ROCKLAND — As part of its Kindness Counts Initiative, the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., is extending “Be Kind to Animals Week” (May 1 through 7) to last throughout the month of May with various activities.

Starting now, the public is invited to send librarian Patty King photos of their pets, favorite animals, or animal art, which will be added to the “Our Awesome Animals” display by the checkout desk, at the White St. entrance of the library. These can be emailed to or dropped off at the library. Prints and photocopies are accepted; please do not send original artwork, as these items will not be returned.

On Saturday, May 7, rain or shine, the library will participate in Kids’ Day at the Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston from noon to 3 p.m. with a fun animal-themed bookmark craft. Kids’ Day is a celebration of kids, pets and kindness.

During the week of May 9, all of Miss Katie’s Storytimes will be pet themed. Tuesday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. is Rockin’ Storytime; Wednesday Read Aloud is Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m.; and Babytime is Thursday, May 12, at 10:30 p.m.

All month long, the library will accept and collect donations for the Pope Memorial Humane Society’s Wish List. Currently the most needed items are wet and dry kitten food and cleaning supplies. The entire list can be found on the library’s website, at the library, and at

Also, come in and check out special animal-themed displays throughout the month.

For more information, contact Patricia King at 594-0310 or

Deputy Library Director Patty King with her cats Mama Pajama and Jackdaw.