School is almost out and it's time to start thinking about summer reading. Stop in at the library for your first bookmark and a plastic book bag beginning June 1. Summer reading is fun and easy!
Check out books and read! Read (or be read to) books, audiobooks, or ebooks.
Keep track of how long you read. Pick up a special weekly Read to the Rhythm bookmark to keep track of your reading time and activities during the week. Bring it to the library when that week ends and get another bookmark for the next week.
Each week, beginning June 8, a different "Activity of the Week" will be at the library and on the website. It may be a word search, guessing game, coloring page, or simple art activity.
Come to programs that interest you. No registration required.
June 10, 10:30am — 11:15am. Suggested ages: preschool—K
Reading to the Music. Stories and a craft with a musical theme.
June 10, 2:00pm—3:00pm. Suggested ages: 1st—6th graders
Making Music with Art. Make & Take craft time
June 17, 10:30 — 11:15. Suggested ages: preschool—K
Shake, Rattle & Roll. Enjoy music and learn songs with Judy Carroll.
June 17, 2:00pm — 3:00pm. Suggested ages: 1st—6th graders
A Healthy Note. Learn to make a healthy snack with nutrition specialist Kim Trine.
Saturday, June 20, 10:30am—11:30am. All ages
Mishka Sings? Probably not! Share some time with Chris Clawson and our favorite library dog.
June 24, 10:30am — 11:30am. Suggested ages: preschool—K
Crickets & Croakers: Join the chorus as Douglas Hart Nature Center explores how animals communicate.
June 24, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Suggested ages: 1st-6th graders
Musical Animals. Explore howls, chirps, and crash-bangs of nature with Douglas Hart Nature Center.
July 1, 10:30am—11:30am at the Farm Bureau basement. All ages.
Sounds like Science. Mad Science returns to demonstrate the scientific sounds in some crazy noise makers like a singing pipe, potato popper, singing pipe, and a dinosaur in a can?!
Watch the local newspapers or our website and Facebook page for other summer activities that may pop up!
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.
Much Ado about Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best romantic comedies because it combines robust hilarity with themes of honor, shame, and court politics.
"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.
Tumblebooks recently notified all subscribing libraries that we must begin requiring library card numbers to use the site.
Paris Public Library added this step, called authentication, to the website as of May 1.
Now when you choose Tumblebooks in our Digital Library menu, you will see a line to enter your Paris library card barcode number. Once you do so and click the "Check" button, you will see Tumblebooks.
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!
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.
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.