Student art on display

The Cultivating Creativity 2016-2017: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition is at Paris Public Library until June 1.
The exhibit displays the most outstanding art produced by school art programs in East-Central Illinois during the 2015-2016 school year. Underwritten by Consolidated Communications, the exhibit is drawn from the annual Children’s Art Exhibition at the Tarble Arts Center. Each year, one student from every contributing school is selected to participate in the exhibit that circulates throughout the region during the next school year. This year the exhibit travels to 13 area communities.  44 student works are displayed, representing 44 schools, including Carolyn Wenz, Chrisman High School, Chrisman Elementary School, Crestwood, Memorial, and St. Mary’s.

Shelby Clark, then a 6th grader at Crestwood, created “Swirls” under the instruction of Mary St. Clair. St. Mary’s 1st grader Madelyn Frank painted an acrylic piece called “Sweeter Than Honey” under art teacher Christi McClain. Memorial 2nd grader Hailie Myles created “The Cat” under the teaching of Jessica Mayhugh. Natalie Walker, a Carolyn Wenz 4th grader also instructed by Mayhugh, created “Achoo”. Sonja Rollins, then a senior at Chrisman High School, created “2 Realities” and Taryn Winkler, a 2nd grader at Chrisman Elementary, created “The Bridge,” both under the direction of Katy Agney.

It’s time to sign up for Summer Library Club programs!

Paris Public Library’s Reading by Design summer library club begins on June 6. During June and early July, the library will host free children’s programs and activities to encourage a love of reading and learning.

The schedule is pictured below and may be downloaded. Copies are also available at the library. Stop by the library, call 217-463-3950, or email to sign up for the programs that interest you.

A series of short do-it-yourself activities will also be featured at the library during the summer.  These include puzzles, games, or simple crafts that may be enjoyed any time during regular library hours.

Reading should be fun – without any pressure or expectations – so there’s no counting books, pages, or minutes. No keeping track of what is read. Just reading for pleasure and enjoying some library activities. Research has shown that reading over the summer helps to prevent loss of skills. Children who participate in summer library programs and read at least six books over the summer generally score higher in reading and math when they return to school.