PLYMC Receives $100,000 from The Youngstown Foundation

YOUNGSTOWN – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) recently received a $100,000 check from The Youngstown Foundation for its Main Library’s Lobby renovation.



[From left-right, Deborah Liptak, PLYMC Development Director, Lynnette Forde, President of The Youngstown Foundation, and Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC Director and CEO.]

“We are proud to accept this generous donation on behalf of the Main Library and the patrons that we serve,” said Deborah Liptak, PLYMC Development Director. “This gift will help us to change the lives of the Valley residents who will walk through this grand lobby every day.”


“This incredible donation showcases the great partnership between the Library and The Youngstown Foundation as we both commit to restoring the Main Library and enhancing services for our patrons,” said Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC Director and CEO.

The donation will support the Main Library’s new entrance and information hub which will serve as Main Library’s directional guide, ensuring that patrons are informed of the Library’s materials and services. It will be the first room that patrons will enter once Main Library’s renovation is completed next year.

“The Youngstown Foundation has been a longtime advocate of Universal Design – promoting the accessibility of buildings by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability. We are proud to contribute to Main Library’s renovation project and support its next chapter of providing accessible services to residents across the Mahoning Valley,” said Lynnette Forde, President of The Youngstown Foundation.

“The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is grateful for The Youngstown Foundation’s gift, which will significantly enhance the entrance to the renovated Main Library and continue to ensure that all patrons are provided the top quality services that the Library provides every day,” said Carole Weimer, President of the PLYMC Board of Trustees.

[A rendering of Main Library’s new lobby]

The donation comes just as the Library enters the next phase of its renovation and restoration project. Main Library is closed to the public through the end of the year to allow staff the time to move materials from the Grand Reading Room and to prepare the 2nd floor for public service. During this temporary closure, curbside drop-off at Main Library will not be available. Patrons can return materials at any other open Library branch and use our online services 24/7 on our website:

On January 3, 2022, Main Library will reopen to the public. During the continuing construction project, all public services will take place on the 2nd floor and in the recently opened Family Engagement Area. Renovations on the Main Library began in August of 2020 and are expected to be completed in early 2022.

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The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) has served the Mahoning Valley since 1880, when the Youngstown Library Association was officially created. With 15 branches across Mahoning County, including our Main Library in downtown Youngstown, the PLYMC is well known for signature services and programs like Summer Discovery and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The mission and values of PLYMC to “connect, inspire, and enrich” position the Library to serve our communities by preparing children for kindergarten, promoting early literacy, assisting job seekers, connecting Valley residents to technology, and providing resources for small businesses.