Libraries Need to Build Bridges Over Digital Divide

Libraries Need to Build Bridges Over the Digital Divide By Tim Longo, Technical Services Manager The digital divide in Evanston is reflective of the divide experienced across the country. It is well known that lower-income families continue to lag higher-income counterparts in internet and computer access. At the Evanston Public Library, we are constantly exploring […]


EPL Picks 101 Great Children’s Books Published in 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids! Just in time for the holiday season this list of children’s books provides mystery, science, poetry, hilarity, sorrow, and more. There’s bound to be something perfect for the child in your life. This year’s list contains books chosen by our librarians […]


Perspectives: Adult Interaction with Children Shapes Literacy For Life

We All Have a Role to Play in Closing the 30-Million-Word Gap By Janice Bojda, Youth Services Manager October represents a high point in the Evanston Public Library’s storytelling calendar. The third annual Storytelling Festival took us to new lands through a diversity of imaginations. We celebrated the results of our Summer Reading Program, which […]


View scenes from Third Annual Storytelling Festival 2017

The Library thanks all of the incredible tellers for the gifts they brought us with their stories. We also thank the 56 volunteers for their amazing help over the entire weekend. To the 1900 attendees who came to 29 different events, thank you for coming. Storytelling isn’t nearly as powerful without an audience who listens. […]



Students Benefit from School/Library Collaborations

For several years public librarians from the Evanston Public Library and District 65 have been collaborating to help develop student skills as literate citizens and library patrons. “We gear up every fall to welcome and orient new students,” says Young Adult Services Supervisor Renee Neumeier. Sixth graders from District 65 are brought to the Main […]


Library Links Residents to Vital Resources

For Evanston residents concerned about —or interested in— affordable housing, food insecurity/hunger, health care insurance, special education plans, or clearing a criminal record, upcoming programs and services at the Evanston Public Library can create connections to resources that help. These programs, which are free and open to all, help expand equitable access to the building […]


Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival Rocks the Talent

Discover the World Through the Power of Storytelling The rich art of storytelling returns to multiple venues in Evanston with the third annual Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival the weekend of October 6 to 8.  Five nationally known storytellers will entertain audiences with true and imaginative tales during this free event that is open to […]


Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is September 24-30 Each September, libraries across the United States recognize Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read. For this year’s celebration during the week of September 24, Banned Books Week emphasizes the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. The Evanston Public […]


The Most Useful School Supply

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! September is Library Card Sign-Up month. As kids head back to school, a library card is an essential school supply to have on hand, and it may be the only one that is free of charge! Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who […]