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


Updates from the Library
November 2022

November 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, November 1 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 1 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, November 8 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 8 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, November 15 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 15 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, November 22 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 22 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, November 29 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 29 from 11-12 PM

For Preteens, Teens, & Adults

Make Your Own Gift Bags will be held on Tuesday, November 15th from 6-7:30 PM. Are you tired of paying for expensive gift bags? Save money and exercise your creativity by making your own! We provide all the materials, and you can make three sizes of gift bags to take home. FREE. Ages 10+ are welcome, but we ask that you register in advance, please. Call 716-745-3555 or register online here.

** THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. ** Cookie Decorating Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 29th from 6-7:30 PM. Learn the art of cookie decorating from a talented baker, and you'll go home with your own set of decorated sugar cookies! A supply fee of $5 per person is due before the workshop. Call 716-745-3555 if you need to cancel your registration or if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case of an opening.

November Programs for Adults

Evening Book Club is meeting on Wednesday, November 9th 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 Known World by Edward Jones.

Afternoon Book Club is meeting on Tuesday, November 15th 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 Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver.

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 Wednesday, November 30th 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.

Library Fundraisers

The Basket Raffle runs from November 3rd - December 10th. There are 15 baskets available for all ages and interests. Many contain gift certificates and all of them have items perfect for Christmas gifts!

• $5 gets you 10 tickets
• $10 gets you 25 tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the Library, and all the baskets are available for viewing at the Library and on our social media (Facebook and Instagram). Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who donated items for this fundraiser!



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 closing early at 5 PM on Monday, December 5 due to a staff commitment.




The Youngstown Free Library is hiring two part-time Library Clerks this fall. These clerks will join our team in making the Library a welcoming, respectful, tidy, organized, and helpful place for everyone in our community. The ideal candidates would be cheerful, kind, efficient, and detail-oriented folks who are able to bend low and lift high, and who are comfortable with learning new skills with computers. Could this be you?

• 13-20 hours per week, including evenings and Saturdays
• Pay increases to $14.70 after probationary period
• Regular weekly work schedules
• A kind, respectful, and supportive workplace

Full job description here. To apply, please send your resume to by November 23.


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.