In the fall of 2021, nearly 200 Evanstonians helped the Evanston Public Library embark on a journey to advance its equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, meaningfully engage communities, and build community relationships through a series of listening engagements.
On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Evanston Public Library hosted a virtual Community Shareback event and encouraged residents to participate with incentives, giveaways, and an opportunity to have a voice in the Library’s next steps.
Strong & Starlike Consulting, Inc., which facilitated the listening sessions, shared insights that emerged from the fall’s 10 listening sessions and, along with Library staff, discussed how that feedback will be used to advance the Library’s goals to better serve the Evanston community.
Watch the videos below for a recap of the Community Shareback event.
EPL Community Shareback: Playback
The Evanston Public Library hosted a series of Community Listening Engagements throughout Fall 2021. We listened to almost 700 different ideas and suggestions from Evanstonians in response to questions about what the Library could do better to serve our residents. Learn more about what we heard in the areas of: programming, resources, equity, outreach, communication and strategic partnerships
EPL Community Shareback: What Was Heard & What the Library Has Done
The Evanston Public Library heard more than 700 different ideas and suggestions from our community during a series Community Listening Engagements throughout Fall 2021. Learn more about what we heard and what we’ve already done in response, plus our commitments to improving programming, resources, equity, outreach, communication and strategic partnerships going forward.
EPL Community Shareback: Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
Asset-based Community Development is a way of improving the quality of life in a community by thinking first about what already exists in a community and how to use those assets more effectively. Learn about the connections with these assets Evanston Public Library is making to strengthen the Library and the wider community.