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Kids Book Club 12/21

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

Kids Book Club is for ages 8 to 12,and meets at 4:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Each session will include book discussion, games and activities. Books are available for extended checkout.

The December 21 selection is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Registration is required.

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

For a list of book club selections and descriptions of the books click here.


Holiday Storytime at the Branch 

A special Holiday Storytime will run for five weeks at the Rodman Branch Library between November 15 and December 13.

Miss Becky will share stories, songs, holiday fun facts and a special activity each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

No registration is necessary to attend Storytime, which is open to children of all ages and is intended to encourage lifelong readers through stories, music, movement, and activities.

Each week of Holiday Storytime will feature a different theme, including:

  • November 15 – During Turkey Week, children will make turkey costumes out of paper bags.
  • November 22 – During Gobble Gobble Week, children will explore sounds the turkey makes and will create their own kazoos and Thanksgiving story bracelets.
  • November 29 – Children will decorate Christmas cookies as they mark Christmas Cookie Week.
  • December 6 – Children will make Santa binoculars during Santa Week.
  • December 13 – During Rudolph Week, children will make reindeer food and play a reindeer game.

For more information about Holiday Storytime, call The Rodman Branch at 330-821-1313.

Christmas Movie - A Christmas Story 11/28

Rodman Public Library's Christmas Movie Series concludes on Monday, November 28 with the screening of A Christmas Story, the 1983 family comedy that stars Peter Billingsley as a young boy in the 1940s who attempts to convince his parents, teacher, and even Santa Claus that a Red Ryder range 200-shot BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Also starring Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin, the film is rated PG and runs 93 minutes.

Admission to the feature film, which will be shown on the big screen in the Main Auditorium, is free and fresh-popped popcorn will be provided by the library thanks to Friends of Rodman Public Library.

The movie begins at 5:30 p.m. and no registration is required to attend any of the movies, which are open to all ages. However, children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

For more information about the RPL Christmas Movie Series, call 330-821-2665.

Christmas Tree Storytime with Hot Pots at the Branch 11/30 and 12/3

Christmas trees will be the theme for November’s Storytime with Hot Pots at the Rodman Branch Library.

Two sessions are planned, including one on Wednesday, November 30 from 6: 30 to 7:30 p.m., and another on Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Children, ages 3-12, will come to the Branch for a mini storytime and then proceed to Hot Pots, accompanied by their guardian, to paint a Christmas tree figurine. 

The cost is $15 per figurine and registration is required. The fee for the event is payable to Hot Pots upon registration at

For more information, call the Branch Library at 330-821-1313.

Kids Crafting (Beginning 12/1)

For December, the Kids Crafting program at the Main Library will be a take and make project. Beginning Thursday, December 1, children can pick up a gingerbread house kit (while supplies last). No registration is required. This program is supported by Friends of Rodman Public Library. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Christmas Party 12/3

You’re invited to join Rodman Public Library, the Alliance High School Choralaires and Santa Claus for a holiday get together. The festivities will take place on Saturday, December 3, starting at 2:00 p.m. when the Alliance High School Choralaires will entertain guests by singing Christmas carols. At the conclusion of their performance, they will introduce Santa Claus, who will greet the children. Santa will be available for photos and will pass out a treat. Space is limited for the holiday party and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For information, call 330-821-2665.


Kids Gaming 12/7

Kids Gaming is held on the first Wednesday of each month at Rodman Public Library in the Main Library Auditorium. From 4:00 to 5:00 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, December 7. No registration is required for the free program. For information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Wee Read 

Wee Read is taking a break for the holidays and will return the week of January 16.


Storytime (at the Main Library) is taking a break and will return the week of January 16.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is taking a break for the holidays and will return the week of January 16.

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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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