Any resident of Ohio is eligible for a library card. Applications for library cards may be made at the Bookmobile, Main Library or the Branch. There is a $1.00 fee for a lost card.
Request for materials may be made by calling the Rodman Public Library at (330) 821-2665 or by using our online catalog at roc.rodmanlibrary.com . A mobile version of the catalog  is also available for smartphones.
The Bookmobile department also offers home delivery services  for those patrons who are not able to come to the library.
The following services are offered through the Rodman Library Bookmobile. For further information, call (330) 821-2665 x208.
Rodman Public Library announces its school year Bookmobile schedule. In addition to books, the Bookmobile carries magazines, books on CD and your favorite DVDs for all ages. Look for the Bookmobile and be sure to catch them out on the road!
The Bookmobile runs on a rotating two week schedule. The 2013-2014 schedule is as follows:
September 14, 28
November 9, 23
December 7, 21
February 1, 29
March 14, 28
April 11, 25
9:00 a.m.-2:10 p.m. - Rockhill Elementary
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, 30
December 14, 28 (Community stops only)
January 11, 25
February 8, 22
March 7, 21 (Community stops only)
April 4, 18
May 2, 16
9:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Parkway Elementary
2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. - Abbington at the Park
September 1, 15, 29
October 13, 27
November 10, 24
December 8, 22
January 5, 19
February 2, 16
March 1, 15, 29
April 12, 26
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. - Alliance Middle School
9:30 a.m.-3:25 p.m. - Alliance Early Learning
September 8, 22
October 6, 20
November 3 (community stops only), 17
December 1, 15, 29 (Carnation Child Care only)
January 12, 26
February 9, 23
March 8, 22 (Community stops only)
April 5, 19
May 3 (Community stops only), 17
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Union Avenue Pre School
11:30 p.m.-3:25 p.m. - Alliance Early Learning
September 2, 16, 30
October 14, 28
November 11, 25 (Regina Coeli Pre School stop only)
December 9, 23 (Community stops only)
January 6, 20
February 3, 17
March 2, 16, 30 (Regina Coeli closed)
April 13, 27
May 11, 25 (Northside closed)
9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. - Regina Coeli Pre School
10:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Northside Intermediate
2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Copeland Oaks
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 16
January 13, 27
February 10, 24
March 9, 23
April 6, 20
May 4, 18
8:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m. - Lexington Elementary
September 3, 17
October 1, 15, 29
November 12 (Community stops only)
January 7, 21
February 4, 18
March 3, 17, 31
April 14, 28
May 12, 26
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - First Baptist Pre School
12:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Regina Coeli
September 10, 24
November 5, 19
December 3, 17
January 14, 28
February 11, 25
March 10, 24
April 7, 21
May 5, 19
8:55 a.m.-2:45 p.m. - Washington Elementary
October 2, 16, 30
January 8, 22
February 5, 19
March 4, 18
April 1, 15, 29
May 13, 27
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Marlington High School
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Marlington Middle School
10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Marlboro Elementary
Emergency cancelations: Bookmobile may be delayed or canceled. For more information about the bookmobile contact the Bookmobile Department at 330-821-2665 x108.
The Rodman Library Branch is located at 1808 West State Street in the Marketplace Plaza.
The following services are offered through the Rodman Library Branch. For further information, call (330) 821-1313.
Use of the Internet computers is your agreement with the terms and conditions of this policy.
In accordance with Rodman Public Library's General Objectives and Principles, the Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services that meet the informational, educational and technological needs of the Alliance community. The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Rodman Public Library.
The Library offers pointers or links to a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its home page. Some internet sites may contain controversial or offensive material. The Library has no control over the information available on the Internet and, therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content, accuracy or currency. Patrons agree to hold Rodman Public Library harmless and indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly, relating to their use of the Internet computer.
Users are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it. The Library firmly believes that the valuable information available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library. However, the Library staff reserves the right to prohibit material that in their judgment is inappropriate for viewing in a public area.
As with other Library materials, parents are responsible for their children's use of the Internet through the Library's connection. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children's Internet sessions. Parents of children who have not reached age 15 must acknowledge, in writing, their reading and understanding of the pamphlet, “Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet,” and authorize their child's use of the Internet computers. Children who are not yet in third grade must have a responsible adult sit with them when using an Internet computer.
Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
The Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits. Personal instruction is offered only through the scheduling of a Casual Consult, a pre-arranged appointment with library personnel. Computer classes are offered free of charge throughout the year. Reference staff are always available to help patrons locate books, periodicals and videos/DVDs about the Internet. Patrons must present a valid Rodman Public Library card, or if not on hand, a photo I.D. Patrons must not have fines of $5.00 or more, or any block on their Rodman Public Library card. Patrons must be 15 to use the public computers in the adult area. Printing is available at a nominal cost per page.
The Library does not directly provide electronic mail and prohibits access to gambling sites. Entertainment web sites will be permitted as long as they do not interfere with network services. Patrons causing network slowdowns will be asked to move on to another web site. Repeat offensives will cause revocation of Internet privileges.
Patrons may save files to their own removable storage media. The use of virus protection software is required. Patrons should notify the Library of any viruses they find. The Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's personal storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the patron's use of the Library's computers. The Library is also not responsible for the unavailability of resources on the Internet computers due to technical difficulties.
A patron's use of the Internet computers is limited to sixty (60) minutes per person per day. Patrons needing the computer for longer than 60 minutes for research, filling out forms, writing papers, etc., but not game playing, may make arrangements with the reference staff for additional time. Due to space limitations, no more than two (2) patrons may use an Internet computer at one time.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 12/96
Revised by the Board of Trustees, 5/98; 7/03; 1/07; 2/10; 8/13
Rodman Public Library
215 E. Broadway Street Alliance, OH 44601
Rodman Public Library has many types of materials available for borrowing. The loan periods and fines vary depending on the type of material, which location owns the material and the type of patron who checks out the material. Check the list below for the loan policies of each library location.
You must be a registered borrower to check out materials from the library. Library cards are free but identification is required. A parent's signature is required for anyone under the age of 18.
Lost your date due slip? Want to find out if you still have anything checked out? Want to renew something? Call the library for help on any of these questions and more! Or, if you want to find out for yourself, you can view your own circulation record from any online catalog station in the Library or over the Internet .
All materials can be renewed for additional loan periods providing there are no reserves on the item for other library patrons. All renewals are based on the date renewed, not the original due date. Fines on most adult materials are $.10 per day for a maximum fine of $5.00 per item unless otherwise noted.
All materials can be renewed for additional loan periods providing there are no reserves on the item for other library patrons. Fines on most materials are $.10 per day for a maximum fine of $5.00 per item unless otherwise noted.
All materials can be renewed for 2 additional loan periods providing there are no reserves on the item for other library patrons. Fines on most materials are $.10 per day for a maximum fine of $5.00 per item unless otherwise noted.
All materials can be renewed for 2 additional loan periods providing there are no reserves on the item for other library patrons.
In an effort to control costs, Rodman Library will be sending first and second overdue notices and hold notices strictly by phone, email, or text message. No paper copies will be sent. Patrons should be sure the library has correct contact information and should specify if they would like a phone call or an email for any notices that need to be sent. Details on Notification Options... 
Patrons can update their information by clicking on the 'My Account/Renew ' button on our web site (www.rodmanlibrary.com ). By placing your name and barcode number in the spaces provided, you will be logged into your library account. Click on the 'Modify Personal Information' link. From here, you can change your telephone number or email address as well as your preference for receiving notices. If you wish to receive text messages, please notify a staff member at any of our locations.
Rodman Library books, audio CDs/tapes, magazines, music CDs and pamphlets can be checked out for two weeks. A fine of $.10 per day will be charged for each day overdue. Videos and DVDs can be checked out for 7 days, and have a $.50 per day late fee. Overdue fees for interlibrary loans are charged at a higher rate.
All due dates for materials checked out of the library are provided on a printed slip at the time of checkout. Patrons may also check their online record  or call the library at any time to verify due dates.
Failure to receive courtesy or overdue notices does not relieve you of your obligation to pay any accrued fines.
For more information contact the library at 330-821-2665.
Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is provided free of charge by Rodman Public Library at the Main Library for patrons who have the required hardware and software needed for this service. Use of this service is governed by Rodman Public Library’s Internet Use Policy .
Use of Rodman Public Library’s Wi-Fi service is your agreement with the terms and conditions of this policy:
If you do not agree to the above terms, please disable your wireless connection or turn off your computer.
Approved Library Board of Trustees 12/2007
The Library has recently updated its Rules of Conduct. The purpose of the Library’s RULES OF CONDUCT  is to protect the rights of individuals to use library property, materials, and services; to protect the rights of library employees and volunteers to conduct library business without interference; to preserve Library materials and facilities from harm; and to ensure the safety and comfort of library patrons, employees, and volunteers.
You must be a registered borrower to check out materials from the library. Library cards are free but identification is required. A parent's signature is required for anyone under the age of 18.
When registering for a Rodman Library card, you must present a photo ID such as one of these:
We do not accept birth certificates as a form of ID.
If the ID does not have on it the address used on the library registration form, then the patron must also produce a utility bill, bank statement, or check (i.e., something of an official nature) which corroborates the current address.
All newly issued cards have a thirty-day probationary period. A new adult card is limited to three items, two of which may be non-print, during this time. A new children's card is limited to three books.
Library cards must be renewed every three years. Probationary status does not apply to renewals.
All of us cherish memories. We have a special fondness for remembering close friends and relatives. Often we show our appreciation for the privilege of friendship and family loyalty through gifts on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. At those times we look for a special gift to tell that person how much we care.
Rodman Library suggests that a gift to honor a friend upon a special occasion or to remember a friend or relative at the time of loss may be the gift of a book placed in the Library's collection.
Such a memorial or honor book should be chosen to reflect a special interest of the person to whom it is dedicated. it is a gift which would be used and enjoyed by countless other friends in the community, creating an ever widening circle of recognition for the person being remembered.
A gift may be given to the Library in any amount the donor wishes. The Library will choose a book or books which fit the interest of the person being remembered or honored. It is the policy of the Library to spend gifts of money for useful books and materials which could not otherwise be afforded.
Each gift book will have a special bookplate which gives the name of the person to whom the book is dedicated and the name of the donor. A searchable list of gifts donated since October 1994 is available on the Library's Web Site .
The Library will notify the person honored or, in the case of death, the surviving relatives.
Please print out the form below for gifts to the Library. All gifts are tax deductible.
Print and Send To:
A gift in memory of or honor of_________________________________________
Amount of gift: ______________________________
(please make check or money order payable to Rodman Public Library)
Given By: ___________________________________
Additional donor: ____________________________
Please notify: _______________________________
Type of book: (Check one)
|____ Large print book||____ Children's book||____ Adult book|
Suggested subject areas: ______________________
Rodman Public Library’s commemorative brick campaign started in 2007. Through the succeeding years, many have contributed to the permanent display in our outdoor reading area in the children’s bird and butterfly garden courtyard. The contributions not only have provided a special outdoor reading area for the library, but also have assisted us with providing important services to our community. With your help, as an individual, a family, an organization, or a corporation, we can continue to do this.
The purchase of a commemorative brick offers a unique opportunity to honor a friend or relative. It is an opportunity to remember a graduation, birthday, anniversary, or any special event. Think of displaying your favorite book title, quotation or inscription that means something to you. Show your support as a local business that takes pride in its community. The possibilities for participation are endless.
To participate, simply print, fill out, and mail in the accompanying form  [PDF]. Additional forms are available in the Main Library, 215 East Broadway Street and at the Branch Library. For questions, call 330-821-2665.
Gifts and memorials donated to Rodman Library since October 1994 are searchable using the form below. You may search for the name of the person who gave the gift or the person for whom the gift was given. You may also search by a word of phrase in a title if you want to know the donation information.
The following services are offered through the Adult Department of the Main Library. For further information, call (330) 821-2665.
Rodman Public Library has a variety of audio-visual resources to serve the needs of both individuals and organizations in the community. Audio-visual items may be borrowed by any patron with a valid Rodman Library Adult Borrower's Card.
Contact the Adult Department at (330) 821-2665 for further information.
|Bi-Folkal Kits||Main Adult||2 weeks|
|Books on Cassette||Main Adult, Main Children's||2 weeks|
|Books on CD||Main Adult, Main Children's, Branch, Bookmobile||2 weeks|
|Compact Discs (Music)||Main Adult, Main Children's, Branch Adult||2 weeks|
|Videotapes (VHS)||Main Adult, Bookmobile||
(Bookmobile: 2 weeks)
|DVDs||Main Adult, Main Children's, Branch, Bookmobile||
(Bookmobile: 2 weeks)
For your convenience, materials may be reserved at any time during regular Library hours. Reserves may be made in person, by telephone 330-821-2665, or over the Internet by using roc.rodmanlibrary.com .
It is very important that items being borrowed are returned at the stated time, as other patrons may be waiting to use them. The fine for late videos and DVDs is $.50 per item per day. All other fines for audio-visual materials are $.10 per item per day. Maximum fines are $5.00 per item.
All compact discs are fully cataloged in the online catalog . The library offers a wide variety of classical, children's and popular music. Search for the subject COMPACT DISCS  to see a listing of titles.
Videos and DVDs are listed in the online catalog . Search for the subject VIDEO RECORDINGS  to see a listing of VHS titles and the subject DVD VIDEODISCS  for DVDs. The is no rental charge for videos, but fines are charged at $.50 per day, as noted above. There is a borrowing limit of 5 titles for DVDs. There is no limit on videocassettes.
The patron assumes all responsibility for the borrowed materials against loss, theft, or damage. Many audio-visual materials are protected by Copyright, 17 USC 101. Unauthorized copying may be prohibited by law.
As a continuing public service to the Alliance area, Rodman Public Library offers classes on the basics of computers and the Internet. These free classes are held in the Main Library. Space is limited for our popular hands-on computer classes and registration is required. See what's coming up on the calendar .
Topics vary from session to session. Class topics include how to find information on the Internet quickly and efficiently, how computers work, how to use a word processor, digital photography, and how to use Windows.
All classes are free of charge and open to the general public. Class times are at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Those attending may want to plan on spending some extra time after the classes to browse the Library's collection of materials on computers and the Internet. Computers  are also available in the Library for registered patrons to use free of charge.
Have a computer question? Contact our Reference staff for a personal appointment to help you solve your computer-related issues. Call 330-821-2665 x211 to schedule a time.
Space is limited for our popular hands-on computer classes and registration is required. We offer the following information for those who would like to attend.
In an effort to help patrons avoid overdue fines, the library will now send reminder or "courtesy" notices via email. The notices will be emailed two days before most items are due or one day for videos and DVDs. The notices include a link to the catalog so that the recipient can easily renew their items if they are not finished with them. Registered borrowers must have a current and valid email address in their records to use this service.
Rodman Public Library now accepts payments by credit or debit card at both the Main Library and Carnation Mall Branch, as well as online.
There is no service charge to make a credit card payment, but a minimum payment of $5 is required. Visa, MasterCard and Discover will be accepted.
To pay online:
For more information on this or other services at Rodman Public Library call 330-821-2665, then press '0'.
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.
These self-contained computers have a colorful child-sized keyboard and mouse and 19 inch flat-screen monitor. They are loaded with more than 60 educational software programs for children ages 2-8 spanning seven curricular areas including reading and phonics, music and art, math, science, social studies, and computer skills.
Some popular and well-known programs available include Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Jack and the Beanstalk (Speakaboos), Know Your World, and SpongeBob SquarePants Typing along with Reader Rabbit, JumpStart, Sesame Street, and Kid Pix. The Early Literacy Stations have imaginative interfaces that encourage exploration. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child's experience through games and extension activities.
These new computers will help the library fulfill its mission by supporting early literacy and school readiness skills in a fun and meaningful way. Grownups are encouraged to play along with the children to enhance the learning experience. Stop in soon to try them out.
For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Rodman Public Library's Home Delivery Service provides library materials to homebound residents in parts of Stark, Columbiana, and Mahoning counties. See our service area map  for details.
We will deliver books to your residence each month by appointment. You may start, skip, or stop a delivery whenever you wish.
You are eligible for this free service if you are unable to visit one of our library locations or the bookmobile due to:
The following materials are available:
Contact the Bookmobile Department at Rodman Public Library
330-821-2665 x108 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or send email to: email@example.com  for more information.
Rodman Public Library offers a variety of notices to inform you. These notices include:
You may opt to receive these notices in three different formats:
Telephone notices are brief phone calls that tell you that something is available for you to pickup or that something is overdue. There are no details of what the item is in the message but you are told if your hold is available at the main library or the branch.
Email notices are the most complete of the three types of messages. They include the date, titles, where to pickup held items, any fines that are on your account, and how long the item will be held for you.
Text messages are short messages that tell you that something is available for pickup or if you have items overdue. They are best used in conjunction with email notices so you can get the full details or you may call the library at 330-821-2665 to find out what is available and where to pick it up.
If you prefer to receive your notices via email or telephone, you may do so by indicating one of these methods from the My Account/Renew button on our web site  Login with your name and barcode and select the 'Modify Personal Information' link.
If you prefer to receive your notices via text message, you may do so by notifying a staff member.
PLEASE NOTE: While there is no charge from the Library for this service, you may see a charge for incoming text messages at the standard rate applied by your cell phone carrier, depending on your plan or package.
You can now take the library with you wherever you go. Rodman Public Library is pleased to announce that we are now a part of Library Anywhere, a mobile application that lets you use the library on your smart phone or other web-capable device.
With this application, users can search the library catalog, place holds on items, and have access to library databases. Users can also find library hours and locations, including bookmobile stops, send questions to library staff members, and find information about events happening at the library. You can now have access to all of this right from your phone.
Library Anywhere has a special application for iPhones (iPads,etc.) and Androids, and a universal version for Blackberry and all other web-enabled devices. Search Rodman Library's catalog, place holds, renew items, and more, from your phone. Simply search for Library Anywhere in the app store (or equivalent) on your phone and download the application for free. Those not using iPhones or Android phones can find the application by visiting http://www.libanywhere.com/m/286  or http://m.rodmanlibrary.com .
Along with this new service, look for several enhancements to Rodman Public Library's catalog. We now offer book recommendations and similar titles within our catalog search feature to help you discover other titles that are related to your original search or a favorite author. Tagged browsing has also been added, which allows patrons to search and browse for books by tags (keywords and labels used to describe a book) that have been added by users of LibraryThing, an online home library cataloging service. The third enhancement to Rodman Library's catalog is links to related editions and translations of the same work.
Find all of these by searching Rodman Public Library's catalog at roc.rodmanlibrary.com , or with the new mobile application.
Let the Library notify you when the latest books by your favorite author or on your favorite topic arrive. All you need is a valid email address.
Follow these easy steps to get started:
For suggested subject headings to use for videos, large print books, books on CD and other popular formats, check out: Looking for Videos, Large Print, or Children's Materials? 
Rodman Public Library offers numerous and various types of computers free of charge to the public. A valid Library Card  is all that is required to use the computers.
Almost all public Windows computers offer access to the Internet as well as general software titles. Some of the titles offered include Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and Microsoft Publisher 2007. Photoshop Elements is located on selected computers in the Reference Department. USB flash/thumb drives may be used on any of the public computers as a convenient way to save your work. They are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk for $10 each.
Local businesses and individuals needing a fax now have one easily accessible at Rodman Public Library’s Main location at 215 E. Broadway Street. Faxes may be sent to any location in the United States or internationally. Those using the service are required to pay with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or to purchase a FaxCash® prepaid fax card at the library.
For those using a credit card, rates for faxes sent to locations in the United States are $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. For international faxes, the rate is $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 for each additional page.
Those faxing by purchasing the $3.50 FaxCash® card can send three pages in the United States or one page internationally. FaxCash® cards may also be purchased for $6.50 to send six pages in the United States or two pages internationally.
For more information, call the Library at 330-821-2665.
Rodman Public Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves. If your materials are overdue, you can now renew them online. Any fines that have accrued will be added to your account.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions, please call the Library at 330-821-2665 for assistance.
If you encounter any problems with renewing your checked out items, please call the library at 330-821-2665 for assistance.
Overdue items with fines can be renewed online. The overdue fines will be added to your account and can be paid at the main library or the branch at any time.
SearchOhio is a group of public libraries in the State of Ohio whose catalogs are all linked together to allow easy sharing of materials between the members. This resource sharing allows you to get the materials you desire from the member libraries when our library does not have an available copy, quickly and cost effectively.
Items may also be requested from Ohio's college and university libraries that participate in OhioLINK.
More than twenty member libraries participate in SearchOhio with more to be added:
Over 60 million volumes are listed in the central databases for SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
Always search for the title you want through Rodman Public Library's WebPAC first. If Rodman doesn't own the title, click the SearchOhio button that appears at the top or bottom of the screen in the row of navigation buttons. Another button also appears in the search results next to the "Your entry would be here" statement. The search will be passed through to the central SearchOhio catalog.
The central catalog displays the search results. Select the title that you want and then click the "Request this title" link in the center of the page:
When asked for the library you are affiliated with, select Rodman PL from the drop-down list. The next steps are exactly like placing a hold in our catalog: enter your last name, enter your barcode number, and select a location for pickup. Once the "Submit" button is clicked, a confirmation message that the request has been placed will display.
If an item is not available through SearchOhio, an option is available to search the OhioLINK database and request items from them.
After you place your request, it will take 5-10 days for the material to be ready for pickup. This includes retrieval and packing time at the owning library, transportation via our cargo service, and unpacking time at our library. Pickup of items at the Carnation Mall Branch will take an additional day.
Items will be delivered for pickup at the Main Library or Carnation Mall Branch. The Library will notify you when your material is ready for pickup.
A number of things can affect a request from being completed:
All items may be renewed 3 times unless another patron at the owning library wants the item. You may renew them online or by telephone as with any Rodman materials.
“Easy to use” and “versatile” describe Rodman Public Library’s new energy-saving scanner, the Simple Scan Document Center. With large friendly buttons and a touch screen, the user is guided step-by-step through the scanning process of choosing the file format, color, scan quality, file name and destination. It is so versatile it scans photos, small or large documents and books into JPEG, PDF, HTML and even Word file formats that can be opened in any Word compatible text editor. The sheet feeder scans up to 40, two-sided sheets at a time. All scanned files can be saved to a USB drive, Google Docs, a Network folder or to email.
Simple Scan also offers lightning-fast speed and accuracy. It is powered by ABBYY FineReader Technology that can capture text with no distortion. The scanner orients and straightens scans so the text is never upside down, plus its multilingual recognition engine automatically detects English, Spanish, Italian, French and German languages.
The scanner, designed for users of all ages and levels of experience, is now available in the Reference Department of the Main Library and is free of charge. A second unit is available at the Branch and can also act as a photocopier.
Do you text? Rodman Library does! You can send questions to a librarian at Rodman Public Library through our new text-a-librarian service. Simply send a text message with your question to 330-356-8133. Within a short time during regular business hours, a reference staff member will send an answer to your phone. Now Rodman Library and its reference department are always at your fingertips.
You can also receive text message notifications from Rodman Public Library. These include: courtesy notices received a day or two before your item is due, hold pickup notices received the same day as when your requested items become available for you to pick up, first and second overdue notices, and new items that match your preferred searches so you can easily find out what has been recently catalogued in your favorite topics or by your favorite author.
Text notifications are best used in conjunction with email notices so you can get the full details or you may call the library at 330-821-2665 to find out what is available and where to pick it up.
Also be sure to check out our new mobile app, available at www.libanywhere.com/m/286  or by searching your App Store on any Apple or Android mobile device for "Library Anywhere". Take the library with you wherever you go. Check our web site at www.rodmanlibrary.com/services  for these and other services that we offer.
Rodman Public Library has accepted a donation of a Video Eye! Power Magnification System. The Magnification System consists of a camera head, a lamp and a 27" monitor, and can be used as a reading aid for books, newspapers, photographs, calculators, pill bottles and more. The magnifier’s flexible arm allows for positioning of the viewing head by patrons for optimal use. This system is simple to use with indirect daylight or a lamp. It automatically focuses for viewing materials on the large screen. Patrons can find the machine located at the main library under the stairwell on the north side of the building. The library has acquired this machine through the generous donation of Dale Grove.
Rodman Public Library offers free wireless internet access at both the main library and the Carnation City Mall Branch. Patrons may bring their personal laptop computers or PDAs into the library to connect to the Internet.
Patrons must supply their own equipment, wireless card and Internet browser. Users are responsible for setting up their equipment to access Rodman Public Library’s Wi-Fi network. Printing access is not available via the Wi-Fi network. Patrons wishing to print must save information on a flash drive or email it to themselves to print from a public computer.
Like most public access "hotspots", the library’s Wi-Fi network is not secured and therefore it is not recommended to transfer personal information using this network. Wi-Fi access is provided as a free public service on an "as is" basis with no guarantee of service.
An informational pamphlet is available at the main library or on the library’s website . For more information contact the library at 330-821-2665.
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As you may know, the first Used Book Sale  day and the Wednesday afternoon "Buck-a-Bag" sale are reserved for active Friends members. It's not necessary to wait until the sale day to renew your membership. Stop at the Main Library desk and renew anytime to avoid the long line at the Sunday sale.
Individual memberships are $5, family memberships are $8, and patron memberships are $25. Memberships may be purchased throughout the year. For your convenience, you can also use our online membership application .
Your support of the used book sale and your memberships enable the Friends of the Library to purchase computers, provide funding for programming, summer reading programs, and other projects which benefit the Library.
Thank you for supporting the Friends of Rodman Public Library!
Purpose of the Friends of Rodman Library
The sale takes place during Carnation Festival Week, Sunday through Thursday. Here are the dates and times for 2015:
The sale will be held at the main library. Items for sale will be on display in the auditorium, Children's program room, front lobby, and gallery. Items for sale include books, paperbacks, computer software, DVDs, videotapes, CDs, audio tapes, books on tape, magazines, and puzzles. A listing of collectible books  is also available.
The Library cheerfully accepts book donations for the Book Sale at anytime during the year. The drop-off is located at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Main Library. Small donations may be made at the Branch.
We prefer books and magazines that are in good condition. We cannot accept weekly news magazines, catalogs or moldy items.
Funds raised during the book sale  are used to buy equipment for the Library and fund special projects.
The Friends organization  looks forward to the community's support of the Used Book Sale project.
Thank you for making the sale such a big success. See you at this year's sale.
Can be purchased anytime, not just during the book sale.
*Alliance Con Survey Directories, 1959 $5.00 (S)
*Antique Automobile Magazine, (approx. 175), most still in original pkg., $5.00 each (B)
*The Beach of Falesa', Robert Louis Stevenson, 1956, $5.00
*Bernie Taupin, The Who Writes the Words for Elton John, 1968-Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road, $5.00 (B)
*Captain Cousteau's Underwater Treasury, 1st Edition, 1959, $20.00 (S)
*Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz, 10 books, $10.00 (B)
*A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, copyright, 1940, $10.00 (S)
*Chip Hilton Stories, Clair Bee, copyright 1951, 4 books, $10.00 (B)
*Cities of Destiny, ed. Arnold Toynbee, $5.00 (S)
*The Civil War, Time-Life Books, 28 vol. set, $150.00 reduced to $100.00 (B)
*Classics Set (8 books), $35.00 (B)
*Classics Set (7 hardcover books), $35.00 (B)
*The Columbian Speaker for Boys and Girls, W.B. Conkey Co., 1903, $10.00 (B)
*Columbus, Ohio:Its Histrory, Resources, and Programs, Jacob H Studer, 1873, $10.00 (S)
*Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, 1906, $10.00 (S)
*The Congressional Club Cook Book, 1982, $5.00 (B)
*Cookbook Trio, (Chafing Dish Book, A book of Appetizers, Patio Cookbook) $5.00 (S)
*Cowardice Court, George Barr McCutcheon, 1906, $5.00 (B)
*David, A Tragedy, Cale Young Rice, $10.00 (S)
*A Day in the Life of Australia, (2 copies) Collins Publishers, 1981, $5.00 (B)
*A Day in the Life of China, Collins Publishers, 1989, $5.00 (B)
*A Day in the Life of Japan, Collins Publishers, 1985, $5.00 (B)
*A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union, (3 copies) Collins Publishers, 1987, $5.00 (B)
*The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 2vol, $10.00 (B)
*Digging for Lost African Gods, Byron Khun DeProrok, copyright 1926, $10.00 (S)
*Droll Stories, Thirty Tales by Honore' de Balzac, 1939, boxed, Heritage Press, $8.00 (B)
*Earth From Above 3rd edition, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, $10.00 (B)
*The Education of Henry Adams, An Autobiography, 1942, $5.00 (B)
*Edwin Arnold's Poems, 1880, $5.00 (S)
*Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard, Thomas Gray, 1951, $5.00 (B)
*Emilie Loring, Assorted titles, 30 books, $45.00 (B)
*English Grammar, A Compendium, 1849, $20.00 (S)
*An Exposition with Practical Observations upon the Poetical Books of the Old Testament, Vol. 3 only, 1st edition, 1830, $50.00 (S)
*The Expositor's Dictionary of Texts, 2 vol., $10.00 (B)
*Family Circle Cookbooks, 16 vol., $16.00 (B)
*Frank L Packard, 4 titles, $10.00 (S)
*Fringe (TV series), seasons 1-3, never opened, $25.00 (B)
*The Gods Are A-Thirst, Anatole France, 1942, $5.00 (B)
*Harper's Novelettes, Assorted titles, 8 books, $35.00 (S)
*Harvard Classics, vol. 1-50, (msg. #42), $50.00 reduced to $30.00 (B)
*The Horizon Book of Ancient Greece, $5.00 (B)
*Journey Cake Ho!, Ruth Sawyer, 1953, $80.00 (S)
*The Last Hurdle, 1888, $10.00 (S)
*The Lengthening Shadow, The Life of Thomas J. Watson, 1962, $15.00 (S)
*The Literary Digest History of the World War, missing vol.10 $20.00 (B)
*The Lonely Doll, Dare Wright, $15.00 (B)
*Manga Shoen Jump Comic Books plus two how to draw manga, 39 books, $50.00 (B)
*Mary J. Holmes, Assorted titles, 5 books, $25.00 (S)
*Motion Picture Guide, 27 vol., 1985 ed. & annuals, $50.00 reduced to $30.00 (B)
*The Newcomes, Wm. Thackeray, printed in Great Britain, $5.00 (B)
*Norman Rockwell's America, (2 copies), $20.00 (B)
*Norman Rockwell, Artist and Illustrator, $30.00 (B)
*Portrait of a Lady, Henry James, 1967, boxed, Heritage Press, $8.00 (B)
*Promised Land, History of Israel, 1978, $10.00 (S)
*Richardson's New Method Piano-Forte, copyright 1859, $10.00 (B)
*The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon, Sir Samuel W. Baker, 1879, $20.00 (S)
*S. Hieronymi Opera Migne, Vol 4-11 (4Books), $30.00 (S)
*Shakespeare's Complete Works, 7 volumes, $40.00 (B)
*The Song of Eisenhower, Dennis Tenney, 1956, $5.00 (S)
*The Spirit of Christmas, Vol. 1-17 plus cookbooks, $60.00 (B)
*Stitch by Stitch, (sewing books), 20 vol., $20.00
*Stories from Grimm $5.00 (S)
*Technical World Magazine, (Electric Railways, Tool Making, Steam Engine) 3vol., 1908, $20.00 (S)
*Timber Trail Riders, Michael Murray, copyright 1963, 5 books, $10.00 (B)
*The Trail Horde, Charles Alden Seltzer, 1920, $5.00 (S)
*U.S. Naval Aviation, $10.00 (S)
*Watch the Northwind Rise, Robert Graves, 1949, $5.00 (B)
*Young America's Music, 8 vol., 1939, $20.00 reduced to $10.00 (B)
"Friends" is a charitable volunteer organization affiliated with Rodman Public Library in Alliance, Ohio. Each year the group organizes and operates a used book sale for the purpose of raising funds to supplement library programs. The sale runs Sunday through Thursday of Carnation Festival Week. However, the work of collecting and organizing the books, magazines, and media materials is a year-long operation.
Thanks to the efforts of Book Sale Chairman, Anne Marie Kline and hundreds of volunteer workers, the annual used Book Sale raises money for Library projects.
The revenue from the sale (in excess of $10,000 per year) has been used to sponsor child, teen, and adult summer reading programs, library travel and book reviews, community Christmas tree and ceremony, Alliance Memory  project, purchase of media equipment such as computers and projectors, etc.
In addition,the Friends' generous donation each year has made it possible for Rodman Library to participate in planning and underwriting the One Book, One Community  project.
Shoppers at Buck-a-Bag
Memberships  are also available during the Book Sale.
The many hours of volunteer labor in sorting books and magazines (a year-round job) and in getting the books to the sale tables is a tribute to the Friends.
Book Sale Chair, Anne Marie Kline
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Clarence J. (Bill) Rodman, benefactor to many institutions and organizations, made possible the construction of the present Rodman Public Library building. His early 1960s support for the Alliance library gave the impetus for expansion and for a facility that has served the community well for over 40 years. Mr. Rodman’s donations extended to Ripon College, Parsons College, and Mount Union College, institutions from which he held degrees.
Born in Milwaukee in 1890, son of a minister, Clarence Rodman displayed an early interest in the world of business. He earned advanced degrees in chemical engineering and began his career with Eastman Kodak and Westinghouse. Advancement in his career brought him to Alliance, where he managed the Buckeye Jack Company and served as an officer of the Alliance Manufacturing Company. His scientific and business knowledge soon prompted Rodman to organize his own company, the Steel Sanitary Company, followed by Alliance Porcelain Products, AllianceWare, and Alliance Tool Company.
In addition to his businesses and philanthropy, Mr. Rodman was active in civic affairs. He served on the Alliance Board of Education, was a director of two local banks, and provided leadership in Alliance’s development corporations. Other memberships included the Rotary Club, Wranglers Club, Exchange Club, and Masons. Mr. Rodman was a veteran of World War I. He died in 1972.
--February 26, 2005
Find out more about Rodman Library's history 
Extension services to the greater Alliance community began with a Trailer Branch in 938. The trailer cost less than $700 with all its modifications and was pulled by the local Package Delivery Truck. It could hold approximately 1000 volumes.
The Trailer Branch was replaced in 1949 with a Bookmobile costing approximately $6,738. It was capable of carrying a collection of about 2,000 volumes. From 1960 through the '70s, Rodman Library had two active Bookmobiles.
The current Bookmobile was purchased in 2012 and replaced the vehicle that was purchased in 1985.
Trailer Branch, ca. 1938
Bookmobile ca. 1949
M. Josh and W. Smith with students on the Bookmobile - March 14, 1960
W. Smith and M. Josh on the Bookmobile prior to 1960
Bookmobile in garage 1963
Renovated Bookmobile 1980
Renovated Bookmobile 1980
Renovated Bookmobile 1980
Cathie Bixler helps some students
Bookmobile March 2000
The Carnation Mall Branch was opened in December 1990. The original location was at the center of the Mall near the Food Court and 1,700 square feet in size. In 1997, the Branch relocated to the west end of the Mall next to JC Penney's. The new 5,000 square foot location allowed the Branch to expand its services and collections. This location closed in December 2012 when the Branch relocated to the Marketplace Plaza on West State Street.
Opening Day, December 1990
Margaret Rodman, President of Trustees with Roselyn Stephens, Head of Extension Services
Opening Day, December 1990
Jane Williams, Roselyn Stephens, Margaret Rodman, Charlene Duro
Moving to larger facility September 1997
Branch Entrance, September 1998
Reading Area, March 23, 2000
March 23, 2000
Alliance Public Library  opens at Alliance High School.
Carnegie Free Library dedicated on September 6. Andrew Carnegie  donated $25,000 for the building.
Library collected books and phonograph records for World War I camp libraries.
A gift of Romanian books starts the foreign language collection.
High School Library becomes a public library branch.
Miss Josephine Stanley is employed as the Library's first trained children's librarian.
Children's Room  for those under the age of 14 established separate from Adult area.
Arcade Station Branch , later destroyed by fire, was opened at the Lawn News Stand in the Spring-Holzwarth Arcade.
Library campaigns to raise books and money to start library services at the hospital .
A two-floor addition to the south side of the library building was built by W.P.A.
Sebring Branch was opened and was maintained until 1948.
First book trailer  acquired.
Library collected 6,851 volumes for World War II Victory Book Campaign.
Alliance joined Cleveland Regional Film Circuit to loan 16mm films .
Library building modernization program begins.
Great Books Discussion Group  co-sponsored with Mount Union College.
Golden Anniversary was celebrated September 7 through September 12.
Howard B. Sohn retires after 32 years of service as director.
A. Chapman Parsons  named new director.
Gaylord Automatic Charging System  installed.
C. J. Rodman , Alliance industrialist, donates $250,000 towards the cost of a new library building.
Phonograph record collection started.
Hazel Park  is purchased by library trustees as site for future library building.
Ground breaking ceremony for Rodman Public Library.
Talking Books collection begun with donation by Women's Division of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.
New building, Rodman Public Library, dedicated  February 10.
Library designated as depository for Ohio Government documents.
Rodman Library card extended to the seven Stark County Public Libraries.
IBM data processing equipment installed . This permitted the Library to process books on a contract basis for other libraries.
Harriet F. Miller  named Director.
Alliance Jaycee's Community Attitude Survey rated the Library highest in community favor.
First Community Christmas Tree  presented in Library in December.
An addition  to the Children's Room dedicated November 12.
Cultural series for adults began in the fall. This later developed into a Travel Series.
Extension Department begins library service to the home-bound .
Oral History Project started with funds received from Alliance City Council.
The seventy year old Carnegie Library building is demolished .
American Bicentennial celebrations  at the Library include the installation of historic American flags by the American Legion, the signing of a Bicentennial album, and the receipt of a Liberty Bell replica.
First annual book sale.
Friends of the Library organized.
Summer Film Series for children sponsored by Quota Club of Alliance.
Alliance Lions Club sponsored radio reading for the blind.
Circulating Art Collection  was initiated with gifts from the Canton Flowers Foundation and Alliance Kiwanis Club.
Videocassettes become available for borrowing.
Library acquires Apple computers  for public use.
Genealogical card files are added.
Library approves the use of computer reference service .
The use of a computerized cataloging system  is begun.
A new bookmobile  is purchased.
Library's book review series is organized.
The Library establishes a circulating toy collection.
Library Board approves the purchase of the Library's first totally integrated online catalog system  from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Rodman Public Library goes online  with the new automation system.
The Alliance web site  including the Chamber of Commerce, City of Alliance, Alliance Community Hospital, and Rodman Public Library debuts in June.
Internet accessible computers  are offered to the public.
Carnation Mall Branch relocates  to larger facilities at the Mall.
Library begins offering library cards  to children of any age.
Library begins Centennial celebration.
Library replaces roof.
Alliance Memory  project begins.
Main Library renovation project  begins
Harriet Clem retires  after 36 years of service as director
Rodman Public Library joins SearchOhio, a consortium of Ohio public libraries for sharing materials through interlibrary loan.
Library begins to offer downloadable electronic books to its patrons through OverDrive, a consortium offered by the State Library of Ohio.
Rodman Public Library is named Large Business of the Year  by the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce
The first "regularly organized systematically conducted public library" opened on September 13, 1900 in Alliance High School. The library was open from 2-5 p.m. Books could be checked out for 2 weeks and renewed for an additional 2 weeks by any resident of Alliance.
Alliance High School was originally Alliance College. The building was designed by Simeon Porter, the designer of Chapman Hall at Mount Union College. It was built in the late 1860s on East Broadway and demolished in 1910 to make room for a new high school next to the Carnegie Library building.
Andrew Carnegie donated $25,000 for the building, which required a little more than a year to construct. Dedication ceremonies were held on September 6, 1904 on the High School grounds. The new building was located on the northeast corner of South Arch Avenue and High Street.
The new building was built from light brown brick with Indiana limestone trimming, tile roof and a copper covered dome.
The dedication ceremonies were highlighted with addresses by Mount Union College President A. B. Riker, state commissioner of common schools E. A. Jones, and State Librarian C. B. Galbreath.
During its first year of operation, the library circulated 40,126 volumes to 3,150 patrons. The collection consisted of only 4,638 books.
Librarian Howard B. Sohn reached his goal of locating a branch station in the downtown business area in 1927. The branch was located at the Lawn News Stand in the Spring-Holzwarth Arcade.
The collection consisted of approximately 600 adult books with 100 children's books added later. The space was rented monthly from the arcade. Service was provided to the public by the staff of the news stand during the week with service provided by library staff on Saturday afternoons and evenings.
As shown in the photo, the booth opened directly onto the arcade where it was convenient for shoppers to stop and easily check out books.
The Arcade Station proved a very good public relations vehicle since it offered library services to many who had not used the main Carnegie facility.
In October 1927, the children's book collection was moved to the basement of the Carnegie Library in an area that had formerly housed the high school's book store.
The new facilities eliminated the overcrowded conditions of the main floor and established an area that children under the age of 14 could call their own.
The collection of magazines, books, and money for the Alliance City Hospital took place from May 12-17, 1930. Volunteers, such as these young boys from the Alliance Pioneer Club, led the collection drive on behalf of the library.
It was noted in the campaign flyer that May 12 was the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
*When the Sohn family traveled by housetrailer to the ALA Conference during the summer of 1937, Mr. Sohn visualized the transformation of the vehicle into a book trailer which could furnish library service to outlying sections of the community. Consequently, a 16 foot shell was ordered for the library from Schult Trailers, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana. A local contractor was engaged to make wooden shelving for the book trailer.
Total expenditure for the Trailer Branch was less than $700. The necessary motive power was provided by the local Package Delivery Truck. Within the book collection of the trailer, there were "610 volumes of adult fiction, 333 volumes of adult non-fiction and foreign languages, and seventy-six picture books" for preschoolers. Since there were book collections on deposit in the city schools, the Trailer Branch did not include library materials for elementary school children. Trailer service began in 1938.
*Excerpted from Public Library Service in Alliance, Ohio: 1885 to 1956  by Leah V. Agnoni.
*Starting in October of 1948, the first 16-mm films were circulated under the direction of Miss Rosanna Johnston. The library was participating in a Regional Film Project sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The purpose of this program was to determine if medium-sized libraries could successfully loan films. During the last three months of 1948, the library circulated 390 times the fifty-one films it had received. There was an aggregate audience of 14,868 for the film showings.
[Librarian] Sohn found the film circulating endeavor a popular and useful service. When the Carnegie Corporation's support of the project ended in 1950, the Cleveland Public Library became the administrator of the Regional Film Project in which there were ten northern Ohio libraries. As a member of the organization, the Carnegie Free Library received forty or fifty films "each month for ten months of the year." Mrs. Eugene Swallen succeeded Miss Johnston in the Film Department.
*Excerpted from Public Library Service in Alliance, Ohio: 1885 to 1956  by Leah V. Agnoni.
*Unquestionably, the Traveling Branch was important in making library materials accessible to those living at a distance from the Library. During a brief ceremony at the Public Square on May 27, 1949, the title and keys to a new bookmobile were presented to Mr. G. E. Graf, President of the Library Board.
The cost of the vehicle was approximately $6,739. Whereas the two-ton chassis was purchased from Sarchione and Sons; "the body and interior construction" was done by the Gerstenlager Company. There was shelving space for about 2,000 volumes on the bookmobile.
*Excerpted from Public Library Service in Alliance, Ohio: 1885 to 1956  by Leah V. Agnoni.
*Between 1952 and 1955, the Great Books Discussion Group program was sponsored by the Carnegie Free Library and Mount Union College.
Enthusiastically directed by Mrs. Jack Dawson, the organization met in the Sebring Room of the college. There were two groups meeting in 1953; the original group still gathered in the Sebring Room, the newer group in the library's auditorium.
*Excerpted from Public Library Service in Alliance, Ohio: 1885 to 1956  by Leah V. Agnoni.
C. J. Rodman, Alliance industrialist, donates $250,000 towards the cost of a new library building. Shown here, library board president, Gus E. Graf thanks C. J. Rodman for his gift of $250,000 to the Library Board of Trustees, December 27, 1956
Pictured are: B. Blumenstiel, Library Trustee ; Harley Ewing, Mayor of Alliance ; Gus E. Graf, President, Library Board ; G. S. Hammond, Superintendent, Alliance City Schools ; C. J. Rodman, DONOR ; H. G. Robertson, President, Alliance Board of Education ; A. Chapman Parsons, Librarian
"Automation" came to the Library with the implementation of the Gaylord Automatic Charging System. With this system, patrons were given library cards that included a raised metal plate with a number on it. The book card and the library card were placed in the charging machine where the patron's card number and the due date were stamped onto the book card. This significantly sped up the charge-out procedure.
A. Chapman Parsons began his official position as librarian of the Carnegie Free Library on July 1, 1956. Mr. Parsons was a native of Ripley, West Virginia and had previously been librarian of the Gallia County District Library at Gallipolis, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a B.S. degree in education from the University of West Virginia in 1949. He received his master's degree from the Western Reserve University School of Library Science.
Library services were made available to the children who lived at the Fairmount Children's Home on April 10, 1958 through the cooperation of the Alliance Public Library and the Stark County Auxiliary to the Fairmount Children's Home.
Hazel Park, located on the southwest corner of East Broadway and Arch was selected as the location of the new library building. It was a good geographical location since it was across the street from the high school and situated near the center of the city and its population. The land was purchased from the City Council by the School Board for the sum of $1.
The new building, Rodman Public Library, was dedicated on February 10, 1963.
Some 400 persons attended the dedication ceremony which was broadcast on WFAH. Music was provided by the Alliance High School Ensemble with Clarence D. Steffy, vice-president of the Library Board of Trustees, presiding over the ceremonies. Dr. Carl C. Bracy, President of Mount Union College was the keynote speaker.
The modern era of library technology arrived with the installation of data processing equipment in the Technical Processing Department. Two staff members had been trained by IBM to operate the machines. The first operations transferred to the new computer were payroll and book processing.
Commands were keyed onto computer punch cards and then distributed according to the process. The computer increased the speed with which new books were processed allowing the staff more time to work with the public.
Pictured here, Barbara Moretti and Fred Allison put the computer through its paces.
Miss Harriet F. Miller, Head of the Extension Department, was appointed in December 1968 as acting Director after the resignation of Richard Cheski. She was officially appointed as Director in May 1969. Miss Miller was a graduate of Norton High School and Kent State University and had been a member of the Rodman Library staff since 1965.
The first Community Christmas tree program was held on December 14, 1971. The tree was a fully decorated 12 foot giant fir. The program included Christmas carols by the Alliance Music Club and a visit from Santa Claus. Decorations for the tree were provided by 40 clubs, civic organizations, and city officials representing the interests of the groups and individuals.
The dedication of the new Children's Room was scheduled to coincide with Children's Book Week. Included on the program was the Parkway School Choir and a keynote address by Trustee and Mount Union College Librarian, N. Yost Osborne.
A week of special programs followed including presentations by Brinton Turkle, Mrs. G. Otho Thompson, and Milton the Milkman.
The Homebound book service extended the Library to those who were too ill or physically unable to come to the library. Books and magazines were delivered to the homes of these persons on a pre-arranged schedule every four weeks. This service  is still offered by the Library.
Pictured are Mrs. Twila Kile, a resident at Ro-Ker Nursing Home with Library staff member Mrs. Robert Tillman.
The Carnegie Library building along with the old book store behind the library, the old high school and its auditorium annex were demolished after new buildings replaced them. The familiar round pillars from the front of the library were removed by William Greier, whose wrecking ball brought down the old structure, for a house that he would construct at Greier's Lake, a fishing and picnicking area near Berlin Center.
The addition of a microfilm reader-printer allowed patrons to make photocopies of a whole page or a zoomed-in section of a page from the Alliance Review. The machine could produce positive images from positive or negative film. It also included an automatic electric reel winder to speed up the scanning process.
Pictured are Reference Assistants Margaret Holfinger and Elia Badia.
"Become a Part of Local History" was the title of The Review article from which this picture comes. The album was a project of the Alliance Bicentennial Commission and was included in a time capsule that was buried in Freedom Plaza during November 1976. The Library also received a replica of the Liberty Bell from First National City Bank of Alliance as part of the Bicentennial celebration.
Ten historic American flags was donated by American Legion Post 166 and was on display in the Purcell Reading Room of the Main Library. The display was installed by Legion members William Mainwaring, Harold Hardy, James Reynolds and Robert Stauffeneger, Jr.
With a book collection that had increased from 103,235 volumes when the new building opened in 1963 to 178,000 in 1978, it became apparent that more space was needed for the Library's collection. The non-fiction collection was relocated to the mezzanine, opening the area to house more than 100,000 books.
A grant from the Albert W. and Edith V. Flowers Foundation with a matching gift from the Alliance Kiwanis Club allowed the Library to purchase a collection of 100 framed prints of classic and modern art works. The art prints can be borrowed for one month for a nominal fee.
Pictured are President of the Friends of Rodman Library, Ross Clem with Ron Tynan, chairman of the Flowers Foundation and Stewart Baxter representing the Alliance Kiwanis Club.
Two Apple computers were purchased by the Friends of Rodman Library for public use, ushering the age of free public computer access at the Library. Classes in computer use were offered at the Library in cooperation with the Alliance YWCA. The computers each had two 5.25" floppy disk drives, one had a color monitor, the other a green monochrome monitor. One printer was available for public use for a small charge. Software included educational programs, word processing, spreadsheets, and other programs.
"RON" (Rodman ONline) was the name given to the Dialog computerized information service offered at the Library. Dialog at the time offered over 200 databases of information that were accessed by reference librarians. A reference interview was conducted prior to "going online" to determine what the patron needed because of the fees involved with searching RON. The typical search cost between $5 and $10.
With the advent of CD-ROMs, a new cataloging service called BiblioFile became a cost-efficient way for smaller libraries to quickly obtain cataloging records and produce catalog cards and spine and pocket labels. Each month the Library received program updates on 5.25" floppy diskettes and database updates on CD-ROMs.
A new bookmobile was purchased in 1986 from the Gerstenslager company of Wooster. The focus of the bookmobile was now on the schools throughout the Alliance and Marlington districts. This vehicle served the library until its retirement in 2012.
The Library expanded its services with the opening of the Carnation Mall Branch which featured popular books for adults and children. Only the third in the state, a library in a shopping center  was not new to Alliance. It was originally located near the food court and offered shoppers a convenient location for returning items that were checked out from the Main Library or Bookmobile.
The Library's card catalogs were replaced by INNOPAC, a completely integrated online library system. In addition to titles that were already cataloged and listed in the card catalogs, the INNOPAC included access to the previously uncataloged materials in the library's collections such as paperbacks, Branch and Bookmobile collections, and on order items. 140,000 library items were barcoded in preparation.
The new INNOPAC system replaced the card catalog and the Gaylord Automatic Charging System. All patrons received new library cards that included a barcode number. The barcode number was linked to the patron's computer record allowing even faster checkouts.
New services offered with the new automation system included:
A cooperative effort among members of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Community Hospital, the City of Alliance, and Rodman Public Library with assistance from Mount Union College and Alliance City Schools created the Alliance web site. The site was created to share information about Alliance and its many non-profit organizations with users of the Internet. The web site's computer and Internet connection were provided by Rodman Public Library. Nearly 1,800 pages were viewed during the site's first full month of activity.
As the Carnation Mall Branch grew in popularity, it became clear that it had outgrown its original 1,700-square-foot location near the food court. The facility was moved to a 5,000-square-foot location near J.C. Penney. The types and numbers of materials offered were expanded as well as the Branch began to offer more videos and CDs. Two public Internet computers were added as well as a PC for web-based access to the Library's catalog. A new multi-purpose room offered a welcome place for storytime programs and increased seating allowed patrons to relax with a good book.
With the Internet and World Wide Web gaining popularity, Rodman Library purchased six new computers for public access to the Internet at the Main Library. The computers were available to any library card holder free of charge.
Children of any age, even newborns, can now have their own library cards. No one is too young to use the Library's many resources.
Pictured here, Children's Dept. Staff Member Mary Calandros hands Kristina Taylor (center) and MacKenzie Berry (right) their new library cards.
Established in 2004, the Alliance Memory  project is a joint venture of Rodman Public Library in Alliance, Ohio with assistance from the Alliance Historical Society, Alliance City Schools, Negro History Club, Haines House, and Copeland Oaks.
The initial offerings included historic photographs of Alliance from the Alliance Historical Society, photographs of Taylorcraft Airplanes and Morgan Engineering from collections at Rodman Public Library, oral history recordings and transcriptions from the 1960s and 1970s held by Rodman Public Library, and video interviews of World War II veterans who live at Copeland Oaks, a retirement community in nearby Sebring, Ohio.
The Alliance Memory project was funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
At a marketing committee meeting for the Chamber of Commerce, Harry Paidas had an idea that Alliance should try a community read to bring members of the city together to discuss issues of concern to all. Together with director Harriet Clem, the Alliance One Book, One Community series began with James McBride’s “The Color of Water”.
Rodman Public Library opened in 1963. Before September 2005, the only renovations had been one small addition to the children's room in 1972 and a new roof in 2002. The 42-year old building needed a facelift.
The cost of the renovations is estimated at $2.1 million and the project will last approximately until December 2006. A total of $110,000 in gifts for the project have been received from Greater Alliance Foundation, The Butler Wick Foundation, the Flowers Foundation, and the Friends of Rodman Library. The Library has committed $1.7 million for the project which had been set aside over the years.
After 36 years as director of Rodman Public Library, Harriet Clem was honored by Alliance Mayor Toni Middleton with a City Proclamation announcing January 31, 2006 "Harriet Clem Day in the City of Alliance".
Staff members and well-wishers looked on as the Mayor read the proclamation outlining her many accomplishments as Director of the Library. He also extended the Key to the City to Mrs. Clem, an honor bestowed on very few individuals.
Among the many items listed were the addition of the Children's Room in 1972, automation of the Library, the Library's presence on the World Wide Web, opening of the Carnation Mall Branch and her election as the first woman chairman of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.
The most recent accomplishment was the start of the renovation project at the Main Library building.
Congratulations to the staff of Rodman Public Library on being named Large Business of the Year for 2013 by the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Alliance Awards Luncheon. The Library also received a Golden Spade Award for the opening of the new branch location.
Photo: Ben Favazzo, Jr., Alliance Appliance, Small Business of the Year, Madge Peters, who accepted the Spirit of Enterprise Award for her husband (and former RPL trustee) Jack Peters, and RPL Director Pat Stone
The primary objective of Rodman Library is to provide and organize significant materials in a variety of formats, including books, recorded materials and technology formats, and to give guidance in their use. Staff will assist people in their search for reliable information and in their exploration of a more secure and creative pattern for living.
This library will provide for and develop the cultural, informational and recreational needs of our residents.
Work with children is important to the community and the future of library use. Our goal is to extend, cultivate, and encourage life-long education and to promote enjoyment of reading for all ages, with special emphasis upon children.
Rodman Library has a special responsibility in serving the educational needs of the community. As part of this goal, the Library provides:
Rodman Library functions primarily as a public educational agency, and secondly as a recreational agency serving the Alliance City School District and the Marlington School District, in the field of communication media, such as books, pamphlets, periodicals, audio-visual materials and technology. The Library seeks to build knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and wisdom in adults, young people, and children. It constantly strives to maintain the democratic principles of our American heritage.
Library service is given to all who request it, regardless of race, creed, occupation, color, or financial position. The Library focuses its services to the residents of all ages of Alliance, Marlington Townships, Sebring, and the West Branch areas.
The Library recognizes that services must be provided within the Main Library, Branch and Bookmobile, and also to residents via electronic access.
The Library recognizes the resources of area libraries at the University of Mount Union and area schools, and works to cooperate with those facilities.
The Board of Trustees meets the third Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the Rodman Public Library Board Room.
330-821-2665 ext. 201
Head of Circulation and Adult Programming
330-821-2665 ext. 107
Adult Services Manager
330-821-2665 ext. 210
Head of Reference and Teen Services
330-821-2665 ext. 214
Head of Children's Services
330-821-2665 ext. 225
Head of Extension Services, Branch Manager
330-821-2665 ext. 108
Head of Technology and Technical Services
330-821-2665 ext. 101
If you would like to browse through the Library's collection by type of material, you can do a SUBJECT  search by clicking on one of the headings listed below:
You can LIMIT your browse list to a specific location (i.e., Branch Children's) by clicking on the LIMIT/SORT SEARCH button.
If you need any assistance with the lists, please ask a librarian.
Word Search looks for words in the title, series title, contents notes, or plot summary. Contents notes list the titles of short stories or plays in a collection or the songs on a music CD. Plot summaries are included for many children's books and some adult fiction. The words that you use in your search will be highlighted in red.
Word Search works best when searching one or two words. Avoid using common words as they will return a large number of titles. Each word must be at least 3 letters long. The articles a, an, the will not be searched.
Use Word Search when you are looking for material on any topic; you don't know the first word of a title; you are looking for a song; you are looking for a play or short story. You can also truncate your search to find all forms of a word.
Author Search looks for the name of a person or a group that has created or performed a work. This includes authors, illustrators, composers, performers, conductors, actors, audio book readers, corporations and government departments. If you are searching for a person, you must know his or her last name. If you are looking for works about a person or group, use Subject Search instead.
Title Search looks for the title of a work. You must know at least the first word of the title. If you don't know the first word, use Word Search instead.
Subject Search looks for names of people or groups as well as Library of Congress Subject headings that describe what the work is about. If you are looking for works about a person, you must know his or her last name. If you have little success using Subject Search, use Word Search instead.
Call Number Search looks for the Dewey Decimal or Biography call number of an item. Use Call Number Search to check on an item when you already have a call number written down. This type of search is rarely used.
Limit or Sort
Limit or Sort is used to narrow your search. If using one of the basic searches listed above returns a long list of titles, narrow your search with limits or sort the titles by publication date. You may limit only one time per search, however, you may enter as many limits as necessary at that time.
You may limit by:
The truncation symbol * may be used in a Word Search. It broadens your search to include all words that begin with the letters you type. For example, a Word Search for ROBOT* will return titles with the word robot, robotics and robots. A Word Search for GARDEN* will retrieve titles with the word garden, gardener, gardening, gardens, and gardenia.
The three Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT may be used to broaden or narrow a Word Search.
Extended Display/Brief Display
Displays or removes the exact shelving location and call number.
Displays the search screen for same type of search you just made. If you searched for an author, the Author Search screen displays; if you searched for a title, the Title Search screen displays, etc.
Search as Word
Converts your subject or title search into a Word Search. This is especially useful when your subject or title search is unsuccessful. First, check your spelling, then take advantage of this feature.
Rodman Public Library cardholders may request a reserve for an item not on the shelf. You will be notified by telephone or mail when the item is available for pick up. For further information on how to place a reserve, check Placing a Reserve .
Next Screen or Previous Screen
Displays the next group of records or the previous group of records.
Next Record or Previous Record
Displays the details of the next record in the list or of the previous record in the list.
Return to Browse List
Returns to the group of records from displaying the details of a single record.
Returns to the opening Online Catalog screen.
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you always search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you quickly place reserves on new materials.
Here's how to do it:
For suggested subject headings to use for videos, large print books, books on CD and other popular formats, check out: Looking for Videos, Large Print, or Children's Materials? 
Rodman Public Library cardholders may reserve items that are not available or are available at another location. You will be notified by telephone or email when the item is available for pick up.
If you are using the Library's catalog at home and see that the item you want is on the shelf, you may place a reserve or call the Library and ask that it be pulled off the shelf and held for you. Items will be held for 5 days at the circulation desk of your choice.
Please Note: Reserves are placed in the hold queue in the order they are received.
The Library is often asked if we can tell someone if they have already checked out a book. Our answer has always been, "No." The Library's computer system as a rule never keeps this information once an item has been returned.
However, the library is now offering this optional feature. You must "opt-in" to the Reading History option to take advantage of this service.
Here's how it works:
By subscribing to My Reading History, I acknowledge that Rodman Public Library's online library system will retain my checkout activity for my personal use. I may unsubscribe from this service or remove any or all titles from my reading history at any time. Rodman Public Library staff will not access my reading history unless ordered to do so by an officer of the court.
While you are searching the library's catalog, you may find things that you want to save for future use or send to a friend via e-mail.
Some uses of saved catalog items include:
Follow these easy steps to export saved catalog records.
Rodman Public Library has decided to "Go Green" by offering an online service for those patrons with email addresses.
Any registered borrower may opt to have their hold pickup and overdue notices delivered to them via email. This helps the library save money on postage and printing costs. It also helps you save money on overdue fines by notifying you more quickly. Courtesy notices are also emailed to you a day or two before your items are due so you can return them or renew them.
There are two ways for patrons to take advantage of this service.
Library patrons can rate titles in our collection from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars. You must be a registered patron to rate titles. You can rate any title in the catalog.
The catalog will display the average number of stars that a title has received. This chart explains how others have rated items.
If you would like to rate a title, login to My Account/Renew  and then search the catalog for the title you would like to rate. Use your mouse to click on the number of stars you want. For example, in this example, the patron is giving the title 4 stars by clicking on the fourth star.
To change or delete your rating from a title, use the "Patron Rating" link in your patron record and click on the number of stars you want to use or mark the ones you wish to delete from your ratings.
You may have noticed that our catalog  now has a new look. It works just like the old catalog, but things may be in a slightly different location now. Here are some things to look for:
*If your screen does not look like this:
then you will need to "refresh" your browser to get the new look on your screen. Look for a circular arrow like the one highlighted in the display above and click on it. Please call the library at 330-821-2665 if you encounter any problems or have any questions.
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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 12 to 18, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
To celebrate National Library Week Rodman Library will hold special events for the community:
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.
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.
“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 .
R.E.A.D. (Read Everyday and Discover) Alliance offers the first and second place winners in its recent contest to encourage reading skills.
The videos below are available in mp4 format to play easily on most devices.
Alliance Fire Department: The Early Years  [video] (April 17, 2010) - Presented by Don Shaffer of the Alliance Historical Society for Rodman Public Library
Fairmount Children's Home History  [video] (March 20, 2010) - Presented by Carolyn Caskey of the Washington Township Historical Society for the Alliance Historical Society and Rodman Public Library
D. W. Crist, Ohio Composer  [video] (February 16, 2009) - Presented by Dr. James Perone, professor of music at Mount Union College for a joint program of Mu Phi Epsilon Alliance Alumni, the Alliance Historical Society, and Rodman Public Library. Compositions performed by J. Kim Lewis, Russell Newburn, Phillip Gehm, and Joyce Gorby.
One Book - One Community: Book Review of Blood Done Sign My Name  [video] (January 2009) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English at Mount Union College
Music of the Underground Railroad  [video] (February 2008) - Songs and history of the Underground Railroad and how they relate to Ohio and Alliance. Presented by Beth Gray and Robb Hyde.
"What is That?"  [video] (January 2008) - Members of the Alliance Historical Society (Forrest Barber, Don Shaffer, and Joe Zelasko) present strange antique items and ask you to guess "What is that?"
One Book - One Community: Book Review of Plenty  [video] (January 2008) - Presented by Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology at Mount Union College and Anna McClaugherty
Hear what these library users have to say about the library as heard on WDPN AM1310 during National Library Week