Library Closed on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1

All locations of the library will be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.


Author Reading: Historical Fiction


Wednesday, September 3, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Don't miss two talented authors as they read from their debut novels.  Marian Szczepanski will share her book Playing St Barbara, and Ruth Chatlien will read from her novel The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte.  Both authors will take questions, and copies of both books will be available for purchase.



EPL After Hours: Bad Words

altFriday, September 5, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward ten-year-old Chaitanya Chopra, who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.  Bad Words. (DVD 2014).

Run Time: 89 minutes

Rated: R (for for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity)


September Weekend Family Films: Disneynature Bears

altSaturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7,  2 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Disneynature Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against an Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face an exciting but risky world.

Running time:  78 minutes

Rated: G


Working Together to End Youth Violence


This summer, 217 people came together in Evanston for bold explorations of youth violence. They gathered in small groups, for intimate discussions and creative expression. There was intensity and a sense of deep importance to the conversations, many of them occurring between strangers from all parts of Evanston who might never have met otherwise: youth who have experienced violence first-hand, Mayor Tisdahl, ETHS teachers, librarians from Evanston Township High School and Evanston Public Library, athletic coaches, writers, single mothers, high school students and even parents with babies in their arms. The Evanston Public Library and the Dajae Coleman Foundation co-sponsored these events: two discussions/readings, a teen theater performance, and a talk by Marcus McAllister from the organization Cure Violence. People came seeking community and forward-thinking action to the problem of violence. 

Read more: Working Together to End Youth Violence


"Maker Corps" Interns Inspire Creative Possibilities for Youth


Grace Casimer, 21, and Ruth Starr, 20 are Maker Corps Interns bringing hands-on learning and creative exploration to youth visiting the library this summer. Grace will be a Senior at Northwestern this Fall, double majoring in Secondary Teaching and Creative Writing. Ruth, an ETHS graduate, attends the Rochester Institute of Technology where she is double-majoring in American Sign Language-English Interpretation and Museum Studies. 

The two young women work in tandem, leading hands-on programming at the Main Library on a daily basis. Some of their programs have included building rockets and catapults, making circuits using Play-Dough, copper tape, LEDs and motors, jewelry workshops and robot-building. The two have staged random "pop-up" programs for all ages in the library lobby. They've also made little strange creatures called "felties" which are sewn together.

Ruth describes the goal of these "Maker" activities: "We want to get kids and patrons of all ages learning through experimentation and exploration. This programming brings kids from all over the community together. They work together and they learn from each other. Every time we have a workshop, my favorite part is the "aha" moment; it's when the training wheels come off and the light turns on. From that moment, the possibilities become endless."

Read more: "Maker Corps" Interns Inspire Creative Possibilities for Youth


Book Bike Expands Library's Reach


The Evanston Public Library's new Book Bike took its first spin into the community on July 16 to enthusiastic response, checking out books and making new library cards by the City's lakefront. This librarian-driven initiative will bring books, library card sign-ups, and program registration to parks, neighborhoods, and events around town. 

Jill Skwerski, Community Engagement Librarian led the initiative to bring the Book Bike to the community. 

"The Book Bike allows us to meet people where they are, including those individuals who might not be library users. We can quickly sign people up for new library cards, pass along information about our events and services, and instantly check out books from the Book Bike. If you don't have a card with you, we can look it up right from the bike," she said. 

Read more: Book Bike Expands Library's Reach

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