YOUNGSTOWN—The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) voted to approve Mary Lou Reyes as the newest member of the Board during a special meeting on Monday. Reyes was appointed to the seat left vacant by Richard Atkinson, who retired from the Board in February.
Reyes retired in 2020 after serving six years as executive director of the Organización Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana (OCCHA) in Youngstown. She previously served for 29 years as the service area director for the Lake to River Girl Scout Council in Niles. Reyes has extensive community service with many Valley organizations, having served as president of the boards of Leadership Mahoning Valley and the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) as well as a member of the boards of many other organizations. She received the Girl Scouts Thanks Badge, the highest adult award in Girl Scouting, as well as the OCCHA Outstanding Hispanic Volunteer Award in recognition of volunteer services, and the Ebony Lifeline Support Group Community Service Award.
Reyes is a proud graduate of Case Western Reserve University and The Rayen School.
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the Library’s Board of Trustees and to continue serving our community in this new role,” said Reyes. “This is an exciting moment for our Library, as a community partner with so many opportunities for growth and impact, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Mary Lou to our Board of Trustees. She brings an incredible sense of service and decades of work creating a positive impact across the Valley, and we look forward to learning from and working with her,” said Carole Weimer, President of the PLYMC Board of Trustees.
Reyes’ term expires in 2025.
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.