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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.

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    11:30 AM

    Watermelon Day

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Watermelon Windsock

    Watermelon Day! We will be eating watermelon, listening to watermelon stories, and making watermelon windsocks to take home. What better way to salute the Summer Season than to celebrate watermelons!

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    21A Visit from Chewonki: Tide Pools
    Children’s Drawing Workshop
    Local History Talk: A History of Blues in Rockland
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    22“Wednesday Walkers” Walking Club
    Storytime & Craft
    Gypsy Visits the Library
    STEM Workshop: Bag Ice Cream
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    23Farmers’ Market Storytime
    Baby Time with Miss Katie
    Film: Hairspray
    ASL Silent Social Hour
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    25Book Club: Catching Up With the Classics
    Family Storytime with Miss Jean
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    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Sailboats by the Breakwater

    Catinka Knoth will teach drawing Midcoast Maine lighthouse and boat scenes, Mondays in August. Participants make their own lighthouse and boat drawings using colored pencils and crayons. Each week is a different scene.

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

    Events for August

    21st

    02:00 PM

    A Visit from Chewonki: Tide Pools

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Chewonki staff discuss tide pools with students

    Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program presents, “Tide Pools” in the Community Room. “Using this interactive traveling display, participants will dip their hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem and touch some of the ocean’s most magnificent species.”

     

    04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Let’s Draw Maine Summer Birds!

    Let’s Draw a Collection of August Maine Memories!

    Children will continue exploring Maine memories this summer at the weekly drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Knoth leads children, (and adults), ages 6 and up, in follow-along drawings on a variety of motifs. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

    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.

    06:30 PM

    Local History Talk: A History of Blues in Rockland

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Paul Benjamin

    Co-sponsored with the Rockland Historical Society. Blues promoter Paul Benjamin will tell a history of the Blues in Rockland and autograph copies of his new book, Heart of Blues:25 Years of the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Benjamin was a Marine, a Rockland policeman, and a private detective before getting involved in bringing the Blues to Rockland. In 1994, Gil Merriam, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, suggested he move the festival to the Public Landing. Thus, the North Atlantic Blues Festival was born and now draws crowds of over 16,000 people. Following the program we will adjourn to the historical society museum for refreshments and conversation

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    10:30 AM - 11:30 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 - 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.

    11:00 AM

    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.

    03:45 PM

    STEM Workshop: Bag Ice Cream

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Learn about the effect of temperature on the speed of molecules. Join Ms. Jessie and Miss Katie in making your own ice cream to take home.

    This program has a sign up sheet to make sure there are enough supplies for everyone. Call the library to reserve your spot, 594-0310.

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    09:00 AM

    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.

    06:30 PM

    Film: Hairspray

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

      Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic John Waters film, Hairspray! When Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), winning over Amber’s boyfriend (Michael St. Gerard) in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber’s pushy parents (Sonny Bono, Deborah Harry).

    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.

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    Storytime & Craft
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    Rockland Library Historical Tour
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    Baby Time with Miss Katie
    Talk: Astrophotographer Mike Taylor
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    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Lobster boats by Marshall Point

    Catinka Knoth will teach drawing Midcoast Maine lighthouse and boat scenes, Mondays in August. Participants make their own lighthouse and boat drawings using colored pencils and crayons. Each week is a different scene.

    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.

    Events for August

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    04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Let’s Draw a Maine County Fair!

    Let’s Draw a Collection of August Maine Memories!

    Children will continue exploring Maine memories this summer at the weekly drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Knoth leads children, (and adults), ages 6 and up, in follow-along drawings on a variety of motifs. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

    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.

    Events for August

    29th

    10:30 AM - 11:30 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 - 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.

    11:00 AM

    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.

    02:30 PM

    Rockland Library Historical Tour

    Which President spoke from the library lawn?  What does the library keep in that big safe? Whose busts are watching over the Reading Room? Join librarians Patty and Jessie on a library tour and learn the answers to these questions and more! What do you really know about the Rockland Librarians? We’ll also have a special focus on some stories about the past head librarians of the Rockland Library.

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    09:00 AM

    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.

    06:30 PM

    Talk: Astrophotographer Mike Taylor

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Mike Taylor, astrophotographer, will show many of his photographs and discuss best techniques for photographing the night sky. Taylor Photography’s landscape astrophotography and scenic/nature images & articles have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day, Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, NBC News, Viral Nova, Discovery.com, Mashable.com, Down East magazine, UNILAD, Outdoor Photography Magazine and multiple other science websites and social media pages. Mike is also a contributing member of the International Dark-Sky Association and he has been working in conjunction with their organization to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste.

     

    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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    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, ME 04841
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