Library Programs for Children & Teens

For a little library, we are very busy!

From infants to teens, the Youngstown Free Library has programs for all ages. We welcome everyone to try something new and connect with your friends and neighbors!

Summer Reading programs

The Library's Summer Reading Program runs from July 6 - August 20. All programs are drop-in except the Rope & Pulley Challenge and Words with Birds; those two programs require appointments.

Short & Sweet for Babies is held on Wednesdays from 11-11:15 AM in Falkner Park. You're never too little for reading and storytime! Miss S. is keeping it short and incorporating songs and shakers for a sweet little storytime for babies.

Toddler & Preschool Storytime is held on Wednesdays from 10:30-11 AM in Falkner Park. Join Miss S. for stories and songs perfect for your toddlers and preschoolers. It will be an active romp of reading, singing and learning. When storytime is finished, the splashpad turns on!

FOR AGES 5-10:
Tails & Tales is held on Wednesdays from 1-1:45 PM in Falkner Park. Storytime isn't just for toddlers! In this weekly storytime for those aged 5-10, we'll be sharing funny stories and learning about animals. After storytime is a frozen treat for everyone!

FOR AGES 8-12:
Rope & Pulley Challenge is held on Tuesdays from 10:30-12 PM in Fort Niagara State Park. Can you solve the Challenge Course?
For whom: ages 8-12 in 2-person teams
Where: Fort Niagara State Park parking lot across the street from the sledding hill
Scenario: Backpacks and boxes of books were found at Fort Niagara contaminated with an exotic mold. If moved, the mold will create a cloud of toxic spores that will affect those who are close to the boxes.
Your Mission: Move the items to a safe decontamination zone without getting close to them. You can use only the items from the provided tool kit for this mission. Can you move the boxes without contaminating yourself and your team? Can you live to tell the tale?
Appointments are required, and slots are limited. Sign up for Rope & Pulley Challenge

Words with Birds is held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:30 PM at the Youngstown Free Library. Books are delightful, and they can be even better when shared with a friend! Join an avian friend to read aloud or silently with them in this appointment-only program. In each appointment, children and caregivers will come to the Library, choose a book, and read it to one of our live animal ambassadors.
Appointments are available:
Thursday, July 22
Tuesday, July 27
Thursday, August 5
Appointments are required, and slots are limited. Sign up for Words with Birds

Storywalk in the Park is held on Fridays from 11 AM (when the splashpad opens) to 8:30 PM (when the weekly concerts end) in Falkner Park. Each StoryWalk integrates a children's picture book into stops along a walking path. Families can walk...and read!

Animal Tail Scavenger Hunt will be available the entire month of August throughout Youngstown's businesses! Pick up your list at the Library starting August 1st, and then find all the animal tails in local business windows!

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

Summer Reading challenge

The Library's Summer Reading Challenge will run from July 6 - September 10 (the end of the first week of school). This year, families can track their child's time spent reading in two ways:

Pick up a paper reading log at the Youngstown Free Library OR
Download the READSquared app from the App Store or the Google Play Store and create an account under the Youngstown Free Library.

Either way, great prizes await you!