Library Seeks Input on Proposed Main Branch Renovation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will host listening sessions in the coming weeks as part of the strategic planning process for the proposed renovation of the Main Library.

The two input meetings, which are open to the public and to be held inside the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., are set for 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 8 a.m. Oct. 30.

Aimee Fifarek, the library’s executive director, and library trustees are beginning the project by gathering input from the public at these two meetings. Fifarek is seeing input to identify what people like to see included in the facility “in order to help make the Main Library as attractive and responsive to the community as possible.”

The meeting will include a presentation showing what the renovated Main Library might include to generate discussion. Topics might include: the building exterior and green space; parking space; interior people spaces like meeting rooms, study rooms, exhibit space, a café area, a reading room; a children’s area; a makerspace or interactive learning center; research areas, including general research, genealogy, local history; popular materials.

To accommodate hearing impaired attendees, a sign language interpreter will be available at the public sessions. Additionally, beginning Oct. 25, the public will be able to provide input starting at the Library’s website. 

Along with these sessions for the general public, Fifarek will discuss the project with interested parties including library staff, city and county officials, and neighboring organizations and businesses.

For more information, call 330 744 8636 and ask for the communications and public relations department.

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