Racial Equity Task Force’s Video Plan Wins RAILS Grant

July 20, 2020

About a year ago, Evanston Public Library founded its first Racial Equity Task Force (RETF).  The RETF works to ensure the voice of the community is being heard with respect to how EPL fulfills its mission. Current RETF members represent a cross-section of the Evanston community and Library staff.  This committee includes eight (8) community […]


George Floyd Protest Support Info and Links

June 26, 2020

Compiled by Hector Gomez and Craig Stevenson here at the library, we know the protests are still going on. Just because the news isn’t reporting on them as often, they’re still there and work still needs to be done. As such, take some time to consider some of these links, even as you go about […]



Tumblebooks for One, Tumblebooks for All!

March 30, 2020

There are so many resources at EPL that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Let’s just break this down easily then. Would you like ebooks for kids that have read along components? Then check out this video on using Tumblebooks via Evanston Public Library. Do you prefer the Tumblebooks app and […]


Stuck Home? Need Something to Read? Evanston Public Library’s Got Your Back

March 17, 2020

Well folks, it happened. The library up and closed on you and here you are without anything to read. A great big library full of books, but you can’t get access to them. Does that sound fair? Not to worry. Consider this a golden opportunity. After all, it has never been a better time to […]


A Taste for the International: Children’s Books Overseas

October 8, 2019

In 2011 I found myself six months pregnant in Bologna, Italy. Ostensibly there to write a piece for School Library Journal I was actually there to investigate a rumor. For years I had heard that the Bologna Book Fair, held in Bologna each year, was not going to be of much interest to me, a […]


Libraries Do That? Introducing the Dementia Resource Center

August 28, 2019

When I lived in New York City I would, on occasion, find myself dining with folks not usually in my social circle. These people would ask what I did for a living and they could be a bit surprised when I said I was a librarian. “A librarian? Are there still libraries anymore?” they’d joke. […]


Libraries on the Front Lines: What You Need to Know About Changes to Your Ebooks

August 14, 2019

In the beginning, when libraries around the world started buying and circulating ebooks for the very first time, publishers were concerned. Very concerned. Suddenly the old lending models didn’t seem to apply anymore. Why should libraries be allowed to circulate digital titles, books that will never show wear and tear after multiple uses, without needing […]


Need Amazing Children’s Books in Spanish? Hilda’s Got Your Back

June 5, 2019

I’m continually fascinated by those people that specialize in specific forms of literature. Let us say, for example, that you wanted the latest, greatest list of children’s books being released. Easy enough, but what if you wanted those books in Spanish? This is a question our public schools and libraries have been trying to tackle. […]


Books to Women in Prison: The Chicago Area Stands Up

May 8, 2019

How is a library unlike a bookstore? Well, for one thing, we’re free. Sort of an unfair advantage there. For another thing, unlike in a bookstore, our stock keeps coming back. No sooner have I gotten one book off of a shelf than another one’s arrived for reshelving. It can be exhausting, not to mention […]