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Youngstown Foundation gives $100K to library for renovation

The Main Library has entered the next phase of its renovation and restoration project and is closed to the public through the end of the year.
Youngstown Foundation Check Presentation
From left are Deborah Liptak, development director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Lynnette Forde, president of The Youngstown Foundation, and Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC director and CEO. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County recently received a $100,000 check from The Youngstown Foundation for the renovation of the lobby at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave.

“This incredible donation showcases the great partnership between the library and The Youngstown Foundation as we both commit to restoring the Main Library and enhancing services for our patrons,” Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC director and CEO, said in a news release.

The donation will support the Main Library’s new entrance and information hub, which will serve as the library’s directional guide, ensuring that patrons are informed of the library’s materials and services, the release states. It will be the first room that patrons will enter when the Main Library’s renovation is completed next year.

“The Youngstown Foundation has been a longtime advocate of universal design — promoting the accessibility of buildings by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. We are proud to contribute to Main Library’s renovation project and support its next chapter of providing accessible services to residents across the Mahoning Valley,” said Lynnette Forde, president of The Youngstown Foundation.

The Main Library has entered the next phase of its renovation and restoration project. It is closed to the public through the end of the year to allow staff the time to move materials from the Grand Reading Room and to prepare the second floor for public service. During the closure, curbside drop-off will not be available. Patrons can return materials at any other open library branch and use the library’s online services. For information, click here

The library will reopen to the public Jan. 3, 2022. During the continuing construction project, all public services will take place on the second floor and in the recently opened Family Engagement Area. Renovations on the Main Library began in August 2020 and are expected to be completed in early 2022.

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