Michelle Dillon, president of the Alliance Historical Society, will be giving an online genealogy demonstration on Monday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. She will show where to find the genealogy databases offered on the Rodman Library website, tips for basic searching, and will also demonstrate with a sample search. As time permits, following the presentation a Q & A period will be offered.
Jack Weber, Jr., will present "The Past in Review" on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library's Main Auditorium. One of the most popular features of The Alliance Review is "The Past in Review" column that chronicles what happened in Alliance 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.
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.
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 partnering with StarkFresh to bring a “Seed Library” to our community. Beginning on Monday, March 1, vegetable and flower seeds will be displayed in the Library’s wooden card catalog located in the Library’s front lobby. Patrons may browse through the catalog and take the free seed packets of items they are interested in growing.
Rodman Library’s computer classes conclude in March. Classes will be held on March 5, 7, 12, 13, 18 & 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 − online, in person or call 330-821-2665.
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:
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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.”