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


Updates from the Library
May & June 2023

May & June 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, May 2 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, May 2 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, May 9 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, May 9 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, May 16 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, May 16 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, May 23 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, May 23 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, May 30 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, May 30 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, June 6 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, June 6 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, June 13 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, June 13 from 11-12 PM

Explore our newest Scavenger Hunt in the Children's Room!
• May the Fourth Be With You (Star Wars theme)
• (coming soon!) Blossoms in the Library (Garden Club Plant Sale theme)

May & June Programs for Ages 9-99

Tabletop Roleplaying Games is your chance to try out RPGs for the first time or play D & D for the hundredth time! We will be playing Pathfinder 1e. No registration is required. Beginners are welcome!
*Pre-made level one characters, pens, paper, dice, and refreshments included!*
• Tuesday, May 16 from 6-8PM
• Tuesday, May 23 from 6-8PM
• Tuesday, May 30 from 6-8PM

May & June Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club meets on Tuesday, June 6th at 1:30 PM. This month, we'll be discussing The Assault on American Excellence by Anthony Kronman. This book came out in 2020, and its synopsis is below:

"College education is under attack from all sides these days. Most of the handwringing—over free speech, safe zones, trigger warnings, and the babying of students—has focused on the excesses of political correctness. That may be true, but as Anthony Kronman shows, it’s not the real problem [...] The Assault on American Excellence makes the case that the boundless impulse for democratic equality gripping college campuses today is a threat to institutions whose job is to prepare citizens to live in a vibrant democracy. Three centuries ago, the founders of our nation saw that for this country to have a robust government, it must have citizens trained to have tough skins, to make up their own minds, and to win arguments not on the basis of emotion but because their side is closer to the truth. Without that, Americans would risk electing demagogues."

Because this book club will meet every other month, we will not meet again until August.

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, May 22nd at 7 PM. The June board meeting will be held on Monday, June 26th 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.

Summer Reading Programs are Coming!

From June 26th to August 12th, the Youngstown Free Library will be holding its Summer Reading Programs! There will be programs for all ages, and all will be free to attend!

It’s only with volunteer assistance that our tiny library can offer 50-60 programs a summer for children.

Are you comfortable planning and running something semi-independently or independently? Are you interested in being an important part of the annual Summer Reading Season at the Youngstown Free Library? Summer Reading Season planning is underway, but we still need several volunteers for small (or large!) pieces of the programs.

In the past, adult volunteers have planned and assembled Take & Make Craft Kits, set up outdoor StoryWalks, run science craft programs, run bicycle repair programs, run book clubs for middle-grade kids, and run hands-on problem-solving programs.

What are you passionate about, and what would YOU like to share with our community? Here are some ideas to get you started:
• a weekly game organizer for kids on Wednesday afternoons
• monthly middle-grade or teen book club
• an art program for 8-13 year olds
• anything involving learning about animals and how they work together!
• StoryWalk setups on Friday afternoons and take-downs on Friday evenings in Falkner Park




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, May 29 for Memorial Day.



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.