Marguerite Bowden with her window display at Sugar Mags. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH BOWDEN

Downtown businesses show their support for library

ELLSWORTH — Downtown Ellsworth businesses are showing their support for the Ellsworth Public Library by putting “We Love Our Library” signs in their windows. A recent study conducted at the library showed that 72 percent of library patrons shop at an Ellsworth business before or after their visit to the library.

Sarah Bowden, owner of Sugar Mags on Main Street, and her daughter, 7-year-old Marguerite Bowden, made a window display to demonstrate how much the library means to them. When Sarah asked Marguerite why the library is important to her, she replied: “It is important to me because anything I think about I can go find a book about it and learn more about it.”

Jaime Parent, owner of Ghost Rose Tattoo, recently hosted a fundraising event at her shop that brought in $500 for the library. In her letter accompanying the donation, she wrote: “The enrichment you provide our community is priceless. Thank you for all that you do to give us access to such a wellspring of knowledge, information and inspiration!”

Paul Markosian, owner of Flexit Café, is a longtime library supporter.

“I feel so fortunate to be part of the downtown community, with its mix of thriving businesses — including retail, services and restaurants — as well as government services,” he said. “And, of course, the shining stars of our nonprofit sector include Woodlawn, The Grand and our beautiful library. When I am asked by out-of-town visitors for directions to someplace downtown, the most frequent destination for them is the library. This landmark building and the programs it provides do so much to lift our community and make it vibrant. It’s a big part of why I live here and work here.”

Lawn signs and window signs are available to pick up at the library for any Ellsworth resident or business owner who would like to show their support. These signs are sponsored by the Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library.

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