The Library Committee
A three member Library Committee was established March 21st, 1914, with the charge to "have the care and control of said library and funds." After 66 years, on March 17, 1980, the town again voted that an elected five member committee oversee a newly established Library Trust Fund. Elected by a town wide vote to three-year terms, the five members of the Library Committee hold public meetings at the library once a month. The important work of the Library Committee is to work with the Library Director on updating Library Policies, strategic planning initiatives and overseeing the management and the use of earnings from the Library’s Endowment Fund, which also includes gifts to the library and desk income.
Funding for the Rockport Public Library comes from a variety of sources:
The Town of Rockport pays staff salaries and benefits, waste water and audit expenses, which represents approximately 70% of the annual operating budget.
The remainder of the budget (expenses) is covered by gifts (restricted and unrestricted), income from the Rockport Library Trust Fund, desk income, including printing fees, and nonresident fees. Expenses include such items such as all library materials, technology, furniture, programs costs, electricity, interlibrary loan costs, and more!
Gifts and grants to the library are reported monthly to the Library Committee and to the Town by the Library Director, which are then added to the Trust. The library director prepares warrants, based on those budgeted expenses not covered by the town, which are then presented to the town's Finance Director as part of revenue to the town.
Meetings are open to the public will occur at the library unless otherwise noted.
Scheduled LC Meetings
All meetings are posted on the Rockport Town Calendar
The Wonderful Staff of the Rockport Public Library
Full Time Staff
Ben Blackmon, Library Director
Julia Pierce, Deputy Director and Adult Services Librarian
Ben Odgren, Circulation and Technical Services Librarian
Stephanie Curcione, Youth Services Librarian
Part Time Staff
Melissa Bryan, Library Assistant
Kim Slocomb, Library Assistant
Ann Filley, Library Assistant
Isla Salisbury, Library Assistant
Liz Cunningham, Library Assistant