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    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.

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    5Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie
    Pier Kids: A Film Screening from POV
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    3rd

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    04:00 PM

    Summer Discussion Project Sessions

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    Site calendar version: The Rockland Public Library’s discussion project series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will be reading three texts in August. This discussion series is free and open to all. The Library will be reading from “Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers,” a list of texts curated by Pat Onion at Colby College. In these works, American Indian writers blend western writing techniques with oral tradition to mediate between two cultures. Modern and contemporary American Indian literature has deep roots in an oral tradition designed to teach and to entertain, and from those roots come literary works of enduring instruction and delight. Daniel Chin will facilitate.

    We will be meeting at 4:00 PM on the following schedule:

    August 3: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

    August 17: Tracks by Louise Erdrich

    August 31: Fools Crow by James Welch

    September 14: There There by Tommy Orange

    At each session, we will read selections from Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet. Participants may attend as many or as few sessions as they like; you do not have to have attended a previous session to join. The Library will provide copies of all the texts, to be returned at the end of the series. Space is limited, so please sign up soon!

    Registration via Zoom is required to join: https://tinyurl.com/3yd6uz6s. Email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov for more information.

    Events for August

    4th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    10:30 AM

    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

    Events for August

    5th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    06:30 PM

    Pier Kids: A Film Screening from POV

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Pier Kids is a 2019 film by Elegance Bratton and Chester Algernal. On the Christopher Street Pier in New York City, homeless queer and trans youth of color forge friendships and chosen families, withstanding tremendous amounts of abuse while working to carve out autonomy in their lives. With intimate, immersive access to these fearless young people, Pier Kids highlights the precarity and resilience of a community many choose to ignore.

    This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

     

    This event will be presented in person at the Library. For more information, or to request a Zoom link to watch from home, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

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    10Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie
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    11Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie
    Wednesday Walkers
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    12Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie
    Poetry Express with Mikhu Paul
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    10th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    Events for August

    11th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    10:30 AM

    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

    Events for August

    12th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    06:30 PM

    Poetry Express with Mikhu Paul

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

         Sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, Rockland Main St. and the Rockland Public Library.

    Join us on the Library lawn for an evening of poetry celebrating diversity and inclusion in our community. Hosted by poet Mikhu Paul.

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    17Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie
    Summer Discussion Project Sessions
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    18Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie
    Wednesday Walkers
    Virtual Contemporary Fiction Book Group
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    19Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie
    The Lowering Days: A Maine Author Talk by Gregory Brown
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    17th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    04:00 PM

    Summer Discussion Project Sessions

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    The Rockland Public Library’s discussion project series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will be reading three texts in August. This discussion series is free and open to all. The Library will be reading from “Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers,” a list of texts curated by Pat Onion at Colby College. In these works, American Indian writers blend western writing techniques with oral tradition to mediate between two cultures. Modern and contemporary American Indian literature has deep roots in an oral tradition designed to teach and to entertain, and from those roots come literary works of enduring instruction and delight. Daniel Chin will facilitate.

    We will be meeting at 4:00 PM on the following schedule:

    August 3: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

    August 17: Tracks by Louise Erdrich

    August 31: Fools Crow by James Welch

    September 14: There There by Tommy Orange

    At each session, we will read selections from Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet. Participants may attend as many or as few sessions as they like; you do not have to have attended a previous session to join. The Library will provide copies of all the texts, to be returned at the end of the series. Space is limited, so please sign up soon!

    Registration via Zoom is required to join: https://tinyurl.com/3yd6uz6s. Email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov for more information.

    Events for August

    18th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    10:30 AM

    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

    03:00 PM

    Virtual Contemporary Fiction Book Group

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    Broaden Your Literary Horizons with Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group!

    Launched in 2020, the Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group (CFDG) enjoys lively and thought-provoking conversations about celebrated novels by prize-winning international authors. The group currently meets via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and welcomes new members. The Library invites interested readers to contact: pking@ rocklandmaine.gov for more information.

    Maureen Anne Jennings facilitates the CFDG. Maureen is an author and editor who lives in Rockland. Her fiction includes Bartender Wanted and One Too Many, as well as work published in various anthologies.

    We’ll be reading 2019 Pen/Faulkner winner Improvement by Joan Silber for August. For September, read Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu.

    The CFDG’s 2020 reading list covered novels that received or were finalists for major international literary prizes, such as the Pulitzer, Booker, National Book, Pen Faulkner, and Dublin International Literary awards. Selected titles included Sing, Unburied Sing; The Underground Railroad; Elsey Come Home; An American Marriage; The Friend; Fates and Furies; Exit West; Machines Like Me; Behold the Dreamers; and Clock Dance.

    Events for August

    19th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    06:30 PM

    The Lowering Days: A Maine Author Talk by Gregory Brown

    Rockland Public Library - Community Room

    Gregory Brown

    Debut Maine author Gregory Brown will discuss and read excerpts from his new novel, The Lowering Days. The novel tackles issues of land ownership, the interactions of protection and stewardship among different communities, our reliance on extractive relationships for industry, and cycles of hurt in families and communities. Speaking of the book, Richard Russo said, “In The Lowering Days, Gregory Brown gives us a lush, almost mythic portrait of a very specific place and time that feels all the more universal for its singularity. There’s magic here.” An audience Q&A will follow the talk.

    Gregory Brown grew up along Penobscot Bay and still lives in Maine with his family. His work often explores the interaction of land and human influence, with a particular interest on social, cultural, and environmental issues. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, and Narrative Magazine, where he was a winner of the 30Below Prize. He is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied journalism, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied fiction writing. The Lowering Days is his first novel.

    Brown will be calling in via Zoom. For more information, or to request a Zoom link to watch from home, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

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    24Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie
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    25Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie
    Wednesday Walkers
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    26Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie
    Lawn Concert: Katahdin Valley Boys Bluegrass Band
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    24th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    Events for August

    25th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Wednesday Read-Aloud with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy your favorite picture books as Miss Katie reads them to you! We will be out on the Library lawn so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    10:30 AM

    Wednesday Walkers

    Rockland Public Library

    Let’s take a walk!

    Wednesday Walkers is back! Join Patty or Jessie every Wednesday at 10:30 for a 45-60 minute stroll around town. Promoting healthy activity and social connections; all abilities are welcome- no walker is left behind! Meet promptly at 10:30 in the Library lobby (White St. entrance).

    Events for August

    26th

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Babytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Sing and sway along with new and familiar nursery rhymes and songs. This storytime is for little ones and music lovers, with lots of songs and one short story at the end. We will be out on the Library lawn, so bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    06:00 PM

    Lawn Concert: Katahdin Valley Boys Bluegrass Band

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    The Katahdin Valley Boys, one of Maine’s most popular and respected Bluegrass bands, has been entertaining appreciative audiences throughout New England since 1998. The group has received awards from the Maine Country Music Association and the Maine Academy of Country Music. The Katahdin Valley Boys take pride in presenting a top quality show featuring traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. Each band member brings with them many years of experience and mastery of their instruments. Their repertoire features vocal versatility in tight harmonies, smooth solos, and flashy, fiery instrumentals. Katahdin Valley Boys shows have a fresh, personal approach that is presented in an engaging, lighthearted, family-friendly format that is sure to entertain. Bring a chair or picnic blanket from home and come experience one of Maine’s most popular bluegrass bands!

    NOTE EARLY START TIME

     

    For more information, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

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    Summer Discussion Project Sessions
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    Events for August

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    30th

    06:00 PM

    Book Group: Catching Up With the Classics

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Catching Up With The Classics is an online book group that meets monthly. We will now being meeting in person, on the Library lawn, while the weather is nice The book for August is Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    We’re always looking for new readers! Email pking@rocklandmaine.gov for more info, or call the Library, 207-594-0310, to request a book title.

    Events for August

    31st

    10:30 AM

    Outdoor Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie

    Rockland Public Library - Front Lawn

    Enjoy a themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and 2 books. This program is great for toddlers – early elementary. We will be out on the Library lawn, bring a hat and a blanket! Masks are encouraged for those unvaccinated, but not required.

    04:00 PM

    Summer Discussion Project Sessions

    Rockland Public Library ONLINE

    The Rockland Public Library’s discussion project series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will be reading three texts in August. This discussion series is free and open to all. The Library will be reading from “Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers,” a list of texts curated by Pat Onion at Colby College. In these works, American Indian writers blend western writing techniques with oral tradition to mediate between two cultures. Modern and contemporary American Indian literature has deep roots in an oral tradition designed to teach and to entertain, and from those roots come literary works of enduring instruction and delight. Daniel Chin will facilitate.

    We will be meeting at 4:00 PM on the following schedule:

    August 31: Fools Crow by James Welch

    September 14: There There by Tommy Orange

    At each session, we will read selections from Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet. Participants may attend as many or as few sessions as they like; you do not have to have attended a previous session to join. The Library will provide copies of all the texts, to be returned at the end of the series. Space is limited, so please sign up soon!

    Registration via Zoom is required to join: https://tinyurl.com/3yd6uz6s. Email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov for more information.

    Latest Rockland Public Library News

    Rockland Public Library FAQs

    Are you open today?
    As of July 11, 2021  the Library's hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM; Wednesday & Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.  We are closed for Federal and State holidays. Curbside service, available on request, is from 10 AM to 7:30 PM on M, T & Th; W & F until 4:30, and 10 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturdays. 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, or the Library's Facebook page,  and local news outlets, 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; we request that any boxes or bags remain with the donated items. 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! Catching up with the Classics meets (generally) the third Saturday of the month.  You are welcome join. On the third Wednesday of the month, Contemporary Fiction Book Group is being led by volunteer Maureen Jennings, via Zoom.
    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 $75 damage deposit is required for use of A/V equipment and/or $50, when food is permitted;the refundable  deposits do 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 (from birth) 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 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.

    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?
    FRIENDS' BOOK STOP   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 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.

    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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