LitMatch: Personalized Readers’ Advisory

Do you have a lot of time on your hands this winter but don’t know what to read? Want to try some new and interesting titles? Just fill out a brief survey, and we will provide a customized list of books just for you! LitMatch is available for kids, teens and adults, as well as […]


Introducing Flipster! The New Way to Read Digital Magazines and Periodicals

Evanston Public Library is pleased to present a whole new way of reading magazines and periodicals. It’s convenient, it’s fun, it’s Flipster! Some of the popular, in demand titles that EPL now subscribes to include The New Yorker, Essence, The Nation, Chicago Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Hispanic Network, Out, and more! Want […]


IMLS Grant Award to EPL Will Help Serve Evanston’s Unemployed

The Evanston Public Library (EPL) is the proud recipient of a $149,023 IMLS CARES Act Grant. The grant, one of 68 awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, from more than 1700 applications, will fund specific EPL services directed towards those experiencing unemployment. The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Evanston’s unemployment rate has […]



For Those With Dementia: The Memory Cafe is Open

The Evanston Public Library is bringing a new season of art, music, movement and more with the Memory Café, this year conducted virtually on Zoom. Memory Cafe programming offers enrichment activities for people living with dementia or other memory changes and their care partners. The events are social, fun, and offer engaging opportunities that are […]


Technology Opens Windows to Your Library and the Pandemic World

by Joshua Perry, Medill 2023, EPL Summer Volunteer Luke Thompson is used to working the technology desk at the Evanston Public Library (EPL). He described it as being a bartender, a social worker, and a therapist all at once. But now, working through the COVID-19 pandemic, he has at various times felt like just a […]


Recent Shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha

The Evanston Public Library is deeply shocked and saddened by the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, Jr., in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The Blake family has deep ties to the city of Evanston, and has contributed to the advancement of civil rights, both here and elsewhere.  Our thoughts are with the entire Blake family, and we hope […]


Evanston Public Library to Close Two Branches

Decision Driven by Equity Efforts, Diminished Budget and Public Safety Measures August 19, 2020 — With two unanimous votes of 9-0 the Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees approved the permanent closure of the Chicago Ave./Main St. (CAMS) Branch and the North Branch at the end of the year. The Robert Crown Branch (as well […]


Public Safety and Equity are the Lenses Driving Library Decisions

By Karen Danczak Lyons Seismic changes across the country have altered how the Evanston Public Library is making operations decisions. Importantly, our commitment to the current movement calling for systemic societal change accelerated three years ago when we commissioned an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Assessment and got to work on its recommendations. But nature has […]


Statement on Display of Confederate Flag

The Evanston Public Library is committed to anti-racism and stands in solidarity with all who seek racial justice and equity. On Wednesday, July 29, a group of individuals openly displayed a Confederate Battle Flag at Lighthouse Beach in Evanston.  Evanston resident LaShandra Smith-Rayfield confronted and filmed this group of people.  She was later joined by […]