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Born in the Mahoning Valley and lived in Washington D.C and Pittsburgh. I love learning new skills and cultivating hobbies. I’m usually sitting in front of a computer, which is my favorite place to be. I love teaching coding, 3d design and getting people of all ages to enjoy technology. You can see me at the Austintown and Michael Kusalaba libraries.

The Latest From Carla

Your New Family Engagement Area at Main Library

Play area

We proudly welcome you to our new Family Engagement Area! Come visit us at Main Library and explore our youth collections, and activities for all ages! Family engagement is a shared responsibility among families, educators, and communities to support children’s learning and development. Family engagement begins at birth and continues through young adulthood. It happens… read more >>

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th calendar

Friday the 13th is a day that makes everyone a little uneasy! But why? Where did this superstition come from?  Historians are not sure why, or when, Friday the 13th became a superstitious date, but they are able to see patterns throughout history that may explain how it happened. In Western cultures, the number 12… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Matzo balls

Pot of cooked matzo balls

Matzo balls are a simple and tasty way to fancy up your favorite soup! This quick recipe will help complete your Passover Seder, if you’re in a rush.      Ingredients  6 large eggs  ½ cup melted schmaltz   6 Tbsp. chicken broth  3 Tbsp. dill  ¾ tsp. freshly ground pepper  2 Tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. kosher salt … read more >>

Dreidel Game


The 8 days of Hanukkah are under way! One of the most fun ways to celebrate is by playing the dreidel game and hoping luck is on your side. During Hanukkah, children (and adults!) spin four-sided tops, or dreidels, and play a game for delicious chocolate coins, known as gelt. You can have as many people play as you want and the… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Easy to Make Latkes


Hanukkah is just around the corner! It’s time to get out the schmaltz and start frying up some delicious latkes!   No, latkes aren’t just hash browns and yes, they will be the best thing you have ever eaten. This is a European Jewish (Ashkenazi) dish that is essential for any good Hanukkah celebration. Even though you think “potato” when you hear latke, there are many… read more >>