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Library & Media Center

Students Welcome to the High School Library Media Center. Our goal is to provide appropriate opportunities, materials, and resources for  our students to be prepared for the real world, and become successful citizens.

For additional resources:
Please visit the Paris-Bourbon County Library website at

Jennifer Allen, District Librarian
Dawn Privett, Assistant District Librarian
308 West 7th Street
Paris, KY 40361
859-987-2166 (Elementary)
859-987-2168 (Middle and High School)
859-987-2132 FAX
[email protected]
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 Looking for a good book? Here are some of my favorite websites: The Horn Book Magazine Cooperative Children’s Book Center Voice of Youth Advocates (coolest librarian in the world—my hero!) 

About Ms. Allen:
I moved to Paris the summer before 1st grade, and have lived here ever since. I am proud to say I graduated from Paris High School in 1988. While here, I was in the band, FBLA, FHA, yearbook, and Beta clubs.  

I earned my Bachelors degree in Business Education at the University of Kentucky in 1992, then began working for Paris Independent Schools in 1995 as the director of the Family Resource Center. I earned my masters degree in vocational education from UK in 1997.  I left in 1998 to teach at Pendleton County High School, before returning to PHS/PMS to teach in 2000. I earned a masters degree in Library Media Education from WKU in 2009. I participated in UK's Next Generation Leadership Academy and graduated from UK in 2017 with my Educational Specialist degree.

Over the years, I have sponsored the book club, prom, FBLA, STLP, Yearbook, and many senior events, and served at an assistant softball coach and golf coach.   I have 2 children, Macy, a CVICU nurse at UK Hospital, and Landon, an HVAC student at BCTC.

In my free time, I like to read, travel, make scrapbooks, and hang out with my family and friends.    

I believe all students can learn. Some just need a little more help along the way. They all want and need to feel that we care about them. I hope that as the years go by, my students can say that I made a difference in their lives because I helped them learn, but more importantly, because I cared.  I am thrilled to be the district librarian! Working with students in grades Kindergarten through 12th is challenging, but it's also rewarding and exciting!

About Mrs. Privett:
Hi! My name is Dawn Privett, and I am the District Library Assistant for Paris Independent Schools. I am so happy to become part of this historic and wonderful district.

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Mt. Vernon Kentucky when I was 8. I graduated from Rockcastle County High School in 1991. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky, where I was also involved in theatre and visual arts—particularly black and white photography. I earned my Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from UK in 2002, and am currently pursuing a second Masters degree in Library Science.

As a college student, I worked at UK’s Chemistry-Physics Library, and later worked at UK’s William T. Young Library as a staff member for five years. I had great pleasure serving our community as the Director of Children’s and Youth Services at the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library until 2010. I learned much and had a load of fun teaching preschool during the 2010-2011 school year. I have had varied work experiences—from line cook to stagehand, from librarian to preschool teacher. Each and every one has given me a strong foundation and love of service, community, the arts, education, and youth.

I moved to Paris with my husband Brian and my daughter Mabel in 2007, and am so happy to be a part of this great community. Mabel, a precocious “reader,” is a Kindergartener at Paris Elementary. My daughter, Eleanor, now 2, is definitely the Ramona to Mabel’s Beezus! Two dogs, one cat, and an ever-changing selection of fish round out our family.

I love reading, photography, visual arts, cooking, gardening, long country drives, and music of any genre—especially if it is live.I was fortunate to have two elementary school teachers who read aloud to their students daily.

I attribute my love of story and reading to them. Some of my favorites they read include Where the Red Fern Grows, stories from the Jack Tales, and the S.E. Hinton novels. My favorite book in the 1st grade was Where the Wild Things Are. My favorite book in the 4th grade was Charlotte’s Web. In 5th and 6th grades, I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew mysteries. My favorite books in high school were To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby. These childhood reads are still some of my most favorite books. Now, some of my favorite authors are Kevin Henkes, Mo Willems, Barbara Park, Beverly Cleary, Cynthia Rylant, Richard Peck, Gail Carson Levine, Susan Cooper, J.K. Rowling, Katherine Paterson, Neil Gaiman, Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, E.M. Forster, and Jane Austen. I love to read anything from picture books to graphic novels and comics (I love super heroes!).

I believe that all students are individuals and are capable of high levels of learning. I believe that when a young person finds just that right book at that right time, their love of reading and capacity for learning steadily increases. It is my pleasure and goal to serve our students by helping them find all of those right books at all of those right times to better aid them in becoming avid readers, lifelong learners, and future leaders of our society.
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