McKinley Library to Host Community Fair April 23

NILES, Ohio — McKinley Memorial Library will host a Community Connections Fair on April 23 at the Niles Wellness Center, 213 Sharkey Drive.

The event, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m., will provide the public the opportunity to connect with representatives of more than 35 organizations in Niles and Trumbull County, according to a news release. The first 200 attendees will receive bags to hold items they collect at the fair. 

“The Community Connections Fair is the library’s first large-scale event since the pandemic. We are very excited to showcase our local organizations, giving them an opportunity to share all of the great resources and services that they provide to our community,” said Michelle Alleman, library director.

The event originally was scheduled to take place at the McKinley Memorial but was moved to the wellness center because of “overwhelming” response from organizations interested in participating. “I believe the interest in this event is a true testament to the role that the public library plays in connecting people with information and services — both within our walls and throughout the community,” Alleman said. 

Participating organizations will include representative of the Niles mayor’s office, the city police and fire departments, Niles Rotary Club, Niles Historical Society, local schools and the library. Other organizations on hand will include Animal Welfare League, Cadence Care, Friends of the Mahoning River, Help Me Grow, Ohio Means Jobs and United Way of Trumbull County. The full list of participants can be found by clicking on this link. 

“We will have fun activities set up on the center field inside the track, including cornhole, jumbo Connect Four, activity dice and temporary tattoos,” Alleman said. “The library will also be passing out promotional items and materials as well as raffling off a gift basket of library items. There will be something for everyone, so I hope to see many families attending this fun and informative special event.” 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.