Donation of Children’s Books from Brownstone Book Fund

The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) has received a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City, interested in fostering early reading and a love of books and encouraging parents and children to read together.

PLYMC Executive Director Aimee Fifarek expressed the Library’s appreciation, saying, “We are grateful to Ms. Brownstone and the Book Fund for supporting Ohio libraries in our mission to encourage a love of reading at any age.”

The Library was able to choose the books being added to the PLYMC collection from the Brownstone Book Fund. Josephine Nolfi, Director of Programming and Youth Services for the Library, says, “This collection of books, which includes beloved classics, as well as current high-demand items, has a book sure to appeal to every reader.  We are grateful for this donation that allows us to make more books available to more kids.”

Diane Brownstone, Director of Brownstone Book Fund, notes, “I have chosen your library [PLYMC] with the recommendation of State Librarian of Ohio, Ms. Beverly Cain, to receive a gift of 100 books.”

Ms. Brownstone continued, “I am interested in providing books for young children, hopefully to excite and foster an early interest in and a love for books and reading. The public library of my youth gave me an addiction to books that has enriched my life and my wish, with this collection, is to give this experience and pleasure to many other young people.”