Newport Branch Library

What's in a Name? New Branch will Carry on Tradition of the Newport Area

The newest branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will be called the NEWPORT BRANCH LIBRARY, in recognition of the history and rich tradition of the Newport Neighborhood, which became part of the City in 1929 and is represented in the Youngstown 2010 land use plan.

“Newport grew as a neighborhood of mixed working-class and upper middle-class origins. Sandwiched between Boardman's exclusive Newport Glen and the working-class Warren Neighborhood, the Newport Neighborhood exhibited traits of both,” according to an article in A CITIZEN' GUIDE TO YOUNGSTOWN, published by the League of Women Voters, Youngstown 2010 and Youngstown State University . “Lake Newport, the third lake created by damming Mill Creek, was finished in 1928 and named for Mary Newport, great aunt of Ms. Alice Baldwin Lewis, a woman who gave acreage to the park.”

The Youngstown 2010 plan uses the designation, “Newport Neighborhood,” to identify the area in which this library is located. That fact, coupled with the historic significance of the Newport area, were important factors in the Library's choice of the “Newport” name for its newest branch.

"We are pleased to be able to incorporate a bit of the area's history and tradition into the naming of this new branch, while also supporting Youngstown 2010,” said Carlton A. Sears, Library Director.

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