Local Authors Read

Thursday, October 2, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Don't miss three talented local authors as they read from their latest novels.  Joshua Corey will share his debut Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy, Patrick Creevy will read from his book Ryan's Woods, and Dennis Byrne will present his historical novel Madness: The War of 1812.  All three authors will take questions following their readings, and copies of each book will be available to purchase.  Also, don't miss a featured interview with Joshua Corey on our Off the Shelf blog.


EPL After Hours and Hecho in the USA: Cesar Chavez

altFriday, October 3, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world.  Cesar Chavez. (DVD 2014).

Run Time: 102 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (for some violence and language)




Sunday, October 5, 3 pm,  Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening and discussion of this groundbreaking documentary on homelessness in America. Mark Horvath has experienced the highs and lows of the American dream, from a successful career in television to barely surviving, homeless and addicted, on Hollywood Boulevard. But he found his voice again when he hit the streets, armed with a digital camera and a smartphone, to talk to homeless people about their own experiences.  @home follows him on a road trip across the country, from Los Angeles to Arkansas to Pittsburgh, as he makes homelessness in America visible. Screening co-sponsored by Percolator Films. The post-screening discussion will feature Director Susanne Suffredin and Paul Selden, Executive Director of Connections for the Homeless.


Navigating Real Life Diversity with our Kids


Tuesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Main Library, Community Meeting Room

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids: A Speaker Series Sponsored by the PTA Council, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Y.O.U., Family Focus, YWCA Evanston/Northshore, and the Evanston Public Library

Four Events. Four Nights. Free and Open to the Public

What do diversity and inclusion really mean? What do we, as adults, bring to the table when we talk about the differences our children encounter every day? With heightened awareness and collaboration, children's experiences with diversity and inclusion in school, on the playground, and beyond can be enriched. New tools and knowledge of the latest research can improve dialogue with our children about race, gender, ability, family structure, faith, and other forms of difference. The entire community can benefit from more skillful approaches to real-life encounters.

Elisabeth "Biz" Lindsay-Ryan is a diversity professor, trainer, and consultant. She holds an MA from DePaul University in Human Services and Counseling and a BA from DePauw University. She teaches classes on Social Change, Social Movements, Diversity and Gender at DePaul University's School for New Learning. She also served for many years as Director of Programs at the Women's Center at Northwestern University.

Read more: Navigating Real Life Diversity with our Kids


Announcing the 2nd Annual Get Caught Reading Photo & Video Contest


The Evanston Public Library invites photographers and videographers of all ages and expertise levels to capture Evanston in the act of reading by entering the 2nd Annual Get Caught Reading community photo and video contest. (New this year: the video category!)

We ask you to capture images of people expressing the joy of reading in all forms and in various places from private spaces to public venues. Help us showcase Evanston as a city of readers of all ages!

Entries will be accepted only through online submission form from September 26 through October 10, 2014. Please enter online  beginning on September 26. The voting period will be October 15 through October 22.

Last year's winners: 18 and under category, Colin Lowman, "Reading on the Job".  Over 18 category, Elizabeth Hansen, "City Girl". Congratulations!



Read More: Get Caught Reading


Author Reading: "Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door"


Thursday, October 9, 6 pm. EPL co-hosts an event at Bookends and Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Evanston

Writer Barbara Mahany finds the sacred nearly every time she steps out the door. As a seasoned journalist who spent years as a reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, she knows how to notice the beauty that surrounds us all and take note. Her new, just-released book is a seasonal field guide to wonder and wisdom: Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door (Abingdon Press, October 2014). “Enraptured by the miracle of this holy Earth’s turning,” Mahany says she has learned to play close attention to the seasons and to “the unending grace…in allowing an ordinary moment to turn itself inside out.”  From the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, to her revered page-two columns, Mahany has drawn in thousands of readers for decades. She lives with her family in Wilmette. To reserve a seat, please contact Bookends and Beginnings at 224-999-7722.


NEW!! GLBT Book Discussion


Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Greg Salustro , former Evanston Arts Commissioner, and chair of “Reeling 32”, Chicago’s LGBTQ annual film festival leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the gay/lesbian/bi/transgender community. The inaugural title is Oscar Wilde's classic farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. Copies are available at the Readers Advisory desk on the 2nd floor; to register or reserve a copy call 847-448-8620 or register online.


Science Saturdays at CAMS

titleEvery Other Saturday, Sept. 13-Nov. 22, 2 pm, CAMS Branch

Families are invited to drop in for a fun science experiment at CAMS every other Saturday. Science Saturdays are September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 8 and 22.

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