Huge Deals Await at Our Big Summer Book Sale: August 15-17


Buy Great Books at Super Low Prices to Support the Library and Your Summer Reading Habit.

The Evanston Public Library will hold its BIG Summer Book Sale from Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17 in the Book Sale Room on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. The 3-day event, called "the best used book sale" by the Chicago Reader, promises to be overflowing with fantastic quality books of all types to meet every interest, at super low prices, in general, $4 for newer hardcover books and $2 dollars for less recent hardcovers and trade paperbacks.

Whether you're a fiction-lover, mystery fan, or reader of biographies, stop by. Our current selection of children's literature is outstanding: stock up now. Love cookbooks, history, social science, photography, philosophy, or first editions? We've got it all.  A customer at our last sale said, "Almost every book I've chosen, I've been thinking of ordering from Amazon." Come see for yourself how our third floor book sale room is transformed for a few days into a bookstore of the highest quality at the lowest prices. 

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North Branch Closed August 3-24

Beginning 6 pm Saturday, August 2, the North Branch and its book drop will be closed until Monday, August 25.  

FAQs for North Branch Remodeling


EPL After Hours: Joe

altFriday, August 1, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Joe is the foreman of a work crew hired to poison trees before they are cleared from land owned by people who plan to develop it. One day, 15-year-old Gary arrives at the worksite looking for a job for both himself and his alcoholic, shiftless father. Joe hires them both, but the self-destructive dad is quickly told never to return. Gary, however, earns his keep, and soon he begins to think of Joe as a father figure...

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WWI Commemoration Film: War Horse

altSunday, August 3, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Director Steven Spielberg's epic World War I drama details the remarkable bond between a man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his loyal horse, Joey. Adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse follows the growing friendship between man and beast as Albert trains Joey, and then follows Joey on an incredible journey across the English countryside after the pair are forcibly separated.

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"Maker Corps" Interns Inspire Creative Possibilities for Youth


Grace Casimer, 21, and Ruth Starr, 20 are Maker Corps Interns bringing hands-on learning and creative exploration to youth visiting the library this summer. Grace will be a Senior at Northwestern this Fall, double majoring in Secondary Teaching and Creative Writing. Ruth, an ETHS graduate, attends the Rochester Institute of Technology where she is double-majoring in American Sign Language-English Interpretation and Museum Studies. 


The two young women work in tandem, leading hands-on programming at the Main Library on a daily basis. Some of their programs have included building rockets and catapults, making circuits using Play-Dough, copper tape, LEDs and motors, jewelry workshops and robot-building. The two have staged random "pop-up" programs for all ages in the library lobby. They've also made little strange creatures called "felties" which are sewn together.


Ruth describes the goal of these "Maker" activities: "We want to get kids and patrons of all ages learning through experimentation and exploration. This programming brings kids from all over the community together. They work together and they learn from each other. Every time we have a workshop, my favorite part is the "aha" moment; it's when the training wheels come off and the light turns on. From that moment, the possibilities become endless."

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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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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 on Youth Violence


Evanston Public Library and the Dajae Coleman Foundation are set to make this summer a time of reflection, learning, and discussion about youth violence.


On Saturday, August 9 at 4 pm, the Library's Loft teen theater troupe presents a staged reading of "How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence," described by journalist Rick Kogan as "a stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book."  It presents an oral history of Chicago youth violence through the heartbreaking and hopeful stories of real people in their own words. In this dramatic adaptation, the teenage cast bears witness to the lives of Chicagoans changed by street violence. The performance will be in the Main Library's Community Meeting Room. Directly following this performance, at 5 pm, all are invited to a conversation with Cobe Williams, Violence Interrupter with Cure Violence.


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