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EMERGENCY CITY-WIDE PARKING BAN IN EFFECT: The City of Rockland is declaring a snow emergency parking ban. This declared parking ban prohibits parking of any vehicles upon all of the city streets and municipal parking lots, starting at 12:00 AM on Sunday 1/20/19 to 8:00 AM on Monday 1/21/19, then again from 10:00 PM on Monday 1/21/19 to 6:00 AM Tuesday 1/22/19. During this timeframe, it shall be unlawful for any person to park or cause to be parked, or permit to remain parked, or to abandon or to leave unattended, any vehicle of any kind or description upon streets; provided, however, that vehicles may be parked for a period of no longer than ten minutes for actual loading or unloading of property, and provided further that no other ordinance restricting parking is thereby violated. Vehicles found in non- compliance with this Snow Emergency parking ban, which interfere with the operation of any snow removal equipment or any emergency vehicle will be towed. The City Manager or Director of Public Services shall effect such removal of vehicles through the Police Department of the city and the cost of removal and storage of any vehicle shall be paid by the owner or operator thereo
Main Street overflow parking during the Parking Ban will be at the Flanagan Community Center on Union Street.

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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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    22Rockin’ Storytime
    Children’s Drawing Workshop
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    Author Talk: Nancy Harmon Jenkins on the Mediterranean Diet
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    26Family Storytime with Miss Jean
    Special Storytime: Meet a Barn Brownie
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    08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Join Miss Katie for stories, songs, and dances for children of all ages. Each week we will have a new theme and new ways to wiggle our sillies out.

    04:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Winter themes, scenes, and sports

    “Let’s Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!”

    Children will draw winter animals and scenes this January, at Rockland Public Library’s ongoing drawing workshops led by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw and create along with Knoth as she demonstrates how to convey a variety of subjects. Winter subjects may include arctic animals such as snowflakes, polar bears, snowy owls, hares, and foxes; houses in a snowy landscape, and winter sports. Each week is a different focus.

    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

    American Sign Language 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

    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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    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.

    02:00 PM

    Author Talk: Nancy Harmon Jenkins on the Mediterranean Diet

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    The Mediterranean diet has been hailed by everyone from food writers to nutritional scientists to cardiologists as a great way for Americans to get a grip on better health for themselves and their families. But what is it exactly? And how can you translate it into good food for yourself and your loved ones? Join food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of The New Mediterranean Diet, a nationally recognized authority on the subject (and also on one of its prime components, extra-virgin olive oil), as she explains what the diet is and what it’s not–and especially why it’s not a restrictive “eat-this-not-that” kind of diet, but rather an entirely easy and delicious way to bring good health into your kitchen and onto your table. And to have fun doing so. Nancy will have copies of The New Mediterranean Diet and also of her more recent Virgin Territory  available for sale and signing.

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    REGISTRATION IS FULL: Shake Your Soul® and Let Your Yoga Dance® for EveryBody!

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    *Registration is full. Stay tuned for additional movement classes in the future.*

    A four week series. Taught by independent dance instructor Katie Tranzillo. For adults of all ages and abilities—adaptations will be offered. Move to great music and feel good in your body. This body-spirit-fitness program combines elements of Shake Your Soul® and Let Your Yoga Dance® to reconnect us with our bodies and the joy of movement, with a basic fitness program of gentle cardio for strength, flexibility, and balance. With exciting world music and clear guidance, you will explore movements, music, and dances from around the world. Sign-up is required as space is limited. Please stop by the Reference Desk to register or call 594-0310. Part of the “Check Out Movement and Healthy Living at Your Library” Series.

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    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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    Special Storytime: Meet a Barn Brownie

    Rockland Public Library - Children's Room

    Come meet Waldoboro artist and writer Chris Derby as she shares her little stuffed friend – a New England Barn Brownie! He is so cute and he needs to find a new place to live as his own barn is falling into disrepair. Brownies “must find a new place to live or will perish with the barn!” Come meet this cutie as writer Chris Derby shares his adventures!

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    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Penguins

    Winter Themes

    Catinka Knoth will lead an art workshop series for adults, on creating scenes such as evergreen trees in snow, lacy snow covered branches, buildings in a snowy landscape, winter animals, and winter sports. Each week will be a different subject.Led by Knoth, participants will create their own winter art. Each week is a different subject. Knoth provides the classes free of charge, with materials supplied.

    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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    08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    Rockin’ Storytime

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Join Miss Katie for stories, songs, and dances for children of all ages. Each week we will have a new theme and new ways to wiggle our sillies out.

    04:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: Arctic animals

    “Let’s Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!”

    Children will draw winter animals and scenes this January, at Rockland Public Library’s ongoing drawing workshops led by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw and create along with Knoth as she demonstrates how to convey a variety of subjects. Winter subjects may include arctic animals such as snowflakes, polar bears, snowy owls, hares, and foxes; houses in a snowy landscape, and winter sports. Each week is a different focus.

    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.

     

     

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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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    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 Screening and Discussion: Seven Songs for a Long Life

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron it’s different. At this remarkable Scottish hospice center, patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor. Four years in the making, Seven Songs for a Long Life includes a hit parade of tunes belted out by patients and caregivers alike between reflections on life, love and mortality. Sinatra and R.E.M. have never been sung with more heart. The film illuminates a journey we will all take eventually, and shows how the songs we love best can help guide us. Following the film, a representative from Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Continuing Education Committee will lead a discussion about the film and talk about hospice.

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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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