On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library will present a talk John Bird on his recent book, “Rockland, Maine’s Tidal Turn.” The talk is co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society.

Bird has compiled a series of columns that originally appeared in The Herald-Gazette in his weekly feature, “Local Heroes.” Through interviews and research, Bird highlights several individuals, businesses and organizations that have helped to bring about a resurgence of the community, sometimes referred to as the Rockland Renaissance.

“This informative and highly readable little book has profoundly important messages to share with readers across Maine and the country: that community decline is not inevitable; that renewal can come from multiple directions, not all of them predictable in advance or apparent in action; and that a town with local heroes can actively adapt and respond to change, and by so doing alter the fate to which the national and global trends and forces would otherwise consign it,” said local historian Paul G. Merriam.

The talk is part of a continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.