All Current Alerts & Announcements

With the new layout the parking lot at the high school there is little room to get emergency equipment through when vehicles are parked in the fire lane. If you park in the fire lane you will be ticketed or towed without exception. YOUR SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.
Visit http://www.maine.portcall.com/ for latest cruise ship schedules.
Thompson Meadow Road is closed effective Monday, September 16th, 2019. Approximate re-opening schedule is 30 days.

Leave Us Your Feedback

We appreciate and value any and all feedback relating to this website, including bug reports, criticism, praise, or ideas for future development. Use the form below to leave your feedback:

Rockland Maine, Weather

Now
loading...

Search
  •       loading...
  • rockland-public-library-logo_light

    Rockland Public Library

    Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

    Alerts & Announcements

    There are no current alerts or announcements

    Upcoming & Current Events

    October 2019

    November
    SU
    MO
    TU
    WE
    TH
    FR
    SA
    29
    30
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Events for October

    1st

    No Events
    Events for October

    2nd

    No Events
    Events for October

    3rd

    No Events
    Events for October

    4th

    No Events
    Events for October

    5th

    No Events
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10
    11
    12
    Events for October

    6th

    No Events
    Events for October

    7th

    No Events
    Events for October

    8th

    No Events
    Events for October

    9th

    No Events
    Events for October

    10th

    No Events
    Events for October

    11th

    No Events
    Events for October

    12th

    No Events
    13
    14
    15
    16
    17
    18
    19
    Events for October

    13th

    No Events
    Events for October

    14th

    No Events
    Events for October

    15th

    No Events
    Events for October

    16th

    No Events
    Events for October

    17th

    No Events
    Events for October

    18th

    No Events
    Events for October

    19th

    No Events
    20
    21
    21Adult Art Workshop
    22
    22Rockin’ Storytime
    Pumpkin Storytime
    Children’s Drawing Workshop
    23
    23Storytime & Craft
    “Wednesday Walkers” Walking Club
    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series
    STEM Workshop: STAR WARS™ Science!
    24
    24Baby Time with Miss Katie
    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon
    Pumpkin Painting
    Greg Latimer: Discovering the Supernatural
    25
    25Tech Tools: CloudLibrary
    26
    Events for October

    20th

    No Events
    Events for October

    21st

    11:00 AM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Autumn leaves

    Autumn Themes

    Catinka Knoth offers drawing October’s autumn themes, with a focus on drawing in color. Participants will create their own colored drawings of fall leaves; autumn landscape scenes; and Halloween pumpkins. Knoth provides the classes free of charge and open to the general public, with materials supplied, and Friends of Rockland Library hosting. FMI Knoth at 691-1691 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

    Events for October

    22nd

    10:30 AM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Community 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.

    10:30 AM

    Pumpkin Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Celebrate our wonderful volunteers, during National Friends Week, with pumpkin decorating events!

    Join Miss Katie for a squash filled Rockin’ Storytime, filled with pumpkin songs and stories. Storytime will end with pumpkin painting, where every child can bring home their own decorated pumpkin to celebrate the season.
    Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Come dressed ready to paint.

    04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Haunted houses

    “Let’s Draw Fall and Halloween Themes”

    Children, and those young at heart, will explore fall and Halloween themes in the ongoing drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Workshops, geared for ages 6 and up, also welcome adults. Library policy requests that children 10 and under have an adult accompany them. Classes meet every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. downstairs in the Friends Community Room.

    October’s subjects may include: autumn leaves and trees; pumpkin patches and scarecrows; owls, bats, and cats; haunted houses; and a spooky Halloween with Jack-O-Lanterns, witches, goblins, and more.

    Sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, the workshops, for age 6 and up,are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. FMI – Jean Young, children’s librarian, 594-0310.

    Events for October

    23rd

    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.

    10:30 AM

    “Wednesday Walkers” 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

    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    A eight week series, co-sponsored with Journey to Health. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed for community dwelling adults age 60 and older to increase activity levels and reduce the fear of falling. If you are concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, or are interested in improving your flexibility, balance and strength, this class is for you. Registration is required. To register, please call 301-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

    03:45 PM

    STEM Workshop: STAR WARS™ Science!

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Join Miss Katie & Ms. Jessie learning about COOL properties of solids to gasses while we play with dry ice! We’ll be making a spooky smoke-breathing Jack-o-lantern, mixing up some colorful concoctions, and making frozen “crystal” balls. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by a mindful adult, dry ice is fun but requires caution.

     

    Events for October

    24th

    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.

    11:00 AM

    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Local artist Jill Langdon

    An eight week series. Jill Langdon offers a workshop on art journaling where no experience is required – in either art or journaling. Art journaling is a combination of writing down your thoughts on a particular subject and then creatively embellishing it with art in your own way and style. Classes run every Thursday morning from 11am to noon through October 31st. The only items participants need to bring is their own journal and their imagination! Jill Langdon is an award winning, local, fine artist who has been painting and journaling for almost 40 years.

    03:45 PM

    Pumpkin Painting

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Celebrate our wonderful volunteers, during National Friends Week, with pumpkin decorating events!

    Join Miss Katie for an afternoon of painting fun! Pick your pumpkin and transform it into something spooky or sweet. Take the pumpkin home with you after or leave it to decorate the Library.
    This program is for adults and children. Come dressed ready to paint.

    06:30 PM

    Greg Latimer: Discovering the Supernatural

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Greg Latimer

    Join author Greg Latimer for a presentation on Discovering the Paranormal. The session will include theories and practices, use of equipment, examination of photos, and videos of active paranormal explorations in Maine and elsewhere, including the Johnny Cash house in Jamaica. Some of the photos and videos present very compelling evidence of phenomena that defy explanation through known science.

    Latimer is the author of Ghosts of the Boothbay Region and Haunted Damariscotta as well as the research director of MysteriousDestinationsMagazine.com, an online publication that explores mysteries throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. He is an award winning investigative reporter and a former police evidence photographer who has transferred this skill set into exploring the paranormal in a logical, level-headed fashion.

    Events for October

    25th

    10:30 AM

    Tech Tools: CloudLibrary

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    CloudLibrary has some new features and a new look! Join librarian Jessie Blanchard in getting familiar with fun (and free!) ebook/eAudiobook app, whether you are using for the first time or want to learn how to use it better. Please have your own device, call 594-0310 to sign up.

    Events for October

    26th

    No Events
    27
    28
    28Adult Art Workshop
    Book Group: Catching Up With the Classics
    29
    29Rockin’ Storytime
    Children’s Drawing Workshop
    30
    30Storytime & Craft
    “Wednesday Walkers” Walking Club
    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series
    31
    31Baby Time with Miss Katie
    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon
    Enter Ghost: A Shakespeare Society Presentation
    1
    2
    Events for October

    27th

    No Events
    Events for October

    28th

    11:00 AM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Halloween pumpkins

    Autumn Themes

    Catinka Knoth offers drawing October’s autumn themes, with a focus on drawing in color. Participants will create their own colored drawings of fall leaves; autumn landscape scenes; and Halloween pumpkins. Knoth provides the classes free of charge and open to the general public, with materials supplied, and Friends of Rockland Library hosting. FMI Knoth at 691-1691 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

    Events for October

    29th

    10:30 AM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Community 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.

    04:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Spooky Halloween with Jack-O-Lanterns, haunted houses, witches, goblins, and more

    “Let’s Draw Fall and Halloween Themes”

    Children, and those young at heart, will explore fall and Halloween themes in the ongoing drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Workshops, geared for ages 6 and up, also welcome adults. Library policy requests that children 10 and under have an adult accompany them. Classes meet every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. downstairs in the Friends Community Room.

    October’s subjects may include: autumn leaves and trees; pumpkin patches and scarecrows; owls, bats, and cats; haunted houses; and a spooky Halloween with Jack-O-Lanterns, witches, goblins, and more.

    Sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, the workshops, for age 6 and up,are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. FMI – Jean Young, children’s librarian, 594-0310.

     

     

    Events for October

    30th

    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.

    10:30 AM

    “Wednesday Walkers” 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

    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    A eight week series, co-sponsored with Journey to Health. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed for community dwelling adults age 60 and older to increase activity levels and reduce the fear of falling. If you are concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, or are interested in improving your flexibility, balance and strength, this class is for you. Registration is required. To register, please call 301-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

    Events for October

    31st

    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.

    11:00 AM

    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Local artist Jill Langdon

    An eight week series. Jill Langdon offers a workshop on art journaling where no experience is required – in either art or journaling. Art journaling is a combination of writing down your thoughts on a particular subject and then creatively embellishing it with art in your own way and style. Classes run every Thursday morning from 11am to noon through October 31st. The only items participants need to bring is their own journal and their imagination! Jill Langdon is an award winning, local, fine artist who has been painting and journaling for almost 40 years.

    02:00 PM

    Enter Ghost: A Shakespeare Society Presentation

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Be afraid. Be very afraid: “Enter Ghost” is a collage of ghost-scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, ranging from spine-tingling to hair-raising to downright creepy  — including HamletMacBethRichard III,  Julius Caesar  and others  –read by members of the Rockland Shakespeare Society. Thought to be the oldest continuously active Shakespeare Society in America, the society has been celebrating   for 130 years the plays of Willliam Shakespeare, our greatest English-language playwright and poet, whose works are still accessible and relevant to our troubled times.

    Latest Rockland Public Library News

    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Are you open today?

    The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10:00am – 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-10:00am-5:00pm. Now open Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. We are closed for Federal and State holidays.

    When the weather outside is frightful, the Library may be closed due to snow, ice, or other hazards, so please check our alerts & announcements for closures & delayed openings if unsure.

    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; this security deposit does not hold the room. Full payment is required to hold the room.  Please write a separate check for the security deposit.

    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, current Coast Guard members, or property owners are eligible for a free library card, as are Knox County kids and teachers through 12th grade. 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 some of the many library services offered.  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?

    Regular library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm. We are closed for all Federal & State holidays.

    When the weather outside is frightful, the Library may be closed due to snow, ice, or other hazards, 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.

    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.

    Call us at 207-594-0310, or visit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

    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)

    You can view our value statement by clicking here.

    rockland-library-map-bg

    Contact the Rockland Public Library

    (207) 594-0310
    Rockland Public Library Phone

    Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street Rockland, Maine 04841
    Get directions