Tuesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Main Library, Community Meeting Room

Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids: A Speaker Series Sponsored by the PTA Council, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Y.O.U., Family Focus, YWCA Evanston/Northshore, and the Evanston Public Library

Four Events. Four Nights. Free and Open to the Public

What do diversity and inclusion really mean? What do we, as adults, bring to the table when we talk about the differences our children encounter every day? With heightened awareness and collaboration, children's experiences with diversity and inclusion in school, on the playground, and beyond can be enriched. New tools and knowledge of the latest research can improve dialogue with our children about race, gender, ability, family structure, faith, and other forms of difference. The entire community can benefit from more skillful approaches to real-life encounters.

Elisabeth "Biz" Lindsay-Ryan is a diversity professor, trainer, and consultant. She holds an MA from DePaul University in Human Services and Counseling and a BA from DePauw University. She teaches classes on Social Change, Social Movements, Diversity and Gender at DePaul University's School for New Learning. She also served for many years as Director of Programs at the Women's Center at Northwestern University.

Read more: Navigating Real Life Diversity with our Kids


titleThursday, November 20, 7 pm, North Branch 

National Book Award winning author Edwidge Danticat takes her readers to Ville Rose in Haiti where we meet 7 year old Claire Faustin and her father, Nozias. Unrequited in his love for his wife who died giving birth to Claire, Nozias looks every year for someone to care for his daughter so that he can earn more money, but when he tells Claire of his plan, she believes he is deserting her.  Danticat blends the stories of others from the village with that of Nozias and Claire creating a luminous but unwavering image of the island.

Copies of the book are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Please register for an email reminder.



altThursday, October 16, 7-8 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

Why should teens have all the fun? In this discussion group, we will read and talk about some pretty amazing YA fiction, through the filter of our grown up eyes. We’ll compare today’s YA literature to that of when we were teens, and have frank conversations about what it’s like for young people in today’s world, and what it’s like after we’ve all grown up. Books for each discussion are available at the Readers Advisory Desk on the second floor of the Main Library one month before. Please register. This month we'll be reading In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns. 

Part of the World War I/In Commemoration series.




Saturday, October 25, 3:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come meet Evanston native Mary Barr as she reads from her new book Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston.  Described by NU's Dr. Martha Biondi as "a perceptive, moving, and at times turbulent portrait of Evanston," Friends Disappear delves into the history of Evanston's neighborhoods, schools, and work life to unearth and examine the community's "detrimental myth of integration."  Dr. Barr will take questions following her reading, and copies of her book will be available to purchase courtesy of the Book Stall.

Dr. Mary Barr is a lecturer at Clemson University.  She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Sociology from Yale University. Everyone is welcome, but please register online or by calling (847) 448-8620


Part of 11 Months of African American History series, and the community wide, "RACE: are We So Different?" program series and museum exhibit, in collaboration with the YWCA Evanston Northshore  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum.




Sunday, October 5, 3 pm,  Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening and discussion of this groundbreaking documentary on homelessness in America. Mark Horvath has experienced the highs and lows of the American dream, from a successful career in television to barely surviving, homeless and addicted, on Hollywood Boulevard. But he found his voice again when he hit the streets, armed with a digital camera and a smartphone, to talk to homeless people about their own experiences.  @home follows him on a road trip across the country, from Los Angeles to Arkansas to Pittsburgh, as he makes homelessness in America visible. Screening co-sponsored by Percolator Films. The post-screening discussion will feature Director Susanne Suffredin and Paul Selden, Executive Director of Connections for the Homeless.


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