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. […]

Library Awarded RAILS Grant to Create Video Series to Advance Equity in Library Services / Biblioteca Otorgada Una Subvención Para Producir Series de Video Para Avanzar en la Equidad en el Servicio de Biblioteca

By taking the recommendation of the Evanston Public Library’s Racial Equity Task Force (RETF) to create an innovative outreach video series and running with it, Evanston Public Library is now the proud recipient of the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) My Library Is… Grant. This grant provides an opportunity for libraries to tell powerful […]

Black Lives Matter

To the Evanston Community: The Evanston Public Library stands in solidarity with our Black community members. We grieve the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. We condemn this brutal injustice, one of far too many killings that have preceded it, including those of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We stand for racial equity […]

Readability Book Group Thrives During Pandemic

For some library patrons, the move to virtual programming has yielded some unexpected benefits. Since moving their meetings to Zoom and expanding from one to three meetings per week, the Readability book group at Evanston Public Library has seen their membership double. Readability is a book group for adults with mental and developmental disabilities which […]

Evanston Public Library’s Commitment to Racial Equity/ Compromiso de la Biblioteca Pública de Evanston con la equidad racial

The Evanston Public Library has issued a Commitment to Racial Equity statement  that defines equity and recognizes historic racism in Evanston. The Library’s commitment prioritizes strategic outreach to underserved populations and a breakdown of socioeconomic barriers; improving engagement with the community; reflecting the diversity of the Evanston community in Library collections; and developing a Racial […]

National Library Week (April 19 – 25): Serving Through a Pandemic

It’s National Library Week and we are continuing to serve the public in ways traditional and new. With services now gone remote, we’ve used our ability to quickly change gears and leverage existing technologies and relationships, so we can provide access to resources for all. “Our staff has spent a lot of energy curating our […]

Technology Classes in Spanish by Live Webinar

EPL Technology trainer Sergio Gonzalez continues to teach basic computer classes in Spanish via remote instruction during the shelter-in-place order. He says of the classes, “This is the best way to continue supporting our Spanish speaking residents during these difficult times. They want to continue growing their computer skills. It’s my duty to provide them the […]

2019 Annual Report Shines Spotlight on Diverse, Resilient Community

Quiero leer el informe anual en español. This year we tell the story of our Library’s year by focusing on the breadth of people we serve and who give back to us every day. Inside this Annual Report, the faces you see will be familiar — because the Library is all of us. Equity training […]

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