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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

Julie Murphy Photo by Christy ArchibaldJulie Murphy

Join us for a virtual author visit with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, Julie Murphy. She’s visiting just in time to celebrate Pride Month and the release of her new young adult book, Pumpkin! Participants in this event will be eligible for a prize drawing for a signed copy of Julie’s brand-new book. Winners must be able to pick up their prize from a PLYMC library branch. For teens and adults.

Zoom, 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10

Registration – Virtual Author Visit: Julie Murphy

Jane Ann Turzillo

Ohio history overflows with tales of women behaving badly. Meet Jane Ann Turzillo, author of “Wicked Women of Ohio,” as she shares the true history of these Ohio women and their crimes.

Zoom, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13

Registration – Virtual Author Visit: Jane Ann Turzillo

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.


Hero animal pet dogAnimal Heroes

In honor of our Summer Discovery theme “Tails and Tales,” view a brief presentation about animals that have done some very heroic things! Then turn on your camera for a show and tell of your pet! Prepare to virtually meet Bubbles the Pug (the librarian’s dog).

Please register with an e-mail address; you will receive a Zoom invitation within 24-hours of the program starting. All Ages.

Zoom, 7 p.m. on Mon., May 17

Young hiker on the pages of book. Travel

Tales of Travel

For our Summer Discovery theme of “Tails and Tales,” join us for “Tales” of travel. Our “armchair travel” will focus on virtually experiencing three cities that are within a day’s drive: Cleveland on May 8, Gettysburg (with a side trip to Hershey) on June 19, Mackinac Island on July 17. Feel free to bring your expert travel tips or memories of the city to this program to share on camera. Please register with an email address; you will receive a Zoom invitation within 24 hours of the program(s).
Zoom, 11 a.m. on Sat., May 8

Female pilot in planeHow to Become a Private Pilot

This informational program will help you understand the process to becoming a pilot, whether you are looking for a sport, recreational, or private license.  A Zoom link will be sent to the email you give us at registration within 24 hours of the program. Teens, Adults.

Zoom, 11 a.m. on Sat., May 15

PLYMC Tails-Tales Summer Discovery Web BannerDesign a Summer Reading T-Shirt

Calling all teen t-shirt artists. Submit your unique summer reading design to be made into a t-shirt. Your design will be printed and pressed onto a t-shirt at the Michael Kusalaba Library. Teen readers can submit their t-shirt artwork (please make design fit on an 8.5” x 11” paper) as a digital or physical copy to the Michael Kusalaba Branch information desk. Designs are due by May 15. All registered participants will be notified when it is ready for pick up. When submitting artwork, please specify what size t-shirt you would prefer. Registration is limited and required. Teens ages 12-17.
Michael Kusalaba Branch Month of May

legoLego STEAM Challenges

Grab your LEGOs or other building blocks and join us on Zoom for some fun building challenges. Registration with email required.

Zoom, 10 a.m. on Sat., May 15


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 »


Graduation for college or high school with diplomaCollege 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, 2 p.m. Mon., May 10
Boardman Library, 12 p.m. Sat. May 1
Austintown Library, 12 p.m. Sat., May 15
Austintown Library, 2 p.m. Mon., May 24

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.