Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs encourages Edgar County residents to stop by an I-Cash event at Paris Public Library on Tuesday, May 12, from 10am-2pm. Treasurer’s Office staff will be at the library to assist residents in checking the I-Cash database to discover possible unclaimed assets.
The Illinois State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division connects state residents with their unclaimed property through the I-Cash program. 1 in 8 Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. Assets include everything from stocks and CDs, to safe deposit boxes and valuables.
The names of 780,000 additional residents were added to the public web database after the state recently double-checked claims from years 1976 to 1992 – a time period before a computer-system upgrade streamlined the database's maintenance.
Stone Soup Shakespeare returns to Twin Lakes Park at 6pm on May 30 to perform Much Ado about Nothing. If you've come to previous years' performances, you know this free outdoor event is not to be missed. If not, you'll want to experience their unique interpretation of Shakespeare plays.
"Not since John Hughes has there been a romantic comedy as worthwhile to bring a date to as Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. This Spring, under the direction of Jeri Frederickson, we invite you to visit our Messina, conveniently traveling to your "backyard." A blend of punk rock, neon and misunderstanding fill the night along with Shakespeare's poetry and characters. There will be dancing, singing and a night watch that is one white suit shy of joining the cast of Miami Vice (lucky for you that means the watch will instead be joining us)." -- www.stonesoupshakespeare.com
Join us at Twin Lakes Park (West Park) near the shelter. Bring something to sit on and a can of something to donate to the Compassionate Food Ministry.
Paris has another author! Retired English and French teacher Jane Witmer has written a novel under her pen name of Elizabeth Anderson.
Her novel, The Angeluscustos and the Wonderful Waterfall, tells the story of four siblings who find themselves possessing supernatural powers gifted by God in a world on the brink of war.
Mrs. Witmer will sign copies of her book in the Gibson Room at Paris Public Library on Saturday,May 23, from 11am to noon. The book is $10.00. Copies will be available for purchase at the signing.
Paris Public Library now offers ABCmouse.com on our public computers and on your own laptop or other wireless device while in the library.
The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.
Best of all, kids love it and it’s free to use in this library!
Paris Public Library now has microfilm of the Paris Beacon-News from 1955 through 2014. The Beacon News gave 132 reels of 1955-1987 microfilm to the library on March 12.
With this generous gift, virtually the entire run of the Beacon and its predecessors is available for searching within the county. Edgar County Genealogical Library owns 1895 through 1954 and 1955 onward is here at the public library.
The board and staff of Paris Public Library thanks the Beacon News, publisher Beth Durreman, and former Beacon owner Ned Jenison, who suggested the gift.
Our new Book Club meets in the library's Gibson Room at 5pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The group has chosen a wide variety of books to read and discuss in the coming months. Everyone is welcome. All you have to do is read the book and come to the discussion.
April 16, 5pm
Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
May 21, 5pm
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
June 18, 5pm
A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
July 16, 5pm
American Sniper, by Chris Kyle
August 20, 5pm
Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me . . ., by Dave Burchett
September 17, 5pm
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
October 15, 5pm
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
Some of the titles are recent and popular so if you plan to request a copy you may want to place a hold early.