Kids' Events

See the Children's Programs Calendar for a complete listing of events.

A minimum of 8 children is required for storytimes and programs to be held. Children must be residents of Evanston or attend school in District 65.  Book Babies and Time for Twos is limited to 12 children with a parent or caregiver. Time for Twos is meant to be a special time for a parent and child, so no older or younger siblings. Registration required unless otherwise noted.

Purple Crayon Players Storytime at EPL!


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

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!


Summer Reading starts June 1!

Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, July 31, all three library locations: Main, North, CAMS & watch for us at summer camps & parksaltEvanston kids: register for the Summer Reading program, READ FOR THE WIN! starting Wednesday June 1.

Win prizes, play games & earn a brand new book!

When you register, get a reading log and a guide to LOADS of events for every age all summer long.

This year, parents and grandparents can sign up too -- drag your parents in and urge them to sign up so that they can model reading for the win for you.


Chinese Dragon Boat Festival celebration


Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Kick off summer with the Evanston Public Library at the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival celebration! Bring the whole family to enjoy bilingual storytelling, crafts, songs, and other celebrations of Chinese culture.

Please donate gently used Chinese Language materials to the Evanston Public Library for kids and adults to use all year long. Also, come buy high quality children's books in Chinese from Evanston's own Bookends and Beginnings, in the lobby.

Come register (in Spanish, English or Chinese) for Evanston Public Library's Read for the Win Summer Reading program for adults, teens and kids. 




Read For the Win Family Film Festival: The Rookie

titleSaturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

When a shoulder injury ended his minor league pitching career twelve years ago, Jim Morris resorted to the next best thing: coaching. But Jim's team, knowing their coach is a great ball player, makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, they want Jim to try out for a major-league organization. Going from worst to first, the team makes it to state, and Jim is forced to live up to his end of the deal. While there prove to be a lot of pitches to be thrown before he makes it off the mound, big-league dreams are revived, and there's no telling where he could go. 129 minutes, rated G.

Additional dates: Ice Princess, June 18 and June 19; Little Giants, July 2; and The Karate Kid, July 16 and 17, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library.


Jammie Time!


Thursday, June 16, 7 pm, Children's Room, Main Library 

Great for working parents & their kids.

On the third Thursday of every month, children 2 to 9 wear their pajamas to the library and enjoy a fun mix of stories and songs.  A great time for the whole family!  Drop-in; no registration required.


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