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June 2019
Rodman Buzz

Summer Reading Program Has Begun!

Summer Reading Program, May 28-August 3"A Universe of Stories" is now underway. The adult program is open to ages 18 and older. Adults may sign up for Summer Reading at the front desk of the Main or Branch Libraries and Bookmobile. Any check out transaction of any library material qualifies for one ticket to be entered into a weekly drawing.


Bookmobile 2019 Summer Schedule

Rodman Public Library announces its Bookmobile 2019 Summer Schedule. In addition to books, the Bookmobile, which is disability accessible, carries magazines, books on CD and your favorite DVDs for all ages, with a two week check out for all materials.

The printed Bookmobile 2019 Summer Schedule is available for patrons and may be picked up at the Main and Branch locations. The online version, which includes an interactive map, may be viewed on Rodman Library’s website at Patrons may also call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, or the Branch Library at 330-821-1313, for schedule information. The Bookmobile runs on a rotating two week schedule.button

Evening Book Discussion Group to Meet

The Gown by Jennifer RobsonAre 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, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room. The Gown, by Jennifer Robson is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main Library—also available electronically.

The book selection for July is Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Book Club at the Branch to Meet

Wild by Cheryl StrayedThe Branch Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is next scheduled for June 5, at 6:30 p.m. Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, is the book selection for discussion. It is available at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

There will be no book club meeting in July due to summer break. The book selection for August is The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund De Waal. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.

Summer Computer Classes Continue

Rodman Library’s computer classes continue in June and will run through July. Classes will be held on June 4, 6, 11, 13, 20 and 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. You may register in person, or call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, or sign up online at

Classes offered this month include:

  • Searching the Net
  • Computer Security Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Word Basics
  • Tech Time Thursday
  • Intro to Windows 10

Civic Essentials Game Hour

Trivia Anyone? Join us and your emcee, Kathleen Purdy, a retired teacher with an M.S. in Education and resident of Alliance, for a free, fun and fact-based evening of civics trivia at the Civics Essential Game Hour on Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium.

Libraries throughout Ohio are participating in this unique event as community citizens engage in an hour of fast-paced competition of basic civics knowledge. Produced by Soapbox Cincinnati and FreshWater Cleveland, Civics Essentials: Ohio is a series and initiative to raise the civics knowledge of Ohio adults and better educate them on how the law works in Ohio.

Want to get ready for the Game Hour? Read the Ohio Civics Essential series on Soapbox Cincinnati or FreshWater Cleveland and make sure you take the quizzes. Register your family and friends at Eventbrite:


Tabletop games

Tabletop Strategy Game Night

Do you like to play games of strategy such as Ticket to Ride or Magic the Gathering? Or want to try something new?

If so, join us in the library’s auditorium on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m., to share your interest with other like-minded individuals of all ages.

Each month there will be a different featured game a staff member will teach you to play. This month's featured game is Zombicide. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact DJ Digianantonio at 330-821-2665, ext. 214.   

Karen Perone Receives IUG Beacon Award

Receiving the Beacon Award

Karen Perone, Head of Technology and Technical Services at Rodman Public Library, was recently honored by the Innovative Users Group community (IUG) with their 2019 IUG Beacon Award. Perone has been active in the IUG community for many years, serving as a past IUG Chair and continues to advise and encourage steering committee members. She has also contributed to the listserv and forums, mentored new members and engaged in the enhancements process.

Perone was instrumental in launching the Eastern Great Lakes IUG and worked to preserve the history of the Innovative Users Group through conducting oral history interviews and creating a video archive to illustrate the group’s history. She not only has attended all of the IUG Conferences, but has helped to make the annual conferences successful by orchestrating social events and presenting numerous programs, as well as sharing her musical talents by playing her flute in the IUG orchestra.

In 2007, the Innovative Users Group Steering Committee, at the suggestion of many members, created the IUG Beacon Award with a lighthouse chosen as its symbol: “To honor exceptional service to the Innovative Users Community through presentations and collaboration, selfless dedication to libraries as a whole and sage advice to others via the IUG List. While a great implementation is the product of a great employee, the IUG Beacon Award will acknowledge great community members – people who help others attain greatness and share the knowledge that she/he gained in the process.”

Summer Craft for Adults

Join us for an adult evening of fun as we celebrate the Summer Reading Program theme, A Universe of Stories, by creating and decorating a constellation mug. This free event will take place in the Main Auditorium on Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m.

Supplies will be furnished, but registration is needed as it is limited to 30 participants. To register, call 330-821-2665, or go online to This program is sponsored by the Friends of Rodman Library.

Bizchat 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, June 5, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Library Conference Room.

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

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Friends of Rodman Library Extends a Special Offer to Teachers

The Rodman Friends of the Library wish to extend to classroom teachers a special offer. Any teacher who helps with the set-up for the 2019 Friends of the Library Book Sale on Friday, August 2, (time to be announced) will be permitted to shop the sale that day. Teachers who volunteer will be called and notified of the time. Any teacher who helps with the cleanup on Friday, August 9, (starting at 8 a.m.) may take, free of charge, any books/materials for their classroom.

Teachers must provide the name of their school and teacher ID to qualify. For more information, call or leave a message for Janet Metzger, Head of Children’s Services, at 330-821-2665, ext. 225. Stop in at the Main Library at 215 E. Broadway St., or the Branch Library at 1808 W. State St., to pick up a Book Sale Volunteer Form to sign up for these or any days/times of the sale, August 3 to 8.

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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