Rockland Public Library
Hours: The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
There will be no Wednesday Walkers today, 2/28
We Have Eclipse Glasses!
On Monday, April 8th, a total solar eclipse will occur, with much of Maine in the path of totality. Be prepared and come pick up a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses here at the library. Due to a limited supply, we can give up to 2 pairs PER FAMILY. Ask at the checkout desk. A limited amount will also be available the day of the eclipse at our Eclipse-Viewing Party on the Library lawn, details to come...
2024 Annual Poetry Contest Opens March 1st- Theme: "Eclipse"
At 3:28 PM on April 8th of this year, a total solar eclipse will occur, with Maine in the path of totality. This will be the last total eclipse visible in North America until 2044. What does this special event mean to you? Will you be viewing it? Have you witnessed an eclipse before? In what other ways does the concept of “eclipse” affect your life? Write up a poem and share it with us! FULL CONTEST DETAILS HERE. INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
AARP Tax Prep
We are now taking appointments for free tax prep provided by AARP volunteers. Appointments will be held on Fridays through April 12th. Please call 207-594-0310 to make an appointment, and don't forget, if you are having your taxes prepared here you MUST have filled out an intake form ahead of time in order to bring it with you, as well as all other requested documents. The form and list can be found in our Tax Packet and can be picked up here at the Library anytime before the day of your appointment.
Prefer to do the taxes yourself? We have the federal 1040, 1040SR, and corresponding booklets. We DO NOT have Maine forms, they can be acquired by calling 207-624-7894, or using the online request form found HERE.
The Office is now available for rent by the hour; reduced rates apply for daily and weekly rentals.
Furnished with funds from the Rockland Public Library Endowment Association, supplemented by the Maine State Library’s Remote Work through Libraries grant, The Office is an inviting and private space designed for remote work, small meetings, and collaborative work. Among the amenities—a large monitor with cables to connect your laptop, both a reading lamp and task lighting, and a multi-function outlet tower, to plug in all your devices. The Library has also stocked it with some office supplies, including a stapler, scissors, and plenty of pens & pencils. The Office is on the lower level of the Library.
This is the first of many areas in the Library, being redesigned to encourage remote work through libraries, while maintaining space for reading and gathering. Stay tuned as these improvements will be rolling out over the next several months. Rockland Library will also be asking for library visitors to fill out some quick surveys, to gauge the use and usefulness of these improvements.
We're on the air! The library has a new monthly radio show on Rockland’s Community Radio station, WRFR, 93.3 FM and streaming online at wrfr.org!
Lowdown Live with the Rockland Public Library
The First Wednesday of the Month
from 9 AM -10 AM
Join Utility Librarian Jessie Blanchard and Deputy Library Director Patty King for a jam-packed hour of: information about library events, the inside scoop about library resources and cool things to check out, news from other City of Rockland departments, interviews, music, and more!
Sign Up for hoopla today!
With hoopla Digital, Rockland Public Library cardholders are able to instantly read, watch, and listen to their choice of more than 1,000,000 titles, for FREE! This includes TV series, newly released music, bestselling audiobooks, eBooks, Great Courses, and much more everywhere you have a screen - your computer, your phone, your car, even your TV. All you need is your valid library card!
Cardholders may borrow up to four (4) titles each month; however, a Binge Pass allows unlimited streaming (only) using only one of your four borrows. The Binge Pass is currently available for magazines, Curiosity Stream (engaging documentaries and nonfiction series), Hellosaurus (interactive, engaging, and educational shows for kids ages 2 to 8), and Great Courses.
The library is able to provide this new service thanks to funding from the Rockland Public Library Endowment Association.
For more information, or help getting set up, call 594-0310 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK STOP is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
The Friends of Rockland Library volunteers run The Book Stop, a wonderful used bookstore located on the lower level of the library building. The Book Stop sells gently used books in all genres, as well as DVD’s and CD’s, all at bargain prices. It is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10am to 1pm. Donations of nice quality items for re-sale are gratefully accepted, please contact a Library staff member for donation guidelines. All proceeds benefit the library.
We are pleased to share that patrons now have access to the Library's subscription to Booklist Reader. Booklist Reader is a digital magazine, featuring diverse readers' advisory recommendations, for readers and listeners of all ages. Filled with high-interest, themed lists that showcase books people can read and check out now. Booklist Reader is an exclusive service for library subscribers and their patrons. (That's You!) This link will live in the Digital Resources part of this website, under Find Something New to Read.
Do you love comic books and graphic novels? Rockland Library cardholders now have FREE access to online titles through the ComicsPlus app. Follow the link HERE for instructions on downloading the app, reading direct from the website, and using your library card to log in. TONS of titles are available, including new and popular works for both adults and kids.
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The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. We are closed for all Federal & State holidays.
When the weather outside is frightful, the Library may be closed due to snow, ice, or other hazards, so please check our alerts & announcements for closures & delayed openings if unsure.
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 The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
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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)