Outreach to Latinos and Spanish-Speaking Community Brings Awards, Resources and Programming


Daylily Alvarez, Community Outreach Librarian, received a Heart of the Moon (Yolotlmetzli) Public Service Award  in July for her service to the Latino Immigrant Community. The award was given by the Binational Institute of Human Development and Casa Mexico-USA with the Latina Art League Chicago. The awards celebrate women's efforts for the welfare and advancement of the Latino community. 

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Teen DIY @ the Loft: Rockets and Catapults

How to Build a Bottle RocketWednesday, July 9, 4-5 pm, the Loft, Main Library

Wednesday, July 23, 4-5 pm, North Branch

Work together to make rocket launchers, catapults and more at this event. We'll make a stomp rockets and figure out which catapult designs works the best in battle.  Grade 6-12. Please register for the Loft event or the North Branch event.  


Home Sweet Home: A Homebuyer's Workshop

titleWednesday, July 23, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

This workshop is ideal for first time homebuyers, move-up buyers, real estate investors, and current homeowners. Learn what a pre-approval will do for you; why NOW is the time to buy or refinance your home; current real estate market conditions; how to save money on your monthly payment, and more.  Presented by Evan Kane, Realty Scientists, Inc., and Kelly Malitz of Cole Taylor. Registration is requested but not required; walk-ins are welcome, too!. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.


Understand Youth Violence Through Reading, Drama and Discussion


Thought-Provoking Reading, Drama, and Discussion Presented by EPL and the Dajae Coleman Foundation

Evanston Public Library and the Dajae Coleman Foundation are set to make this summer a time of reflection, learning, and discussion about youth violence. We will jointly present four programs inspired by the book "How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence," described by journalist Rick Kogan as "a stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book," and by Booklist Online as "a book everyone should read."  "How Long Will I Cry" presents an oral history of Chicago youth violence through the heartbreaking and hopeful stories of real people in their own words.

The events are free and open to the public:

Two Community Book Readings will take place on Saturday, July 12 from 11 am to 1 pm, Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster Street, and on Friday, July 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Sherman United Methodist Church, 2214 Ridge Ave. Members of the Dajae Coleman Foundation will read excerpts from "How Long Will I Cry?" and discuss youth violence.

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Gigi Galich, Children's Librarian, Dies in Bicycle Accident


With profound sadness and a deep sense of loss we report that Gigi Galich, a Children's Librarian at the Evanston Public Library, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, following injuries she received when the bicycle she was riding collided with a motorcycle on Church Street, just as she was arriving for her day at work.

Gigi was an important member of the library family since she first began working here in 1976 as a high school student. Since 1991, she has provided exemplary library services to Evanston residents of all ages through her enthusiastic, skilled, and creative work in the Children's Services Department at the Main Library. 

Gigi was energetic, dedicated and passionate. She will be greatly missed. Her work will live on through the many, many children who learned to love reading under her care and who will remember her presence and assistance as they came to the library for books, stories, crafts and fun.

A Memorial Service for Gigi will be on Saturday, August 9, at 2 pm at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.


Library Names Wynn Shawver as Chief Development Officer


Strategic Fundraising to Play Major Role in Library's Future

Evanston Public Library announces the appointment of Wynn Shawver as Chief Development Officer. Shawver will oversee all aspects of the Library's development efforts, including individual giving; corporate and foundation grants; planned and estate giving; prospect research and donor relations. Working together with Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons, library staff, trustees and volunteers, she will create and implement strategy to meet the library's long-term financial goals, including initiatives such as building the endowment, the director's discretionary fund, and plans for outreach throughout the community.

"Strategic fundraising is critical to the future of Evanston Public Library," said Danczak Lyons. "In this newly created role, Wynn will help us identify the philanthropic interests of donors who want to advance the educational, cultural and economic value of a strong public library. Through the cultivation of meaningful relationships, foundation and corporate support and other community partnerships, we now have a major opportunity to expand revenue beyond taxpayer support to better serve the citizens of Evanston. All gifts, whether small or large, enable us to do so." 

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Get Ready for Summer Reading and Creating: June 1-July 31, For All Ages


Read, create, make your way to summer reading prizes! 

For children: Register in-person at any location starting June 1 to keep track of your summer reading and return regularly for fun prizes like sidewalk chalk or bug-making kits. Grand prize: choose a free book! Thursday Family CREATE Nights, June 5 to June 26, 7 pm...with draw-in night, lego night, jammie night, and drive-in movie night. You can also design your own stained glass on July 8, 6:30 pm. Call 847-448-8610 for more information.

For teens:  Teens entering/completing grades 6-12 can sign up at any of the Library's locations. Each time three tasks are completed, teens can check in (3 times total) for prizes like bookmarks, smencils, buttons and weekly raffle tickets for gift cards to crazy great places. The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Old Orchard Mall, plus two runner up gift cards for $50 and $25.  Theater performance,film-making, hand-made jewelry, and more! Call 847-448-8625 for more information.

For adults: Fill out a raffle slip for each book, magazine, or newspaper you read. Every Saturday, each location picks a prize winner. Grand prize: Family Membership to the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to indulge your creative side in a stress-free, fun environment. Bring friends along! On Bad Art Night, the worst masterpiece wins. Discover what you can make with a 3D printer. Thinking of taking up an instrument? Come to the Instrument Petting Zoo. At the Book to Art Club, make art inspired by the book "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" Call 847-448-8620 for more information.

Summer Reading Kick-Off, Saturday, June 7 at 2 pm. A Hawaiian musical event with the sounds of Hoapali Music

August 2: Created! An all ages art show. Come share what you create this summer!


Jugando con la ciencia/Playing with science

titleEvery other Saturday, February 15 thought August 15, 3-5 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Come and learn about the various fields of science in this bilingual, hands-on program for kids and families.  Vengan a descubrir los diversos campos de la ciencia con  actividades de práctica en este programa bilingüe para niños y familias.Este sábado 19 de julio estaremos en el Festival de Artes Étnicas en el Parque Centennial de 12 pm a 2 pm. The session for July 19 will take place at our booth at the Ethnic Arts Festival at Centennial Park from 12-2 pm.

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