135th Anniversary Events


135-plymc-logoThe Library is celebrating 135 years. On Oct. 27, 1880, the first legal steps were taken to provide public library service for the city of Youngstown, when Superintendent of Schools, Reuben McMillan, along with four others, signed the articles of incorporation establishing the Youngstown Library Association, which later became the Reuben McMillan Free Library Association.

The library system that started with just 168 books in 1880, today houses almost 667,000 books. In addition to that, today you’ll find videos, music, eBooks, audio books, magazines, newspapers and more in your library. Learn more library history »

legoLego Main Library

Watch the talented builders from YSU and Steel City Users Group construct a scale model of Main Library inside the library at 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 24. Utilizing over 5,000 individual bricks, the group will construct the library model over the course of library hours.  From the YSU Department of Art, overseeing the building project, will be RJ Thompson, assistant professor of graphic and interactive design, along with Kent Kerr, adjunct professor of graphic design. Kids of all ages can help build the library, watch Lego videos, do free building activities, and more.  Legos will be provided.  All are welcome to enjoy this all-day event. No reservations are needed. Treats* for the Library’s 135th anniversary will be provided (*while supplies last).
Main Library, Library Hours, Sat., Oct. 24

downtonDownton Abbey Visits Biltmore Estate

Join us for an evening of nostalgia as we take a look at this spring’s Downton Abbey costume exhibit hosted by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Librarian Kathy Richter visited Biltmore, and will host this free program that includes photographs and descriptions of the Downton Abbey costumes, a brief history of the magnificent Biltmore Estate, and a look at the not so ordinary everyday life at Biltmore. Call 330.744.8636 or go to the Events Calendar (on the menu under Our Happenings) at libraryvisit.org to reserve a seat. Refreshments* for the Library’s 135th anniversary (while supplies last). For teens and adults.
Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 26

Ghosthunting Ohio

Join author John Kachuba for a haunted and historical tour of 25 “haunted” places in Ohio. Books will be available for sale at this event. Refreshments* for the Library’s 135th anniversary (while supplies last). For adults.
Boardman Library, 7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21

Disney Meet and Greet Story Time

Disney Characters from the Disney Live! Production of “Three Classic Fairy Tales” will be at the Poland Library for a meet and greet and story time. Space is limited to 65. For children of all ages. Refreshments* for the Library’s 135th anniversary (*while supplies last).
Poland Library, 10 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 29

brutus-buckeyeBrutus Buckeye Birthday Bash!

The Library is turning 135 and Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State University mascot, is turning 50! Celebrate the day with fun crafts, games, prizes and songs for this upcoming big day for the Buckeyes. Come and listen to stories about Brutus Buckeye and hear our special visitor, State Senator Joe Schiavoni, at 12:30 p.m., as he reads a popular book featuring Brutus. Everyone is invited. Refreshments* for the Library’s 135th anniversary (while supplies last).
Newport Library, 12 p.m., Sat., Oct. 17 (story time with Sen. Schiavoni at 12:30 p.m.)