Library listening tours
Discover the Possibilities, a three-year grant study/process undertaken by Rockport library, studied and addressed the inadequacies of the current facility as well as projecting future needs for library service for Rockport and culminated in the recommendation to build a new library on the old RES site. The 3-year study/exploration involved a wide range of people including town officials, department heads and staff, the Select Board, a citizen’s Building Committee, architects, engineers and a number of outside library professionals.
When controversy over the new building plan erupted, the process underwent a brief hiatus while town and library officials worked to find the most logical, inclusive way to bring all ALL Rockport residents as well as other library users/card holders such as local school students and folks who work in Rockport, into the process. Town officials deemed it essential to hear from as wide a range of the public as possible regarding Rockport library service and the facility, now and for the future.
They designed series of Library Listening Tours to be held in the five Rockport neighborhoods: Glen Cove, Rockville, Simonton Corners, West Rockport and the Village itself. The purpose of the meetings is to find out what people think about library service in general, current library service and the facility as well as to solicit public opinion, ideas, suggestions as to how to best solve the inadequacies of the library’s current physical space/parking, etc. to provide the type of library service they want Rockport to provide.
Two meetings are currently scheduled: Simonton Corner neighborhood Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center and the Village neighborhood on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Remember, anyone my attend any or all of the neighborhood meetings including non-resident library users. Additional meeting schedules (including an overall wrap-up meeting), will be posted as soon as dates/locations are finalized,
Meetings will be facilitated by a professional facilitator. Rockport Library Committee members, Town Manager Rick Bates and other town officials will also be available to provide background information and answer questions.
For a complete history of the Discover the Possibilities process to date, visit the library website: rockport.lib.me.us and click on Future Planning. DVD’s and written material of various meetings, etc. are also available at both the library and the town office.
All meetings are held at the town office, open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Thursday, Oct. 17, the Sewer Committee will meet at 8 a.m. (and also Oct. 24 and 31 at 8 a.m.) and Gateway One will meet at 5 p.m. The Library Committee will meet on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. at the town office. The first Library Listening tour (Simonton Corner neighborhood meeting), will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House (tentative), televised on channel 22.
Sea Faring Series
Tonight, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. this popular series sponsored by Rockport Library, features Shorthanded Super Heroes with Jonathon Green and Scott Miller. Both men marked impressive victories in two of the most challenging races on the Atlantic, the OSTAR, single-handed transatlantic race from England to Newport and the Bermuda 1-2, which races singlehanded from Newport to Bermuda and double-handed back. Their program, free and open to the pubic, held at the Opera House, fully captures the excitement of both races. (Subsequent program dates are: Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and 14). For more information about this or other programs or about the library, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.
Local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct the Poetry Workshop today, Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. at the library. Open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome; bring samples of written work.
Join the Conversation on Wednesday, Oct. 23 as the library and the Camden Conference presents The Coming Food Crisis: How to Feed the World in 2050. The event, free and open to he public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. the Opera House. Call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us for information about any programs or the library itself.
Bay Chamber Concerts
Tonight, Thursday Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., Bay Chamber Concerts presents the celebrated Boston chamber ensemble, A Far Cry, with special guest, David Krakauer joining the ensemble on clarinet. For more information, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Purple Fridays continue in the Midcoast area. Dress in purple to show your support for ending domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. For more information about New Hope or special October events, visit: newhopeforwomen.org.
Fall pruning workshop
Local arborist Tom Jackson will lead a fall pruning workshop Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Merryspring. After a short discussion, Tom will lead the group onto MNC grounds to demonstrate proper pruning practices for backyard shrubs and trees for both overwintering and promoting growth in spring. Bring clippers along to practice on the MNC flora! The workshop is free for MNC members with a nominal fee for nonmembers. For more information, call 236-2239 or visit the website at merryspring.org.
Fall Family Festival
This annual Farnsworth event, free and open to all, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Farnsworth Sculpture Garden. Fun for children of all ages and their grown-up companions with snacks, crafts, pumpkin carving and new this year, a Halloween parade though the streets of Rockland. Wear costumes or not, extra masks and puppets will be available. For more information, call 596-6457. (Rain location, Gamble Education Center).
'Wizard of Oz'
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz” at a special screening of a 35mm print from Warner Brothers Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at The Strand. (Held in conjunction with the Farnsworth’s wonderful new "Wizard of Oz" exhibition).
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 5:50 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. (No school on Friday). Sign-up deadline for conferences is Wednesday, Oct. 23; sign-up sheets are available in the office or call 236-8021.
Look for that glorious October full moon, known most commonly as Hunter’s Moon, but also as Blood Moon, on Friday, Oct. 18. The Orionid meteor shower should peak on Monday, Oct. 21, normally with 40 to 70 meteors/hour, but this year the gibbous moon will wash out all but the brightest.