Book signing

Roger StanleyRoger Stanley will be in the library’s Gibson Room on Saturday, April 17, from 10-11:30am to sign copies of his two most recently published books. Mr. Stanley is a local historian and a contributor to the Prairie Press newspaper. The books are Walking Up Prairie’s Lane and Country Schools Are Only a Memory; both will be available for purchase at that time.

Stop in to talk to the author and pick up your own copy of the books. Don’t forget – the library requires that face mask be worn while in the library.

New sign in front of library

new signIt’s here!

A big thanks to Friends of the Paris Library who led the fundraising for our new sign. Monitor Sign of Mattoon installed it on January 28. Edgar County Community Foundation, local businesses, the Friends group, and individuals contributed toward most of the cost. Donations are still appreciated if you’d like to help close the gap between the $15,522 raised and the $21,799 final cost (including electrical work).

Library hours closer to “normal”

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

Wearing a mask (covering nose and mouth) and social distancing are required while in library. Social distancing means that only 3 public computers are available to use.

Short inside visits are encouraged and curbside service continues to be available to those who wish to use it.  Newspapers and programs are still not available. Limited use of the Gibson Room is available, as we begin to open the rooms in phases.

We will continue to monitor conditions and will move forward or backward if needed or advised.

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.

Curbside services still available

Rather not come in the library? Don’t want to wear a mask? Curbside service is still available.

To request items, call 217-463-3950 while the library is open or email, message us on Facebook, or use your SHARE library account.

You will be notified when your pickup is ready. Call us when you park in library lot. If you don’t have a mobile phone, tell us that when we call you so we can make other arrangements to know when you arrive. Your items will be brought to your vehicle.

The dropbox is available for returns.  Items will be quarantined 48 hours before being checked in so don’t worry if you don’t see them disappear from your online SHARE account right away.

You may email a document to read@parispubliclibrary.org to be printed and picked up. Please include your name and phone number in the email so staff can contact you when it’s ready. Call us if you need to send a fax or make copies. We will come to your vehicle, pick up your papers, and return them after copying or faxing.