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Adult Programs

Learn to Crochet

A crochet class for beginners hosted at Rodman Library starts Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Rodman Main Auditorium. Taught by Jane Graham, a member of the KnitWits Needlework Circle, the classes will continue on Wednesdays, Nov. 11 & 18, and Monday, Nov. 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Participants will learn how to crochet a scarf. Those attending will need to bring a size G or H crochet hook and one skein of knitting worsted yarn.

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Learn to Knit

Learn to Knit classes hosted at Rodman Library begin on Monday, Oct. 5, at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the main auditorium. Taught by Jane Graham, a member of the KnitWits Needlework Circle, the classes continue on Monday, Oct. 12 & 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 27. New knitters will be working on a scarf and need to bring a pair of size 7 knitting needles and one skein of knitting worsted yarn. 


A community spinning group meets at Rodman Public Library on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the front window area of the main lobby. The next meetings are scheduled for November 3 and 17. Bring your fibers and wheel or spindle. Anyone who spins, or who wants to learn how, is invited to network and compare notes.

Rodman Public Library has many books suited to every skill level and capable advisors to help locate the needed information. For more information on this or other programs/services offered by the library, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.


Tue, 12/15/2015 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Evening Book Discussion

Are you a book lover? Are you interested in meeting other book lovers to compare notes and have a lively discussion? Due to Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7,  join us at the evening book discussion group Monday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Public Library’s Alliance Room. An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood, by Jimmy Carter is the book choice for discussion. The title is carried at Rodman Main Library. Come to the meeting and bring a friend.

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.

Fogle Author Series-Jeffrey Copeland

“Dr. Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature and English Education. He has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia., an M.A. from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Copeland’s newest book, Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire, will be the focus for his program. It was his research on the Haines House for his book that first brought Copeland to Alliance.


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