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Erin is the Chief Experience Officer for the library. She is passionate about connecting the community to the library through programs, books, and library services.  When not spreading a love for the library, she is reading her favorite library book, "The Very Jolly Postman" to her children at home.

The Latest From Erin

Roommate Etiquette

It’s not completely ridiculous to say that, at some point in your life, you will probably have a roommate.  Whether it’s in the dorms at college, an apartment, or even a rental house, you will share a living space with someone.  And the way you behave with that person in the shared space can make or break… read more >>

Let’s Go to the Zoo

pig craft assembled

Hello Mahoning County! Are you like me and miss  being able to go anywhere, say the zoo?  Well, let’s do it! Let’s set up a zoo within our neighborhoods this July! This would be the same as the “Going on a Bear Hunt” everyone saw earlier this spring. See exotic animals as you walk your neighborhoods or at a library… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Pizzelles

Have you ever had a pizzelle before?  A pizzelle is a type of waffle cookie. This waffle cookie started in the Abruzzo region in Italy.  Homemade pizzelles only require a few ingredients and an iron. Pizzelles have something in common with a similar word, pizza. Both of these items are round and flat. Tradition says that both the pizzelle and the pizza started in the same region in Italy. This cookie was used… read more >>

Social Media Etiquette

Adulting 101

Social media has been around for what feels like forever.  But if you ask around, you can easily find someone who remembers what life was like before hashtags, profile pics, and oversharing.  And these same people probably also have some pretty good social media fail stories because we all learned as we went along.  So how… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Braided Bread

From beginning to end, the mastery of a good loaf of bread is fulfilling. There is nothing like the smell of it from the minute you open the yeast packet until you remove the loaves of fresh bread from the oven!  And, even if not done perfectly, you will have a finished product to eat- that is… read more >>

Summer Solstice

summer reading

June 20, 2020 marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The June solstice, or as it’s more commonly known as the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year because the Earth receives the longest period of sunlight. The sun is also at its highest point in the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere,… read more >>

What is an Apprenticeship?

Wait, what is apprenticeship? Simply put, the definition of an apprenticeship is a paid period of training that allows you to learn a skill or particular set of skills. Apprenticeships are available over a wide choice of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships can be called “the other 4-year degree”, as they offer an alternative to a… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Basic Cheesecake


Cheesecake is a super popular dessert. But it’s also super easy to make from scratch.  I’ve been making them for so long I don’t even need to look up my recipe anymore.  Follow along with these easy steps and pretty soon, you’ll be an expert on cheesecake too! Missy’s Basic Cheesecake: Ingredients: 4 packages (32 oz) cream… read more >>