Register for November Storytimes


Register NOW for November registered storytimes, start October 31! Register online, in person or via phone: 847-448-8610

Infant Rhymetime- fun rhymes for infants under 12 months - Wednesdays at 9:30am

Book Babies - fast moving storytime for 1 year olds - Tuesdays at 9:30am

Time for Two's -gentle storytime just for two year olds - Fridays at 10:30am (also at North Branch on Tuesdays)

All by Myself - for 3's, 4's & 5's ready for a storytime on their own - Two sessions: Mondays at 11am and Thursdays at 1:30pm

Family Storytime and Craft Bring the whole family; craft appropriate for 3 and up - Mondays at 6:30 pm. Great for Working Parents! (also at North Branch)

Tail Waggin' Tutors. Kids K - 5 practice their reading with therapy dogs - Tuesdays at 6:30pm or 7 pm MUST Register via Phone: 847-448-8610.


Making Money Last in Retirement


Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library 

In this presentation, we'll discuss strategies designed to help you work toward fulfilling your retirement expectations. This program focuses on providing not only for your income needs today, but also well into the future, and throughout one's retirement years. In addition, we'll explore how to address key retirement concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility. Presented by Neil Gardner, of Edward Jones, Inc.  Registration is requested but not required. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630


Purple Crayon Players Storytime! 10/28


Friday, October 28, 4 pm, Children's Room, Main Library  (and 11/11 and 12/2)

Bring the kids to this terrific HALLOWEEN-themed storytime & craft program run by Northwestern University's Purple Crayon Players for children 3- 8, but everyone is welcome.

End the week with college kids and fun!



Jazz After Hours: Mike Reed's Inner Circle


Saturday, October 29, 6pm*, Lobby, Main Library

The library lobby will vibrate with melody and improvisation from Mike Reed's Inner Circle.  For over a decade Mike Reed has been “a center of gravity for music in Chicago and beyond" (Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune).  Reed grew up in Evanston and now tours the world, leads several ensembles, plays percussion in groups led by jazz legends like Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith, and is a member of Chicago's AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), the subject of the Museum of Contemporary Art's major 2015 retrospective The Freedom Principle.  Reed is also one of Chicago's key music presenters: he runs two venues and has key roles in programming the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival. 

Start your Saturday night out in downtown Evanston with a group that “doesn't just preserve the Chicago tradition; they're helping extend it” (Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air, NPR).  For a preview, check out this video of Reed's quartet playing in Paris.

Line-up just announced:
Fred Jackson Jr. - saxophone
Tim Stine - guitar
Joshua Abrams - bass
Mike Reed - drums

Jackson is the legend of the quartet, having played on albums by Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ry Cooder, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Zappa, Carole King. . . really you have to see this discography to believe it:…/fred-jackson-jr-mn0001778…/credits

Abrams has been one of the heaviest hitters in the Chicago scene since the ‘90s, working with everyone from Chicago jazz legend Fred Anderson to indie hero Bonny “Prince” Billy to art world maverick Theaster Gates.

The relative newcomer of the group, Stine is, according to the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak, “one of the most exciting and original musicians emerging from Chicago’s bustling scene.” 

*Doors at 6 pm, when the library closes. Music from 6:30-7:30.


Dia de las Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration!


Sunday, October 30, 2- 3:30 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Bring the whole family for a storytime and craft celebrating the Day of the Dead in the Evanston Public Library Children's Room!

2 - 2:30 pm Storytelling with Manuel Aleman and Abuelo Isidro

2:30 - 3:30 pm Drop in Crafts in the Art Garden

Los niños son bienvenidos!


Lyric Opera Lecture: Les Troyens


Sunday, October 30, 2-3:30 pm, Main Library, Small Meeting Room

The drama of the Trojan War, replete with heroes and tragedy, has captivated audiences from literature to film, and nowhere does it come to life more vividly than in French opera’s most astounding work, Les Troyens. Grand and glorious in its musical and dramatic breadth, this operatic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid is rarely performed because of its enormous scale. Experience the tidal wave of sound from Lyric’s massive chorus and orchestra and the exciting ballet as this theatrical tour de force unfolds with a powerhouse cast. Sir Andrew Davis conducts this much-anticipated Lyric premiere that will draw opera lovers from all over the world! Lecturer Jean Joslyn will give an overview and play highlights.


Etc Music School


Sunday, October 30, 4:30-5:30, Lobby, Main Library

Enjoy a variety of music to browse by from Evanston's newest music school! Etc Music School faculty Mike O'Mara, Juli Brubaker, and their students will be performing selections by Barer & Rogers, Benjamin Britten, Hoffman & Livingston, Leonard Cohen, and many others.  




"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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