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


Updates from the Library
April 2023

April Programs For Children

The Town of Porter's Story Hour is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! Every week, we read together, make crafts, and practice socialization skills while having fun! No registration required.
• Tuesday, April 18 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 18 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, April 25 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 25 from 11-12 PM

Take & Make Craft Kits for April will be available starting Monday, April 10th at 2 PM at the Library. These kits are perfect for ages 5-10!

April Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club meets on Tuesday, April 4th at 1:30 PM. This month, we'll be discussing An Immense World: how animal senses reveal the hidden realms around us by Ed Yong. This book came out in 2022, and its synopsis is below:

"The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every kind of animal, including humans, is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of our immense world.
In An Immense World, Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth’s magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and even humans who wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile’s scaly face is as sensitive as a lover’s fingertips, that the eyes of a giant squid evolved to see sparkling whales, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. We learn what bees see in flowers, what songbirds hear in their tunes, and what dogs smell on the street. We listen to stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, while looking ahead at the many mysteries that remain unsolved."

Because Non-Fiction Book Club meets every other month, we will not meet again until June.

Evening Book Club is on hiatus right now. More information will be posted soon.

Afternoon Book Club is on hiatus right now. More information will be posted soon.

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, March 26th at 7 PM. The April board meeting will be held on Monday, April 24th at 7 PM. The meetings will be held in person at the Youngstown Free Library. Meeting reports are available online the weekend before the meeting.

Mark Your Calendars for This Library Fundraiser

Friends of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale will be held at the beginning of May! There will be thousands of titles available and all of them will be sorted and organized

• Friday, May 5 from 9:30 AM - 6 PM
• Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 AM - 3 PM

• Thursday, May 4 from 5 PM - 8 PM

Members of the Friends ($10 to join!) get in a day early for first dibs at the thousands of offerings! You can join the Friends at the door or join in advance here!

Do you have books to donate to the Friends of the Library? Please drop off your donations to the Gym on:
• Monday, May 1st from 10 AM - 3 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM.
• Tuesday, May 2nd from 10 AM - 3 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM
• Wednesday, May 3rd from 10 AM - 3 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM

Please note, we cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, and any materials with mold issues.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Youngstown Free Library, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support the Youngstown Free Library.



Mondays: 2 - 8:30
Tuesdays: 9:30 - 8:30
Wednesdays: 2 - 8:30
Thursdays: 2 - 6
Fridays: 10 - 2
Saturdays: 10 - 2




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.