titleTuesday, September 29, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Main Library

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea—his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.alt

Join us as author Robert Kurson joins us tonight to participate in our discussion and answer any pressing pirate related questions about his book.  

Copies of Pirate Hunters will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.


alt    Saturday, July 25, 11 am, North Branch 

    Sing songs, listen to stories and make a craft. 

    Fun for families with kids of any age.

    Drop-in, no registration required. 


 Monday, July 27, 4-4:45 pm, North Branch

Find and play the rhythms in your everyday life!

For kids going into grades K-3 

Linda Schneider of Heartland Rhythms will help you find the rhythms all around (and even inside) you and then you can play them on a variety of instruments and objects.



Wednesday, July 22, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come celebrate Ernest Hemingway's belated 116th birthday as Dr. Nancy Sindelar shares her recent book Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work.  Featuring 60 rare photographs and many unguarded personal letters, this unique biography travels from Oak Park and Kansas City to Key West, Cuba, and Spain tracing the people and places that impacted Hemingway as an artist and man.  Sindelar will take questions following her reading, and copies of Influencing Hemingway will be available to purchase.

Dr. Nancy Sindelar teaches "Hemingway: The Man, The Writer, The Legend" at the University of California-Riverside, is a board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, and will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Hemingway Society Conference. 

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



Tuesday 8/4 7:00pm  Family Night: Yoga with Jancy Jerome! Cat, cow, and down dog too! Come learn to greet the morning together in an easy and beautiful sun salutation. Grades K - 6 with a parent. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Registration required.

Monday 8/10 7pm Family Night: Lego Night. Build your dream school together -- or the last "tree house"  of summer. Grades K -5. Drop In; no registration needed.

Thursday 8/13 6:30pm  Family Night:  Drive in Movie Night with Stuffed Animals! Build your favorite stuffed animal a cool car, then drive over together to our movie room for some short films. Preschool and up. Registration Required.

Monday 8/17 6:30pm Family Night: Evening The Young and the Restless. Bring your infant, one or two year old to this evening version of our popular sing-a-long storytime! Drop In; no registration needed.

Tuesday 8/18 7pm Family Night: Father Son Craft.  Join us for an evening of creativity working on a science/art project with your son. Boys must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Grades 2 -6.

Thursday 8/20 7pm Family Night: Jammie Time! Come in pajamas to this stories-before-bed program. Ages 2 -9.

Working Parent Friendly programming

for a great August of family togetherness,

at the Evanston Public Library.


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