Special Library Programs & Events

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Sweet Clara bookFreedom Quilts for Kids

In preparation for Black History Month, visit this educational and informational Freedom Quilt Station. Learn how these historic quilts may have played a significant part in the Underground Railroad, share the book “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” with your family and color your own piece to add to the freedom quilt we will display during the month of February. For kids of all ages.
Main Library, Library Hours, January


Martin Luther King, Jr., Collaborative Poster

Have fun creating a large poster of Martin Luther King, Jr. Children will color sheets for sections of the poster. Once all sheets have been colored, the poster will be assembled to reveal an amazing image of Martin Luther King, Jr., and hung in the library. Materials will be provided. For children of all ages. Holiday program.
Michael Kusalaba Library, Library Hours, Jan. 6 – 11

Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

To celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, come and celebrate his legacy by decorating a paper peace symbol. This symbol will then be displayed within the library during Black History Month. For the entire family.
Campbell Library, Library Hours, January
East Library, Library Hours, January
Newport Library, Library Hours, January

Martin Luther King, Jr., Had a Dream and So Do I

Help us celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., throughout the month of January. Write or draw your dream for the world and add it to our display board. For children of all ages.
Canfield Library, Library Hours, January
Sebring Library, Library Hours, January
Tri-Lakes Library, Library Hours, January

MLK Movie Matinee

School is out so join us for a documentary movie featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Main Library, 3 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 17

Chinese New YearGong Hei Fat Choy!

“Gong Hei Fat Choy” or “Happy New Year”! Come celebrate and learn about the Chinese New Year with us through stories, songs, and a craft. Snack provided.

For school-age children..
East Library, 12 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 25


Declutter organized drawerDeclutter to Destress

Do you have too much stuff and are overwhelmed at the thought of going through it? Do you feel stressed when you walk into your home due to the lack or order? Are you ready to organize, but don’t know where to begin? Never underestimate the power of being organized. It will empower you, give you more time to focus on other things and yes, actually bring you joy. Join Dianne Warner from Joyous Home Organizing to learn helpful and practical decluttering and organizing tips plus techniques for bringing peace, order and joy into your life. For adults.
Poland Library, 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 16

A Celebration of Black History Through Stories – Join us as we celebrate African and African-American culture with folktales presented by storyteller Donna Willingham from the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. Learn the history of “Black History Month” and the important role of storytelling that is just as relevant today as in ancient times. All ages welcome. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups: please call in advance at 330-744-8636 and ask for the Reader’s Services Department. For children of all ages.
Main Library, 10 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 19

Black History Month Bookmark Decoration – To celebrate Black History Month, come to the library and color a bookmark to take home. Show your completed bookmark to a library staff member to be entered into a drawing for a prize. For children of all ages.
Boardman Library, Library Hours, February
Greenford Library, Library Hours, February  
Springfield Library, Library Hours, February

Celebrating Black History Month with Art – Learn about artist Alma Thomas and make beautiful artwork inspired by her own. For children of all ages. Holiday program.
Austintown Library, Library Hours, February    
Michael Kusalaba Library, Library Hours, February

Contributions and Achievements of Local Black History Makers – Many Local Black Ohioans contributed some everyday inventions to our communities. Come participate in a PowerPoint presentation and discussion about local Black History. Light refreshments will be served. For adults and teens.
Newport Library, 6 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 19

Milestone Negro Spirituals Through the Civil War – In honor of Black History Month, Hilliard Greene presents Milestone Negro Spirituals: “When Folksongs Bring Freedom.” This performance/workshop in words and music brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs associated with the Underground Railroad. The featured music is based on the coded Negro spirituals that runaway slaves used to elude capture. Selections will include: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in The Water,” “Deep River,” “Go Down, Moses,” “Michael, Row De Boat Ashore,” and “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray.” For the entire family.
Main Library, 3:30 p.m. on, Fri., Feb. 7

“Decoding the Past” Black History Month Contest – Show what you know about Black History Month by answering historical questions and decoding a secret word. A winner will be selected from the correct entries to receive a prize.  For all ages.
Canfield Library, Library Hours, February   
Sebring Library, Library Hours, February  
Tri-Lakes Library, Library Hours, February

Friends of PLYMC East Committee Black History Event – Special presentation by Frederick E. Smith, Civil War Reenactor of Ohio 5th USCT.  Black-eyed peas, sweet potato pie and sweet tea will be served.  The East Committee of the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County encourages families to attend.
East Library, 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15

Inner Peace After Abuse

“It is not easy to shine when someone hurts you. You are a survivor! You are a testimony!” Hear from motivational speaker Michelle Carter-Douglass, a survivor of several domestic violence relationships since the age of fifteen. Hear how she overcame trials and tribulations, healed from the storms of abuse and violence, and continues to overcome obstacles in life. For adults and teens.
Newport Library, 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15

Leapin Lizards“Leap”ing Lizards

“Leap”ing Lizards, it’s Leap Year! What better way to enjoy February 29 than with an exotic reptile show by Marissa Hall from Realm of the Reptile. During this educational show, children will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with lizards, tortoises, s-s-snakes and more! Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups please call in advance at 330-744-8636 and ask for the Reader’s Services Department.
Main Library, 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 29

Lit YoungstownLit Youngstown Winter Writing Camp

Register today for Lit Youngstown’s Winter Writing Camp at the Main library and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Join us Sat., Feb.  8, for a day of fun writing activities for all ages and experience levels. Thinking about writing the family history? Want to encourage your children or grandchildren to write creatively? Love storytelling? The Winter Writing Camp is free with registration. Seating is limited (no walk-ins, please). For more information and to register, visit www.lityoungstown.org.
Main Library, Library Hours, Sat., Feb. 8

Library Night at YSU Basketball Game

Celebrate Library Night and cheer on the Penguins men’s basketball squad as they tip off against the Jaguars from IUPUI. And, of course, the Public Library has you covered with a discounted general admission ticket for only $5.  Just show your library card at the Stambaugh ticket office before the day of the game or at the Beeghly box office on the day of the game. There is no ticket limit per library card.
Beeghly Center, 6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1

Ukulele Workshop

Learn to play the ukulele! Join the fun as Richard Wyant of the Steel Valley Ukers leads us in a program of ukulele instruction. The first hour will be for beginners, while the second hour will include more advanced lessons and play-along songs. Bring your own ukulele or check one out from the library. Players of all skill levels are welcome. For adults.
Austintown Library, 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15

100 books1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading with your baby, toddler or preschooler is one of the best ways to prepare your child for success in school. Starting November 1, parents can sign up their children for the program – it’s never too early or too late to start. The 1,000 Books program is open to all children from birth until they start kindergarten.


The logo and name “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” are used with permission from the 1,000 Books Foundation. https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/

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