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The Library Foundation offers many vehicles through which caring members of the community can support their library and its mission:

Powers donation

The Library Board of Trustees honored the Powers family in recognition of the Edward W. Powers donation for the Teen Program Fund. Seen above are: (from left) Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel, Catherine Powers, Emily Powers, Development Director Deborah Liptak, Trustee President Dr. David Ritchie.

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County honors the Edward W. Powers Charitable Fund for a generous donation in his memory of $48,000 for teen programming. With this, the Library Foundation has established the
Edward W. Powers Teen Program Fund
The Powers Family notes that this fund is special because it combines two things that were very important to Edward W. Powers and his wife, Alice: supporting youth and supporting their educational endeavors.

Western Reserve Elementary Students Raise Money for Tri-Lakes Library  

trilakes-student-donationMay 26, 2015 - Members of the third grade class at Western Reserve Elementary School in Berlin Center, OH, donated $250 to the Tri-Lakes Branch Library Fundraising Campaign.

Pictured are: (front, from left) Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director; Alyvia Hughes and Lisa Eichert, third graders at Western Reserve Elementary; School Principal Debbie Farelli; (back) Nancy Kimpton and Janet Donaldson, members of the Tri-Lakes Library Fundraising Campaign.

The Tri-Lakes Library, located in North Jackson, is a branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. “It is so heartwarming to see students giving of their time and energy to raise money for the Library that they love so much! They are special young Philanthropists!” The Library is so grateful for this donation,” said Mrs. Liptak. For more information on how to donate, call the Development Office at 330.740.6086

Library Trustees Honor Centofanti Foundation for Large Donation to Canfield Library Capital Campaign

Centofanti Donation
Library Trustees honored the James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation for a generous donation of $200,000 to the Canfield Library Capital Campaign. Pictured, from left, are: Trustee President Dr. David Ritchie, Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel, Library Development Director Deborah Liptak, David Centofanti (son), Dante Zambrini, Joseph Centofanti (brother), Mark Graham and Carol Potter.

YOUNGSTOWN (January 22, 2015) – At their meeting today, the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County honored The James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation for their generous donation of $200,000 to the capital campaign for the new Canfield Library.

The foundation made the donation October 23, 2014, and is the largest donor to-date in the campaign for the new library, which is currently under construction at 43 West Main St., Canfield. The previous library closed in September and a groundbreaking was held on October 3 for the new building.

Plans have been in the works for nearly a decade for this new Canfield Library and the Library Board of Trustees has been saving money for the project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly. The community has been involved in fundraising activities.

The previous Canfield Library, built in 1969, is 5,104 square feet. The new branch will be 18,514 square feet. Construction is expected to take one year to a year and a half. Project estimated cost is $4.9 million. Architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro. General Contractor is Hudson Construction.

Dr. David Ritchie, president of the Library Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude to the Centofanti Foundation for their generous support of the new Canfield Library. “The Library is pleased to accept the generous donation of $200,000 from the Centofanti Foundation. It is heartening to know that the Foundation honoring James and Coralie Centofanti has placed such trust in the Mahoning County library system. We know the community will be pleased with its new library, once it opens later this year. Donations such as this help make our library system and our local libraries strong.”

Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel said, “We’re very excited about this new library in Canfield. We strongly believe it will enrich the community in so many ways. And with that in mind, gifts like this wonderful donation from the Centofanti Foundation show that the community is behind its library and reaffirm our belief that the community believes in the importance of libraries. This show of support warms our hearts and we are deeply grateful.”

Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director, said, “The Library is grateful that this contribution to the new Canfield Library reflects the legacy of the Centofantis and their wishes for their community.”
For more information on how you can support your library, contact the Library’s Development Department at 330.740.6086.

James and Coralie Centofanti
James Centofanti was born in Sulmona, Italy, and immigrated to the United States as a young boy. He grew up in Youngstown and served in the Marines during World War II. Following the war, Mr. Centofanti was a business owner, philanthropist and horseman. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank, Canfield. His philanthropic efforts benefitted numerous organizations in the Canfield area, particularly educational and community efforts. Mrs. Coralie Centofanti passed away in 1999 and James Centofanti in 2010.

Rotary donationThe Library thanks Rotary Clubs for their generous support of Summer Reading Rotary donation


Seen from left are Mark Cole, President of the Rotary Club of Austintown; Randy Swartz, President of the Rotary Club of Canfield; and Jay Summer, President of the Rotary Club of Boardman



Home Savings donation

Thank you to Home Savings for your generosity! Home Savings donation


James Sebastian, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Home Savings Poland Office, presented Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel (right) and Development Director Deborah Liptak with $125 in honor of the bank's 125th anniversary



Martha MuranskyThe Library Foundation established the Martha Muransky Children’s Literacy Fund to support Children’s Summer Reading and children’s literacy programs




Giving to the Library

  • Donations to the Library help to promote literacy, provide Library materials and services, contribute to special programming and author/illustrator visits, and so much more.
  • Donations are a special way of remembering a person or occasion.
  • Donations can be in your name, in honor of another person or an organization, or in memory of someone special.
  • The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Gifts to the Library may be deductible for income tax purposes as provided by law.

Gifts and Memorials

How can you add more books to library shelves?
Consider a gift to funds within The Library Foundation.

Gifts and Memorials brochure
John H. Clarke Fund - books. 

Myron S. Roh Fund - books. 

Ruth Bowers Fund - youth programming/services.

Elizabeth Lowmiller Barnhill Fund - services for children.

Consider Donating to a Library Capital Campaign

Building and maintaining top quality libraries is a priority. Our new libraries provide a way for donors to make a valuable contribution to both The Library and the community. Consider a donation to one of The Library’s building projects.

>>Newport Library >>East Library  >>Springfield Library
>>Austintown Library >>Poland Library >>Tri-Lakes Library
>>Canfield Library (contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086)

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The Library's Literary Society is a celebration of reading and literacy and how they enrich our lives. The Literary Society's goal is to offer enriching programs by bringing in noted authors and illustrators.  

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 DeborahLiptakTo find out more about how your gift can make a lasting difference in your community, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at: (330) 740-6086, or click here to email: