The Winners of the 36th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

altThis year's winners of the 36th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards will have the honor of reading their prize winning poetry along with this year's contest  judge Kevin Stein, the Illinois Poet Laureate, a prize-winning poet, critic and editor. The competition winners in the adult, high school, middle school, and elementary school categories will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held Sunday, May 4 at 2 pm in the Library's Community Meeting Room. Both the winners and Stein will read from their work.

And the winners are...


Mergent Intellect Training



Thursday, April 24, 12 noon, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Mergent Intellect is a database that provides basic facts on over 20 million North American companies and over 70 million global companies, including company locations; estimated sales and numbers of employees; industry analyses; Dun & Bradstreet data including D-U-N-S identifier numbers, credit ratings, and corporate “family tree” details; and executive contacts and biographies.  Join Mergent trainer, Tevis Vandergriff, as he introduces you to the various ways Intellect can help you in your business research.  Lunch will be provided.  Register online, or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.


The Black Chicago Renaissance, 1930-1960


Thursday, April 24, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Beginning in the 1930s, Black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that lasted into the 1950s and rivaled the cultural outpouring of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Darlene Clark Hine, Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, discusses the forces that distinguished the Black Chicago Renaissance from the Harlem Renaissance and places the development of black culture in a national and international context. Sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanites at Northwestern University.

Part of the 11 Months of African American History series.


Big Book Sale: Find Great Books; Support the Library

EPL will hold its next Big Book Sale from Friday, May 2 though Sunday, May 4. The 3-day event features a large collection of beautiful books in excellent condition at prices buyers will love. Find 1000s of very gently used children's and adult books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, large print, and vintage selections in every imaginable category of fiction and non-fiction. Current novels and mysteries, self-help, high quality children's books, gardening, travel, cookbooks, civil war history, scrap-booking and other crafts, photography, architecture and more. The Big Book Sale has it all.

Read more: Big Book Sale: Find Great Books; Support the Library


Smithsonian Exhibit at the Library


April 3-27, 2nd Floor, Main Library

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964," which documents Mexican temporary laborers in the United States, will be on display at the Evanston Public Library from April 3 to April 27. The exhibit describes the experiences of bracero workers and their families, and provides context for today’s debates on immigration and guest worker programs.
The exhibit's stay at the Library is made possible through a partnership with the Dittmar Gallery and the Latina and Latino Studies Department at Northwestern University.


"Every Day is an Opportunity to Connect"


The Evanston Public Library released its 2013 annual report today; it reveals increased usage from 2012 over a number of measures including visits to its locations and to its website, children's program attendance, computer use at the library, and items checked out (circulation). Ebook checkouts rose 60% from 2012.

The report also describes new programming that expands the Library's presence "beyond the walls" and out into the community from the Robert Crown Community Center to local senior housing and through outreach to new immigrants.

Karen Danczak Lyons, EPL Director, emphasized, "this report illustrates that everyday at the Library is an opportunity to connect and help children learn to read, help adults develop new skills and new knowledge, and bring seniors cultural and intellectual activities and connection. Our success goes beyond the numbers as we work to reach each citizen and strengthen our community in a way that's helpful, meaningful and fun."


Teen Writer's Workshop

alt1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, the Loft, Main Library
No session March 20

Are you an avid writer or always wanted to try but never knew where to start? Join us each week to discuss a different writing topic ranging from poetry to non-fiction to editing. We’ll also workshop your writing so you’ll have a chance to share your work with other teens and gain some valuable feedback. Drop in.  Grades 6-12 . 


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.

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