NEW! Text alerts for library programs and events

Paris Public Library is now using Remind, a text messaging service, to announce programs, closings, and events. This is a separate service from the SHARE text messaging already offered to remind you of items on hold or due.

Sign up by texting @pari to 81010 or to 217-903-3462. Remind began as a service for schools so you may be asked if you are a teacher, parent, or child. (It doesn’t really matter which one you choose.) We will not overwhelm you with texts – 1 or 2 a week at the most.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon

Mary Lincoln

The Friends of the Paris Library invite you to Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon at 6:00pm on September 28 in the Edgar County Bank Community Room. (Enter through the northwest door.) The free performance is about 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer period. 

On April 4th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his youngest son Tad are at City Point; Robert, the eldest, is with General Grant in pursuit of Robert E Lee. Mary Todd Lincoln is alone in the Executive Mansion. . . in the Blue Room. You are welcomed into Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon, to reminisce about her childhood, her days in Springfield and her children as she celebrates Tad’s 12th birthday, and the end of the Civil War.

Drawing from her own letters to friends, family and political figures of the era, Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon paints a picture of Mary Lincoln that is both sympathetic and truthful. 

Debra Ann Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with over 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television and film. Debra has balanced her career between commercial and educational theater since graduating from Michigan State University in 1981.  Since 1997, she has toured the country as one of our nation’s more controversial First Ladies, Mary Todd Lincoln, at such places as the University of West Virginia, the Gerald R Ford and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Adult Coloring Night

Crayones de cera

Why should kids have all the fun?  Adult Coloring Night is now a regularly scheduled event on the second Thursday of each month. Join us 6:00-7:30pm that evening in the library’s meeting room . Colored pencils and coloring pages will be furnished, but you are welcome to bring your own.