1000 Books before Kindergarten

Rodman Public Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative for families with children ages 0-5 is designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: starting kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education, and an excellent way to get children ready to learn is to read to them. To that end, Rodman Public Library hopes the program will encourage families to read at least 1000 books to their children before they enter school. Find out more...

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Wee Read and Storytime Resume

Wee Read and Storytime at the Main Library resume following holiday break. Beginning on January 7, Wee Read at the Main is offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Storytime at the Main is offered every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. The Branch Library will offer Storytime every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., beginning on January 8.  

Wee Read is designed to introduce children to books, fingerplays and music incorporating the six early learning skills. Patrons, ages birth through two years, and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend. The goal of Storytime is to encourage life-long readers through stories, music, movement and activities. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, call the Main Library Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223, or the Branch Library at 330-821-1313.

Children's Play Group

A new play group for children is starting at Rodman Library. Make friends, play, and share stories on every third or fourth Saturday in the Children’s Program Room from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning on January 19. This play group is designed for children to learn, socialize, and explore through play. It is aimed for birth to kindergarten ages with an adult caregiver, but all are welcome. No registration is needed. Please check our online calendar for dates at Call the Main Library Children’s Department for more information at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Chapter Chat Book Club Begins

A new book club for children, Chapter Chat, begins at Rodman Main Library on Wednesday, January 9, at 4:15, in the Children’s Program Room. Chapter Chat now combines the individual Boys and Girls Clubs into one club for all children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. It includes a book discussion, games and activities, and meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Registration is required for a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance. To register, or for more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Tween Council

A Tween Council is starting at Rodman Main Library beginning on Wednesday, January 16, at 4:15 p.m. It is open to enthusiastic 4th to 6th graders who want to make a difference in the library. Tweens will meet the third Wednesday of the month to share ideas for upcoming programs, current trends, and what they and their peers are reading. Tween Council will meet in the Children’s Program Room and no registration is needed. For more information or to register, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223


Tales for Tails

Rodman Public Library offers children the chance to try their reading skills on local therapy dogs. These specially trained dogs will “listen” to stories in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library.

All dogs that will be in attendance are members of Therapy Dogs International and the “Paws and Reflect” Pet Therapy group of Alliance Community Hospital. Studies have shown that children can become better readers when they regularly read aloud to dogs. An animal reading companion provides a relaxing, stress-free and non-judgmental “listening partner” for a beginning or struggling reader.

Fifteen minute time slots are available. Patrons may sign up in advance for a preferred time slot. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.


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Early literacy stations for children

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. Read more