Calendar (Week 1) – January 1-7, 2016

Friday 1

Happy New Year!

Saturday 2      

Book Sale. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. The Friends of PLYMC Bookstore will have a month-long book sale in January with all cookbooks, medical and self-help books at half-off. Additionally, all young adult and teen books will be $1 for a brown bag full. The bookstore will run special sales throughout 2016, so check the library’s Happenings newsletter for details of upcoming sales. Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, Poland Library lower level, Open Hours, January.

America’s Schoolmaster: The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey. Melnick Museum, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. William Holmes McGuffey taught millions how to read and study. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead in Coitsville (now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve and part of Mill Creek MetroParks). Through Dec. 2016. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration. Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. The Hunt Institute of Pittsburgh brings the work of 35 botanical documentation artists from around the world to the Weller Gallery. Botanical art depicts plant portraits, both visually pleasing and botanically accurate. These works are part of the permanent record of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Through Jan. 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Book Discussion: Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. This book by Lyanda Lynn Haupt shares complex natural history details on crows and their place in our world, as well as observations on the relationship between humans and nature. Read “Crow Planet,” and then join the group to share your thoughts about the book during a discussion group. 10:30 a.m.

Battle of the Books. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Come to the library and vote for one of the two books displayed. You may vote each time you visit the library during the month of January. For children of all ages. Brownlee Woods Library, Library hours, January; Campbell Library, Library hours, January; East Library, Library hours, January; Newport Library, Library hours, January; Struthers Library, Library hours, January; and West Library, Library hours, January.

Take a Guess. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. Austintown Library, Library hours, January. Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Teen Book Spine Poetry. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Use the titles of books in a stack to create book spine poetry. Fill out a contest form for a chance to win a small prize. You can also take a picture of your book spine poem and post it to social media using the hashtags #plymc #bookspinepoetry. For grades 6-12. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Coupon Swap @ the Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers. For adults. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Sebring Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January; West Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7.

Blind Date with a Book. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Exciting, single book is seeking a fun-loving reader. Will be wearing a plain book jacket and sitting out on display during Library hours. Check me out today. For adults. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Book-A-Librarian: Information Services. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Need help downloading library books to your eReader, want help with your tablet or laptop, or can’t wait to download magazines and movies to your device(s)? You can come to the library for a free one-on-one individual lesson with the Digital Services Librarian. Register at the Main Library at the Information Services Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 to sign up for an appointment. Teens and adults. Library hours, January.

Snow-Who. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Snowmen have come to the library dressed as their favorite book characters. Match each Snowman Character with the name on the literary character list for chance to win a prize. For tweens in grades 4-6 and teens in grades 7-12. Library hours, January.

Trim a Tree for January. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Decorate an ornament for the Library’s all-season tree. Children of all ages. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Newport Library, Library hours, January; Poland Library, Library hours, January; Springfield Library, Library hours, January.

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Austintown Library, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19; Austintown Library, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2; Austintown Library, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23; Poland Library, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7; Poland Library, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15; Boardman, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4. 10 a.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. Elm and Baldwin streets., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features seasonal produce, baked goods, demonstrations, canned goods, and coffees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

music @ night  

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Magic Tree. Joe Graziosi presents “Modern Art:  A Tribute to Art Blakey. ” Valley native Joe Graziosi returns with his hard-swinging sextet that focuses on the songbook of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Graziosi and his jazz group include Kyle O’Donnell, John Reese, Theron Brown and Vinny Vivacqua.  8-11 p.m.

Sunday 3

Ford Hunt and Hike: Snowflakes. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. This year is the Mill Creek Park’s quasquicentennial (125th anniversary). Stop by the Ford Nature Center and locate the 25 snowflakes – hidden to commemorate this milestone, and then go on a hike of your choice. Jan. 3-31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Resolution 2016. Newport Wetlands, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman, 44512; 330-740-7107. Overindulge during the holidays? Resolve to exercise more during 2016? Join a steady, but moderate, pace around Lake Newport. Moderate/difficult, 5 miles.2-4:30 p.m.

Monday 4

Grab & Go Craft for January. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Make a craft to take home. Main Library, 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January. 5:30 p.m.

Saving Memories-Downloading Digital Pictures. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Keep your memories safe by learning how to transfer pictures from a digital camera or phone onto a computer and flash drive. Bring your device with cord attachments and if possible with flash drive or laptop. For teens and adults. 6 p.m.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; http://www.speakingclub.org. Practice skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously and listening. Includes peer feedback and evaluation. This nonprofit educational organization operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication. Meetings are free for guests; members pay $36 every six months. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Reader’s Choice Book Club. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. The group will discuss “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. The group will preview February’s book, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. For adults. 7 p.m.

Twice-Monthly: Youngstown Camera Club. Christ’s Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-793-8316. Youngstown Camera Club meetings are open to anyone interested in digital photography. Meetings occur the first and third Monday. Interested people can find the latest information on the club’s website: http://ycc.photoforge.org. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 5

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies & Books. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For children 6 to 23 months. Twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s & 5s. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Main Library, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5; Newport, 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8. 10 a.m.

Teen Tuesdays. Sebring Library, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; 330-744-8636. Come have a snack and join your friends to do some fun activities on the first Tuesday of each month. Topics will be different monthly. Program is for Teens, 7th grade and up. 4 p.m.

Get Connected with Digital Media @ Your Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Get Connected with Digital Media@ the Library – Would you like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the specific library to register. For teens and adults. Main Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. 6 p.m.

SCORE Appointments @ the Library.  Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow? Ask questions on any business topic. SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in partnership with the Library, will have two volunteers to provide advice and answer questions. SCORE counselors will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Information Services Department’s Business and Investment Center (BIC), located on the second floor of the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave. The service is free. To talk with a business professional from SCORE, please call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. For adults. By appointment between 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 6

Recreational Hikes. Various locations, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Recreational hikes, generally led by volunteers, are faster paced to focus on exercise. 9 a.m., Jan. 6: meet at overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. Easy, 1 or 3 miles. 9 a.m., Jan. 20: meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate, 2 or 4 miles. 9 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s & 3s. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 20, 27; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13; Poland Library, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Pre-Kindergarten Storytime. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. This program is for 4 and 5 year olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. The sessions use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement, and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27.

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting. Enzo’s, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500.  The Warren Rotary chapter will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Wednesdays. Noon.

Ongoing: Wednesdays at the WOW. Oh Wow, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914. Explore in the museum’s InspireWorks Lab. Free with museum admission. http://www.ohwowkids.org. 4-5:30 p.m.

Night Owl for the New Year. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Ring in the New Year with a special family story time. Stories, games, and activities, including a time capsule for each family. 6 p.m.

Winter Wreaths. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Holiday decorations must come down, so let’s make something festive to put in their place. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Check the Library out at the monthly TAB meeting. Help plan and support teen activities at the Library. Meet new people and have fun. Newcomers are always welcome. For teens in grades 7-12. Austintown Library, 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9 (snacks); Boardman Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6 (meets first Wednesday of the month).

Thursday 7

Fitness Fun Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features stories and activities selected from the Eat, Play, Grow program. Good fun and good nutrition. Prizes and snacks will be given. For children ages 2-5. Sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Kids Coalition. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7. Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. 10 a.m.

The Big Bad Wolf. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Wolves are one of the most feared and misunderstood creatures due to fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Children are invited to learn the truth about these social, pack-living animals. Register/pay by Jan. 5. 10-11 a.m. $4 R; $6 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Gotta Move Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Features a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning. Adults and kids, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 21, 28; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan 12; Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25; Sebring Library, 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 28; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 11 a.m.

Listen and Lego. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos. Legos will be provided. For ages 4-7. 1 p.m.

Teen Cafe. Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636.  Food, fun and information in the Teen Room. For teens in grades 7-12. 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 4 p.m.

Weekly: Warriors Inc.: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs. Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. This is a weekly, state certified program that focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic resource education. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation. 330-646-4082 or http://www.Polishyoungstown.com. Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle (Polish culture, crafts, dance and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Occurs every Thursday. Call for location. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Memory Keepers Scrapbooking Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Bring your photographs and create a scrapbook page for them. Paper and other supplies provided. Please pre-register for this event by calling 330-744-8636. For teens and adults. 6-7:30 p.m.

And the Rest is History Book Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Read a sizzling, red-hot history book lately? We would love to hear all the juicy details. Features informal discussions covering all areas of history, including historic eras, people, places, and things. For adults. 6 p.m.

Weekly: Recovery Group. Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg; 330-898-4295. This class uses “Celebrate Recovery” material for individuals facing addiction. Open to all. Thursdays. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.

music @ night  

Magic Tree. John Reese Project.  8-11 p.m.

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