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The path to summer fun starts at the Evanston Public Library

May 25, 2022

Summer’s here, and the Evanston Public Library wants to put you on the path to summer fun. Our programs are happening in the fresh air at parks and beaches all over town as well as at our Main Library and Robert Crown

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EPL launches Evanston Journals at Robert Crown Branch

February 28, 2022

The Evanston Public Library’s Robert Crown Branch is kicking off its Evanston Community Journal program to help document the stories and capture the identity of our community. Patrons can check out one of three empty journals (one each for kids, teens, and adults) for two weeks and return it with up to four pages filled […]

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Sign up now for the Cardboard Carnival

February 17, 2022

In search of hand-on, creative, problem-solving activities – with prizes?  The Cardboard Carnival transforms engineering into a game with a free series of citywide challenges for District 65 students and Evanston residents in grades 5-8. Through coding and constructing a 3-D cardboard arcade game, participating kids learn about the engineering design process, strengthen their interest […]

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Buzz Spector exhibit showcases the foundational importance of reading…and the EPL’s books

February 3, 2022

The conceptual artist cites time with EPL in his youth as a strong contribution to a career steeped in literature and the arts.   Reading builds us up—nobody understands that better than Buzz Spector. Spector is a prominent figure in the world of modern conceptual art with a body of work spanning several decades and […]

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EPL Offers a Mini-Course on the Unlikely Rise of Impressionism on January 18 and 25

December 16, 2021

Evanston Public Library announces “Perspectives on French Impressionism,” a two-session, no-charge, non-credit class being offered to the greater Evanston community in partnership with the Northwestern Emeriti Organization (NEO).The instructor will be Professor Emerita Hollis Clayson, an internationally recognized expert on cultural and artistic movements originating in Paris. The two class sessions will take place the […]

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Community Code:  A Series of Web-Based Interactive Stories with local artist Jiaqi Zhang

December 8, 2021

Community Code is a series of interactive stories of small business owners in the Evanston neighborhood. The project was inspired by a Facebook group that supports Evanston’s businesses during challenges of the pandemic. To access the digital exhibit click here. Instructions: Click on the business owner’s name to open the book. With a cell phone, […]

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Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021: Picture Books

October 18, 2021

Picture Books 1. The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear, ill. Gracey Zhang A girl and her Japanese grandmother don’t share a language, but they do share a love of bathing! A gentle story of family and loving all kinds of bodies, big and small. JPicture Macle.K 2. Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder One […]

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Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021: Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales

October 18, 2021

Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales 22. Blancaflor, The Hero With Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman, ill. Sergio García Sánchez  Can true love triumph when your dad’s an ogre? Only daughter Blancaflor can defeat her dad’s tricks and traps as she aids a young prince on his daring quest. JGraphic […]

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Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021: Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

October 18, 2021

Easy and Early Chapter Books 29. Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite by Ashley Spires Burt’s just your average ten-lined june beetle so there’s not too much that’s interesting about him. Yet even the most average bug can be a hero if it uses what it’s got. And what Burt has… are hugs. JEasy Spire.A 30. […]

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Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021: Poetry

October 18, 2021

Poetry 38. Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman, ill. Diana Sudyka Slip into the secret spots of your garden and meet a coy creature unafraid to be silent and stealthy. Contains lovely poems and delicious facts about the tiny treefrog. JPicture Sidma.J 39. Honey for You, Honey for Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes collected […]

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