ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library — located at 80 Union St. — continues its ukulele learning series and offers a “Signs of Kindness” and touch tank event.

Information about the events are as follows:

Touch tank

Drop by the Rockland Public Library to visit with the people from Herring Gut Learning Center and meet some sea creatures Friday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m. Herring Gut will be bringing their touch tank to the library for families to meet lobsters, crabs, hermit crabs, urchins, sea stars, anemones, and more.

After visiting the sea creatures, join Miss Katie in the Children’s Room for an ocean craft.

This program is free and for all ages. 

Ukulele series

Adults and young adults of all skill levels are invited to learn the ukulele with experienced music educator Heather Beers in the Rockland Public Library’s Community Room Saturdays from 1-2 p.m., ongoing, beginning July 9.

The workshops are interactive, so bring a concert or soprano ukulele, wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and get ready for a fun and engaging musical experience. A limited number of ukuleles will be provided for those who do not own one. Participants will learn the strings, chords, melodies, and strumming patterns of favorite songs while having fun. Although attendance at all classes is not required, consistent attendance will help students improve. As singing will be part of instruction, the instructor strongly recommends participants wear masks.

Heather Beers is currently a DME candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in music education. A new resident of Rockland, she previously taught ukulele and general music at URBAN Act Academy in Indianapolis, Ind., and was a violin instructor at the Fairview Strings Project in Bloomington, Ind.

For more information or with questions, call 594-0310 or email refdesk@rocklandmaine.gov.

Signs of Kindness

People of all ages are invited to participate in “Signs of Kindness.” On Wednesday, July 13, at 9 a.m.,  we’ll hold up positive and affirmative signs on the Union St. lawn to share joy with those driving and walking by.

Signs can be made at home, or between July 5-12, during the library’s regular open hours, participants can come in and create one. Supplies (poster board and markers) are provided. The Library requests signs be neither political or religious in nature.

Let’s spread some kindness as part of the Kindness Counts Initiative at the Library. 

For more information or with questions, call 594-0310 or email pking@rocklandmaine.gov.

4H SPIN Club — Changing Oceans

Librarian and 4H positive Youth Development Volunteer Jessie Blanchard joins local STEM expert and educator Carney McCrae to bring you “oceans” of summer science fun Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m., July 13 to August 10.
“Changing Oceans” is a five-part program designed for youth eight-and-up to learn about the life, science, and beauty of the Gulf of Maine, and the impacts of climate change. All sessions will include STEM learning activities, crafts, and resources for further action. Kids are welcome to drop-in to any session, but are encouraged to attend all five. All sessions are on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m., outside the library’s Community Room (except for day 5, see below). For more information, contact Jessie Blanchard at jblanchard@rocklandmaine.gov.
Sessions are as follows:
Session 1, July 13
“Creatures of the Gulf of Maine” — We’ll get to know the inhabitants of our ocean by creating a 3D food web and ocean layer map.
Session 2, July 20
“Understanding Ocean Chemistry”— We will do simple STEM activities to show and test the ocean’s salinity, pH, and temperatures.
Session 3, July 27
“Presenting Climate Data as Art”— Based on the work of scientist and artist Jill Pelto, we’ll use climate change graphs as an art form to demonstrate and interpret data.
Session 4, Aug. 3
“Ocean Ecologies and Their Future” — We’ll play a game based on the ocean’s ecologies, then create our own using what we’ve learned.
Session 5, Aug. 10
“The Climate and Seabirds, and the Beach”— We’ll walk to the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to experience the replica seabird island, and then make our way to the beach to make a wish for the ocean and wrap-up activity. This day will involve a 15-minute walk to and from the library*
*It is library policy children 10-and-under are accompanied by an adult at all programs. An additional waiver must be signed to attend this activity.

Maine island doctor talk with Dr. Chuck Radis

The Rockland Public Library presents Dr. Chuck Radis, Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

Dr. Radis.

Dr. Chuck Radis was drawn to a career in medicine after meeting an osteopathic family practice bush pilot in Baja, Mexico. Following an internal medicine residency, the young doctor moved his family to Peaks Island off the coast of Maine and traveled by boat to the four year-round islands in Casco Bay, logging more than 100 house calls each year. “Island Medicine” follows Dr. Radis’ first book, “Go by Boat,” with a new batch of stories filled with equal parts hilarity, heartache, and wisdom. In this event, Dr. Radis will share some of his stories and answer audience questions.

This event will take place in the library’s Community Room, with limited seating, and simultaneously streamed via Zoom; the Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street. For more information or for Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m., July 14, and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.