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Kids Book Club 6/21

[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 a brief book discussion, a game and/or activity as well as a snack, which will be pizza in June. Books are available for extended checkout.

The June 21 selection is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Registration is required.

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

Click here for a list of book club selections and descriptions of the books for May through August 2023.


MellyPop! Productions to Visit RPL June 5 & 6

What is better than watching a puppet show?

How about playing with a puppet you created?

Rodman Public Library will give children up to the age of 12 the opportunity to do both as it gets the summer started with MellyPop! Productions on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6.

On June 5, MellyPop! will present Dr. Dolittle at 6 p.m. in the Rodman auditorium. Children will have fun hanging out with Dottie, Dr. Dolittle's bumbling new assistant, as she shares stories with all of the magical, talking animals during the interactive show that combines puppets with music and comedy and is inspired by Hugh Lofting's book The Story of Doctor Dolittle and Rudyard Kipling's short story Rikki Tikki Tavi.

Registration is required to attend the puppet show. [REGISTER HERE]

On June 6, MellyPop! Productions will return to RPL to conduct puppet making workshops. MellyPop! will offer two separate sessions, one at 5:45 p.m. and another at 6:45 p.m. where children will learn how to build a puppet.

A separate registration is required for the puppet making workshops. Children may register for one session.



Both MellyPop! Productions events are free and supported by Friends of Rodman Public Library.

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

Kids BINGO (June 26)

Rodman Public Library invites children to come play BINGO this summer.

The free games will be held monthly inside the Rodman Main Auditorium and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The games will be held at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Registration is required to play BINGO at

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

Storytime at the Branch (Tuesdays)

Summertime means Storytime at Rodman Branch Library.

Each Tuesday, from June 6 through July 25, two identical Storytime sessions will be held – one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m. at the Branch.

Each week will feature different stories and activities related to the 2023 Summer Reading Program theme of All Together Now.

The topics for each week are:

  • June 6- Bucket Filler
  • June 13- Sharing
  • June 20- Teamwork
  • June 27- Friendship
  • July 4 – Library closed
  • July 11- Patience
  • July 18- Let's Stay Calm
  • July 25- Random Acts of Kindness

Registration is not required to attend Storytime.

For more information, call 330-821-1313

Play Group (Wednesdays)

Children, ages birth through 5, have a standing play date at Rodman Public Library every Wednesday between June 14 and July 26.

On those Wednesdays, a play group will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on inside the Rodman Main Auditorium.

Board books and toys will be available for the children to play with while coffee and tea will be offered to the adults, who will have the opportunity to 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.

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

Book Fest and Crafts (Thursdays at the Main Library)

During a six-week run of Thursdays between June 15 and July 20, Book Fest will be held at Rodman Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and will feature a different presenter each week.  

Book Fest will be followed by crafts from 11 a.m. to noon. Children can stay for both activities, or attend only one and registration is not required for either.

The scheduled presenters and crafts are:

  • June 15 – Wildlife Officer Scott Traver  (caterpillar clothespin)
  • June 22 – Healthy Heart Yoga (can craft)
  • June 29 – Alliance Garden Club  (seed bomb planting)
  • July 6 – Staff of RPL’s Children Department (headbands)
  • July 13 – Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center (bug jars)
  • July 20 – Field Day (hot air balloon mobile)

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

Kids Gaming 6/7

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 7. Registration is not required for the free event. For information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Wee Read 

Wee Read is on break until September. Look for other fun programs planned at both the Main and Branch Library.

Storytime (at Main Library)

Storytime at the Main Library is on break until September. Look for other fun programs planned at both the Main and Branch Library.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is on break until September. Look for other fun programs planned at both the Main and Branch Library.

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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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