Summer Learning Enhances Literacy of All Kinds

May 14, 2019

By Laura Antolin, Children’s Outreach Librarian It is no secret that summer reading slows or stops the academic slide experienced by most children over the break – a slide more pronounced with children from lower-income families. But summer reading also helps children make actual gains – in reading, lifelong learning, and creativity, reinforcing curiosity and […]


Black Women’s Health Awareness Day is June 15

May 9, 2019

The Evanston Public Library is hosting its first Black Women’s Health Awareness Day on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 5 pm. While there are many healthcare options and resources for women in our community, health disparities persist for Black women. This event will highlight many of the health issues and social concerns specifically affecting Black […]


Books to Women in Prison: The Chicago Area Stands Up

May 8, 2019

How is a library unlike a bookstore? Well, for one thing, we’re free. Sort of an unfair advantage there. For another thing, unlike in a bookstore, our stock keeps coming back. No sooner have I gotten one book off of a shelf than another one’s arrived for reshelving. It can be exhausting, not to mention […]


Apply to Be on Our New Racial Equity Task Force

May 1, 2019

The Evanston Public Library is excited to announce the creation of a Racial Equity Task Force to help guide future Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) efforts at the Library. We are reaching throughout the community to find people interested in applying to serve our community in this manner. We are specifically seeking people who have […]


A Sudden Burst in Popularity: Unexpected Requests for Old Titles

April 24, 2019

When news breaks, the library is sometimes the first place people go. Take, for example, the recent fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The day it occurred the library created a display of all its books about or set at the Cathedral. Some of these were architectural in nature (and, admittedly, are probably now […]


Boost Your Brain and Memory: A Series in Seven Parts

April 16, 2019

Worried about the health of your brain? You’re not alone! The Evanston Public Library is presenting a Boost Your Brain and Memory class for seven Monday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30, beginning Monday, May 6. Space is limited to 15 participants. This series of workshops, each building on the previous one, will take a holistic […]



Getting Things Growing: Winter Seed Sowing

January 23, 2019

When you look out at a snowy vista, do you think about the seeds that are germinating underground, just waiting for the right conditions to emerge?  Former Illinois Master Gardener Julie Rand, does and she’s offering a hands-on program to get things growing. “It’s easy to start seeds in recycled containers,” she says. She’s set […]


The Art of the Display

December 6, 2018

What criteria should a librarian use to determine how successful a library display truly is? Should you consider how often the books are removed? The quality of the literature displayed? The timeliness of the topic? The inventiveness? Or should we do it the way our forefathers and foremothers intended? That’s right. Twitter hits. Recently one […]


Introducing the Read-Ability Book Group

December 5, 2018

The public library is a place for everyone in the community; it’s a third space where, in addition to home and school or work, you are known and welcome. Read-Ability for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities The Evanston Public Library hosts the Read-Ability book group, a group for adults with cognitive disabilities, once a week. Meetings […]