Category Archives: October

Harold and the Purple Crayon’s 60th Anniversary

A little boy with a purple crayon sparked the imagination of children everywhere 60 years ago.  Today, children are still inspired to create their own adventures with blank pages, a crayon, and their imagination.  October 20th also celebrates the anniversary of Crockett Johnson’s (David Johnson Leisk) birthday.  Crockett Johnson was a cartoonist and children’s picture book illustrator, but is most famous for writing Harold and the Purple Crayon and the Barnaby comic strip.

Come celebrate Harold’s birthday with us in the Children’s Department by creating your own purple crayon drawing, signing Harold’s birthday card, and checking out the Harold display.

Teachers!  Check out the following link for a classroom guide and educational printouts of Harold and the Purple Crayon.


Trick or Treat at the Library

The Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library will be hosting a Children’s Halloween Party on Saturday, October 24th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  Come and join in the fun including:  Halloween games  Spooky stories  Music  Dancing  Treats . . .  and more!

Be sure to bring your camera to take a picture of your little ones in front of our harvest fest backdrop.  Halloween costumes are optional but encouraged.  This program is open to children ages 3-12 accompanied by an adult.  No reservations are required.  For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue!”

Columbus Day is October 12, 2015!


“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” is a popular rhyme often taught in elementary school social studies and history classes when learning about Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer.

Why is Christopher Columbus so famous, and how did he discover America?

Columbus wanted to find a quicker way to travel to Asia. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain gave Columbus money to make the journey with three ships: the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. After two months of sailing, Columbus and his crew spotted land. However, it was not Southeast Asia as Columbus predicted it would be — it was the Bahamas! Although he was not the first person to set foot in the Americas or even the first European to travel there, it was Columbus’ voyage that started the exploration and colonization of the continent by other Europeans such as the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Amazingly, Columbus died in 1506 thinking he had found his shortcut to Asia, never knowing that he had “discovered” a new continent.

Rodman Public Library has fantastic materials about Christopher Columbus and his voyages, so stop by the Rodman Public Library Children’s Department, Bookmobile, or Branch locations to check out our Christopher Columbus displays and learn about this famous explorer.

Pumpkin Story Time with Hot Pots! (October)

hot pots pumpkinHot Pots Story Time  continues in October!

Kids 3-12 are invited to enjoy a pumpkin-themed story time at Rodman Public Library Branch (in the Marketplace Plaza), and afterwards go to Hot Pots to paint a Jack O’Lantern just in time for Halloween! Kids will also be given small, battery-operated tealights to simulate burning candles!

As with other Hot Pots events, the price is $10 per child to be paid to Hot Pots the day of the program. Small snacks will be provided.

The dates and times for October are:

Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m.


Space is limited, so please call the Branch at 330-821-1313 or stop in to register!

Hope to see you there!