YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The parking lot and side street next to Youngstown’s West Side Library were full Thursday evening as community members said goodbye to the old building.
All of the racks and books were gone, with nothing but open space for people to gather and remember.
Everyone was encouraged to write something on one of the blank walls.
Valerie Suppan-Esker grew up on the west side and graduated from Chaney. She is a poet now living in Florida but came home to see the library one last time.
She says West Side Library helped her develop a love for reading.
“At age four, I began reading and I really got engrossed in reading to the point of my mother would say, ‘Put the book down, go outside and play.”
The plan is to demolish the current library sometime this fall and build a new one in the same spot to open in the fall of 2017.