Piqua Library Blog

The Randolph Freedpeople

In the late spring of 1833, 400 people were freed from slavery, but only in writing. The former slaves of John Randolph would have to wait thirteen years for their freedom. Randolph, of the Roanoke Plantation in Virginia, freed his slaves in his will. His family contested his will and fought for over a decade to keep the former slaves as their property.

From Pincushions to Piqua: The Story of The Wilson Family Steiff Collection

Mrs. Jean Wilson Reed passed away on January 2, 2021, at the age of 92. She was a dedicated volunteer in our community. This story is in memory of her and begins by donating her collection of Steiff toys to the Piqua Public Library. The tale includes the history of the Steiff toy company and a little bit of Piqua’s history.

A Time to Pause, Reflect, and Process

A graphic with the words PAUSE REFLECT PROCESS in blue-purple font and written in all caps.

Piqua Public Library Holiday Display 2020 "The Nutcracker"

Book Life: Cookbooks I Wish Someone Would Write (Based On TV Shows)

Guest Blog Post by Courtney Denning

I love a well-written, well-photographed cookbook. If it is a little quirky and based on a beloved television show or character, all the better.

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