Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Offered at Rodman Library
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
As a participant in this gifting program, Rodman Public Library is partnering with the Early Childhood Education Alliance and Greater Alliance Foundation to make this available to children within the 44601 zip code area. For more information, call the Rodman Library Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223 or register online at https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/affiliate/OHSTARK/.
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Rodman Public Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative for families with children ages 0-5 is designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: starting kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education, and an excellent way to get children ready to learn is to read to them. To that end, Rodman Public Library hopes the program will encourage families to read at least 1000 books to their children before they enter school. Find out more...
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Wee Read is offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Children, ages birth through two years, and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend. Wee Read includes stories, fingerplays, music and movement. Wee Read returns September 13th. For more information, call the Main Library Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Rodman Main Library will host Storytime for 3-5 year olds. Patrons may attend Storytime on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The goal of Storytime is to encourage life-long readers through stories, music, movement and activities. Pre-registration is not required. Storytime returns September 16th. Rodman Main is located at 215 E. Broadway St. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext 223.
Family Fun Night
On every Tuesday of the month, parents or caregivers are invited to participate in an entertaining evening with their preschool and school-aged children. For children ages 3 to 5, Storytime will offer music, interaction and stories. During this same time, all school-aged children will share in their own fun activities that are based on the S.T.E.A.M. program. No registration is needed. Storytime, for ages 3-5 only, continues every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Family Fun Night will return September 14th. For more information, call the Main Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Kids Book Club
Chapter Chat Book Club is for ages 8 to 12, and meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Each session will include book discussion, games and activities. Registration is required for a four-week checkout of a selected title one month in advance. To register, or for more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223. Kids Book Club begins again on September 15th.
Early literacy stations for children
Rodman Public Library has two Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. (AWE) Early Literacy Stations and desks for the Main Children's Department and one station available at the Branch. One bilingual Spanish computer is available at each the Main Library and the Branch. Read more