Piqua library offers December events

PIQUA — They’ve decked the halls at the Piqua Public Library! With the lobby exhibit, “100 Years of Piqua Holidays,” photos, cards, and other vintage items from Piqua celebrate a century of holiday cheer! Be sure to see the hand-colored photo print taken during the 1958 downtown Piqua holiday parade.

See the library in its Christmas finery. From the glamour of the oversized lobby tree, to this year’s “12 Days of Christmas”-themed tree, there’s something for everyone.

Be sure to take in the many holiday displays, including miniature village collections in our Children’s Department and in the lobby, and much more. In exhibit cases throughout the library, you’ll enjoy crèches from around the world; miniature Victorian villages; presidential holiday cards; toys and gifts of Christmases past; a local collection of menorahs (courtesy of Barb Bollenbacher); bears and other Steiff animals; and trees decorated with unique Lego Club ornaments. See if you can spot all of the “12 Days” displays!

Also, don’t miss the special holiday window display created by regional artist Michael Glass.

Deb Meek will play classic holiday favorites on the lobby piano, with performances set for noon to 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Thursday, Dec. 17.

Other upcoming events at the library include:

• Thursday movie: “Tomorrowland,” Dec. 17 — A teen filled with scientific curiosity partners with a former boy-genius inventor to find a secret place that exists outside their space and time. George Clooney stars in this Disney film. Rated PG, 130 min.

• Free computer tutoring for beginners: Through the Guiding Ohio Online program, you can schedule one-on-one sessions with the library’s Americorps worker to learn about computers, software, eBooks, websites, smart phones and more. Look for regularly scheduled classes in January, but take advantage of the open “Help Me Center” lab now. There is a signup sheet at the Circulation Desk, or contact Rebecca at (937) 773-6753 ext 235, or HelpMeRebecca@gmail.com to schedule your visit.

• Piano recital: Local students will perform in the lobby at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

• Children’s Department Lego Club: The library provides the blocks, you provide the imagination! Held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 26.

• Friends’ Holiday Cabaret: The Piqua Library Friends will welcome the Lima Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 13. This annual event is the primary fundraiser for the Friends group. Tickets are $30 at the Hallmark store on Main Street, while supplies last. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the fourth floor ballroom of the Fort Piqua Plaza.

• Last Day for Toys for Tots: Monday, Dec. 14 is the final day to drop-off new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. The collection box is in the Children’s Department.

• Children’s Puppet Show: This annual holiday treat is a Piqua Library tradition. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Children’s Department. Please pick up tickets in advance.

• Holiday Movie Matinee: “Elf” will be shown in the Louis Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. The 97-minute comedy is rated PG.

• Final Holiday Season Tour: Bring your out-of-town guests to see the library in its holiday finery. Library tour meets in the lobby at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, led by Director Jim Oda.

• Teen New Year’s Event: Join us at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, in the Louis Room as we play games, make New Year’s crafts, and have fun. Sign up in advance at the information desk.

The Piqua Public Library is located at 116 W. High St. For more information, call the library at (937) 773-6753 or visit the website at www1.youseemore.com/piqua.