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Kelly M.

Kelly is an Adult Librarian in the Canfield Unit at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Kelly loves all things bookish, from playing word games to dabbling with creative writing. And, of course, reading as many books as possible from all genres, though she especially enjoys romance and YA novels. Kelly also likes crafting, baking, listening to country music, and spending time with her family.

The Latest From Kelly M.

Cozy Mystery Animal Series

Mystery word on typewriter

To go along with this year’s Summer Discovery theme, Tails and Tales, here’s a list of 12 cozy mystery series featuring some of our favorite furry friends! Check out the titles below for animal-loving amateur sleuths! Remember, if you sign up for Summer Discovery, you can earn points and win cool prizes! To sign up,… read more >>

It’s National Scrabble Day!

Scrabble board game

Dust off your dictionaries, put on your thinking caps, and pull out your Scrabble boards because today is National Scrabble Day! The ever-challenging, yet highly entertaining word game has been helping people practice their spelling skills and build their vocabularies for over 70 years! To celebrate National Scrabble day, let’s take a look at the… read more >>

Travel Adventure Books for When You Can’t Travel

Young hiker on the pages of book. Travel

Let’s travel!  Well, sorta … Have you always wanted to travel somewhere exotic? Or have a crazy adventure traveling from country to country? In this list you’ll find inspirational stories from people who challenged themselves to travel somewhere they had never been. Each book offers a glimpse into another extraordinary voyage across foreign territory.    Alone in Antarctica, by Felicity Aston Accompany… read more >>

It’s Toni Morrison Day!


Today, February 18th, is author Toni Morrison’s birthday! Not only was the renowned author an Ohio native, but the state of Ohio has passed a law that designates February 18th as Toni Morrison Day to celebrate and honor her tenacity to share her literary works with the world. As if that’s not cause enough to… read more >>

It’s Groundhog Day… again

Groundhog day in February

If every year you impatiently wait for February 2nd so you can watch Bill Murray’s comical antics as he relives Groundhog Day over and over, then this list of read-alikes and watch-alikes is for you! Listed below are ten books and ten movies time travel fans are sure to enjoy!   Books:  Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson  Ursula Todd is… read more >>