Winter Words: Reading & Talking (0-3)


January 2 - 31,  Main Library, North Branch, and Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch locations

Registered for Winter Words? By MONDAY, February 15th, 9pm bring your completed form into one of the above listed locations to get your prize book to take home!


Free Tax Preparation and Filing at Evanston Public Library

Filing taxes can be overwhelming, especially for working individuals and families.

Between Tuesday, January 26 and Saturday, April 16, Evanston Public Library, in conjunction with the Center for Economic Progress and the Evanston Community Foundation, is offering free tax help for families with incomes less than $50,000 per year and for individuals with incomes less than $25,000 per year.

Evanston residents can come to the Main Library at 1703 Orrington Ave. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:30 pm and 8 pm, through April 14, or Saturdays between 10 am and 1 pm, through April 16, for personalized assistance by an IRS-certified volunteer.

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Lyric Opera Lecture Series: Der Rosenkavalier

altSaturday, February 13, 2 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library           Tuesday, February 16, Noon, North Branch

Join us for a lecture on Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier presented by Jean Joslyn of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps.

Can the elegantly alluring Marschallin find lasting happiness with her lover Octavian, who's half her age? Does the hot-blooded Baron really think his exalted position guarantees that young Sophie will be his wife? All bets are off when Sophie receives an engagement rose from the Baron — delivered by the devastatingly handsome Octavian. Love, sex, fidelity, and aging are delicately explored in a masterwork that artfully blends laugh-out-loud humor with insightful poignancy.


The First Folio: How We Almost Lost Macbeth


Sunday, February 14, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

 The First Folio of Shakespeare, published in 1623, is a unique literary treasure. Collected, collated and edited by two of Shakespeare's fellow actors and friends, John Heminge and Henry Condell, this volume contains a collection of 36 plays -- 18 of which had not appeared in print before the First Folio, and so would have been lost were it not for this document.

titleJoin Helen Page, Professor Emerita of English at Oakton Community College and Joseph Page, actor with the Muse of Fire Theater Company, as they explore the fascinating history and literary significance of the First Folio, considered by many to be one of the greatest books ever printed in English.

Part of the  #DiscoverWill: Illinois Libraries Celebrate Shakespeare’s First Folio program series. Register online or by calling 847-448-8620, and read a featured interview with Helen and Joseph Page on EPL's Off the Shelf blog.


Jammie Time


Thursdays, February 18, March 17, April 14, May 19, June 16, 7 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Jammie Time is this coming Thursday -- February 18th; don't miss it.

On the third Thursday of every month, children 2 to 9 wear their pajamas to the library and enjoy a fun mix of stories and songs.  A great time for the whole family!  Drop-in; no registration required.


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.  See below for areas of Law Covered Included:

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Affordable Care Act and You


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

Certified Affordable Care Act Assisters 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.

Assisters will be available for enrollment guidance and help with general ACA, Medicare and Medicaid questions.  Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at or by calling either 847-644-9732 or 847-492-1778, x1317.

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EPL Honors Shakespeare through Joint Program Initiative


Evanston Public Library joins libraries across the state of Illinois in February 2016 to celebrate the work of William Shakespeare who died 400 years ago. EPL is proud to take part in a collaborative reading and program initiative,#DiscoverWill: Illinois Libraries Celebrate Shakespeare's First Folio , with six programs including discussions for adults, and crafts and films for teens.

This Shakespeare programming coincides with a traveling exhibit of Shakespeare's First Folio, considered by many to be one of the greatest books ever printed in English. The exhibit, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library, will be on display at the Lake County Discovery Museum from February 3-28.  Don't miss your chance to see one of the rarest, most valuable and most influential books in the world––the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. Check out the complete list of Shakespeare-inspired programs and the participating libraries at #DiscoverWill: Illinois Libraries Celebrate Shakespeare's First Folio.


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