The Youngstown Free Library, located in the Red Brick Village Center, 240 Lockport St., announces the following activities for February. The library requests a parent/guardian accompany a child to all events.
•Valentine’s Day “Candy Land” for Families, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Stop by the library and join in a life-sized Valentine’s Day-themed “Candy Land” game the whole family can play. At each stop, family members will participate in a sweet science experiment, with plenty of learning mixed in with fun. This is an all-ages event. Reserve your family’s place and register at 716-745-3555.
•Story Hour with the Town of Porter, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Feb. 4-25. Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. Every week, participants ages 2-6 read together, make crafts, and practice socialization skills while having fun. No registration is required.
•LEGO Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6-27. Enjoy playing with LEGOS? Children can build the wild vehicles, buildings and creatures in their imaginations.
•Saturday Story Hour with Builders Club: “Be My Valentine,” 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8. Lew-Port's Builders Club students are helpers in the community, and every month they host a story time and craft program for children at the Youngstown Free Library. Preschool and elementary school-aged children and caregivers come for stories, crafts, snacks and a chance to meet the helpers. This event is for ages 3-10.
•“Short & Sweet for Babies,” 11-11:15 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 8 and 20. Stop by the library for a short bimonthly story time packed with music and play to build your baby’s pre-literacy skills. Suitable for newborns to 2 years old.
For Teens and Adults
•“Discover & Explore Your Digital Library,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Learn how to use your digital library to download and/or stream and download e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, music, magazines, TV and movies. Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop and prepare to spend an hour or so getting your accounts set up and your questions answered.
•Friends of the Library Super Bowl chili cook-off – 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Bandana’s Bar and Grille, 930 Lake Road. Residents of the Youngstown and Porter communities will again bring their best chili recipes to Bandana’s for Super Bowl Sunday – and the competition will be fierce! Stop by to sample and vote for the best chili. Cost is $5 and all proceeds go to Friends of the Youngstown Free Library, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit whose mission goes to support the Youngstown Free Library.
•Library board of trustees meeting, 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3 and 24. The governing body of the Youngstown Free Library, the board meets regularly to review current issues, budget, policies and staffing. Open to the public, the community is encouraged to attend the meetings.
•Monthly meditation group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10. Every month, join others for an hour of connection, calm and explore a variety of meditation themes with instructor Stephanie Chesebro. There is no registration or cost for this monthly group.
•Evening book club: “Where the Crawdads Sing,” 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Join the library’s relaxed, friendly neighborhood book club. This month, Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing” will be discussed. Copies of the book will be available to check out.
•Afternoon book club at the Senior Center: “Blue Highways,” 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Youngstown Free Library is going afield. Meet at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 River Road, for afternoon book club. This month, William Least Heat’s “Blue Highways” will be discussed. Copies of the book can be checked out at the library.
•Movie club, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. The Youngstown Free Library is hosting something fresh – a book club for movie lovers. Bring a bagged lunch to enjoy while watching and then discussing the movie.
•Basic tech help at the Senior Center, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 25. Looking for a relaxed, no-stress and no-pressure environment to learn about technology? Come join us. Bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer, and get your tech questions answered. This class will take place at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 River Road.
For more information, visit http://www.youngstownfreelibrary.org/ or call 716-745-3555.