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

If you love story times and audiobooks, or if you want to participate in library programs but don’t have access to a computer, you can simply call in to our special phone number to hear recordings read by our 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.)  Anytime, day or night, 24/7! 

We update our recordings each month, and typically feature special themes (such as National Poetry Month, Arab American Heritage Month, Earth Day & World Autism Awareness Day in April).  So keep checking back for new favorites, next chapters, and lots of other goodies!   

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

For Youth:

Picture Books and Stories: 

1. I am a Kindness Hero, by Jennifer Adams – read by Ms. Amy 

2. Caring for your Lion, by Tammi Sauer – read by Ms. Tracy 

3. If You Were Night, by Muon Van – read by Ms. Tracy 

4. I Promise, by LeBron James – read by Ms. Tracy 

5. Under My Hijab, by Hena Khan – read by Ms. Lindsay (Arab American Heritage Month)

6. Ilyas & Duck Search for Allah, by Omar Khawaja – read by Ms. Lindsay (Arab American Heritage Month)

7. Hopewell Theater presents The Three Wishes 


8. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, by Julia Finley Mosca – read by Ms. Julie (World Autism Awareness Day)

Chapter Books: 

On the Horizon, by Lois Lowry – read by Annette.  She chose this historical novel told in verse in honor of National Poetry month.   

9. Part 1

10. Part 2

11. Part 3

For Teens: 

12. The first chapter of Scars Like Wings, by Erin Stewart – read by Amy 

13. Selected poems from The Rose That Grew from Concrete, by Tupac Shakur – read by Amy 

For Adults: 

14. Youngstown Playhouse presents The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde 

15. High on the Ladder – read by Kelly M. 

16. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw – read by Kelly M. 

17. Love Poems (for People for Children) by John Kenney – read by Jenni 

18. Tips for Earth Day – by Kelly K.  

For All Ages, the poem: 

19. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – 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 Family Engagement Manager. She enjoys and believes in the power of reading aloud with children. She is known to still occasionally read aloud to her teenage children.