Library Responds to Controversy Over Internal Disciplinary Matter

EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR ITS DIRECTOR AND STAFF On April 19, 2017, the Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees renewed the annual employment contract of our Director, Karen Danczak Lyons. The hiring and evaluation of our director are powers granted to us under state law.  We take these responsibilities […]


Congratulations: Winners of the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

The Evanston Public Library is pleased and proud to announce the winners of the 39th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards. This is the 39th year for the competition.  The competition winners in the adult, high school, middle school, and elementary school categories will receive their awards at a ceremony on Sunday, April 23 at 2 […]


Justine Janis: Library Social Worker

Libraries serve as a central gathering place where everyone is welcome and information resources and services are free for all.  This wide open welcome will be more expansive now that the services of a licensed clinical social worker are available on a full-time basis at the Evanston Public Library. Says Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons, […]


National Library Week is April 9-15

           We’re Proud To Celebrate National Library Week, We Do Proclaim… WHEREAS, libraries help change lives in their communities, campuses and schools; WHEREAS, librarians work to meet the changing needs of their communities, including providing resources for everyone and bringing services outside of library walls; WHEREAS, libraries and librarians bring together community […]


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 […]