ROCKPORT — Rockport Public Library Director Ben Blackmon circulated a letter to library members Dec. 1, letting them know that the new library in Rockport Village is to welcome patrons by mid-December.
“After years in the making, it’s official,” said a new release. “The new Rockport Public Library will open to the public on Thursday, December 17, at 9 a.m.”
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone into the building and show them around their new library,” said Blackmon. “And I want to thank all the members of our community who worked so hard to make this day a reality. We could not have done this without them.”
His letter follows:
Your new Rockport Public Library will open on Thursday, December 17, at 9 a.m.! We can’t wait to welcome you into the building and show you around your new library. I want to thank all the members of our community who worked so hard to make this day a reality. We could not have done this without you.
To prepare for the upcoming opening we will unlock our book drop on Monday, December 14, at 9 a.m. The book drop is built into the building on the left side of the main entrance on Limerock Street.
We are still operating under our pandemic restrictions. We can only let 10 patrons in the building at a time. We know you all want to see the new library so we ask that you try to keep your visit to 30 minutes or less to allow everyone an opportunity to come inside.
Masks are required for entering the building.
We also won’t be allowing anyone to use the lower level of the library. This is the space we will use to quarantine returned books. We know you all want to see the whole library and we will have another grand opening of the lower level as soon as it is safe to do so.
I want to send a special thank you to the Camden Public Library for opening its doors to Rockport residents while we were closed. The last day you can use your Rockport Card at the Camden Public Library will be December 19.
The Rockport Public Library Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays – returning soon in 2021!