The Most Useful School Supply

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up month. As kids head back to school, a library card is an essential school supply to have on hand, and it may be the only one that is free of charge! Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Evanston residents are always invited to stop by any Evanston Public Library location with a current Illinois driver’s license or with a current picture ID and proof of residency to receive their free library card. Teens can bring their ETHS ID to receive their card.

During the month of September, Evanston Public Library will be around and about in the community in the following locations to make library cards and offer library services:

9/7 – King Lab Back to School Bash, 4-7pm

9/9 – Downtown Evanston Farmers Market, 8am – 1pm

9/10 – Streets Alive! Roaming book bike on Main Street and EPL booth in Grey Park, 1-5pm

9/12 – Produce Mobile (Robert Crown), 8:30-10:30am

9/16 – West End Market (Church & Dodge), 8:30-10:30am

9/17 – Fiesta! (Kamen Park East), 12-4pm

9/20 – Hillside Pantry (Hillside Church), 4-6pm

Additionally, as the school year begins, the Evanston Public Library continues a ten year long partnership with Foundation 65 providing buses to and tours of the Evanston Public Library Children’s Room to every District 65 Kindergarten class. Tours take about 60 minutes and include a tour of the room, a simple craft, storytime, and a library card drive. EPL provides library card applications for all D65 Kindergarten students to be sent home with them in advance of  the Library tour; after the tour, children are sent home with their library cards, a pencil from Foundation 65, and a bookmark of book recommendations for kindergarteners from EPL. All children receive a printed invitation to come back to the Library with their families to receive a free book.

Other types of cards available from the Library include:

  • Books on Wheels  for residents in need of homebound delivery service
  • Non-Resident “Fee” Cards for those who live outside of Evanston who wish to purchase privileges at the Evanston Public Library.
  • Non-resident Taxpayer Cards for non-residents who own taxable property in the City of Evanston.
  • Business Cards for any Business entity, profit or nonprofit, that owns or rents property in the City of Evanston.
  • Organizational Cards for any organizations or units of local government located in the City of Evanston.
  • School Cards for schools located in the City of Evanston.
  • University Cards for undergraduates of Northwestern University.

Evanston Public Library is an information and technology hub that many rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, WiFi hotspots and e-books, the Library provides assistance to small business owners, government resources, access to free legal services, and lifelong education. The Library is a great information equalizer — the only place where people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians. We encourage everyone to get a library card this September! For more information, please call us at 847-448-8600 or visit the Library’s website at


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