Library Blog

Equity and the Evanston Public Library Collections: Contemporary Fiction

June 8, 2017

Libraries nationwide have been reassessing their collections through the lens of diversity and equity.  As Julie Stivers and Sandra Hughes-Hassell wrote on the YALSA blog in 2015, ” focusing on diversity is not an extra facet of our job. It is central to what we do.” Evanston Public Library is no different but coming up […]

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Local Art @ EPL: Edward Ravine

June 2, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Edward Ravine back to the library for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit. After making his 2015 library debut, the Evanston painter has returned with Yield and Overcome – a fresh collection of gorgeous watercolors that embraces the words of the Tao Te Ching. Says Ravine, “To me it […]

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Local Authors and Book Connections You May Not Know

May 25, 2017

Once in a while we here at Evanston Public Library like to highlight the local authors and legends that make it onto our shelves.  We particularly like it when we learn something new in the process.  The other day I received a very interesting email from a Professor of History at Texas Southern University.  She […]

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Local Art @ EPL

May 16, 2017

We are thrilled to announce a special treat for our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. Throughout May, we’re proudly showcasing the work of eleven talented artists from the Presbyterian Homes at Westminster Place in Evanston. The featured artists include Alvin Beatty, Carole Bergstraesser, Robert Buchanan, Gordon Guth, Jane LaRue, Marjorie McMonagle, Allen Oden, […]

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MOMMY!!

May 10, 2017

Sunday is Mother’s Day and that can mean only one thing: Time to grab every irreverent book about moms off our shelf pronto. Sure, I could write up a list right now that’s comprised entirely of sweet goo, but my mom likes her literature with a little bite to it.  I bet yours does too. […]

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Falconwatch 2017: One Egg, Two Eggs, Red Eggs, Blue Eggs

May 9, 2017

Actually, the eggs of the title here aren’t red or blue at all.  But they do exist and we here at the library are thrilled. As I may have mentioned in the past, our beloved peregrine falcon Nona, so accustomed to roosting and laying on our building every spring, did not show up this year.  […]

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Author Event: Kristy Woodson Harvey

May 8, 2017

Kristy Woodson Harvey has been called “the next major voice in Southern fiction” by NY Times bestselling author Erin Hilderbrand, and on Tuesday, May 9 you can find out why when Harvey visits EPL to share her novel Slightly South of Simple. The first book in her new Peachtree Bluff Series, Slightly South of Simple […]

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Author Event: Osama Alomar Reads

May 4, 2017

Syrian author Osama Alomar is a poet, musician, former Chicago cabbie, and a celebrated short story writer, and on Saturday, May 6 at 2 pm he visits EPL to share his acclaimed new book The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories. Praised by the NY Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Chicago Review of Books, […]

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Poet Profiles: Aozora Brockman

April 25, 2017

Even though National Poetry Month is winding down, we’re not done celebrating here at EPL. This Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm we’re thrilled to welcome poets Aozora Brockman and Anita Olivia Koester as part of the 2017 Evanston Literary Festival. Both will read from their latest collections, and in anticipation, we recently spoke with […]

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Talking with Evanston artist Kristen Neveu

April 20, 2017

Kristen Neveu is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. A painter and collage artist whose work has shown at Woman Made Gallery, the Beverly Hills Art Fair, Evanston Made, and in the personal collection of Community actor Joel McHale, Neveu threads Americana and […]

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