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Check out the library’s exciting new service: Dial A Story!

If you love story times and audiobooks or you want to participate in library programs but don’t have access to a computer, you can simply call our special phone number to hear recordings read by librarians and special guests.  We read picture books, chapter books, poetry, short stories, original writings, STEAM/Science info, writing or art prompts, and even tips for self-improvement.  We offer a variety of recordings for every age group, for children, teens, and adults.  It’s fun for people of all ages!

Call our Dial A Story service at 234-287-2020.  (No worries, 234 is a local area code for Mahoning County.)  Anytime, day or night, 24/7!

We update our recordings each month, and typically feature special themes.  So keep checking back for new favorites, next chapters, and lots of other goodies!

Our current readings for the month of May are listed below, with their respective menu number.

For Youth:

Picture Books and Stories:

  1. The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh – read by Miss Amy
  2. Where Is My Balloon? by Ariel Bernstein – read by Miss Amy
  3. Basic Manners by Ann Ingalls – read by Ms. Tracy
  4. Father’s Day by Ann Heinrichs – read by Ms. Tracy
  5. Me and the Measure of Things by Joan Sweeney – read by Ms. Tracy
  6. Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion – read by Ms. Vikki
  7. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae – read by Ms. Julie
  8. Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won – read by Ms. Julie

Chapter Books:

Nancy Drew: The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene – read by Vikki and Annette (customer request)

9. Chapters 1-2
10. Chapters 3-4
11. Chapters 5-6
12. Chapters 7-8
13. Chapters 9-10
14. Chapters 11-12
15. Chapters 13-14
16. Chapters 15-16
17. Chapters 17-18
18. Chapter 19-20

For All Ages:

19. The Youngstown Playhouse presents “Salt and Bread.”

For Teens:

20. Reviews of YA Books – read by Kelly M.

For Adults:

21. An excerpt from Candy: The Sweet History by Beth Kimmerle – read by Kelly M. (for National Candy Month)
22. Cleveland Rocks: Armchair Travel to Cleveland, Ohio – read by Kelly K.

Happy listening!

If there is anything specific you would love to hear on our Dial-a-Story, email your suggestions to


Kelly is a librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As the Adult Programming Specialist, her focus is bringing adults the library programs they love.  (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!).  She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books.  She believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library.  Including friends.


Pam is the Library’s Early Learning Team Leader. She enjoys and believes in the power of reading aloud with children. She is known to still occasionally read aloud to her teenage children.