September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Evanston Public Library (EPL) joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. There is nothing more empowering than signing […]


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 […]


New Technology Assists in Pandemic Summer Programming for Youth

Tyler Works, of the Library’s teen Loft space,  has been making good use of new technology for summer programming this year. In the wake of the pandemic, sites like Netflix Party and Jackbox Games have risen in popularity. Tyler has been using Netflix Party and SyncTube to keep the Loft’s Anime Club for teens alive. […]