Special Library Programs & Events

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Martin Luther King JrMartin Luther King Jr. Day Mural Poster

You are invited to help us create a colorful mural poster celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Follow the key to color an individual page and we’ll assemble and display the finished poster featuring inspiring words and messages. Together, we will create something beautiful and meaningful at the Library. For children of all ages. Holiday program.
Main Library, Library Hours, Jan. 2-22

MLK Movie Matinee

School’s out so join us for a documentary movie featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For children of all ages.
Main Library, 3 p.m., Tues., Jan. 22

“I Have a Dream” Celebration

Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. We will view Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and make a peace craft to be displayed in the library. For the entire family. Holiday program.
Michael Kusalaba Library, 3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19

I Have a Dream

Help us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the month of January. Come fill out a Dream Bubble and add to our Dr. King Mosaic. Open to all ages. Holiday program.
Newport Library, Library Hours, January


Consumer Information Series: Understanding Video Games

Video games have come a long way since Pong. But despite the continually growing popularity of the medium, many of us still don’t know much about the industry and even less about how to go about buying a game for kids and grandkids. This program provides a brief history of the medium, explores some of the appeal and controversies surrounding gaming, and introduces consumers to important tools like ESRB (Electronic Software Ratings Board) ratings so they can make informed purchases. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults
Boardman Library, 1– 2:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 11

FAFSA Day with the Mahoning County College Access Program

College Ready 101Need help filling out the FAFSA? This free event, presented by the Mahoning Valley College Access Program and hosted by the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as need-based state grants. Parent(s) and student, please bring the following items to complete the FAFSA: completed 2017 federal tax return (if parent filed online tax retrieval tool can be used instead), Social Security numbers of student and parent, asset and investment information (stocks, bonds, rental property value; do not include the value of the home you live in or retirement accounts), as well as the amount in savings and checking accounts. For teens and parents of teens.
Main Library Career and Job Center, 10 a.m., Sat., Jan. 12

YSU and PLYMC Present: Understanding Your Business Plan

Spend an evening learning the ins and outs of creating a great business plan with Joseph Angelo (serial entrepreneur and director of YSU’s Entrepreneurship Center) and some of his most promising students. This is your opportunity to get help from people on the front line of entrepreneurial studies. Director Angelo and his students will present on a number of areas related to the business plan and also provide the opportunity to learn practical business skills through hands-on demonstrations. Edward Koltonski, Business and Investment librarian, will also be in attendance to show the numerous small business resources available through the public library. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. Light refreshments. A laptop recommended but not necessary. For adults.
Michael Kusalaba Library, 6-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 31

Kindergarten Readiness Stations

Kindergarten readiness stations are in every library branch and feature fun activities for you and your preschool child to complete together. This month, our stations focus on Social and Emotional Development, which is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships, and solve problems. Before kindergarten, children should be able to recognize and identify their own emotions and the emotions of others. They should also be able to communicate a range of emotions in socially accepted ways. Our kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help children be successful in their interactions with teachers and classmates when they get to school. Stop by any branch to try out our new kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.
All Libraries, Library Hours, January

Upcoming Creative Learning Programs

Stamping With Cindy- Austintown | Jan 22nd, 6:30pm

Stamping With Cindy- Austintown | Jan 23rd, 11:00am

Moon Phases Shirt-Michael Kusalaba | Jan 23rd, 6:00pm

DIY Lotion- Austintown | Jan 24th, 6:30pm

DIY Touch Screen Gloves-Poland | Jan 24th, 6:30pm

Slime Time for Tweens-Canfield | Jan 26th, 2:30pm

DIY Valentine's Mugs- Poland | Jan 28th, 6:00pm

Valentine's Wall Art @ Austintown | Feb 4th, 6:30pm