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


Updates from the Library
Spring 2024

Spring 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, April 9 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 9 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, April 16 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 16 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, April 23 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 23 from 11-12 PM
• Tuesday, April 30 from 9:30-10:30 AM
• Tuesday, April 30 from 11-12 PM

FOR AGES 5-10:
Eclipse Take & Make Craft Kits are available for pick-up at the Library this April 8. There will be 75 kits released--first come, first served.

Spring Programs for Adults

Non-Fiction Book Club meets virtually every other month. If you'd like to receive the Zoom link, please contact Sonora at 745-3555 or
• Monday, June 10 from 2-3:30 PM: The Wager: a tale of shipwreck, mutiny, and murder by David Grann

Evening Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the Youngstown Free Library.
• Wednesday, April 10 from 7-8 PM: On Censorship: a public librarian examines cancel culture in the US by James LaRue
• Wednesday, May 8 from 7-8 PM: North Woods by Daniel Mason
• Wednesday, June 12 from 7-8 PM: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 PM at the Lewiston Senior Center.
• Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30-3 PM: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
• Tuesday, May 21 from 1:30-3 PM: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
• Tuesday, June 18 from 1:30-3 PM: Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane

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, April 22 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.

Eclipse Celebration on April 8

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the giant eclipse events happening in Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara? We are here to provide a family-friendly alternative for locals!

Come to our small, chill, family-friendly event to celebrate the eclipse with your friends and neighbors! Bring your own lawn chairs to the Youngstown Free Library. We'll provide eclipse glasses to the first 150 attendees.

-hot dogs and water from the Youngstown Lions
-Girl Scout cookies for sale!

Kids' Activities:
-sidewalk chalking with the Youngstown Boy Scouts
-glow-in-the-dark tattoos (a hit even if it's cloudy!)
-decorating shields for eclipse glasses (protect those young eyes!)
-Take & Make craft kits for ages 5-10

-learn about the eclipse science from the Youngstown Girl Scouts
-depending on the weather, we can livestream the eclipse inside

Escape the Traffic Issues:
-dedicated parking for handicapped & families in need
-we encourage biking & walking to the Library!

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 until 4:30 PM on Monday, April 8th for the Eclipse Celebration outside. We will be open from 4:30-8:30 that 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.