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April 2019
Rodman Buzz
National Library Week

Libraries Strengthen Their Communities: Celebrate National Library Week

April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. beginning on Sunday, April 7, 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.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is Schooler Lecturer

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, has been selected as the featured read for the Alliance area One Book One Community program for 2019.

Atwood will present the Schooler Lecture at the University of Mount Union at 8 p.m., April 10.

UMU Offers Financial Literacy Classes at RPL

University of Mount Union finance majors in partnership with the United Way of Greater Stark County are offering a four-part financial literacy course at Rodman Library in the auditorium. Beginning in April on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., courses include Budgeting, April 2; Credit, April 10; Education, April 17 and Retirement, April 24.

A drawing for a $50 gift card will be held at the end of each course. A drawing for a $400 cash prize will be held at the end of course four (must attend all courses to be entered to win the cash drawing). These courses are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For questions or concerns, please contact Amber Hunt at [email protected].

Biz Chat with John Myers

Are you an entrepreneur? Got an idea and want to kick it around, or a business idea and don’t know what’s next? Are you running a small business and need some advice? Or do you just want to learn about resources at the library?

Stop by for a chat with John Myers, Director of INCUBOX business incubator on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Library Conference Room.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665.


Rock Salt and Nails Acoustic Band Concert

Rock Salt and NailsJoin us for a fun afternoon of music at Rodman Public Library as the Rock Salt and Nails Acoustic Band (RSN) entertains with a mix of the blues, bluegrass, and ballads. Jim Dutter of Louisville, Keith McMahon of Homeworth and Priscilla Roggenkamp of Alliance will perform original and cover tunes from their new CD, “Time Stands Still,” as well as other band favorites. The performance runs from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 6, in Rodman Main Auditorium, and is suitable for all ages.

This event is free and open to the public, supported by the Friends of Rodman Library. No registration is needed.

Tim Carroll

Rodman Library Hosts Author Tim Carroll

Akron native Tim Carroll, author of World War II Akron, will be speaking on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library Auditorium. He will tell the stories of the men who served and who died in World War II from Summit County. Carroll will share over 100 rare photographs that contain a collection of blimp photos. Other topics covered include the Dogs for Defense program, Congressional Medal of Honor winners, the Boy Scout draft, the fathers draft and a thorough history of what life was like in Ohio during World War II.

World War II AkronCarroll is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in history and a master’s degree in education. His grandfathers, John Ward and John Carroll, were drafted prior to Pearl Harbor and served three years in the Pacific. He began researching World War II events after he started reading his grandfather Carroll’s war letters. His research ultimately led him to write World War II Akron.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

2020 Census Employment

Friday, Apr. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., Computer Classroom

A Census representative will be conducting a workshop on how to file an application online as well as helping candidates through the online employment application process for the upcoming 2020 Census. Walk-in.

Easter Closing

Rodman Library Branch will be CLOSED Sunday, April 21 for the Easter holiday. Both the Main Library and Branch will reopen Monday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m.

Want an easy way to schedule your organization’s next big event and ensure there are no conflicts?  Or just want to see everything going on in Alliance on a given day? NEW! Alliance Community Planning Calendar" (CPC)

Amateur radio operators

The History of Amateur Radio

The Alliance Amateur Radio Club will present The History of Amateur Radio on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Rodman Public Library. The presentation features the concepts and functions of amateur radio and will be presented by Ron Rittenhouse, president of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club. The program is sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Wish You Well by David BaldacciAre 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 1, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room. Wish You Well, by David Baldacci, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main Library—also available electronically.

The book selection for May is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Book Club at the Branch Library

The Women by T.C. BoyleThe Branch Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is next scheduled for April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The Women, by T.C. Boyle, is the book selection for discussion.

It is available at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for May is The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.

Jim Clark - Rally 'Round Cleveland

RPL Hosts Author & Sports Broadcaster Jim Clark

Akron native, Jim Clark, author of Rally ‘Round Cleveland: The Story of the 1974 Franchise-Saving Cleveland Indians, will be speaking on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library Auditorium. Clark is a life-long Indians fan. He has been the radio voice of the Canton-Akron Indians, Akron Aeros and Akron RubberDucks since 1990. This season will be his 27th behind the mic.

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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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