Research Grant Brings New STEM Programs to Evanston

Evanston’s school-age children will benefit from a research project that will bring new STEM programming to the Library and to locations around Evanston. Researchers at Loyola University of Chicago and Northwestern University will partner with the Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Children’s Museum to conduct design-based research on the impact of conversation and storytelling on […]


Library Welcomes New Latino Engagement Librarian

The Evanston Public Library is pleased to welcome Miguel Ruiz, the Library’s new Latino Engagement Librarian. Ruiz will coordinate and work to provide library services for the Evanston Latino community both within and beyond the walls of the library with an extra emphasis on the needs of Evanston’s Spanish speaking residents.  In 2015, Evanston’s Latino […]


EPL’s Brian Wilson on Helping Choose Caldecott Award Winners

This year, EPL Children’s Librarian Brian Wilson served on the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. The committee was made up of 15 members, most of whom are children’s librarians. Eight members, including Wilson, were elected through a vote by members of the Association of Library Service to Children. The other seven are appointed by the ASLC […]


Hirshfield Poetry Competition: “Truly something special.”

The Evanston Public Library is currently accepting submissions for the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Competition. In 2015, Anna Harvey won the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award in the high school category for her poem, “Colombiana”. A former ETHS student, now a freshman at Brown University, Harvey continues to find solace in writing and feels grateful […]


Library Expands Popular Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program

More Devices to Meet the Consistent Demand The Evanston Public Library is expanding its lending program of Wi-Fi Hotspots in January 2017 after a 2016 pilot proved very successful. Now the library is more than doubling the number of devices available to the public from 30 to 70. The Library will also increase the lending […]


“Anybody Coming Through the Door Gets What He or She Needs.”

Everyone Can Be at Home at EPL Part of the mission of the Evanston Public Library is “to serve as a third place for the Evanston community”—an environment other than home, school, or work where Evanston residents can spend time. “Our gentle, open librarians create a welcoming environment for all people,” said Head of Children’s […]


Evanston Reads: The Other Wes Moore

The Evanston Public Library is hoping that one book can bring the community closer together.  Activities (schedule ) will take place throughout February and March and include book discussions, lectures, storytelling, and integrated arts programs across Evanston. The Library encourages everyone to participate. The Other Wes Moore; One Name, Two Fates tells the story of […]



Library Offers Chromebooks for Teens

The Evanston Public Library’s Teen Loft now offers in-house use of Chromebooks for teens in grades 6-12 who are Evanston Public Library cardholders or those who have their public library cards registered at EPL. Chromebooks are a familiar technology to Evanston Township High School students.  As of the 2016-17 school year, every student at ETHS […]


Concierge Volunteers Make the Library an Open Book

Evanston Public Library has a new desk. Last July, library staff brought in thirteen volunteer concierges to greet library patrons entering the lobby, field questions, and answer the phones. Head of Circulation Jose Maldonado remembered when Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons approached him with the idea: “[Lyons] and I realized we both had an interest […]