Libraries Do That? Introducing the Dementia Resource Center

August 28, 2019

When I lived in New York City I would, on occasion, find myself dining with folks not usually in my social circle. These people would ask what I did for a living and they could be a bit surprised when I said I was a librarian. “A librarian? Are there still libraries anymore?” they’d joke. […]


Libraries on the Front Lines: What You Need to Know About Changes to Your Ebooks

August 14, 2019

In the beginning, when libraries around the world started buying and circulating ebooks for the very first time, publishers were concerned. Very concerned. Suddenly the old lending models didn’t seem to apply anymore. Why should libraries be allowed to circulate digital titles, books that will never show wear and tear after multiple uses, without needing […]


Removing Language Barriers to Narrow the Digital Divide

July 23, 2019

Traducido en español aquí Sergio Gonzalez, a technology trainer at Evanston Public Library (EPL), stands in a meeting hall at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) ready to hand out 15 diplomas. Today marks the final session of an eight-week course in computer basics taught in Spanish. All of the students sit at tables satisfied with […]


Need Amazing Children’s Books in Spanish? Hilda’s Got Your Back

June 5, 2019

I’m continually fascinated by those people that specialize in specific forms of literature. Let us say, for example, that you wanted the latest, greatest list of children’s books being released. Easy enough, but what if you wanted those books in Spanish? This is a question our public schools and libraries have been trying to tackle. […]


Summer Learning Program Start June 1!

May 21, 2019

Registration opens June 1 for Evanston Public Library’s Summer Learning Program at any library location or online at epl.org/summerlearning. Participants of all ages can earn books and other prizes, meet reading goals, and enter the vast world of stories — all for FREE. After registering, participants get a reading log to track time spent reading, as well as […]


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 […]