“The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County” by Kaitlyn Haas, Salem student. Youngstown is made up of a multitude of different individuals, all with their own thoughts and opinions on the city they live in. Instead of always having blogs written by the City of You’s creative team, we’re going to change the perspective a bit and allow Youngstown’s youth to shine. A group of high schoolers have been taking a summer course at Youngstown State University with the City of You’s own RJ Thompson. In this course, they’re learning how to blog, make graphics and be more active in the community. They were asked to write a blog about something within city limits that they think should be recognized  more by those who live in Youngstown. The responses that the City of You received were too good not to be shared – so here they are. They are edited a bit for clarity, but are being presented with the same style and nuance that the writer used when he or she wrote it originally. We’re excited to present a new perspective on Youngstown from some of its brightest young minds. Enjoy!

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County was founded on October 27, 1880. According to libraryvisit.org, it was under the control of the school board. Miss Pearson and Miss Hitchcock, who were both teachers, were in charge of the books.

It was in a building on Federal Street until 1898 and then relocated to a house owned by Richard and Henrietta Brown. In 1907, the house was sold and $50,000 was given to Andrew Carnegie to move the library to the corner of Wick Avenue and Rayan.

The first county library was built in 1935 in Poland. From 1997 to 2012, other libraries were built in Poland, Austintown, East and Newport.

Today, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has 15 locations. Many people go to the various libraries to check out books, movies, CDs and the other media. The library also has programs for all ages, ranging from infants to senior citizens. They consist of events from meeting authors, to musical performances, to STEAM exhibits, to people sharing their life stories.

According to the library’s website, they offer genealogy, business, government resources, help for homework and a “learning center.” In the Genealogy and Local History Center, they have information such as death certificates, immigration records, newspaper articles about marriages and deaths, addresses for historical societies and many websites that can help you find out who your ancestors were.

In the business portion of the library, they have information on how to start a business, getting assistance, trade shows, different companies and markets, and news about different businesses.

In the government resources, the library has resources on tax preparation, the judicial, executive, and legislative branch, the Ohio government, the U.S. census over the years, and ways to explain the government to kids.

In the homework help section, there is a list of about twenty other libraries, websites and search engines that both students and adults can use to help them with their work.

In the learning center section of the library’s website, there are online tests, courses and career resources along with links to local schools, universities and trade centers. This can help people learn about a subject they weren’t able to before and help people find opportunities to go to school.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has so much more than books. It also has programs that allow both kids and adults to have fun while learning, too.

To learn more about the programs and information the library has, visit www.libraryvisit.org.