Plenty for Kids at RPL This Summer

There’s plenty for children to do at Rodman Public Library this summer.

Here’s a look at some of the weekly and special programs we have to offer:


Spots are still open for the virtual Summer Art Experience for children, who will be able to view via YouTube four art lessons taught by local art instructors. Art supplies for the lessons will be provided free of charge while supplies last and can be picked up beginning that day. To register for the virtual experience, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223, or click here.



Tuesdays during the summertime means playtime for Rodman Public Library’s littlest patrons.

Starting on June 7 and running through July 26, a play group will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays inside the Rodman Main Auditorium.

Recommended for children, age birth through 5 years, the group will give parents and caregivers the opportunity to socialize with others. Board books and toys will be available for the children to play with while coffee and tea will be offered to the adults.Play Group

Due to COVID-19 restrictions over the past couple years, many small children and their caretakers have had limited chances to interact with others and the new play group is intended to allow those in attendance to do so in a safe and friendly environment.

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.



Children attending Storytime at the Rodman Branch Library go on an adventure each week as marine biologists.

Children ages 3 and up will explore a different aquatic creature each week through Wednesday, July 27 as part of RPL’s Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program.

Storytime at The BranchDue to the popularity of the program, two identical sessions will be held every Wednesday, one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m.

The 45-minute sessions will include songs, stories and a different activity each week. Each storytime will conclude with a short video highlighting the sea animal of the day.

Kids are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on each week. After each session, they will be awarded a brag tag for attending. At the end of the eight weeks, those who have attended all of the storytimes will have an entire necklace of brag tags.

Topics for future storytime sessions and their special activities are:

  • July 20 – Polar bear with a polar bear obstacle course.
  • July 27 – Sharks with a shark headband craft.

No registration is required to attend Storytime at the Branch, which is supported by Friends of Rodman Public Library.

For more information, call 330-821-1313.



How much fun can you pack into one half hour?

Visit Rodman Public Library from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. for Book Fest on any Thursday through July 14 and find out.

Intended for kids of all ages,Book Fest will include lots of laughs on June 23 when RPL’s own children’s librarians will provide skits, music and dancing, trivia, and interactive stories. Pirates and a reenactment of the story “The Pout-Pout Fish” is planned during one of those weeks as the Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program continues at Rodman Library.

On June 30, Raptor Hallow Sanctuary will present Birds! Birds! Birds! The program introduces young learners to the world of birds and what makes them special. Visitors will also get to interact with touchable items such as feathers, eggs, and more.

On July 7, the Goldfish Swim School will visit RPL to talk about water safety.

On July 14, a virtual program from the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is on the schedule.

No registration is required to attend Book Fest.

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



Rodman Public Library  is presenting a Summer Movie Series in 2022, showing a family movie each month during June, July and August on the big screen in the Main Auditorium.

In conjunction with the Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program, all three films have an ocean theme.

All three are free and the library will provide popcorn to those attending.

The film at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 is The Perfect Storm, a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film based on the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title. It tells the story of a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea with all hands after being caught in a 1991 storm. The film stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and is rated PG-13.

The movie at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 is Moana, a 2016 American computer-animated musical adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story a strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, the girl sets sail in search of a legendary demigod, in the hope of returning the relic and saving her people. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes long and is rated PG.

The feature on Monday, June 6 was Finding Nemo, a 2003 American computer-animated adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of an overprotective clownfish who searches for his missing son with the help of a regal blue tang. Along the way, the clownfish learns to take risks and comes to terms with his child taking care of himself. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and is rated G.

No registration is required to attend any of the films, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

For more information about the Summer Movie Series, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107.



Rodman Public Library will host two Family BINGO games this summer. Patrons of all ages are invited to play from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 and Monday, July 25. Both events are free and prizes will be given out, but space is limited and registration is required for each session. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

Click here to register for June 27.

Click here to register for July 25.










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