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY

The Chase Emerson Memorial Library grew out of the Jennings Library established in 1906 and the Library Sewing Circle, a women’s group in Deer Isle in theearly 1900’s. Most of our early history has been lost, but in 1929,the Chase Emerson Memorial Library was established.
 
Although the library was named after a famous Boston artist, Chase Emerson did not contribute financially to the library during his life and never lived here permanently on Deer Isle, although, we do have a couple of his landscapes on our walls and a photo of the artist donated by his nephew in the early 1950’s. The town of Deer Isle became involved in supporting the library in 1928 and has paid the librarian’s salary every year since 1928 up to the current day.
 
The Library has benefited from two large donations during its history. In 1975, we received $25,000 from the Belledeu Family legacy which has helped to sustain the library’s needs, from heating to purchasing books. In 1998 we benefited from a donation from the Sussman family and were able to build the back room and install abathroom and have central heat. This extension also allowed for more space for books and a reading area for patrons. The room has one of the most beautiful views of the island.
 
More recently with grant money from the Davis Foundation, the Rudman Foundation and donations from our supporters, we were able to weatherize our historic windows, install a handicap accessible entrance, update our computers and digitize our collection. In 2014 we received a grant from the King Foundation to renovate our meeting room, install a new furnace and update our children’s section.
 
Our Board

President - Lucy VanderMel
Treasurer - Liz Zentz
Secretary - Alan Chesney
Mary Cevasco

Carol Goetz

Ken Kral

Ruth Lamdan

Kimberly Larsen

Oriana Wuerth

Nina Woodward, Library Director
Librarians (1926 - 2019)

Edith Ferguson
Irene (Minott) Whitmore
Marjorie B Hill
Lois B Clayton
Carol Billings
Aimee Hunt
Candace Hall
Heather Dunham
Jill Carter
Elise Earl

Valerie Messana

Chase Emerson Memorial Library
  PO Box 9

17 Main Street
  Deer Isle, Maine 04627-0009

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LIBRARY HOURS

 

Monday 2PM - 6PM

Tuesday 1PM - 5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 4PM
Saturday 9AM - 12PM