CHECK THE ADULT OR CHILDREN EVENTS SECTIONS FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
PASSPORT TO CONNECTICUT LIBRARIES!
Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!
Rockville Public Library (RPL) is one of 124 Connecticut libraries proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.
To participate, visit RPL or your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.
If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 6th, then you will be entered into one state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries.
Wednesday Movie Matinees!
Beginning on Wednesday, January 20, we will have movies on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 PM. Click here for the complete list of movies and dates.
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT NEW PROGRAM
Beginning Saturday, December 19, the Children's Department will start a new program called Snap Circuits. The program is for children aged 6 and older.Electrical components provide children with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits. Check the children's page for more information..
OUR ONLINE NEWLETTER IS NOW LIVE!
We have started a monthly online newsletter. This newsletter will come as an email directly to your computer or mobile device. It will have additional information about programs and services on a more timely basis than we can put in the 3 times a year printed newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter email Sharon Redfern at email@example.com.
The newsletter will come out the first week of every month.
NEW OPERATING HOURS!
Statement by Donna Enman, Library Director on June 5, 2015
The Rockville Public Library is changing its hours beginning in July. Starting July 10, 2015 it will close every Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. It customarily closes on Saturdays during the summer. When we return to regular hours in September, the library will continue closing on Friday and Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. The two half-day closings represent eight fewer hours of service each week.
After careful consideration, we have determined that the library needs to decrease its expenses to slow the drain on its endowment, which supports it. The Town of Vernon has been our partner since its inception and presently contributes 35% of the operational cost. This amount has proven insufficient to offset our over-dependence on our endowment. The Library trustees and the Town are jointly exploring options for improving this situation.
“The closings will represent a savings of approximately $24, 000,” Donna Enman, Library Director said. “The Board and I deeply regret these cuts and the effect they will have on library staff and our patrons. We thank all of the staff and citizens who have supported the library over the years. We are working very hard to maintain the library for many years to come.”
Ms. Enman welcomes questions or comments on this change and can be reached at 860-875-5892 x 110 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY PASS NOW AVAILABLE
We now have 2 passes to the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. The pass will admit 2 adults and up to 4 children for free. The passes are now available at the Adult Circulation desk.
NEW PHONE NUMBERS
As we upgrade our system staff will have new phone extensions. The main number remains 860-875-5892. To reach the Adult Circulation Desk, dial 100. To reach the Children's department, dial 150. To reach the Head of the Children's Department, dial 108. For our hours of operation, dial 2. For a complete list of phone numbers click here.
AMAZON LINK ON WEBPAGE
If you are going to order from Amazon.com, please start by clicking on the Amazon link on our webpage. If you use that link to go to your account, we will get a 5% return on your purchase. It will not cost you anything or add to the cost of the item by your using our link. This is a great way to support the Library while doing something you were going to do anyway ! If enough people use the link our return percentage can go all the way up to 15 %. So, if you are shopping on Amazon for items or even e-books for your kindle or iPad, please use our link!!!
EVENTKEEPER CALENDAR NOW ON WEBPAGE
We have added a Calendar of Events to the webpage. The calendar lists both adult and children's events. It is on the home page and you simply click on the calendar picture to get to the listings. All information is listed from time and date to contact person. There will also be weekly staff picks or links to our wowbrary page of new items that came in the past week.
NEW- MP3 AUDIOBOOKS AVAILABLE
If you use MP3 discs to load audiobboks into itunes or you have an MP3 disc player, we now have a small selection of MP3 audiobooks at RPL. The discs will also play on your computer. They will NOT play in a regular CD player. The advantage of MP3 discs is that you get the entire book on one disc, not 8-12 separate discs. We are testing the circulation of these audiobooks to see how popular they are. If they get significant circulation we will purchase more titles.
HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR CHECKOUT HISTORY
If you would like to keep a history of which books you have checked out or of the holds that have come to RPL for you, click here for the instructions, including pictures of the webpages. You will need Adobe reader to open the instructions. Copies are also available at the library circulation desk.
You must log into your account from our webpage to begin. Once activated any books you check out after that time will be included in your history. For holds, the history will show all holds that came even if you were unable to pick them up.
UNIVERSAL CLASS LIVE ON WEBPAGE
RPL patrons can click on the Universal Class button and sign up for a class in one of 500 different topics. There are classes in Accounting, Career training, Cooking, Crafts and hobbies, GED training, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Math, Office Skills, Technology, Real Estate, Spiritual Studies, and many more. You must have an email address for the class instructor to reach you but that is the only requirement. Some classes are worth up to 3.5 CEU's and all are free to RPL patrons. You have 6 months to complete the class and have access 24/7. Patrons can sign up for up to five classes at one time.
Click here for the listing of all topic and classes.
DOWNLOADABLE EBOOKS NOW WORK WITH KINDLE
If you have Amazon's Kindle eReader, you can now take advantage of the Overdrive collection of downloadable ebooks. This collection of free ebooks can be accessed by clicking on the Overdive button on the Home page of the website. Information on how to download books is available on the Overdive page by clicking on the Quick Start Link.
ENJOY DOWNLOADABLES ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
Download titles directly to your mobile device with the FREE Overdrive Media Console app. You can install the app from our web button, from the Apple App Store, or from the Android Market. Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can use the "Get books" option in the app, and search for RPL by name or zip code. Once there you can browse for a title, check out with your information, or download the title.
ANCESTRY. COM AVAILABLE IN LIBRARY
Ancestry.com, a genealogy search site is now available to Rockville Public Library patrons. In order to use the program, you must use either one of our internet computers or your own laptop which is Wi-Fi enabled in the library. Ancestry.com does not allow remote users so it is not accessible from our website. When you come into the library, ask at the Circulation desk for the website to access the program.
Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
And, with ongoing updates and new content always being added, you’ll keep coming back to discover more. Popular and recently added collections include:
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada; and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.
U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.
Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.
Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes Ancestry Library Edition an indispensible resource for any library serving genealogists and historians.
If you have an email address and want to get your
notifications by email, please stop by the library and give us the information
or send an email to email@example.com Email notifications will go out
for overdue books, requests that have come in from other libraries, books on
hold and advance notification of book due dates 2 days prior to the date. Email addresses are for the library's use only- no one else will have access to them nor will they be shared with anyone outside of the library. By using email, the library reduces costs of mailing notices and saves money that can be used for more materials for the community!!
No other email will be sent so no worries about spam!!
MANGO LANGUAGE PROGRAM
The Mango Language program is now live on the Rockville Library Website. In order to use the program you will need to enter your Rockville Library barcode after you click on the Mango logo on the home page. . This is new as the barcode was not needed during the trial period. For more information about Mango in English click here. For information in Spanish click here
HAVE FUN AND SAVE MONEY WITH MUSEUM PASSES
The Friend's of RPL have purchased passes for free or reduced admission to many Connecticut and nearby state's attractions. Passes may be checked out with an adult RPL library card and kept for two days. Click on the ADULT link and on MUSEUM PASSES for a complete list with details of what the pass covers. Clicking on the attraction name will bring you to their website. Passes cannot be reserved and are limited to one at a time per family.
DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS AND EBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!!
with a Rockville Library Card can now browse, checkout and download audio books and
selected ebooks from our website.
Click on the link on the home page and you will go to the Bibliomation Virtual
Library Branch. Titles can be read on a Windows or Mac computer, Nook, Sony
Reader, iPod, Smartphone and other devices with the free software you download
at the site. Some titles can be burned to CD and listened to on a portable CD
player. Tutorials for first time users are available on the Bibliomation site.
Music and DVD's are not available for download at this time.