Area briefs

Parishes schedule May crownings

PIQUA — Piqua’s Catholic churches have scheduled the following May crownings:

• Tuesday, May 2, after the 8:15 Mass in St. Clare Chapel at St. Boniface Church (310 S. Downing)

• Wednesday, May 3, 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church (528 Broadway)

• Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m., St. Boniface.

Beginning in the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church has honored the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, during the month of May. Mary is celebrated as the “Queen of May” because she was the perfect follower of Jesus Christ and the absolute “crown” of creation.

Traditionally, the May Crowning ritual includes a procession, music, prayer, and the crowning of the statue of Mary with a wreath of flowers.

Student art on display

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, will host “An Artist Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition.” The exhibit, which will be on display at the Hayner Center from April 29 to May 7, is free and open to the public.

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is pleased to be hosting this prestigious competition among talented high school art students from Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. Students, with help from their teachers, submitted entries to Rep. Warren Davidson’s district offices, and a panel of district artists selected the winning entries.

The grand prizewinner will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and their winning artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

For more information, please visit our website at or call (937) 339-0457.

Library hosts book sale

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library’s Spring Book Sale and Fine Free Week will take place May 1-5. The library will have a large number of new and used books and other media items for sale. The proceeds are always used toward promoting and delivering additional library programming for children, teens and adults.

The Spring Book Sale will be open during normal operating hours: Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to noon. On Thursday and Friday, you can purchase an entire paper bag full of books and other media for $1. The library will also have several computers which include, monitors and keyboards available at very low costs.

Something new this year will be a “Preview and Purchase” time for New Friends Volunteers of Bradford Public Library. If you are a member already and want to renew your membership or fill out an application for membership, this will be a great time to do it. Renewal, as well as initial membership is $5 per year. The special “Preview and Purchase” will take place on Sunday, April 30, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. If you are not a member of the New Friends and Volunteers group, contact the library at (937) 448-2612 for details or stop in and pick up an application.

The library will also hold its annual Fine Free Week. If you have any fines that you would like “erased” from your account, come on in and our staff will take care of it for you. Also, one lost item will be forgiven. Phone call requests cannot be processed.