Son La Mar Mexican Music in the Lobby

titleFriday, May 6, 5 pm,  Lobby,  Main Library


To celebrate BigRead Student Gallery Night in the Loft,we are featuring a trio playing traditional and popular Mexican tunes. Drop by and listen on your way upstairs to visit the gallery of student work inspired by the Big Read companion book, Yes! We Are Latinos. Middle school students from District 65 will be displaying their art pieces and sharing their writing and thoughts focused on their family roots, history and journeys.


The 2nd Annual Evanston Literary Festival

The 2nd Annual Evanston Literary Festival celebrates Evanston's vibrant literary community and rich history through more than 50 free events from May 4-14. Enjoy author talks, readings by novelists, poets, historians, and essayists, storytelling events, panel discussions on writing and publishing, storytimes for children, a book swap, and a new play performance. Events are held throughout Evanston and are free and open to the public. Meet your local community of writers. View the complete festival details at

The festival is a joint production of:



On the Table at the Library - Community Meal and Conversation

Tuesday, May 10, 12 pm OR 6:30 pm, Small Community Meeting Room, Main Library

In collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table initiative, on Tuesday, May 10 at 12 pm and again at 6:30 pm, Evanston residents and those affiliated with Evanston institutions will come together in small groups of 10 or 12 at the Evanston Public Library to share a meal and discuss issues impacting the community.  On the Table is designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region. A light meal will be provided. Register online for the 12 pm session or the 6:30 pm session.
For more information about On the Table at the Library contact Jill Skwerski at 847-448-8664 or visit the Chicago Community Trust website.


EPL After Hours: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

titleFriday, May 6, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.  Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens (DVD 2016).

Run Time: 135 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (
for sci-fi action violence)


Free Comic Book Day!!!!

titleSaturday, May 7, 9 am -6 pm, All Library Locations (North and CAMS open at 10 am)

In partnership with Comix Revolution we're celebrating all the awesome graphic novels and comics by giving away free comic books all day at all three of our locations! There will be tons to choose from like superhero comics, the classic Archie or a short story from the new series Junior Braves of Apocalypse! Stop at the Children's Desk, the Loft, North Branch or the Chicago Ave Main Street Branch to get your free comic! All ages.


EPL & ETHS Present: Chrome Camp - Parent Edition

altSaturday, May 7,  Registration 12-1 pm, Keynote and sessions 1-3 pm, Bacon Computer Lab, Evanston Township High School

If you want to better understand the type of technology your child is using everyday and begin to master it yourself, then checkout this hands-on program offered by ETHS and the Evanston Public Library.  The afternoon starts off with a captivating keynote and then you can customize the rest of it by selecting the sessions that best fit your needs.  Options include sessions on Gmail, Google Drive, social media and to how learn just about anything using online tools.  Light refreshments will be provided, please register in advance, but you’re welcome to drop in the day of the event. Register now or drop in the day of the event.  Sessions will be available in Spanish. 

Make sure you create  a Gmail account before this event  or stop by any of the Library’s locations to get one on one assistance.



The Art of Enthusiasm



Saturday, May 7,  2 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Online gurus and children's book evangelists Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp, and John Schumacher discuss promoting your favorite literature for kids, making the most of online resources, and spreading the culture of book love and enthusiasm amongst readers of every age.



The Personal and the Political in Graphic Books


Saturday, May 7, 4 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

The craft and stories behind writing comics memoir and comics journalism are discussed by some of the leading practitioners, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Ozge Samanci, Keiler Roberts, and Brian Cremins (moderator). Part of the Evanston Literary Festival.


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