Libraries Remain Closed to Flatten the Curve

Library Anywhere: Use the library anywhere, anytime with an Internet connection and a mobile device

Health and Safety Alert from the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Thursday, April 2, 2020

YOUNGSTOWN (April 2, 2020/For Immediate Release) – All Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) locations will remain closed until further notice in keeping with the state’s extended stay-at-home order, which was announced at a news conference today with Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health Director.  Library locations were closed to the public on Monday, March 16.

“During today’s press conference, Dr. Acton signed a new order extending the stay-at-home order until May 1 and stressed the importance of taking steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19. By remaining closed to the public, the Library is supporting this critical public health initiative,” said Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek.

“We want area residents to know that even though our buildings must be closed during this unprecedented situation, we’re still here for you,” Ms. Fifarek noted. “Our community can virtually use the library anywhere with an Internet connection and computer or mobile device at and on our social media. The Library is also offering online sign-up for library cards. A barcode will be issued soon after the application is received and can be used immediately.”

The Library’s homepage will be changing in appearance to feature the most requested and current information and virtual programming at The rest of the site remains the same and continues to offer e-books, audiobooks, databases, e-magazines, learning opportunities, and more., a popular genealogy database, has made a version of its product available for in-home use with a PLYMC Library Card; this product was previously only available for use in libraries.

Information about online services and products can be found on the Library Anywhere page:

The Library’s social media platforms are offering virtual programs, informational and entertaining videos and much more.





A phone reference service will be available soon.

“Parents home with their preschoolers will be happy to know that the popular ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program is ongoing,” said Ms. Fifarek. “Our website features a downloadable book log and photos of children reaching 100-book goals will still be posted on Facebook. We will soon be able to offer online registration for this program, too.”

During the closing, due dates on library materials that were checked out prior to the closing will be extended, so that Library patrons will not be charged fines for the time the libraries are closed. Patrons are advised to keep those materials until libraries reopen. Book drops are not available, and patrons should not leave materials outside the libraries; this could lead to damaged materials and the patron would be charged for damages and/or replacement materials.

All Library and Friends of the Library programming is cancelled throughout April. Library Meeting Room bookings are cancelled, and no new bookings are being taken at this time.

Due to the critical need for blood in this COVID-19 health crisis, the American Red Cross will hold two blood drives in April in library buildings. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at
Austintown Library, 1-6 p.m. on Tues., April 7
Poland Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fri., April 10

PLYMC libraries which are closed are: Main Library in Youngstown, and the following branches: Austintown, Boardman, Brownlee Woods, Campbell Library Express, Canfield, East, Greenford, Michael Kusalaba, Newport, Poland, Sebring, Springfield, Struthers and Tri-Lakes.

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Stay safe!