Children’s Christmas Program

Jingle Bell Christmas

December 17th at 2:00 P.M. in the Main Auditorium.

One of Santa’s favorite elves, Ellie Elf, arrives straight from the North Pole to spread Christmas cheer and make sure everyone is nice and not naughty.  Ellie Elf will entertain you with stories, music, and magical fun for all.

After the program, meet Santa!  (Bring your camera.)  Refreshments will be provided.

Open to Children ages 3 -12 accompanied by an adult.

Questions call 330-821-2665 ext 223.


November is Picture Book Month!

“In a world where everything moves at such a fast place, picture books remind us to slow down and savor time reading with someone we love. To tuck into a favorite reading place or share a lap and be transported and transformed. And in doing so, picture books create memories we will have for eternity.”  – Carmen Oliver 

For more information about Picture Book Month and why picture books are important , visit:

Celebrate Picture Book Month with Rodman Library by checking out your favorite picture book to share with a loved one.  Below are some of my favorite picture books:

Book Cover  Mother Bruce

Book Cover  Meet the Dullards

Book Cover  Zombie in Love

Book Cover  Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Book Cover  Brimsby’s Hats

Book Cover  Little Elliot, Big City

Book Cover  Hug Machine

Image result for leo a ghost story  Leo:  A Ghost Story

Reading Without Walls


The Children’s Book Council, Every Child A Reader, and the Library of Congress appointed Gene Luen Yang the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.  Every National Ambassador picks a platform and Yang’s is Reading Without Walls.

Gene Luen Yang challenges you to read without walls in one of three ways:

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.

If you really want to go for the gold star, read a book that fits all three criteria!

You may view Gene Luen Yang’s blog here.

Here are some books the Children’s Librarians at Rodman recommend to get you started:

Book Cover Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Book Cover  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Book Cover  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  (book in verse)

Book Cover  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Book Cover  Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Book Cover  Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Book Cover  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman   (graphic novel)

Book Cover  Amulet:  The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi   (graphic novel)

Book Cover  Wet Cement : A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka   (concrete/shape poetry)

Arbor Day – April 29th

“The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.  Julius Sterling Morton, a journalist and politician from Nebraska, felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees.  Morton set an example by planting trees on his own farm and urged his neighbors to follow suit.  Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate.”

For more information on Arbor Day, click on the links to the websites below:

National Arbor Day Foundation

Beadle Conservation District

We also have many Arbor Day books available for check-out.  You may reserve items by clicking the links below:

Book Cover  Arbor Day

Book Cover  Arbor Day Square

Book Cover  Tell Me Tree: All About Trees for Kids

Book Cover  Celebritrees : Historic and Famous Trees of the World

Book Cover  Little Tree

Book Cover  As an Oak Tree Grows





Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday – April 12th!

Beverly (Bunn) Cleary was born on April 12th 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon.  In 1922 she moved from Yamhill, Oregon to Portland, Oregon.  Beverly began working as a librarian in 1940 and noticed children found many of the books outdated and unrelatable.  She decided to do something about this by writing books the children would find interesting.

Cleary has won a National Book Award, a Newbery Medal (1984 for Dear Mr. Henshaw) and a National Medal of Art from the National Endowment of the Arts, among other accolades. In 2000, the Library of Congress gave her a Living Legend Award.  Cleary’s last book was “Ramona’s World,” published in 1999.

For additional information about Beverly Clearly:

Book Cover  Beverly Cleary

Book Cover  Dear Mr. Henshaw

Book Cover  Henry Huggins

Book Cover  Beezus and Ramona

Gallery For > Ramona And Beezus Cover  Ramona and Beezus (DVD)


Book Cover  The Hullabaloo ABC