North Branch Closed July 31-August 29

The North Branch of the Evanston Public Library and its bookdrop will be closed for maintenance from 6 pm Saturday, July 30 until Monday, August 29.


2016 Summer Reading Program at Evanston Public Library: Read for the Win!

June 1-July 31 at all EPL Locationsalt

Everyone is invited to Read for the Win! starting June 1. All Evanston kids, teens, and adults can read books, play games, attend library events, enter raffles and earn prizes all summer long. Join us at all library locations and in our parks and summer camps for fun events, award-winning authors, storytimes, book recommendations, and fun MakerKids stem activities. Registration opens for all ages starting June 1. Register online or in person at any library location.  Check out the Summer Reading Guide (pdf) online or pick up a paper copy at any location.

While these Summer Reading programs are free to all participants, additional support is needed to help expand the program, including a new book lending project with Evanston Parks and Recreation and Ridgeville Camps to keep kids reading this summer.  Contributions can be made online. Our program partners include the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and Ridgeville Park Distirct with participation by Evanston Cradle to Career and the Evanston Public Library Friends. Help keep kids reading this summer. We can all model reading and grow a healthy community of readers and lifelong learners. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.



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MakerKids in the Parks! Week of July 25: Bubbles!


Monday, July25 , 2 pm - 4 pm, Robert Crown

Tuesday, July 26 , 2 pm - 4 pm, Fleetwood-Jourdain

Wednesday, July 27 , 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Mason Park

Thursday, July 28 , 11:30 - 1:30 pm,  James Park

Come visit Evanston's parks the week of July 25th for a fun drop-in MakerKids science activity using bubbles!  Kids & students of all ages welcome. Come learn something fun while enjoying the great weather. See you there!

Don't miss the weeks of August 1 (Engineering Challenge) and August 8 (CD wind spinner) all coming up on the same schedule!


Blood and Marrow Drive

Saturday, July 30, 11 am - 4 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

LifeSource, the Evanston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Psi, Inc. and the Evanston Public Library invite you to participate in a blood and marrow drive. The event will be held on Saturday, July 30, 11am – 4 pm at the Evanston Library in the Community Meeting Room. The library is located at 1703 Orrington.

To schedule your appointment please call 877-543-3768 or visit; select “Make an Appointment,” choose “Donate Blood,” Search by group code 753B. For questions on medical eligibility call: 847-803-7921. Appointments recommended. Walk-ins Welcome!


The Occupation Of The American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War In The United States

altSunday, July 31, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

A showing of this 82-minute documentary, narrated by Roger Waters, will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Ghada Talhami, professor of Politics at Lake Forest College, and moderated by author and journalist Richard Cahan. Co-sponsored by Evanston Public Library,  Neighbors for Peace, Chicago Area Peace Action and the Lake Street Church Peace and Justice.   

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


SCORE Chicago Presents: Business Problem Solving--Some Systematic Tools for Defining and Solving Problems


Monday, August 1, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library 

Learn methods to define a problem versus dealing with its symptoms, and concepts to differentiate symptoms from their roots. Also learn how to analyze the importance and the desired benefit of solving the problem; and how to determine the support and resources needed to resolve the problem, to create an action plan and finally, to measure  success. Three case studies will be shared. Presented by Arnie Goldberg, SCORE mentor. Registration is requested but not required. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.  


Legal Cannabis 101


Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join a discussion ranging from a history of the science and politics around cannabis and its social impacts, right up to a detailed discussion of the recent legal changes around its use, recreational as well as medical.  Topics will include the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, decriminalization at the local and state level, industrial hemp, the future of the push to end cannabis prohibition in Illinois and beyond, as well as the advocacy and political work involved in making these changes happen.

Speakers: Ali  Nagib of Illinois NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), Liz Elliott & Mike Richards
of PharmaCannis, Evanston’s only medical cannabis provider

Register online or at (847) 448-8620.


Meet Children's Author Tone Almhjell


Monday, August 15, 2 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Enjoy a rare chance to meet acclaimed fantasy novelist Tone Almhjell, visiting from Norway! She wrote the fast-paced and exciting The Twistrose Key (great fun for readers Grades 4 and up!), and will be talking about the brand new sequel Thornghost, coming out the week of her appearance! Tone will sign books provided by co-presenter The Book Stall. Fans of magical adventure should not miss this author event.  No registration required.

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