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Kids Book Club (July 17)

[Everything You Need to Know About the Kids Book Club]

Kids Book Club is for ages 8 to 12. In June, young readers can choose to attend at either 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Each session includes a brief book discussion, a game and/or activity as well as a snack. Books are available for extended checkout.

The July 17 selection is Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (either the novel or the graphic novel) by Rick Riordan

Registration is required to attend.

[REGISTER FOR 11 A.M. SESSION]                                  


For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Click here for a list of book club selections and descriptions of the books for March 2024 through May 2024.

Play Group 

Play Group is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through July 24.

All ages are welcome, but the group is recommended for children, ages birth through 5.

Board books and toys are available for the children to play with while coffee and tea are offered to the adults, who supervise and socialize.

A librarian will be in attendance at all times, but a parent or caregiver must be present with his or her child.

No registration is necessary.

World Travel Storytime (at the Branch)

The Rodman Branch Library will take children around the globe through stories and songs this summer when it hosts World Travel Storytime.

The 45-minue program will be held weekly on Tuesdays between June 4 and July 30. Identical storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. 

In keeping with the 2024 Summer Reading Program theme of Adventure Begins at Your Library, children will learn about the customs and food of a different country each week through stories, songs, crafts, and games, with a little bit of science thrown in.

The summer’s itinerary includes:

  • June 4 – United States.

  • June 11 – Great Britain (dress fancy for the tea party).

  • June 18 – Belgium.

  • June 25 – Italy (special guest).

  • July 2 – Egypt.

  • July 9 – China.

  • July 16 – Australia.

  • July 23 – Antarctica.

  • July 30 – Brazil (Carnaval celebration).

At the end of each storytime, children will receive a brag tag with the country on it to add to their necklaces with the others they’ve earned during storytimes of previous years.

No registration is required at attend storytime.

Call 330-821-1313 for more information. 

Camp Shenanigans 

Discover delightful stories, silly songs, exciting games, and other fun activities inspired by traditional summer camp experiences. Children ages 6-12 are invited to join on Tuesday evenings from June 4 to July 23. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. each week at the main library. 

No registration is required. 

For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223

Book Fest & Crafts

Book Fest, a half hour filled with fun, is held every Thursday from June 6 thorugh July 18 inside the Rodman Auditorium.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., each week features a different special activity or special guest.

The schedule includes:

June 6  -- Knot Tying with Scout Troop 205G.

June 13 -- Rodman Children's Department

June 20 -- Stuffed Animal Pet Show (bring a plushie friend)

June 27 -- Upside Down Fairy Tales with Auntie Kayte

July 4 -- Library Closed 

July 11 -- Magic Myths in the Forest with The Wiulderness Center

July 18 -- Book Fest Olympics

No registration is required for the free program.

An hour of crafts from 11 a.m. to noon are held in the children's program room following each Book Fest session.

For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Kids Gaming (July 3)

Kids Gaming is held on the first Wednesday of each month at Rodman Public Library in the Main Library Auditorium. From 4  to 5 p.m., children, ages 8-12, are treated to open play of video games, Minecraft, etc. on devices provided by the library. The next session is Wednesday, June 5. Registration is not required for the free event. For information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Movie Matinee: Kung Fu Panda 4 (July 13)

Rodman Public Library will screen Kung Fu Panda 4 on the big screen inside the Main Auditorium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

The film, which is rated PG, runs 96 minutes.

All movies are free at RPL and fresh popcorn is provided, thanks to Friends of Rodman Public Library. Registration is not required. All ages are welcome to attend, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

BINGO (July 15)

Kids, ages 6-12, are invited to play BINGO at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15.

Prizes will be awarded to winners.

The program, supported by the Friends of Rodman Public Library, is free. Space is limited and registration is required.


Tabletop Gaming (July 24)

Feeling bored?

Try playing some new board games at Rodman Public Library’s Tabletop Gaming.

The popular all-ages program returns to the Main Library at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24

Each month, a new game will be featured so that patrons can learn a new game. Of course, other games available in the library’s collection will also be available and visitors are always welcome to bring their own games.

The aim of the family program is to give area residents an opportunity to gather with others to play their favorite card and board games and make new friends.

Light snacks will be offered and no registration is required to attend the monthly program.

Although the program is open to players of all ages, children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about Tabletop Gaming, call 330-821-2665, ext. 217.

Wee Read 

Wee Read at the Main Library is on a break until the fall. 


Storytime at the Main Library is on a break until the fall.

Family Fun Night  

Family Fun Night at the Main Library is on a break until the fall.

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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


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Offered at Rodman Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

As a participant in this gifting program, Rodman Public Library is partnering with the Early Childhood Education Alliance and Greater Alliance Foundation to make this available to children within the 44601 zip code area.  For more information, call the Rodman Library Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223 or register online at

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library FAQ

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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