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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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    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.

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    Jean Young’s Retirement Party!

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Join us for cake and other treats in honor of Children’s Librarian, Jean Young, and her 20 years making the Rockland Public Library a wonderful place.

    03:45 PM

    STEM Workshop: Space World

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Explore space from the comfort of the Library with Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie. Walk like an astronaut, seach for moon rocks, and create edible phases of the moon.

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    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.

    01:30 PM

    Rockland Potterfest

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Join Miss Katie in the 3nd Annual Rockland Potterfest celebrating everything Harry Potter! In honor of J.K. Rowling & Harry’s birthday we will be playing games, competing in water relay races, and learning spells on the Library lawn. Come in your muggle clothes or dressed as your favorite character.

    06:00 PM

    Science Talk by Jon Wallace: Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Moon Landing

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon. Most Americans did not support the program; it was very expensive and an ‘impossible’ feat, well beyond our ability. So how and why did the United States go to the Moon? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Jon Wallace at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 PM to learn more about how and why we got to the Moon, this amazing mission, what we learned, and the people that made it possible.

    Jon was an award-winning high school science teacher in Meriden, Connecticut for over 32 years. He is past president of the Connecticut Association of Physics Teachers and was an instructor in Wesleyan University’s Project ASTRO program. He has managed the Naugatuck Valley Community College observatory and run many astronomy classes and training sessions throughout Connecticut. Jon has a BS in Geology from the University of Connecticut; a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study (Sixth Year) in Science (Astronomy) from Wesleyan University. He currently lives in Maine and gives free presentations in schools, libraries and other venues in the Freeport area.

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    Blast-Off Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Guest Jenn Tyler will bring stories to life, while we move our bodies and enjoying experiences that further a sense of discovery. Storytime will take place in the Children’s Garden on sunny days and the Children’s Room on rainy days. Blast Off Storytime will also meet on these dates: July 19, July 26, August 2, and August 9.

    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    4-H Summer of Science

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Kathryn Jensen from the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension 4-H will be here teaching kids about Ocean Science with fun, weekly STEM activities for grades 3-7.

    Kids will be able to act as pirates and use the Engineer Design Process and the science of ocean waters to confront real world challenges to navigate their pirate ship. Lessons are delivered once a week, for five weeks. All supplies are provided and this program is FREE! Ages 7-12 welcome to attend! Children under 10 must be supervised by a parent. Please sign-up with the Rockland Library at the front desk or by calling 207-594-0310. The weekly activities are scheduled as follows:

    Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm

    Week 1: July 12th Seaweed Filter

    Week 2: July 26th Layers of the Ocean

    Week 3: August 1st Salt Water Density

    Week 4: August 9th Catapults

    Week 5: August 16th Stretch Your Potential

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    Community Picnic at MacDougal Park

    MacDougal Park, Broadway

    MacDougal Park

    Co-sponsored by WRFR and the Rockland Public Library. Enjoy a free picnic lunch, music, lawn games, bubbles, craft demonstrations, and more. All are welcome. The park entrance is at the corner of Gay Street and Broadway.

    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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    Tea & Tots

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Songs, active rhymes, and stories – especially for ages 18 months to 3 years! Followed by playtime with the Family Place toys and a small snack for toddlers and coffee or tea for grown-ups.

     

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    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Wildflower coastal scene

    “Coastal Maine Floral Landscapes”

    Catinka Knoth will give a series of free drawing classes on depicting Maine coastal floral scenes, at Rockland Public Library. Classes meet in the Community Room, 11 a.m., most Mondays in July. The first scene will explore creating a lupine coastal scene. Participants will create art using pencils, colored pencils, crayons, and maybe scissors, with an emphasis on drawing in color. Each week is different scene. Knoth will give instruction and guidance. She invites adult students of all levels to come make art in this communal and diverse environment.

     

    Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which she offers as cards and prints. She 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

     

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    Teens Write

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Yvonne Blake, writer, educator, and website developer will host weekly workshops designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. Class will continue July 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. Call & speak with Children’s Librarian Jean Young to sign up.

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    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.

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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.

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Tech Tools: Intro to Gmail

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Librarian Katie Drago will teach you Microsoft Word.

    Come to the Rockland Public Library to learn how to create and edit a document with Microsoft Word. Miss Katie will teach the basic formatting options, like how to bold text, adjust line spacing, and change the page alignment, as well as how to insert pictures and hyperlinks.

    Call ahead to reserve a spot in the class.

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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, 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 - 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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