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April 2018
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Spring Computer Classes Begin in April

Beginning in April 2018, Rodman Library will offer a series of computer classes which will run through May. Classes will be held on April 10, 11, 17, 19, 23 and 26. Hands-on classes are limited to nine (9) persons and a maximum of 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 at

Classes include:

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


Poets for April Poetry Reading

An Afternoon of Poetry Reading

Join us for a relaxed afternoon of poetry reading on Saturday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Poets from Ohio and Pennsylvania will read from their published works and at the conclusion of all reading will invite attendees to ask questions. The poets participating in this event include Jason Baldinger, Bonné de Blas, Theresa Göttl Brightman, Pat Snyder Hurley, and Sony Q. Ton-Aime.

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Evening Book Discussion Group to Meet

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, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room. Something Like Happy, by Eva Woods, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically. The book selection for May is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

National Library Week

Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week, April 8-14

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

To celebrate National Library Week, beginning on Sunday, April 8, Rodman Public Library will kick off a “Library Card Drive.” Anyone who renews an expired card (or expiring within a month) or signs up for a new card is eligible to be entered into a prize drawing. Two prize categories are offered—adults/teens (ages 13 and up), and children (up to age 12). The prizes consist of two gift cards (valued at $25 each) for the adult/teen category and one gift card (valued at $25) for children. Sign up for a card or renew an existing one at the Main or Branch Libraries and Bookmobile.

The Library will also be offering a “Food for Fines Drive” during National Library Week. Bring in any non-expired packaged or canned food item(s) and all fines will be deleted from a patron’s account (does not apply to lost or damaged items). All foods will be donated to the Alliance Food Pantry.

Barbara Lyons / Antonia Harris

Alliance Author Barbara A. Lyons to Speak

Barbara A. Lyons (pen name Antonia Harris), author of Out of the Depths­: The Jonson Chronicles, Book One, will be speaking on Monday, Apr. 23, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Accomplished musician, vocalist, licensed Baptist minister, and Administrative Assistant, this is Lyons’s first novel set in contemporary times―a gritty family saga that examines love in its many facets. It is a story about a soldier returning home from the war in Afghanistan after being tortured and the wife who must now deal with the side effects of her husband’s PTSD. Out of the Depths is the beginning of an epic story of hope and forgiveness. It is timely, poignant, and thought provoking, filled with humor and spiritual truths that will make you laugh and cry out loud.Read More


Friends of the Library Authors and Artisans Day

On Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Ohio authors and local artisans and browse through their books and handmade crafts. Ohio authors will be signing and selling their books throughout the library. Book categories include children’s books, local history, mystery, teen fiction and romance. 

Local artisans will be selling their crafts during this same time. Craft items offered include primitive wood art, woven rugs, handmade candles, wooden bowls and trays, handmade jewelry, purses, hot/cold pads, fiber/felted items, string art, pillow cases, headbands and tutus, wreaths, shirts, teddy bears, pampered pets furniture, homemade soap, herb and succulent plants, rustic signs, hand painted items, crochet items, rag quilts, baked goods, and photography.

Items donated by the Artisans will be raffled by the Friends of Rodman Library to aid in their support of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665.


Chuck and Beth Hewett

Wandering Ohio: A Buckeye Thru-Trail Hike

In 2016, Chuck and Beth Hewett completed a 1444-mile, 76-day hike on the Ohio Buckeye Trail, the longest loop trail in the nation and wrote a book, Wandering Ohio – A Buckeye Trail Thru-hike, about their adventure. Hear their compelling story when they come to Rodman Main Auditorium on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

The trail was completed in 1980 and the first thru-hiker was in 2000. Chuck and Beth were the 10th and 11th persons to have thru-hiked it (which means hiking the entire length in one continuous effort). Their book, for both hiker and non-hiker, covers Ohio History, canals, Indian ceremonial grounds, museums, interesting B&Bs, and must see spots in Ohio. Since the trail goes through over half of the counties in Ohio, a person learns about the lay of the land, and what can be found in each of the counties.button

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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