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October 2018
Rodman Buzz

Free Access to Online Educational Courses -

Rodman Public Library is offering a new database to its patrons,, that allows library cardholders free access to online educational courses. This database is being provided by the State of Ohio for Ohio libraries.

Now owned by LinkedIn, has been the leading provider of online learning content for 20 years. The service has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level. also offers more than 0 different learning paths to help users stay ahead in their current job or change careers.

“It's free to patrons, so if you have an account with us all you need is your library card number,” said Eric Taggart, Director, Rodman Public Library. “You can access inside or outside the library, from any device with an internet connection.”


Computer Classes Continue in October

Rodman Library’s computer classes continue in October and run through November. Classes will be held on October 9, 11, 16, 18, 22, 25, and 30. 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.

Offerings include Basic Computer, Searching the Net, Email Basics, Google Drive, iPad/iPhone Basics, Computer Security Basics, and Cloud Computer.


Evening Book Discussion Group

A Gentleman in MoscowAre 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, October 1, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room.

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for November is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665.

Branch Book Club to Meet

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Branch Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is next scheduled for October 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden, is the book selection for discussion. It is available at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for November is The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.

Art by Robert Benjamin

The Art of Robert Benjamin on Exhibit at Rodman Library

Rodman Public Library will showcase the artwork of Robert L. Benjamin during the month of October in the Main Gallery. Benjamin will be inducted into the Alliance High School Distinguished Alumnus group this fall. An Alliance native, upon graduation from Alliance High School in 1969, he was accepted by the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA. After several years of study, during which Benjamin took advantage of the many cultural amenities of Pittsburgh, he began to visualize a more expansive natural setting as inspiration for his art and moved to New Mexico in 1971.

While Benjamin is known for his Southwest landscape paintings, he has also worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and designer of silver jewelry and bronze sculpture. It was in 1995 that he turned to landscape painting full-time. He has traveled throughout New Mexico for artistic inspiration from the beauty of its land and its dramatic lighting. In 2001, New Mexico Magazine invited him to be the Distinguished Calendar Artist for their millennium issue, publishing twelve of his pastels. Many of his lithographs are in the permanent collections of museums.  A selection of Benjamin’s prints also hang in Rodman Public Library.

This exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours. For more information, call 330-821-2665.

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.

Branch Book Club - Meets the 1st Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Branch.

"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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