Rockland Public Library
Hours: Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
MASKS ARE NOW RECOMMENDED WHILE IN THE LIBRARY. Those NOT VACCINATED are REQUIRED to wear a mask
Are you a puzzle lover? Want to trade a previously-loved puzzle for a new one?
It’s time for a puzzle swap! If you’d like to participate, please bring any 250+ piece gently used adult puzzle (in the original box, in good condition, and with all the pieces) to the Library between Thursday, December 1 and Saturday, December 10. For each puzzle donated, you will receive a ticket to pick out a “new-to-you” puzzle (that someone else has brought in) at the swap. Up to 5 puzzles can be traded for tickets. Bring your tickets and pick up a new puzzle on the 12th.
This community swap is free and open to all who have tickets. No puzzle donations will be accepted on the day of the event.
Part of the Kindness Counts Initiative at the Library.
Introducing Bendable Maine!
Bendable Maine allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover and access content that is just right for them on a wide variety of subjects and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities. The vast majority of the learning made available through the system is FREE to residents of the state. Bendable Maine's work-related platform includes career pathways, backed by Maine employers, where you can earn a digital badge, giving you a leg up in your job search.
Bendable Maine also has resources on a wide variety of topics, including cooking healthier meals, handling personal finances, fixing things around the house, understanding technology—even foraging for mushrooms.
The platform features personal learning playlists from individual residents across Maine. It has resources from state and local providers (the university and community college systems, career centers, adult education programs, music schools, art museums and many others), along with a wide range of national providers (including Study.com, edX, GCFGlobal and a dozen more). Visit maine.bendable.com to learn more.
Sign Up for hoopla today!
We introduce hoopla, our new subscription app. With hoopla Digital, Rockland Public Library cardholders will be 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 five (5) titles each month; however, a Binge Pass allows unlimited streaming (only) using only one of your five 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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Regular library hours are Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 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 Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
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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)