Songs from Blair Thomas & Co.'s "Moby-Dick"


Monday, July 25, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

All aboard, Moby-Dick fans!  As part of Mission Impossible: Moby-Dick, EPL welcomes singer/songwriter Michael P. Smith as he performs his original songs from the Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater interpretation of Melville's classic recently staged at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.  Copies of his Moby-Dick album will be for sale following the concert.  Everyone is welcome, but please register online or by calling (847) 448-8620 to guarantee your seat.

Michael P. Smith has been a celebrated folk musician for nearly five decades.  Described by Sing Out! Magazine as "one of the few undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters," his critically-acclaimed compositions include the music for Steppenwolf's 1990 Tony Award-winning production The Grapes of Wrath and the classic song "The Dutchman" - a signature piece for the late Liam Clancy.


2016 Summer Reading Program at Evanston Public Library: Read for the Win!

June 1-July 31 at all EPL Locationsalt

Everyone is invited to Read for the Win! starting June 1. All Evanston kids, teens, and adults can read books, play games, attend library events, enter raffles and earn prizes all summer long. Join us at all library locations and in our parks and summer camps for fun events, award-winning authors, storytimes, book recommendations, and fun MakerKids stem activities. Registration opens for all ages starting June 1. Register online or in person at any library location.  Check out the Summer Reading Guide (pdf) online or pick up a paper copy at any location.

While these Summer Reading programs are free to all participants, additional support is needed to help expand the program, including a new book lending project with Evanston Parks and Recreation and Ridgeville Camps to keep kids reading this summer.  Contributions can be made online. Our program partners include the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and Ridgeville Park Distirct with participation by Evanston Cradle to Career and the Evanston Public Library Friends. Help keep kids reading this summer. We can all model reading and grow a healthy community of readers and lifelong learners. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.



Watch "Little Book's Big Adventure"!


MakerKids in the Parks! Week of July 25: Bubbles!


Monday, July25 , 2 pm - 4 pm, Robert Crown

Tuesday, July 26 , 2 pm - 4 pm, Fleetwood-Jourdain

Wednesday, July 27 , 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Mason Park

Thursday, July 28 , 11:30 - 1:30 pm,  James Park

Come visit Evanston's parks the week of July 25th for a fun drop-in MakerKids science activity using bubbles!  Kids & students of all ages welcome. Come learn something fun while enjoying the great weather. See you there!

Don't miss the weeks of August 1 (Engineering Challenge) and August 8 (CD wind spinner) all coming up on the same schedule!


Blood and Marrow Drive

Saturday, July 30, 11 am - 4 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

LifeSource, the Evanston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Psi, Inc. and the Evanston Public Library invite you to participate in a blood and marrow drive. The event will be held on Saturday, July 30, 11am – 4 pm at the Evanston Library in the Community Meeting Room. The library is located at 1703 Orrington.

To schedule your appointment please call 877-543-3768 or visit; select “Make an Appointment,” choose “Donate Blood,” Search by group code 753B. For questions on medical eligibility call: 847-803-7921. Appointments recommended. Walk-ins Welcome!


Meet Children's Author Tone Almhjell


Monday, August 15, 2 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Enjoy a rare chance to meet acclaimed fantasy novelist Tone Almhjell, visiting from Norway! She wrote the fast-paced and exciting The Twistrose Key (great fun for readers Grades 4 and up!), and will be talking about the brand new sequel Thornghost, coming out the week of her appearance! Tone will sign books provided by co-presenter The Book Stall. Fans of magical adventure should not miss this author event.  No registration required.


"Borrow the Internet" with a Wi-Fi Hotspot


Evanston residents age 16 or older who are cardholders of the Evanston Public Library can "Borrow the Internet" through a new Wi-Fi Hotspot pilot lending program that begins May 1. Here’s how it works:

  • Check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot at the Main Library.
  • You must provide a valid photo ID: driver’s license, state ID or High School ID.
  • You can place a Wi-Fi Hotspot on hold through the EPL catalog.
  • You can borrow one device per library card.
  • Keep your Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 2 weeks. It is non-renewable.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots must be returned to the Main Library circulation desk only.
  • $50 replacement fee for lost device. $5 a day late fee up to maximum of $20.

For more information about EPL's Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program, please call 847-448-8620.

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