Nancy Spillane Children’s Department Dedicated at Piqua Library

Information and image from the Piqua Public Library

PIQUA - The Piqua Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to attend the ribbon-cutting and reopening of the Nancy Spillane Children’s Department on Saturday, May 21st at 11 am. The Board recently approved the redecorating project in the department. The walls were repainted in soft pastel colors, and new furniture was purchased. New interactive areas and a castle wall hanging were added. 


   President of the Friends of the Piqua Public Library, Ruth Koon, donated her services as an interior designer. 


   At the ribbon-cutting on Saturday, May 21st, a new sign naming the Nancy Spillane Children’s Department will be installed.


   Nancy Spillane started working at the Flesh Public Library in September of 1976. She was promoted to Children’s Coordinator in April 1997. In those twenty-four years, she led countless storytimes, puppet shows, and special programs for the children of Piqua. She and her team created new imaginative and immersive themes annually for the Summer Reading Club. They transformed the basement of the Flesh Public Library and, later, the Piqua Public Library into a fun place for kids to explore. Some themes included Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, and even Outer Space, complete with alien creatures. During the summer of 2021, they created a travel theme, allowing children and their families to travel the globe when travel was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


   Nancy and the Piqua Public Library Children’s Department were the first introductions to the joy of reading for many children who grew up in Piqua. Summer Reading Club was the event of the summer. Many children were eager for Nancy and her staff to visit their schools each year to reveal the new theme for the reading program. 


   In November 2020, the Rotary Club of Piqua, Ohio, awarded Nancy Spillane the Cheryl Francis Pride in Workmanship award. The Rotary has given this award for the past twenty years. The award's theme,  "Do it once - do it well," aptly describes Nancy and her service to the Piqua Library and our community. 

   Nancy retired in September 2021. Students from the Greene Street Daycare and Preschool stopped by to sing to her on her last day working at the Piqua Public Library. 

   The Library and our patrons thank Nancy for her 45 years of service!