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STEM Programming for Youth Services


Welcome to a day of STEM programming for youth services at the newly renovated Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  The morning will consist of two sessions highlighting two successful programs for Youngstown. In addition, Westlake Porter Public Library will share their Making Music with Technology.   In the afternoon be sure to bring your own STEM programming ideas to share for a roundtable discussion.  We will also have a tour of the new library at the end of the day.

Next Level LEGOs

Take your LEGO programming to the next level. Learn about FIRST and how you can work with their organization to offer LEGO programming for kids and more. 

Summer of Solar at PLYMC

Learn how the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County partnered with Youngstown State University's ADMETE team to create The Summer of Solar.  YSU Engineering students and Library staff led programs where middle schoolers created circuits powered by a solar panel on model houses.  They not only learned about microelectronics and solar power, but also about potential career paths in engineering and microelectronics.  We'll share the planning process, how we partnered with community members, as well as the goals, assessments, and outcomes of the program.  

Making Music with Technology

Are you a musician who's into computers? Learn what you can use to find sheet music online, practice, record yourself, mix songs, play with MIDI, and perform live.


Tracy Harris has been an assistant librarian for 3 years with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She has worked in Youth Services and is now the STEAM Specialist at the Main location in Youngstown. She oversees the STEAM and DIY spaces and is active in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math throughout the county and with community partners. 

Lindsay Platt has been a librarian for almost 9 years with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She has worked in Adult Services, Youth Services and is now the Supervisor at the Michael Kusalaba Branch on the west side of Youngstown. She oversees a tech-heavy makerspace, works towards implementing EDI practices in the workplace and neighborhood, and is currently building a teen volunteer program. 

Marnie Alvarez is the Family Engagement Supervisor at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, where she's worked for over 10 years. She's conducted programs for patrons of all ages, and is passionate about finding ways to connect with and support the community.  As the Supervisor of the Main Library Family Engagement Area, she couldn't be prouder of their new dedicated space for families and children of all ages and is looking forward to future innovative programming and greater collaborations with community organizations.

Amy Burkard is the Teen Programming Lead Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Amy has worked at the library for the past 6 years, and has been the teen lead for the past year. She has recently become a committee member of the Teen Think Tank, a statewide organization that focuses on teen programming. Amy runs her library’s Teen Advisory Board, facilitates a teen led beginners D&D program, provides STEAM programming for tweens and teens, and more. Amy views her position as an advocate for teens in her library, and wants to empower teens through her programming. 

Jenny Norton has been in the Adult Services department at Westlake Porter Public Library as the STEAM Librarian for 8 years. She teaches computer classes, wrote several grants, created a "memory lab" to digitize family pictures, video, and audio, as well as hosts monthly "Maker Mondays" that explore new trends in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

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9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern

Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
305 Wick Ave
Youngstown, OH 44503

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Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in learning more about STEM Programming for Youth Services
Competency:  Programming 

Non-Member Cost:      $160
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $120
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:   $80
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $80

There is an additional $20 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (5) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
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