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December 2019

Both libraries will be closed December 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday.

Rodman Buzz
Jeff Hunter

Jeff Hunter to Give Presentation of Mt. Denali Climb

Jeff Hunter of Sunnyvale, California, and son of Alliance native Robert Hunter, Jr., will be giving a presentation at Rodman Library on Saturday, December 28, at 2 p.m., in the auditorium. Earlier this year, Hunter climbed Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, in memory of his father who died in May 2017. Robert Hunter, Jr., was an attorney in Alliance for many years and assistant law director for 16 years. He died from frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a progressive disease of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain with no cure or treatment to help slow the progression. The Denali climb was an effort to raise money for research into FTD, and through the support of many donors, Hunter raised over $30,000.

A three-week-long endeavor, the Denali climb involved carrying loads in excess of 100 pounds, at altitude, in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. The lowest temperature ever recorded on Denali was -118°F, but in late May and early June, the temperature at the high camp was a milder -20°F. The climb began at a base camp on Kahiltna Glacier followed by a journey across the glacier and its equally massive crevasses. It then proceeded up via a series of camps, with four guides and six climbers – three people linked with rope in case one falls so the other two could pull them up – navigating terrain features like Windy Corner, Motorcycle Hill and the infamous Autobahn.

Hunter will present a slideshow of his climb, share some lessons he learned, and answer questions from the audience. He grew up in Alliance and graduated from Alliance High School and Case Western Reserve University. Hunter is a software developer, entrepreneur and CEO of his own company, AnyList. He presently resides in Silicon Valley. This 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. 

Christmas craft

Make & Take Adult Christmas Craft

Join us for fun creative crafting on Wednesday, December 4, at 5 p.m., or Thursday, December 5, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. We will be creating a gnome, ornament and holiday gift tags. Attendees may make all items. Supplies will be furnished.

Registration is needed as each program is limited to 30 adults. Signup is now open. This event is free and sponsored by the Friends of Rodman Library. Snacks will be offered and Christmas music will be playing during the event. This program is open to ages 18 and over. For more information, or to register, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, or go online to our calendar at and click on December 4 or 5, Adult Christmas Craft 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, December 2, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Conference Room.

The Moment of Life by Melinda GatesThe Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates, is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for January is Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America, by William Geist. 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 December 16, at 
6:30 p.m.

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie FlaggA Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg, is the book selection for discussion. It is 
available at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries—also available electronically.

The book selection for January is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop at the Branch Library or call 330-821-1313.


Tabletop Stragety Game Night

board gameDo you like to play games of strategy? Or want to try something new? If so, join us in the library’s auditorium on Tuesday, December 17, 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 Everdell. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact DJ Digianantonio at 330-821-2665, ext. 214.   


American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is having a blood drive at Rodman Public Library, on Monday, December 30, 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 Wednesday, December 11, at 10 a.m., in Rodman Library Conference Room. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665. 

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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