Unite to support library project

Jun 13, 2019

It was a tremendous milestone reached to see ground broken last Friday for the new Rockport Public Library, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

On that beautiful summer day, golden shovels were driven into the dirt in the symbolic beginning of the library construction project, though as anyone knows, the work on this has been going on for some time. The event drew more than 100 spectators and included speeches and a reception.

We hope, too, that this also serves as a more than symbolic beginning of unity in the community, a sense of coming together to support what will be a great public facility that will help educate and provide services to young and old in Rockport for many years to come.

The drawings will soon become a reality, a two-story 7,000-square-foot building with a brick façade, patios and small garden overlooking Rockport Harbor, as described on the Library Foundation's website. "The new library in the heart of downtown Rockport, with entrances on both Limerock Street and Russell Avenue...."

As we speak of this project, the Rockport Library Foundation is still working to raise the $2 million in donations that will go to the overall construction budget of $3.5 million.

Joan Welch of the Library Foundation called the foundation’s success in raising $1.5 million in only one year “remarkable,” and thanked all the donors whose contributions have ranged from $10 to over $200,000.

The foundation has many events planned to bring in that last $500,000. Donors will have an opportunity to buy a brick with their name or the name of their business or organization. There will be activities, including a 5K walk and the launching of a new publicity campaign, coming soon.

We remain strongly in support of this project and the changes needed to accommodate it in this location. As can clearly be seen in neighboring community, including Rockland and Camden, a strong public library is a vital resource to the citizens.

People do much more than borrow books at libraries in the 21st century. Libraries provide computer resources to job seekers and people who cannot afford internet at home. They serve those doing research for writing projects or looking into family histories. They provide educational opportunities for children and a positive environment for students after school. Strong libraries level the playing field for lower-income residents.

If you would like to help, visit rockportlibraryfoundation.org.


U.S. Senator recognizes The Camden Herald

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"Congratulations on celebrating the 150th anniversary of The Camden Herald," she wrote.

"The Camden Herald has been an integral part of the Camden community and its surrounding area since its establishment a century and a half ago. A wonderful resource, the Herald provides helpful information to the public about community-centered activities and events. I am pleased to join the Camden community in celebrating this occasion. Congratulations again on reaching this milestone."

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