Proudly serving downtown Lincoln, IL since 1994.

121 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL 62656


Store Hours: M-F 9-5, Saturday 9-4

Get to know the friendly faces that make Prairie Years happen, and stop by to see us!

Meet Our Staff


Marcia May Joined in 2012 Marcia retired from full-time teaching in 2012. She stayed home for a few months and started to wonder, "What do I do now?" Marcia decided to apply to work at Prairie Years, and is now a vital part in making sure we are stocked with the books children love. "We're so lucky to have a store like this in Lincoln."


Sam Redding Owner Being a former educator and Dean at Lincoln College, Dr. Redding opened Prairie Years in 1994 while also heading the Academic Development Institute, a nationally known educational company. Prairie Years is a continuation of his vision for "lifelong learners" in the Lincoln community.


Carole Boch Joined in 2007 Carole rejoined the Prairie Years team in 2012 after time away for family. She has watched the store's transitions and enjoys those she works with and gets to serve in downtown Lincoln.


Pam Sheley Manager Pam first visited the store when Prairie Years was carrying teacher supplies and used books. Little did she know that one day she would be managing the store. Pam began doing the bookkeeping for Prairie Years in 1999, assisting with orders in 2001, and began managing the store in 2003. While most of her work is “behind the scenes”, she appreciates all those who support the little store she has come to love!!


Mick Turner Joined in 2014 Mick retired from the State of Illinois after 28 years and wanted to get back into retail after working at Landauers in downtown Lincoln 40 years ago and First National Bank 35 years ago. Mick enjoys working with the public and seeing familiar local faces again.


Kathy Schmidt Assistant Manager since 2012 Kathy enjoys being a part of a team who desires to make Prairie Years a valuable part of Lincoln's business community. Kathy assists with merchandise orders and advertising.


Emily Sheley Joined in 2008 Emily grew up visiting Prairie Years in the 90s as a child and started working as a gift-wrapper her freshman year of high school. As well as being a cashier, she now works with store advertising and web designs.

121 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL 62656


Store Hours: M-F 9-5, Saturday 9-4, Sunday 1-4