Arts on Sunday-International Film: The Auction

altSunday, March 1, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

The Auction. 2014.111 min. Canada

A man of few words, Gaby manages his family's farm alone, despite his age. When his eldest daughter Marie appears at the family homestead to share news that she's in desperate need of money in order to keep her own home, Gaby's quiet life begins to unravel. In an effort to tend to his children, he'll be forced to make sacrifices he never intended for the sake of those closest to him.


The Rise of Sectarianism in the Middle East in an Age of Western Hegemony: 1860-2014


Monday, March 2, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, will present a lecture on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East.  This will also be the topic of his forthcoming book, to be published by the University of California Press. Professor Makdisi has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history, as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. His previous books include Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001 (Public Affairs, 2010), and Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press, 2008), which was the winner of the 2008 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the 2009 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, and a co-winner of the 2009 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize given by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Makdisi is also the author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (University of California Press, 2000) and co-editor of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (Indiana University Press, 2006).

This is the second in an on-going series of discussions/lectures from Evanston Public Library and Northwestern’s Program in Middle East and North African Studies (MENA). MENA is committed to offering the community an in-depth understanding of the region that stretches from Morocco to the Gulf States and Iran, and from the Mediterranean into the Sahara and beyond.  All are welcome to attend, but please register in advance to help us with our planning. 


Big Bargain Book Sale: Find Great Books, Support the Library

Looking for great gifts or your next great read at crazy low prices?
Don’t miss our Big Bargain Book Sale from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. This 3-day event, features a large collection of great books in excellent condition at prices buyers will love. Book lovers will find 1000s of very gently used children's and adult books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, large print, and vintage selections in every imaginable category of fiction and non-fiction.

All proceeds from the sale, which takes place in the third floor Book Sale Room, benefit the Evanston Public Library. Last year, Evanston Public Library book sales raised more than $60,000 for the Library. Join the hundreds of people who know that EPL book sales are a great way to stock up on high quality reading material at low, low prices.

Our fabulous volunteers work hard and long to create these remarkable book sales. We are grateful to all of them, including Blanche Gildin, far left in the photograph, who has been a key organizer of the Book Sale for 25 years.

Book Sale Hours:
Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14: 10 am to 5:30 pm. (There will be an Early Bird Preview on Friday from 10 am to Noon, $5 admittance fee for Preview only.)
Sunday, March 15: 12 pm to 5:30 pm, all books half-price.  


Enter the Poetry Competition


The Board of Directors of the Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the annual poetry competition funded by an endowment to the Library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield. The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards competition is open to all students, kindergarten through the eighth grade, attending an Evanston elementary or middle school or residing in Evanston, and all high school students and adults in the Chicago area. This year's guest judge will be Allison Funk.

Awards will be made in four categories: 1) kindergarten through fifth grade, 2) sixth through eighth grade, 3) high school students, and 4) adults. Prizes for the three winning entries in each category will be: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; and Third Prize: $25.

Find out more! --the entry deadline is Friday, March 20, 2015.


Science Saturdays at CAMS

titleEvery Other Saturday, January 31-March 28, 2 pm, CAMS Branch

Families are invited to drop in for a fun science experiment at CAMS every other Saturday. Science Saturdays are January 31, February 14, 28, March 14 and 28.


The Young and the Restless: New Time & Place!


Thursdays beginning January 8, 9:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Bring your infant, 1 and 2 year old to The Young and the Restless, our popular sing-a-long storytime for the youngest library patrons. We are moving permanently-- to Thursdays and to the Community Meeting Room, the big room off the library's lobby -- to accommodate more fun! Find us every Thursday for songs, rhymes and free play together after storytime. Drop In -- no registration is required.


Affordable Care Act and You


Affordable Care Act Navigators Here to Help You @ the Evanston Public Library

Certified Affordable Care Act Navigators from Connections/PEER Services will visit the library for enrollment assistance and information about insurance coverage options.Come get your questions answered!  All sessions in the Newberry Room, Second Floor, Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The open enrollment period for Affordable Care ended on February 15, 2015 Navigators are still available to answer coverage questions or help those who have life changing events (birth, adoption, etc.) that may qualify them for ACA.  For faster service, please make a reservation by calling Connections (847-475-7070).

Read more: Affordable Care Act and You

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