Book Bike Expands Library's Reach


The Evanston Public Library's new Book Bike took its first spin into the community on July 16 to enthusiastic response, checking out books and making new library cards by the City's lakefront. This librarian-driven initiative will bring books, library card sign-ups, and program registration to parks, neighborhoods, and events around town. 

Jill Skwerski, Community Engagement Librarian led the initiative to bring the Book Bike to the community. 

"The Book Bike allows us to meet people where they are, including those individuals who might not be library users. We can quickly sign people up for new library cards, pass along information about our events and services, and instantly check out books from the Book Bike. If you don't have a card with you, we can look it up right from the bike," she said. 

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Arts on Sunday: Spike Lee Film Fest


Sunday, July 27, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

She's Gotta Have It. 1986, Rated R (explicit nudity and sexual content)

Join us for screenings of 4 classic films from one of our greatest contemporary directors. Spike's first full length feature celebrates an independent African American woman who refuses to be tied down by either of her 3 suitors.

Part of 11 Months of African American History series.


Enter Our Science Drawing Contest!


Science is for everyone! 

Kids, now you can win the opportunity to work with real scientists in a laboratory! If you are between 5 and 15 years old, you can enter the Science Drawing Contest.  Here's all you have to do:

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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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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:

The second of two Community Book Readings will take place 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.


The Library has established the Gigi Galich Memorial Fund. If you'd like to contribute online, click here. Or, contact Wynn Shawver, Chief Development Officer at 847-448-8657 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.  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.Call 847-448-8620 for more information.

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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