Summer activities for children scheduled

Paris Public Library will offer a number of children’s activities in June. See below for information about specific programs. Some require signing up in advance so that we will have enough supplies for everyone. A printable flyer is available. Flyers are also at the library.

summer children's activity schedule

Children are invited to stop in at the library any time in July to do a simple activity. A new activity planned for each week. It may be a game, a puzzle, or a craft.

In July the library will host the Tarble Arts Center’s Cultivating Creativity Children’s Art Exhibit. We hope you and your family will drop in to see some amazing artwork by local area students.

Shakespeare in the Park


Stone Soup Shakespeare gallops into Paris, Illinois on May 26 to perform The Taming of the Shrew in Wild West style.

Shakespeare in the Park returns to Twin Lakes Park on Saturday, May 26, at 6:00pm, to present Shakespeare as only Stone Soup Shakespeare can. Bring something to sit on (and a picnic if you’d like) for this free outdoor performance.

In The Taming of the Shrew, sweet Bianca is wooed by many suitors, but they must find a husband for her willful, clever and perpetually single older sister Katherine before they can have Bianca’s hand. Set against the backdrop of the Wild West this all-new reimagining of Shakespeare’s zany and classic battle of the sexes explores the lengths we will go to for love…and money.

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 non-perishable food item, which will be collected and donated to the local food pantry.

Stone Soup Shakespeare has appeared in Paris every summer since 2012. Eric Mercado returns as director; the acting troupe includes old friends and new faces. Don’t miss a chance to see their unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s plays. The show goes on rain or shine – it will move under the picnic shelter if rain.

Shakespeare in the Park is brought to you by Paris Public Library, Paris Park Board, and Friends of the Paris Library.

Make greeting cards

Our first Cardmaking Class was so much fun that we scheduled another one! Katie Good will teach a class on Thursday, May 31, 6:00-7:30pm. Students will make two cards. A $5.00 fee is required to cover the cost of supplies. Class size is limited so sign up now.

These cards were made in the first class. The May 31 projects will be different – 1 card and a mini calendar.

Deadline for registering is May 25. Please call the library at 217-463-3950, email read@parispubliclibrary.org, or message us on Facebook if you have questions or want to sign up.