Library Trustees Approve Strategic Plan and New Fund for Teen Programming

BOARDMAN (June 12, 2014) – Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County approved the My Library 2020 Strategic Plan at a regular session tonight. The plan was drafted from conversations and input with community members, library staff and trustees, plus data gathered by the Youngstown State University Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

This portion of the plan focuses on six areas: Learning Opportunities (programs and services); Community Presence (communication, outreach and partnerships); Collections and Spaces (facilities and materials); Technology (public and internal-future focused); Staff (internal development); and Fiscal Stewardship (budget and development).

A facilities study is also underway as part of the Strategic Plan and will be completed in 2014.

For more information or to read the My Library 2020 plan, visit the Library’s website at:

My Library 2020 Strategic Plan-final

The Board also voted to establish The Edward W. Powers Fund as a restricted income fund within the Library Foundation for the purpose of supporting teen programs at the Library. This fund was established thanks to a generous donation of $48,000 from the Edward W. Powers Foundation.

Trustees authorized the Fiscal Officer to place and open bids for the Boardman Library roof and boiler projects. The library branch, which opened in 1992, has four boilers in need of replacement. The roof, which is original, will also be replaced.

Library Director Heidi Daniel announced that co-chairs for the Library Levy Campaign will be Lori Shandor and Danny Catullo, and that the campaign treasurer will be Carlton Sears. Lori is the Campaign/Gift Planning Director for the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation at Park Vista of Youngstown. Danny is the owner of Catullo Prime Meats, a third generation specialty butcher store in Youngstown, Ohio. Carlton Sears is the Library’s previous director.

Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel and Communications/Public Relations Director Janet Loew will work with the Farris Marketing Agency of Boardman on getting important information about the levy out to the public.

Library levy campaigns are paid for by donations and private funding; no public funding is used. A political action committee has been established for this levy campaign: Citizens Committee for the Library Levy, 4845 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512.