Rodman Public Library Programs Offer ‘Cultural’ Opportunities


ALLIANCE – Paint pumpkins. Listen to ghost stories. Solve puzzles in an escape room.

These are just a few of the events on offer this month at the Rodman Public Library. The agency continues to add new programs for children, teens and adults after the coronavirus pandemic halted in-person activities.

“Programming has always been an important part of the tradition here at the Rodman Public Library,” said Eric Taggart, director of the Rodman Public Library. “Offering a variety of programs for all types of ages. And I think we have a pretty good idea of ​​what types of programs are going to be okay with.”

When the pandemic forced Rodman to stop hosting face-to-face events, the library began offering virtual programs, such as storytelling hours, cooking demonstrations, and craft projects, on his YouTube channel. .

Staff were eager to create these programs online, Taggart said, but being in person again gave them the chance to not only bring back popular activities, but also introduce new ways to engage the community.

“Because we weren’t doing programming in person, I think there were a lot of ideas the staff had over the 18 months that we weren’t doing programs that just built up over time,” a- he declared.

New additions to Rodman’s roster of programs include a book club for true crime junkies, an adult crafting program, and Dungeons and Dragons groups for kids and adults.

Local history tends to be a popular topic among community members, Taggart said, so the library often partners with programs with the Alliance Historical Society and the Alliance Area Preservation Society.

“We think these are good programs to offer because it fits our mission to be an institution where education is a component,” he said.

Make changes

Although Taggart said the return of in-person programming has given the library a sense of normalcy, the agency has made changes to promote safety in light of the pandemic. Rodman requires customers to register for events and offers fewer spaces to limit the number of people in the auditorium at a time.

“We’ve had programs in the past where we’ve had maybe 80 or 90 people at a time. What we’re trying to do is offer programs multiple times, so that we can sort of split up. the group, ”he said. .

However, the small sessions did not stop people from participating. Rodman’s programs are as popular as they were before the pandemic, Taggart said, and people seem to be excited to be back in person.

“We haven’t had an adult program yet that is not yet complete,” he said.

Fill a gap

For Taggart, the Rodman Library programs help fill a cultural void in Carnation City.

“One gap I see here at Alliance is that there is no center for the arts,” he said. “The library, I think, plays a role in providing cultural opportunities that perhaps an arts center would typically provide. ”

Jack Weber, community relations specialist at the Rodman Public Library, agreed that the programs give people a chance to be creative while promoting literacy and meeting new people in the community.

Many clients, he said, will enter library programs without knowing anyone else involved and will leave after befriending others who have similar interests.

Looking ahead, Weber said the library will be hosting a variety of events over the next few months, including reading groups for different ages, Teen Nerf Night, and a preview of the presentation of “A Christmas Carol” by the Mount Union University.

To see the full schedule of Rodman’s programs, visit

Contact Paige at 330-580-8577 or [email protected], or on Twitter at @paigembenn.


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