EPL and MENA Present: What is Happening in Turkey? A Discussion with Journalist Amberin Zaman

altMonday, October 24, 6 pm, Community Room, Main Library

Turkey is experiencing arguably its darkest days since the 1980 coup d’état. Tens of thousands of people have been either arrested or dismissed from their posts on allegations of being associated with the failed coup attempt. President Erdogan appears bent on consolidating his one-man rule and encouraging anti-Western conspiracy theories to justify it. Meanwhile, from the stalled peace talks between the Turkish state and the Kurdish insurgency and multiple ISIS attacks in the country to economic slow-down and the Syrian refugee 'crisis,' Turkey's woes seem destined to grow. In discussion with journalist Amberin Zaman, we parse out these developments to offer some possible answers to an ever-pressing question: What's happening in Turkey?

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SCORE Chicago Presents: Business Plan--A Road Map to You


Monday, October 24, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library 

Good planning increases the odds of success. This workshop, presented by Mark Lieberman, SCORE mentor, covers the essential elements of business plan development including setting goals and objectives, preparing marketing and financial plans and defining action steps to attain your goals.  Registration is requested but not required.  Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.


Register for November Storytimes


Register NOW for November registered storytimes, start October 31! Register online, in person or via phone: 847-448-8610

Infant Rhymetime- fun rhymes for infants under 12 months - Wednesdays at 9:30am

Book Babies - fast moving storytime for 1 year olds - Tuesdays at 9:30am

Time for Two's -gentle storytime just for two year olds - Fridays at 10:30am (also at North Branch on Tuesdays)

All by Myself - for 3's, 4's & 5's ready for a storytime on their own - Two sessions: Mondays at 11am and Thursdays at 1:30pm

Family Storytime and Craft Bring the whole family; craft appropriate for 3 and up - Mondays at 6:30 pm. Great for Working Parents! (also at North Branch)

Tail Waggin' Tutors. Kids K - 5 practice their reading with therapy dogs - Tuesdays at 6:30pm or 7 pm MUST Register via Phone: 847-448-8610.


Making Money Last in Retirement


Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library 

In this presentation, we'll discuss strategies designed to help you work toward fulfilling your retirement expectations. This program focuses on providing not only for your income needs today, but also well into the future, and throughout one's retirement years. In addition, we'll explore how to address key retirement concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility. Presented by Neil Gardner, of Edward Jones, Inc.  Registration is requested but not required. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630


Purple Crayon Players Storytime! 10/28


Friday, October 28, 4 pm, Children's Room, Main Library  (and 11/11 and 12/2)

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

End the week with college kids and fun!



Jazz After Hours: Mike Reed's Inner Circle


Saturday, October 29, 6pm*, Lobby, Main Library

The library lobby will vibrate with melody and improvisation from Mike Reed's Inner Circle.  For over a decade Mike Reed has been “a center of gravity for music in Chicago and beyond" (Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune).  Reed grew up in Evanston and now tours the world, leads several ensembles, plays percussion in groups led by jazz legends like Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith, and is a member of Chicago's AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), the subject of the Museum of Contemporary Art's major 2015 retrospective The Freedom Principle.  Reed is also one of Chicago's key music presenters: he runs two venues and has key roles in programming the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival. 

Start your Saturday night out in downtown Evanston with a group that “doesn't just preserve the Chicago tradition; they're helping extend it” (Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air, NPR).  For a preview, check out this video of Reed's quartet playing in Paris.

*Doors at 6 pm, when the library closes. Music from 6:30-7:30.


Dia de las Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration!


Sunday, October 30, 2- 3:30 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Bring the whole family for a storytime and craft celebrating the Day of the Dead in the Evanston Public Library Children's Room!

2 - 2:30 pm Storytelling with Manuel Aleman and Abuelo Isidro

2:30 - 3:30 pm Drop in Crafts in the Art Garden

Los niños son bienvenidos!


"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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