Special Library Programs & Events
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Sign up online or at any Mahoning County public library on or after May 1 to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program, “A Universe of Stories.”
Summer Discovery runs from May 1- July 31.
Registration begins May 1.
Kids: Complete the program to have breakfast with Laura Numeroff, author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and more! Kids can complete activities or read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) and to earn a chance to win a gift card. Kids who sign up will receive a Dairy Queen coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher. Children who complete the program by July 24 will be invited to a breakfast event on August 2 featuring author Laura Numeroff.
Teens and Adults: Sign up online at LibraryVisit.org or in person and read 10 books to earn your choice of book; read 15 books for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Get a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher just for signing up.
Don’t Miss These Summer Programs!
Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy
Join us for a Literary Society fundraising event, Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy, at The Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road, Poland, OH 44512
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6 p.m.
For information and registration, please contact the Library Development Director Deborah Liptak at 330-740-6086.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure with the Carnegie Science Center
Sit in the Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Planetarium and enjoy the show as Elmo and his friend, Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street®, go on an exciting trip to discover the sun, moon and stars. At the end of the show, Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu pick a friendship star to celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky. Seats are limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your spot or sign-up via the online calendar. This show is suitable for children pre-kindergarten to second grade.
Main Library, 10 a.m., Wed., June 5
Poland Library, 10 a.m., Thurs., June 13
The Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Planetarium Presents ‘Planets’
Sit in the Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Planetarium and learn all about our planets. The show, “Planets,” explores the differences between stars and planets, how we can recognize a planet in the night sky, and planetary motion. Seats are limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your spot or sign up via the online calendar. This show is suitable for students in grades 2-6.
Main Library, 11 a.m., Wed., June 5
Poland Library, 11 a.m., Thurs., June 13
Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show is fun, exciting and very educational. This hands-on show is extremely entertaining for kids of ALL ages. Come to the library and meet Ray’s unique animal family. Learning will be fun as you hold and cuddle with these amazing animals. For the entire family.
Poland Library, 6 p.m., Thurs., June 6
Sebring Library, 1 p.m., Wed., June 12
Springfield Library, 1 p.m., Thurs., June 13
The Supernatural, Intergalactical, Summer Reading Spectacular with Jeff Wawrzaszek
Laughter, fun and amazement are guaranteed in Jeff Wawrzaszek’s space-themed magic show. Each child that attends this out of this world program will take home a free space-themed magic trick. For children of all ages.
Michael Kusalaba Library, 11 a.m., Fri., June 7
Brownlee Woods Library, 2 p.m., Fri., June 7
Porgie the Clown
Porgie the Clown provides fantastic, fun-filled entertainment that is absolutely unforgettable.
Come see his hilariously funny and amazing comedy magic show and watch him twist balloons into wonderful creations. For children of all ages.
Greenford Library, 11 a.m., Tues., June 11
Angora Wool Spinning with Lindsay Sprague from Winterberry Homestead
Brush an angora rabbit and feed carrots, too! Spin angora fiber on drop spindles made from recycled materials, and take home spindles and fiber to keep on spinning. Seats are limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve a spot or sign up via the online calendar. This program is suitable for school-age children.
Tri-Lakes Library, 1 p.m., Wed., June 12
Sheep-Shearing and Wool-Spinning with the Winterberry Homestea
All ages will love watching sheep-shearing right in the library. Learn to spin wool on drop spindles, which you can take home along with wool. Seats are limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve a spot or sign up via the online catalog. This program is suitable for school-age children.
Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Wed., June 12
Mark’s Ark is coming to the library, and this is your chance to go “wild!” He has lots of critters to introduce to you, and will teach you all about them! Best of all, Mark’s animal show is hands-on, so you can hold and pet his friendly animal friends. For children of all ages.
East Library, 11 a.m., Weds., June 12
Michael Kusalaba, 11 a.m., July 29
Indiana Wild inspires live animal conservation through outreach education programs. They believe that forming a positive, tactile, emotional connection with animals in an educational setting will foster a foundation of conservation and a love of wild things. Come see the beautiful animals that Indiana Wild rescues, fosters and re-homes. For children of all ages.
Newport Library, 2 p.m., Tues., June 18
Struthers Library, 11:30 a.m., Tues., June 18
Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier
Prepare to be amazed by Michael Roy Baldrige’s unique performing paper magic show.
With over 120 designs, you will be thrilled by his origami masterpieces. For children of all ages.
Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Tues., June 18
Sign Language Camp
Attention: all students entering 1st-8th grades. Want to learn a new language? Want to be able to communicate with people who are deaf? If yes, then this camp is for you. Join us for two mornings of fun, games, activities and crafts while learning sign language and about Deaf culture. Snack and drink will be provided. Registration required by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library.
Poland Library, 10 a.m., Mon., June 24, and Tues., June 25
The Oakland Center for the Arts Presents Rumpelstiltskin
The Oakland Center for the Arts Kids’ First Theater Incentive will present the beloved Grimm Brothers’ tale, “Rumpelstiltskin,” adapted and directed by Patricia Fagan. Audience members will help the actors bring the rollicking story to a “happily ever after” ending. For the entire family.
Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Tues., June 25
Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Thurs., June 27
Brownlee Woods Library, 2 p.m., Mon., June 24
Canfield Library, 2 p.m., Tues., July 9
East Library, 11 a.m., Wed., June 19
Newport Library, 11 a.m., Wed., July 17
Poland Library, 11 a.m., Thurs., July 11
Springfield Library, 11 a.m., Mon., June 24
Struthers Library, 2 p.m., Thurs., June 27
Come get your science on at the Library! Mad Science promises a fun and interactive, as well as educational program this summer. All of their programs meet science curriculum standards and are led by trained instructors. For school-age children.
Canfield Library, 10 a.m., Fri., June 28
David Anthony Magic Show
David Anthony’s magic show is jam-packed with laughter, fun, excitement, and tons of audience participation.
Audiences of all ages have enjoyed his award-winning unique style of magic.
Main Library, 10 a.m., Mon., July 8
Jungle Terry and Friends
Stop by the library and see Jungle Terry and his animal friends.
You’re sure to have a wild and wonderful time.
Austintown Library, 6:30 p.m., Wed., July 10
Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Tues., July 16
Barn Yard Petting Zoo
A trailer full of animals is coming to the Boardman Library parking lot for three hours on Thurs., July 11, from 5-8 p.m. All animals are safe and secure within their own space in the trailer and sanitary hand-cleanser is provided to be used after petting the animals. We will play lawn games and have a treat as we wait to enter the petting zoo which has a minimum of 16 animals. Rain date will be announced, if needed.
Boardman Library, 5-8 p.m., Thurs., July 11
Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular with Dr. Cletus Beaker
In this hands on interactive science show students will learn important aspects of science like generating hypothesis theories, discovering new science concepts/terms, and learning important life skills. The zany Dr. Cletus Beaker will deliver a topnotch science program, as well as fast-paced on-stage actions, music, audience participation, and straight up fun! For children of all ages.
Canfield Library, 10 a.m., Fri., July 12
Legends of Asgard
This show has it all! Local teenagers will gather to perform and celebrate the ancient myths of Norse culture. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll learn how Odin became the god he is and how he met his mighty end. Celebrate with us as these talented young people teach an interesting history lesson through a fantastic performance. For school-age children.
Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Wed., July 17
Boardman Library, 2 p.m., Mon., July 29
Canfield Library, 2 p.m., Tues., July 23
Main Library, 10 a.m., Fri., July 19
Michael Kusalaba Library, 11 a.m., Tues., July 16
Poland Library, 11 a.m., Thurs., July 25
Balto: A History of Humans, Huskies, and Health in Alaska
The Library is bringing the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to you.
Join in as we learn about the story of Balto and the heroic dogs and mushers of the 1925 Alaskan Serum Run, and compare their experience to the Iditarod of today through video conferencing with the museum.
We will have a kit of equipment used to enable humans and huskies to survive in harsh Arctic conditions to examine during the show. Space is limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your seat or sign up via the online calendar. For children in grades K-12.
Boardman Library, 2 p.m., Wed., July 24
Newport Library, 11 a.m., Wed., July 24
City X Design Project Series
The City X Project introduces kids to the basics of 3-D designing by combining gaming and problem-solving. Kids will practice creative thinking, teamwork, and prototype building and should be able to attend all 3 sessions. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Reader’s Services to register. Registration is for 3 sessions. For grades 4-6.http://www.cityxproject.com/
Main Library, 2 p.m., Mon., July 22, 23, 24
Learn how to create your own mobile apps with MIT APP inventor and explore robotics at this FREE Techie Camp. The camp is open to middle school students in 6th-8th grade, and will run July 22 through July 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Signup online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nordson2019
Austintown Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon., July 22-26
Learn how to create your own mobile apps with MIT APP inventor and explore robotics at this FREE Techie Camp. The camp is open to middle school students in 6th-8th grade, and will run Aug. 5 through Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Signup online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nordson2019
Austintown Library, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon., Aug. 5-9
SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR TEENS
The Guardians of the Stars and Universe
Come to our all things Space Fandom Mashup! Do you love Star Wars, Groot, or Steven Universe? Maybe the Lunar Chronicles or Star Trek are more your thing. No matter what your favorite space fandom is, bring your friends and enjoy games, crafts, food, and fun at the library.
There will be a prize for the best costume so dust off that Stormtrooper helmet or grab your favorite Lightsaber. Everyone is sure to have a Wookie of a good time! For teens.
Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Tues., June 25
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND TEENS
Automotive Maintenance 101
Learn about the condition of the wiper blades, check the air pressure of the tires, along with the tread depth, inspect the air filter, check the fluid levels–such as oil, brake, windshield wiper, coolant and transmission–and top them off, complete an oil, lube and filter job, check its tire pressure, change a tire, test your battery, inspect the belts, and put together a car emergency kit. This will be a hands-on class as we will be outside (weather permitting.) For adults and teens.
Canfield Library, 2:30 p.m., Sat., June 22
Navigating the Stars
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smartphone or compass? Made it through the Underground Railroad, or went to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about navigating by following the stars with Lindsay Sprague from Winterberry Homestead. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orienteering and other activities in your own neighborhood. For adults and teens.
Austintown Library, 7 p.m., Tues., July 2
Mushroom Guru: Walt Sturgeon
Mushroom guru and author Walt Sturgeon will present on the myriad colors, forms, and habitats of our native macro fungi. Edible and toxic species will be shown. Folklore and examples of bioluminescent species, insectivorous fungi, and hallucinogenic mushrooms will also be presented. Walt is a member and trustee of the Ohio Mushroom Society which has been affiliated with the North American Mycological Association since 1982. For adults.
Poland Library, 6 p.m., Tues., Aug. 27
Struthers Library, 2 p.m., Tues., Aug. 27
Upcoming Creative Learning Programs
Moon Phases Shirt-Austintown | Jun 6th, 6:00pm
DIY Gemstone Soaps- Main | Jun 6th, 6:30pm
DIY Tassel Bookmark- Sebring | Jun 8th, 2:30pm
Fourth of July Wreath- East | Jun 10th, 6:00pm
Coloring 4 Grown-ups- Main | Jun 10th, 6:30pm
4th of July Wreath- Austintown | Jun 11th, 6:30pm
Sit 'n' Stitch- Canfield | Jun 12th, 11:00am
3Doodler Fun- Michael Kusalaba | Jun 15th, 2:30pm