Library Cancelling Events through April 3

Health and Safety Alert from the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County 03-12-2020 at 11 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN (March 12, 2020/For Immediate Release) – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) continues to monitor information and guidelines provided by city, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to serve the needs of the community, while focusing on the safety and health of its customers. The Library is exercising caution due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation, and has decided to cancel Library programming and events beginning Friday, March 13, through Friday, April 3. The Library will continue to monitor the situation and will make decisions on resuming programming at that time. Currently, all  libraries in the PLYMC system remain open.

In order to continue to provide programming to the community, the Library is looking at ways to do this via social media and other electronic methods that people can access from any Internet-enabled device. This allows people to make the best decisions for their health and safety and provides a way for children and adults can still enjoy and learn from the knowledge and expertise that library staff offers everyday.

The “Plant the Seed to Read” Childrens Book Festival, which was scheduled to take place Saturday, April 4, at Mill Creek Park’s Fellows Riverside Gardens, has also been cancelled. The Library is a partner in this annual event.

Libraries are shared public spaces; for the health and safety of others, library patrons should avoid coming to the library if they are ill or have a fever in order to help stop the spread of germs and diseases.

The Library will continue to issue updates and alerts due to this ongoing community health situation. Follow the library’s social media feeds (Facebook: LibraryMahoningCounty) and website ( for more information about this rapidly changing public health issue.

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