Give to Your Library on #GivingTuesday for Twice the Impact!

#GivingTuesday is December 1, a national day of giving when we are all encouraged to participate by supporting a charity of our choice. We are delighted to share that when you make a gift to the Evanston Public Library on #GivingTuesday, your gift will make twice the difference. Generous donors Margaret and Paul Lurie are passionate about supporting the Library’s programming for young people in science, technology, engineering and math. That's why if you give to EPL today, they will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Your #GivingTuesday gift to the Library goes twice as far to expand powerful, free, educational opportunities at the Library like Project Excite and FUSE, programs that provide young people with opportunities to test their wits and sharpen their skills as they problem solve with science and technology.

We invite you to join the movement and show your library love by making your online gift and encourage others to do the same via social media using hashtags #GivingTuesday, #ILoveEPL!

For more information, visit our giving page or call 847-448-8657.


Maker Kids: Winter Break Edition!


Come spend Winter Break with us, making cool stuff! Registration required (except for origami) starting December 1, 9am. 

Saturday, December 19, Fun with Math! 11 am 1st - 3rd (a parent/child activity) 

Monday, December 21, Squishy Circuits   9:30 am K-2; 11 am 3rd -5th

Monday, December 21, 4 pm. Roll Your Own Beeswax Candle! (K - 5th)

Tuesday, December 22, 3 pm - 5 pm. Drop In Origami (K-5th)

Monday, December  28, 4 pm. Duct Tape Bookmarks! (4th-5th)

Tuesday, December 29, 4 pm. Tiny Polymer Clay Food! (2nd - 5th)

Wednesday December 30, Lights, Camera, Action! Stop Motion Animation 1pm K - 2nd and 1:30pm for 3rd - 5th. Call 847-448-8610 to register.

Wednesday, December 30 4 pm Newspaper Basket-making (3rd-5th)


Free Legal Consultations

titleThursdays, 6 - 8 pm, Newberry Room, Main Library

Need legal advice, but don't know where to start?  An attorney from Civic Legal Corps, a nonprofit law firm, will be available for free, individual, legal consultations every week at the Main Branch of the Evanston Public Library.  Visit the Reference Desk (3rd Floor) or call (847) 448-8630 for more details, or to schedule your 30-minute appointment.  Areas of Law Covered Include:

Family Law:  Divorce, custody, child support, orders of protection, and appeals from Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) indications.

Housing Law:  Issues related to your apartment or house, including eviction, code violations, and security deposits.

Immigration:  Including UVisa petitions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applications and renewal.

Contract Disputes:  Including disputes with service providers (contractors, mechanics, etc.), licensing agencies, and other day-to-day contract issues.  

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Big Holiday 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 Book Sale from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6. 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.

Read More: Big Bargain Book Sale


Keepinitreal: Spillover

titleTuesday, December 1, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Copies of Spillover will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.


Hearing Aids: What Consumers Should Know About the Marketplace


Wednesday, December 2, 2:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Buying a hearing aid can be a confusing experience, and your primary care doctor may not be able to guide you through the  process.

Pamela Souza, PhD, CCC-A, clinical audiologist and professor at Northwestern University, offers her guidance on hearing evaluations; state law regarding hearing aid sales; where to buy hearing aids ; what to expect from hearing aid appointments; bundling, service plans, and warranties; hearing aid styles and technology levels; hearing aid “best practices”; questions to ask your provider; and cost and funding options. Program co-sponsored by North Shore Village.title


Affordable Care Act and You


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

Certified Affordable Care Act Navigators from 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.

Beginning Saturday, November 7, certified ACA Navigators from PEER services will be available for enrollment assistance and help with general ACA, Medicare and Medicaid questions.  Appointments are strongly suggested and can be scheduled online at or by calling either 847-644-9732 or 847-492-2778, x1317.

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