Book tournament in March
During the entire month of March, the Children’s Department will be hosting a “Sweet Sixteen” tournament as a tie-in to the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament – but we’re doing it with a twist! We will be honoring outstanding picture books published in 2014 and putting them in a head-to-head battle to choose the best of the best.
Patrons of all ages (children and adults) can stop in to the Children’s Department and view our “Sweet Sixteen” brackets located on our four office windows. Then, they may browse the sixteen picture books chosen as contenders which will be on display underneath the brackets. Ballots will be available each week to vote for your favorites. During March 2-7, voters will choose their top eight of the sixteen contenders. The second round of ballots from March 9-14 will narrow the field from eight to the final four. The third round of ballots from March 16-21 will choose the final two books and the winner will be determined during the fourth round of voting from March 23-28. Our overall winner will be announced on Monday, March 30. Read more about it!
R.E.A.D. me a story
The R.E.A.D. Alliance Mystery Readers are here to read you the stories featured on Channel 11's Mystery Reader show.
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Check out Dial-a-Story online or by phone at 330-821-TELL. New stories every month. Brought to you by the Alliance Kiwanis Club.
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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., through April 2015. 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. For more information or to register, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Just for Girls Book Club
Girls, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Girls’ Book Club. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m., through April 2015. 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. For more information or to register, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Party for Pirates and Princesses
Yo! Ho! Ho! and Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All the pirates of the sea and princesses from across the land are invited to a Pirates’ and Princesses’ Tea Party on April 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Boys and girls, ages 5-12, will listen to stories, have a snack, and play games. Pirate and Princess etiquette lessons will be given, and children may dress up, if desired, for a costume contest. The program is free, but registration is required. Stop in to register or call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Early literacy stations for children
Rodman Public Library has two Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. (AWE) Early Literacy Stations and desks for the Main Children's Department and one station available at the Branch. One bilingual Spanish computer is available at each the Main Library and the Branch. Read more
Tales for Tails
Rodman Public Library offers children the chance to try their reading skills on local therapy dogs by reading to specially trained dogs who will “listen” to stories in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library.
All dogs that will be in attendance are members of Therapy Dogs International and the “Paws and Reflect” Pet Therapy group of Alliance Community Hospital. Studies have shown that children can become better readers when they regularly read aloud to dogs. An animal reading companion provides a relaxing, stress-free and non-judgmental “listening partner” for a beginning or struggling reader.
The program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Fifteen minute time slots are available. Patrons may sign up in advance for a preferred time slot. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.