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Rodman Library will be closed July 4 for Independence Day

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Author and Chef Laura Bir to Speak at Rodman Library

Laura BirThe 2019 Fogle Author Series presents author and chef, Sara Bir, who will speak at Rodman Public Library on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. Bir will give a behind-the-scenes look at putting together Tasting Ohio, an all-Ohio cookbook with recipes from chefs and food producers from across the state.

Uncover Ohio's culinary secrets in 100 recipes from the Buckeye State's best chefs from summer succotash and cracker-crusted walleye to butternut squash bisque and hazelnut brownies. Clear, easy-to-follow recipes are complemented by color photographs of every dish. She'll also discuss cooking insights, the history of a few iconic Ohio foods and what it's like to photograph an entire cookbook in a makeshift laundry room studio.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Bir resides in Marietta, Ohio. She has worked as a food editor, recipe tester, restaurant critic, librarian and an arts and entertainment reporter. Bir enjoys walking in the woods and looking for fruit - a passion that inspired her pawpaw recipe zine, “The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook.” Her writing has been featured in Saveur, Edible Ohio Valley, Best Food Writing 2014, two Full Grown People anthologies, and on the websites Serious Eats, Lucky Peach and Paste Magazine.


Cause and Effect for the Friends

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the Friends of Rodman Public Library. Come in to the Chipotle at 1630 State Street, Suite A, Alliance, on Tuesday, July 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Rodman Public Library.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Red CrossCelebrate Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is having a blood drive at Rodman Public Library, on Wednesday, July 24, from noon to 6:00 p.m., in the auditorium.

You may schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to and use sponsor code: Rodman. Help save lives by giving blood.

Space spying

Photographing an Astronomical Event

Join us in Rodman Main Auditorium on Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m., when Nancy Baker Cazan, Education Director of the Beech Creek Gardens, will show the audience a fascinating presentation on Photographing an Astronomical Event.

This free evening event is open to all ages. No registration is needed. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107. This program is supported 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, July 17, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Library Conference Room. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665.

Summer Computer Classes

Rodman Library’s computer classes continue in July with two offerings of Tech Time Thursday held on July 11 and 18. Our Computer Lab will be open for any questions you may have about your computer or electronic devices. Problems with your iPhone? iPad app questions? Android device concerns? We will be here to help you.

No registration is required for these two sessions. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 216.


Special Offer for Teachers from the Friends of Rodman Library

Booksale shoppersThe 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.

Tabletop Strategy Game Night

Do you like to play games of strategy such as Ticket to Ride, Zombicide, or Magic the Gathering? Or want to try something new? If so, join us in the library’s auditorium on Tuesday, July 30, 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 Scythe. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact DJ Digianantonio at 330-821-2665, ext. 214.

Enjoy a Tasty Treat and Support the Friends

Ice cream coneJoin us for a tasty treat fundraiser and support the Friends of Rodman Public Library. Buy a frozen yogurt or donuts at Orange Leaf / Humble Donut Co., at 320 West State St., Alliance, on Tuesday, August 6, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Froyo starts at 11 a.m.)

Bring the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the Friends. Twenty percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Rodman Library.


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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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