Category Archives: Holidays

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





New Dial-a-Stories available!


New holiday stories have been added to “Dial-a-Story” on the Rodman Children’s Webpage.  You may listen to them by visiting the webpage or by clicking on the links below.  You may also place a hold on the book by clicking on the book cover shown below.

Now Playing on Dial-a-Story

CHRISTMAS and other holiday stories as read by Jim Perone How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky [LISTEN]

The Perfect Christmas Picture by Fran Manushkin [LISTEN] Barnyard Night Before Christmas by Beth Terrill [LISTEN]

Special Online Bonus Stories! Harvest by Dahlov Ipcar (read by Barb & John Armitage) [LISTEN] Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney [LISTEN] Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd [LISTEN]

You can also call 330-821-TELL to hear any of these stories anytime on your phone.

Christmas Program

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Saturday December 5th 2:00 – 3:30

Join us in the Main Auditorium for our Christmas Program featuring storyteller Lindsay Bonilla and a visit from a “Special Guest.”

Celebrate the season with stories from around the world!  Take a moment away from all of the hustle and bustle to sit back and enjoy as jolly ol’ storyteller Lindsay Bonilla reaches into her storytelling bag and pulls out the perfect story gifts for you.  Discover the beauty of giving in “Rabbit’s Gift” from China and meet some mischievous trolls in “The Very Big Christmas Kitty” from Norway.  This interactive performance is perfect for families and designed to bring out the child in all of us!

You may check out Lindsay Bonilla’s website/blog here:

After the program with Lindsay, please join us in the Children’s Program Room for a visit with a jolly man in a red suit.  Bring your cameras!