Important information for RBdigital users

Due to a recent merger, the RBdigital service will end in March.

Audiobooks will end on March 15, 2021. Those actually owned by our library group will be transferred to Cloud Library. Audiobooks continue to be available in both Cloud Library and Overdrive.
The magazines will end on March 31. We have joined a group of libraries offering magazines on Overdrive. These are available now through Libby and Overdrive. Issues are always available for borrowing, but unlike RBdigital, there is a set checkout period.

2021 Big Read is Station Eleven

Station Eleven book coverParis Public Library is participating in Vigo County Public Library’s 2021 Big Read in March. Pick up your free copy at the library while our supply lasts.

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen publications. The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band’s existence.

Unlike previous years, Paris Public Library will not host any in-person programs to go along with the book. You are welcome to explore the virtual programming from VCPL in their Program and Event Guide.

Of particular interest is the Big Read Keynote with ISU professor Dr. Laura Bates on Friday March 5, at 5:30pm CST.  Dr. Bates spoke at Paris Public Library in 2016 about her first book Shakespeare Saved My Life. Register to receive a Zoom link to attend the virtual program at Dr. Bates will highlight the universal appeal of these plays, discuss her experiences teaching Shakespeare in prisons, and celebrate this year’s 20th community read.

New sign in front of library

new signIt’s here!

A big thanks to Friends of the Paris Library who led the fundraising for our new sign. Monitor Sign of Mattoon installed it on January 28. Edgar County Community Foundation, local businesses, the Friends group, and individuals contributed toward most of the cost. Donations are still appreciated if you’d like to help close the gap between the $15,522 raised and the $21,799 final cost (including electrical work).

Library hours closer to “normal”

Paris Public Library is now open Monday – Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Hours are extended, but other pandemic changes are still in place. Wearing a mask (covering nose and mouth) and social distancing are required while in library. Social distancing means that only 3 public computers are available to use.

Short inside visits are encouraged and curbside service continues to be available to those who wish to use it.  Newspapers and programs are still not available. Limited meeting room use may be an option in a few weeks.

We will continue to monitor conditions and will move forward or backward if needed or advised.

At-home Ancestry use is extended

Ancestry and ProQuest have extended their free at-home access to Ancestry through March 31, 2021 for cardholders of libraries that subscribe to the library edition.

If you have a Paris library card and want to search Ancestry, contact us for login information.

Curbside services still available

Rather not come in the library? Don’t want to wear a mask? Curbside service is still available.

To request items, call 217-463-3950 while the library is open or email, message us on Facebook, or use your SHARE library account.

You will be notified when your pickup is ready. Call us when you park in library lot. If you don’t have a mobile phone, tell us that when we call you so we can make other arrangements to know when you arrive. Your items will be brought to your vehicle.

The dropbox is available for returns.  Items will be quarantined 48 hours before being checked in so don’t worry if you don’t see them disappear from your online SHARE account right away.

You may email a document to to be printed and picked up. Please include your name and phone number in the email so staff can contact you when it’s ready. Call us if you need to send a fax or make copies. We will come to your vehicle, pick up your papers, and return them after copying or faxing.