Paris library fundraising for a sign

By Samantha Tucker samantha@prairiepress.net
Posted 2/17/20

The Paris Public Library is raising money for a much-needed message sign.

“We’ve always needed a sign out front that says ‘Paris Public Library,’” explained librarian …

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The Paris Public Library is raising money for a much-needed message sign.

“We’ve always needed a sign out front that says ‘Paris Public Library,’” explained librarian Teresa Pennington. She commented the need is even more obvious since two large, dying trees were removed from the front lawn.

The library building itself is a landmark, but the library board wants to communicate more than its name. A message sign displaying open hours, upcoming programs and sudden schedule changes would have immediacy that even Facebook lacks. Everyone traveling down busy South Main Street will see the information.

After speaking with several signage companies, the library board and Friends of the Paris Library settled on a single-color display sign 90 inches tall and 80 inches wide, with the library’s name on top and a brick base matching the building’s historic façade. The sign costs $21,000 dollars, but the installation of both the sign and an electrical line is an additional cost. Pennington notes this is pricey, but the blueprint covers all their needs and it is more affordable than other estimates.

The community is already supporting the endeavor through book sales and donations from area businesses. The Friends of the Paris Library also successfully applied for a grant from the Edgar County Community Foundation, bringing the total up $12,620 at the time of this writing.

“So at this point, we’re a little over halfway there,” Pennington said.

The Friends of the Paris Library has more fundraising events in the works, but those interested are welcome to donate anytime. The library hopes to meet the goal by early summer so installation can begin as soon as possible.

“If people just feel the desire to send us a check without fundraising activity, that would also be appreciated,” Pennington said.

The Paris Public Library provides visitors with access to nearly 10 million items on site and online, plus Wi-Fi and public computers. Their records for the 2019 fiscal year show the public borrowed and downloaded 41,000 items, used the computers 7,875 times and reserved meeting rooms 215 times.