150th Open House and Reception

In celebration of our 150th year of connecting Evanstonians to the resources available in their community, EPL is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 14. Drop by the Main Library or the Robert Crown Branch for events throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening at our Main Library:

  • Score freebies like limited-edition bookmarks, and enter a raffle for one of our ‘I Read Banned Books’ tees.
  • Go on a library scavenger hunt – we’ve got them for kids and adults!
  • Explore a crafty new hobby. Teens can use our button maker, and adults are invited to explore the art of origami hands on.
  • Learn about Evanston’s history.  We’ll be throwing open the doors to our Evanstoniana room.
  • Discover Evanston authors. Pick up our 150 Evanston Authors guide and see our curated collection of locally authored books.
  • Get reading recommendations from your neighbors with our latest community book picks on display.
  • Meet board members and volunteers and learn how you can participate more in your library.

Plus join us for scheduled programming at both locations:

  • Repair Clinic. We’ll be fixing your stuff at our wildly popular repair clinic! Sign up for a timeslot with one of our volunteers. Robert Crown, 10 a.m. all ages
  • Eclipse Watch Party! Check out the annular eclipse with safe viewing gear. Main Library sidewalk, 10:30 a.m. kids
  • Birthday Storytime. Celebrate 150 years with stories of birthdays and counting. Robert Crown, 10:30 a.m. kids
  • Community Art Project. Paint with us and contribute to our next art installation. Robert Crown, 1-3 p.m. all ages
  • Gaming Tournament. Go head-to-head with your friend for a chance at glory on Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Just Dance and more. Main Library, 1-3 p.m. teens

The public is also invited to the 150th anniversary’s capstone event, a Thank You Reception for our entire Evanston Public Library community from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library. The reception will feature a program on the Library’s collaboration with Shorefront Legacy Center to fully digitize the Evanston Newsette and the Evanston Review and desegregate a portion of our city’s history. Join us and allow Evanston Public Library to express our gratitude for the role our community members play in making out work possible – together we are the Library.

And there’s so much more happening! Visit epl.org/150th for more information.


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