Rockport Public Library
One Limerock Street, PO Box 8, Rockport, Maine 04856-0008


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What’s Happening....


Upcoming meetings


Library Committee meetings schedule: 5PM to 7PM

Usually at the Town Office (Richardson Room)

July Happenings:

Special Book Sale Weekend!  July 17 through July 20.


The Friends of Rockport Public Library and the volunteers of the Camden Public Library are joining forces to provide a one-of-a-kind book sale event. Thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and other literary material will be available. The Rockport and Camden libraries each traditionally have book sales on separate summer weekends but are combining weekends to offer book-lovers a special weekend-long opportunity.

The Rockport Public Library book sale will be held at the Mid Coast Recreation Center on Route 90, as usual. The sale will begin with the traditional “Friends Only Sale” on Thursday evening, July 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Members can preview the sale and buy a select number of books. A year’s membership is $10 for individuals, $15 for families, and $50 for businesses. Membership dues can be paid ahead of time at the library (check or cash) or at the book sale. The sale at MRC will be open to the public on Friday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m; on Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. until noon and also 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m; and the sale concludes on Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

The book sale at the Camden Public Library will be held under the tents at the library, on Main Street as usual. Doors will open, so to speak, on Friday morning, July 18, at 10 a.m. The sale runs Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m; and Sunday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Camden Library’s book sale is held on the same weekend as the annual Harbor Arts summer arts festival in the Amphitheatre, Harbor Park, and Library grounds. The book sale is planned and run by library volunteers and all sales benefit the library’s book funds and operations. There will be thousands of books for sale, with a heavy representation of cookbooks, maritime books, and of course hardcover fiction and many other categories as well. 

Special “Pirate Adventures” for children will take place at MRC during the Big Book sale Weekend, hosted by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library. At the members’ preview sale on Thursday, July 17, from 5 p.m. -7 p.m, visit the children’s area and make pirate crafts. On Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m, join author Liza Gardner Walsh showcasing her new book, Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, followed up by pirate rock-painting at 10:30 a.m. From 1 p.m to 4 p.m, local pirate Cyd Viscous and crew will be on hand for a special pirate play! On Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m, there will be crafts, games, and pirate brain teasers. Author Lucinda Hathaway closes out Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, sharing her stories about a Japanese boy who was shanghaied in 1901 and traveled to Maine. Her books are Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of Sindia and Around the World: Takahashi Sails Home, which can be purchased at the sale. 

For the first time, the Friends of the Rockport Library are sponsoring an Old Town Kayak raffle, currently on display at the library. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the Library and at the book sale

Americans Who Tell the Truth.

The Rockport Public Library will be sponsoring an art show and discussion with Rob Shetterly at the Rockport Opera House on July 12th.The art show will start at 2:00 and run until 7:00. At 7:00 we will have a discussion with Rob Shetterly the artist and driving force behind Americans Who Tell the Truth.

Bob Shetterley

The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.


Childrens's Events:  click here here for Children's programs

Summer Reading Program information: FIZZ, POP AND BOOM!

Regular events...


  • Monday and Friday:  Rockport Public Library French Conversation Group with Paul Charbonneau. Every Monday and Friday afternoon from 1:30-2:30 in the Marine Room. Call the library for more information. All are welcome.
  • Tuesday: Story time and craft every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday: Fiber Arts Group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00. Do you have a yen to knit, spin, crochet, embroider, felt, or do other types of fiber arts? Would you like to work on your stitching with other like-minded enthusiasts? Have a place to ask questions, share tips and generally enjoy your self? Then come to the Rockport Public Library Fiber Arts Group.
  • Wednesday: Drop-in Mah Jongg Meets afternoons in the winter and evenings in the summer. Call the library for a time.
  • Wednesday RPL Writers' Group open to writers of all levels of experience. Facilitated by author and staff member Fran Hodgkins, meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This group is approaching their one year anniversary! New members always welcome. Reservations not necessary. Coming soon!...a Youth Writers' Group-yet to be named!
  • Wednesday Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club meets once per month-usually on the first Wednesday of the month. New members always welcome.
  • Thursday Poets corner: Meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4:00 to 5:30. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring a selection of work to share. Local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct the workshops.
  • Saturdays Drop in Mah-Jongg from 9:00-12:00 (Mah Jongg group may meet informally in the Marine Room or the children's room but you will need to bring your own set.)
  • BookLovers' Cafe usually meets the last Saturday of the month. Check the BLC page for details.

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