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November 2019
Rodman Library will be closed Wednesday, November 27 at noon and Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving,

Rodman Buzz
Mindy McGinnis

Author Mindy McGinnis to Speak at Rodman Library

The 2019 Fogle Author Series presents its final author, Mindy McGinnis, who will speak at Rodman Public Library on Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author of multiple novels that span many genres. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to gothic thriller, her books deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us. Her latest novel is "Heroine," with "Be Not Far From Me" to be released in 2020.

A ninth-generation farmer, McGinnis attributes much of her character to growing up on an Ohio farm, learning the value of physical labor, and the harshness of the natural world early in life. Much of her writing reflects small-town living and aspects of rural poverty. A former school librarian, she still lives and works in her hometown, and is dedicated to making herself available to financially disadvantaged school districts and communities.

McGinnis has done multiple interviews and guest posts over the years, and has been featured on such outlets as NPR and PBS. She has also been a guest on a myriad of podcasts, blogs, and websites. Books will be available for purchase at the time of the author’s visit which the author will then sign after the program. These events are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

"The Great Olive Poisoning" Presented by Karen Perone and John Gross

Celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, at 7 p.m., at Rodman Main Auditorium as the story about Alliance’s Great Olive Poisoning is presented by Karen Perone and John Gross. In August 1919, Col. Charles Weybrecht returned home from serving in World War I. To celebrate his homecoming, Mrs. Helen Sebring Gahris held a dinner party for him and other guests. On her way to Canton for the party, she purchased nuts, candy and a jar of ripe olives to make her party table more festive. The olives were tainted with botulism and seven people who ate them died within a week of the dinner, including Col. Weybrecht. 

Perone will present the story of the tragic event and Gross will relate the story of Col. Weybrecht and the cemetery markers erected for the victims. A brief membership business meeting for the Alliance Historical Society will be held before the program. The program is free and open to the public. A membership is not needed to attend this program.

Evening Book Discussion

Are 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, November 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room.

A Woman of No Importance"A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII," by Sonia Purnell, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main Library—also available electronically.

The book selection for December is "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World," by Melinda Gates. Come to the meeting and bring a friend. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.

Branch Book Club

The Branch Book Club meets on the third Monday of each month and is scheduled for November 18, at 6:30 p.m. 

The Only Woman in the Room“The Only Woman in the Room,” by Marie Benedict, is the book selection for discussion. It is available at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for December is “A Redbird Christmas,” by Fannie Flagg. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.

Alliance Vinyl Club

recordDo you collect vinyl records and enjoy listening to your favorites with like-minded people? Join us Monday, November 25, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Main Auditorium where you can spin your favorite records, learn how to catalog a collection on an online database (Discogs) and share tips for caring for a vinyl collection.

Due to time limitations, only be a few selections per person will be played. A turntable will be provided, but we ask that you handle your personal records and assume any liability for normal wear and scratches. No registration is required. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665 ext. 216.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Red CrossThe American Red Cross is having a blood drive at Rodman Public Library, on Monday, November 25, 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.

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 Thursday, November 13, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Library Conference Room. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665.


November Computer Classes

Rodman Library’s fall computer classes will continue on November 12, 14, 20, 21 & 26. Hands on classes are limited to nine (9) persons and a maximum of two (2) alternates. All classes start at 10 a.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

iPad/iPhone Basics: This class will introduce you to some basic features on your iPad/iPhone and some popular apps to get you started. Learn how to download apps, close apps, change settings, and more. Please be sure your device is charged and you know your passwords.

Class date is Tuesday, November 12

Tech Time Thursday: 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.

Class dates are Thursdays, November 14 & 21

Basic Computer: Learn the basics of the computer and common desktop elements including the power button, Start menu, windows, and files. There will be a short introduction on the functions of the mouse and keyboard.

Class date is Wednesday, November 20

Streaming Basics: Alternative ways to bring entertainment and news into your home TV by streaming with media devices, apps, and video game consoles will be discussed. Media devices include Amazon Fire 4K Ultra HD, Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast Ultra, and Roku Streaming Stick. We will review what apps are available and look at some of the popular ones such as Hulu, Netflix, Crackle and Sling, and talk about using the video game consoles Xbox One and PlayStation as streaming devices.

Class date is Tuesday, November 26

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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