Summer Reading Enhances Literacy of All Kinds

  By Laura Antolin, Children’s Outreach Librarian It is no secret that summer reading slows or stops the academic slide experienced by most children over the break – a slide more pronounced with children from lower-income families. But summer reading also helps children make actual gains – in reading, lifelong learning, and creativity, reinforcing curiosity […]


Automatic Renewal Means Greater Convenience and Fewer Fines

Automatic renewals have started!! Now eligible items will renew automatically, giving you more peace of mind as well as more time with library materials. So what do you need to do? Nothing! How automatic renewal works Eligible items checked out on your account will automatically renew up to 2 times. You don’t need to do […]


Evanston Organizations Join in Equity Statement

Over the past several years leading institutions across Evanston have embraced an equity agenda focusing on addressing issues of race, racism and bias. We have stepped forward to have honest and open dialogue and discussions about racial equity. We have also stepped forward to offer racial equity training opportunities that include, among others, Beyond Diversity […]


A Day in the (Reading) Life of the Library

A visit around the library, talking to staff about what they’re reading.   Mary Kling, Volunteer Coordinator The Human Stain by Philip Roth. It’s about a professor in an east coast college who hasn’t made a lot of friends. As he calls the roll in his class to learn names, he makes an innocent comment […]


Libraries Must Create Space That Lets Teens Thrive

This is one in a series of occasional perspective pieces the Evanston Public Library will be publishing on the ever evolving role of the library in our community. By Renee Neumeier, Young Adult Services Supervisor “The Loft is a great place to go when you don’t want to go home.” That is a quote from […]


EPL Transitions to a New Library Catalog During Week of April 16

During the week of April 16, CCS libraries (a group of 24 public libraries, including Evanston Public Library, that share the cost and maintenance of an online catalog and circulation system) will be transitioning to a new library catalog. You’ll see a new look as you search for library materials, and will be introduced to new features […]


Evanston Public Library Releases 2017 Annual Report: What Does Literacy Look Like?

The Evanston Public Library has released the online version of the 2017 Annual Report: What Does Literacy Look Like.   The 2017 report showcases three areas of concentration: 1. Digital Literacy: The Library is growing its role in advancing digital literacy in the community. In 2017, EPL continued to see high levels of interest and steady attendance at technology classes. EPL […]


The Library is the Community’s Center for Developing Many Forms of Literacy

By Karen Danczak-Lyons The public library has always been the communal center of literacy in the American experience. Throughout 2018, we at the Evanston Public Library will strive to make it an important third location in the lives of Evanstonians after home and work or school. That means we are focused on stretching our mission, […]


The Public Library: A Good Home for Mental Health Literacy

This is one in a series of occasional perspective pieces the Evanston Public Library will be publishing on the ever evolving role of the library in our community. The Public Library is an Appropriate Home for Mental Health Literacy By Jill Skwerski, EPL Community Engagment Librarian First and foremost, the public library is a community […]