Timeline of significant events in the library's history
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