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 and Storytime
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. For more information, call the Main Library Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Children's Play Group
Make friends, play, and share stories on every third or fourth Saturday in the Children’s Program Room from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This play group is designed for children to learn, socialize, and explore through play. It is aimed for birth to kindergarten ages with an adult caregiver, but all are welcome. No registration is needed. Please check our online calendar for dates at www.rodmanlibrary.com/calendar. Call the Main Library Children’s Department for more information at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
Chapter Chat 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.
A Tween Council is open to enthusiastic 4th to 6th graders who want to make a difference in the library. Tweens will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 4:15 p.m. to share ideas for upcoming programs, current trends, and what they and their peers are reading. Tween Council will meet in the Children’s Program Room and no registration is needed. For more information or to register, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223
Tales for Tails
Rodman Public Library offers children the chance to try their reading skills on local therapy dogs every second Saturday September through November. These specially trained dogs will “listen” to stories in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library.
All dogs that will be in attendance are members of Therapy Dogs International and the “Paws and Reflect” Pet Therapy group of Alliance Community Hospital. Studies have shown that children can become better readers when they regularly read aloud to dogs. An animal reading companion provides a relaxing, stress-free and non-judgmental “listening partner” for a beginning or struggling reader.
The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Fifteen minute time slots are available. Patrons may sign up in advance for a preferred time slot. Please check our online calendar for dates at http://rodmanlibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.
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