Children's Room Information

Pre-K Story Time


Every Wednesday at 10:30AM.  Ages 3 – 5 years.  Held in the Gallery.  No pre-registration required. 


If you can’t make it to class, catch us live on the Paris Public Library’s Facebook page.


Some activities you may experience during this story time class are books, music, singing, dancing, flashcards, puppets, flannel-board stories, scavenger hunts, show-&-tell, making new friends, and other cool, educational activities!

sneak peek

Join the PJC Department of Drama and the Children’s Room outside on the library deck for Sneak Peek nights! See live previews of scenes from PJC’s full productions of Puffs and 1776!


Watch actors perform scenes from upcoming shows

Meet & greet / Q & A time / See costumes /  Eat popcorn!


Tuesday, September 28

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Scenes from Puffs

Full production runs Oct. 21 - 24 stage

Tuesday, November 30

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Scenes from 1776

Full production runs Dec. 2 – 5


The Children’s Room of the Paris Public Library

is having its annual Pumpkin Exhibit!goards

Display your best decorated pumpkin at the library and receive a free book!

Exhibit guidelines:

1)  Exhibit is for 4 – 15 year-olds

2)  No entry fee for participating

3)  Only one pumpkin/gourd entry per child

4)  This is not a contest/competition—it’s an exhibit for our community to enjoy  :)

5)  Exhibitors will use their own pumpkin at the size of their choice

6)  The design, decoration or theme used on the pumpkin is up to you, the exhibitor; be creative!  Your pumpkin can be painted or adorned with anything you want.  *No carving please

7)  To enter, bring your decked-out pumpkin to the Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library between NOW and October 27th.  Upon entry, you will get to pick 1 free book from Ms. Tracy’s book-cart!  The pumpkins will be placed throughout the library for the public to see and enjoy.

8)  Exhibitors can have their pumpkin back if wanted; please pick them up by November 5th.  (If pumpkins get mushy or moldy while on display they will be thrown away.)

*NOTE: Please do not carve or hollow out your pumpkin; that speeds up the rotting and molding process and can cause a yucky smell in our library.  


Read with Me

Reserve a time slot to meet & read to a wonderful therapy dog!


All reading levels ages 12 & under

Make a new furry friend!

Reading aloud to a therapy dog. . .

* helps soothe & calm children

* helps reduce stress

* is an enjoyable, fun experience

* builds self-confidence & self-esteem

* builds a positive association with reading

* promotes nurturing & compassion


Parent/caregiver must remain in the library while child is having his/her reading time.

Visit the Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library to sign up for a Saturday time slot. Or sign up over the phone 903.785.8531


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Brett Roberts

Jim Henson Style Puppetry
Brett Roberts studied puppetry at M.I.T. under Jim Henson productions. Some of the skills he learned apply specifically to working with a camera. But, most of the techniques discussed here are for any Muppet style puppet. These skills include eye focus, mouth movement, arm gestures, mime techniques, etc.

Bubble Tricks You Can Do
Brett teaches kids how to make three different bubble toys using things found around the house. He also shows everyone how to make good bubble fluid that not only makes great bubbles, but it doesn’t burn if a child gets it in their eyes.

Magic Tricks With Bandanas And Boomerangs
Brett teaches everyone how to pass a coin through the middle of a bandana. Then he demonstrates how to perform a magic boomerang trick. This is a trick that can be purchased as a toy or as a professional magic trick, but Brett will teach everyone how to make one out of paper.

Magic Tricks With A Ziplock Bag And Shoelaces
Brett shows kids how to do two magic tricks that are so easy they almost work themselves. First, he makes the zipper from a Ziplock bag seem to move on its own. Then, he teaches everyone how to do two magic tricks with shoestrings.

Magic Tricks With Paper
Brett teaches kids how to perform two magic tricks with paper. One of them is a domino trick that can be purchased at toy stores or as a professional magic trick. The other one is a puzzle that you can make using paper and scissors.

Baby & Toddler, Pre-K Story Time
Below you will find videos of Ms. Tracy’s story times
with all the goodies that kids would enjoy during story
time in person. Click on the picture to play video. Check
back often as Ms. Tracy will be adding new videos often.
ST5coming soon

mha picHelp prepare your preschooler for kindergarten and beyond by introducing key concepts in math, science, social studies, language, literacy, art and music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is the only online solution that helps children learn while having fun AND provides parents with tools to measure their child’s progress. Miss Humblebee’s Academy helps children ages 3 to 6 get ready for kindergarten. It Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues. Click here for printable flyer (PDF).

Texas Bluebonnet Award

The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and to identify their favorite books.

The award further provides an opportunity to honor and encourage imaginative authors who create books with high appeal to children.

The Master List: The Texas Bluebonnet Award committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year’s Master List. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of no more than twenty books is released each year by November. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. Only titles published within the three years prior to the master list release date are considered. Textbooks and new editions of existing titles are not eligible.

Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners

2021Chris Van DussenIf I Built a School JE VAND
2020Adam RubinEl Chupacavras (A Bilingual Tale of the Legendary Creature) JE RUBI Spanish
2019Patricia McCormick
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero
J 951.9042 MCCO
Max Brallier
The Last kids on Earth J GF BRAL
Victoria Jamieson
Roller Girl J GF JAMI
Laban Carrick Hill
When the Beast Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop J92 KOOL
Drew Daywalt
The Day the Crayons Quit JE DAYW
John Grandits
Ten Rules you Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus
Simms Taback
Postcards from Camp JF TARA
Tom Angelberger
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda JF ANGL
Willy Claflin
The Uglified Ducky: a Maynard Moose tale JE CLAF
Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel
Help Me, Mr. Mutt! JE STEV
Cynthia C. DeFelice
One Potato, Two Potato JE DEFE
Lucy A. Nolan
On the Road (Down Girl and Sit series) JF NOLA
Joe Hayes
Ghost fever = Mal de Fantasma JF HAYE
Lisa Wheeler & Marc Siegel
Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta JE WHEE
Robert Blake
Phil Bildner
Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy JE BILD
Ruth Sanderson
The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring J398.2094 SAND
Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie JF DICA
Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! JE STEV
Cynthia DeFelice
Ghost of Fossil Glen JF DEFE
Janelle Cannon
Betsy Byars
Tornado JF BYAR
Jon Scieszka
Math Curse J510 SCIE
Mary Downing Hahn
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story JF HAHN
Jon Scieszka
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales JE SCIE
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Shiloh JF NAYL
Brian Selznick
The Houdini Box JF SELZ
Bill Wallace
Snot Stew JF WALL
Stephanie Spinner & Jonathan Etra
Aliens for Breakfast JSF SPIN
Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom JF SACH
Mary Downing Hahn
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story JF HAHN
Betty Ren Wright
Christina’s Ghost JF WRIG
Johanna Hurwitz
The Hot and Cold Summer JF HURW
Betty Ren Wright
The Dollhouse Murders JF WRIG
Barbara Park
Skinnybones JF PARK
Barthe DeClements
Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade JF DECL
Bill Wallace
A Dog Called Kitty JF WALL
Judy Blume
Superfudge JF BLUM
Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Father JF CLEA

Information from the Texas Bluebonnet Award Website

Paris Public Library 903-785-8531 * Ms. Tracy - Children’s Librarian