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Alex Harper is the Assistant Supervisor and Youth Services Team Leader for the Newport Unit of PLYMC.

She loves working with Tweens and Teens and providing school outreach. She runs Project LIT Youngstown, PLYMC’s chapter of Project LIT Community, a national grassroots literacy movement.

Alex wholeheartedly believes that books have the power to change the trajectory of one’s life and is committed to ensuring that all young people can find a book that represents their unique story.

When not working, she can be found creating bookish art, making things out of yarn, or eating ice cream.

The Latest From Alex

Young Adult Nonfiction by Black Authors

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Amplify and celebrate Black voices by adding these YA books by Black authors to you TBR. YA Nonfiction by Black Authors: Books, eBooks and Audiobooks Available for Curbside Pickup and in Hoopla and OverDrive  Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi  This Book Is Anti-racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell   Just Mercy: Adapted… read more >>

YA Graphic Novels by Black Authors and Illustrators

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Amplify and celebrate Black voices by adding these YA graphic novels by Black authors and illustrators to your TBR. Books and eBooks Available for Curbside Pickup. YA Graphic Novels by Black Authors and Illustrators: Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy   Walter Dean Myer’s Monster: A Graphic Novel by Guy A. Sims  Shuri: 1, The Search for Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor  March: Book One by John Lewis  Hip Hop Family… read more >>

Everywhere Book Fest

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Register Now for Everywhere Book Fest! Enjoy the book festival experience straight from your living room! The #EverywhereBookFest is a free, 2-day virtual event taking place on May 1-2. Celebrating picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors, illustrators, books, and readers, Everywhere Book Fest is bringing everyone the book festival experience straight to their living room! You can find them… read more >>

Free Audiobooks for Teens!


Are you at least 13 years of age and love audiobooks? Join SYNC 2020 and receive 2 free audiobooks every week through July 29, 2020! Starting April 30, 2020, Teens 13+ can download 2 thematically paired audiobooks each week through SYNC’s free summer audiobook program. You can register for SYNC 2020 at, and be sure to download Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive through Google and Apple,… read more >>

Project Lit Youngstown Writing Prompts


Join Project LIT Youngstown in participating in Project LIT Writing Prompts inspired by The Crossover, hosted by Project LIT Community Share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram @projectLITytown and @librarymahoningcounty and on Twitter @projectLITytown and @PLYMC Be sure to take a look at HMH Books official excerpt of the new Graphic Novel Adaptation of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 

Daily Lessons & Read-Alouds

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With your kids being out of school due to COVID-19 you may be looking for some fun and creative ways to keep them entertained. Here is a list of some of my favorite online daily lessons and read alouds provided by some of our favorite authors! Daily Video Lessons Emily Arrow – At Home with… read more >>