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Hello everyone! I'm Brianna and I am a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Working at the library is a dream come true! There is nothing better than being surrounded by books all day long. It is perfect! When I'm not at the library, I spend most of my time playing with my son, Dean, and my three dogs! I have two huskies, Strider and Oakley, and one boxer named Izzy. They keep me pretty busy, but whenever I have a spare moment there is a YA novel in my hands. I am always looking for my next great read!

The Latest From Brianna

Take Learning Outdoors with PLYMC

Story trail at Poland

Whether you have a baby, toddler, or big kid at home the following outdoor learning activities are fun and adaptable for all ages!   PLYMC’s Story Trails: Take a walk and read a book at one of the Library’s Story Trials! The Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs. Families can walk, read, and enjoy… read more >>

How to Make a Gecko Keychain

beaded gecko keychain

Sign up and come to the Springfield Library on June 17th to learn how to make your very own gecko keychain! Can’t make it in? Beaded Gecko Craft Kits will be available for pick-up at the Springfield Library after the program. Come get them while supplies last! If you already have the supplies at home,… read more >>

Brain Teasers, Brain Puzzles, Books, and Cognitive Skills: Let’s Get Those Brains Working!

brain teaser puzzle for father and child

Brain teasers and brain puzzles promote the use of cognitive skills; which help improve the ability to learn, the use of problem-solving skills, and the ability to remember things. A brain teaser is short and requires one to “think outside the box” in order to determine the correct answer. Brain puzzles are games that challenge thinking! Some examples include; Crossword… read more >>

Wands at the Ready: It’s time to celebrate International Harry Potter Day!

Scarf, book and magic wand

Calling all Potterheads! This is a day created and celebrated just for you! In 2012, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, declared May 2nd International Harry Potter Day! This date was chosen because 23 years ago on May 2, 1998 the Battle of Hogwarts was fought. In Cameron’s official statement announcing the new holiday he said… read more >>

National Kindergarten Day! Let’s Celebrate!

children learning letters in kindergarten

Get out your crayons, markers, and pencils… it’s time to celebrate National Kindergarten Day! Each year on April 21st, we honor and celebrate the birthday of Friedrich Fröbel, the founder of kindergarten. Fröbel believed that children learn best through play and experience. He developed the first kindergarten in Germany in 1837. However, it wasn’t until… read more >>