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Adult Programs

Learn to Knit

A knitting class for beginners hosted at Rodman Library starts Monday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main auditorium. Taught by Jane Graham, a member of the KnitWits Needlework Circle, the classes will continue on Mondays, May 11 and 18, and Tuesday, May 26. There will be no class on Monday, May 25, due to Memorial Day. Participants will learn how to knit a “potato chip” scarf. Any kind of yarn can be used to knit the scarf and chips, as they are called in patterns, but they are actually ruffles.

Learn to Crochet

A crochet class for beginners hosted at Rodman Library starts Wednesday, April 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main auditorium. Taught by Jane Graham, a member of the KnitWits Needlework Circle, the classes will meet Wednesdays, April 8,15, 22, and 29. Participants will learn how to crochet a dishcloth. Those attending will need to bring a size G or H crochet hook and one skein of Peaches and Cream Yarn in the color of their choice. Graham has been involved in needlework for over 70 years.

"The Amish: Inside and Out" - Brenda Nixon

Brenda Nixon, an Ohio resident and author/contributor with 35 books, will be speaking about the Amish culture on Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. With an insider’s look at the Amish way of life, Nixon brings our Amish friends and neighbors to life. Her daughter is married to an ex-Amish man, the son of a bishop, and Nixon’s home has become a safe house of sorts for those who have chosen to live in the English world–earning her the nickname “mom to the ex-Amish”.

Alliance Historical Society Program

The Alliance Historical Society will offer a program in RPL’s main auditorium on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:00 p.m., titled “What is That?”. It will feature some items from the Historical Society’s collections that were the rage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but may not look familiar to persons in the 21st century, such as a fluting iron, mirroscope, and Edison cylinders. Attendees are encouraged to bring along items from their collections and see if Historical Society members can guess the items.

Author Carol De Grange

Carol DeGrange, author of The Ming Legacy, a mystery novel set in China and a second novel, The General’s Horsewoman, will be speaking on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in Rodman Main Auditorium. Carol is a retired teacher who became interested in writing about China after spending two years teaching there. She taught British and American literature and culture. While in China, she and her husband traveled extensively. Upon return to the U.S., Carol published a book of photographs entitled: China at the End of the 20th Century.

Branch Book Club

The branch library monthly book club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 26. A Good American, by Alex George, is the book selection for discussion. The book is available at both main and branch libraries. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, stop at the branch or call 330-821-1313.

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Fogle Author Series-Andrew Welsh-Huggins

The 2015 Fogle Author Series presents its third author, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, who will speak at Rodman Library on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the main auditorium. “Welsh-Huggins, a 1983 Kenyon College graduate, is a legal affairs reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus, where he’s worked since 1998. He worked previously at the Vindicator in Youngstown and The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana.


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