Events at Evanston Public Library – June 10 – 17

Friday June 10th- Sunday June 12th, 3rd floor Book Sale Room

EPL’s book sale volunteers are holding another fabulous summer book sale! Browse our wonderful stock of gems: adult, teen and children’s books; audio books, CDs, and DVDs, at the sale listed as a Chicago Reader Best of Chicago event. All proceeds benefit the library collections and services.  Special thanks to the great volunteers who work long and hard to support the Library!

Sale hours will be Friday from 10 to 5:30 ($5 charge from 10 to noon); Saturday 10 to 5:30 and Sunday from noon to 5:30 (half-price).

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, Ted Talk screenings, 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”!

Summer Reading Kick Off Event @ Robert Crown!


Saturday, June 11, 11am – 1pm Robert Crown Community Center

Come to Robert Crown Community Center on  Saturday, June 11 for fun for all ages — adults, teens, kids all welcome. Obstacle courses, mini golf, kickball and more! Make sure you sign up for summer reading Read for the Win while you’re there and receive a registration prize available only at this event. Already registered for Read for the Win? Attending this fun outdoor event earns you 2 points. Tag! See you there!

Instrument Petting Zoo


Saturday, June 11, 2 pm Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Attention, all Evanston kids who want to to be in Orchestra at school. Come learn about the instruments in the orchestra from local members of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity at the Instrument Petting Zoo! Children and their parents will be able to try out a wide variety of instruments. Attend this popular program brought back for another generation of kids interested in creating music! All welcome.

EPL Bike Expo


Sunday, June 12, 12:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Summer is coming! The Divvy Bike Sharing program is coming! Are you ready to ride?

Whether you’re a new rider, and old hand, or just bike-curious, come on out to Evanston Public Library’s Bike Day.  Learn how to be sure your bike is road-ready from The Recyclery, the “educational bike shop” just south of Evanston.  Learn how to beat thieves and avoid crashes from Dave “Mr. Bike” Glowacz, local author of Urban Bikers’ Tricks & Tips.  Learn about leisure riding in the North Shore and beyond from the Evanston Bike Club. Learn about City of Evanston initiatives like the Divvy Bike Sharing program and the Dodge Ave protected bike lane from Katherine Knapp,  Evanston’s Transportation & Mobility Coordinator.  Get all your bicycle questions answered so you’re ready to roll out into the streets of Evanston and beyond!

Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.

Fathers and Daughters: My Soul to His Spirit


Sunday, June 12, 3 – 4:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Author Melda Beaty reads from her compilation of stories and letterswritten by African American girls and women to their fathers. It gives voice to the sentiments of love, pain, disappointment, fulfillment, betrayal, and confusion for a diverse group of black women as they chronicle a journey of healing and redemptive love towards their fathers. My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award.

Girls and women in the community are invited to share their own stories an writings about their fathers at this event.

Beaty is an author, playwright, college English professor, and writing consultant.  Her debut novel, Lime(2012), explores notions of beauty and bonds of friendship set against the horrors of domestic violence. Her current play, Front Porch Society, which was read at The National Black Theatre Festival, delves into the complex lives of four elderly black women in rural Mississippi Delta on the eve of the 2008 presidential election.

Tabletop Game Night

altMonday, June 13, 6:30pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Bring friends and make new ones at the Evanston Public Library’s Tabletop Game Night. Folks from Evanston’s Game Night MeetUp group will have games to share, which they can teach. You’re also free to bring your games if you like. No experience is necessary for this evening of gaming and fun! Food *is* allowed during this event! Attendees must be 16 or older.

Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.

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