Pat Stone and Harry Paidas to Present at CLP

February 17, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The final Continued Learning Program (CLP) session of the month will take place on Tuesday, February 23 at the University of Mount Union. The program will be presented by Pat Stone, director of Rodman Public Library, and Harry Paidas, director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union. Stone and Paidas will present on the One Book One Community program.

Stone, a graduate of Mount Union and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Library Science, has served as director at Rodman for nine years. Prior to this position, she served as head of the Children’s Department at the library. She has also worked in school libraries, public libraries and the Mount Union library. Stone is also active in the Alliance community as a member of the Alliance Farmers’ Market Board, the Alliance Area Concert Association Board and the Alliance Woman’s Club, among other organizations.

Paidas recently retired as chair of the Department of Communication at Mount Union. In addition, he served as chief public relations officer at Mount Union for 26 years. He is a graduate of Mount Union and Northwestern University, where he received a master of science degree in journalism. Throughout his career, Paidas has worked in public relations at Wittenberg University, Capital University and the Mid-American Athletic Conference (MAC).

Paidas is also active in the Alliance community. He was named Alliance’s Citizen of the Year in 2009 and has served as the chairman of two boards – the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Board and the Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Board. He is a member of the Warren City Schools’ Alumni Hall of Fame and the Trumbull County Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also credited with being a founder of two successful ongoing community service projects – the One Book One Community program, which began in 2003, and the downtown Alliance Farmers’ Market, which began in 2008.

During their discussion, Stone and Paidas will share information regarding the One Book One Community program and how books are selected.

“I like the way the One Book One Community program can bring a group of people together in a community to discuss a variety of topics,” Stone said. “It is my hope that the program brings people out of their ‘comfort reading zone’ with a willingness to try reading something that they might not ordinarily pick up.”

CLP sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Following the presentation and discussion, attendees are welcome to stay for lunch at the Kresge Dining Commons ($7). For more information about the CLP sessions, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or


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