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    Rockland Public Library

    Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 9:00am - 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-9:00am-5:00pm. Now open Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

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    15“My Next Career Move” Workshop Series
    Baby Time with Miss Katie
    LEGO™ Club
    Collective Voices Talk: Making it on Main(e) St.
    ASL Silent Social Hour
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    Thanksgiving Crafts
    Conversation Café: A Climate Change Book Discussion
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    10:00 AM

    “My Next Career Move” Workshop Series

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Co-sponsored with New Ventures Maine. Four weeks on Thursdays at 10 AM .Take charge of your career and create an action plan to achieve success. Learn how your current skills connect to future careers. Identify high-growth job fields. Explore education and training options. Strengthen your resume for a targeted job search. Graduates of My Next Career Move are eligible to apply for the University of Maine at Augusta GEN Scholarship, to be used at any UMA location. To register or for more information, contact Melinda Wildes at 593-7942 or melinda.wildes@maine.edu

    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.

    04:15 PM

    LEGO™ Club

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Let’s build!

    Calling all builders! Come join LEGO Guy Jon for an afternoon of making, creating and story-sharing at Rockland Public Library’s LEGO Club!  LEGO Club is held every 3rd Thursday in the Children’s Room from 4:15-500 pm. Kids of all ages are welcome to use their imaginations to build.

    Library policy is that children age 10 and under be accompanied by an adult.

    06:30 PM

    Collective Voices Talk: Making it on Main(e) St.

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Have you ever imagined owning your own business? What are the obstacles and how does one endure through the difficulties? Come hear three Main Street, Rockland, business owners tell their stories about running a small business. They’ll share their inspiration for starting a business, problems they have encountered, and what energizes them to keep going. The panelists are Lacy Simons, owner of hello hello books, Leah Andra, owner ofClementine and Nancy O’Brien, owner of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. The moderator is Diane Sturgeon, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration.

    06:45 PM

    ASL Silent Social Hour

    Rockland Public Library - Board Room

    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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    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.

    11:00 AM

    Thanksgiving Crafts

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Join us in the Children’s Room for three different crafts to decorate your house for the holiday!

    03:00 PM

    Conversation Café: A Climate Change Book Discussion

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Are you worried about how climate change is affecting the coast of Maine? Have you seen changes here that impact your work or life on the coast? Let’s discuss! We will be using a unique, small group discussion format as an outlet to brainstorm, collaborate, and voice our thoughts on local climate change using the framework of the books, Settled in the Wild and The Last Lobster.
    Settled in the Wild is a collection of essays by Susan Hand Shetterly. Shetterly notes her impact on nature and vice versa while living rough in Downeast Maine. Her subtle, gentle observations reveal changes in our natural world over her 40 years here.
    The Last Lobster is a new book by environmental author Christopher White about Maine’s biggest coastal industry. White travels up and down the coast talking to fisherman, scientists, and community members within the lobster fishery. He settles down and embeds himself in Stonington, with the goal of feeling out climate change, how it has changed lobstering, and how it affects the lobsters and humans involved by going straight to the source.
    For any kids that would like to join in the discussion, we are recommending A World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky. This book uses straightforward science and a few “what ifs” to open kids’ eyes to the impact of a history of overfishing and what we can do about it before it’s too late.
    This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. The above books can be checked out at the Library or through interlibrary loan. Please call Jessie Blanchard at 594-0310 with any questions.

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    Children’s Drawing Workshop
    Author Talk: So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? All the Dirt on Living the Good Life
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    “Wednesday Walkers” Walking Club
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    11:00 AM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Woodland animals & wild turkeys

    “Woodland Animals and November Themes”

    Catinka Knoth will teach drawing woodland animals and themes of November, with a focus on drawing in color. Knoth leads participants in working with colored pencils and crayons to create their own colored drawings of woodland animals and November themes. Students will use a variety of exercises and methods to help develop new ways of seeing, observing, and designing.

    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.

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    10:30 AM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Continuing by popular demand! 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: Let’s draw turkeys a pilgrim feast, and a cornucopia for Thanksgiving!

    “Let’s Draw in Celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Thanksgiving, and the Coming of Winter!”

    Catinka Knoth will help children ages 6 and up explore such motifs as woodland animals; Thanksgiving; Native American designs, lodging, hunting, and game; and foods and family gatherings. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently and encourages adults to join in the drawing fun. Local patrons Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the program, which is free with all materials supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. Contact Jean Young, children’s librarian, at 594-0310 for more information.

    06:30 PM

    Author Talk: So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? All the Dirt on Living the Good Life

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

    Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, a writer and farmer from Liberty, Maine, draws on personal experiences turning an old farm into a working, modern homestead and hopes to help folks who are looking to make the leap of going country. In this talk, she will illustrate her own experiences and share what she has learned, as well as offering some tips and tricks for surviving Maine winters with wood heat and caring for some of the most common homestead animals, sharing her personal take on the challenges and the joys of trying to live self-sufficiently.

    Events for November

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    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.

    Events for November

    22nd

    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.

    06:45 PM

    ASL Silent Social Hour

    Rockland Public Library - Board Room

    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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    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.

    01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Friends of Rockland Library “Festival of Trees” Auction

    Rockland Public Library - Reading Room

    The Friends of Rockland Public Library are holding their annual “Festival of Trees” Silent Auction. There will be  over 30 tabletop trees on display, generously decorated by local businesses. Come visit the Library, all decked out for the holidays. Bidding starts at 1:00, and ends at 4:00. Stop in, have a warm cup of cocoa or cider, a treat (baked by our amazing Friends Bakers), and bid on your favorite tree(s)!

    The decorated trees will be “silent auctioned” off in conjunction with The Historic Inns of Rockland Holiday Tour, which takes place from 1:00 – 4:00. During the tour, people can visit the inns in the neighborhood of the library. Stop in at the LimeRock Inn, the Berry Manor Inn, and the Granite Inn. The inns will be decorated for the season, as a part of the Downtown Rockland Festival of Lights Celebration. All proceeds from the Tree Auction and House Tour will go directly to support our wonderful Rockland Public Library.

    As if hot cocoa, a warm fire in the fireplace, and our Tree Auction isn’t enough reason to stop by the library, on this same day, the Book Stop will have extended holiday shopping hours, from 10:00 – 4:00. Save a tree, support the library and buy gently used, excellent condition books! We have all genres! Books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books: all for $5 or less.

    We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of the many businesses that happily agreed to decorate a tree for this fundraiser. Community support for our Library has never been so strong. The Friends of Rockland Public Library work tirelessly to raise both money and public awareness to support the Library. Want to have a great time right now while supporting the library? Come to the Historic Inns Holiday House Tour and the Festival of Trees Silent Auction on Saturday, November 24th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    STEM Workshop: Marvelous Magnets
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    Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: Won’t You be My Neighbor?
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    11:00 AM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Native American motifs

    “Woodland Animals and November Themes”

    Catinka Knoth will teach drawing woodland animals and themes of November, with a focus on drawing in color. Knoth leads participants in working with colored pencils and crayons to create their own colored drawings of woodland animals and November themes. Students will use a variety of exercises and methods to help develop new ways of seeing, observing, and designing.

    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.

    Events for November

    27th

    10:30 AM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Continuing by popular demand! 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: Let’s draw Native American designs and motifs!

    “Let’s Draw in Celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Thanksgiving, and the Coming of Winter!”

    Catinka Knoth will help children ages 6 and up explore such motifs as woodland animals; Thanksgiving; Native American designs, lodging, hunting, and game; and foods and family gatherings. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently and encourages adults to join in the drawing fun. Local patrons Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the program, which is free with all materials supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. Contact Jean Young, children’s librarian, at 594-0310 for more information.

    06:30 PM - 06:00 PM

    Recycled Art Workshop for Teens and Adults

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Kim Bernard

    Led by artist Kim Bernard. Rather than using new resources to create art, why not rescue materials headed for the landfill, unleash your creativity on them and make some art?! Sometimes we get stifled by using precious and expensive art materials. When you begin with materials that were destined for the dump anyway, you can be more experimental, playful and less inhibited. This workshop is guaranteed to be fun, wildly creative and a total surprise!

    Events for November

    28th

    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.

    03:45 PM

    STEM Workshop: Marvelous Magnets

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Magnets are everywhere! Join Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie to experiment with magnet strength. Find them in unexpected places and create your own magnet game!

    Events for November

    29th

    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.

    06:30 PM

    Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: Won’t You be My Neighbor?

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. After the screening, Patty King will lead a short discussion about the film.

    06:45 PM

    ASL Silent Social Hour

    Rockland Public Library - Board Room

    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.

    Events for November

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    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Are you open today?

    The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9:00am – 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-9:00am-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 or property owners are eligible for a free library card, as are Knox County kids and teachers (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?

    Regular library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 9:00am - 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-9:00am-5:00pm. Now open Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. 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 - 9:00am - 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-9:00am-5:00pm. Now open Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

    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.

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    Contact the Rockland Public Library

    (207) 594-0310
    Rockland Public Library Phone

    Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street Rockland, Maine 04841
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