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


Updates from the Library
Winter 2024

Winter Programs For Children

Town of Porter Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM and again from 11-12 PM. 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, February 27 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, February 27 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, March 5 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, March 5 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, March 12 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, March 12 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, March 19 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, March 19 from 11-12 PM

FOR AGES 5-10:
Take & Make Craft Kits are available for pick-up at the Library this winter. There will be 20 kits released--first come, first served.
• We still have a few February tween crafts left!
• March craft date forthcoming

Winter Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club meets virtually every other month on a Tuesday at 1:30 PM. If you'd like to receive the Zoom link, please contact Sonora at 745-3555 or
• Tuesday, February 20 from 1:30-3 PM: The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

Evening Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the Youngstown Free Library.
• Wednesday, March 13 from 7-8 PM: Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane or King: a life by Jonathan Eig

Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 PM at the Lewiston Senior Center.
• Tuesday, February 20 from 1:30-3 PM: Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls

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 about how to attend, please contact Sonora at 745-3555 or

Library Board of Trustees is meeting on Monday, February 26 at 7 PM at the Youngstown Free Library. Meeting reports are available online the weekend before the meeting.

Any last-minute updates to programs will be posted to the Library's Facebook page.

Ruby Carey Scholarship application

PURPOSE: The Ruby Carey Scholarship is designed to honor a deserving graduate who demonstrates some of the attributes exhibited by Ruby Carey through achieving excellence in academics and by giving back to their community. The scholarship is awarded to help them purchase textbooks and required materials in their pursuit of higher education.

The Board of Trustees of the Youngstown Free Library and the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Youngstown Free Library are honored to offer this scholarship in her name.

AWARD: An award of $1,500.00 will be presented to the successful candidate upon entering college or university and their name will be added to the Ruby Carey Memorial Scholarship plaque which is displayed in the Youngstown Free Library.

• Applicants must reside within the 14174 postal zip code and be graduating high school during the current year.
• Applicants must have a library card in good standing from the Nioga Library System.
• Applicants must be accepted into and attend an accredited community college, vocational school, college, or university within the next twelve months.

Applications are due on April 26, 2024.



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 19th in honor of Presidents' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 20th at 9:30 AM.



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.