The Library is excited to announce that hoopla digital has been added to its digital library. Library users with a valid Portage County District Library card are invited to enjoy free digital movies, music albums, eBooks, and audiobooks using this new digital service. All are available for mobile and online access through this partnership with hoopla digital, a division of Midwest Tape.

Library cardholders may download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit “http://www.hoopladigital.comto”>www.hoopladigital.comto begin enjoying thousands of titles- from major Hollywood studios, recording companies, and publishers- available to borrow 24/7 for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, and computers. You may borrow ten hoopla selections per month with your Library card. Movies are available on your device for three days; music for seven days; and eBooks and audiobooks for three weeks. The borrowing limits reset the first day of the calendar month.

To get started borrowing movies, music, eBooks, and audiobooks right away on your mobile device, download the free hoopla digital app from the App Store on an Android or IOS device. Simply select “Sign Up” to create your account. For computer users, visit www.hoopladigital.comto set up your free account. Select “Portage County District Library” as your library. Once your account has been created, you’re ready to begin downloading free digital content. For more information, read hoopla FAQs at

Portage County District Library is the sixty-sixth library system in the state of Ohio to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include Westlake Porter Public Library, Geauga County Public Library, Rodman Public Library, Washington County Public Library, Wright Memorial Public Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and many others.



The Library Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be held in the Clayman Community Room at the McKinley Birthplace Home & Research Center, 40 S. Main St., Niles.


The Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 28. The library also will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. It will reopen 8 a.m. Jan. 4.


Santa Claus is stopping at the library from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 19. There also will be a snack and a holiday craft. All ages are welcome and the program is free.

The library will be closed Dec. 23, 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan. 1 and 2. The staff asks that patrons not overstuff the curbside returns and look carefully at their receipts to check for due dates since items may be due while the library is closed.

The library is Doing Science. Join library staff and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to become citizen scientists this winter by participating in their ProjectFeederWatch. For two consecutive days each month, from now through April, staff will be counting birds at the bird feeder in the Wellness Reading Garden. Anyone interested in helping count birds is welcome to stop by the front desk for a tally sheet and directions. December dates inlcude Dec. 17 and 18.

The last Community Drum for 2015 will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday. There are big changes coming for Drum in 2016 and participants should check the library website for news.


Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

All library events are free. No reservations are required unless noted.

Holiday Closings – All Warren-Trumbull County Public Library locations (Warren, Brookfield, Cortland, Howland, Liberty and Lordstown) and Bookmobile and Homebound Library services will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Libraries will close early, 5 p.m., on Dec. 31.



Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Preschool storytime features stories and a craft for children ages 3 to 5.

Music and Movement, 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. Children learn language and motor skills through an energetic combination of music, movement and books. For toddlers 19 to 35 months old with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required.

Babytime, 11 a.m. Dec. 11. For infants ages 6 to 18 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required.

Sensory Storytime, 11 a.m. today. A storytime designed for children with autism and other sensory-integration challenges. For children ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. Registration is required.

Santa’s Workshop, 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Making presents for some of the special people on their lists. For children in kindergarten to grade six. Registration is required.

Prance Around the Tree, 10 a.m. Dec. 16. A lively holiday program for toddlers and parents featuring stories, songs, games, crafts, and a snack. For toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required.

Art WORKS!, 4 p.m. Dec. 16. Make a masterpiece while experimenting with different art media. For grades 1 to 6. Registration is required.

“Star Wars” Party, 2 p.m. Dec. 19, for all ages for a celebration of all things “Star Wars.” Registration is required.

“Noon” Year’s Eve Party, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year a little early and in style. Music, games, craft, snack and a countdown to the noon “balloon drop.” For children of all ages. Fancy dress is encouraged, and registration is required.


Thursdays at Main, 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. Activities for teens in grades 7 to 12, Teen Central.

Tabletop Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. today. Board and card games for grades 7 to 12, Teen Central.

Teen Advisory Board meeting, 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Grades 7 to 12 can help plan events, create book displays and suggest other activities to improve and promote Teen Central.

Winter Break Mayhem, Dec. 27 through Dec. 31 during library hours. Games, movies and crafts for grades 7 to 12, Teen Central.


Sci-Fi Book Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Read this month’s featured book, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert A. Heinlein, and then join in a discussion led by a reference librarian.

Monday Movie Matinee and Discussion Group, 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Watch a classic movie on the big screen in the library meeting room and then join in a discussion led by a librarian following the film.

Brookfield branch

Preschool Storytime, 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft. For children ages 3 to 5.

Winter Break Drop-In Crafts and Games, Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 during library hours. Drop in to the library for games and crafts. We will provide the supplies. For kids in grades 5 to 12.


Preschool Storytime, 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. Dec. 8. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft. For children ages 3 to 5.

A Cortland Christmas, 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. There will be crafts and snacks, plus a visit from Santa. The Lakeview High School Madrigals will perform at 7 p.m. For all ages. No registration required.

Howland branch

The Presidents: Book Discussion Group for adults, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. This month’s featured book is “Lincoln’s Virtues” by William Lee Miller. The book is available to borrow from the library, or a limited number of copies may be available for purchase at the library.

Charlie Brown Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m. Dec. 11. Christmas movie readalong, games, food and more featuring Charlie Brown. For children ages 3 to 5. Registration is required.

“Star Wars” Party, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, for all ages.

New Year’s Eve Noon Yoga, 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Enjoy stretches, a craft, and a snack at the countdown to Noon Year’s Eve. Children will need to bring a towel or yoga mat to sit on. For children in pre-K to grade 2. Registration is required.

Liberty branch

Preschool Storytime: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 10, stories and a craft for children ages 3 to 5. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown.

Family Holiday Extravaganza, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The Youngstown Connection will begin the festivities with a performance from 11 to 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Liberty Library and a visit from a special guest.

Holiday Open House, 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Listen to holiday music by guitarist Tyler Guerrieri while you enjoy cookies and punch courtesy of the Friends of the Liberty Branch Library. For all ages.

Lordstown branch

Preschool Storytime, 1 p.m. Dec. 7, stories and a craft related for ages 3 to 5.

Books and More! 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28. A program that pairs children’s books with enrichment activities for kindergarten to grade 6. Registration is required.

Winter Break Drop-In Crafts and Games, Dec. 28, 29, 31 during library hours. Kids in grades 5 to 12 can drop in for games and crafts.

McKinley Memorial

Children’s Programs

The Library offers a variety of programs that are free for children birth to 11 years of age throughout the year.

Pozy’s Pals Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Tuesday until Dec. 15. Stories and crafts for preschoolers ages 4 and 5 and their caregiver.

Kid’s Book Club, 11 a.m. Dec. 12, children ages 7 to 11 to join library staff to talk about books and participate in related crafts and activities.

Lego Club, Children ages 6 and older join library staff 11 a.m. Dec. 19 in the basement classroom of the McKinley Birthplace Home to build something together out of Legos.

Winter programs and storytime sections will begin on Jan. 4.

McKinley Memorial Library Teen Programs:

The library offers programs for teens 12 and older that meet 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the McKinley Birthplace Home basement classroom. Pre-registration is requested for the following programs.

Teen Make and Takes, Make holiday ornaments, Dec. 9.

Teen Book and Film Club, Dec. 16, discuss teen books and watch movies based on the books.