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    Rockland Public Library

    Hours: Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

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    Book Group: Catching Up With the Classics

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Catching Up With The Classics is an online book group that meets monthly. We will now being meeting in person, in the Children’s Garden, while the weather is nice. The book for September is Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

    We’ll follow that in October with Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and November’s read will be James Baldwin, Go Tell It On the Mountain. We’ll close out the year with Willa Cather’s My Antonia.

    We’re always looking for new readers! Email pking@rocklandmaine.gov for more info, or call the Library, 207-594-0310, to request a book title.

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    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

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    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    10:30 AM

    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

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    Virtual Contemporary Fiction Book Group

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    Broaden Your Literary Horizons with Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group!

    Launched in 2020, the Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group (CFDG) enjoys lively and thought-provoking conversations about celebrated novels by prize-winning international authors. The group currently meets via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and welcomes new members. The Library invites interested readers to contact: pking@ rocklandmaine.gov for more information.

    Maureen Anne Jennings facilitates the CFDG. Maureen is an author and editor who lives in Rockland. Her fiction includes Bartender Wanted and One Too Many, as well as work published in various anthologies.

    Fall starts with NBA winner Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu for September, and Milkman by Anna Burns for October.

    The CFDG’s 2020 reading list covered novels that received or were finalists for major international literary prizes, such as the Pulitzer, Booker, National Book, Pen Faulkner, and Dublin International Literary awards. Selected titles included Sing, Unburied Sing; The Underground Railroad; Elsey Come Home; An American Marriage; The Friend; Fates and Furies; Exit West; Machines Like Me; Behold the Dreamers; and Clock Dance.

    Events for September

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    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

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    The Queen of Heartbreak Trail: A Maine Author Talk by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Eleanor Phillips Brackbill

    From her book, The Queen of Heartbreak Trail: The Life and Times of Harriet Smith Pullen, Pioneering Woman, in a fully illustrated talk, Brackbill tells the story of a Klondike Gold Rush pioneer who, despite landing broke and alone in Alaska in 1897, launched her career as the owner of Skagway’s famed Pullen House by single-handedly hauling prospectors’ provisions into the Yukon where gold beckoned. The Queen of Heartbreak Trail is the first comprehensive, documented assessment of her life.

    The story begins with Harriet Smith’s adventurous formative years as a Dakota homesteader in a covered wagon and sod houses, challenged by grasshopper plagues, droughts, blizzards, prairie fires, and floods. She married a transplanted Mainer, Dan Pullen, in Washington Territory, where they built a mansion overlooking the Pacific. Harriet defended herself in grueling courtroom testimony against the false accusations of a spiteful employer and endured a lengthy land contest with the U.S. government. Reinventing herself in Alaska during the last great gold rush and homesteading for a third time, she held a claim jumper at gunpoint, and, in her father’s words, “turned out” her husband of twenty years, raising their four children alone. Independent and empowered, she became a raconteur heralded as “The Mother of the North.” Brackbill, Pullen’s great-granddaughter, retraced by foot, by car, by train, by plane, and by ferry, the Pullen and Smith families’ westward migrations and delved into official documents, unpublished material, and family stories to tell this remarkable American saga. Had she been a man, Pullen’s adventurous life story would be impressive. As a woman, it is nothing short of astounding.

    Eleanor Phillips Brackbill is the author of The Queen of Heartbreak Trail: The Life and Times of Harriet Smith Pullen, Pioneering Woman, a 2017 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Scholarly Nonfiction. Her earlier publications include An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property, which traced the 350-year history of a Mamaroneck property, and essays for When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection. Eleanor was the director of education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. She graduated from Antioch College, earned an MA in art history at Boston University, completed a curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and studied in the art history doctoral program at City University of New York. Following twenty-five years as an educator, she embarked on a second career writing about history. In 2015, she relocated to Portland, Maine, where she lives with her husband.

    This event will be held in person at the Rockland Public Library. For more information, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

     

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    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

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    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

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    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

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    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

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    “Awareness Inspires Conservation”: A Zoom Talk by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    This program provides an overview of the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The lecture covers a wide range of topics – from public perception of sharks to the role of sharks in our marine ecosystem. The ongoing white shark research taking place off the coast of Cape Cod is explained in detail, as well as how that research is connected to white shark conservation. The program wraps up with a discussion on how the presence of white sharks close to shore has specifically affected the Cape community. This program is recommended for adults; a Q&A period will follow the talk.

    Since 2013, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has worked in collaboration with shark science experts, community partners, public and government officials, researchers, donors, friends, and followers to augment scientific research, improve and influence factors that affect public safety, and educate both the local and broader community to inspire a greater understanding of white sharks and conservation of the species.

    Kristen Kibblehouse works as the Community Engagement Manager for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and has been with the organization since 2016. Kristen always had a fascination with sharks since she was a child and decided to make that fascination her career. Kristen attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she studied marine science and aided in her university’s shark research program. Kristen moved to Massachusetts in 2016 for an internship with Dr. Greg Skomal. Since then, she has been involved in education, outreach, and research related to the white shark research being conducted off of Cape Cod.

    For a link to the Zoom event to watch from home, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on September 30 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line. There will be limited seating available to view the program via projector at the library.

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    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Are you open today?
    As of July 11, 2021  the Library's hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM; Wednesday & Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.  We are closed for Federal and State holidays. Curbside service, available on request, is from 10 AM to 7:30 PM on M, T & Th; W & F until 4:30, and 10 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturdays. 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, or the Library's Facebook page,  and local news outlets, 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; we request that any boxes or bags remain with the donated items. 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! Catching up with the Classics meets (generally) the third Saturday of the month.  You are welcome join. On the third Wednesday of the month, Contemporary Fiction Book Group is being led by volunteer Maureen Jennings, via Zoom.
    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 $75 damage deposit is required for use of A/V equipment and/or $50, when food is permitted;the refundable  deposits do 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. 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 (from birth) 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 Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.. 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?
    FRIENDS' BOOK STOP   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 Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

    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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