Fundraising nets $17,000 for Rockport Public Library

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 06, 2017
Photo by: Brian Filley Rockport Public Library Director Ben Blackmon holds a check presented by Friends of the Rockport Library from left, President Pat Messler, Ann Filley and Jo Desmond.

Rockport — Friends of the Rockport Public Library have presented a check for $17,000 to the library. The money represents the net proceeds of the annual library book sale that took place in July in combination with the library's annual membership campaign.

Pat Messler, President of the Friends of the Rockport Public Library, said that library Director Ben Blackmon was happy to receive the check and planned to use the substantial donation to fund programs for children and adults, along with any other expenses necessary to maintaining the Commercial Street facility's operation.

Messler estimates that of the $17,000, approximately $15,000 was raised by the sale of books. Although the book sale is always a popular event, "more people seemed to come out this year, and there were crowds from the moment we opened," said Messler.

"It's a great event, and supporting the town and supporting the library benefits everyone. Where else can you go and receive free help, free tech support, participate in free events and of course borrow books?" said Messler.

This year's book sale was held at the MidCoast Recreation Center in Rockport, and some 30,000 books were arranged atop 110 tables in the facility's skating rink. This was the 48th annual book sale to benefit the Rockport Public Library, and 75 volunteers devoted time to help sort, price and arrange books for several months leading up to July.

The book sorting and preparations for the sale were made a little easier this year, thanks to Gregg Haining, owner of Vision Builders, allowing the Friends the use of the construction company's space. Previously the Friends had rented storage space at Swift Storage in Rockland.

October marks the library's month of "Sea-Faring" themed events. The first of these will be held the evening of Oct. 12 and feature a free concert by the band Castle Bay dedicated to the music of coastal Maine. Talks by local boat builders and boat captains will be held later in the month.

In addition to organizing the annual book sale, members of the Friends of the Rockport Public Library work to promote public recognition and awareness of the library, publicize library events and resources, and offer their time as library volunteers. Friends is a non-profit organization.

More information on becoming a member of the Friends of the Rockport Library, as well as upcoming events can be found on the library's website

Comments (1)
Posted by: Lionel W. Heal | Oct 07, 2017 15:31

Great news.  We do miss the Rockport library since moving to PA.  Haven't seen Pat Messler for years.  Say hello to Pat from Joyce.


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