City of Piqua National Library Week Proclamation
Thank you to the Piqua City Commission and Mayor Kris Lee for commending the Piqua Public Library and our staff! In recognition of our staff's diligence and hard work for our community's citizens, they have proclaimed the week of April 4 - 10, 2021, to be National Library Week.
Community Poem: Where I'm From
April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a community poem!
Community Poem: Library Love
In February of 2020, the Piqua Public Library invited our patrons to write a community poem. Everyone who participated wrote, in six words or less, why they love the library. We turned their submissions into a community poem for Library Lovers Month.
Community Poem: Library Love
Community Poem: Giving Thanks
In November of 2019, the Piqua Public Library invited our patrons to write a community poem. Everyone who participated wrote a sentence, ten words or less, about what gratitude and Thanksgiving mean to them. We turned their submissions into a community poem about gratitude.
National Library Week at the Piqua Public Library
The Piqua Public Library invites you to celebrate National Library Week with us from April 5th to April 10th.
Phenomenal Piqua Ladies
Many of Piqua's early social services and reform movements were started by women. Women established Piqua's first community organization, the Piqua Female Bible Society. Local reform movements, such as the Temperance movement, adult education, and community-wide welfare, all began because of women who demanded a better life for their neighbors and community.
Early Black Communities in Southwest Ohio
There were many Black communities in Southwest Ohio in the 1800s. Some are where the Randolph Freedpeople settled after their land in Mercer County was stolen. Others were communities of free Black Americans. Unfortunately, few of these villages survive today. Some became part of larger towns. Most disappeared as their residents moved away.
Our Children's Department staff miss seeing everyone for storytime and other fun programs at the Piqua Public Library. While we cannot hold in-person programs right now, we have many digital storytime programs on our YouTube channel. Click on the images below to see the playlist for each program.
Podcasts for Black History Month
We have a collection of podcasts for you that explore Black history, Black leaders, the Civil Rights movement, and much more. Learning about our past can help us to understand the present better.
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.