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Children’s Room at JML Gets a Makeover: See the Photos

The Children’s Room at Hicksville’s Johnson Memorial Library was closed to the public from Aug. 26-29 to allow staffers Amber and Karlee to give the space a makeover. The results were revealed Monday, Aug. 30! First, let’s take a look at what the room looked like before Amber and Karlee …

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The Worthington Cemetery Project: Part I

Digging into the past is never an easy task. While researching Riverside Cemetery in Defiance for our annual walking history tour, I came across a unique but mostly forgotten cemetery in rural Defiance County. A local historian mentioned there was a “colored” cemetery located in Highland Township, near Ayersville. The …

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Scattered Bones: Uncovering Long-lost Defiance Gravesites

In addition to those highlighted on our Self-guided Riverside Cemetery Walk, two other burial grounds have been unearthed in Defiance, both by accident! On March 26, 1910, the Defiance Democrat reported that while digging to build a new home on Front Street (now Fort Street) a burial ground was discovered. …

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Susan is Here!

Here at the Defiance Public Library, we’ve recently welcomed this (unintentionally chilling) cardboard rendering of the indomitable Susan B. Anthony: Susan B. Anthony, committed to social equality, played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. As such, what better way to encourage curiosity about the history of voting rights, …

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Welcome!

Welcome to the all-new Defiance Public Library System blog! Thanks for stopping by! Here, we’ll share information and updates from your Defiance County libraries, helpful resources, stories and photos of the fun we’re having in our buildings, occasional library humor (it’s better than it sounds, I promise), and top-secret government …

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