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The Library will be closed for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. Happy 4th!
June 25-29 & July 9-13 2018 Limerock Street will be closed from Oliver Street to the entrance to the transfer station. From 6:30am to 4:00pm Rockland Public Services will be doing road work in the area of the Legion, 335 Limerock Street. this will make the road impassible to regular traffic. Local traffic will be able to get to and from their houses from either end. If you have further questions about the road work please contact Rockland Public Services. Roadwork will not be done the week of the 4th of July or in the evenings.

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    Rockland Public Library

    The Rockland Public Library's mission is to foster community & connection, offer resources to inspire & encourage ideas, and provide the tools to explore our past, enrich our present, & empower our future.

    Alerts & Announcements

    The Library will be closed for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. Happy 4th!

    Upcoming & Current Events

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    25Adult Art Workshop
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    Storytime & Craft
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    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Reds, whites, & blues

    Local artist Catinka Knoth will lead a series of free drawing classes for adults on creating birds and floral or berry motif art and cards, at Rockland Public Library. Participants will create art using pencils, colored pencils, crayons, and sometimes scissors, with an emphasis on drawing in color. Students do warm-up practices before working on final drawings. Each week is a different bird and plant combination – birds such as hummingbirds, cedar waxwings,
    and cardinals. Knoth will give instruction and guidance. She invites students of all levels to come make art in this communal and diverse environment.

    Knoth provides the classes free of charge, with materials supplied. Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are open to the public. FMI Knoth at info@catinkacards.com or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

    Knoth paints watercolors of Maine, and whimsical animal scenes, which she offers as cards and prints. She also teaches a free weekly children’s drawing class at Rockland Public Library, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin. For more information about Knoth’s work visit
    www.catinkacards.com.

    06:30 PM

    American Sign Language Silent Social Hour

    Hosted by Jesse Ellis. Unlike a traditional class, this is a place for people to learn the basics of American Sign Language by doing, and grow by learning. It is a place for people to learn about Deaf Culture. Each week we will learn basics for conversational sign; you will build your language skills through conversing with others, asking questions about vocabulary and grammar. It is a voice-off environment; finger spelling is taught and encouraged. Jesse Ellis is fluent in sign language, tutored for 2.5 years in undergraduate school and attended Gallaudet University, a Deaf school for 3 years for her Masters degree.

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    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Join Miss Katie for stories, songs, and dances for children of all ages. Each week we will have a new theme and new ways to wiggle our sillies out. This special storytime continues unil August 7th.

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    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Fourth of July

    Children will explore ‘early summer’ themes for this month’s children’s drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. June provides subjects such as summer
    activities and seashore scenes; Father’s Day cards; floral scenes with poppies, roses, lilacs, and lupine; and 4th of July celebrations. Students follow along with Knoth as she demonstrates drawing a variety of motifs. Knoth gears the classes for age 6 and up, including the
    young at heart. She expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part. Children age 10 and under need adult accompaniment, according to Library policy.

    Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the workshops, which are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. The ongoing classes meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by the Friends of Rockland Library. FMI – Jean Young, children’s librarian, 594-0310.

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    Ukulele Lessons

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Frets Halligan

    Part of the Arts…For Kids and Their Families series. “Yes, uke can!” Frets Halligan will be teaching beginner ukulele workshops this summer. Bring your own ukulele or check out one from the Library (library card required). Additional classes will be offered July 3rd, 17th, 24th & 31st.

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    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    “Wednesday Walker” Walking Club

    Let’s take a walk!

    Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to meet at the Library every Wednesday morning to go on a 30 to 45 minute walk around town. Walks will be led by librarians and no walker will be left behind. Join us for some exercise and conversation. In case of inclement weather, we will walk indoors in the library. Bring a friend or make some new ones! The walking club is intended for adults; children and teens are welcome if accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Participants of this program will be asked to sign a waiver of liability.

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Storytime & Craft

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Hear volunteer storyteller Ms. Judy read from a variety of picture books then color or work on a craft together.

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    Tech Class: Career Transistions and Testing & Educational Reference Center

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Join librarian Jessie as she walks you through these new tools available for free to Rockland patrons. Career Transitions assists with everything from resume and cover letter building to simulated interviews. Take a test and find out what kind of career you were made for, then find out all about that career, including salary and nearby opportunities. This tool also provides job searches powered by Indeed.com.
    Testing & Education Reference Center is a great way to get a jump on that new career, either in the job market, higher education, or military. It has hundreds of official practice tests, study guides and manuals that can be downloaded or done right online. No need to pay for a tutor! Bringing your own device is recommended, but not required.

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    Gypsy Visits the Library

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    After Wednesday storytime, join Naomi Howe and her therapy dog, a Scottish Deer Hound named Gypsy. Naomi will educate everyone on the proper ways to greet a new dog, then Gypsy will enjoy some time in the Children’s Room. Kids are welcome to use this time to practice their reading skills by reading to this furry friend.

    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Easy Going Yoga

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Easy Going Yoga is designed with the beginner student in mid. Antonia Small, owner of ORYX WORX Fitness, will teach you to stretch, strengthen, breathe, and relax while improving  your alignment. Class size is limited to 12 students, so call or visit the library to register. Classes will continue through July 25th. Part of the Checkout Movement…series.

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    Farmers’ Market Storytime

    Harbor Park

    Look for the Rockland Public Library banner and join librarians and members of the Friends Board for fun stories at the market. They will be there with books and other good things! Storytimes will not be held in inclement weather.

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Baby Time with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Sing, sway, and clap with your little one at our story time focused on singing together. A great introduction for your baby to words, sounds, and new friends. Perfect for birth to age two, and welcome to any child who enjoys music.

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    Celebrate Summer with Play-a-Palooza!

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Let’s play!

    A party for all ages on the Library Lawn. Come early for a picnic. Make new friends and celebrate old ones. We’ll have games, bubbles and music, too. Games will include ladder ball, bocce, cornhole, Jarts lawn darts, Bocce ball, giant ring toss, and Molkky, a Finnish throwing game. There will also be sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and hula hoops available. In case of inclement weather, we’ll have a game night in the Community Room.

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    Book Club: Catching Up With the Classics

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Join our book club! Each month we discuss a different book. New members are always welcome. This month’s book is The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Family Storytime with Miss Jean

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Saturday stories and crafts with Miss Jean in the Children’s room. All ages are welcome.

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    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Can I donate my used books to the Library?


    Sure; the Rockland Public Library accepts donations of used books, videos, and audio-books in good condition. Some may be added to the Library’s collection, or they may be sold by the Friends of Rockland Library in the Book Stop or book sales, or online. Proceeds of these sales go to the Rockland Public Library in the form of new books or programs.

    However, there are some things we cannot accept because past experience tells us we cannot use or re-sell these items. They include: damaged books (these are essentially worthless and should be disposed of), mildewed books (mildew is “contagious” and can quickly spread to other books), encyclopedias, most textbooks, medical or health books more than 5 years old, technical or computer books more than 5 years old, Readers Digest condensed books, vinyl records, videotapes, magazines or other periodicals, and remainders from other organizations’ book sales.

    Because storage space is tight, the Library can only accept 2-3 bags or boxes of books at a time. If you have more to donate, please make an appointment for your delivery. Please call the library at (207) 594-0310 to leave your name, telephone number and the best times for you to bring in your donations. We will call you back to make an appointment, and do our best to accommodate your schedule. Thank you for your donation! Your support helps keep your Library strong.

    Can I print items at the Library? What is the cost?

    Yes; You can view the printing fees on this page. We recommend doing a print preview so you don’t pay for something which doesn’t print the way you expected.

    Do you have a book group?

    Yes! We’ve recently started one called Catching up with the Classics. It meets (generally) the third Saturday of the month.  You are welcome join.

    Do you have meeting rooms for rent? What is the rental procedure, cost, etc.?

    Rent the Library’s Board Room or Community Room for your next meeting or program.  Call the Library (207) 594-0310 for availability.  Once you have determined availability, read the Meeting Room Policy, print an application form and send or fax to Rockland Public Library with your payment.

    Payment is due before we can schedule the room.  A refundable $50 security deposit is required for use of A/V equipment and/or when food is permitted.  Please write a separate check for this.

    For more detailed information & fees, please visit our Meeting Rooms page.

    Does the Library have a fax machine?

    Yes; it is self-service; it requires a credit or debit card; if you need one, the Library has fax cards available for purchase. You can view the fees for this service here.

    Does the Library have a photocopier? How much are copies?

    Yes. Please see our fees page for more details on the cost of this service.

    Does the Library have a water fountain?

    Yes; there are two fountains just before you enter the Children’s Room.

    For how long can I check out items?

    Most items may be checked out for two weeks; DVDs circulate for one week. New books and DVDs may be renewed once; most other items may be renewed three times, as long as no one else is waiting for the item. For more detailed information on loan periods, please visit this page.

    How can I become a Library volunteer?

    Please pick up, print and complete the volunteer application form. We will get in touch with you.  There are often opportunities to volunteer in the Library, as well as with the Friends of the Rockland Public Library.

    For more information on volunteering at the Library, please visit this page.

    How do I find my way around the Library? Do you have a map?

    We have an online interactive map of the Library here.

    How do I get a library card?

    Rockland residents or property owners are eligible for a free library card, as are Knox County kids (K-12).  Any non-resident may purchase a card, and summer visitors may purchase a temporary card for a three-month period.  Library users must possess a card to enjoy many library services.  A photo ID and proof of current address are required to obtain a card. For more information, please visit our Library Card & Loan Policies page.

    How do I get to the Community Room?

    You may come in through the lower level entrance, and it will be on your immediate left.  From the main level you may use the stairs or elevator. Your see signs pointing your way to the Community Room (to the right, a quick left, and then straight ahead). View the Community Room on our interactive map for a more detailed overview.

    How do I obtain the Library’s WIFI password?

    Users are required to sign the Library’s internet use policy, available at the Information Desk or Checkout Desk at the Library. At that point they are given the password for the wireless network. For more information please visit our WIFI & Internet Access page.

    How do I search for books?

    You can search the Library catalog online here. If you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to request an item using our online form or by calling the Library at (207) 594-0310.

    What are the Library hours?

    The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 9:00am - 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Now open Sundays 1-5pm.. When the weather outside is frightful, the Library may be closed due to snow, so please check our alerts & announcements for closures & delayed openings if unsure.

    What do you have for Genealogy & local history resources?

    Just some of the resources are: the newly digitized and searchable archives of The Lime Rock Gazette, 1846-1850, The Rockland Gazette, 1851-1882, and The Courier Gazette, 1882-1920;

    Also, newspapers on microfilm – The Courier Gazette: 1846-2006, Rockland DailyStar: 1899-1906, Rockland Free Press: 1859-1890, Rockland Opinion: 1875-1917. We also have the online database – Ancestry Library, a full-service genealogy database. The Library has Vital Records of Rockland & area towns, the Maine Register from 1855 to the present, local cemetery records, and local history books.  Come in, call, or email us.

    What kind of programs do you have for children?

    All kinds! We have regular drawing classes on Tuesday afternoons, and LEGO™ Club on the third Thursday of the month. We offer Storytime & Crafts Wednesday and Saturday mornings, as well as Baby Time on Thursday mornings. Additionally we offer special programs such as puppet shows, magicians, music, art series, and oh so much more. Look at the Library events, or pick up a monthly Events Brochure.

    When is the Book Stop open and where is it located?

    The Book Stop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.  It is right across from the Community Room on the lower level of the Library.  Next to the Library, it’s the best bargain in town.

    For more information, please visit the Book Stop page.

    Where are the Library restrooms?

    Upper level:

    There is a rest room near the Reference Desk (on the left, just before you exit on the Union Street side), as well as in the Children’s Room.

    Lower level:

    There are two additional restrooms (men’s & women’s) on the lower level, adjacent to the Community Room.

    Visit our interactive map of the Library for more detailed information.

    Where is the Library located?

    The address for the Library is 80 Union Street, in Rockland, between Beech Street and Limerock Street. Click here for a Google™ map.  Please note that the Library’s parking lot is located on White Street which is clearly marked on the map. For directions to the Library simply use “White Street” as your destination.

    If looking for Library contact details, please visit our contact page here.

    Where is the Rockland Historical Society located?

    The Rockland Historical Society is housed in the lower level of the Library.  It has its own separate entrance, though often you can access it through the interior door from the Library.  It is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12 noon to 5:00 PM.

    Rockland Public Library Documents & Forms

    Here are the Rockland Public Library documents & forms. Note that you can also obtain these forms directly from the Rockland Public Library. If you do not find the document or form you are looking for, please feel free to call us (207) 594-0310 or request your document online.

    About Rockland Public Library

    The Library serves the citizens of Rockland by providing the community with a comprehensive collection of materials and programs in a variety of formats, which engage, enlighten and educate; we organize the resources for ease of access, and offer guidance in their use; we support easy access to library collections throughout Maine and beyond. The Library staff responds to the changing requirements and requests of the public. We offer you a warm welcome to this safe, beautiful, and inspiring facility; its infrastructure supports the collections, programs, services, current and future technology, and it provides a meeting place for people and local organizations and entities. The Library is staffed with friendly, professional, knowledgeable people who are here to offer excellent service.

    Visit the About Rockland Library page for more information.

    Rockland Public Library Additional Information & Statistics

    The Rockland Public Library's mission is to foster community & connection, offer resources to inspire & encourage ideas, and provide the tools to explore our past, enrich our present, & empower our future.

    The private value of any public service is defined as the value accruing directly to the participants of the service (Kalambokidis, 2004); public value is defined as the value of a public service to individuals who do not use the service, but who benefit indirectly as others use the service (Kalambokidis, 2004)

    Libraries Encourage an Early Love of Reading, Leading to Greater Efficiency in Schools “Did you know that [Rockland Public] is a "Family Place Library," an initiative that helps libraries develop their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement, and lifelong learning beginning at birth? In addition to benefiting families with young children, this indirectly benefits all other local residents by making the community a more attractive place to live, which translates into better property values." Libraries Deliver Adult Educational Services, Benefiting Participants and Community "One of the most valuable but generally unnoticed services of our local library is the digital education programs for seniors. By helping seniors learn to use the Internet, the library fosters cultural awareness, self-sufficiency, and community investment in our older population. Indirectly this benefits all of us by helping to keep them in the community and contributing to its culture."

    Libraries Build a Sense of Community, Encouraging Civic Engagement
    "Our library is vital to our community as a public living room, where everyone—from natives to retirees 'from away'—is welcome, regardless of age, politics, or religion. While this directly benefits patrons, it also indirectly benefits the whole town because it makes the community a more attractive place, increasing home values."

    Excerpted from The Journal of Extension April 2015 // Volume 53 // Number 2 // Feature // 2FEA1 (Note: Rockland Public Library was a participant in this study, in 2013/2014)

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    Contact the Rockland Public Library

    (207) 594-0310
    Rockland Public Library Phone

    Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street Rockland, ME 04841
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