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A group of Rockport volunteers have formed Rockport Library Foundation, a 501.(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to raise the private funds that will complement the town-bonded funds to construct the new library. To learn more about the plans and how you can help, click here.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS CANCELLED 
Until further notice, all library events have been cancelled.




Welcome to the Rockport Public Library
A small town library where everyone is greeted with a smile. Serving as your community-centered library for 100 years and counting! Explore our Future Planning process to learn how we'll move into the next century together.

Mission Statement:
Rockport Public Library is committed to providing the best possible free library service to all of the residents of the Town of Rockport. The library will identify and respond to the needs of our community of library users and seek to provide services that will meet these needs.
 
News!
The Rockport Public Library
Hours 9 to 5:30 Monday through Friday
11 to 8 Wednesday

 
 
Upcoming Event:
"How do colleges really choose students?" with Wendy Thompson of Westport Educational Consulting
Wednesday, September 23rd at at 6:30pm
Online via Zoom! Link will be available the day of the event.
 
Speaker:   Wendy Thompson,
Westport Educational Consulting

High school students and their parents are invited to an informative, interactive, and entertaining presentation to help families understand the role essays, interviews, extracurricular activities, sports, course choices and other factors play in the admissions decisions colleges make.

Wendy served on the admissions staff at Bowdoin College from 2000-2012, where she evaluated thousands of applications. Her college and independent school admissions career spans thirty years and she has helped students navigate the college search, selection, and application process since 2003.






On Monday June 1st the Rockport Public Library will be open to the public again! This is great news, but please read the new rules carefully. While the library will be open there are many new rules and restrictions which are intended to maximize safety for both the patrons and staff.

Patron Limit:

Based on the size of the building we can only have 10 patrons in the library at one time. Every person counts toward this limit, regardless of age. If one family member can come into the build to pick items for everyone we urge you do so.

Time Limit:

Since we can have so few patrons in the building at one time we have put a time limit on visits. We ask that you keep your visit to the library to 30 minutes or less.

Masks:

For the safety of the staff and other patrons we are requiring that anyone that comes into the building wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. We know this isn't the most fun thing to do. However, many of our patrons are in high risk categories and we all must work together to keep the Library safe for everyone.


Public Computers:

While the pandemic is ongoing we will only be offering one station for public computing. This is so we can clean the computer between each use. The 30 minute time limit is in effect for using the computer. If you need an exception, please see a librarian.

Social Distancing:

Please follow all social distancing guidelines in the Library and maintain a 6-foot distance from other people. Some rooms have specific occupancy limits due to the inability to practice appropriate social distancing in those rooms.

Entrance and Exits are Now One Way:

The front door by the book drop is our entrance. The side door with the ramp is our exit. Please use the front door to enter the building and the side door to leave. If you have any mobility issues do not hesitate to use the side door with the ramp to enter the Library. The area around the desk is tight; by having a specific entrance and exit we can better maintain social distance around the circulation desk.

Donations:

The Library will not be taking any book or magazine donations at this time. We will let everyone know when we will resume taking book and magazine donations.

Cleaning:

We will be cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces at the Library multiple times a day. We encourage you to use our hand wash station and we will have hand sanitizer for patrons to use.


While we will do everything in our power to make the Library a clean and safe place for everyone, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment. We urge you to take precautions both in the building and with items you have checked out, such as hand washing and not touching your face. We have increased our loan period to 21 days in case you want to quarantine items in your home for 72 hours before enjoying them.

We hope to get back to normal as soon as we can. Until then please help us help you by following the new rules. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to ask. We know this isn't fun, but if we all work together we can provide services and keep patrons and staff safe
 
 
COVID 19 Resources
 

If you have questions about Coronavirus or need help in identifying assistance, you can call 211 to talk to a person or go to any of the following links:

 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html…

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention: 

https://www.maine.gov/…/infe…/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Knox County Emergency Management Agency: 

https://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/ema




Tutorials:
How to download free eBooks and audiobooks through CloudLibrary

Digital Maine Library: How to read National Geographic for Kids magazine for free

Digital Maine Library: How to access Ancestry.com from home for free

How to access current and historic Maine newspaper articles

How to share your Covid-19 stories with the Maine Memory Network

How to access Pronunciator, a free language learning service

How to read the Wall Street Journal online for free

How to access World Book Student for free

How to use Kids InfoBits

How to use Gale Legal Forms

How to make a resume with Career Transitions

Download patterns and guides for knitting, crocheting, and much more with the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Learn database search techniques by using the Academic One File database

Learn about stocks with Value Line

Learn to use the Timeline feature in World Book to learn about history or create your own.

How to use Find a Grave

Learn how to use the Chilton Database to repair your vehicle

How to use the Gale Home Improvement Database and the Topic Finder tool

How to request books from the Rockport Public Library

How to use the governments benefit website benefits.gov

How to use In Context: Opposing Viewpoints to learn about multiple sides to one issue

How to use the advanced search feature on Minerva

How to use the Digital Maine Repository to browse historic back issues of the Courier Gazette

How to use Google News archives to view historic back issues of newspapers from around the world

Online Children's Storytimes:
Whales

The Moon


Breakfast

Bear and Bee

Thank You

The Very Last Castle

So Cozy

The Big Umbrella

Fishing

Giraffe Problems

What can a Crane Pick Up?

Boxitects

Hoot Owl

Agent Lion

The Space Walk

Goodnight Veggies

Ginny Goblin Cannot have a Monster for a Pet


Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast in the Case of the Stinky Stench

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast in Mission Defrostable

Brave Enough for Two

The Night Gardener

Also an Octopus

Stuck

Falcon

College admissions help with Wendy Thompson:
Our college admissions program with Wendy Thompson of Westport Educational Consulting has been canceled due to Covid-19. Wendy is making her college planning materials available to families in lieu of her presentation. Information on college interviews, application essay tips and brainstorming exercises, sophomore and junior year college planning calendars, and resources for college searches can be obtained by contacting Wendy at westporteducationalconsulting@gmail.com.
 

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