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May 2018

Rodman Library will be CLOSED Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day

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Build a Fairy Garden with the Friends of RPL

May ushers in the fifth month of events celebrating the founding of the Friends of Rodman Library forty years ago. Join the Friends and River’s Bend Farm Market and Greenhouse for a “Build a Fairy Garden” event on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. The cost is $25.00 per attendee payable to River’s Bend Farm Market the day of the program. Supplies will be provided at the time of the program―flower pot, three succulent plants, two miniature garden decorations, dirt, moss, stones, and bark. Extra plants may be purchased for $1.00 each and additional miniatures may be purchased, priced as marked. This makes a great Mother’s Day gift! The event is open to the public but registration is required. To register and for more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Eleanor OliphantAre 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, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically. The book selection for June is Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Spring Computer Classes Continue

Rodman Library offers a series of computer classes that run through May. Classes are held on May 8 & 10, 15 & 17, and 21 & 24. 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
  • Intro to Windows 10
  • Word Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Searching the Net
  • Computer Security Basics

NEW Adult Book Club at Rodman Branch

When It Happens to YouA book club for adults has started at Rodman Library Branch. The Branch Book Club will meet on the first Wednesday of each month and is next scheduled for May 2, at 6:30 p.m. When it Happens to You, by Molly Ringwald, is the book selection for discussion. The book is available at both Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch or call 330-821-1313.


Container Gardening for Butterflies

Limited on garden space but love butterflies? Melinda Carmichael, Associate Director of the Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, will be giving a workshop on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium on how to attract butterflies even in small spaces. Learn about the different plant varieties that butterflies are attracted to and need to survive. Observe a demonstration on how to design and create a simple, beautiful container garden for you and your winged friends to enjoy. Proper care and maintenance of your container garden will also be discussed. button

Your Historic Home - National Homes and Alliance's Post-War Houses

Your Historic HomeThe Alliance Area Preservation Society (AAPS) presentsTomorrow’s Homes . . . Today!  – National Homes and Alliance’s Post-War Houses, the next public program of the Your Historic Home project, on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the Rodman Public Library Auditorium.

Tomorrow’s Homes . . . Today! will look at the Alliance houses where Baby Boomers were born, and where Millennials seek their Mid-Century Modern charm. It will focus on over 300 National Homes built here between 1948 and 1966. These affordable ranch houses were THE in-demand style and size for returning GIs who wanted to get back to normal, start their families, and had the GI Bill to help. They are scattered throughout Alliance and Sebring.button


The Alliance Historical Society will present a look at the life of Thomas Rees Morgan, the founder of Morgan Engineering on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Union Avenue United Methodist Church. John Gross will be the presenter.

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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