Todd Parr, noted children’s author of books for young children, will be speaking at the Rodman Public Library on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the main library auditorium. He loves interacting with kids! During his presentation, Parr talks about being an author/illustrator, reads from four to five of his books (he has written more than 40), plays a game, does original sketches on an easel and conducts a Q&A with the kids and adults. At the end of his session in the auditorium, Parr will move to the Children’s Program Room, where he will be available to sign copies of his books. Six of his titles are currently available to purchase at 50% off the retail cost in the main library Children’s Department and will also be available to purchase at the event, including his most recent book, The Goodbye Book, just released November 3. Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, he reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them.
Teens, ages 12-18, just in time for the holidays, join us and Hot Pots in the main auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3:00 p.m., to create your one-of-a-kind picture frame with glass and easel-back for holiday gift giving (or to keep for yourself). Hot Pots will give each participant a frame that they can personally decorate with colorful glaze. All supplies will be furnished. Hot Pots will then take participants’ creations back to the store for the firing process. Finished products will be available for pick up at the main library or the Hot Pots store on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The period of 1910-1920 was a busy time of growth in Alliance with many major buildings and annexations onto the city for a growing population. Karen Perone will present Alliance's "Boom" Years, 1910-1920 on Monday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Rodman Public Library's auditorium and explore this exciting era.
Teens, join us for activities and crafts to celebrate the fandoms of “Supernatural”, “Dr. Who”, and the “Big Bang Theory” on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Design monster fighting journals, enjoy an edible marshmallow adipose, create a hunter’s emergency preparedness kit, and build your own “Sonic Screw Driver”. Play Big Bang Theory “Apples-to-Apples” and participate in a rock, paper, scissor, lizard, spock tournament, plus have your picture taken next to a time-traveling police box. All supplies are furnished. No registration is needed.
A book club for teens, ages 12-18 years, has started at the library and meets the fourth Monday of the month with the focus on a different book each month. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Main Auditorium. Everyone will have a chance to talk about the chosen book—snacks and beverages will be available. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is the book for discussion. To sign up for the book club just stop by or call the Circulation or Reference Desk at 330-821-2665.
Two additional nights for the Learn to Knit class taught by Jane Graham are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2, in Rodman Gallery, and Monday, Nov. 9, in Rodman Main Auditorium. Both classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue to bring a pair of size 7 knitting needles and one skein of knitting worsted yarn. No registration is needed. For more information, call library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.
Paul Hobe will present “Polly’s Diary” on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:00 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium, sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society. It chronicles some daily activities and musings of a young North Benton girl whose brother was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Jim and Karen Perone present "Goodnight Vienna"- A Tour Through Vienna, Monday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 8 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Jim Perone currently serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty and the Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music at the University of Mount Union. Karen Perone serves as Head of Technology and Technical Services at Rodman Public Library. Jim and Karen accompanied the University of Mount Union Concert Choir on its concert tour of Austria in May 2015. This program will bring you some of the sights and sounds the Perones encountered along the way.