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Adult Programs & Special Events

All library programs and events are free and open to the public. No reservations are required unless noted.

Check the library calendar to see all library events for children, teens, and adults.

First Friday Lecture Series

A Family History Month Event: Care of Photographic MaterialsVintage family

Friday, Oct. 3 at 11 AM

At the Main Library in Warren


Pamela L. Speis, archivist at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, will discuss the proper care and preservation of photographs, from different photo formats to storage solutions.


Learn how to protect your family's photos and other heirlooms for future generations!


No reservations required. Free.



Treasures of the Butler Institute of American Art

Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 PM

At the Main Library in Warren

Founded in 1919, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown is the first structure built specifically to house a collection of American art.


Dr. Louis A. Zona has been Executive Director of the Butler since 1981. He will give an illustrated presentation about some of the museum's historic and contemporary holdings and highlights from the Butler's collection.


A retired professor of Art History at Youngstown State University, Dr. Zona is the author of numerous articles on art and art history in exhibition publications, catalogues, and art magazines.



Murder For Hire

Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11 AM

At the Cortland Branch Library

Guest speaker Jim Fisher will talk about notable murder-for-hire cases.


Fisher is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and a former FBI agent. He taught criminal investigation, criminal law, and forensic science at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 2004.


He has written seven nonfiction books and has been nominated twice for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allen Poe Award.



Ghosthunting Ohio

GH Ohio cover

Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 PM

At the Main Library in Warren

John Kachuba revAre you brave enough to join author and ghosthunter John Kachuba on a virtual tour of Ohio's creepiest haunted locations? In this presentation, he will talk about some of the scariest places in the Buckeye state - each of them open to the public - that he has investigated and written about in his books.


Kachuba is an award-winning writer and paranormal researcher with twelve books to his credit, including four about ghosts and ghosthunting. His latest book, Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again, is a sequel to his best-selling Ghosthunting Ohio.


Kachuba is a frequent speaker at conferences, libraries and universities, and on radio and TV. He also teaches Creative Writing at Ohio University and Antioch University Midwest and is on the faculty of the Gotham Writers Workshop.


Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.


Book Discussion Group

Join our librarians for lively discussions about popular and thought-provoking books!  Meets at the Main Library in Warren.


Thursday, October 9 at 2 p.m.: This One is Mine by Maria Semple

Thursday, November 13 at 2 p.m.: My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner


Monday Movie Matinees

iStock Movie clipboardAt the Main Library in Warren

Join us to watch a classic movie shown on the big screen in the library meeting room, then join in a discussion following the film.


Monday, Oct. 20 at 2 PM

1944 Film, not rated; runtime 98 minutes.


Monday, Nov. 17 at 2 PM

1949 Film, not rated; runtime 121 minutes.



Sci-Fi Book Group


Meets at the Main Library in Warren.


Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 PM - The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett


Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 PM - All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka



A Science Fiction and Fantasy book discussion group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Main Library in Warren.


Science Fiction and Fantasy fans (ages 16 and up) are invited to participate in the group dedicated to these popular genres. It's a wide-ranging, free-form discussion looking at new and not-so-new topics and titles each month!


Contact the Reference Department at the Main Library for more information; 330-399-8807 ext. 200.