This service allows you to download audiobooks, ebooks, and some video and music, which you can play on your computer or a compatible portable device or ereader. To get started or to learn more, just visit the Ohio Digital Library  web site. The web site has a My Help! button on the upper left of the screen as well as help on many topics.
Rodman Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of eBooks for the Kindle eReader. OverDrive, the library's eBook lender, has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in its network.
The process for borrowing a public library eBook for Kindle is similar to other devices. Most eBooks already in the library's catalog supplied by OverDrive are compatible with Kindle, so users simply browse or search for "Kindle Book," check out a title with a valid library card, and then click "Get for Kindle." Access to the Kindle Book will occur at Amazon's website after signing in and selecting delivery to the user's Kindle device or any of the free Kindle reading apps. As with all eBooks and other digital content at OverDrive-powered libraries and schools, titles are available 24/7 and incur no late fees because they automatically expire at the end of the two week lending period.
In addition to Kindle, the library offers eBooks for most major desktop and mobile devices, including Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows® Phone.
A series of "How-To" YouTube videos from the State Library of Ohio
In addition to the Ohio Digital Library, you can download free audiobooks, ebooks, music and video from many web sites. Here are a few.
The Internet Archive 
Audiobooks, ebooks, music, live music archive, and video
Project Gutenberg 
Audiobooks, ebooks, music, and video
A new offering from Rodman Library, “Zinio for Libraries”, allows library patrons to read and explore a diverse magazine selection using their library card. UK digital magazine distributor Zinio and Recorded Books, the audiobook workhorse, have partnered to offer this online service to libraries. It’s an easy way for library patrons to read their favorite magazines in digital format on their PCs, Macs and mobile devices. Zinio’s digital platform recreates about 4000 magazines cover-to-cover, with full-color pictures. It offers an intuitive navigation, keyword article search and simultaneous use of titles, covering major magazines of industry, hobby and specialty. With simultaneous use of titles, every patron can be reading the same magazine through their library using their library card.
Rodman Library has selected and purchased 114 magazines from Zinio for patrons’ enjoyment. Some titles include Consumer Reports, Food Network Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, U.S. Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Popular Science, Readers Digest and Smithsonian Magazine, to name a few. To access the magazines, patrons register through their library by creating two accounts. One account validates the patron as an active member of the library and allows access to the library’s magazine collection. The other account provides a viewer account in Zinio.com for online streaming and off-line reading. Patrons can check out as many magazines as they wish and keep them for as long as they wish. Once magazines have been selected, patrons are then notified when the next new issue comes out. The service is free to the patrons.
Rodman Library is excited about offering this new service. Follow the Zinio link on the right side of the library’s website, www.rodmanlibrary.com , to start reading your favorite magazines online today. For more information, call the library at 330-821-2665.
Sources: Library Journal Nov. 2012
Public Libraries Sept./Oct. 2012
Rodman Public Library has a new source of ebooks available through Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library  for its patrons. Axis 360 is a revolutionary digital media platform, providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating enhanced digital content and Blio, the ground-breaking ereading software.
Libraries using the Axis 360 service benefit from the latest Web technologies and cloud-based delivery to mobile devices. Patrons will enjoy the dynamic presentation of titles on the Axis 360 Magic Wall, the ease of locating books of interest via Browse by Subject pages, as well as guidance provided via book review and recommendations for further reading. Patrons can also search for a title using the library’s catalog search. Titles are not available for Kindle readers except for Kindle Fire models. Axis 360 also improves the user experience for borrowing digital content from the library. Cloud-based delivery greatly simplifies the process of downloading what patrons want to read onto the devices they prefer to use, including iOS, Android and Windows tablets and smartphones and computers.
Rodman Library presently has over 230 ebook titles from which to choose. A complete list of available titles can be found by searching our catalog for the author Axis360 . Audiobooks are also available. All that is required for checkout is a valid Rodman Library card. For more information call 330-821-2665.
Have a favorite author? Want to find out more about them and the books they have written? Try our new Author Check service . Author Check offers a way to search for your favorite author and sign up to get notifications when new titles by them are added to the library's collection. You can also check our catalog and place a hold on titles directly from this site. If you want to discover a new author, you can browse by categories as well. Choose fiction, non-fiction, children's, and teen categories or browse through the top choices list and try something new. You'll never know what you will find!
Want to know how to get free ebooks from your library on your Kindle Fire? Here's how! To get an ebook from the library for your Kindle Fire, you will need your Kindle Fire, your library card, a wireless connection to the internet, and Overdrive Media Console downloaded and registered on your device.
Looking for something new to read? Rodman Public Library is offering advice on titles that may be of interest to you based on the criteria you enter below. A professional librarian will send you a list of books, audiobooks, CDs, and/or DVDs tailored on your choices - FREE!
Ever wondered what are the newest books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks are that the library has purchased? Try our New Book Alerts  service and find out. New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Rodman Library. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "check catalog" to place a hold on the item right away.
Keep informed by subscribing to a list on your favorite topics and each month a newsletter with newly cataloged titles will be emailed to you. Or visit our New Book Alerts page  anytime to see what's new in all the categories.
Good news for Nook® owners who borrow their library books through the Ohio eBook Project. The OverDrive® App is now available for download. The OverDrive App makes it possible for users of Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD and Nook HD+ to download directly from the library to the Nook. In the past, borrowed library materials had to be downloaded first to the user’s personal computer then transferred to the eReader. The App also increases borrowing capabilities by allowing the download of audiobooks as well.
All that is needed to borrow library eResources using the OverDrive App is one of the previously mentioned Nooks, a library card, Wi-Fi access and an Adobe® ID. If the user has no Adobe ID, the OverDrive App will show the user how to obtain one. A step-by-step information sheet for downloading the OverDrive App, finding your library, browsing and checking out an eBook and/or MP3 audiobook is available at Rodman Library. Information for getting started is also available from the Ohio eBook Project link located on the library’s website . If you would like to sign up for a free library card or have further questions, stop by the library or call 330-821-2665.
Rodman Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks through hoopla. These will be available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card. Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com  to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.
Hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.
To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or iOS device. There is no need to download an app or extension for your internet browser. Once you have downloaded the app to your device(s) and/or clicked on the hoopla digital link on Rodman Library’s website you will be prompted to enter your email address, a password, and your library card number. The system will validate that you are in good standing with the library, so that you may begin to browse, borrow, and enjoy the content.
Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all your devices with the hoopla digital app and via your PC web browsers (IE 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+). Within the hoopla digital app, you can access Rodman Library’s news via our news feed; this will help you stay aware of what’s going on at our branches.
When using hoopla digital you will be able to begin streaming the content immediately. You can also download content to view at a later date if using a mobile device. The number of titles in the hoopla digital database include 505 television titles that contain over 4000 episodes and 2,997 video titles, 570 top music albums, and 9,129 audiobook titles. Eight titles may be borrowed each month; movies and TV lend for three days, music lends for seven days, and audiobooks lend for 21 days. You are able to access (view/listen to) borrowed content as often as you want during the checkout period and you can return any borrowed title whenever you want.
Come see what all the hoopla’s about. To learn more about this exciting offering, please go to www.rodmanlibrary.com  or call the library at 330-821-2665.
“The Life We Bury ”, a mystery novel by Allen Eskens, is the One Book-One Community selection for 2016-17, according to the organization’s executive committee.
In the book, what appears to be a simple writing assignment for a college student turns into a search for truth involving the subject of the writing assignment – a war hero who has recently spent 30 years in prison for rape and murder. The college student, in his search for the truth, weaves in and out of trouble as he encounter’s his subject’s past.
This marks the 14th year that the community has had the opportunity to come together to read a common book, hold discussions and meet the author. Eskens will visit the Alliance community on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, 2017. His public appearance will be Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Union Avenue United Methodist Church with area high school visits scheduled the following day.
Eskens is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award and the Silver Falchion Award for “The Life We Bury,” his debut novel, which was also named a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award and the Minnesota Book Award.
He honed his creative writing skills through the MFA program at Minnesota State University as well as classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law.
“One Book One Community has been a programmatic gem for our community,” Pat Stone, director of Rodman Public Library, said. “Through our discussions prompted by themes in the book, we have a better understanding about issues that face us both as a community and as individuals.”
Stone added that the programming and discussions leading to the author’s appearance are being finalized and will begin in January.
The selected books for the past 13 years for the Alliance area have been “The Color of Water ” by James McBride, “Riding the Bus with My Sister ” by Rachel Simon, “Real Time ” by Pnina Moed-Kass, “Beyond the River ” by Ann Hagedorn, “Plenty ” by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, “Blood Done Sign My Name ” by Timothy Tyson, “Three Cups of Tea ” by Greg Mortenson, “Make the Impossible Possible ” by Bill Strickland, “One Amazing Thing ” by Chitra Divakaruni, “Thunder Dog ” by Michael Hingson, “The Essay ” by Robin Yocum, “Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe ,” by Tom Batiuk; and “A Deadly Wandering ,” by Matt Richtel.
“We would not have the opportunity to bring the author to Alliance if not for the resources provided by our partners, including the Friends of Rodman Public Library, University of Mount Union, The Greater Alliance Foundation and ‘The Review,’” Stone said. “Also a number of teachers in area schools have committed to teaching from the book.”
“The Life We Bury” is available at the University Bookstore at Mount Union and Rodman Public Library for $10. Several copies also will be available for checkout at Rodman Public Library  and the Mount Union Library. Ebook versions are also available for downloading from OverDrive  and hoopla .
One Book One Community (OBOC ) has chosen The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Following with the tradition of having the author speak to the community, Mr. Eskens will speak Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Union Avenue United Methodist Church.
Upcoming programs and discussion groups are as follows:
“The Life We Bury” is available at the University Bookstore at Mount Union and Rodman Public Library for $10. Several copies also will be available for checkout at Rodman Public Library  and the Mount Union Library. Ebook versions are also available for downloading from OverDrive  and hoopla .
Alliesha Binius is a junior at West Branch High School. She is a member of Mrs. Lesnett’s Young Adult Literature class.
Synopsis: The relationship between Joe, the protagonist, and his younger brother, Jeremy, provides a framework for understanding the novel. As they struggle with their roles and relationship, each young man achieves a greater level of maturity.
In the book The Life We Bury, I personally think that Joe and his brother, Jeremy, had the most change and the most improvement in their relationship. In the beginning, Joe felt little to no attachment to his family since he moved away to college. With Jeremy being autistic, their brotherly relationship did not seem to ever really flourish into anything special. At times, Joe would try to ignore him more than anything. But once his mom landed in jail for a little bit, I really think that put their relationship into perspective for Joe even though Joe would get mad when Jeremy watched his movies on replay and Jeremy would get upset because he needed order and repetitiveness to keep himself sane.
When the boys reach an agreement back at Joe’s apartment, Jeremy gets his way by watching Pirates of the Caribbean while Joe tries to figure out when his mother will get out of jail while getting facts and background on Carl and starting a new relationship with Lila at the same time. When Jeremy and Lila figure out the code, that really puts the whole story for Carl together and brings him to justice in a way. This ties in with Jeremy and Joe’s relationship because they really became close after this even though their mom completely still does not care about Joe. She ignores his success with anything in the course of his life such as maintaining good enough grades to pay for college, but demands that he drop everything to stop and take care of his brother no matter the situation. In spite of her, Joe and Jeremy still seem to have a stronger bond by the end than at the beginning.
To me, having a brother is one of the biggest pains ever, but when it comes down to it my brother and I are in this life together and get each other in a different way than anyone else does. I personally get so frustrated with him very often just like Joe does when he has trouble with Jeremy and his different circumstances. No matter what - they still love each other and come to their own way of understanding each other. To me, that is the biggest change in The Life We Bury, from how separated they felt at the beginning, to how they found a person to bond over like Lila, and how they developed an equal love for one another. In the same way, my brother and I did not like one another at a younger age, until we really started noticing how alike we are and how much we truly do care for each other. Once my mother got sick with cancer, we needed to be there for each other and for her, to be civil for her sake no matter what would happen.
I am very thankful that my mother is not anything like Joe and Jeremy's mother because of how brutally rotten she is. In my opinion, a mother should always be there for you. Joe has to do a lot to better his future and get away from his home life, but no matter how well he does, his mom never encourages him. Instead, she does the opposite of what a mother should do. My mom has encouraged me and been my rock, and for others like Joe and Jeremy, having a mother like theirs is truly sad. The boys relationship prevails and moves forward despite adversity, bringing a relatively good ending for everyone in The Life We Bury.
The personality of Carl Iverson in the electrifying novel The Life We Bury is one that consists of mystery, empathy and internal conflict. Carl Iverson was convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl, giving the reader an instant judgement before meeting him. But, as the novel unravels, one comes to realize that everything is not always as it seems.
When first introduced to Carl Iverson, a certain fear creeps up the spine of the reader. You imagine him to be a brutal man with a tainted soul who could never be redeemed. But, as Carl is wheeled out to meet Joe, we see that he is merely a scrawny, weak old man. Your mind’s images of a savage human being fades and is replaced with the the beckoning question of what this man’s story could be.
Carl was peculiar from the beginning. He doesn’t act as though he is a victim of the legal system or profess his innocence. Instead he speaks of the snow, something so small and seemingly boring for most, which brings joy to the little bit of life he has left. When Joe interviews him on his past, Carl exudes emotions of regret and sorrow, but doesn’t explain why. Carl’s closed-off and distant persona only adds to the mystery.
As the story goes on, Carl’s messy past is revealed in a way that keeps the reader turning each page faster than the last, wanting to know the truth. Carl becomes more than a convicted murderer; in fact, the evidence that he is one becomes almost unimportant to the reader. The reveal of Carl’s troubled past in Vietnam becomes astonishing and heart-wrenching.While the rest of the platoon saw him as a hero at the time, Carl felt like anything but. The horrors that he both saw and felt through the war haunted him for years to come, and the memory of taking a life never ceased to fill him with regret. It was a constant internal battle that he kept from others.
I’ve never known a man like Carl, and while he is fiction, his character stuck with me in a powerful way. Feelings of empathy and pity fill the reader when we fully understand the life of Carl Iverson, the life he buried so thoroughly for thirty years. He was a man of virtue that was tainted by war. He believed he needed to pay for his sins, so he took on the sins of another.
Carl isn’t a man you’d meet every day, but a man you’d never forget if you did. He bore a cross that he could never seem to put down. He is a character that defies expectations and carries something much deeper than the stereotypical convict.
No, Carl was not who everybody thought he was. He was merely a man seeking redemption.
I’ve been alive for sixteen years, I have childhood stories, memories and so much more to share. I can't come to imagine being alive for seventy years. Most of us will eventually make it there, some of us have already surpassed those years. Through time and age you gain memories, intelligence and most of all wisdom. As I spoke with my grandma, I could hear and see the wisdom she’s gained through events in her life. Events that affected her judgement and outlook over the world.
My grandma’s name is Dorothy Woods. She was born and raised in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, on the Thompson Farm. Starting at just the age of ten, she was bailing hay in the hay field. Now at the age of sixty-nine years old, she still continues to be a hardworking women through different tasks. I wanted to ask my grandma about the events in her that made her such a motivated person, with such wisdom I see.
It all started on the farm. Memories of tough, dangerous work to the good memories with her sisters. She misses the days of dressing up her eight kittens in baby doll clothes and strolling them around in little buggies. What she would do to go back, I'm not sure. She didn’t enjoy the tough farm labour but, I can see how it made her a worker. It gave her discipline and structure. She realizes how many children don't have that these days either. We rarely explore the outdoors.
Bringing up this generation, what's so different. One word, technology. I'm obsessed with it, you or someone you know is obsessed with it. That wasn't the problem in my grandma’s day and age. We're attached and connected. She said it's easy to see, “kids these days, rely on it too much. I do wish I had the opportunity to grow up with iPhones and wifi.” With technology brings an easier access to education. While talking with my grandma, she told me she’s always wanted to go to college. My grandma has always encouraged me to continue my education and try to be the best I can be. Hearing her regrets and wishes, it makes me want to be a hard worker like her and do things that she regrets not doing.
There’s something's you try not to mention to people. Things that bring up past events, events of sadness or bad memories. I questioned what event had the biggest impact on my grandma’s life. I wondered, “what made you the person you are today?” With a sudden pause, she answered, “the death of my husband.” There wasn't much said after that. Our family tends not to talk much about the death of my grandpa. It happened before I was born, but sometimes I can tell the pain of the loss is still there. Although death can change a family a lot, I was unaware how much it affected mine. I can see how the death has made her a stronger person. It’s made her more independent and able to care for her family on her own.
Little did I realize, there's a lot about my grandma, who I'm so close with, I barely even realized. Sometimes you'll never know things unless you stop and ask. If there's one thing I got from this interview it's to be myself, know myself and educate myself. I hope someday, I'll be able to share my life experiences with the hope of creating a difference, like she did. I enjoyed getting to know more about her past and what made her the person she is. My grandma Dorothy will always be my biggest role model.
Regan Crosser is a senior at West Branch High School. She is a member of Mrs. Lesnett’s Young Adult Literature class.
Synopsis: Lila Nash is a supporting character who often surprises the reader with her unexpected actions and reactions to other characters and circumstances in the novel. She turns out to be much more than just Joe’s college girlfriend.
Throughout the novel, the reader frequently experiences many emotions. It’s a constant rollercoaster from start to finish that begins by making the audience and characters feel sorrow, suspense, hatred, and last of all, closure. With everything that happens, it is impossible not to go through a series of changes, as it affects one so thoroughly. With that in mind, it’s not hard to determine which character experienced that the most: Lila. Lila develops more in every page as her role progresses, because she not only has a pull on other characters, but because they have a pull on her that becomes more evident the deeper they delve into the case of Carl Iverson.
When the reader first meets Lila, she’s not the typical girl next door. She lacks the stereotypical flirty attitude and social acceptance writers usually drift towards, which is what makes her such a relatable character. She comes off as cold and uninterested in Joe, and mainly keeps to herself. In the beginning, it is easy to overlook her as merely an unobtained conquest to Joe. The more she is mentioned; however, the more the reader begins to pick up on her and how she manages to affect not only Joe, but his younger brother, Jeremy. Jeremy is the opening door to Lila’s character and the first step taken into her future adaptations throughout the novel.
Once Jeremy is introduced to the story, Lila’s turning point begins. She has a fondness for the autistic boy, and the readers begin to adapt to their friendship, even though she still remains cold towards Joe for awhile. That; however, does not last, and she soon finds herself melting away at the bitterness and lets Joe into her life and her apartment. As their friendship progresses and her involvement in the case continues, the audience can predict the way their relationship will turn. Joe’s feeling for Lila are still present and continue to grow, and the reader sees her reluctance with the idea of being with Joe wither away.
As the climax of the story nears, Lila makes the move and finally takes the leap to establish a relationship with Joe, which mingles her even farther into the dangerous atmosphere the story takes. The reader senses throughout the story that Lila is portrayed differently than most female characters, as she proves to be rather opinionated, fierce, and a bit snarky, which gives the impression that she is strong willed and can take care of herself. The author takes what the audience knows and, once again, heads in a completely different direction when the awkward, antisocial kid becomes the hero and the strong willed woman becomes the damsel in distress at the hands of D.J. She plays the fearful part, as there's not much else for her to do, and is saved in the nick of time.
The Life We Bury takes everyone on a ride, including the characters, and especially Lila, as she is thrown into a situation she had no business being in. Although, without her most of the case would be left untouched and Carl would be wrongly convicted. Lila remains a key factor in this story from the very beginning, where she forms a friendship with Jeremy and later Joe. The sullen neighbor the audience meets in the hall slowly transforms, as she subconsciously charms her way into their lives and as they taunt her into theirs.
One Last Drink
Imagine having an itch on your face but you can’t move; after a while that itch would turn to pain. Imagine having to be dressed, washed, and bathed by someone else. In the halls of White River Rehabilitation Center, the stench of urine and feces is burned into one's memory. Timothy Blackfoot (not his real name), age 44, currently resides in the rehabilitation center. He is a member of the Sioux Native American tribe as well as an advocate on the tribal council for the other residents. At age ten Timothy took his first drink of alcohol. By age fifteen he was an alcoholic.
In Tim’s story, the screeching of tires struggling to stop echoes through my mind. The image of a once physically healthy man vanishes as I picture a man stuck in a car unable to move any of his limbs. Tim would never walk through his front door again. He would never hold his ten-month-old son in his arms again, he would never hold anything again. Tim’s future would now consist of having a bag attached to him to be able to use the restroom and living day and night in a bed unable to touch, feel, or move.
At age sixteen Tim’s life consisted of pawning his tools and guns to supply the money to feed the addiction that would leave him alive but not living. At sixteen Tim also experienced his first night in jail and the first of many school suspensions. Tim described the reason he believes he was even able to walk across the stage for graduation was because the school got tired of dealing with him. After graduation, in five years Tim received two tribal DWI’s and three state DWI’s not including the one he managed to get out of. He was also in court ordered treatment four times but never realized he had a problem. The alcohol had total control.
It might be easy to assume the hardest experience Tim ever faced was the accident that took away his ability to raise his son and live a normal life. Although it wasn’t until his son was three that Tim faced the truth of all he lost: “He threw a ball, hitting me. My son walked over, grabbed my hands and moved them, wanting me to catch the ball and I couldn’t. This was the hardest thing I have ever experienced.”
My meeting with Tim was brief. His life impacted me in no significant way until the day I sat down to read the story he sent home with my mother, who was his nurse at the time. I also got the chance to connect with Tim via email. Each detail left its own imprint the same way the stench of the rehabilitation center did. Tim’s final words in his writings were “I didn’t plan to wreck. I never thought I would be where I am now… many of you will drink and drive and when you do remember my life - I take two steps backward before I can take one forward.” Tim lives as an example of the phrase “being alive but not living.”
When I pulled into my grandma’s driveway she was outside waiting for me, as if I was late. She got in the car and stopped for a second. “So you have to interview an old person huh? Was I your last resort?” She said huffing at me. I felt kind of bad that she felt that way. We drove up the road to the McDonald’s on the corner and my grandma was humming some song on the radio. When we got into the restaurant she picked a table and she pointed out how small this McDonald’s was and that it was the smallest one she’d ever seen.
When she sat down she began to tell me what she wanted to eat. “Small fry and a burger with no pickle, ketchup, mustard, or lettuce, and I want mayonnaise and a tomato.” We had to explain to her that this is McDonald’s, not Applebee’s and that you couldn’t do that, but she was sure that they would do it. Sure enough, they did. I let her finish her food before I began the interview.
I started off by asking her when she was born and she was offended that her own granddaughter didn’t know what her birthday was, but I did, I just wanted to make sure I was right. “Really Madeline, you don’t know when my birthday is? January 3, 1952.” I had to explain to her that I really did know, but she remained skeptical. I asked her who was president was when she was born and she honestly had no clue. She laughed and said “you’re lucky I remember who the president is today, and that’s only because I don’t like the guy” she laughed. After some Google searching by my mom, we discovered that it was Truman.
The next question was what was the biggest event to happen during her lifetime. This answer took no thought, the Towers. My mom questioned her on why it wasn’t Kennedy’s assassination, but my Grandma stuck with her original answer. My follow up question was whether or not 9/11 affected her directly. This answer was a little funny. She said no, but a lady a work, named Deb, was affected. She carried on and said “A girl from work, her name was Deb, had a cousin that was killed in 9/11 and supposedly the President sent her a check and a letter. Why anyone cares about her I don’t know, but we knew she was lying. Liar Deb is what we called her. What’s up now liar Deb?” she said this with such an attitude
After I let her get out the built up anger against “Liar Deb”, I asked where she grew up. She automatically answered with a sense of pride, “lots of places, I grew up in Sebring, Iowa, and Seattle. We moved a lot.” After that I asked who her favorite teacher was when she was my age, and she smiled as if she went back in time. “By far my favorite teacher was Mr. Schaffer. He was great. He would have me run down town during the day and get him cigars and other crazy things. One time he locked me and my girlfriends in a room, when we were scrapping, until we made up.” My grandma fiddled around with the straw in her drink while she talked with me. She carried on by saying she probably could have carried on about her high school years for days, It seemed like she did.
The interview questions got a little deeper when I asked what her best life advice was. “Gee I don’t know I guess family.” she said, but after some thought she realized that that wasn’t necessarily advice. “Well live life to the fullest and to do the things you want, not that you have to.” I asked her why she picked this and she stated that there were somethings that she wishes that she would have done that she didn’t. Things like going to college or traveling.
The next question who was her biggest inspiration and why. My grandma smiled and said “Daddy”. I always knew that my great grandpa was a great person but seeing her reaction shined a whole new light on him. She went on about how her dad always knew what to say and when to say it.
I then asked about her spouse, my grandpa, and how they met. It sounded like it was straight out of a movie. “We met at a dance. I was 22 and he was 20.” she said filled with joy. I then asked a follow up question, which was, how did she know that he was the one. “You just know, I really can’t explain it. I mean we met and then pretty quickly we got married, which was in March, and then we had your mom in August.”
The interview continued when I asked about her parents. From the past answer she gave me about her dad, I knew she loved them dearly. “My parents were the best. I never got in trouble because I was the good one. My sisters would pay me to hide our report cards over the weekend so they could still go out.” she explained.
I asked my grandma what her biggest regret was. This took some time as she thought about it. “Probably not going to college, Back then college meant good money and if I would have gone I would have done something more. That would have meant that I wouldn’t have met your grandpa which would mean no mom and no you and that would mean that we wouldn’t be doing this shit.” she laughed for a little bit after that.
The final question was what she wants her family to remember her by after she is gone. “Definitely my children, grandchildren, and my family. They mean everything to me. Without them I am nothing and I would have nothing.” After she answered this question we packed up and left McDonald’s.
This interview taught me so much about my grandma and her life. It increased the huge amount of respect I already had for her and I really learned how different life for someone about my age was back then. It opened my eyes that in 5 years I could be meeting my husband and having children like my grandma did. I would love to learn more from her and I am so happy I chose her to interview.