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COVID-19 Journal Project

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The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County would like to encourage Mahoning Valley residents of all ages and backgrounds to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through writing, drawings, photographs, or other methods of expression. Our library has a great Local History collection and we would like to create a journal of written or… read more >>

Minecraft Challenge: Roller Coaster!

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Hello Friends! It’s time for the Library’s weekly challenge! Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children.   Our week nine challenge is to build an awesome roller coaster in Minecraft.  Pick a theme and build your coaster.  Add other rides, stands, and attractions to make a whole theme park if you want!  Remember to post a picture… read more >>

STEAM Challenge: LEGO Sun Prints

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This week, we challenge you to make a LEGO sun print!  All you need are LEGOs, construction paper, and the sun. Take LEGOs and place them on a piece of construction paper.  I used purple construction paper, but you can try a different color.  Place the paper out in the sun.  I taped the paper to a tray and placed it… read more >>

LEGO Challenge: Outer Space

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Hey Kids! Get your LEGOs ready and welcome to the Library’s weekly Challenge!  Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children. This week’s challenge is to Build Something From Outer Space using LEGOs. Post a picture of your completed build on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @librarymahoningcounty #PLYMCSTEAM We can’t wait to… read more >>

Minecraft Challenge: Castles!

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 Hello Friends!  It’s  time for the Library’s weekly Challenge! Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children.       Our  sixth  challenge is to  build a castle in Minecraft. It can have towers, moats, dungeons, and even dragons! Make your castle the perfect place to rule your Minecraft world! You can be in creative mode and use all kinds of blocks.     … read more >>

STEAM Challenge: Art!

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We challenge you to create a tessellation. You may be asking yourself what is a tessellation? A tessellation, sometimes known as tiling, is a repeating pattern created by a geometric shape that fits perfectly together to create a design. There should be no gaps or overlapping in your pattern. Think of it like a puzzle piece, a quilt, or a honeycomb.  Your Goal… read more >>

LEGO Challenge: Airplanes!

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Please make sure your seatbelt is fastened, your seat is in the upright position and your tray is secure. We are ready for takeoff! This week our LEGO Build Challenge is to build your own airplane! There are plenty of kits you can use to make really amazing LEGO-planes, but this week we… read more >>

Minecraft Challenge: Build a Treehouse

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Hello Friends! It’s time for the Library’s Weekly Challenge! Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children.  This week is a Minecraft Challenge.   The challenge is to build a treehouse in Minecraft. Your treehouse can be small or big, let your imaginations soar!  You can be in creative mode and use all kinds of blocks.   Remember to post a picture of… read more >>

STEAM Challenge: Sidewalk Chalk Creations

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Hey Kids! Get ready for the Library’s weekly Challenge!  This week is a STEAM Challenge using sidewalk chalk!  Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children. Use your imagination and sidewalk chalk to create a masterpiece on your driveway or sidewalk. Post a picture of your creation on Facebook or Instagram.  Don’t… read more >>