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Black History MonthBlack History Month 2021 – The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County joins people across our country in recognizing Black History Month 2021. Throughout February our regularly scheduled programs such as Virtual Story Time, Book Banter, Teen Reads Live, Literary Love Connection, Library Anywhere Podcast, and more will feature library resources that celebrate the National 2021 Theme of Black History Month. The theme of The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity can be seen in a wide variety of library resources and we hope that you will visit us in person or online to discover more about Black History Month for yourself.

View our Events Calendar for Black History Month Programs »

Watch our Social Media for Black History Month Posts, Photos and Videos on the Library’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube platforms:

Facebook   •   Instagram   •   Twitter   •   YouTube

screen-recording-podcastFebruary Podcast Celebrating Black History Month

Listen to our February podcast where we’ll talk about the creation of the Black History month celebration, mention some notable black authors and television shows starring black families, and point to some resources that will help families talk about race.  The Library Anywhere Podcast premieres the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m.

Facebook @librarymahoningcounty, 6 p.m., Sun., Feb. 14

toni-morrison-bookDial-a-Story Honors Rosa Parks and Ohioan Toni Morrison

Our Dial A Story line at (234) 287-2020 will feature selections to honor Rosa Parks’ birthday on February 4th, and a reading from Toni Morrison’s book of essays, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.

The State of Ohio has designated February 18th as Toni Morrison day to recognize Ohio’s own Nobel Prize-winning author.


Grief 101

This discussion will help you understand the grieving process and how grief affects everything in our life. Kim Calhoun, Bereavement Facilitator from Hospice of the Valley, will discuss coping with feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety, and emptiness. She will demonstrate a few intentional steps that can help an individual begin to regain a sense of order and peace. You don’t need to face this transition alone. This program is open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Literature on grief, the company of supportive others, and information about the grieving process will be provided.* Meeting every fourth Thursday of the month. Register with an email address to receive a Zoom invitation. You do not need to appear on camera. For adults.

Zoom, 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 25

Diverse women joining hands and women's rightsMarch is Women’s History Month

The Library joins countless other organizations in celebrating Women’s History Month.  Since the pandemic hit last year right in the middle of women’s history month, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the 2020 theme into 2021.  This year we are once again celebrating “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” Look for programs all month long that feature Valiant Women refusing to be silenced.  Experience resourceful, strong, and courageous women in stories on our Dial a Storyline, in story time, book clubs, and more.  Visit our Events Calendar to find the times and dates to hear more about these women.

podcastMarch Podcast

Join us as we discuss remarkable women who have helped pave the way for progress and hear about resources and book lists to explore to celebrate this month. The Library Anywhere Podcast premieres the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m.

Facebook @librarymahoningcounty, 6 p.m., Sun., March 14

Guitar virtual lesson at computerGuitar for Beginners: Virtual Lessons

Learn the basics of playing with this series of five weekly virtual guitar lessons! Participants must have their own guitar, pick, and (preferred but not required) a tuner. These lessons will be conducted via Zoom, so students should also have a tablet or laptop with a built-in webcam and mic, or a desktop with a webcam and mic. Space is limited, so we ask that students commit to attending all five sessions. Sign up with an email for Zoom invitation; a link to the program will be sent to that email within 24 hours before the program begins. For adults and teens in grades 7-12.
Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 25

Resurrection LilyResurrection Lily: Virtual Health Program presented by NNLM

The Library and the National Library of Medicine are partnering for a one-hour live-streamed event featuring author Amy Byer Shainman and genetic counselor Ellen Matloff. As 2020 awardees of one of NNLM’s Human Genetics Film Kits, the Library is happy to accept the invitation to partner with NNLM for the Virtual Health Program: NNLM Reading Club Presents Amy Byer Shainman, author of “Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene” and “Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew: A Memoir.” Amy Byer Shainman is also the executive producer of the film, “Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer.”
Facebook @librarymahoningcounty, 3 p.m. Thurs., March 11

Spring CleaningDIY Green Spring Clean

Spring into some new ideas about green living. Learn how to make your own DIY Green Cleaning products. Celebrate the first day of spring with a chat among friends to share some green living tips. We’ll discuss our favorite ways to reduce waste and conclude our virtual get-together by making a DIY green cleaning product! Sign up with email for Zoom invitation; a link will be sent to that email within 24 hours before the program begins.
Zoom, 1 p.m. Sat., March 20

Story Trail at Boardman Park in Winter

Boardman Park

Tri-Lakes Story Trail

Tri-Lakes Library

Story Trails: Winter Stories

Don’t let the snow or cool air stop you from enjoying a Story Trail this Winter. PLYMC’s Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs, which are installed along an outdoor path. Families walk from sign to sign to read and talk about the story. Each sign also features an activity or question to draw the readers into the story. They’re a great way for kids (and their adults!) to enjoy the outdoors and reading at the same time.
Boardman Park – featuring Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Stavich Bike Trail in Lowellville (signs are  adjacent to Lowellville School ) –  featuring No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Canfield Library – featuring Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Tri-Lakes LibraryGoing on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Cafe Augustine donut with coffee

Cafe Augustine February Specials

Café Augustine welcomes treasured established customers ,as well as new friends. To say, “Welcome,” they are offering specials in February.

• Feb. 8-12*, and Feb. 15-19*, get a free sample of your choice: a donut, cookie or small Hawaiian shaved ice (new item!).

•  Feb. 22-26, purchase any sandwich or bowl or soup, get a free choice of donut, cookie or Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

*All offers are limited to one per person per day.

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 »

college studentsCollege Guides

One-on-one college & career planning help for students. MVCAP college guides are available to grade 6-12 students exploring college, career/technical training, workforce entry and military service.

To schedule an appointment, please e-mail: director@themvcap.org.in

Boardman Library, 12-3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27
Boardman Library, 2 p.m. Mon., March 8
Boardman Library, 12 p.m. Sat. March 27
Austintown Library, 2 p.m. Mon., March 1
Austintown Library, 12 p.m. Sat., March 20

DialAStory-sqDial-a-Story at 234-287-2020

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is happy to announce that now you can call 234-287-2020 and listen to stories read by PLYMC librarians. And you can access this fun service 24/7!

Dial-a-story offers a wide range of stories for different age groups.

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.

1K books logo1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading with your baby, toddler or preschooler is one of the best ways to prepare your child for success in school. Starting November 1, parents can sign up their children for the program – it’s never too early or too late to start. The 1,000 Books program is open to all children from birth until they start kindergarten.


The logo and name “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” are used with permission from the 1,000 Books Foundation. https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/