1926 - 1952
1952 - 1959
1958 - 1973
1973 - 1988
1988 - 1997
1997 - 2008
2008 - 2012
2012 - 2013
2014 - 2015
2015 - 2016
Edith Ferguson
Irene [Minott] Whitmore
Marjorie B Hill
Lois B Clayton
Carol Billings
Aimee Hunt
Candace Hall
Heather Dunham
Jill Carter
Elise Earl
We have had eleven librarians during our history
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 the
early 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 a
bathroom 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

Our History

Brinna Davis
Lucy VanderMel
Liz Zentz
Alan Chesney
Mary Cevasco
Ruth Lamdan
Paula Colwell

Library Board

Hubert and Carol Billings
Ken Kral
2016 -
Valerie Messana
Chase Emerson Memorial Library
PO Box 9, 17 Main Street
Deer Isle, Maine 04627-0009
Email: deerislelibrary@gmail.com
Telephone: (207) 348-2899