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PLYMC Tails-Tales Summer Discovery Web BannerSUMMER DISCOVERY 2021:
May 1 – July 31

ALL AGES: Discover something new when you join the Summer Discovery program with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

This summer, we challenge you to earn one point per day by reading, visiting your library, or enjoying a library program or service.

Accumulate points to earn a sticker or window cling, Library tote bag, and even a free book from our summer finisher list. You can also earn an invitation to our end-of-summer celebration and a summer-end raffle for more prizes!

Summer Discovery Information & Registration

Virtual Author Visits this Summer:

Grace LinGrace Lin

Children that complete our Summer Discovery program this year will be able to attend a virtual visit with award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin. Grace, a Caldecott and Newbery Medal winner, is the author of picture books, early readers, and middle-grade novels and will be discussing her books and answering questions. You will receive a Zoom link in the email that you provide when registering within 24 hours of the event.

Zoom, 11 a.m. on Friday, August 6

Read our Library Blog to learn more about Grace Lin »

Little Black Dress 2021Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy

Includes appetizers, summer fare & a glass of wine, cash bar and raffles. Musical entertainment by J & J Jazz.

The Lake Club, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2021

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Tickets $45 each


Penguin Pen Pals

Write to a Penguin! 

Stop into the library from May through July to grab a take-and-make postcard kit, pre-stamped and pre-addressed to a penguin at the Akron Zoo.

The penguins will be sending responses to the library, so stop back in after sending your postcard to see if they’ve replied.

Summer Reading Challenge for Early Learners

As an added summer challenge to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, complete activities with your child by July 31 and you can select a book from our Summer Finisher booklist.

Remember to add any books read to your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log.



Call 234-287-2020 and listen to stories read by PLYMC librarians.

You can access this new service 24/7

View our current readings for children, teens and adults »

meals for kids girl holding appleLibrary Joins Children’s Hunger Alliance to Provide FREE Meals to Children

Free ready-to-eat meals will be available for pickup at the Newport and Michael Kusalaba branch libraries on Mon.-Thurs. from 2-6:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. from 2-5 p.m.

(Please Note: in keeping with COVID precautions, meals cannot be eaten inside the libraries.)

NEWS RELEASE: Free Meals for Kids at Two Branches »

Group of smiling kindergarten kidsKindergarten Readiness Stations-To-Go Kits

Stop by any branch to pick up a Kindergarten Readiness Station To Go Kit.  These kits include fun activities and information that you can use at home to help your preschooler get ready for kindergarten.

This month, the focus is on Social and Emotional Development–learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships, and solve problems.  Working on these skills now will help your child be successful in their interactions with teachers and classmates when they get to school.  While supplies last.  Ages 3-5 years.