Board and Committee meetings:

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

Library Hours Both Locations

The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 10 in Ashland beginning at 6:00pm.  Click on the Board, bylaws, etc. tab for the agenda.  


     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!


Enjoy 24-hour access to the on your devices  compliments of Prairie Skies Public Library.


HERE'S HOW: Click here for access. At the access page, click on the Redeem box. Follow the prompts to register (new users) or log-in (returning users). Need help? Ask a librarian: 217-476-3417 (Ashland) or 217-626-1553 (Pleasant Plains).


Teen Tabletop Gaming Club

Starting August 27th, 5pm - 7:30 pm
More details here.

Thank you to our Summer Readers, parents, and caregivers for taking part in our 2021 program! 

A special thank you to our 2021 sponsors, our library staff, and our volunteers for their efforts to provide a fun and rewarding program for our readers!


Thank you to our 2021 Summer Reading Sponsors!

In Memory of Ruth Flynn
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Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge #700, A.F. & A.M.

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COVID-19 Guidelines: Updated 8/5/21


Based on current CDC guidelines, Prairies Skies strongly recommends that unvaccinated patrons 2 years of age and older wear a mask and practice social distancing while visiting the library.

Patrons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may choose to wear a mask when visiting the library. The CDC recommends masking for vaccinated persons visiting public indoor spaces in areas of high COVID transmission

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.

New Make-n-Take's Coming Soon!

Please check back or visit your library.

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