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Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”

The Latest From Sarah



Hello, lovely readers! Happy Pride Month! June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with some representation in YA books. If you would like more books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, check out the Stonewall Awards. Each year, the American Library Association recognizes books (for all ages) for excellence relating to the LGBTQ+… read more >>

Calling Teen Volunteers!

teen volunteers

Hi, everyone!  Things are a little crazy right now, and a lot of us are stuck at home.  School is winding down, too, and the opportunities for summer jobs might not be as good as they were in previous years.  So what can you do?  Virtual volunteering, of course!  Volunteering from home is great way to help… read more >>

The Gaming Community in YA

gaming teen

Hello, readers and gamers!  The gaming community spans the globe, and there is something for everyone.  So, whether you’re trying to grow your own Bell tree in Animal Crossing, waiting for the next season of Fortnite, or just a casual player who dabbles in different games, there’s a book out there for you.   In fact, you could check out some of these!… read more >>

YA Star Wars Books

may the 4th be with you

Hello, Jedi and Sith!  May the 4th be with you!  And it will be with these awesome YA Star Wars books available in Overdrive and Hoopla.  No matter what color your lightsaber is, there’s sure to be a book on this list you’ll enjoy! Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston Fan favorite Ahsoka is back,… read more >>

Crochet Basics with Sarah

A girl showing how to crochet

Hi, everyone! Are you ready to learn to crochet? It’s not scary, I promise!  It does take some time, so just remember to be patient.     And don’t forget to check the Library’s amazing online resources!  RBDigital has two crochet magazines that you can borrow online with your library card number. Keep reading for some great… read more >>

Celebrate Earth Day: Explore Your Neighborhood Bingo


Looking for an easy outdoor activity? Celebrate Earth Day by putting the phones away and trying Neighborhood Bingo! Hi, everyone!  I am Miss Sarah, a youth librarian with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  I have a created a little activity to help your family get outside and get some off-screen time—Neighborhood Bingo!  As… read more >>