Rodman Public Library and Branch will close at 4:30 p.m. today, Saturday, January 19 due to inclement weather. The Branch will be open on Sunday, January 20 from 1-5 p.m.
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, has been selected as the featured read for the Alliance area One Book One Community program for 2019.
Atwood will present the Schooler Lecture at the University of Mount Union at 8 p.m., April 10, and the committee is collaborating with the university to bring several opportunities for area residents to explore the themes of the book.
The first scheduled community discussion prior to the author’s appearance will be on Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m., at Rodman Public Library. Marcia Addison, Director of Library Services at Stark State College, and Mike Zerbe, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Stark State College, will present a book review of Atwood’s writing.
Copies of The Handmaid’s Tale will be available to check out and for purchase at Rodman Main and Branch Libraries. The book will also be for sale at the University Store at the University of Mount Union. The cost is $10.
Rodman Library is once again offering “Food for Fines” through the month of January. The recipient of this food collection will be the Alliance Food Pantry. For items donated, fines will be forgiven from a patron’s record. Food items requested by the Food Pantry are peanut butter, cans of tuna, cereal, cans of soup, and canned fruit and vegetables. Non-food items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap (bar or liquid) are also needed. No lost or damaged items will be included in the fines.
Beginning in January 2019, Rodman Library will offer a series of computer classes which will run through March. Classes will be held on January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 30. Hands-on classes are limited to nine (9) persons and a maximum of two (2) alternates. All classes start at 10 a.m., and last about one hour. Registration is required.
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/our-work/community-programs/vita.
IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax return preparation with electronic filing and offers direct deposit for a speedy refund. The 2019 schedule for the months January through April available at Rodman Library is as follows:
You can take the library with you wherever you go through the use of Library Anywhere, a mobile application that lets you use the library on your smart phone or other web-capable device. Keep track of your due dates easily with this application, search Rodman Library's catalog, place holds, renew items, and more. 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. 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 app by visiting https://www.libanywhere.com/m/286.
Rodman Library recently implemented an automatic renewal system. Your checked out materials will be automatically renewed when a courtesy notice is sent via email or text message. This means that when your item is due, it will be automotically renewed for you.
Rodman Public Library is offering a new database to its patrons, Lynda.com, that allows library cardholders free access to online educational courses. This database is being provided by the State of Ohio for Ohio libraries.
Now owned by LinkedIn, Lynda.com has been the leading provider of online learning content for 20 years. The service has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level. Lynda.com also offers more than 50 different learning paths to help users stay ahead in their current job or change careers.
“It's free to patrons, so if you have an account with us all you need is your library card number,” said Eric Taggart, Director, Rodman Public Library. “You can access Lynda.com inside or outside the library, from any device with an internet connection.”