Reading Colors Your World

Summer reading is here! It’s smaller and shorter than in years past, but there’s something for almost everyone.

For children through 8th grade: check out books and read (or be read to)! Books, audiobooks, or ebooks.  If you don’t have a card, you can apply for a card when you pick up a reading chart. Keep track of your reading by coloring in a crayon when you finish a book. When you have 10 books read, bring  to library and claim your coupon for a free Monical’s pizza. (Limit one coupon per participant.)

Summer Children’s Programs planned

Signing up in advance is required. The number of participants for each activity is based on supplies available. Call 217-463-3950 to sign up. For indoor activities, everyone in the room must wear a mask.

June 9.  Elmer the Colorful Elephant storytime. 11:00-11:30 for ages 3-5. This is the storytime we had to cancel last March so it’s appropriate that it kicks off this year’s summer.

June 16. It’s a Bird! No, It’s a Plane! craft. 11:00-11:30, for ages 6-12.

June 23. Plant a Rainbow.  11:00 – Noon, for ages 5-12. Roses are red, violets are blue, Douglas Hart Nature Center is excited to bring the prairie to you! After learning about colorful prairie plants and their uses, you will begin planting your own rainbow to take home. Number of participants is limited by DHNC. Outside (on south side of library), weather permitting. If inside, everyone in the room must wear a mask.

June 26. Create a ‘Rainbow’ Fish craft. 11:00-11:30, for ages 6-12.

June 30. Chalk Art. 11:00-11:30, for all ages. Let’s decorate the south sidewalk at the library for the 4th of July. Rain date will be July 1, same time. Can be messy so wear old clothes.

July 7. Let’s Go on a Bear Hunt storytime and craft.  11:00-11:30, for ages 3-5.

For middle & high schoolers, UI Extension is presenting a 6-week Thursday program on dreams. Learn more.

If you sign your child up and find that you cannot attend, please call to cancel so someone else may have your spot. Questions? Call the library at 217-463-3950.

And something colorful for adults

June 17, at 1:30. Mary Liz Wright of the UI Extension presents “Super Foods to the Rescue!” Eating a rainbow can be your super power, come and learn the easiest way to amp up your nutrition.

Ready, Set, Action . . . Dream!

Middle & High School students – Help make your dreams come true this summer! This 6-week workshop on Thursdays will give you the groundwork to start dreaming and take action to make them a reality. Topic will include: Why dreams are important, how they help shape your world and how to turn ideas into action. Presented by U of I Extension as part of the library’s “Reading Colors Your World” summer program.

NEW! Explore More Illinois

Explore More IllinoisParis Public Library has joined Explore More Illinois, a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders to get offers from museums, park districts, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers.

Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Go to the Resources section on our homepage to link to the online reservation page and login with your library card number and PIN to place reservations by attraction and specific dates. While each attraction’s requirements may differ slightly, with a library card and the reservation pass, patrons age 18 and older may receive free admission or discounts.

This program was developed through the RAILS library system.  Attractions currently include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Vermilion County Museum, and more. Additional locations are expected to rejoin the program as they reopen and occupancy limits are lifted.

Moving closer to “normal”

Paris Public Library is open Monday – Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Wearing a mask (covering nose and mouth) is required if unvaccinated; if vaccinated, masks are optional. Everyone attending an indoor children’s program must wear a mask. Social distancing continues, so only 3 public computers are available to use.

Curbside service continues to be available to those who wish to use it.  Limited use of the Gibson Room is available for small groups of less than 10 individuals at one time, as we begin to open the rooms in phases.

At-home Ancestry use is extended

Ancestry and ProQuest have extended their free at-home access to Ancestry through June 30, 2021 for cardholders of libraries that subscribe to the library edition.

If you have a Paris library card and want to search Ancestry, contact us for login information.