Karen Perone, Head of Technology and Technical Services at Rodman Public Library, will present "Finding Alliance History Online" on Tuesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. She will talk about the digitization projects that the library has been working on this past year to make city documents, a little known Alliance newspaper from the 1920s, and Alliance yearbooks available online.
Rodman Public Library recently collaborated with the City of Alliance to microfilm and digitize City Council minutes and ordinances dating from the incorporation of Alliance in 1854 through 1924. The 12,998 pages scanned are bound in large ledger books that measure up to 3” thick and 11” x 17”. They were sent to Backstage Library Works in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in late July for microfilming and digitization.
Rodman Library’s computer classes continue in February and will run through March. Classes will be held on February 6 & 7, 13 &15 and 19 & 21. Hands-on classes are limited to nine (9) persons and two (2) alternates. All classes start at 10 a.m., except where noted at 6:30 p.m., and last about one hour. Registration is required and accepted by telephone or in person. Call 330-821-2665, to register or register online.
The United Way of Greater Stark County can file your taxes for free. The VITA program offers free tax assistance to people who make $65,000 or less. Anyone may schedule their own tax appointment online by going to www.uwstark.org and click “Get Started.”
IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax return preparation with electronic filing and offers direct deposit for a speedy refund. The 2018 schedule for the months January through April available at Rodman Library is as follows:
What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross, a true story of three days in the lives of those affected by one of the nation’s worst superstorms, is the One Book-One Community selection for 2017-18, according to the organization’s executive committee.
In the book, Cross weaves together heart-wrenching stories of death and survival during the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which occurred in April, 2011 in the southern U.S. During the outbreak, 324 people were killed and entire neighborhoods erased. The author concentrates on the heart-wrenching stories of several characters in Alabama. Among the stories of heartbreak, a key message emerges: in tragic times, what tears us apart helps reveal what holds things together.
This marks the 15th year that the community has had the opportunity to come together to read a common book, hold discussions and meet the author. Cross will visit the Alliance community on March 22 and 23. Her public appearance will be March 22 at Union Avenue United Methodist Church with area high school visits scheduled the following day.
Relive the excitement of Beatlemania as it swept the nation when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr visited Cleveland in 1964 and 1966 for two of the wildest, out of control concerts of the Beatles in rock 'n' roll history. On Monday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium, Dave Schwensen, author of The Beatles in Cleveland, will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four.
Beginning on December 4, Rodman Public Library is offering mobile WiFi HotSpot units and portable chargers for patrons’ use. Ten HotSpots have been acquired to check out and two portable chargers for in-library use. A mobile HotSpot allows the user to have on-the-go WiFi Internet access for up to 10 devices and may be borrowed for seven days.