When: Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2-4 p.m.
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When: Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2-4 p.m.
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.
Friday, $5 charge 10am to noon
Friday, noon to 5:30pm
Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm
Half – Price Sale
Sunday, noon to 5:30pm
Come take the Index Card Tower Engineering Challenge! Families with children ages 6-10 are invited to fine-tune your engineering skills in this fun STEM session with an engineering expert and library staff.
Space is limited and registration required.
Call the Evanston Public Library Children’s Services at: 847-448-8610 to register.
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.
For additional details, click here
The Young and the Restless Storytime New at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center. Bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun monthly sing-a-long storytime led by Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Friday, December 9, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston IL (This same program is offered every Thursday at 9:30am at the Main Library.)
Winter Break is a great time of year for kids to learn to create, not justconsume, to work with their hands and have fun together in a multi-age setting. Sign up your elementary school student for one of our daily MakerKids programs. Register starting December 5, 9am!
Make Your Own Dragon Egg Tuesday December 27 at 4pm Grades 4th &- 5th
Squishy Circuits, Wednesday Decemeber 28 at 11am, Grades K – 2
Three Little Pigs Science, (Construction Science) Thursday December 29 at 11am, Grades K- 2
Roll Your Own Beeswax Candle! Friday, December 30 at 3:30 pm Grades K – 5 (adults welcomed but not required)
Solve a Mystery at the Library, Tuesday January 3, 11am Grades 3 -5
Making Felt Food is Sew Fun! Wednesday, January 4 at 11am Grades K – 5 WITH an adult
Big Nate: Fun and Games, Thursday January 5 at 1pm Grades 3 -6; LOVE those books!
Sound of Music Saturdays. Join Loft staff as we listen to and analyze the music you love plus the music you don’t. Bring fresh ears to deconstruct song lyrics, production, cadences, and song content while creating songs that you like even better. Grades 6-12. Saturdays through December 3, 3-4:30pm, The Loft, Main Library.
Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects. Each week we’ll have a different group activity like 3D design, coding or sewing. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide the supplies, you bring the creativity. Grades 6-12. Drop in. Saturdays, 1-3pm, The Loft, Main Library.
Hour of Code is coming! Take part in the world wide celebration ofcoding at the Loft. While you’re here you can learn how to program your own video games, make art using coding or learn the basics ofJava script or Python. We’ll have some unplugged coding activities too! Drop in. Grades 6-12. Wednesday, December 7, 1-5pm, The Loft, Main Library
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
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
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
Saturday, November 12, 11am – 12p, Community Meeting Room, Main Library; Register NOW.
Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to all families with children age 6 years and older who have special needs and/or would benefit from an environment that is friendly to all abilities. Parents can join in or relax and talk with other parents navigating a similar path.
Registration required; space is limited to 30 kids. Register online, by calling 847-448-8610, or come into the library.
Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library
Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to gender expansive and transgender youth ages 5 – 12 accompanied by an adult or guardian. Parents can join in the LEGO fun or relax and talk in the company of other parents navigating a similar path.
Register NOW: call 847-448-8610 or come to the Children’s Desk or sign up online.
Gender expansive is defined as a range of gender expressions and identities including expanding beyond traditional gender identities or stereotypes. Gender expansive reinforces the notion that gender is not binary but a continuum and that many people express their gender in multiple ways.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend and connect with local organizations and clinicians that provide services for special needs families. Among those participating are the Dyslexia Buddy Network, who will host a Dyslexia simulation experience. Other participants include Cherry Preschool, Moran Center, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Wee Speech and Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
No Registration is necessary.
Saturday, November 5, 11am – 3pm
Community Meeting Room
1703 Orrington Ave
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
The Young and the Restless Storytime: New on the West Side.
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)
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.
Teen Advisory Board. 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. Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects. Each week, we’ll have a different group project ranging from 3D design and sewing to coding. Saturdays,1-3 pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Laughs. Explore the art of joke writing. Use satire and everyday life experiences to create jokes that get laughs. Appreciate great comedians. 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
September Weekend Family Film: The Jungle Book
Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library
Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. The Angry Birds Movie
Saturday, September 17, 3 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch.
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
Register for September Storytimes online, in person or by calling 847-448-8610
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
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
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
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.
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
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
This free information series includes a presentation by an attorney, followed by a brief Q &A session. This month’s topic is Child Support. Free and open to all, but you can register online or by calling (847) 448-8630. Thursday, September 8, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library
This event is free and open to all, but you can register online or by calling (847) 448-8630.