First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. Rodman Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 to 19, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
Rodman Public Library serves the city of Alliance by providing continued learning through the programs it offers such as computer classes, “computer tutor” one-on-one consult, writers’ group, craft classes and author visits. It provides companionship to its patrons through its knitters and spinners groups, book discussions and support groups. The library also hosts life-skills help events with free tax preparation assistance, tools for resume writing and job hunting guidance, and navigating the foreclosure process in collaboration with Community Legal Aid. Rodman Library takes the library out into the community with home delivery, talking books for the blind and the Bookmobile that makes community and school stops.
To celebrate National Library Week Rodman Library will hold special events for the community. Beginning on Monday, April 14, an evening reception will be held at the main library for World Book Night Book Givers, welcoming the community volunteers and library staff who will be going out into the community and giving free copies of books they love, to help promote reading.
On Wednesday evening, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., children and their families are invited to join Sheryl Mason, Ph.D., a chemistry and biochemistry assistant professor at the University of Mount Union, and her nursing chemistry class at Rodman Library in the Main Auditorium. As part of their college class experience, Mason’s chemistry students, who are nursing majors taking a second semester in chemistry, will present exciting and crackling chemistry demonstrations to children such as “Growling Gummy Bear” and “Shaving Cream in a Vacuum”. Children will have fun with the chance for hands-on opportunities to make slime, remove iron from cereal, and to test the properties of liquid nitrogen while thinking like a medical scientist. Attendees will also enjoy sampling ice cream made using liquid nitrogen. There is no registration needed for this program.
Public service announcements will be aired on radio station WDPN  by patrons of the library who will tell how the library has impacted their lives. Written responses from patrons on how the library has changed their life  will appear on the library’s website.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” says Patricia Stone, Rodman Library Director, “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
For more information, visit Rodman Public Library at 215 East Broadway Street, call 330-821-2665 or see the library’s Web site at www.rodmanlibrary.com .