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Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy*

Reserve Your Spot by Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

Event is Thurs., Aug. 5, 2021 • 6 p.m.

The Lake Club

1140 Paulin Road. Poland, OH

Tickets $45 each

Includes appetizers, summer fare & a glass of wine, cash bar and raffles.

Musical entertainment by J & J Jazz.

Please bring a copy of a book by your favorite author to swap with other attendees. You can also donate gently used and brand new children’s books.

Thank you to our vendors & boutiques: Ivory & Birch, Possessions and Suzanne’s.

This event benefits the Literacy Society for the Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Fund and the Martha Muransky Children’s Literacy Fund of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  A portion of the proceeds from the participating boutiques will also benefit these funds.

For questions or more information, please contact the Library Development Director, Deborah Liptak at 330-740-6086.


The Muransky Companies • Huntington Bank • Vince & Phyllis Bacon • PNC Bank •  Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC •  Luxe Dream Travels •  Premier Bank • Lt. Col. Robert M. Brooks, USAF, Retired & Wife Michelina LP Moretti-Brooks

* Please note that all are welcome to attend. The audience is not limited in any way and attire is not limited to dresses. We chose the color black for attire to represent the written word.

Ladies in Little Black Dresses Committee and Sponsors – Working to make the Ladies in Little Black Dresses Fundraiser a success are these committee members and sponsors: (from left) Cathy Campana,  Betty Cmil, Phyllis Bacon (sponsor – Vince & Phyllis Bacon Fund), Christine Muransky (sponsor – Muransky Companies), Carol Sankovic, Alexa Sweeney Blackann (sponsor – Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC), Shirley Neher, and Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director. Missing from the photo are committee members Linda Lanterman, Doris Layfield, Susan Berny, Donna Nord, and Kathy Dwinnells.

Photo of donation by Bacon family to create the Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund. In the photo are: Dr. David Ritchie, Aimee Fifarek, James Bacon, and Deborah Liptak

Library Foundation Adds Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund with $75,000 Donation in Memory by Family

The Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund has been created in the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s (PLYMC) Foundation. The fund was created with a $75,000 donation made in Mrs. Bacon’s memory by her husband, James Bacon, and her family. LEARN MORE

Pictured in photo are: (from left) Dr. David Ritchie, Library Trustee President; Aimee Fifarek, Library Executive Director; James Bacon; and Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director.

Author Events Bring Great Books to Life!

Literary Society logoDonation Books buttonThe Library’s Literary Society was launched in 2005, the Library’s 125th anniversary year. The Literary Society is comprised of generous individuals who care deeply about the Library and would like to bring to our community special programs, including noted authors, to celebrate reading and literacy.

The Literary Society’s first author event, in October 2005, featured Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Mary Doria Russell. Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as: award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman; Cleveland’s famous mystery author Les Roberts; Scott London, internationally known journalist and photographer; and New York Times bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani, Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerrittsen, and Carol Higgins Clark.

To find out more about how your gift can make a lasting difference in your community, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at: (330) 740-6086 or click here to email:

 Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as:
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C.J. Box
Best-selling Author
Louise Penny
Best-selling author
Lisa Gardner
Best-selling author
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Jennifer Weiner
Best-selling Author
Jessica Fellowes
Author of Downton
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Carol Higgins Clark
Best-selling Author
David Lee Morgan, Jr.
Sports Writer & Author
Beverly Lewis
Best-selling author
Tess Gerritsen
Best-selling Author
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Adriana Trigiani
Best-selling Author
Lisa Scottoline
Best-selling Author