Shakespeare in the Park

Stone Soup Shakespeare returns to Twin Lakes Park in Paris, IL on June 1 with a free outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The performance begins at 6:00pm near the pavilion. Bring something to sit on and enjoy the show.

Stone Soup Shakespeare tours throughout the Midwest, bringing Shakespeare in the Park to communities for free from May to July. After a rehearsal residency in Carbondale, IL, the tour officially opened on May 3 in Ava, IL and travels throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin. Shakespeare’s classic tale of twins shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, both imagining the other drowned, will be set in a world inspired by fame and the fantastical spectacle David Bowie’s music and persona created.

This season’s actors hail from Chicago, St. Louis and Carbondale. The actors work in residence in Carbondale, IL for the second half of April, taking the script from page to stage. The company purposefully keeps the ensemble for its touring shows small, creating a frenetic energy in production as the actors swap hats and characters in the role doubling that takes place. The ensemble of six will create a Bowie-inspired musical landscape and dance to the music of Shakespeare, while crafting a story that is easy to follow, using Shakespeare’s language, simple props, and the setting of the park.

In keeping with the spirit of the children’s story Stone Soup, from which the company takes its name, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the free public performance, which will be collected and donated to the local food pantry. In addition to bringing food to donate, the audience is also encouraged to bring their own picnics to share with their friends and family while enjoying the evening of entertainment and community.

Stone Soup Shakespeare will kick off Paris Public Library’s summer children’s programs by offering 3rd – 8th graders the opportunity to “Act Like a Star,” that afternoon at 1:00pm, at the library, 207 S. Main St.

Shakespeare in the Park is presented by Paris Public Library, the Paris Park Board, and Friends of the Paris Library. If rain, the performance will be under the park pavilion. For more information, call 217-463-3950.

Spring projects for papercrafting class

Two cheerful, spring-like projects are scheduled for the May 23 papercrafting class. The class will meet from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

Supplies fee of $10 includes both projects and 2 packages of seeds. Deadline to sign up and pay fee is May 20.

Call, come in, email, or message us on Facebook to sign up!

Local author signs new book

Hello, Beautiful bookLocal author Jeannette Levellie and her co-author Beth Gormong will sign copies of their new book “Hello, Beautiful” at Paris Public Library on May 21 from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Books will be available for purchase that evening for $10 each. Levellie and Gormong look forward to chatting with readers.


Children’s Summer Library Program begins June 1

Please sign up in advance for the individual programs and events that interest you.

STORYTIMES  10:30-11:00am
Wednesdays June 5—July 3    Ages 2-5 (pre-K)

THURSDAY FUN 10:30-11:30am     Post-K through 6th grades
June 6    Showtime Colors
Make kaleidoscopes and explore colors & light.
June 13    Animal Avengers
Is it a bird? A plane? No – it’s a bat! A spider! Animals with “superpowers!” Craft and live animal visit. Presented by Douglas-Hart Nature Center.
June 20   Set the Scene
Take on the role of set engineer by using models of simple machines and teamwork to solve stage challenges – how to make an actor fly, build a set that moves, or lift heavy objects onto a stage. Presented by Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
June 27    Strut Your Stuff
Get acquainted with the best show on Earth . . . show-stopping animals like the beautiful peacock. Strut your stuff during this nature-inspired program. Craft and live animal visit. Presented by Douglas-Hart Nature Center.

June 1    Act Like a Star — 1:00-2:00     3rd-8th grades
Learn some acting tricks and tools so that you can act like your favorite superstar on the street or on the stage. Whether you want to be a famous actor someday or just act like you are famous, we’ll teach you how to strut your stuff, find a character and talk so that everyone will want to listen. Presented by Stone Soup Shakespeare, in the library.
June 18    Tops & Bottoms: Gardening — 2:00-3:00     Post-K through 6th grades
Have fun learning about gardening. Presented by Kim Trine.
June 29    Learn to Crochet — 10:30-12:30     3rd —8th grades
Small group class to learn the basics of crocheting. Supplies furnished. Taught by Michelle Griffin.

Printable (pdf). To ask a question, learn more about the library and how to get a library card, or sign up for one or more of the programs, call 217-463-3950, come in, email, or message us on Facebook.

Local students featured in children’s art exhibit

Four Paris students are featured in the Cultivating Creativity Children’s Art Exhibit now in the Gibson Room of Paris Public Library through May 18.

The exhibit displays the most outstanding art produced during the 2017-2018 school year by school art programs throughout East Central Illinois. Cultivating Creativity, created by EIU’s Tarble Arts Center and underwritten by Consolidated Communications, aims to raise awareness of the importance of the arts in school curriculum.

Each year at least one student’s art from every contributing school in the spring Tarble Arts Children’s Art Exhibition is selected for inclusion in the traveling exhibit. This year the exhibit travels to 12 communities and includes 44 student works.

Representing Paris are Natalie Burger (Wenz), Kimber Calvert (Crestwood), Emily Melton (St. Mary’s), and Joseph Prouse (Memorial), Stop by the library during regular library hours to see their creations!