Donate now and support EPL’s summer programming

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Summer is a time to discover and celebrate at EPL.

We celebrate the diversity of our Evanston community through cultural experiences, opportunities for engagement and diverse materials that reflect the experiences of our community. This summer,  we will expand opportunities at the Library that empower our community members to explore who we are and all that we can be. Help us grow our collection of books and materials, events, and activities that support our diverse community. Donate to EPL today!

It’s about more than reading. When we see ourselves in books, working together, and in the community, we see the possibilities of a big, wide world. When our books, digital materials, events and activities reflect the diversity of the Evanston community, and the world at large – racial, ethnic, gender, LGBTQ, socioeconomic, religion, ability — everyone sees their potential.

Summer Reading for Children: Read, Renew, Repeat  encourages and supports a love of reading, as well as a love of the environment. When we include titles about and by people of different backgrounds, children see themselves and/or their emotional experiences represented in our the books. A diverse collection helps children see how they are part of the story.

Summer Events and Activities for All Ages: Find cultural experiences and opportunities for engagement that support our diverse community for children, teens, adults and families. From celebrating Pride Month to free tickets to 1619: Journey of a People to art for older adults, find places where we all belong. Visit our calendar of events. 

Support our Summer Campaign Today

Give a gift to our summer campaign to raise $150,000 by September 30 and acquire diverse materials, including books, digital resources, films, and other media, and bring more cultural experiences and activities that reflect the experiences of the community. Your general operating gift this summer will sustain and grow a collection and place where our diversity is celebrated.

This year, in alignment with our new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in May 2024, we have a special focus on bringing more Black and Latinx authors and stories into our collection. This plan requires action from our community to support this collection building. Join us with a gift today!

The possibilities are endless, but our resources are not.

We hope you will consider making a gift today – we need your support. As we consider the exciting possibilities for the Library’s future, we must face the reality of our financial sustainability. EPL is funded at about half the amount of our neighboring libraries.

Bar graph comparing EPL's share of tax funding against local communities. EPL is lowest.
Make your donation a recurring gift and spread your Library Love across the whole year! 
  1. Choose the “Recurring Donation” box in the form below
  2. Select the amount and date you would like your credit card to be charged each month
  3. Fill out the rest of the form and click the green “Give Securely” button
Reach out to the EPL Development team at 847-448-8657 to discontinue your gift or change the amount at any time.

GO GREEN and give online above, call 847-448-8657 to make a gift by phone, or checks made out to the Evanston Public Library can be mailed along with our donation form to:

Evanston Public Library Development Department 1703 Orrington Ave Evanston, IL 60201

Thank you!

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

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