Library Closed on May 29 and 30

All branches of the library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.


2016 Summer Reading Program at Evanston Public Library: Read for the Win!

June 1-July 31 at all EPL Locationsalt

Everyone is invited to Read for the Win! starting June 1. All Evanston kids, teens, and adults can read books, play games, attend library events, enter raffles and earn prizes all summer long. Join us at all library locations and in our parks and summer camps for fun events, award-winning authors, Ted Talk screenings, storytimes, book recommendations, and fun MakerKids stem activities. Registration opens for all ages starting June 1. Register online or in person at any library location.  Check out the Summer Reading Guide (pdf) online or pick up a paper copy at any location.

While these Summer Reading programs are free to all participants, additional support is needed to help expand the program, including a new book lending project with Evanston Parks and Recreation and Ridgeville Camps to keep kids reading this summer.  Contributions can be made online. Our program partners include the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and Ridgeville Park Distirct with participation by Evanston Cradle to Career and the Evanston Public Library Friends. Help keep kids reading this summer. We can all model reading and grow a healthy community of readers and lifelong learners. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.




MakerKids: Read for the Win!


Registration for Summer MakerKids sessions begins May 23! Come spend the summer making stuff at Evanston Public Library! Register for each event separately. Registration required. Click on the titles below to link to online registration or call 847-448-8610 or just stop by the Main Children's Room!

K- 2 Grade Wednesdays 3:30pm Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library (Nature Art June 8; Zipline Bird Races June 22; And the Winner Is...July 6; Animals on the Move! July 20)

3 - 5 Grade Thursdays 3:30 pm Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library (Duct Tape Scavenger Hunt June 16; Make Your Own Dragon Egg June 30; Squishy Circuits July 14; Mystery Maker Event July 28)




Peregrine Falcon Banding/Naming


Friday, May 27, 11 am, Third Foor (West side), Main Library

Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from The Field Museum will band falcon chicks hatched at the Evanston Public Library Peregrine Falcon nesting site. The baby falcons (eyases) will also be named at the event which is free and open to the public. Hennen and Engel will take questions from the press and the public. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Falcon T-shirts are now for sale at the Main Library with beautiful original artwork by local Evanston artist Beth Adler, who recently donated a falcon painting to the library where it now hangs on the Library's third floor.

Read more: Peregrine Falcon Banding/Naming


Purple Crayon Players Storytime at EPL!


Friday, May 27,  4 pm, Garden Gates & Art Garden, Main Library

LAST Purple Crayon Player event this school year!

Bring the kids to this terrific storytime & craft run by Northwestern University's Purple Crayon Players for children age 3 - 8, but everyone is welcome. 

No registration required; just drop in. End the week with college kids & fun!


"Borrow the Internet" with a Wi-Fi Hotspot


Evanston residents age 16 or older who are cardholders of the Evanston Public Library can "Borrow the Internet" through a new Wi-Fi Hotspot pilot lending program that begins May 1. Here’s how it works:

  • Check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot at the Main Library.
  • You must provide a valid photo ID: driver’s license, state ID or High School ID.
  • You can place a Wi-Fi Hotspot on hold through the EPL catalog.
  • You can borrow one device per library card.
  • Keep your Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 2 weeks. It is non-renewable.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots must be returned to the Main Library circulation desk only.
  • $50 replacement fee for lost device. $5 a day late fee up to maximum of $20.

For more information about EPL's Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program, please call 847-448-8620.

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