Up From Down Home: Talking with Local Artist Jevoid Simmons

September 2, 2021

“I’m working to be the me I’m meant to be at this time in life”. That’s the retirement mantra Jevoid Simmons lives by as he fully devotes himself to making his art. Over the years Jevoid has exhibited his work locally at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (April – October 2019), Evanston’s Noyes Cultural […]


Evanston History, or, Everyone Old Is New Again

August 2, 2021

Recently I was curious to see how Evanston looked a mere 50 years ago, back to August of 1971. After digging through copies of The Evanston Review, what I found was both incredibly familiar and uncommonly strange, all at the same time. Stuff like . . . “A regular review of topical news and issues […]



Announcing the Collection Advisory Committee of Evanston Public Library

November 9, 2020

Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the formation of the Collection Advisory Group of Evanston Public Library. Formed with Collection Development Manager Elizabeth Bird, the committee will aid in the purchase of materials for the Black community of Evanston, IL. Members of this group include Deshana Newman, Elizabeth Averyhart, Traci Powell, Anya Tanyavutti, Candice […]


Announcing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2020!

November 6, 2020

  Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the results of our incredibly hardworking 101 Great Books for Kids committee. 2020 proved to be a particularly difficult year for us. When the pandemic closed our library in March it also kept all the books we were trying to read sequestered away. Thanks to the magnificent […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Nonfiction for Older Readers

November 6, 2020

Nonfiction for Older Readers   95. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat. In 2018, saving twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave became a worldwide rescue effort. This account chronicles how the plan came together and offers a rewarding Thai perspective along […]



Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Comics and Graphic Novels

November 6, 2020

Comics and Graphic Novels   68. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann. How do you battle injustice when you’re young? When Abby discovers that the tampon/tampax machines in her school are always empty, she and her friends band together to fight for what’s right. Call Number: JGraphic Willi.L   69. Green […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Fiction

November 6, 2020

Fiction 43. The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman. In 1986 Ukraine two girls become unlikely friends after experiencing the fallout from the horrifying Chernobyl crisis. Call Number: J Blank.A You can listen to the ebook here and the e-audiobook on Overdrive here.   44. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. Everyone blames Ellie for her father’s […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Poetry and Short Stories

November 6, 2020

Poetry and Short Stories 38. A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems by Vikram Madan. Hilarity abounds in this wild and wacky conglomeration of unique (and goofy) poems! Expect 13.8 billion laughs! Call Number: x811 Madan.V   39. I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer. […]


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