Juggler Ted Bowen of Alliance will be offering three weeks of free juggling lessons for children, ages 10 to 15, on July 1, 15 and 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Rodman Main Auditorium. Bowen, who juggles many balls simultaneously using large foam hands as well as juggling many other items, has been juggling for 15 years at various community events and teaching juggling for several years. Participants of the juggling lessons must be able to attend all three sessions. Ted also welcomes an audience of younger children and family members who would like to observe the classes. Registration is not required for the audience, however, registration is required for participants as only 15 slots are available. To register stop at the Main Children’s Department or call 330-821-2665, ext. 223. Funding for this program is provided by the Friends of Rodman Library.
Nationally known accordion player and children’s polka musician Mike Schneider (a.k.a. Uncle Mike) from Milwaukee, WI, will be performing his Pint Size Polkas after hours on Friday, July 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium as part of the 2016 Summer Reading Program.
This program is best suited for children in grades K-5 and their families. No registration is needed. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223. Funding for this event is provided by the Friends of Rodman Library.
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The Rodman Public Library Children’s Department is embarking on a new adventure... our first blog! Join Janet Metzger, Head of the Children’s Department and fellow Children’s Librarian, Stacy Digianantonio, as they share with you their love of children’s books, reading and libraries. The goal is to keep everyone (kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers) in the know about current materials, services and events available through the Children’s Department. We invite you to share with us any of your thoughts or questions through this new offering. Check it out at kidsconnection.rodmanlibrary.com 
The R.E.A.D. Alliance Mystery Readers  are here to read you the stories featured on Channel 11's Mystery Reader show.
Check out Dial-a-Story online  or by phone at 330-821-TELL. New stories every month. Brought to you by the Alliance Kiwanis Club.
Boys, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Boys’ Book Club. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m. Children must be able to read on a 4-6 grade reading level. Participants have a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance.
The book for July is The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan.
Registration is required. Participants need not attend all sessions. For more information or to register, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Girls, ages 8-11, are invited to meet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library for the Just for Girls’ Book Club. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:00 p.m. Children must be able to read on a 4-6 grade reading level. Participants have a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance.
The book for July is Capture the Flag, by Kate Messner.
Registration is required. Participants need not attend all sessions. For more information or to register, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Stories as read by Barb & John Armitage
Special Online Bonus Stories!
You can also call 330-821-TELL to hear any of these stories anytime on your phone.
Now there is an ebook library just for kids. Try it out today and see what you can find to read on your computer, tablet, or ereader. The Ohio Digital Library For Kids 
Try TumbleBooks today! 
TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which introduce preschool and elementary school-aged children to literature and the joy of reading in a format they love. TumbleBooks are searchable by Accelerated Reader and Lexile reading levels, and are available in English, French and Spanish, as well as some in Chinese, Russian and Italian. Rodman Public Library offers 300 TumbleBooks, 40 Read-Along chapter books, 160 TumbleGames, over 50 iPad compatible TumbleBooks and non-fiction books. Just click on the TumbleBooks button to begin.
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Rodman Public Library has always looked for ways to connect parents and children with great children’s books, but we needed a way to highlight “the best of the best”. In 2012 we developed the idea of circulating collections of outstanding picture books grouped by author or illustrator and stored in hanging pouches. This would allow the reader to not only enjoy individual titles, but also make connections and recognize qualities unique to an author or illustrator. Thanks to an initial grant of $1,000.00 awarded by the Women’s Division, Alliance Chamber of Commerce Civic Affairs Committee, our dreams became a reality, and so we began our “Books Too Good to Miss” collection.
Currently, we have 44 pouches available for two-week checkout at the Main Library Children’s Department (as of March 2014).
Books Too Good to Miss 1  (Bark, George / Jules Feiffer -- Bear Feels Sick / Karma Wilson ; Jane Chapman -- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed / Eileen Christelow -- Rhyming Dust Bunnies / Jan Thomas)
Books Too Good to Miss 2  (Good Night, Gorilla / Peggy Rathmann -- My Friend Rabbit / Eric Rohmann -- Old Black Fly / Jim Aylesworth ; ill. Stephen Gammell -- Julius / Angela Johnson ; ill. Dav Pilkey)
Books Too Good to Miss 3  (Ten, Nine, Eight / Molly Bang -- Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? / Martin Waddell ; Barbara Firth -- The Stray Dog / Marc Simont -- Have You Seen My Duckling? / Nancy Tafuri)
Books Too Good to Miss 4  (The Tale of Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter -- One Monday Morning / Uri Shulevitz -- May I Bring a Friend? / Beatrice Shenk de Regniers ; ill. Beni Montresor -- Mr. Gumpy's Outing / John Burningham)
Books Too Good to Miss 5  (Caps for Sale / Esphyr Slobodkina -- Tikki Tikki Tembo / Arlene Mosel ; ill. Blair Lent -- Stone Soup / Marcia Brown -- Petunia / Roger Duvoisin)
Books Too Good to Miss 6  (Olivia / Ian Falconer -- Froggy Gets Dressed / Jonathan London ; ill. Frank Remkiewicz -- Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type / Doreen Cronin; ill. Betsy Lewin [book and CD] -- It Looked Like Spilt Milk / Charles G. Shaw)
Books Too Good to Miss 7  (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie / Laura Joffe Numeroff ; ill. Felicia Bond -- Martha Speaks / Susan Meddaugh -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs / Jon Scieszka ; ill. Lane Smith -- A Visitor for Bear / Bonny Becker ; ill. Kady MacDonald Denton)
Books Too Good to Miss 8  (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day / Judith Viorst ; ill. Ray Cruz -- A Chair for My Mother / Vera B. Williams -- Miss Rumphius / Barbara Cooney -- Tar Beach / Faith Ringgold)
Books Too Good to Miss 9  (Little Toot / Hardie Gramatky -- The Story of Ferdinand / Munro Leaf -- Millions of Cats / Wanda Gág -- The Story of Babar theLlittle Elephant / Jean De Brunhoff)
Books Too Good to Miss 10  (Uptown / Bryan Collier -- Amazing Grace / Mary Hoffman ; ill. Caroline Binch -- Goin' Someplace Special / Patricia C. McKissack ; ill. Jerry Pinkney -- Black Is Brown Is Tan / Arnold Adoff ; ill. Emily Arnold McCully)
Books Too Good to Miss 11  (Anansi the Spider / Gerald McDermott -- Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain / Verna Aardema ; ill. Beatriz Vidal -- Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears / Verna Aardema ; ill. Leo and Diane Dillon -- Mabela theCclever / Margaret Read MacDonald ; ill. Tim Coffey)
Arnold Lobel  (Frog and Toad Are Friends -- Ming Lo Moves the Mountain -- On Market Street – Fables)
Audrey and Don Wood  (The Napping House -- The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear -- Piggies -- King Bidgood's in the Bathtub)
Byron Barton  (Building a House -- I Want To Be an Astronaut -- Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs -- My Car)
David Shannon and Mo Willems  (No, David! / David Shannon -- A Bad Case of Stripes / David Shannon -- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! / Mo Willems -- Knuffle Bunny / Mo Willems)
David Small  (Imogene's Antlers -- George Washington's Cows -- The Gardener / Sarah Stewart ; ill. David Small -- The Library / Sarah Stewart ; ill. David Small)
Denise Fleming  (Alphabet under Construction -- Barnyard Banter -- In the Small, Small Pond -- Mama Cat Has Three Kittens)
Don Freeman  (Corduroy -- A Pocket for Corduroy -- Norman the Doorman -- Beady Bear)
Donald Crews  (Freight Train -- Truck -- School Bus – Parade)
Ed Young and Allen Say  (Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood Story from China / Ed Young -- Seven Blind Mice / Ed Young -- The Bicycle Man / Allen Say -- Grandfather's Journey / Allen Say)
Eric Carle  (The Very Hungry Caterpillar -- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? / Bill Martin, Jr. ; ill. Eric Carle -- The Grouchy Ladybug -- Do You Want to Be My Friend?)
Eve Rice and Robert Kraus  (Sam Who Never Forgets / Eve Rice -- Benny Bakes a Cake / Eve Rice -- Whose Mouse Are You? / Robert Kraus ; ill. Jose Aruego -- Leo the Late Bloomer / Robert Kraus ; ill. Jose Aruego)
Ezra Jack Keats  (Peter's Chair -- Over in the Meadow -- Whistle for Willie -- The Snowy Day)
Gene Zion and Russell Hoban  (Harry the Dirty Dog / Gene Zion ; ill. Margaret Bloy Graham -- Harry by the Sea / Gene Zion ; ill. Margaret Bloy Graham -- Bread and Jam for Frances / Russell Hoban ; ill. Lillian Hoban -- Bedtime for Frances / Russell Hoban ; ill. Garth Williams)
H. A. Rey and Bernard Waber  (Curious George / H. A. Rey -- Katy No-Pocket / Emmy Payne ; ill. H. A. Rey -- Ira Sleeps Over / Bernard Waber -- Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile / Bernard Waber)
James Marshall  (George and Martha -- Goldilocks and the Three Bears -- Miss Nelson Is Missing / Harry Allard ; ill. James Marshall -- Space Case / by Edward Marshall ; pictures by James Marshall)
Judi Barrett and David Shannon  (Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing / Judi Barrett ; ill. Ron Barrett -- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs / Judi Barrett ; ill. Ron Barrett -- Duck on a Bike / David Shannon -- A Bad Case of Stripes / David Shannon)
Kevin Henkes  (Chester's Way -- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse -- Julius : the Baby of the World – Chrysanthemum)
Leo Lionni  (Frederick -- Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse -- Swimmy -- Inch by Inch)
Lois Ehlert  (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom / by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; ill. by Lois Ehlert -- Eating the Alphabet -- Planting a Rainbow -- Feathers for Lunch)
Margaret Wise Brown  (The Important Book -- The Little Island -- Goodnight Moon --The Runaway Bunny)
Marjorie Flack and Ludwig Bemelmans  (The Story About Ping / Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese -- Angus and the Ducks / Marjorie Flack -- Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans -- Madeline's Rescue / Ludwig Bemelmans)
Mark Teague  (How I Spent My Summer Vacation -- Pigsty -- Dear Mrs. LaRue : Letters From Obedience School -- How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? / Jane Yolen and Mark Teague -- Cómo Dan las Buenas Noches los Dinosaurios? / Jane Yolen and Mark Teague)
Maurice Sendak  (Chicken Soup With Rice -- Little Bear / Else Holmelund Minarik ; ill. by Maurice Sendak -- Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present / Charlotte Zolotow ; ill. by Maurice Sendak -- Where the Wild Things Are)
Pat Hutchins  (Rosie's Walk -- The Doorbell Rang -- Good-night Owl -- 1 Hunter)
Patricia Polacco (The Keeping Quilt -- Just Plain Fancy -- My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother -- Babushka's Doll)
Paul Galdone  (The three little pigs -- Three little kittens -- The gingerbread boy -- The three bears)
Robert McCloskey  (Burt Dow : Deep-water Man -- Blueberries for Sal -- Time of Wonder -- Make Way for Ducklings)
Rosemary Wells  (Yoko -- Shy Charles -- Morris's Disappearing Bag -- Bunny Cakes)
Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson (A Hole Is To Dig / Ruth Krauss; ill. Maurice Sendak -- The Carrot Seed / Ruth Krauss ; ill. Crockett Johnson -- Harold and the Purple Crayon / Crockett Johnson -- The Happy Day / Ruth Krauss ; ill. Marc Simont)
Steven Kellogg  (Is Your Mama a Llama? / written by Deborah Guarino ; ill. by Steven Kellogg -- The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash / by Trinka Hakes Noble ; pictures by Steven Kellogg -- The Mysterious Tadpole -- The Island of the Skog)
Tomie dePaola  (The Baby Sister -- Charlie Needs a Cloak -- The Art Lesson -- Strega Nona)
Virginia Lee Burton  (Maybelle the Cablecar -- Katy and the Big Snow -- The Little House -- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel)
William Steig  (Brave Irene – The Amazing Bone -- Doctor De Soto -- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble)
Area teachers: Please use this form to request books to be used in your classroom. The library staff will create a collection geared to your topics or specific titles and notify you when the collection is ready to be picked up.
If you have any questions, please call Rodman Public Library's Children's Department at 330-821-2665 x224.
Classroom collections are extended loans of materials teachers select to use in the classroom. The service is available in the Children's Department of the Main Library, Branch, or on the Bookmobile.
Classroom collections allow a teacher to keep library materials together in the classroom for the duration of a particular study unit. Up to 150 items may be borrowed for classroom use. We regret that materials for personal use are not eligible for the extended loan period. This includes any adult materials.
When you have selected the materials you wish to borrow as a classroom collection, please let the Staff know as you present them for check-out. The loan period for classroom collections is 8 weeks.
The staff is willing to select materials for you if you give them at least one week's notice. We will use our professional expertise to make the selections or you may give us a bibliography. For your convenience, you may select your materials from our online catalog and then e-mail the list to the Children's Department.
A special online form  is also available for your use.
Both of these tools may be used outside the Library. The staff will select materials based on your criteria and prepare them for you to pick up at your convenience.
Because others are often waiting to use the materials, we ask that you return as many books as possible on the due date. However, materials in classroom collections may be renewed for an additional 28 days, if they are not on reserve for another patron. A maximum of three renewals (28 days each) may be made. For your convenience, renewals may be made by calling the library at (330) 821-2665 or online .
At the end of the loan period, you will receive an overdue reminder of any items not returned. After the first two-month loan period, we reserve the right to recall items which have been requested by other patrons. If an item is recalled, it is not eligible for renewal. We will notify you of items which need to be recalled.
For further information on borrowing teacher collections for use in your classroom, contact the Children's Department at (330) 821-2665 x224.
Homework help - Try Know It Now 
Caldecott Connections/Newberys & the Net 
For those seeking information or lesson ideas about Caldecott or Newbery award winners, this site is a honey. You'll find links to material on authors and illustrators and related books and Web sites. Here, too, is access to appropriate lesson plans and Webquests that teachers and homeschoolers and homeschooling parents will find very useful.
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature 
Need a source of information on just about every award-winning children's book? This exhaustive site offers searchable information about 60 children's book awards. A selection of search fields can help that match very specific criteria.
RIF Reading Planet 
Getting kids excited about reading isn't always easy. That's where this great Web site, for kids in grades K-8, comes in handy. The Java-based activities and games offer plenty of fun and all are geared to stimulate interest in books and reading.
National Network for Immunizations information 
This site provides parents with detailed information about why it's important to immunize their children, what the immunizations protect against and how they benefit the child. The site also allows parents to check their state's immunization requirements for school entry. It also answers many parents' frequently asked questions.
What Your Child Should Know for School 
This Family Education site helps parents better prepare their children for school through numerous articles that review what children should know when they start kindergarten, how to deal with bullies and to keep safe, milestones, troubles at school and parent involvement at the school. The site covers these and other topics for all the other grades as well. There are "skill builders" that guide parents who want to help their children gain appropriate academic skill for each grade.
Rebus Rhymes 
Designed for the parents and teachers of beginning readers.
Kids Craft Recipes 
Looking for public domain recipes for modeling dough, finger paint, clay, or bubble stuff? This is a great place to start. Not only does this site provide simple recipes and instructions, but many also include ideas for involving kids in the process.
Nutrition Exploration 
Students are able to create their own snack recipes and print them out. "Make a Shake" is an interactive game where users place their favorite items in a blender to create the perfect smoothie. "Kids Kitchen" offers recipes geared to please kids ages K-6. "Breakfast Detective" gives clues for an entertaining matching game.
Dinosaur Jokes 
This web site is full of silly (and some downright corny) dinosaur jokes that younger kids can understand.
Our children's site features our mascot based on Dewey the Goldfish who lived in a fishbowl in the Children’s Department at the Main Library on Broadway Street. Dewey was brought to life by Kathy Gray Farthing, a local illustrator and graphic artist who owns Farthing Graphic Design.
For our new website, Kathy has created a friend for Dewey, named Herman the Hermit Crab.
Dewey is also available in PDF form to print out and color:
Dewey the Artist 
Dewey the Detective 
Here are some pictures of Dewey engaged in various fun library activities:
Dewey Reads a Good Book
Dewey the Artist
Dewey Enjoys Playing Checkers with a Friend
Dewey Reads to a Little Friend
Dewey Listens to Music
Dewey Looks for Clues to a Mystery
Dewey Enjoys the Summer Sunshine
Dewey Waves and Says, "Thank You for Visiting!"
Wee Read, a program offered by Rodman Library’s Children’s Department, is designed to introduce children to books, fingerplays and music incorporating the six early learning skills. Patrons, ages birth through two years, and their parents or caregivers are invited to Wee Read, Monday evenings, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday mornings, from 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Wee Read will be held in the Children’s Program Room at Rodman Main Library. Sessions last 20-30 minutes. No registration is required. Come as often as you like. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
The Caldecott medal is presented annually  to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. It is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
The Award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of the United States.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.
Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) is often called the “father of the picture book”.
The award was first given in 1938 to Dorothy P. Lathrop for Animals of the Bible , with text selected by Helen Dean Fish from the King James Bible.
Two artists have won the medal three times: Marcia Brown (1955-Cinderella, or, the Little Glass Slipper , 1962-Once a Mouse , 1983-Shadow ) and David Wiesner (1992-Tuesday , 2002-The Three Pigs , 2007-Flotsam ).
Five married couples have won the award together: Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire , Leo and Diane Dillon , Berta and Elmer Hader , Maud and Miska Petersham , and Alice and Martin Provensen .
Both Leonard Weisgard and Jon Klassen won the award and had an honor book in the same year. In 1947 Weisgard won for The Little Island  and received an honor award for Little Lost Lamb . In 2013 Klassen won for This Is Not My Hat and received an honor award for Extra Yarn .
Maurice Sendak won the award in 1964 for Where the Wild Things Are  and has the most honor books (7).
Alliance, Ohio artist Brinton Cassaday Turkle had a Caldecott Honor book in 1970 for Thy Friend, Obadiah .
1970 winner William Steig  was the creator of Shrek.
2000 winner Simms Taback  created the art for the first McDonald’s Happy Meal box, circa 1977.
2008 winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret , written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, is the longest (533 pages and 284 pictures).