Paris Carnegie Library welcomes new director

Daniel Briseno daniel@prairiepress.net
Posted 1/23/23

The Paris Carnegie Library has a new director on staff as Director Teresa Pennington prepares for retirement. Ceili Boylan recently accepted the position and is settling into the …

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Paris Carnegie Library welcomes new director

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The Paris Carnegie Library has a new director on staff as Director Teresa Pennington prepares for retirement. Ceili Boylan recently accepted the position and is settling into the community.

Boylan, 34, was born in Urbana, raised in Chicago, went to college in San Francisco and until December 2022 lived in Carbondale. She never expected to end up here.

“I had never heard of Paris before the job posting,” said Boylan. “Before the first part of my interview, I researched Paris quite a bit.”

After finishing her first step of the interview process, Boylan came to Paris to interview with the library board.

“When I came to Paris for the second part of the interview I felt immediately welcomed,” said Boylan. “Paris was warm and friendly.”

Boylan, who has her Bachelor of Arts in Illustration, has spent all of her life in libraries.

“My mother has her master’s degree in library science,” said Boylan. “So, I have spent a lot of time with her in libraries and learning.”

She also has a certificate in library services with hopes of obtaining further degrees.

“I hope to get my master’s degree in library science after I settle in,” she said.

Boylan finds Paris a welcoming place and is ready to get involved with the community through the library.

“I hope to increase the outreach into the community,” said Boylan. “I would also like to bring card or board games into the library as in having a game night.”

Boylan is confident in her abilities to step into the role with longevity.

“Paris has a lot of strengths, and I am excited for its future,” said Boylan. “I am hopeful to have a long career here and can see myself here for many years.”

Other opportunities Boylan sees for Paris is campaigning to increase the number of teens who check out books, a tall task for any library she added.

As Pennington’s chapter at the Paris Carnegie Library ends a new one begins for Boylan, and she is ready to write her story.

“I look forward to getting to know Paris better,” said Boylan. “I look forward to helping out not only Paris, but all of Edgar County where I can.”