Summer Discovery Begins June 1


‘Imagine Your Story’ with Virtual Summer Discovery June 1-July 31 at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

Summer Discovery at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) will be a virtual experience running from June 1 through July 31. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Registrations will begin to be taken on June 1 at .

The program will be similar to previous years in many ways, but to ensure safety in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some changes.

The program is for all ages. Children through adults will track their progress on a Bingo Card reading and activity log. To fill in one square on the Bingo Card Log, participants can either read for 15 minutes or complete one activity.

Participants who fill in all of the squares on two Bingo Card Logs will earn a book and children will receive an invitation to a Fall Celebration of Summer Participants (more information will be announced closer to this event). Bingo Cards will be available online at or in print. Instructions on how to redeem completed Bingo Cards or receive a print copy will be available on the Library’s website and by calling 330-259-3399, the Library’s temporary phone number.

Virtual Performances for the Summer
Summer Discovery will include performers in virtual format to entertain participants. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, performances will not be live, but participants can enjoy entertainers online. There will be no activities inside libraries and no live programming events. For more go to the Summer Discovery web page.

Dr. Cletus Beaker and Hillbilly Silly Science will deliver a topnotch science program,  as well as fast paced on-stage actions, music, and straight-up fun!

Join Science Tellers for a story of daring adventure! Two heroes take a journey to release dragons and save their kingdom from the evil ice sorceress.  Along the way you will explore the science of matter through experiments with dry ice, fog, bubbles, flying rockets, and more.

Library Programs Continue on Social Media and on the Phone

“Storyline” is available by calling 330-259-3393. Children will hear librarians bring exciting picture books to life.

“First Chapter” calls provide an opportunity for tweens to hear the first chapter of a book by calling 330-259-3394. Patrons can finish reading the book through our Hoopla app or borrow ​through Curbside Pickup, where and a craft or STEAM activity related to the book can also be included.  Crafts can be requested by calling the Library at 330-259-3399.

A new First Chapter book and craft will be offered every Monday throughout Summer Discovery. The featured books for June are:
June 1 – The Castle Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner – Craft: catapult
June 8 – The Cat’s Meow by Herman Parish – Craft: woven paper cat
June 15 – Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows – Craft: crab
June 22 – Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp by Philip Smith – Craft: magical bottle

“Storytime Live!” – Library staff will entertain with a story @LibraryMahoningCounty on Facebook every Monday night at 7 p.m. and Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

“Teen Reads Live!” –  Members of the Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Project Lit Youngstown Community will read from teen books and share their thoughts @LibraryMahoningCounty on Facebook every Tuesday and Saturday at 3 p.m.

“Fiber Arts Live!” – Hear a discussion of all things fiber arts.  Knitters, crochet enthusiasts, sewing machine addicts, and cross stitch fanatics are all welcome @LibraryMahoningCounty on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“Community Cooking” – Join librarians each week as they tackle family favorite recipes.  Follow us @LibraryMahoningCounty on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

“Family Game Night” – Can you beat your fellow community members at Scategories?  Boggle? Emoji Book Titles?  Join the fun to find out.  Follow us @LibraryMahoningCounty on Facebook and Instagram for more information

Go to to learn more about the 2020 Summer Discovery program.
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