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September 2018

Rodman Library will be CLOSED
Monday, September 3 for Labor Day

Rodman Buzz

Author Jessica Strawser to Speak

Jessica StrawserThe 2018 Fogle Author Series continues with author Jessica Strawser who will speak at Rodman Public Library on Saturday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. She is the editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest magazine, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She has written for the New York Times’ Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other venues. Strawser is the author of the novels Almost Missed You, named to Barnes & Noble’s Best New Fiction shortlist upon its March 2017 release, and her recent novel, Not That I Could Tell, released in March 2018. Not That I Could Tell was inspired by an event in Strawer’s life when she lost her best friend to domestic violence. A suspenseful, sad, and touching novel, it deals with public facades masking private despair. Strawser lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

Books will be available for purchase at the time of the authors’ visits which the authors will then sign after the program. These events are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call the main library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Author David Giffels to Speak

David GiffelsThe 2018 Fogle Author Series presents its final author, David Giffels, who will speak at Rodman Public Library on Saturday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. Giffels is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life, published in 2018. The book has been hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "tender, witty and ... painstakingly and subtly wrought." His previous books include The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editors' Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home, winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, Parade, and the Wall Street Journal. Giffels is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Books will be available for purchase at the time of the authors’ visits which the authors will then sign after the program. These events are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call the main library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Car cruise-in

Cruise-in with the Friends at RPL

“Cruise-in” with the Friends of Rodman Library on Sunday, September. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Rodman Public Library parking lot as they celebrate the founding of the Friends of Rodman Library forty years ago. This Cruise-in is open to any participant who wants to show their vehicle and no entry fee is required. Any make of vehicle is welcome. Door prizes will be given away and a 50 /50 drawing will take place with one half going to the winner, and one half going to the Friends of the Library. Food vendors will also be part of the festivities. This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the Cruse-in will be scheduled for Sunday, September 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665.


Fall Computer Classes Begin in September

Beginning in September 2018, Rodman Library will offer a series of computer classes that will run through November. Classes will be held on September 4, 6, 11, 13, 17, 20 and 27. 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 or in person. Call 330-821-2665, to register.

September classes include:

  • Basic Computer
  • Searching the Net
  • Word Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Intro to Windows 10
  • Computer Security Basics
  • Rodman Catalog/SearchOhio

Basic Calligraphy with John Whitacre

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. Have you ever wondered how to create this expressive art form? Now is your chance to learn with John Whitacre at the Branch Library on Monday, September 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Whitacre will demonstrate the basics of calligraphy and work with the participants. He will show how to hold the pen, what paper and ink to use, and types of pens. This is a free event. Supplies will be provided at the class. Registration is required as the class size is limited. To register, or for more information, call the Branch Library at 330-821-1313.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Educated by Tara WestoverAre 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, September 10, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room (no meeting on September 3, due to Labor Day closing). Educated, by Tara Westover, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically. The book selection for October is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Branch Book Club Meets in September

H is for Hawk by Helen McdonaldThe Branch Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is next scheduled for September 5, at 6:30 p.m. H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald, is the book selection for discussion. It is available at Rodman Main Library—also available electronically. The book selection for October is The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.

Your Historic HomeAlliance's Government Addition

Robb Hyde, president of the Alliance Area Preservation Society (AAPS), presents Alliance’s Government Addition – A Workingman’s Home for the War Effort!, the next public program of the Your Historic Home project, on Wednesday, September19, at 7:00 p.m., in Rodman Public Library Auditorium. Alliance’s Government Addition will look at the Alliance houses built by the Federal Government’s United States Housing Corporation (USHC) in response to a nationwide housing shortage for war workers during World War I. Alliance’s Morgan Engineering and Transue & Williams plants were key facilities for the war effort, and two projects were planned in the city to meet the local need. One million dollars of the Federal $100,000,000 national program was allocated to the city. The prominent Cleveland architects Walker & Weeks were hired to create a design for the planned community within a community, based on “standard house” guidelines developed by the USHC.


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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