West Side Library Opens Soon
Officials for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County promise a more tech-oriented experience for patrons of its new Michael Kusalaba branch, which is slated for an early February opening. In addition to typical library offerings, the branch will feature a “makerspace” which will give patrons access to high-tech equipment including a 3-D printer and laser engraver. Patrons can also access a soundproof recording room. “We’re hoping we can spur the creative juices of the local community,” said Aimee Fifarek, the library’s executive director. Other high-tech features will include a machine similar to a vending machine from which patrons can check out laptop computers to use anywhere in the library and a digital transfer machine which can digitize old family photos.