There is a Finance/Budget committee meeting on Monday, May 10 at the Pleasant Plains location starting at 6:00pm.  The next Board meeting is on May 11, 2021, at 555 Buckeye Rd, Pleasant Plains, IL.  The meeting starts at 6:00pm. The Agenda will be posted prior to the meeting. Click on the the Board, bylaws... button above.


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

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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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.



Browsing is back!

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.

Calling all Jedi: Visit either location starting May 4th to pick up a Baby Yoda project and Star Wars Day

activity packet!

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!

COVID-19 Guidelines


Patrons coming into either location must wear a mask and practice social distancing!

We will limit how many patrons may be in the library and how long they can stay.

Patrons are encouraged to use Curbside Service. Please call ahead and arrange a time with staff for pick-up. Contact-less home delivery is still available.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at

or send a message through our Facebook page. 

You may call either location during open hours

or leave a phone message at 217-626-1553 after closing. 

  Our WiFi will remain on and can be used outside each location.

If you need the password, please ask during open hours or send an email.

There are also WiFi hotspots at the Ashland Village Hall

and the Pleasant Plains Firehouse.  

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

Mother's Day is

Sunday, May 8th.

Make a card for Mom:

stop by either location for materials, or download the printable here.

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.

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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.

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Mother's Day Adjective Card 


NASA Stained Glass Earth*

Garden in a Glove*

*Pick up a packet at either location while supplies last. Garden in a Glove project is limited to one per family. Thank you!

Websites to check out

BiblioBoard Library

Opent to all residents of Illinois, BiblioBoard has digital books, images, articles, documents, audio and specially curated collections. 

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Into the Book

A Reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers.  

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Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. We do this by  maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.


Google Books

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.


A suite of resources that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.  These resources, Pressbooks, Indie Author Project Select and the Biblioboard Library, are free to anyone in Illinois. 


Open Culture

Brings together high-quality cultural and educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.  Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video, it's all free and enriching.  But it's also scattered across the web and not easy to find.  Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access whenever and wherver you want it. 

For more websites go to our "Helpful Websites" page.

Story hours, Bookclubs and Other programs

Preschool Story hour

If you are interested in the virtual story hour please contact Deb Gruen at  

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Click on the image for more information

Book Clubs

The Bookies Book club meets on the fourth Thursday at 7:00pm at Pleasant Plains.


The ABC and Cookbook bookclubs are 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

© 2013 by Prairie Skies Public Library District