Piqua Library Blog

Piqua Postcard Puzzles

Every Thursday we’re sharing a historical postcard from Piqua’s past. Using Jigsaw Explorer, we’ve created digital puzzles out of these postcards. Check them out and enjoy them for your Throwback Thursday!

Piqua Historical Postcard Canal Boat

Let's Get Started

Piqua Public Library staff are reading the first chapter of many of our Book Club books. We have large quantities of these books, which can be checked out individually or as sets.

Let's Get Started

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, read by Library Secretary, Beth

Introducing A New Addition to the Piqua Public Library Family

We’d like to introduce you to a new member of the Piqua Public Library family! This lovely wooden horse will be on display with our holiday decorations, “Christmas Creatures from Around the World.”

Book Life: The Joy of Cooking with Your Favorite Literary Characters

Guest Blog Post by Courtney Denning

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

15 Ways to Save Big Bucks at Your Library
Your local library is often an underused, underrated, but valuable resource that can save you money. Many people aren’t aware of the amazing resources and opportunities available--usually for free--at their local library. They might know they can borrow books and movies. Libraries offer so much more; they’re a veritable treasure trove of free resources! Did you know that some libraries offer craft related programs like knitting circles and painting classes? Other libraries have art collections and historical artifacts and provide free classes and cultural opportunities for members of their community. Each library system is different so be sure to research the resources and opportunities available to you at your local branch. 
15 Ways to Save Big Bucks at Your Library

Research Database of the Week: Transparent Language Online 

Planning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school, but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

Research Database of the Week: Gale Virtual Reference Library 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a one-stop shop for all your reference needs! Let’s look at a few examples.

GVRL is perfect for high school students! For example, if a student is working on a research paper about William Shakespeare. They are only allowed one internet source and need book sources. This is a perfect use of GVRL! The database available via the Internet, but the sources are books. Real, full-text reference books!

Days of Festivities

Guest Blog Post by Deb Achor

The holidays are upon us! Library book return dates reflect the impending holiday hustle!

Lobby from 2nd Floor Christmas 2013

“Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement,” explores one of the largest emancipations in American history. Nearly 400 formerly enslaved people journeyed hundreds of miles from Virginia to Ohio. They meant to claim land that was willed to them after they were freed. Upon their arrival to the Miami Valley, they were met with threats of violence. This is only the beginning of their story, which does not end in tragedy. The exhibit consists of nineteen panels and several display cases. Follow the Freedpeople’s history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage and legal battles to community building in the present day. 

The Piqua Public Library has an ongoing used book sale on the first floor of the Fort Piqua Plaza.