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Local Booktiques Roadshow With Ken Gloss

Thursday, December 14 @ 6 pm

 Meet Ken Gloss from the Brattle Book Shop in Boston and come listen to his highly informative and very entertaining presentation on the value of and the process of appraising old and rare books. You'll have fun hearing the stories Ken has to tell about the great finds of his career in the rare book business.

The Brattle Book Shop, founded in the Cornhill section of Boston in 1825, has been in the hands of the Gloss Family since 1949. Over the years George and his son Ken built the shop into one of the largest antiquarian book shops in the country.

Housed in a three-story building in the heart of Downtown Boston, the Brattle Book Shop carries an impressive stock of over 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and ephemeral items in all subjects. In addition to its general used and out-of-print stock, the Brattle Book Shop also maintains an inventory of first editions, collectibles and fine leather bindings in its rare book room. 

Ken is the current proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop. He is a past President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America's New England Chapter. He also sits on the Associate Board of the Boston Public Library.

Ken appraises books and libraries for Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Simmons, Suffolk, Tufts, Babson, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the FBI and others. He also lectures on the antiquarian book field to library groups, historical societies and other book-interested groups throughout the New England area. This guy knows his stuff!

The Rockport Public Library will be one of Ken's stomping grounds this year and we are pleased to have him here to talk about old and rare books. You never know what treasures might be in someone's attic, even your own!

Come on by and ask Ken how he got his name in a Jeopardy! question with television personality Alex Trebek.


SBHS Songs and Stories for the Winter Holidays

Wednesday, December 27 @ 2 pm

Come one, come ALL! Join us in a celebration of the winter holidays with award-winning Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell in a performance that will delight all ages! The program includes traditional and contemporary folk songs and stories in the cultural traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Winter Solstice. 

Come share the spirit of the season with family, neighbors and friends!

Thank you to the Friends of the Rockport Public Library for sponsoring this event.

Hello. My Name is Erica

My first day was Wednesday, November 29 

 I am excited to be the new Children's Librarian for the Rockport Public Library, and I look forward to meeting all of the young people and families of the Rockport Public Library community. I am coming to Rockport from the Needham Free Public Library near Boston, where I have been working part-time as a children's librarian for the past few years.

 Aside from being a librarian, I have worked as a lifeguard, blogger, adult literacy tutor, camp counselor, ropes course facilitator, college writing instructor and rock climbing youth instructor. I have also worked in university libraries - one of which was a floating library on a large ship where I worked for three whole months.


Play to Learn Storytime and Play Group

Wednesday, December 6, 13 and 20 @ 1:30 pm

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

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


Club Lego

Thursday, December 28 @ 2 pm

What can you make with a bowl of Legos?

Complete the challenge or build your own creation. The sky's the limit in this fun-filled creative structural task. 

An hour-long program of entertainment for ages 5+. Creations will be displayed in the Club Lego case outside the Children's Room for all to see.

Book Library Book and Other Discussion Groups
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."

~ Stephen King  

Mon, Dec 18 @ 6 pm

Monday Evening Book Group

Title: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Wed, Dec 20 @ 2 pm

Current Issues Discussion Group

Title: Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


Ongoing Offerings  
Device Advice 

By appointment only

Make an appointment with the Rockport Public Library, your one stop 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 at or calling 978-546-6934. There is no online registration at this time.

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


Outreach Service

Just in time for winter. Sign up today!

The Rockport Public Library offers long-term and short-term outreach services for local residents who are unable to come to the library for a variety of reasons. Andrea Nichols, Rockport's outreach librarian, delivers standard, large-print and audio books, as well as periodicals and videos to homebound residents within Rockport.

Library materials are picked up and delivered on a schedule that is adapted to individual needs. The outreach librarian is responsible for checking out, renewing and returning all materials on each homebound patron's behalf. Therefore, no overdue fines are assessed to residents using this service.

 For people who are visually impaired, the outreach program also offers a variety of Talking Books and the player to go with them. Andrea can assist people who have questions about eligibility for and enrollment in this Library of Congress program.

If you or someone you know can benefit from the Rockport Public Library's Outreach Service, please call us at 978-546-6934 to obtain more information or to sign up.


Which Craft? Circle

Monday mornings @ 11 am

Enjoy lively conversation with fellow artisans while you work on your needlework project. Just drop in. No instruction provided. All are welcome!


Please check the events calendar on our website for updates on holidays and other potential scheduling conflicts.

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