Health Events at The Library


In October 2015, Evanston Public Library will launch a Health Desk at the Main Library in collaboration with the Northwestern University Center for Global Health and other community partners. The Health Desk will be in the lobby of the Main Library on Sundays, 1-4 pm, and Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, starting on October 7.

To celebrate, the library is hosting events throughout the month about nutrition, medicine, healthcare, and more. To find out more or register for these events, call (847) 448-8620 or follow the links after each event below.

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October Family Nights!


Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Garden Gates area, Main Library Family Night: Jammie Time The library does your bedtime storytime for you! Ages 2 -9. No registration required; drop in.

Monday, October 19, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library Family Night: Theater Games Celebrating Mr. Popper's Penguins! An evening of drama games hosted by Lifeline Theatre around the beloved classic, Mr. Popper's Penguins; great fun for children ages 5 & up, and their parents!  Registration required; register here.

Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library Family Night: 'Adult' Coloring with Parents and Kids An intricate 'adult' coloring project you can do together! Designs supplied. Relax and enjoy some screen-free family time! Grades 3rd - 6th with a parent or adult relative. Registration required; register here.

Monday, October 26, 6:30 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library Family Night: The Young and the Restless. An evening version of our popular sing-a-long storytime for your infant, 1 or 2 year old. No registration required; just drop in.

Working Parent Friendly Programs at the Evanston Public Library!


Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture: "The Ethics of Vaccination"


Tuesday, October 13, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

People avoid vaccinations for various reasons, from fear that vaccines will damage their (or their children's) immune systems, to suspicions about vaccine components. For some, vaccines may raise fears, but for others vaccination remains an unrealized goal.  Eula Biss, author of On Immunity, which examines the history of vaccines and the metaphors we use to think about them, joins Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, to discuss the ethics of vaccine refusal.

Everyone is welcome, but please register online or by calling 847-448-8620. This program is part of the Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture series, which brings together Northwestern faculty and the Evanston community in discussion about current research.

 Presented in cooperation with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.


Author Reading: "From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds"


Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come meet beloved Northwestern University professor Dr. Irwin Weil as he shares his new memoir From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds.  Beginning in Depression-era Ohio where his father was an owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Weil reflects on how his love for The Brothers Karamazov led to a distinctive career in Slavic studies and ongoing relationships with Russian cultural figures such as Vladimir Nabokov and Dmitri Shostakovich.  Following his reading, Dr. Weil will take questions, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Everyone is welcome, but please register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.


Documentary and Discussion: Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation


Saturday, October 17, 2 pm, Community Mealteting Room, Main Library

Northwestern University Professor John Alba Cutler will screen Episode 2 of the documentary "Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation". Episode 2 is entitled "Empire of Dreams" and deals with the historic time period of 1880-1942. Following the screening, Professor Cutler will host a discussion. Part of the BigRead and Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant projects.  


Book Discussion: Into the Beautiful North

titleSunday, October 18, 3:30-4:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library is happy to host the first, of over twenty, book discussions of "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea in honor of The Big Read. "Into the Beautiful North" is a quest novel in the grand tradition, though there are no medieval knights, magic rings, or light sabers within its pages. Author Luis Alberto Urrea sets the novel in the present day, in the highly charged world of the U.S.–Mexico border region.  Books will be available four weeks before the discussion at the Readers Advisory Desk. 


In Full Swing Jazz Orchestra

titleSunday, October 18, 2 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join Ron Surace  and his 17 piece jazz orchestra for a lively afternoon of big band and swing tunes!


2015 Best Picture Books Presentation with Betsy Bird and Brian Wilson

Saturday, November 14, 10:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join collection development manager Betsy Bird and youth services librarian Brian Wilson as they share their picks for their Favorite Picture Books of 2015!   Brian, a member of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal Selection Committee, will present his annual top 12 countdown of his favorite 2015 read-alouds for preschoolers. Joining him this year is Fuse #8 blogger, author, and former New York Public Library youth materials specialist Betsy, who will talk about a dozen recent picture books she considers absolutely great. Parents, teachers, child care workers, grandparents, and those seeking gift ideas will enjoy this lively, interactive program. Please note: This event is for adults, and is not a story time for children. No registration required.

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