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


Updates from the Library
February 2023

February 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, February 7 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, February 7 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, February 14 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, February 21 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, February 21 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, February 28 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, February 28 from 11-12 PM

Take & Make Craft Kits for Valentine's Day will be available starting Monday, February 6th at 2 PM at the Library. These kits are perfect for ages 5-10!

February Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club meets on Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30 PM. This month, we'll be discussing What Money Can't Buy: the moral limits of markets by Michael Sandel. The Non-Fiction Book Club meets exclusively via Zoom, so if you'd like to receive the Zoom invitation to the meeting, please contact Sonora at the Library.

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, February 27th 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 2nd Annual Stone Jug 5K will be held on Saturday, February 4th at 11 AM. The race starts and finishes at the Stone Jug. All proceeds will benefit the Youngstown Free Library.

5K Registration Fee............ $35
Register here to walk/run the race, which also qualifies you to enjoy pulled pork sandwiches at the Jug post-race.

9:30-11:00 AM Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup inside the Ontario House (back dining room: 358 Main Street Youngstown, NY 14174.
11 AM The race will start on Main Street in front of the Ontario House at 11 AM sharp, and will finish inside the back parking lot of The Jug.
View the proposed course for the race. We'll have hot cocoa and cookies available in front of the Library if you want to join us and cheer on the racers.

The Super Bowl Chili Cookoff will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 2-4 PM at Bandana's Bar and Grill. One of the Friends of the Youngstown Library's most popular fundraisers returns on Super Bowl Sunday! Just $10 (cash or check at the door) to sample more than a dozen homemade chilis--and a chance to award this year's winner. Plus 50/50 raffle, surprises, fun, and more! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Youngstown Free Library.

Do you make a great chili? Bring a big batch of it at 1:30 PM to Bandana's to compete! There is no advance registration required.



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, February 20th in honor of Presidents' 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.