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Facebook 101 for Business

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6 pm

Facebook provides a number of tools for small businesses and non-profits. It can be a challenge to determine what works best for your business, and how to establish a Facebook presence that is effective and manageable.  

During Facebook 101, we will cover the differences between Facebook Pages, Groups and Communities, and how they are different from a "regular" Facebook account; setting up a Facebook Page for business; ideas for post s that will help your business be more visible; boosting posts and paying for ads; and understanding Facebook analytics.

 Bring an open mind and a sense of humor. No social media experience required. This presentation is also appropriate for those involved in small non-profit organizations.

Amy Smith is a professional writer and social media consultant, and the proprietor of The Social Media Smith. She enjoys helping small business owners become comfortable and proficient on social media and engage with their customers.


Brought to you by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library

Coyote The Real Eastern Coyote

Thursday, May 10 @ 6:30 pm

Please join us for an informative presentation and discussion regarding the Eastern Coyote facilitated by Conservation Biologist and Wild Canid Ecologist Christine Schadler, MS, MA.  

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris' attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. Using sound livestock management and non-lethal predator control, she prevented predation for two decades at a sheep farm with known coyote problems. Chris has provided talks to livestock growers and the general public for 30 years on living with coyotes.  

Chris is now the Representative for Project Coyote in NH and VT and co-founder of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition. She divides her time between teaching, giving talks, and working on her book Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England. Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns and responding to the occasional wolf. She is also the Chair of the Webster Conservation Commission.

Chris earned her MS at Antioch University Graduate School. She has taught Conservation Issues, Dendrology, and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and is now an Adjunct Professor at Rivier University.  

Brought to you by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library

Inspiration Inspiration to Publication

Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:30 pm


First-time authors Jane Healey and Jerry Thornton will kick off the Rockport Public Library's second annual Inspiration to Publication author talk. The event marks another season of author talks and is inspired by the many first-time authors who reach out to the library to share their stories. The Rockport Public Library is happy to support and contribute to the rich tradition of local art and creative writing on Cape Ann. At this year's Inspiration to Publication event, both Healey and Thornton will present a little taste of Boston which makes them a wonderful combined event. Book signings will follow the author talks.


Healey is a Boston-based writer and consultant whose novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, began as an article years ago in Boston Home magazine. She thought it was such an interesting story from Boston's North End history, and was surprised when she discovered that no one had ever written a novel about it.


Mark your calendar for a fabulous talk about Healey's first novel as we learn the trials and tribulations of getting her novel published as well as getting to know 'the Girls'.


Transitioning to nonfiction, Thornton recalls that it wasn't always sunshine and roses for the New England Patriots in his book, From Darkness to Dynasty. In fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old were not just bad - they were laughably bad.

Thornton's book reveals the unlikely history of the Patriots as it has never been told before. Join us as Thornton explains with wit and brutal honesty the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear for the Pats by revealing some of the great stories.

Join us for the opportunity to meet these two new authors, learn about their writing journeys and how they managed the landmines of publishing, and what new writing projects they each have on the horizon.


Come prepared to listen, learn, ask questions, and be inspired! 



Brought to you by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library

Motif Motif No. 1 Day

Saturday, May 19 ~ All Day


The Rockport Public Library will have a booth at Motif No. 1 Day. Stop by to:

  • Sign up for our 2018 Summer Reading Program, with challenges and prizes for people in preschool through high school. The theme this year is Libraries Rock!
  • Get a sneak peek at some of the musicians, storytellers, and other activities coming to the Rockport Public Library this summer.
  • Check out cool books about Rockport, the ocean, and music.

Have a library card? Take the books home!


Don't have a library card? Get one for your very own! Short term cards available for non-Rockport or Gloucester residents.


Oh! And there will be face painting. 


See you there!

Family Family Favorites

Stories and more. What else could you ask for?


Morning Storytime -- 3 and Under

Tuesday, May 8, 15, 22, and 29 @ 10:15 am

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children ages 0-3 years of age to the library for a joyful story time full of songs, rhymes, stories, and fingerplays. Parents will practice effective strategies to support developing language and motor skills.


Play to Learn Storytime & Play Group

Wednesday, May 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ 1:30 pm

Circle time on the blanket for stories, songs, and fingerplays, followed by creative playtime with friends. All ages are welcome to join the fun!


This program is a collaboration between CFCE Coordinator at Pathways for Children and Rockport Public Library, and funded by a grant through the MA Department of Early Education and Care


Pre-K Storytime and Craft

Saturday, May 12 @ 10:30 am


Parents and caregivers are invited to bring preschool children ages 3 and up for a joyful story time full of engaging stories, movement, and music. Parents will engage in the five practices of emergent literacy: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. Stuffed animals are welcome, and a small craft will follow story time.



Thursday, May 17 @ 3 pm

Kids and their families are invited to join us for a fun-filled hour of seasonal crafts. There will be options for different age groups.


Please come prepared to get messy!


Music Together with Teresa

Sunday, May 20 @ 2 pm


Music Together is a research-based music and movement program designed for newborns through five years of age and the adults who love them! It incorporates the most current research on early childhood music development.

PJ Cinema

Saturday, May 26 @ 10:30 am


Children of all ages and their families are invited to come snuggled up in their pajamas to enjoy the new movie by Aardman Studios (creators of Wallace & Gromit), along with a snack.


Families are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, and favorite stuffed animals.


Materials, movie license, and snacks courtesy of

the Friends of the Rockport Public Library

Teen Teens and Tweens Time

Zoms v. Poms! 


Teen Movie Night

Thursday, May 31 @ 5 pm

Teens in middle and high school are invited to the library to watch Disney's Zombies while enjoying traditional movie theater snacks and beverages.


Movie license and snacks provided by

the Friends of the Rockport Public Library  

Craft Which Craft? Circle

Monday, May 7, 14, 21, and 28  @ 11 am


Work on your needlecraft project while enjoying lively conversation with similar creatives. No instruction - just a getaway for experienced crafters!


All are welcome. We'll save a seat for you.

Creative Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday, May 24 @ 4 pm


Jim Scrimgeour is back! So, break out those notebooks, sharpen those pencils, or take the dust off of your laptop and get ready to work on your creative writing.

This group will meet once a month from May through September with Jim's helpful guidance and instruction.

A printout of the complete schedule will be provided to the attendees at the May meeting. You can also find it on our online calendar. Just narrow your search from All Event Types with the drop-down option of Writing Groups at the following link: Calendar of Events.

Writers at all levels are welcome. 

Classics Classic Movie Matinee

Wednesdays @ 2 pm


May 9

Harold and Maude

May 16

The Getaway

May 23

The Apartment

May 30

A Thousand Clowns


Contemporary Films

Saturdays @ 2 pm


May 12

Darkest Hour

May 19

NO SCREENING - Motif No. 1 Day

May 26

O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Sunday Documentary - Sacred Cod

Sunday, May 27 @ 3 pm


SACRED COD is a feature-length documentary that captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish.


By filmmakers Steve Liss, Andy Laub, and David Abel

Book Library Book and Other Discussion Groups


Wed, May 16 @ 4 pm

Homer Discussion Group
Title: The Odyssey

Thu, May 17 @ 4 pm

Poetry Readers
Title: Common Threads published by Mass Poetry

Sun, May 20 @ 2 pm


Notable Fiction (formerly Sunday Book Chat)

Title: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Mon, May 21 @ 4 pm

Greek Drama Discussion

Title: The Wasps by Aristophanes  

Mon, May 21 @ 6 pm

Monday Evening Book Group
Title: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Wed, May 23 @ 4 pm

Homer Discussion Group
Title: The Odyssey 

Wed, May 30 @ 7 pm

History Book Club

Topic: Famous explorers before 1900

Sandy Sandy Bay Historical Society Program Series  

Monday, May 21  @ 7:30 pm


This month, Jack Reed will be presenting a History of the First Congregational Church. Whether you think you've head it all before or not, you may learn something new. So, come on by, pull up a chair, and enjoy the presentation with fellow Rockporters.


This program is free and open to the public. Membership to the Sandy Bay Historical Society is not required to attend.

Didyouknow Did you know?

We are more than books...



Bring in your card and look to the stars.


Thanks to the Friends of the Rockport Public Library, Rockport has been in possession of a telescope that can be loaned out to the community. How cool is that!


Just like a book or DVD, the telescope can be checked out with the simple scan of your library card. Now you can view the stars from your own porch or backyard.


The telescope is small and easy to transport with a built-in carry handle. Yet it is powerful, strong enough to provide views of craters on the moon or the rings of Saturn.


Also, the aparatus comes with an operation manual, a star guide and a headlamp to get you started. All you have to do to reserve the telescope is call 978-546-6934 or visit the library. Check out is for one week and patrons must be 18 or older. It's that simple!


Device Advice     

Help is on the way... 


learning_enter_key.jpg Make an appointment with the Rockport Public Library, your one stop shop for Device Advice. We can help you navigate your computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Sessions are one-on-one, so, book your slot today by contacting Christiann by calling 978-546-6934 or via email at


PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring your own device for your scheduled appointment.

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