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Wee Read at the Main Library

Wee Read, a program offered through the Children’s Department, is designed to introduce children to books, fingerplays and music incorporating the six early learning skills. Patrons, ages birth through two years, and their parents or caregivers are invited to Wee Read, Monday evenings at the main library from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at the main and branch libraries,, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sessions last 20-30 minutes. No registration is required. Come as often as you like. For more information, call the main Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext.

Children's Christmas Party

Celebrate the season with stories from around the world as Lindsay Bonilla from “World of Difference” reaches into her storytelling bag and pulls out the perfect story gifts for the audience on Saturday, December 5, from 2:00-2:45 p.m. in Rodman Auditorium. Discover the beauty of giving in the story “The Rabbit’s Gift” (China), and meet some mischievous trolls in “The Very Big Christmas Kitty” (Norway)—two interactive family-oriented stories designed to bring out the child in all of us. With high entertainment value and high energy, Bonilla will delight the whole family.

Just for Girls Book Club

Boys, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Boys’ Book Club. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m. The next meeting is September 9, and includes a book discussion, games and other activities. The book for the month is A Single Shard, by Linda Park. Children must be able to read on a 4-6 grade reading level. Participants have a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance. Registration is required. Participants need not attend all sessions.

Just for Boys Book Club

Boys, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Boys’ Book Club. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m. The next meeting is December 9, and includes a book discussion, games and other activities. The book for the month is Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. Children must be able to read on a 4-6 grade reading level. Participants have a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance. Registration is required. Participants need not attend all sessions.

Just for Boys Book Club

Boys, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Boys’ Book Club. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m. The next meeting is September 9, and includes a book discussion, games and other activities. The book for the month is A Single Shard, by Linda Park. Children must be able to read on a 4-6 grade reading level. Participants have a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance. Registration is required. Participants need not attend all sessions.

Author Shelley Pearsall in-person visit

The 2015 Fogle Author Series continues with children’s author Shelley Pearsall, who will be visiting in person at Rodman Library on Saturday, August 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the main auditorium. Pearsall will talk about her novel, All of the Above, inspired by actual events of four inner city students and their quest to build a world-record pyramid. During her visit she will take questions about the book and her life as an author. Pearsall grew up in Parma, Ohio, and has been a public school classroom teacher for twenty years.

Historical Society Program

Dan Skivolocke, owner of Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, will present photographs and  information about Alliance’s Great Olive Poisoning on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. On Aug. 23, 1919, Helen Sebring Gahris bought nuts, candy, and a jar of ripe olives to serve her guests to make her party table more festive. Fourteen people became ill with botulism, seven died, including Gahris. The press called it the “super tragedy.” Take a look, with Skivolocke, at this chapter of Alliance when it was a young, industrial city on the rise.

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