Special Library Programs & Events

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Help Us Celebrate Black History Month with Andrea Davis Pinkney

New York Times Best-Selling Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

Plan to attend New York times best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s energetic and interactive presentation, one that is filled with audience participation, singing, show-and-tell, and readings from the many books she has published. Reservations are not needed for this special event, which is most suited to school-aged children and adults of all ages.
Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Fri., Feb. 24
Newport Library, 1 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24
Main Library, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 25

DIY Musical Instrument

It’s going to get loud in the library, so bring your family to join in on the fun. Following our special author presentation with Andrea Davis Pinkney, we will make DIY drums and other musical instruments to lead up to the West African drum performance. For the family.
Main Library, 12 p.m., Sat., Feb. 25

West African Rhythm with Sogbety!

Get a glimpse of West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. This interactive performance is sure to engage and delight all audiences! Fun for the whole family.
Main Library, 12:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 25


African American Genealogy – Discovering your family history is one way to pay tribute to the generations of ancestors who built their lives amid struggle and with hope for a better future. In this program we will review the research process with a special emphasis on the unique challenges involved when pursuing African American Family History. For adults and teens. Children ages 5-12 will be able to attend a separate program while adults attend this program. Registration for all programs is required. Please call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department, or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar. For adults.
East Library, 6:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 28

Proud to Be Me – Join us for stories, crafts, and more to celebrate the diversity in our community. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult. During this time, adults may attend the African American Genealogy program in the meeting room. For school-age children.
East Library, 6:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 28


Black History Month Matching Challenge – Celebrate Black History Month with a game! Match the photo, name and accomplishments of these famous African Americans for a chance to win a prize. A random winner will be selected from all participants. For children, tweens, and teens.
Main Library, Library Hours, February

Black History Month Event – Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC – East Committee. Program starts at 11 a.m. with the “Youngstown Connection.” Refreshments will be Black Eyed Peas, Sweet Potato Pie, and Sweet Tea. Free and open to the public to attend. For adults.
East Library, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 18

Freedom Quilt Fun for February – Come help celebrate Black History Month, and design a square to add to the library’s Freedom Quilt! Library hours. For children of all ages.
Newport Library, Library Hours, February

Who Said That? Black History Month Contest – Match the African American heroes to their equally famous quotations. A winner will be selected from the correct entries to receive a prize. For children, tweens, and teens.
Austintown Library, Library Hours, February
Tri-Lakes Library, Library Hours, February

Grab & Go Craft: Celebrate Black History Month – Make a craft to take home. For children of all ages.
Newport Library, Library Hours, February