July 2021 Library Programs

 ‘Tails & Tales’ Library Summer Discovery Program Continues with These July Programs

YOUNGSTOWN (June 2, 2021/For Immediate Release) – Mark your calendars to attend these July programs at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.

The Library’s Summer Discovery Program, “Tails & Tales,” promises a summer of fun through July 31. Sign up online at the Library’s website at www.LibraryVisit.org/summer-discovery or through the free “ReadSquared” app available in the Apple app store or on Google Play.

See Children’s Author and Illustrator Grace Lin

Children that complete our Summer Discovery program this year will be able to attend a virtual visit with award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin. Grace, a Caldecott and Newbery Medal winner, is the author of picture books, early readers, and middle-grade novels and will be discussing her books and answering questions. Children.
Zoom, 11 a.m. on Friday, August 6

Special Programs

Wicked Women of Ohio with Author Jane Ann Turzillo – Ohio history overflows with tales of women behaving badly. Meet Jane Ann Turzillo, author of “Wicked Women of Ohio,” as she shares the true history of these Ohio women and their crimes. Please register with an email address. You will  receive a Zoom invitation within 24 hours of the program starting. In the meantime, check out Jane Ann Turzillo’s books from the library. Adults.
Zoom   7 p.m.  Tues., July 13

Hits from the Pit: Outdoor Concert with Tyler Guerrieri – Enjoy a chill Saturday morning of live music behind the Canfield Library. Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blanket and stay for all or part of the two-hours. Social distancing will be observed. Tyler Guerrieri is a graduate of YSU’s Dana School of Music with a degree in Music Performance. Tyler can be found entertaining audiences at various festivals, restaurants and private events as a solo performer, and is also the lead guitarist for Youngstown’s popular show band, Guys Without Ties. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date concert will be held the following week: same time, same place. Please observe social distancing and stay 6-feet away from others. All ages.
Canfield          11 a.m.            Sat., July 31

Dr. Dave Whiz Bang Science – Hi Kids!  Watch Dr. Dave from Whiz Bang Science do amazing experiments that you can do at home.  Listen while he tells you about the scientists that made the discoveries, and then watch him take it up a notch in his Whiz Bang Science Lab for a bigger, louder more exciting show!  The video will be available on the Library’s YouTube channel all summer long: https://youtu.be/xZOChXlZ8R4

Early Learning

Baby Story Time – Join us for songs, stories and bounces with your baby.  For babies up to 18 months on a caregiver’s lap. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. Babies.
Canfield                   10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.            Thurs., July 1, 15, 29
Poland                     10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.            Thurs., July 15

Book a Librarian Story Time – Enjoy quality family time with books, songs, and fun activities for children of all ages and caregivers to enjoy together. You can book a 15-minute, one-on-one story time session with a librarian! Each story time will include a story, 1-2 rhymes, and a craft to take home. One family per 15-minute session, register one adult, and bring up to eight family members with you.               Canfield                   Reserve time between 10-10:40 a.m.              Tues., July 6, 20 

Preschool Story Time – Tuesdays are for tales and story time! Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and a take-home craft. For toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. Two sessions of the same story time will be offered the same date. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. Children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregiver.
Boardman       11 a.m., 11:45am       Tues., July 13, 20, 27

Kindergarten Readiness Stations-To-Go – Stop by any branch for a Kindergarten Readiness Station-To-Go Kit.  These kits include fun activities and information that you can use at home to help your preschooler get ready for kindergarten. While supplies last. Ages 3-5 years.
All Libraries    Library Hours  Month of July

Virtual Story Time – Join our librarians for a story and a rhyme. Find us on Facebook at Library Mahoning County. Preschoolers.
Facebook@LibraryMahoningCounty             2 p.m.  Fri., July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Virtual ASL Story Time – Join our librarians for a story and rhyme with American Sign Language. Preschoolers.
Facebook@LibraryMahoningCounty            2 p.m.  Wed., July 7, 14, 21, 28

Virtual Bilingual Story Time – Join our librarians for a bilingual story and rhyme, in both English and Spanish. Preschoolers.
Facebook@LibraryMahoningCounty            2 p.m.  Mon., July 12, 19, 26

Family Story Time – Come join us as we read, sing, dance, and play outside at the Austintown Library. Bring a blanket for your group and join us for outdoor story time at the Austintown Library. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Total attendance is limited to five groups of up to five people, with groups being socially distanced from each other. Register one adult who is then able to bring up to four additional individuals with them. This group of up to five people will be seated together, but socially distanced from others attending program. Children and families.
Austintown     11:30 a.m.      Wed., July 7

Family Story Time – Come one, come all! Family story time has stories for preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers to enjoy together.    Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. Children and families.
East                 10 a.m.                                                Sat., July 17
Poland             10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.         Thurs., July 1
Struthers         10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.         Sat., July 24

Children and Families

Animal Crafting Stations – Come out and make awesome, fun animal crafts. A grab and go animal craft will be available for more animal fun. Materials will be provided. Ages 4-10. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend.
East     1 p.m.  Sat., July 24

Ceramic Painting for Kids with Ms. Tracy – Do you like to paint? Come to the Austintown Library and choose one piece of ceramic art to call your own. Supplies with be provided. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. For ages 5-8.
Austintown     3 p.m.  Thurs., July 8

 Critter Crafts – Paint a flowerpot to look like a ladybug or a butterfly. Need a break from the summer heat? Please wear something you don’t mind getting paint on and bring a container to take your flowerpot home, in case the paint is still wet. Space is limited and registration is required. School-age children.
Poland             11 a.m. and 2 p.m.                 Thurs., July 22

Dinosaur Party in a Bag: Tails of Tales Long Ago – Pick up your free take & make craft kit at the Canfield branch July 12th through July 17th. While supplies last. Enjoy a bag of goodies while looking at our library’s dinosaur books. Make your own dinosaur tail to wear, enjoy a coloring sheet and make your own fossil. Most supplies included. Pick up your kit at the Canfield Branch. While supplies last. Children ages 3-8.
Canfield          Library Hours  July 12-17
Sebring           Library Hours  July 12-17
Tri-Lakes         Library Hours  July 12-17

Draw Along with Miss Julie – Learn along with Miss Julie as she teaches you how to draw simple cartoon animals to celebrate our Tails & Tales summer reading program. Learn how to draw 10 adorable cartoon animals using the uppercase letters and shapes. This class is perfect for children 4-8.
Austintown     11:30 a.m.      Wed., July 21

Family Tales of Tails – Come to Welker Park in New Middletown for a fun zoo animal-themed story time for the whole family. Craft kits will be available. Registration is required. When registering, please remember to enter a total for your family. Spacing is limited. Please observe social distancing guidelines. All ages.
Springfield      11:30am          Wed., July 21

Family Tales of Tails – Join us at Welker Park in New Middletown for a fun-themed story time for the whole family. Craft kits will be available. Welker Park is located behind the New Middletown Village Municipal Building at 10711 Main Street, New Middletown, OH 44442.  Registration is required as space is limited. When registering, please remember to enter a total for your family. Please observe social distancing guidelines. All ages.
Springfield      11:30 a.m.      Wed., July 7

 Leap into Science: Light and Shadows – Join us for a story and to explore shadows and light. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. For children ages 3-10.
Austintown     10 a.m.            Sat., July 31

LEGO STEAM Challenges – Grab your LEGOs or other building blocks and join us on Zoom for some fun building challenges. Registration with email required. Children.
Zoom   10 a.m.            Sat., July 10

Let’s Guess LEGOs – Visit the Canfield Branch throughout the month of July to guess how many LEGOs are in our jar. The two closest guesses will receive a LEGO: Build Your Own Adventure set. For School Aged Children.
Canfield          Library Hours  Month of July

Sand Art Fun – Make a colorful sand art bottle to take home. Add layers of colored sand to bottles to create a fun, colorful piece of art. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. For children 5-10 years old.
Austintown     3 p.m.  Thurs., July 15
Austintown     3 p.m.  Mon., July 19

Tales for K to 6 – Story time, crafts, songs, and games for grades K to 6.    Come join us for games, songs, crafts, and a story time for grades K to 6. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. Children.
Boardman       10 a.m.            Thurs., July 29

Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids – Pick up your free Take & Make craft kit.  While supplies last. Children.
Austintown     Library Hours  Month of July
Boardman       Library Hours  Month of July
Canfield          Library Hours  Month of July
Poland             Library Hours  Month of July
Springfield      Library Hours Month of July
Struthers         Library Hours Month of July

Under the Sea Scavenger Hunt – We’re searching for sea creatures at the Poland Library. Can you find the sea creatures that are hiding in our library? Stop at the librarians’ desk for a tally sheet, then get started searching. When you find them all, you can choose a prize from our treasure box. One sheet per person. For toddlers and children up to grade 4.
Poland             Library Hours  Month of July

Tales with Tails

 Lucy Lu at the Library – Join Lucy Lu, registered therapy dog, at the library. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session, while spots remain. Sign up or call 330-744-8636 to register for your appointment. Hand sanitizer will be available for anyone after you pet Lucy. Lucy Lu is part of P.A.W.S. Therapy Team, a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered with the State of Ohio. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. Children.
Tri-Lakes         5:30 p.m.        Tues., July 20

Read to Roxie – Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with P.AW.S. therapy team. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. For grades 1-4. Registration required. Register online using the events calendar or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library. Space is limited for social distancing. Children.
Poland             Spots available 2-3:30 p.m.   Thurs., July 29

Reading with Rennie – Rennie wants to read with you! Kids in grades K-4 can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with Rennie, a registered therapy dog with P.A.W.S. Therapy Team. Register online using the events calendar or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Michael Kusalaba Library to book a 15-minute, one-on-one reading session with Rennie. Children are welcome to bring their favorite book to read or can check out something new. Space is limited for social distancing. Children.
Michael Kusalaba       Spots available 5-6:30 p.m.   Mon., July 12

All Ages

Community Kindness Cards – During June and July, stop by the Austintown Library to pick up a greeting card and send words of kindness to those who receive library materials through mail delivery. Return your cards to the Austintown Library so they can be sent out to patrons. All ages.
Austintown     Library Hours  Month of July

Dial-A-Story – Call 234-287-2020 to hear stories read aloud. Choose from picture books, a chapter book, teen and adult short stories, poems and more. Stories are read by PLYMC Librarians and local theater groups. You can access this fun service 24/7. All ages.
Call 234-287-2020 anytime 

Friday Game Night – Join us for Friday Game Night LIVE on the Library’s Facebook Page @LibraryMahoningCounty. All ages.
Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty           7 p.m.  Fri., July 30

Family Obstacle Course – Do you have what it takes to complete our Springfield course? Can you complete our outside obstacle course? Does your team want bragging rights? Does your team have mad hula hoop skills? Come to the Springfield Library to find out. Register all competitors for your 20-minute time slot. Registration is required for all participants and space is limited for social distancing. Any group will be socially distanced from others attending the program. All ages.
Springfield      Spots available 10-11 a.m.    Sat., July 17
Springfield      Spots available 4-5 p.m.       Thurs., July 15

Family Spelling Bee – Families can play as teams for this summer reading event. Take part in a spelling bee featuring animal-themed vocabulary and see how your spelling stacks up. This outdoor event will be socially distanced and BYOPB (bring your own picnic blanket). Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Total attendance is limited to 30. Groups will be seated together, but socially distanced from others attending the program. All ages.
Tri-Lakes         5:30 p.m.        Thurs., July 8

Nature Journaling Take-Home Kits – Learn about nature journaling with this take-home kit. Venture outside to observe, write about, and draw the ecosystem. Reserve a kit while supplies last. This kit will provide you with some basic materials and information to begin recording your observations and field sketching as you enjoy the summer weather. Weekly prompts and resources will be released throughout July to help you get started. Starting July 1, reserve a kit online or by phone at 330-744-8636, while supplies last. All ages.
All Libraries    Library Hours  Month of July

Penguin Pen Pals – Who doesn’t want to write to a penguin? Stop in the library all month to grab a take-and-make postcard kit, pre-stamped and pre-addressed to a penguin at the Akron Zoo. The penguins will be sending responses to the library, so stop back in after sending your postcard to see if they’ve replied. All ages.
All Libraries    Library Hours  Month of July

Summer Discovery Nature BINGO! – All through July, pick up Nature BINGO sheets at the Sebring Library. Get BINGO, return the sheet and get a participatory prize. Be one of the first 3 people to get BINGO and win an additional prize. Nature BINGO challenges you to enjoy nature by completing outdoor activities and checking out materials from the library. We encourage you to complete all the challenges, but you will only get one participatory prize regardless of how many times you get BINGO. All ages.
Sebring            Library Hours  Month of July

Movies

Saturday Movie Matinee – Join us at one of two times on Saturdays for a family friendly movie. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. First showing starts at 11 a.m. Second showing starts at 2 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each person that will attend. All ages.
Newport         11 a.m. and 2 p.m.     Sat., July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Tweens

3D Design for Kids – See your designs come to life from the computer screen to your hands. Learn how to design a 3D object on a computer using Tinkercad. Your project will be printed in the Michael Kusalaba Makerspace. This class is for beginners ages 8-11. Due to social distancing, space is limited and registration is required. Children.
Michael Kusalaba       2 p.m.  Thurs., July 15 

Bird Watchers Club – Bird is the word! Join us to talk all things ornithology. Learn more about birds through activities and experiments and chat with friends about what you’ve spotted in the sky. Program will be outside, weather permitting. Space is limited due to social distancing and registration is required. Ages 8-11.
Michael Kusalaba       4:30 p.m.        Tues., July 27

Chapter Book Chat – Come share with other kids the chapter books you’ve been reading. Miss Julie will be on hand to moderate the discussion and share a chapter or two from some of her favorite chapter books. Whether good or bad, funny or sad, come share with other kids the chapter books you’ve been reading. Miss Julie will be on hand to moderate the discussion and share a chapter or two from some of her favorite chapter books. Those books will be available for checkout. Perfect for developing readers who are eager to start reading longer books. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled.   Ages 8-11.
Austintown     11:30 a.m.      Wed., July 14

Project Parchment & Quill – Join us to create your own personalized quill and parchment paper that will make you feel like you can sign an important historical document, create a treasure map or be a part of Harry Potter.          Registration is required, and space is limited for social distancing. For tweens in grades 4-6.
Boardman       5 p.m.  Wed., July 21

Scratch Coding for Kids – Start coding with this easy and fun program. Learn the basics of coding using Scratch.mit.edu. We will be making a game and discovering what others have made using Scratch. Space is limited due to social distancing and registration is required. Ages 8-11.
Michael Kusalaba       2 p.m.  Thurs., July 22

Teens and Tweens    

“Tail” Crafting – Come make a fun glass photo magnet with Ms. Jenni at the Springfield Library. Looking for something to do? Come to the library and enjoy fun animal-themed crafts! In July, learn how to make your very own glass photo magnet. Registration is required.  Can’t make it in? Extra kits will be available after the program, while supplies last. Teens and tweens.
Springfield      12 p.m. and 3 p.m.     Thurs., July 22

Tails & Tales Pet Show – Help us celebrate summer reading with our Tails & Tales Pet Show. All pets are welcome: cats, dogs, bunnies, horses, rodents, fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects – whatever! No prizes, just sharing the joy of having a pet. We can’t wait to meet your pets! Submit a photo or video of your pet that includes: 1) Your first name; 2) What kind of pet you have (species and breed, if known); 3) Your pet’s name and age; 4) What you love most about your pet; 5) Bonus: Show us any special tricks or talents your pet has. No registration necessary. Enter by dropping your submission of at the Austintown Library or emailing it to austintown@libraryvisit.org. All submissions must include a signed release. Entries will be shared on our website or social media pages. Teens and tweens.
Austintown     Library Hours Month of July

 Teen   

Book Battleship for Teens – During June and July, every time you check out a book, you can drop a bomb on our Battleship Board. If you’re the one to sink a boat, you win a prize! Teens in grades 7-12.
Austintown     Library Hours  Month of July
Poland             Library Hours  Month of July

Book Banter – Watch two librarians discuss and deconstruct a work of Young Adult fiction. Join us on Facebook and Instagram.  Book Banter is for readers of Young Adult fiction who like to break down what they are reading critically or to just hear varying viewpoints on some great YA books. Join us each week on Facebook and Instagram as two librarians discuss and deconstruct a work of fiction, digging into character development, plot points, point of view, and more, and give you a thumbs up or down. They may agree or disagree, but either way you will get a heads up on books you might like to add to your TBR pile or those titles that you can save for later. Teens.
Facebook@LibraryMahoningCounty             4 p.m.  Wed., July 7, 14, 21, 28

Apprentices Inn – Virtual Gaming – Our beginners Dungeons and Dragons club is back. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully you will roll a D20 to save the day. Join us on Zoom.  Please come in with a completed character sheet level one as we will be beginning a new quest. Sign up is required to receive the Zoom room code and attendance is limited. For teens in grades 7-12.
Zoom   6 p.m.  Mon., July 12

Name That Book – Can you guess the book by the group chat?We took a screenshot of a group text…can you guess the title of the book based on that? Come to the Canfield Branch during the month of July to make your guess. One entry will be drawn from the correct answers on July 31 to win a gift card! For teens in grades 7-12.
Canfield          Library Hours  Month of July

Paint Your Own Bag – Join us outside as we paint tote bags. All materials will be provided. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Sebring Library. Registration is required; space is limited. Total attendance is limited to 10 with groups being socially distanced from each other.  Rain date is Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. Teens.
Sebring           11 a.m.            Wed., July 7

Rainbow Reads – Join us for our teen book club Rainbow Reads. We will read a YA book with LGBTQ+ characters and meet July 21 at 6:30 to discuss “Pumpkin” by Julie Murphy. Call or register online for the Zoom link. For teens in grade 7-12, regardless of gender identity or orientation.
Zoom   6:30 p.m.        Wed., July 21

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) – Help plan and support teen activities at the library. Meet people and have fun. For teens grades 7-12. Register with an email address to receive a Zoom invitation within 24 hours of the meeting.
Zoom   6:30 p.m.        Wed., July 7 

Teen Take and Make Craft – Pick up your free Take and Make craft kit at any library branch.  While supplies last. This month’s craft for teens is an Ojo de Dios.    Teens in grades 7-12.
All Libraries    Library Hours Month of July

Zen Garden – Come to the Austintown Library and create a Zen Garden. This garden can be used all through the year. Destress, listen to relaxing music, and even learn yoga. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Teens in grades 7-12.
Austintown     3 p.m.  Thurs., July 22

Book Clubs, Music, Movies and More

A Day at the Lake – This summer, join us at the lake. Tri-Lakes Library, that is. Read lake-themed books and then gather on the benches in the garden outside the building for an outdoor (social distancing) book club. Book selections include: June – fiction, “Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison Allen; July, mystery, “Stranger in the Lake” by Kimberly Belle; August, nonfiction, “Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan. Please feel free to bring your own chair, cushion, umbrella, or snack. Rain dates are same time, same day of the following week: June 9, July 14, August 11, respectively. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Tri-Lakes         1 p.m.  Wed., July 7

Chapter Chat Book Club – Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where we will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Please register with an email address to receive a Zoom invitation, which will be sent to your email address within 24 hours of the program starting. Adults.
Zoom   7 p.m.  Tues., July 20

I Read YA – Let’s talk about YA. For fans of YA literature from ages 18-118.  This month we will be discussing “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera, New York Times best-selling author of “More Happy Than Not” and “History Is All You Left Me.” Excerpt taken from Goodreads. “On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.” Please register with an email address. You will receive your Zoom invitation within 24-hours of the program. Adults.
Zoom   5:30 p.m.        Mon., July 19

Literary Love Connection – Literary Love Connection is a weekly game show where librarians try to pair up their contestants with the perfect book. An eligible reader picks their next read by asking a series of questions to three fellow readers. Will our eligible reader find their next great read? Watch us on Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty. Adults.
Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty           10 a.m.            Sat., July 10 and 24

Mystery Mondays at MK – Come join us @ the Michael Kusalaba Library for the return of Mystery Mondays. Do you love to read mysteries or thrillers? Join us for an informal discussion of “The Woman in the Window,” by A.J. Finn (which is also a movie available on Netflix.) We’ll chat about what else we’ve been reading and preview some new releases. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Michael Kusalaba       12 p.m.           Mon., July 12

Off the Shelves – Bring your own chair to the lawn behind the Canfield Library’s meeting room for our monthly outdoor book club. The club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, with a Thursday rain date. We’ll engage in a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield Library’s Book Club Room. July’s book will be “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Canfield          5:30 p.m.        Tues., July 27

Shelf Indulgence – Some books are too often overlooked by “the book club crowd,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t fly off the library shelves: paperbacks with hairless hunks and doe-eyed damsels on the covers, for example, or cozy mysteries where perky pets solve murders. Join us as we dive into Amish domestic drama, formulaic popular fiction, X-rated romance, and every book in between! Adults.
Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty           7 p.m.  Tues., July 13 

True Stories Book Club – True Stories is the book club for people who want to read about some of the world’s most captivating real-life people and events. Join us on Zoom for monthly discussions of riveting nonfiction titles. This month’s selection is “The Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston. Join us on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent to the email you share within 24-hours of the program beginning. Adults.
Zoom   5:30 p.m.        Thurs., July 15

Time Traveler’s Book Club – Welcome to the Time Traveler’s Book Club. This month we’re traveling to the 1800’s with “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Join us on Facebook to watch and leave a comment. Visit the library’s Facebook page @LibraryMahoningCounty to watch and comment. Adults.
Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty           7 p.m. Tues., July 20

Youngstown State Alumni and Friends Virtual Book Club – The YSU Alumni Book Club, a partnership between YSU, the YSU Office of Alumni Engagement, Maag Library, and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will discuss a chosen book selection each month. July’s selection is “How Beautiful We Were” by Imbolo Mbue.  The discussion will be held in a private online Zoom Meeting. To get an invitation to the virtual meeting, please email Heather Belgin athabelgin@ysu.edu. You can also follow the YSU Alumni and Community Book Club discussion on our Goodreads group page anytime. Adults.
Zoom   7 p.m.  Tues., July 27

Creative Learning

Fiber Arts LIVE! – Live discussion about all things fiber arts on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Watch and participate live in a librarian-led discussion of all things fiber arts on Facebook @LibraryMahoningCounty. Teens and adults.
Facebook@LibraryMahoningCounty             11 a.m.            Wed., July 28

 Noah’s P-ARK-ing Lot – Adopt a spot in the library lot and draw an ocelot – or any other animal you want! Register in advance to get sidewalk chalk to use and then take home. Register one adult who is then able to bring up to nine additional individuals with them. This group of up to ten people will have an assigned slab to draw on and an hour to complete their masterpiece. All ages.
Tri-Lakes         Spots available 11 a.m.-5 p.m.          Thurs., July 1

Paint Your Own Bag – Come outside with us to paint a tote bag. For the whole family. Groups of up to 5 can register for a 20-minute session between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All materials will be provided – tote bags, sprayable fabric paint and stencils. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy! Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Register one adult who is then able to bring up to four additional individuals with them. Rain date is Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m.     All ages.
Canfield          Spots available 11 a.m.-1 p.m.          Sat., July 24

Portrait Drawing 2 – Have you always wanted to draw a person? Join us and we’ll teach you how to use a grid to copy a photograph. Participation in the first program is required to attend this program.       If you attended the first program, you will automatically be registered for this second program. We will need a count for each individual that will attend. Teens and adults.
Austintown     5:30 p.m.        Tues., July 13

 For Your Health

Animal Aerobics – Bring a beach towel or a yoga mat and pick a spot on the grass. Weather permitting, we will be practicing some animal-inspired workout moves on the library lawn. Registration is required; space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. All ages.
Tri-Lakes         10 a.m.            Sat., July 10, 24

Dance If You Want To – Connect with others in a socially distanced manner as we listen to the same songs, but stretch and move in our own space. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Poland            6 p.m.  Wed., July 7, 21

Grief 101 – Led by a Bereavement Facilitator, this discussion will help you understand the grieving process and how grief affects everything in our life. Meet every fourth Thursday of the month via Zoom. This one-hour presentation focuses on understanding the grieving process and how grief affects everything in our life. Kim Calhoun, Bereavement Facilitator from Hospice of the Valley, will discuss coping with feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety, and emptiness. She will demonstrate a few intentional steps that can help an individual begin to regain a sense of order and peace. You don’t need to face this transition alone. This program is open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Literature on grief, the company of supportive others, and information about the grieving process will be provided.  Please register with an email address to receive a Zoom invitation, within 24 hours of the program. You do not need to appear on camera and you can remain anonymous. Adults.
Zoom   5:30 p.m.        Thurs., July 22

Mindfulness Meditation – A time of guided imagery and focused relaxation designed with you in mind.  Join us for soothing music, contemplation and simple tips for cultivating mindfulness every day.         Just 10 minutes a day is proven to relieve stress and restore focus to your day. Join us for soothing music, contemplation, and simple tips for cultivating mindfulness every day. Leave feeling relaxed and refreshed – instant calm! Registration is required; space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Austintown     10:30am          Thurs., July 15

PokeWalk: The Pokemon GO Walking Group – Join your local librarians as we walk around the Canfield Green, spinning PokeStops, fighting raids, and catching ’em all!  Walks will occur every other week (weather permitting) and will begin and end at our first PokeStop – The Canfield Library. For Teens and Adults (children are welcome with parental supervision). Registration is required, and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend.  Don’t forget to bring your phone. All ages.
Canfield          2:30 p.m.        Fri., July 2, 16, 30

Take a Walk @ the Library – Join us at the Poland library for a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Wear your comfy shoes and join Poland Library staff for a 30- to 40-minute walk. Interested walkers should meet in the parking lot of the Poland library on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Poland            10 a.m.            Mon., July 19, 26

Get Connected          

Typing Class – Are you a hunt and peck typist or would you just like to improve your typing speed and accuracy? This class will teach you the basics of typing through a series of exercises. Proper keying position and technique will be stressed. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Brownlee Woods       11:30 a.m.      Mon., July 12

Career & Jobs

Career & Jobs Resume Writing – Are you getting ready to apply for a job? A well-written resume is an effective way to market yourself and highlight your unique job qualifications.  This class will introduce you to resume-writing resources that will help you achieve that goal. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Teens and adults.
Brownlee Woods       3 p.m.  Sat., July 10

Ohio Means Jobs – Are you unemployed or looking for a better job? Come and learn how to navigate the Ohio Means Jobs website.  Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Teens and adults.
Brownlee Woods       3 p.m.  Sat., July 31

Grant Center 

Introduction to Finding Grants – Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations, what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding, how do you identify potential funders and make the first approach. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Brownlee Woods       2 p.m.  Tues., July 6

Introduction to Proposal Writing – Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?   This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: the basic elements of a proposal, the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal, how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each individual that will attend. Adults.
Brownlee Woods       2 p.m.  Tues., July 13

Also for Adults

Canasta Tournament – Let’s play Canasta!  We will review the rules and then play canasta with others. Registration is required for all participants and space is limited for social distancing. Teens and adults.
Boardman       5 p.m.  Thurs., July 22

Cornhole Tournament – Enjoy fun in the sun with a cornhole tournament on the Canfield Library’s south lawn. Players on the winning team will each receive a $20 gift card. Cornhole sets and light snacks provided. Registration is required and space is limited for social distancing. Total attendance is limited to 10 and each person attending must register. Teens and adults.
Canfield          11 a.m.            Sat., July 17

One-Page RPGs! – Join a small group of intrepid role-playing gamers and try out a one-page RPG. No experience needed. Whether you’re a newbie looking for a way to learn how to play or a roleplaying veteran without the time to commit to a major campaign, there’s room for you at this virtual tabletop. Sessions will last about 60 minutes and will take place on Zoom. Space is limited so register soon. Please include an email address to receive a Zoom invitation, which will be sent within 24-hours of the program starting. Adults.
Zoom   3 p.m.  Sat., July 24

Tales of Travel – For our Summer Discovery theme of “Tails and Tales,” join us for “tales” of travel, also known as “armchair travel.” Each month we will virtually explore a remarkable, nearby U.S. city. Due to the pandemic, many people are not taking vacations. Or if they are, it is to closer, drivable locations. Thus, we will focus on virtually experiencing three cities that are within a day’s drive: Cleveland on May 8; Gettysburg (with a side trip to Hershey) on June 19; Mackinac Island on July 17. Feel free to bring your expert travel tips or memories of the city to this program to share on-camera. Please register with an email address; you will receive a Zoom invitation within 24-hour of the program(s). Adults.
Zoom   11 a.m.            Sat., July 17

Pop-Up Library

Visit the Pop-Up Library. Sign up for a library card with us, browse and check out our collection of books and more, and ask us questions. All ages.

Austintown Farmer’s Market                  5 p.m.        Wed., July 7, 21

Beloit Historical Society Car Show          5 p.m.        Fri., July 9

Beloit Recycling Center                            3 p.m.        Thurs., July 8, 22

Fellows Riverside Gardens                      2 p.m.        Mon., July 12

Ipe Field                                                    2 p.m.        Tues., July 13

Wick Park                                                 2 p.m.        Fri., July 16, 30

Bikeway at MetroParks Farm                  2 p.m.        Fri., July 23

Yellow Creek Park                                    2 p.m.        Mon., July 26

Woodworth Park’s Music in the Park     7 p.m.        Wed., July 14, 28

Boardman Park                                        10 a.m.      Fri., July 16*, 30*

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* Date changes.