virtual programs include Fairy Tale Puppet Show, Chris Van Dusen, Fran Hodgkins, Digital Escape Room

Rockland Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins June 26

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 3:15pm

Rockland Public Library's Summer Reading Program is starting soon.

There are programs for kids, teens, and adults, and will operate June 26 - August 7

People can participate in person or online using For those participating offline, sign-up sheets are now available at Rockland Public Library.


When participants are not reading, they are invited to enjoy virtual programs with special guests, including:


Most Mondays, June 29 - Aug 3 – Facebook LIVE Storytime with Ms. Jenn

Celebrate Summer Reading Program with 5 weeks of LIVE storytimes with Ms. Jenn on the Rockland Public Library Facebook page. Ms. Jenn will read, sing, and introduce you to fun activities like Fairytale Yoga & Pocket Dice dance moves. This interactive storytime will include fairytale songs and stories to get your mind and body moving! Perfect for toddlers-early elementary.

Ms. Jenn is on Mondays, at 10:30 a.m., June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, (no Ms. Jenn on July 27), and Aug 3.

Facebook Event link: events/389943438629526/ 


Wed, July 1, at 11 a.m. – Fairy Tale Puppet Show (on Facebook)

Join Dewey the Dragon and his puppet friends as they read and act out some of your favorite fairy tales. Puppeteer Alex Thomas is bringing Rockland Public Library a very special YouTube puppet show to kick off Summer Reading Program. This YouTube video will be posted on our Facebook page for one week following it's 7/1/20 reveal. 

Facebook Event link: events/1007950912933063/


Wed, July 8, at 11 a.m. – Facebook LIVE Author Visit with Chris Van Dusen 

Author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen will be reading a book or two of his, then talking to the group about how he writes and illustrates his stories. You may know Chris Van Dusen from his books The Circus Ship, If I Built a Car, and Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, but did you know he also illustrated the Mercy Watson series?

Facebook Event link: events/261563071790832/


Wed. July 15, at 11 a.m. – Facebook Live Author Visit with Fran Hodgkins

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Author Fran Hodgkins will be reading an excerpt from her new YA novel, Hex: The Apprentice, and then talking to us about her writing process. Listen, learn, and chat live! Fran Hodgkins is an author of more than two dozen books, including the picture book Andre the Famous Harbor Seal. 

Facebook Event link: events/258175302116265/


Wed, July 22, at 11 a.m. – Virtual Animation Workshop (on Facebook)

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Join Alex Thomas to learn how to create several animations using free open source software. The demonstrated software works on Mac and PC computers. Alex will suggest an alternative app for children who only have access to a tablet or mobile device. This YouTube video will be posted on our Facebook page for one week following it's 7/22/20 reveal. 

Facebook Event link: events/193240161972968/


Thur, July 30, at 11 a.m. – Digital Escape Room

For Teens and Adults

Join in the excitement of hunting for clues and the joy of solving puzzles, in this digital escape room, custom made by Jessie.


Participants will also get a chance to take part in an art class and meet with an animal specialist at Chewonki to see some of their live, rescued animals.


Also enjoy weekly virtual storytimes with Miss Katie on Facebook and YouTube: Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m. – Virtual Rockin’ Storytime; Wednesdays, at 10:30 a.m. – Virtual Read Alouds; and Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m. –Virtual Baby Time channel/ UCarzucimqz5WwamMFagKCgw


For more information, please call the library at 594-0310 or email