The East Branch Library opened on January 24, 2009, and was dedicated on February 16, 2009. More information about this new branch, its planning, its history, what it offers, can be found in the special edition informational brochure:

Learn more about the new East Branch Library

Dedication Program
East Library,
February 16, 2009

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New East Library Now Open

The newly constructed East Branch Library, located at 430 Early Rd., Youngstown, OH 44505, opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009.

A formal dedication and community celebration was held at 10 AM on Monday, February 16, 2009. The library was officially presented to the community and there was entertainment and refreshments. Festivities began with the YSU Gospel Singers.

Library Director Carlton A. Sears notes, "We believe this new library will reflect the wants and needs of the community, from its up-to-date technology and Internet access, to a community meeting room, to the classic but contemporary look and feel of both the building and its furnishings.  We are also pleased that this branch is energy efficient and includes 'green architecture' materials and designs which will help the environment, while cutting costs."

Sears says that comments from the community played a big part in the planning of this new branch. “We held several meetings to gather community input and we were able to incorporate many of the fine suggestions into the finished plans."

The new library was designed by The 4M Company, Architects and Planners. General Contractor was Brock Builders, Inc., of Boardman. Cost of the project is approximately $2.8 million.

The previous East Library, located on N. Jackson St., was constructed in 1930 and consists of 1,500 square feet of library space. The new branch far exceeds that size, with some 9,000 square feet of library space.The current East Library closed permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, to prepare for the move to this new location at 430 Early Rd., Youngstown, OH 44505. The phone number is 330.744.8636.

Architect is The 4M Company.
General Trades Contractor, Brock Builders, Inc., of Boardman, $1,296,330. 
Plumbing Trades, Ellyson Plumbing and Heating Co., Inc., of Salem, $79,179.
Electrical Trades, “Joe” Dickey Electric, Inc., of North Lima , $268,990. 
Windows and Exterior Doors, Gunton Corporation, Cleveland, $229,865.
Mechanical, York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors, Youngstown , $109,800.
Casework, Interior Products, Inc., Cleveland , $65,464.
Landscape/Pavers, Landscape by Design, Youngstown , $103,738
Flooring, Patella Carpet & Tile, $33,860.00

Library Unveiled Look of New Branch in July of 2007

NEWS RELEASE July 26, 2007 – After months of planning, The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County today unveiled designs for a new branch library at the corner of East High Avenue and Early Road. The new library, estimated to cost nearly $2.3 million, demonstrates The Library's commitment to the City of Youngstown.

At a news conference this morning, Carlton A. Sears, Library Director, spoke to a group of interested citizens about the new project. “We are happy to show the completed designs of this new building, which came as a result of input from various community groups, staff input and months of planning with The 4M Company Architects."

"We believe this new library will reflect the wants and needs of the community, from its up-to-date technology and Internet access, to community meeting rooms, to a cafe, to the classic but contemporary look and feel of both the building and its furnishings.  We are also pleased that this branch will include 'green architecture' materials and designs which will help the environment, while cutting costs."

Sears notes that comments from the community played a big part in the planning of this new branch. “We held several meetings to gather community input and we were able to incorporate many of the fine suggestions into the finished plans."

Also present to address the group was Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, who has been supportive of the Library’s new projects in the City of Youngstown; Library Board President Dr. David Ritchie; and representatives from The 4M Company, architects for the project, Robert Mastriana, Paul Mastriana and James Yoder.

Mayor Jay Williams noted: “The Board of Trustees, as well as the director and staff of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, have shown their unwavering commitment to Mahoning County and to the community of Youngstown.”

He commended The Library for being dedicated to building a “unique” facility that incorporates the best of the newest libraries built in the county, and then taking it a step above and beyond for the newest of the city libraries.

“I am certainly impressed with the green technology that will be incorporated into this building,” the Mayor said.

The Mayor commended The Library for working with the community to ensure that this branch reflected the wants and needs of the area. And he thanked the community for its participation in the design.

On a personal note, Mayor Williams expressed the importance this new branch has to him: “This library certainly holds a special place in my heart because I grew up on Early Road and spent a good deal of time at the current East Library.”

Among other features, the new one-story building will include a Chapters Café with seating area, a meeting room, a children's area, teen area, computers with the latest technology and Internet access, audio/visual materials, and much more.

A unique feature to this new branch will be an Early Literacy area, which will go hand-in-hand with the Baby Brilliant program. “Studies have shown how important certain pre-literacy skills are when working with babies from birth to 5 years of age. Our Baby Brilliant programs help babies learn pre-literacy skills and demonstrate techniques to parents, teachers and caregivers to help babies become successful readers,” Sears says. “In this new branch, we have an opportunity to design a special area with books, toys and furnishings that can be used by families to bring Baby Brilliant to life. We are excited about this new area and the seeds for this idea came from input at our community meetings.”

Construction is expected to begin in late fall and the project should be complete by late spring 2008.

The current East Library, located at 6 N. Jackson St., is expected to remain open until the new building is ready. The current East Library was constructed in 1930 and consists of 1,500  square feet of library space. The new branch far exceeds that size, with some 9,000 square feet of library space.

Project Overview from Architect Robert Mastriana , The 4M Company Architects

We designed the new East Library to take on the civic role as a community center much like the Poland, Austintown and Springfield branches, also designed by The 4M Company, have become to their respective communities.

Along with the new East High School, which is just down the street, this library is designed to anchor the community, become a highly visible center of civic life, and become a catalyst to the revitalization of the area.

The exterior design relates to several other libraries within the Mahoning County library system designed by The 4M Company Architects, while also reflecting on the intrinsic ethnic uniqueness of each community.

For the East Library, a stucco exterior was chosen. This branch features lively gathering places such as an outdoor courtyard, meeting rooms, a café and reading areas.

This branch library also features an expansive amount of glass window walls, allowing the interior of the library to explode with natural lighting.

Distinctive circular clerestory windows will daylight the cathedral ceilings and draw your eye upward to the ornamental ironwork supporting the roof structure. The library's interior will also be accented by attractive circular columns.

The interior furnishings will be a stylish classical contemporary to reflect community input and give the branch its own distinct look. In fact, the design of all the exterior and interior elements of the project, though contemporary in nature are also traditional, so that the building and its furnishings never become dated. That goal is reflected in the use of gable roofs, as well as other timeless building forms.

The library will have a strong connection to the community, an inviting entry with a beautifully landscaped plaza and parking areas, and heavy use of glass which will make the building transparent, allowing the community to see the activity within.

The East Library is going to be at the cutting edge of sustainable architecture, keeping the Mahoning County library system at the forefront of environmental consciousness.

This design provides The  Library with significant benefits such as energy, water and operational cost savings; improved air quality; increased productivity; but more importantly, it shows the community The  Library's commitment to a better, brighter future for our forthcoming generations.

These goals are achieved through attention to proper site selection, building form, glass properties and location, material selection, heating, cooling, ventilation, daylighting and water conservation strategies.

Another sustainable feature is the saving of most all the trees on the site. Additional trees will be planted adjacent to the building to naturally cool and buffer while producing enough oxygen to counterbalance the energy usage of the building.

All of these sustainable features should provide an annual savings of thousands of dollars realizing a substantial financial benefit to the Library.


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