Due to a lack of telephone and Internet access, the Main Library will be closed all day on Sunday October 4th. Both branches are observing their normal Sunday closing. The library will re-open on Monday October 5th at 9:00 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Health Events at The Library


In October 2015, Evanston Public Library will launch a Health Desk at the Main Library in collaboration with the Northwestern University Center for Global Health and other community partners. The Health Desk will be in the lobby of the Main Library on Sundays, 1-4 pm, and Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, starting on October 7.


To celebrate, the library is hosting events throughout the month about nutrition, medicine, healthcare, and more. To find out more or register for these events, call (847) 448-8620 or follow the links after each event below.

Read more: Health Events at The Library


EPL and EHC Present: The Wedding Banquet

altSunday, October 4, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung's parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications.   The Wedding Banquet. (DVD 2004).

Run Time: 106 minutes

Rated: R (for language)

This movie is presented as a partner program to the Evanston History Center's exhibit "Evanston Ties the Knot". 


Tabletop Game Night


Monday, October 5, 6:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Bring friends and make new ones at the Evanston Public Library’s second Tabletop Game Night. Folks from Elysium Games — Evanston’s new game store at 1610 Maple Ave. — will teach games like King of Tokyo, Sons of Anarchy, and Five Tribes, as well as an assortment of quicker games. You’re also free to bring your games if you like.  No experience is necessary for this evening of gaming and fun! You may bring snacks or a dinner.  Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620, or just show up.


Author Event: "Grandparents Rock"


Tuesday, October 6, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come meet the members of the Second Chance Grandparents Group as they read from their new book Grandparents Rock.  A heartfelt collection of poetry, letters, and other creative forms, their book will "inspire you to value your own voice and life experiences" while helping you learn to "see yourself as a beautiful story."  Copies of Grandparents Rock will be available to purchase with all proceeds going to support Family Focus of Evanston.

The Second Chance Grandparents Group is led by JoAnn Avery of Family Focus of Evanston, and  Dr. Dorothy Williams.




Sowing Seeds of Early Literacy


EPL Community Engagement Librarian Jill Skwerski met Shayla's grandmother, Linnette Gibson, at Robert Crown Community Center during a Produce Mobile visit. Skwerski distributes 100s of free (donated) books for home libraries throughout Evanston. Gibson took home a book chosen especially for Shayla, age 5, who was about to start Kindergarten. One week later, Skwerski saw Gibson again at the Hillside Pantry where she shared that Shayla loved the book, carried it with her everywhere, and had overcome her reluctance to read.

Said Shayla's mom, "after a day and a half, Shayla was reading her first book. Her teachers at daycare were so impressed with Shayla, they had her read the book "Let Fat Cat" to the whole class."

Gibson added, "I didn't know she would advance so fast and enjoy reading. I can't thank you enough. I'm so proud of Shayla! Reading is fundamental."


Law At The Library: How to Find a Lawyer If You Can’t Afford One

titleThursday, October 8, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Bar Association present a free legal information series focusing on today’s hot legal issues. Each Law At The Library program features a presentation by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. The topic for the October session will be "How to Find a Lawyer If You Can’t Afford One."  All are welcome, but please register online or by calling (847) 448-8630 to guarantee a seat. 


October Family Nights!


Monday, October 12, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library Family Night: Lego Night! Come make a family project together! What will you build? K - 5 only.  No registration required; drop in.

Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Garden Gates area, Main Library

Family Night: Jammie Time Everyone in pajamas! The library does your bedtime storytime for you. Ages 2 -9. No registration required; drop in.

Read more: October Family Nights!

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