ROCKLAND — Here is a rundown of upcoming events at the Rockland Public Library:

“The Art of Sound: Recordings on the Coast of Maine” presentation

The Rockland Public Library presents Dianne Ballon, Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

Dianne Ballon.

Sound artist Dianne Ballon has been working in sound for over 35 years. She was awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. In lieu of returning to the Arctic where she has recorded sound, the award and the limitations from the pandemic gave her the opportunity to focus on her coastal sound series at home on the coast of Maine. Through the sound work she has recorded and mixed over the past fellowship year, Dianne will introduce listeners to the beauty and the richness of sound. She will share the stories behind the sounds, including the difficulties of field recording and the discovery of a “lost” sound.

To experience the high fidelity of sound that will be presented, headphones or high quality speakers are highly recommended.

This event will take place via Zoom. Seating will also be available in the library’s Community Room to watch the Zoom call onscreen, with high quality speakers.

For more information or for Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. June 23 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.

“Oceans Of Possibility” Summer Reading Program for all ages

Summer reading program is not just for kids. Ages 0–150 are invited to participate in Rockland Public Library’s Summer Reading adventure. Starting June 18, visit the library to pick up your registration and reading challenge for kids and adults.  

Ages 18-plus:

  1. Pick up your reading bingo card and registration form at the library starting June 18.
  2. Color the attached sea creature to add to our huge paper aquarium.
  3. Find books or audiobooks you love that fit the bingo themes or read something completely new.
  4. Pass in your bingo cards by Saturday, Aug. 6, to earn a prize.

Any questions can be directed to Librarian Jessie Blanchard. 

For ages 0-18

  1. Pick up your reading log and registrations at the library starting June 18.
  2. Read what you love — ask Miss Katie for recommendations.
  3. Keep track of your reading in your log.
  4. Visit the library weekly. Starting June 27, show a librarian your reading log and tell them about the best book or chapters you read that week to earn a prize (if you visit all six weeks you will get six different prizes).
  5. Pass in your reading log by Saturday, Aug. 6, to earn a book to add to your home collection and a chance to win one of our 12 brand new bikes from the Knox Lodge #No. 89 Masons.

Any questions can be directed to Librarian Miss Katie. 

Free Kids’ Meals at Rockland Public Library Begin Monday, June 27

Rockland Public Library will begin serving free lunches to any child 18 and under Monday, June 27. The program will run through Aug. 26.Due to changes in USDA (federal) rules, meals must be eaten on-site. For the library, this means in the building, in the Children’s garden, or on the Library lawn. There can be no grab-and-go for parents/guardians; the meals must be given to a child.

We will serve lunch only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This program is funded by the USDA and sponsored by our good neighbors at Healthy Lincoln County; the nutritious meals are made daily and locally.

For questions, call librarian Jessie Blanchard at 207-594-0310, or visit healthylincolncounty.org.

For more info, including a full schedule of sites serving Knox and Lincoln County. Any child from anywhere is welcome to enjoy a free meal at any of the listed sites.

Summer STEM Program — Light-Up Lantern Fish

Jessie and Miss Katie kick-off this year’s “Oceans of Possibility” summer reading program with a fun, ocean-themed STEM activity Wendsday, June 29, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Children ages 8 and-up will learn about about electrical circuits and conductivity while making your own light-up lantern fish card using copper tape, LED lights, and more.

This event is free and all materials will be provided.