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!
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
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
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.
Newport Library, 11 a.m., Wed., July 17
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
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
Summer Mini Samplings with the Youngstown Chapter of the EGA
Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America in making Summer Mini-Samplings in Redwork. This class teaches basic embroidery stitches using red pearl cottons and floss on white fabric. Stitchers will be choosing their designs in class or will be replicating the sample. Learn the secrets of redwork embroidery, popular in the 30’s and 40’s, with an updated flair using metallic threads and bead accents. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults.
Canfield Library, 6:30 p.m., Wed., June 5
For the Love of Stitching with the Youngstown Chapter of the EGA
Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America as they teach you Canvas Work. This class will teach a beginning counted-canvas project in patriotic colors with all supplies to finish the piece into a scissor fob or very special key ring. Stitched on 18 mesh white canvas with a mix of red and blue threads. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults.
Boardman Library, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Thurs., June 13
Autumn Oak Applique with the Youngstown Chapter of the EGA
Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America as they instruct in the art of Fabric Applique with accent embroidery stitches. Confident beginners (or experienced quilters and stitchers) will love stitching this three-leaf design. Students will choose from pre-cut fabric leaves in class, fuse them to the background fabric and then proceed with accent embroidery stitches. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults.
Canfield Library, 10 a.m., Thurs., July 18
Ladybug Cross-Stitch with Youngstown Chapter of the EGA
Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America as they present an embroidery class for kids. Students will learn beginning cross-stitch to make a “Ladybug” Miniature. The design of a ladybug will be ready to be stitched by small hands. Kit courtesy of the DMC Company. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. For school-age children.
Poland Library, 10 a.m., Wed., July 24
Funky Flowers with the Youngstown Chapter of the EGA
Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild to learn Tenerife embroidery. Tenerife is a fast and fun needle lace technique that is great for decorating just about anything including clothing. Our project is worked on the stitcher’s choice of patterned fabric and includes a variety of pearl cottons to personalize your flowers. Once you learn the basics, you’ll want to put this embroidery everywhere. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults.
Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Tues., Aug. 6
Upcoming Creative Learning Programs
Sit 'n' Stitch- Canfield | Jul 24th, 11:00am
Hand Sewn Pouch for Electronics- Canfield | Jul 24th, 6:30pm
DIY Dino Planter- Main | Jul 25th, 6:30pm
DIY Shark Tooth Necklace-Austintown | Jul 29th, 11:00am
Shark Bank-Austintown | Jul 31st, 11:00am
Sit 'n' Stitch- Canfield | Aug 7th, 11:00am
Coloring 4 Grown-ups- Main | Aug 12th, 6:30pm
Botanical Sun Prints- Canfield | Aug 13th, 6:30pm