Archive for Books & Literacy

Evanston Public Library – SPRING BOOK SALE – March 24 – 26

Spring Book Sale All Weekend!

This Book Sale has been called “The Best” by the Chicago Reader.
Browse through 1000s of high-quality books in every category of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Enjoy low, low prices, recent titles, and favorite authors.
Buy gifts for others and yourself too, and while you’re at it, every penny you spend supports the Library.

Preview Sale
Friday, $5 charge 10am to noon

Regular Sale
Friday, noon to 5:30pm
Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm

Half – Price Sale
Sunday, noon to 5:30pm

2017 Spring Book Sale

Erase Evanston Public Library fines

FINE FORGIVENESS IS OUR GIFT TO YOU!

Make a gift of $10 or more to the Evanston Public Library before midnight, December 31st and we’ll erase your current Evanston Public Library fines. Your donations improve our collections, services and programs.

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Events for Kids at EPL – Nov. 25 – Dec. 8

Angry BirdsThanksgiving Weekend Family Film: The Angry Birds Movie. Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, 2pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

FaFinding Dorymily Film and Craft at the Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch. Saturday, November 26, 3pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Purple Crayon Players Storytime. Bring the kids to this storytime and craft program run by Northwestern University’s Purple Crayon Players for children ages 3 to 8. Everyone is welcome. End your week with college kids and reading fun. Friday, December 2, 4pm, Children’s Room, Main Library 

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Little Explorers: Sea Life! Join us as we introduce your preschooler to the wonders of ocean life. Young explorers ages 3-5 should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver; we will learn about the ocean, identify some seashells, and make our own crab from a real shell! Register online or call 847-448-8610. Register today! Saturday, December 3, 11:00am, Children’s Room, Main Library

Book Club

Caldecott Club for Kids in Grades K-4. We have Caldecott Fever! The Caldecott Award is a national award given to the illustrator of the best picture book of the year. We will share what makes an award winning picture book and give the inside scoop on how the Caldecott Medal is awarded. Register for the December 8 meeting, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610.  Each meeting is limited to 20 participants in grades K to 4. Thursday, December 8, 7pm, Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library

Book Launch for Screenwise – Weds. Nov. 16

Book Launch for Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if their parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age.

Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

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FAN Event: Kwame Alexander – Fri. Oct. 28

“The Writerly Life”

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Suitable for all ages.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. For this event, Mr. Alexander shares a bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance from his recent children’s books, educational insights, and worldwide experiences.
Mr. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Mr. Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded.

Award Winning Authors at King Lab – Mon. Oct. 24

Author Invasion: Five Award Winning Children’s Authors to Visit Evanston

During the week of October 24 – 28th, Foundation 65 will bring five critically acclaimed authors to visit fifteen District 65 schools. This ‘author invasion’ is part of a visiting author series called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience. The program was created by the District 65 library department and is funded through a grant from Foundation 65.

The authors represent diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles and topics. Authors include, Matt de la Peña, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Steve Sheinkin. Each visiting author will work with a specific grade level(s) and visit schools across Evanston (see which grade levels will work with each author below).

The Perspectives program helps highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature and the intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

“We are thrilled to bring these amazing authors to our schools,” said Tracy Hubbard, chair of the library department, “Reading is a way of exploring the world around us, and navigating difficult ideas. We believe that this program deeply supports the equity work that District 65 is so committed to.”

All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on October 24th. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the Evanston Public Library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston.

“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting.  Each one of them is a master of their art.  It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together,” said Betsy Bird.

The event will begin at 5:30 with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase from the Book Stall.Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

Authors will work with the following grade levels during the week of Oct 24 – 28th:

Matt de la Peña – all 7th & 8th graders
Janice Harrington – all K & 1st graders
Grace Lin – all 2nd & 4th graders
Steve Sheinkin – all 5th & 6th graders
Duncan Tonatiuh – all 3rd graders

Young and Restless Storytime – Fri. Oct. 14

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New! Once a month, bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun, free, dynamic, sing-a-long storytime led by Evanston Public Library’s energetic Young and the Restless leader, Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Home providers and center classes welcome! Pie and lunch available for purchase.

Friday, October 14, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston, (Also Friday, November 11 and Friday, December 9)

 

EPL Storytelling Festival – Oct. 7-9

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Revel in the power of words from a diverse group of professional storytellers and students at the Evanston Public Library’s 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival this Fri., Oct. 7 through Sun., Oct. 9! The festival will be held at a variety of venues in downtown Evanston. View the complete schedule.

Book Drive Donations Wanted – Aug. 24-Sept. 21

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September Programs for Families at EPL

A Bug's Life

Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. A Bug’s Life. Saturday, September 3, 3pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. The Angry Birds Movie.Saturday, September 17, 3 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Register for September Storytimes

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Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from 1 year olds through 5th grade starting September 12; here’s what’s still open for September:

Time for Two’s Fridays at 10:30 (Tuesdays at 10:15 am at North Branch) for 2 year olds and their parent/caregiver

All By Myself, Mondays at 11 am OR Thursdays at 1:30 pm, for 3 – 5 year olds, without parents

Family Storytime and Craft, Monday nights at 6:30 pm both at Main and North. Craft geared to 3 – 7 year olds. Working Parent Friendly!

Parent Child Workshop, Saturdays at 10 am, for 1 -3 year olds and a parent or caregiver Working Parent Friendly!

Tail Waggin Tutors, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and 7pm for K- 5 is also taking phone registrations only starting 8/29: 847-448-8610. (Also available at North Branch on Tuesday afternoons; register at 847-866-0330 starting 8/29)

Drop In (no registration) storytimes The Young and the Restless (0-2) on Thursdays at 9:30 am and Preschool Storytime (3-6) on Wednesdays at 10:30 am continue as usual in September. Branches also have drop ins (check our calendar for dates and times)

Fall Words: Mailbox Play. Bring your 1, 2, or 3 year old to play Mailbox this September! Play is an essential tool in literacy education; come experience the fun with your child. Address envelopes to animals in the library, put them in the mailbox, and then deliver them using “US Mail” bags! September 1-30, Main Children’s Room, North Branch & Chicago Ave/Main Street (CAMS) locations

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Caldecott Club for Kids in K-4. Mr. Brian will share all the important and inspiring pieces that come together to make an award-winning picture book.  Kids will learn the inside scoop on how the Caldecott Medal is awarded, then read some current illustrated books and discuss the best. Thursdays,September 22, October 13, November 10, December 8, 7 pm, Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library. Registration opens September 1. 

Programs for Teens

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Chromebooks in the Loft. NEW. The Teen Loft  offers in-house use of Chromebooks for 6th to 12th graders who are EPL cardholders or those who have their library cards registered at EPL.

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Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects.  Each week we’ll have a different group project from 3D design and sewing to coding.Saturdays, 1-3 pm, The Loft, Main Library

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Loft Laughs. Join Loft staff to explore the art of joke writing. Learn how to tell jokes that are actually funny, use satire and everyday life experiences to create jokes that guarantee laughs, appreciate great comedians, and create the best comebacks EVER! Grades 6-12.

Sign up for a reminder or drop in. Saturdays, September 17- October 22, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Activities at the Evanston Public Library – Aug. 19 – 31

Register for our September Storytimes starting August 29 at 9 am: online, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610. Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from a few months old  through 5th grade. Storytimes start September 12th. See our wide range of storytime programming.

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Donate Your Legos to Evanston’s Children. You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Donate your extra Legos. Bring your Legos to the bin in the Children’s Room to donate to new, local robotics clubs! Accepting donations until August 31.

And, coming in September…The Caldecott Club, Fall Words and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Zootopia, August Weekend Family Film: Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

More at the Branches
The Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch (CAMS), at 900 Chicago Avenue,has a wide variety of programming including bilingual storytimes, a book discussion group, STEM Saturdays, crafts, movies, personalized computer training, and more. See all upcoming programs at the CAMS branch. 

(The North Branch, 2026 Central Street is closed for repairs and will reopen on August 29. The book drop is not available during this closure.)

More Programs for Teens

Outside the Lines Book Club. Teens will read and discuss books about strong teen protagonists pushing back again normative identities to live their lives with pride. This is a safe space for teens of all identities. This month we’ll be readingZodiac Starforce, Copies of the book are available in the Loft one month before each discussion.Grades 6-12.Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Lab: Design.  Make all kinds of amazing projects from 3D design and sewing to coding and scrapbooking. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide all the supplies you bring creativity.  Grades 6-12. Drop in. New on Saturdays from 1-3, the Loft, starting in September.

See all upcoming Teen Programs including the new Loft Laughs, and latest Teen DIY.

Book Release Party for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Sat. July 30

Saturday July 30th, 2016

The day will start with a Reading Relay at the Evanston Public Library at Noon—come and read a paragraph, a page or a chapter as we attempt to get through as much of the series as possible, in several locations, before midnight! Bring your own book or read one of ours.  Drop in to the EPL Childrens’ Library and check out their two quiet time Potter inspired activities.

The EPL closes at 6pm,  when the action will move to our town’s very own Wizarding School: Northwestern University’s Deering Library.

A pick up Quidditch Game will gather on the Deering Meadow at 6pm.  Bring a friend, bring a Quaffle, prepare to run/fly fast.

At 7:00 pm an Animal Keeper will present a class on the Care and Feeding of Creatures on the Deering Steps.

The Reading Relay will continue in the Deering Library, Evanston’s very own Hogwarts, along with Wand Making, and  Basic Spells.

From 8:30 pm to 8:45 pm there will be a costume contest judging—one award for best existing character cosplay, and one award for best ORIGINAL Character cosplay!

At 9 pm, all visitors are encouraged to parade back to downtown Evanston and DiagonAlley (on Sherman Avenue) just outside of Bookends and Beginnings Bookstore for the announcement of the Costume Contest Winners—first prize winners will get to open one of the sealed boxes at the stroke of 12 at one of the bookstores and receive the first book.

The reading relay will split into two parts with simultaneous readings at Bookends and Beginnings and Barnes and Noble to see which location can get the furthest by Book Box Opening at Midnight.  Bookstores will have continuous activities from 8pm until midnight.

All readers are encouraged to preorder their book from their favorite Evanston bookseller prior to the party. For more information contact Bookends and Beginnings at 224-999-7722 or Barnes and Noble Evanston at 847-424-0848.  To volunteer, email contact information to artscircle@northwestern.edu.

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Literacy Crafts & Games – Sat. July 23

 EC2C’s spectacular Summer Learning Parent Ambassadors are hosting a fun literacy event on Sat. July 23 from 10 to 12am at Robert Crown Park. Come join the fun! Games, free books, snacks!
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Events for Kids at EPL – July 18 – 22

July Family Storytime & Craft
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Monday, July 18, 6:30 pm  Also: July 25, August 1st

The working parent friendly Family Storytime and Craft storytimes take place the next several Mondays at the Main Library or North Branch (Mondays@ 6:30) which is for kids ages 3 – 7 and their parents or grandparents. You are welcome to join at any point.

Family Math Night

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Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 – 8 pm, Children’s Room, Main Library

Join us for an evening of family games and activities involving  math! Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like for family fun.

 

Jammie Time!

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Thursday, July 21, 7 pm, Children’s Room, Main Library  (also August 18)

On the third Thursday of every month, bring your kids ages 2 to 9 to the library in pajamas and enjoy a fun mix of pre-bedtime stories and songs.  A great time for the whole family!  Drop-in; no registration required. (PJ’s not required.)

While you are here,  register for the summer reading program OR come pick up your prizes!

Great for working parents and their kids!

Elephant and Piggie Storytime!

Friday July 22, 4 pm, Main Children’s Room, Main Library

Elephant and Piggie are coming to Evanston Public Library! The Northwestern student actors performing in Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play! by Mo Willems will host an Elephant and Pggie storytime just for us. Come hear your favorite stories read by your favorite characters; start the weekend right with Northwestern students, great books and a craft. (Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” runs at the Ethel Barber Theater 7/30 – 8/7)

MakerKids in the Parks – July 18-21

MakerKids in the Parks! Week of July 18: origami!

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Monday, July 18, 2 pm – 4 pm, Robert Crown

Tuesday, July 19, 2 pm – 4 pm, Fleetwood-Jourdain

Wednesday, July 20, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Mason Park

Thursday, July 21, 11:30 – 1:30 pm,  James Park

Come visit Evanston’s parks the week of July 18th for a fun drop-in MakerKids science activity using folded paper.  Kids & students of all ages welcome.

Register for the Summer Reading Program at the park or check in to record your points and win prizes. Attending a library program, even in the park, also nets you a point on your summer reading log. Come learn something fun while enjoying the great weather. See you there!

Don’t miss the weeks of July 25 (Bubbles!), August 1 (Engineering Challenge) and August 8 (CD wind spinner) all coming up on the same schedule!

Events for Teens at EPL in July

HARRY POTTER PARTY

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Come celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! This evening of magic includes being sorted, trivia, games, giveaways and more! Grades 6-12. Sign up for a reminder and or drop in.

TINKER TEENS

Wednesdays, June 8-August 10, 3-5 pm, the Loft, Main Library 

Low tech and high tech come together in this series of workshops. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you the most.

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July 20-August 10: Collabor-action
Working in small groups during the Collabor-action sessions, we will explore various social justice issues that affect teens today, will work together to produce collaborative works of art of all kinds, from visual art pieces to stop-motion animation narrative storytelling films that address these issues.
Drop in or sign up for a reminder: July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10

Grades 6-12.

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD

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Tuesday, July 19, 6-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library

If you’re a crafty TAB veteran, you know the drill. If you’ve never even heard of TAB but you enjoy The Loft and like to indulge in free pizza now and then, you’re more than welcome to stop by and see what we’re all about. TAB members help plan, lead and set up Loft programs, assist with decision making in the Loft, decorate the space and more. We hope to see you there! For grades 6-12.Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

JULY TEEN DIY

We provide the supplies you bring the creativity.  Grades 6-12.

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Saturday, July 23, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Using conductive thread and LEDs you’ll light up the room by designing your own illuminated accessories. Drop in or sign up for a reminder. 

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!

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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.

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Summer Reading Kick Off Event @ Robert Crown!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Early Childhood Education Field Day – Sat. June 11

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Fairy Tales and True Life Stories @ EPL – Tues. June 7

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Laura Simms is an award winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She performs worldwide combining ancient myth and true life story for adult and family audiences.

She’s also Artistic Director of the Hans Christian Anderson Storytelling Center in NY & the founder of The Center for Engaged Storytelling.

Everyone who loves stories is welcome, but families with school aged children are especially invited to come and be entertained and moved by the power of  great stories. No registration necessary. The performance is one hour long.An unforgettable experience from Evanston Public Library for you and your family! 

Tuesday, June 7, 4 pm

Community Meeting Room, Main Library
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.

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.