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March 2018
Rodman Buzz

Meet Rodman Library's New Director, Eric Taggart

Eric Taggart, Rodman Library DirectorEric Taggart has been a library professional for 23 years. He comes to us from the Coshocton Public Library in Coshocton, Ohio, where he served as director for the past nine years. Previously he was Director of the Loudonville Public Library in Loudonville, Ohio.

He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 12 years and have three children. Liam will soon be nine, Sylvie is five, and Theo is three. Taggart enjoys spending most of his spare time with his family. He says his children are excellent travelers, and they especially love to go to the beach, as they usually drive down to Florida once each year. He and his son, Liam, both like cars, so they sometimes attend car shows, watch TV shows about cars, and also go see the Cavs play. Taggart is a big fan of Cleveland sports, whether it is the Indians, the Cavs, or the Browns. He enjoys reading about sports—especially about coaches as his dad coached high school basketball for many years. He also plays golf, but as he tells it, not particularly well.

“We all love to read, of course,” says Taggart. “I really like reading about history and historical figures. My favorite writers include William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and John Updike. However, my favorite book is The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Obviously, we are reading lots of children's books in our home right now, and Laura and I really love to share books that we loved as a children with our children.”

Taggart obtained his master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He and his family are in the process of preparing their home for the real estate market in Coshocton in anticipation of making their new home in the Alliance community.


Wooden sign artOne-of-a-Kind Wood Slat Sign Making with Hot Pots

Join the Friends of Rodman Library and Hot Pots for a sign making party! Create an awesome, one-of-a-kind 14″x16″ Slat Style Board Sign in the library’s main auditorium on Saturday, March 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants choose a design in advance of the event and Hot Pots will create a custom stencil for that design. At the party, attendees then choose a stain color for the wood and a paint color for the design – cool metallic colors as well…copper, gold, pewter, silver, bronze & more will be offered. No experience is necessary as instructors will walk you through the steps. As Hot Pots must make a custom stencil for your project before the event, they require advance registration and payment with this information by March 2. The cost is $22.00, made payable to Hot Pots. To register and select a design, go online to For more information, call Rodman Public Library at 330-821-2665.


Author Kim Cross Visits

Author Kim CrossOne Book One Community (OBOC) has chosen What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross. Following with the tradition of having the author speak to the community, Ms. Cross will speak Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Union Avenue United Methodist Church. [Details]

The New York Times bestselling author of literary nonfiction, Kim Cross, will speak at Rodman Public Library on Friday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. “How to Write Compelling Nonfiction Stories” is the subject Cross will address as she discusses storytelling from a written perspective. She looks to many genres such as film/screenwriting, songwriting, poetry, oral history, podcasting, and fiction for inspiration and examples of craft that can be applied to literary nonfiction or fiction.

Her first book, What Stands in a Storm, is this year’s One Book One Community read that chronicles the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded weather, the April 2011 storm that unleashed 349 tornados on 21 states, killing at least 324 people.


The Life She was Given


Evening Book Discussion Group

Are you a book lover? Are you interested in meeting other book lovers to compare notes and have a lively discussion? Join us at the evening book discussion group Monday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room. The Life She Was Given, by Ellen Marie Wiseman, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically. The book selection for April is Something Like Happy, by Eva Woods. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Winter Computer Classes Conclude in March

Rodman Library’s computer classes conclude in March and will be held on March 6 & 7, 13 &15 and 19 & 21. Hands-on classes are limited to nine (9) persons and two (2) alternates. All classes start at 10 a.m., except where noted at 6:30 p.m., and last about one hour. Registration is required and accepted by telephone, in person, or online. To register, call 330-821-2665, or register online.

Classes include:

  • Basic Computer
  • Searching the Net
  • Word Basics
  • Intro to Windows 10
  • Email Basics
  • Computer Security Basics


History of Lexington Township by Levi Lamborn


Alliance Historical Society Publishes Lamborn's History of Lexington Township

Alliance Historical Society launches the publication of its latest book, History of Lexington Township, by Levi L. Lamborn in a program at Rodman Public Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Auditorium. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for a $15 donation at the program.

As most residents of Alliance know, Levi L. Lamborn may be best known for cultivating the Scarlet Carnation, but did you know that he wrote the first history of our community in the mid-1800s? As a contributor to the Alliance Weekly Local (precursor to today’s Alliance Review), he wrote a series of 34 articles for the newspaper to record our history from the earliest settlers through 1873. It also served as a promotional item to help sell more papers. These articles recounted the labors, events, and people who shaped the first seven decades of our community and was titled “History of Lexington Township.”

The book is now available through and will be available at Rodman Public Library and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce after March 14.


Abby Kelley Foster

Lynne McKenney Lydick Portrays Abby Kelley Foster, Abolitionist, at RPL

Actress and activist, Lynne McKenney Lydick, will bring abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster to life in her inspiring one-woman play, Yours for Humanity―Abby, on Wednesday, March 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Rodman Main Auditorium. The play is based on the letters and speeches of Abby in 1854 during a time of much social and political differences in our country. Hear Abby as she delivers her powerful orations against slavery and prejudice which helped to change the views of many. (Photograph: Lynne McKenney Lydick as Abby Kelley Foster courtesy of the Worcester Women's History Project)

Tax season


VITA Tax Clinics

The United Way of Greater Stark County can file your taxes for free. The VITA program offers free tax assistance to people who make $65,000 or less. Anyone may schedule their own tax appointment online by going to and click “Get Started.”

IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax return preparation with electronic filing and offers direct deposit for a speedy refund. The remaining schedule for 2018 at Rodman Library is available on our website.

Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Programs at Rodman Public Library

Join us for one of our ongoing programs at Rodman Public Library. For specific dates and times, please check our monthly calendar of events.


Evening Book Discussion Group - Meets the 1st Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Conference Room.

"KnitWits" Knitting Circle - Meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Main Auditorium.

Writers' Alliance - Meets the 2nd Monday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium.

Caregiver Support Group - Meets the last Thursday of the month (except November and December, meets the 3rd Thursday) from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Main Children’s Program Room.

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