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Gingerbread Houses Made by Our TAB Members

A tradition that many families do around the holidays and a sweet treat that is decorated to perfection: Gingerbread Houses.

A tradition that my own family never did; we always did other things: seeing the lights on houses or at the park, drinking chocolate milk and eggnog, playing board games, and more. I never felt like something was missing, but after talking to my Teen Advisory Board members, they made me realized that gingerbread houses are more than a tradition, but a way to connect with each other.

In a year that seems like it could have gone better, connections seem more important that usual. Our Teen Advisory Board Meetings have been completely virtual through Zoom the past two years. And while it is not the same as meeting in person, they have all made some great connections through their love of the library, through reading, experiencing school, playing games, and now through gingerbread house building!

These extravagant houses (and a train) are decorated with gumdrops, icing as icicles, bits of candy-coated chocolate in holiday colors, and of course, the ‘gingerbread’ foundation (okay, okay… I bought graham crackers!).

Four of our teens have created some master pieces and I wanted to share them with everyone!

I am so excited how well these all turned out! Super creative and so much fun. This will have to become a tradition for future years.

If you are a teen and are interested in the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), you can fill out this form or send an email to:

TAB is the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and we currently meet on Zoom. I email the link a few days before hand to the email you provide in a reminder email. We talk about what you are reading, the different books and movies are popular or trending, what books the library should own, the type of programming you would like to see at the library, help creating and presenting programs for teens, receive volunteer hours and more! Meet new people and have fun!



Hello everyone! I’m Amy and I am a Youth Services Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading to my family, friends, and coworkers. You could say I am a little obsessed with reading Young Adult books. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites include: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Mystery. I am always looking for the next great book that makes me connect to its characters and hits me in the feels.