Published: Sunday, April 29, 2007
"Celebrity Pajama Jam: Sleepy-Time Fun for the Family." Put on your PJs, bring out the whole family and listen to bedtime stories read by Mrs. Kijowski, principal of Holy Family School. Poland, 7-7:30 p.m., May 21.
"Celebrity Story Time with WYTV's Angee Shaker." Family story time. Sign up. Brownlee Woods, 7 p.m., May 9; Campbell, 7 p.m., May 15; Struthers, 7 p.m., May 21.
"Come and Join the Fun." Stories and fun for ages 4-5. Austintown, 1:30 p.m., May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Boardman, 1 p.m., May 2, 9 (Mother's Day Program), 16, 23, 30; Canfield, 1:30 p.m., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Main Library, 10 a.m., May 10 (Program: Birds & Bees) & 24 (Program: April Showers Bring May Flowers); Poland, 1 p.m., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
"Crafts to Go!" A make-and-take craft for children of all ages. East, May 7-10; South, May 15-19; West, May 21-26.
"Gotta Guess?! Tween Contest." Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins. For grades 4-6. Poland, May 1-15; Springfield, May 1-15.
"Hooray for Mother's Day!" Listen to stories and make a craft for mom. For ages 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. West, 4:30 p.m., May 9.
"Just for Mom." Make and take a craft for Mother's Day. For children of all ages. Canfield, 3-5 p.m., May 10; Greenford, 3-5 p.m., May 10; Sebring, 3-5 p.m., May 10.
"Kids' Crew: Everything's Coming Up Roses & Marigolds." Listen to stories, play games, and plant a marigold to take home. For grades K-3. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Main Library, 4 p.m., May 23.
"Make It Milk Chocolate for Mom!" Enjoy holiday stories and make a chocolate treat for mom. For school-age children. Sign up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Boardman, 7 p.m., May 10.
"May is for Moms." Stories, a craft and more for children of all ages. Main Library, 7 p.m., May 8.
"Mysterious May!" Games and puzzles. Take a chance to win a prize. For school-age children. South, 4 p.m., May 22; West, 4 p.m., May 14.
"Name That Number." Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins a prize. For grades 4-6. East, Library Hours, May; South, Library Hours, May; West, Library Hours, May.
"Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!" Presenting, "Three Billy Goats Gruff," for all ages. Stories and crafts, shadow puppets and marionettes. Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown, 7 p.m., May 14.
"Solve the Mystery Location of Ready-to-Read Raccoon." Identify where in Austintown different pictures of Ready-to-Read Raccoon were photographed to be eligible for a prize. For grades K-6. Austintown, all month.
"Something Special." Stories and fun for ages 4-5. Sign up. Sebring, 10 a.m., May 10; Springfield, 10:30 a.m., May 16.
"Trim a Tree for May." Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree. For children of all ages. Poland and Springfield.
"Tweens: Shout About TV." Bring a friend, play the popular TV trivia game and win prizes. Library provides snacks. Main Library, 4:30 p.m., May 22.
"Tales for Toddlers." Join us for stories and fun for early talkers, ages 2-3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up, except for at Poland. Austintown, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Boardman, 10 a.m., May 2, 9 (Mother's Day Program), 16, 23, 30; Canfield, 10 a.m., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Poland, 10 a.m., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
"Time for Babies and Books." Books, songs, rhymes and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up. Austintown, 10 a.m. (6-23 months), May 8 & 22; Boardman, 9:30 a.m. (6-12 months) & 10:30 a.m. (13-23 months), May 3; Canfield, 10 a.m. (6-23 months), May 14; Poland, 10 a.m. (6-23 months), May 2.
"Sharing Books With Talkers." Learn how to read to your children so they'll soon be readers, too. Discover hear-and-say (dialogic) reading techniques that optimize the development of pre-reading skills necessary for learning to read. For parents, teachers and caregivers of children ages 2-3. Sign up. Poland, 7-9 p.m., May 14.
"Sharing Books With Pre-Readers." Learn developmentally appropriate activities and tips for sharing books with children in order to expand their pre-reading skills. For parents, teachers and caregivers of children ages 4-5. Sign up. West, 6-8 p.m., May 16.
"Celebrate the Arts at Austintown Library." Enjoy artwork by Austintown Fitch High School students during this special art show. Austintown, Library Hours, May 7-14. A reception will be 7-8:30 p.m. May 10, with light refreshments.
"Guitar Lessons." At your own speed, learn the basics of playing the guitar. Bring your own guitar or use one from library. For grades 7-12. Space is limited, so sign up today. Brownlee Woods, 4 p.m., May 18 & 4:30 p.m., May 23; Campbell, 4:30 p.m., May 5 & 22; Struthers, 4:30 p.m., May 7 & 14.
"'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Art Contest." The last book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be released on July 21. The new cover has been revealed, but how do you think it should look? From May 1 until June 30, an art contest lets you show everyone. The contest is open to grades 7-12 and a winner will be chosen from each of three categories: grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Each winner will have his or her artwork reproduced as a library bookmark and displayed on the TeenXTreme website, www.teenxtremeonline.org. Each winner will also receive a free copy of the upcoming Harry Potter book when it is released! Details at library branches and at the TeenXTreme website. (Note: This is a Library contest and is in no way affiliated with Scholastic Inc., publisher of the Harry Potter series.)
"'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Writing Contest." The last Harry Potter book is coming out on July 21, but nobody knows the ending (except the author). A writing contest from May 1 until June 30 lets you write your own ending to the Harry Potter saga to share with the Library. Get as creative as you like! The contest is open to grades 7-12, and a winner of the Library's contest will be chosen from each of three categories: grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Winning entries will be posted on the TeenXTreme website, www.teenxtremeonline.org. Each winner will also receive a free copy of the upcoming Harry Potter book. Check at your local library or on the TeenXTreme website for all the details.
"It's Mom's Day... Every Day!" Enter Mom's name to win a year of reading. One lucky mom will be selected to receive a magazine subscription selected by our librarians. For grades 7-12. Boardman, May 1-12; East, May 1-12; South, May 1-12; West, May 1-12.
"School's (Almost) Out for the Summer!" Bet you can't wait for summer vacation. No homework! Sleep late! Lots of spare time! Enter to win a prize you can use in that spare time. For grades 7-12. Canfield and Sebring.
"Shout About Movies." Bring a friend and your movie knowledge. Library provides snacks. Prizes will be awarded. For grades 7-12. Main Library, 4 p.m., May 31.
"TAB (Teen Advisory Board)." Want to meet new people? Have ideas for future teen events and programs? Need service credits? Like free snacks? Then check out TeenXTreme's monthly TAB. It meets the first Wednesday of the month. Newcomers are always welcome. For grades 7-12. Boardman, 6:30 p.m., May 2.
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Guess the number of baseball cards in our container and win a souvenir. For grades 7-12. Poland, May 7-19.
"Young @ Heart Who Am I?" Can you figure out who these celebrities are from pictures of their younger years? Prizes will be awarded. For grades 7-12. Austintown.
"CSI Y'Yown." Join fans of mystery books, movies and TV to hear Sgt. Cmdr. Joseph DeMatteo discuss the Youngstown Police Department Bomb Squad. CSI Y'Town is a chapter of the national "Sisters in Crime" organization. Boardman, 6:30 p.m., May 8.
"Friends of the Library Meetings." To join or find out more, contact the Development Office at (330) 744-8636, ext. 118. Austintown, 10 a.m., May 21 (Program: "Preparedness and You" by Walter M. Duzzny, Head of the Mahoning County Emergency Management and Communication Agency); Boardman, 10 a.m., May 14 (Program: "Mount Calvary: A History" with Louis Joseph); Canfield Historical Society Bond House, 7 p.m., May 11 (Program: The Canfield Historical Society and Friends of the Canfield Library will host actress, writer and director Carol Weakland for her performance of "Morgen of Avalon," a new, one-woman play based on the legends of King Arthur and told exclusively from Morgen's viewpoint); Main Library, 5:30 p.m., May 14; Poland, 9:30 a.m., May 1.
"Grant Center: Proposal Writing Basics." This program provides the basics of proposal writing for a nonprofit organization. Registration is required by calling (330) 744-8636 and pressing "2" at the phone prompt. Main Library, 9:30 a.m., May 17.
"Lunch & Learn: Frederick Douglass and the Anti-Slavery Movement in the West." Considered "the West" by antislavery activists during the era leading up to the Civil War, northeastern Ohio was a center for abolitionist activities that included, but went far beyond, the Underground Railroad. On numerous occasions, escaped slave Frederick Douglass, famed for abolitionist oratory, traveled to this area. Spend a lunch hour with Dr. Diane Barnes, learning about our area through the eyes of Douglass and his colleagues. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Main Library and the YSU English Department. Main Library, Noon-1 p.m., May 8.
"Book Signings." The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Bookstore will host two authors this month. The bookstore is located in the lower level of the Poland Library. Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, Poland, 7 p.m., May 15 (Beulah Eastman, author of "Rachel's House," a book that relates the touching legacy of a family deeply rooted in and reunited by a house); Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, Poland, 7 p.m., May 30 (Joe Miller, author of "Walking on Flamingo," which takes readers on a journey of self-doubt, but also inspiration and dedication as a frustrated actor tries to get the right breaks).
"Humility of Mary Health Partners." Main Library, 2-6 p.m., May 14.
"Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross." Austintown, 1-3 p.m., May 16; Boardman, 12:30-3 p.m., May 7; Poland, 1-4 p.m., May 22; Struthers, 1-4 p.m., May 15.
"'Original' Visiting Nurse Association of Mahoning Co." East, 1-3 p.m., May 7; South, 1-3 p.m., May 8; West, 1-3 p.m., May 15; Main Library, 10 a.m.-noon, May 24.
The Library will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day.
For more information, call (330) 399-8807, ext. 138. All programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required unless noted.
"Preschool Story Times." For ages 3-5 at Main, 1 p.m. May 1 and 8; for ages 2-5 at Main, 7 p.m. May 8 and 10. Themes change weekly.
"Toddler Tales." For toddlers ages 24-35 months. At Howland, 10:00 a.m. May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Registration required.
"The Library League." For grades K-4. At Howland, 3:15 p.m. May 4 and 11.
"Baby Time." For ages 6-18 months. At Main, 11 a.m. May 12. Registration required by calling (330) 399-8807, ext. 401. Registration begins May 4.
"Patio Pals." For ages 6-12 and parents. At Main, 4 p.m. May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Special activities and stories related to nature, gardening and weather. Registration required one week prior to each program by calling (330) 399-8807, ext. 401.
"Free Blood Pressure Screenings." At Main, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 8.
"Book Discussion." At Main, 2 p.m. May 10. Librarian Stephanie Worek will lead a discussion on Teacher Man by Frank McCourt.
"Teen Advisory Board Meeting." At Main, noon, May 12. Trumbull County teens in grades 7-12 can help make the library inviting for teens.
"A prelude to summer featuring 'The Spirit of the Valley'." At Howland, 6:30 p.m. May 14. An evening of music performed by a Sweet Adelines group. Refreshments will be provided. No reservations required.
"Reading & Other Forms of Art at the Butler in Howland." For ages 5-12. At the Butler in Howland, 2 p.m. May 19. Stories and an art activity.
"Ohio Oddities." At Main, 2 p.m. May 20. Neil Zurcher will discuss strange places, people, and things around Ohio.
"Library Closings." May 13 for Mother's Day and May 27-28 for Memorial Day.
"Family Time." All ages, 6:30 p.m. May 7, 14 and 21.
"Story Time." Ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"Toddler Time." For 2-year-olds with an adult, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.
"Baby Time." 11 a.m. May 4 and 18.
"Closings." May 26-28 for Memorial Day.
"Book Discussion Group." 6:30 p.m. May 2. "The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw. To join, contact facilitators Colleen Keller at ext. 22 or Norma Savany at ext. 11.