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New Tri-Lakes Library Expected to Open July 22; 

Two Branches to Close for Move to New Tri-Lakes Branch Library 

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 3013 -- The North Jackson and Lake Milton/Craig Beach branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will be closing at the end of June in preparation for a move to the new Tri-Lakes Branch Library. The Tri-Lakes Branch is expected to open on or about July 22, barring any delays. Details were discussed at the Board of Trustees, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC), general session held June 13 in the Poland Library meeting room.

The Lake Milton/Craig Beach Branch will close at the end of business on Friday, June 28, and North Jackson Branch closes at the end of business on Saturday, June 22. a week earlier than expected due to technical difficulties with phone and Internet.

The two branch libraries are merging into a newer, larger facility located at 13820 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson. The new library for northwest portion of Mahoning County will be called the Tri-Lakes Branch Library, recognizing that it is located near three bodies of water, Berlin Lake, Meander Reservoir and Lake Milton. The project is on-budget and the cost is approximately $2.04 million for the 6,270 square-foot library.

Once open, hours at the new Tri-Lakes location will be:

Monday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, Closed

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Closed

To accommodate patrons who check out library materials at the current North Jackson or Lake Milton/Craig Beach branches from now until these libraries close, loan periods on materials from those two branches will be adjusted.  Of course, library materials can also be returned at any of the other branches in the PLYMC system or in book drops at PLYMC libraries, including Lake Milton/Craig Beach, as long as a book drop remains at that location, as well as the Austintown Branch Library.

An official dedication for the new building will take place after the building opens; the date will be announced at a later time. A fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 is currently underway for this branch. If you’re interested in donating, please call 330.740.6086.

In her report to the Board, Director Heidi Daniel mentioned that bids have been advertised for an architect for the Canfield Library building project and proposals are due June 18. The Library will again use a qualifications-based selection process.Trustees approved a motion to authorize the Building and Sites Committee to review the architect proposals for the Canfield Library and to make their recommendation to the Board.

Ms. Daniel updated the board on the ongoing Strategic Planning process.  Community input is a large part of the process. The Library received almost 2,000 completed surveys, which were available in April and May online and in hard copies at PLYMC libraries.  "The response was much more than we anticipated, much to our delight," she said. The results and data are being reviewed and analyzed. In addition, community conversations are taking place around the county. These small group conversations give people an opportunity to share their thoughts in an informal session. Both the survey and the community conversations include library customers and those who do not use the library. Public sessions will be held this summer, as well.

Ms. Daniel reported that Summer Reading began June 1 and had 1,500 registrants the first week. This is the first year we have offered online registration where our customers can register themselves and their children. Summer Reading offers programs for babies, kids, tweens, teens and adults.

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