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May 2021

Both the Main and Branch Libraries will be closed Mon., May 31 for Memorial Day

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Freedom Trail Walk

Freedom Trail Walk and Friends of the Library Sidewalk Sale

Rodman Public Library is partnering with the Alliance Historical Society to host a Freedom Trail Walk on Sunday, May 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The one mile walk will go from Rodman Public Library through the former village of Freedom to the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home along the Stark Parks Iron Horse Trail. 

Guides along the trail will explain highlights of Main Street, Mechanic, and the former village of Freedom. Participants are encouraged to bring their smart phones to listen to descriptions of various points of interest and see photos of how things used to look along the trail. The tour map and description are available from https://theclio.com/tour/1522. We encourage you to download the free app Clio for iOS or Android to benefit fully of the walk.

Tours of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home and Alliance History Mini Museum will be available for a $5 entrance donation for those who would like to visit either or both facilities. A limit of 10 visitors will be allowed in the house at one time. 

There is no charge to participate in the walk and reservations are not required. Parking will be available at Rodman Public Library and the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home. The tour will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes for the round trip walk. 

On that same day, the Friends of Rodman Library will be offering a book sale from 1:00-4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the library.  A limited number of books and categories will be available, including hardback and paperback fiction, younger and older children’s books, cookbooks, large print and Amish books. Payment will be a donation of the purchaser’s choice. 

For both of these events, social distancing and masks are required. In case of rain, the events will be held on Sunday, May 23. 

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2021 "Virtual" Summer Art Experience

Get ready for the 2021 “Summer Art Experience” from home! Starting Monday, June 14, children ages 6-13 will be able to view art lessons via YouTube videos taught by six local art instructors. Art supplies for the lessons will be provided free of charge while supplies last, but children may participate by using their own supplies as well. Children will have six weeks to complete their projects.

To register your child, visit our online calendar, http://rodmanlibrary.evanced.info/signup, or call 330-821-2665 ext. 223. Once they are registered, they will be able to pick up supplies from the Main Library starting on Monday, June 7. 

Children are encouraged to take photos of their completed projects and email their photos along with their name to rodmaninfo@rodmanlibrary.com to take part in our “Virtual Art Gala,” which will be held on our Facebook page starting Saturday, July 24. Any child who submits photos for all six projects (one per instructor) will be entered for a chance to win one of several bonus art kits. Winners will be notified by phone. If you are unable to take a photo of the completed projects and email them to us, you are welcome to bring the completed projects into the Main Library for a staff member to take pictures of them for you. Pictures should be submitted by Friday, July 23 in order to be included in the Virtual Gala and the art kit giveaway.

Funding this year is provided with the generosity of Alliance Kiwanis Club, Alliance Quota Club, Alliance Rotary Club, Hatherill Insurance Agency, Inc., and the Friends of Rodman Public Library. For more information, please contact the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665 ext. 223.

take and make crafts

May Take and Make Craft Bags

Rodman Public Library will offer a variety of “take and make” craft bags for all ages during the month of May. These craft bags will include supplies to create the crafts as well as step-by-step instructions on how to create them. How-to tutorial videos will also be available to view for some of the crafts via the Rodman Public Library YouTube channel.

Starting, Monday, May 3, stop by the Main and Branch libraries to pick up "take and make" crafts. Kids can stop by the Children’s Department at the Main Library for a paper flower bouquet and the Branch Library for a sunshine greeting card. Teens, ages 12-18, can stop by the Reference Department for a paper bag flower. Adults, ages 18+, can stop by the Main or Branch Library for a paper patritoic wreath.

Supplies are limited and will be given out at a first come first served basis. For more information, call 330-821-2665. 

May Rodman @ Home Programs

Join Rodman Public Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook for the Rodman @ Home program. Rodman staff will share things you can make or do using items from home, including crafts, baking and cooking demonstrations, birding, and gardening activities.
  • May 5: Learn how to make a taco bake recipe. 
  • May 12: Learn how to decorate a wooden serving tray with fabric. 
  • May 19: Learn how to make another tasty recipe. 
  • May 26: Learn how to make decorative items with a pounded flower technique. 
To watch, go to https://facebook.com/rodmanlibrary. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos. For those with an account, send us a comment during the show or give us a smiley face or thumbs up if you like what you see.

computerOnline Teen Gaming Days

Rodman Public Library invites teens, ages 12-18, to play Jackbox Games online on Thursdays, May 6 and May 20 at 3:00 p.m. All that is needed is a device to connect to the internet. Teens will vote on which games they will play during the program.

Registration is required. To register, email the name and age of the teen who wants to participate to rodmaninfo@gmail.com. You will receive a link to join a Google Meet session where you will receive instructions on how to play together. For more information, call 330-821-2665 ext. 214. 

grass blockOnline Minecraft Program

Rodman Public Library invites kids and teens, ages 10-18, to play Minecraft virtually together on Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. Minecraft Realms will be used for this open play program.

Space is limited to 10 spots and registration is required. To register, email the name and gamer tag of the child or teen who wants to participate to rodmaninfo@gmail.com. An invite to join the library’s realm will be sent to the gamer tag. For more information, call 330-821-2665 ext. 214. 

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Online Teen Writing Club

Creative ideas flowing? Join Rodman Public Library for an online Teen Writing Club that meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. The next meetings are May 12 and 26.

To participate, teens need to email rodmaninfo@gmail.com with their name, age and Gmail account, and we will send a link to join via Google Meet. Any teen, age 12-18, can join. Have fun meeting virtually with your fellow teen writers to exchange ideas, hone your skills and share your work. 

Online Teen Book Club

Are you a teen who loves to read? Join Rodman Public Library for the online Teen Book Club that meets on the third Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

CaravalThe next meeting will be on May 17 and the selected title will be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Copies are available at the Main Library, through the library’s catalog, or digitally through the Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla.

To participate, teens need to email rodmaninfo@gmail.com with their name, age and Gmail account, and we will send a link to join via Google Meet. Any teen, age 12-18, can join. 

Books and Coffee Book Club

Rodman Public Library invites you to join our online book club “Books & Coffee.”

The Tattooish of AuschwitzThe next book club meeting will be on Thursday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The selected title will be The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Copies are available at the Main and Branch libraries, through the library’s catalog, or digitally through the Ohio Digital Library or Hoopla.

If you would like to participate in the discussion, send your email address to cduro@rodmanlibrary.com. You will receive a link to connect via Zoom. 

Friends of the Library Applebee's Fundraiser

Make your meal a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the Friends of Rodman Public Library. Order carryout from Applebee’s, 2600 W. State Street, Alliance by either calling in or placing an order online at https://www.applebees.com or through the mobile app with the code DOINGOOD on Tuesday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to close. Orders must be carryout for 15% of the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of Rodman Public Library. Dine-in and delivery orders are not valid for this offer. 

Online Teen Anime Club

Rodman Public Library invites teens, ages 13-18, to a virtual anime club. First, come by the Reference Desk at the Main Library any time between Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27 to pick up an anime-themed take and make craft. Then on Thursday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. join us online via Zoom to watch anime episodes and create your craft together.

Crafts are limited and registration is required. To register, email rodmaninfo@gmail.com with the name and age of the teen who wants to participate. On the day of the program, we will send you a link to join the Zoom meeting. For more information, call 330-821-265, ext. 214

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