Board and Committee meetings:

On Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15 the board will be conducting interviews of Director candidates.  The interviews will be conducted in Pleasant Plains at 5:20pm and 7:15pm in closed sessions.  Click on the Board, bylaws, etc. tab for the agenda.  

Employment opportunities:

Click on the smart card for information on how to get a library card.

Library Hours Both Locations

     Ashland Main Location







Ph: (217) 476-3417

 Mon., Thur. & Friday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


   Pleasant Plains Location








    Ph: (217) 626-1553

 Mon. - Wed. & Friday

9:00  AM to 5:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM


 **Both Locations:

 Saturday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

and  CLOSED on Sundays


*Both locations are closed the Second Thursday of each month from 9-12 for monthly Staff Meeting. (Open those days 12 noon - 7:00pm).

*For more information regarding  hours and closings click here.



PSPLD has four convenient locations for you to return items borrowed from the Library: 

  • Ashland and Pleasant Plains Library Buildings,

  • Drop Boxes at Farmingdale Elementary School and at the Gardner Township Building.

  • Drop Boxes are available at all hours and when the Library is closed for a holiday.  


Thank You!

The Prairie Skies Public Library is seeking applicants for the Director and a Library Assistant position. We are looking for enthusiastic, customer focused people who are comfortable using computers and technology. For more information click on the icon. 

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Attention Summer Readers! This week's colors are Brown & Black. Help us celebrate all things ANIMAL: participate in our Stuffed Animal sleepover, check out our book bundles, and pick up your Toad House take-home kit!

Stuffed Animal Lock-in @ the Library!

Bring your favorite "plushie" to either location on Monday, June 21st, for an overnight at the Library! Watch Facebook to find out what your stuffed animal friends did while the librarians were away!


Summer Reading Program  runs through July 21st.

Register now at either location.

More details on programs and events here.

COVID-19 Guidelines: Updated 6/14/21

Patrons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may visit either location without wearing a mask.

Based on CDC and IDPH guidelines, Prairies Skies requests that unvaccinated patrons 2 years of age and older continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

We will continue to offer Curbside Service and Contact-less home delivery. Please call ahead and arrange a time with staff for either service.

Small Groups are allowed to meet at either location. Groups of 9 or less may meet in Ashland; Groups of 12 or less may meet in Pleasant Plains.

Remember you can visit us online and check out our eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Click here to go to the eBook page.

New Ways to Browse

Our Adult Fiction books are now organized by categories! You'll find sections for Mysteries, Sci/Fi & Fantasy, Westerns, Large Print, and General Fiction. We hope this organization makes it even easier to find the authors and stories you love, or maybe discover something new! Follow the signs to find your favorite category, or ask a librarian for help.

Coloring sheets and other Actvities

Click on the pictures to download and print out the activities,

or pick up these activities at either library location.


Make - n - Take

Here are crafts or color sheets you can do at home

Click on the pictures to download and print out the sheets,

or pick up a ready-made packet at either location.

Make a Toad House*


Grow a Seed Jar Kit*


Froggy Headband


*Pick up your kit at either location while supplies last.

Story hours, Bookclubs and Other programs

Preschool Story hour

If you are interested in the virtual story hour please contact Deb Gruen at  Please check back for updates on the resumption of in-person story hour.

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Book Clubs

The Bookies Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday at 7:00pm at the Pleasant Plains location. Learn more here.


The ABC (Ashland Book Club) meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6:00pm at the Ashland location. Learn more here.

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The Cookbook Book Club is not meeting at this time.  

Third Thursday Lego Group

CANCELLED until further notice

The Prairie Skies Public Library District now has a YouTube channel. We will be sharing tutorials, local musician performances and other videos on the channel.  Go to and subscribe

What's new?


Technology : Using your Online Library : Have questions or need help with using Ebooks or our online card catalog.  If you need assistance email us at or leave a phone message at 217-626-1553 and we will respond as soon as possible.

Ashland: 217-476-3417
Pleasant Plains: 217-626-1553