The Winners of the 36th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

altThis year's winners of the 36th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards will have the honor of reading their prize winning poetry along with this year's contest  judge Kevin Stein, the Illinois Poet Laureate, a prize-winning poet, critic and editor. The competition winners in the adult, high school, middle school, and elementary school categories will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held Sunday, May 4 at 2 pm in the Library's Community Meeting Room. Both the winners and Stein will read from their work.

And the winners are...


Smithsonian Exhibit at the Library


April 3-27, 2nd Floor, Main Library

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964," which documents Mexican temporary laborers in the United States, will be on display at the Evanston Public Library from April 3 to April 27. The exhibit describes the experiences of bracero workers and their families, and provides context for today’s debates on immigration and guest worker programs.
The exhibit's stay at the Library is made possible through a partnership with the Dittmar Gallery and the Latina and Latino Studies Department at Northwestern University.


10,000 Ripples Presentation and Workshop


Wednesday, April 16, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Ten Thousand Ripples is a collaborative public art, civic engagement and peace project, using art t to foster dialogue about peace and non-violence and to create innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues.

Indira Johnson, named a 2013 Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine, will discuss her work with the project and facilitate an art and peacemaking workshop.



Master the Art of Networking



Thursday, April 17, 12 noon, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Whether you love it or hate it, networking done correctly helps professionals and executives achieve success, increase their income and find meaning in their work. In this workshop you will change your current perception of networking, learn what it really is, and learn how to network correctly, authentically and effectively.  Presented by Althea McIntyre, Career Coach at The Best Career For Me.   Registration is requested.  Register online, or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.

This program is offered through NextChapter, a collaboration between the Library, the Evanston Economic Development Department, and the Evanston business community. 


"Every Day is an Opportunity to Connect"


The Evanston Public Library released its 2013 annual report today; it reveals increased usage from 2012 over a number of measures including visits to its locations and to its website, children's program attendance, computer use at the library, and items checked out (circulation). Ebook checkouts rose 60% from 2012.

The report also describes new programming that expands the Library's presence "beyond the walls" and out into the community from the Robert Crown Community Center to local senior housing and through outreach to new immigrants.

Karen Danczak Lyons, EPL Director, emphasized, "this report illustrates that everyday at the Library is an opportunity to connect and help children learn to read, help adults develop new skills and new knowledge, and bring seniors cultural and intellectual activities and connection. Our success goes beyond the numbers as we work to reach each citizen and strengthen our community in a way that's helpful, meaningful and fun."


Teen Writer's Workshop

alt1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, the Loft, Main Library
No session March 20

Are you an avid writer or always wanted to try but never knew where to start? Join us each week to discuss a different writing topic ranging from poetry to non-fiction to editing. We’ll also workshop your writing so you’ll have a chance to share your work with other teens and gain some valuable feedback. Drop in.  Grades 6-12 . 


Dewey Kindergarteners Collect 2050 Dimes for EPL

altKindergarten students from Dewey Elementary School studied Neighborhoods and Community Helpers in February. In the process, they proved to be great helpers themselves. On Thursday, February 20, approximately 80 Kindergarteners and their teachers visited the Evanston Public Library and presented a check for $205, all raised during their Dime Drive.

Read more: Dewey Kindergarteners Collect 2050 Dimes for EPL


Jugando con la ciencia/Playing with science

titleEvery other Saturday, February 15 thought August 15, 3-5 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Come and learn about the various fields of science in this bilingual, hands-on program for kids and families.  Vengan a descubrir los diversos campos de la ciencia con  actividades de práctica en este programa bilingüe para niños y familias.

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