The Friends of the Paris Library is celebrating National Library Week by sponsoring a contest called DIY Book Art that will run through May 7. Area residents are invited to enter art/craft projects made with old books. An information sheet is available on our website and at the library.
Stone Soup Shakespeare returns to Twin Lakes Park on May 21 with a free outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. The performance begins at 6pm, near the picnic shelter. Bring a chair or blanket and join the fun. If rain, the performance will be under the shelter.
The play is one of Shakespeare’s first and deals with two sets of twins separated as infants. The confusion and frustration of the mistaken identities that occurs is thought to be some of the first slapstick comedy. Tour director Eric Mercado is setting this year’s production in the world of late 19th Century Traveling Circuses, complete with clowns, funhouse mirrors and a Ringmaster. Mercado is “excited to see how people will react to this wild, wacky play that I’m sure they will love as much as I do.“
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 a can of nonperishable food to be donated to the local Compassionate Food Ministry.
This is Stone Soup Shakespeare's 5th appearance at Twin Lakes Park. Its 2016 tour is partially supported by the Carbondale Community Arts Southern Arts Fund and by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The local performance is sponsored by Paris Public Library, Paris Park Board, and Friends of the Paris Library.
The Paris 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.
May 19 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
June 16 She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
July 21 American Wife by Taya Kyle