CHECK THE ADULT OR CHILDREN EVENTS SECTIONS FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
CLOSING DATES IN NOVEMBER
The library will be closed on on Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. We will close early on Wednesday, November 26 at 4:00 PM.
GOVERNOR MALLOY RELEASES $300,000 TO BONDING FOR RPL
You may have heard Governor Malloy mention a $300,000.00 award to RPL at our Dedication ceremony in May. Some people have been confused about its purpose. This is not a new award and, in fact, it is the larger part of our oldest grant for the recent addition.
In its 2007 session, the General Assembly approved permission to bond $550,000 for rendering the Library handicapped accessible. Because of an administrative mix-up, the same money was promised to more than one person or project. Rep. Claire Janowski, who had initiated the legislation, caught the error and was able to rescue $250,000 for RPL that year. In spite of her supplications, she could not persuade the Governor's Office to give us the remaining $300,000 from her larger supply.
The $250,000 was bonded, but did not reach us until 2010. We could not access it until we raised sufficient funds to pay for the project. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking on the grant in that the Library had to use it by a date certain or the State would reclaim it to use for other purposes.
In addition, the $300,000 alternately lay in a hypothetical file drawer or on an actual list of unused awards facing elimination. The General Assembly periodically gathers and abolishes old awards that have not been used. Rep. Janowski twice rescued it from that fate. She and we, jointly and severally, petitioned the Office of Policy and Management (the Governor’s Office) to release the $300,000 for bonding. Finally, this year, Governor Malloy granted our request.
The award remains dedicated by law to our capital project for rendering the Library accessible to people with disabilities. It was always factored into our building budget calculations and will be used to pay bills directly associated the new construction as designed and presented to the State. We cannot divert any part of it—or even borrow from it--for other uses, such as programs, services or materials.
No, it is not new; but, we are thrilled to have received it.
LEARNING EXPRESS 3 NOW LIVE!
Learning Express Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,
and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills
improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career
certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep,
GED® test prep, and more. For more detailed information click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.