Library Blog

They’re In Evanston?!?

February 14, 2018

I get very attached to my adopted homes. Evanston is probably the smallest of the cities I’ve lived in for long periods of time and, for that reason, I find it the most fascinating. Sitting like a little hat on the top of Chicago, it seems to have this odd ability to pull in talent […]

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Reading Black

February 2, 2018

Black History Month is here. For many libraries and bookstores, this means pulling together large displays of black authors, black subject matter, black history, etc. But as many have pointed out, this month often turns out to be the only time these books are ever highlighted. Indeed some libraries and bookstores outright refuse to create […]

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Have No Time to Make It To the Movies? The Inexpensive Way to Keep Up With the Award Contenders

January 19, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23rd the Oscar nominations will be officially released. If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to keep up with what’s out there. That’s why I devised a clever solution using the library’s picture books! Too busy to see the hottest critically acclaimed films? Then just read their children’s book equivalents: […]

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New Year’s Resolutions – So Far So Good

January 3, 2018

The life of a librarian is a seasonal affair. Spring means books about gardening, planting, and planning vacations. Summer means lots of books for kids out of school. In fall the cookbooks start flying off the shelves (to say nothing of the knitting titles). And winter? Well, that depends on what time of year you’re […]

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What Are You Trying to Say? The Art of the Book Display

December 20, 2017

About two or three months ago I was wandering around the Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, when I was struck by this engaging little book display: As you can see, each shelf catered to a different personality type, seen through a Harry Potter lens. I was rather awed by it all. To create a display like […]

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NU’s Scientific Image Winners @ EPL

December 13, 2017

The twelve stunning winners of Northwestern University’s 2017 Scientific Images Contest are making their annual EPL stop as they tour Chicagoland. Selected by a panel of local artists, scientists, and community leaders, the eye-popping images represent advances across a wide range of disciplines including astronomy, medicine, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology. As a bonus, this year’s exhibit also […]

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Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions from the Staff of EPL

December 6, 2017

If the people that work at Evanston Public Library know one thing, it’s how to recommend a book. Now I’m sure you’ve all already seen EPL’s magnificent 101 Great Books for Children list, produced just the other day. The list has been a great success (pick up a physical copy in the library today!), so […]

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Author Event: “Ugly Prey”

November 29, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6, Oak Park journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi visits EPL to discuss her riveting new book Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago , and you’ll want to make sure you’re in the crowd. Praised by the NY Times, NPR, and Ms. Magazine, Ugly Prey tells the sensational story of Sabella Nitti […]

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Announcing the Debut of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List (2017)

November 17, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids! Just in time for the holiday season this list provides books of mystery, science, poetry, hilarity, sorrow, and more. There’s bound to be something perfect for the child in your life. This year’s list contains books chosen by our librarians from […]

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Local Art @ EPL: Arden & Lloyd Davidson

November 9, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Arden and Lloyd Davidson back to the library for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit. After making their library debut in 2015 and returning for a 2016 show, the talented Evanston photographers have a fresh collection of breathtaking nature photography captured everywhere from Spain to the Chicago Botanic Gardens […]

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