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 […]


One Book. One Year. One Mission: Finish — Join Us to Read Dostoevsky

Ulysses? Check. War and Peace? Check. Flannery O’Connor? Check. Proust, Middlemarch, Moby-Dick and Don Quixote? Check, check, check and… check. Over the past seven years, hundreds of readers have joined Evanston Public Library to read classic works of literature, with plenty of camaraderie and support over the course of one full year. That’s seven missions accepted and seven missions […]


A Busy Summer Connecting with Young Readers “Beyond Library Walls”

Evanston is for Readers! Children’s Outreach, led by Laura Antolin, connected with kids in city parks, city camps, and free lunch programs encouraging and supporting reading throughout the summer. In 8 weeks we interacted with hundreds of children and adults, giving away free books, registering and supporting kids in the Summer Reading Program, making library […]


Donors Enjoy Meeting Author Jeffrey Gettleman

On July 25, 2017 author Jeffrey Gettleman discussed his recent memoir, Love, Africa, the story of his years as in East Africa as the New York Times bureau chief. Following the Library presentation, donors enjoyed meeting Jeffrey and his family at a reception at Found Kitchen. Photos by Lynn Trautmann, LT Photo