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    Rockland Public Library

    Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

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    23Adult Art Workshop
    Everyday Stretch with Patti Luchetti
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    24Rockin’ Storytime
    National Voter Registration Day Voter Drive
    Children’s Drawing Workshop
    Author Talk: Robyn Metcalfe, Food Routes
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    25Storytime & Craft
    “Wednesday Walkers” Walking Club
    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series
    STEM Workshop: Slingshot Straw Rockets
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    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon
    Lime City Humor with Ben Perry and Stanley
    Documentary Film Screening: The Feeling of Being Watched
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    28Everyday Stretch with Patti Luchetti
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    11:00 AM

    Adult Art Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    This week: St. George Grange

    “Scenes of September in Maine”

    Catinka Knoth will teach drawing “Scenes of September in Maine”, with a focus on buildings. Led by Knoth, participants will make their own drawings in color, using colored pencils and crayons. Knoth offers the adult workshops free and with materials supplied.

    Knoth will lead students in drawing several scenes of iconic local Maine buildings. Students may experience simple aspects of perspective theory. They will also practice the technique of coloring in without using outlines. Familiar buildings from St. George and South Thomaston along the St. George peninsula and Rte 131 will serve as subjects for the classes. Each week is a different building – a one room schoolhouse or church, a barn, and a grange.

    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. Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are open to the public.

    05:15 PM - 06:15 PM

    Everyday Stretch with Patti Luchetti

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Instructor Patti Luchetti

    Led by Patti Luchetti, this class will begin with balance exercises, include a full body stretch and end with relaxation. We’ll be using a carpeted space and make full use of chairs. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing or gym wear.

    This class is a 5 week series, no sign-up necessary; all levels welcome.  FREE & OPEN to the public. Those who are new to a movement program or those who seek to regain past abilities are especially encouraged to attend.

    Patti Luchetti has studied Modern and ethnic dance forms for 25+ years and is currently a student of yoga and enjoys the practice of Tai Chi. She is director of Shalimar’s Studio of Oriental Dance in Rockland.

    Events for September

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    10:30 AM

    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.

    01:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    National Voter Registration Day Voter Drive

    Rockland Public Library

    Make sure your vote counts! Don’t let your part in the democratic process be sacrificed because you “forgot to register”. Volunteers from the Local League of Women Voters and staff of Rockland Public Library will be on hand all day to get you registered in time to get voting! 

    04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Children’s Drawing Workshop

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Visits to the apple orchard and apple picking.

    “Let’s Draw September Harvests”

    Children, and those young at heart, will explore farming, harvest, and seasonal themes in this September’s ongoing drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth The “Let’s Draw Together!” sessions, geared for ages six and up, also welcome adults. The library requests that children age ten and under have an adult accompany them.

    September subjects include butterflies and Monarch butterfly migration; farm scenes of haying and the fall harvest; farm animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, roosters, geese, and ducks; visits to the apple orchard and apple picking; and September gardens. Each week is a different subject.

    Sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, the workshops, for age 6 and up,are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. FMI – Jean Young, children’s librarian, 594-0310.

    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Author Talk: Robyn Metcalfe, Food Routes

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Even if we think we know a lot about good and healthy food—even if we buy organic, believe in slow food, and read Eater—we probably don’t know much about how food gets to the table. What happens between the farm and the kitchen? Why are all avocados from Mexico? Why does a restaurant in Maine order lamb from New Zealand? In Food Routes, Robyn Metcalfe explores an often-overlooked aspect of the global food system: how food moves from producer to consumer. She finds that the food supply chain is adapting to our increasingly complex demands for both personalization and convenience—but, she says, it won’t be an easy ride.Networked, digital tools will improve the food system but will also challenge our relationship to food in anxiety-provoking ways. It might not be easy to transfer our affections from verdant fields of organic tomatoes to high-rise greenhouses tended by robots. And yet, argues Metcalfe—a cautious technology optimist—technological advances offer
    opportunities for innovations that can get better food to more people in an increasingly urbanized world.
    Metcalfe follows a slice of New York pizza and a club sandwich through the food supply chain; considers local foods, global foods, and food deserts; investigates the processing, packaging, and storage of food; explores
    the transportation networks that connect farm to plate; and explains how food can be tracked using sensors and the Internet of Things. Future food may be engineered, networked, and nearly independent of crops
    grown in fields. New technologies can make the food system more efficient—but at what cost to our traditionally close relationship with food?

    Robyn Metcalfe is a food historian and food futurist, and Lecturer and Research Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin as well as Director of Food+City.

    Events for September

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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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    A Matter of Balance Workshop Series

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    A eight week series, co-sponsored with Journey to Health. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed for community dwelling adults age 60 and older to increase activity levels and reduce the fear of falling. If you are concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, or are interested in improving your flexibility, balance and strength, this class is for you. Registration is required. To register, please call 301-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

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    STEM Workshop: Slingshot Straw Rockets

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Test the limits of your aeronautical skills with Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie! This month we will be making slingshot straw rockets. We’ll help you build your own then head to the library lawn to fly them!

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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.

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    Art Journal Workshop Series with Jill Langdon

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Local artist Jill Langdon

    An eight week series. Jill Langdon offers a workshop on art journaling where no experience is required – in either art or journaling. Art journaling is a combination of writing down your thoughts on a particular subject and then creatively embellishing it with art in your own way and style. Classes run every Thursday morning from 11am to noon through October 31st. The only items participants need to bring is their own journal and their imagination! Jill Langdon is an award winning, local, fine artist who has been painting and journaling for almost 40 years.

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    Lime City Humor with Ben Perry and Stanley

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Big Ben & Stanley

    Ben Perry makes punny novelties that date back to 1973, when he first came up with “IT” in a nutshell, followed by the “Stool Sample” some years later. He has put together well over forty humorous novelties which are now mostly displayed in the recent publication, Lime City Humor.

    Ben Perry was born and raised in Rockland, Maine. After graduating from Rockland High School in 1954 he entered the US Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After selling automobiles and managing a car dealership parts department, he worked for Fisher Engineering as the Personnel Manager and Safety Director. Upon retiring in 1990 his next career was with Camden National Bank, retiring from there in 2006. He and Stanley have performed at the Strand Theater, Watts Hall, the Rockland Historical Society,and several other local establishments.

    Stanley is a true ventriloquist since his mouth never moves. Stanley and Ben look forward to meeting you, telling funny stories, and then selling and signing books.

    06:30 PM

    Documentary Film Screening: The Feeling of Being Watched

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    (2018, 1 hr 27 min, directed by Assia Boundaoui)
    A collaboration with “POV,” PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. The film follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

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    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    American Red Cross Blood Drive

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Give blood in September! This fall’s drive will take place in the Community Room from 10 AM – 3 PM. Donors can sign up in advance by going to redcross.org.

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    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Everyday Stretch with Patti Luchetti

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Instructor Patti Luchetti

    Led by Patti Luchetti, this class will begin with balance exercises, include a full body stretch and end with relaxation. We’ll be using a carpeted space and make full use of chairs. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing or gym wear.

    This class is a 5 week series, no sign-up necessary; all levels welcome.  FREE & OPEN to the public. Those who are new to a movement program or those who seek to regain past abilities are especially encouraged to attend.

    Patti Luchetti has studied Modern and ethnic dance forms for 25+ years and is currently a student of yoga and enjoys the practice of Tai Chi. She is director of Shalimar’s Studio of Oriental Dance in Rockland.

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    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Are you open today?

    The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10:00am – 8:00pm & Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-10:00am-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: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-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: 10:00am-8:00pm. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm-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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