Youngstown Free Library
240 Lockport Street, Youngstown, NY 14174
PHONE: 716-745-3555


Updates from the Library
October 2022

October Programs for Children

Town of Porter Recreation Department offers weekly storytimes at the Library on Tuesday mornings. Join the Town of Porter's weekly Story Hour, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! Every week, we read together, make crafts, and practice socialization skills while having fun! No registration required.
• Tuesday, October 4 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, October 4 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, October 11 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, October 11 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, October 18 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, October 18 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, October 25 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, October 25 from 11-12 PM

Take & Make Craft Kits for Preteens & Teens!

New for Preteens & Teens! We have craft kits available for preteens & teens! This fall, pick up a magnetic locker frame kit from the Teen Room!

October Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club is meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 1:30 PM via Zoom. We will be discussing She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer.

Evening Book Club is meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 7 PM. We will be holding this meeting live at the Library, but we will also be offering a simultaneous Zoom option! We will be discussing The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad.

Afternoon Book Club is meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 1:30 PM. We will be holding this meeting live at the Lewiston Senior Center, but we will also be offering a simultaneous Zoom option. We will be discussing The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

All are welcome to any of the book clubs! To receive a copy of the book, you can order it here. If you have questions or you'd like to receive the Zoom invitation to the meetings, please contact Sonora at 745-3555 or

Library Board of Trustees is meeting on Monday, October 24th at 7 PM. The meeting will be held in person at the Youngstown Free Library. Meeting reports are available online the weekend before the meeting.

Upcoming Library Fundraisers

Friday, October 14 will be the Youngstown Free Library's first Meat Raffle. It will be held at the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company from 6-9 PM. This will be a fantastic chance to win meat for your freezer, enjoy drinks and food with your friends and neighbors, and support the Youngstown Free Library! Tickets are now available for purchase at the Youngstown Free Library for $12 each. Children under 12 get in for free.

We will need dozens of volunteers to make this Meat Raffle event a success! If you are interested in helping during the Meat Raffle, we would really appreciate it; please contact Claudia Andres to sign up for a volunteer shift. Thank you!

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday November 3 - 5 will be the Friends of the Library Annual Fall Book Sale. There will be thousands of titles available and all of them will be sorted and organized.
• Friday, November 4 from 9:30 AM - 6 PM
• Saturday, November 5 from 9:30 AM - 3 PM

• Thursday, November 3 from 5 PM - 8 PM: Members of the Friends ($10 to join!) get in early for first dibs at the thousands of offerings! No appointments needed. You can join the Friends at the door or join in advance here.

Do you have books to donate? We are currently out of storage space, so please save your donations until Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, & 3 from 10 AM - 1 PM, when you can drop them off at the Red Brick Gym. Evening drop-off hours are available Nov. 1 & 2 from 6 - 8 PM at the Red Brick Gym.

Thanks for making the Summer Reading season a success!

This year’s Summer Reading Season just finished up, and it was a record-breaking year! This summer, our season included three elements: an imaginatively decorated Children’s Room, plenty of programs, and a reading challenge that celebrated everyone’s reading achievements.

To prepare for the summer, the Children’s Room had to be transformed into a watery paradise to fit with this year’s theme: Oceans of Possibilities. We retooled the theme around our beautiful Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Volunteer Eran Colbus loaned a canoe for the Children’s Room. This canoe made a cozy reading nook, especially once we added oversized stuffed fish, herons, beavers, and turtles for kids to cuddle. Then artist Alina Patterson decorated the windows with paintings from five children’s books about water.

Next, the programs! Hundreds of children attended our forty-one programs, which included LEGO clubs, storytimes for all ages, craft kits, and StoryWalks in Falkner Park.

Finally, the Summer Reading Challenge, a summer-long challenge to kids and teens to read as much as they can! This year we had a record-breaking sixty-one children and teens who read for the Summer Reading Challenge. Readers logged their minutes spent reading. Rather than counting pages or books, time evens the playing field for everyone; no matter their reading speed or facility, everyone’s time is equal.

In total, our readers read for a total of 99,814 minutes this summer – that’s more than 1,663 hours, or more than 70 straight days of reading



Mondays: 2 - 8:30
Tuesdays: 9:30 - 8:30
Wednesdays: 2 - 8:30
Thursdays: 2 - 6
Fridays: 10 - 2
Saturdays: 10 - 2
The Library will be closed on Monday, October 10th for Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day.




Here are some highlights from our current Safety Plan, which was approved by the Library Board of Trustees on March 4, 2022. As always, our top priority is the safety of staff members and patrons.

• Masks are now optional for all patrons and staff. We encourage anyone with any ongoing health concerns, whether for themselves or others, to continue wearing a mask. We assure you that your choice to do so will not result in any person being harassed or excluded from any program, space, or experience provided by the Youngstown Free Library.
• All staff members and volunteers are screened daily to ensure that everyone is feeling well.
• We are cleaning all public and work areas on a regular basis.

Please feel free to review our full Safety Plan.
Youngstown Free Library Safety Plan

Please contact the Director if you have any questions or concerns.

The mission of the Youngstown Free Library is to be a community center which inspires learning and provides access to a vast range of information and resources for patrons of all ages.

The Youngstown Free Library Board of Trustees meetings are held on the last Monday of the month, with the following exceptions: in May, the Board meets on the 3rd Monday of the month, and the Board has no meetings in August or December. The public is always welcome to attend.