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Come to a Makerspace Orientation
Come learn about the basics of using the new Makerspace at the new Michael Kusalaba Branch Library. This is your opportunity to have the library’s staff help you use a laser engraver, vinyl printer, 3D printer, heat press, and more. To register, call 330.744.8636 or register online by clicking on the date below. For adults.
Have you ever thought about learning to play a ukulele, but you don’t want to invest in one until you’ve tried it?
Ukulele kits are available to patrons for checkout with a library card
Now you can take a ukelele for a test run by checking out a ukulele kit at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC). All you need is a PLYMC Library Card.
Kits include: ukulele and case, instruction and music books, extra strings, cleaning cloth, and an instructional DVD. Inside each kit is a replacement cost for the various items included.
The ukulele kits are housed at the Austintown Library, but the kits can also be sent to a branch near the patron for pick-up.
Erin Phemester, Library Programming and Youth Services Director, says: “Music is such a beautiful gift to be able to share with others. We thank the Steel Valley Ukers for helping us to bring the benefits of music, which include increased language development, spatial reasoning, and stress relief, to library users through the ukulele kits.”
Because the number of kits is limited, a patron can check out one kit at a time for a three-week loan period with no renewals. There is a $1 per day fine for late returns. The kits are not available through Search Ohio. Holds may be placed on the ukulele kits, if necessary.
John Waller, PLYMC librarian, said, “We view the loaning of ukuleles as another aspect of our mission as a library. Our slogan here is ‘Connect. Inspire. Enrich.’ And, as legendary musician Bill Evans once said, the function of music is enrichment. So, loaning musical instruments helps us fulfill our mission. By connecting our patrons with instruments, even those as simple as a ukuleles, we are helping to enrich their lives – and hopefully inspiring them to develop their own creativity. Loaning objects other than books helps keep us fun and relevant to our community.”
The ukuleles were donated by Linda Wiland, Richard Wyant and the Steel Valley Ukers. The donors noted that some of the benefits to playing ukulele, aside from learning to play a musical instrument, are brain development and finger flexibility. They indicated it takes about a month to learn six chords and be able to play ukulele.
Join us for the 7th year of Adopt A Palooza for some fun, food, demonstrations and adoptable pets! Last year we found homes for nearly 30 pets, we're excited to try to break that record this year!
When: June 2nd, 2019 | 11AM-3PM
Where: Boardman Township Park, Laricicca Family Bocce Pavilion
This year's rescues and vendors are:
Animal Charity of Ohio
Angels For Animals
Pennsylvania Great Dane Rescue
Friends Of Fido MCDP
Every Dog Matters Rescue
All About The Pawz
Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue
F5RS - Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary
Falcon Animal Rescue
Barktastic K9 Cupboard,llc
The Canine Campus Training and Wellness Center
Niles Veterinary Clinic
One Hot Cookie
Enjoy great food and fun at our Open house, June 1st from 11-4pm. Many chances to win great prizes with our basket raffle and games. Very kid friendly! All proceeds are donated to wonderful causes to help pets in need!
Saturday, 1 June 2019 from 11:00-16:00
Niles Veterinary Clinic
1007 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, Ohio 44446
Your Invited to a ShareFest – Bring & Fix It
A forum of creativity, passion, and knowledge.
A place where folks share their experience,
and good deed community cooperation.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Setup 10 AM - Open 11 AM - Close 4 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. Youngstown
1. Will you volunteer as a fixer/repair person to set up a repair station? For example, small electrical appliances, computers, clothing, housewares, bicycles, etc.
2. While neighbors are invited to bring their broken stuff for repair, including any necessary replacement parts.
3. Sign up to do a table exhibit or mini-workshops. Places where community members share hobbies, talents, and knowledge.
4. Please be an event helper. Contribute to the Pot Luck luncheon of finger food and snacks. Donate to the “Really Really Free Market” gently used items at the swap table.
5. Co-host with your smiling face and helpful demeanor and chat with neighbors. If an item is not fixed, it can recycle.
6. Bring your safe fun kid activities or games using recycled materials. It's family-friendly!
7. Time Bank events are public, no charge, and totally co-produced by volunteers and donations.
C and B Enterprises will be hosting Youngstown’s first LGBTQ themed pop culture fest on Saturday May 25, 2019 at the Jewish Community Center. The center is located at 505 Gypsy Lane Youngstown, Ohio on the north side of the city.
InQlusion con is being marketed as the LGBTQ pop culture convention for everyone. It is our hope to provide a LGBTQ point of view for all things horror, sci-fi and comic books. This is a family event that will include panels, vendors, special guests and a Cosplay contest (with prizes).
Our Special guest will be Naomi Grossman who is well known for her portrayal of Pepper on the FX series American Horror Story for several seasons. She is a respected actress who has performed her one woman shows in Las Angeles and around the world. She will be on hand during the convention to sign autographs and speak to fans.
Our Featured guests will be:
Pete Chiarella, AKA 42nd street Pete. Pete is a self-styled Grindhouse historian who has written several books about his experiences during the 70’s Grindhouse scene.
Dee Fish is a comic book artist from Erie, PA who has created the comic book series Finding Dee. Finding Dee is the sometimes funny and poignant story of Dee Fish transitioning from Male to female.
Jim Decker is an actor who has worked on various projects including Midnight Massacre and the Florida Connection.
Travis Bowen is a Director, Actor and promoter of Dark X Fest in Hudson Ohio. Travis is always in the middle of writing, directing or producing local movies.
The Mummy and the Monkey will be making an appearance. They are movie hosts from Cleveland who show horror movies and also act in funny skits during commercial breaks.
InQlusion con will be hosting their first Cosplay contest with prizes. This will be hosted by local drag performer Ahrinstarr.
Admission to the con will be $10.00 per person. $5.00 for under 12. The show will run from 11am-6pm. There will be an after party at Club Switch that will have an American Horror Story themed show.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
SHAREFEST IS BACK
JOIN US at the
2019 SPRING SHARE FESTIVAL
This year’s theme: Bring & Fix
Gather to Repair – Reuse – Recycle
Do you have small household items that need minor repairs?
Do you have a gift for fixing stuff?
LET’S GET TOGETHER, Saturday, May 25, 2019
setup 10:00 AM, open to public 11 AM to 4 PM
First Presbyterian Church,
201 Wick Avenue, Ygst.
(enter from parking lot in the back)
Everyone is welcome and everyone can participate–bring a friend (or three or more!)
and bring items to share or give away. Especially–bring something that needs to be fixed
and bring your skills or just come and share the fun, food, and community!
Encourage your friends, and neighbors to sign up as an event helper,
do a table exhibit, be a fixer or give a workshop.
Please help in any way that you can?
Library Hires Community Support Specialist to Work with Patrons in Social Service and Mental Health Areas
YOUNGSTOWN (May 21, 2019/For immediate release) – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) has hired Shari Buchmann as the new Community Support Specialist, a part-time position that will enable the Library to better serve patrons with needs in social service and mental health areas. The new position is part of a $27,600 grant the Library received from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation of San Ramon, CA, for a pilot program in this field.
The Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, based in Emeryville, California, has provided over $10 million dollars to philanthropic causes since its inception. The Foundation is particularly interested in public library initiatives that provide innovative services to the communities they serve.
Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC Executive Director, said, “We are grateful to the Gerald M. Kline Foundation for providing a grant which enables the library to offer to our patrons a very different kind of assistance. This project aims to provide a way to connect people needing social services with resources that can help.” She noted that some patrons who frequent the Library may be struggling with issues beyond library service expertise, such as homelessness, addictions, depression and more.
Ms. Fifarek noted, “With this new position, we will not only have the expertise needed to help our patrons, but we will also be able to train our staff to better serve patrons with social and emotional needs.”
Mrs. Buchmann, a licensed social worker, has been in the field of social work for 21 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Youngstown State University in 1998. She most recently has been employed by the Area Agency on Aging for the last 13 years, and has past work experience in the foster care system and nursing homes. She started her job at the Library on May 13.
She is also self-employed with Power of Potential Training and Advocacy Center. The Center provides continuing education units to social workers, counselors and marriage/family therapists. The Center also provides advocacy services for the special needs population, particularly parents and special needs children.
Why was she interested in the Library job? She says, “What the Library was looking for exactly matched my areas of expertise. Gathering information from folks, setting them up with proper resources… it’s what I do. My knowledge of what’s available in the community is valuable. The Library’s resources are phenomenal. It’s a wonderful combination. What a great idea to have social workers in a library setting, because this is where people come to get information. It just makes sense that we should be able to point them in the right direction.”
Staff will provide Mrs. Buchmann with referrals from patrons who seek assistance. “My rule is – if you give me a problem, I want to give you a solution.”
She is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
Mrs. Buchmann was born and raised in Youngstown and resides in Cornersburg with husband Anthony and their four teenagers.
The Library has a partnership in this grant with Hope Haney, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mahoning Valley. About NAMI: “NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.” [https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI]
The Library’s grant project is multi-faceted and includes contracting the Community Resource Specialist for a trial period, providing staff training from Ms. Haney, directing patrons to community resources, and providing programming for the general public on mental health and substance abuse issues. The programming goals are to inform and to make it easier for people to have productive public discussions about mental health issues.