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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.

Legos

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.

Zootopia

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.

Donate Your Legos

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Donate Your Legos to Evanston Children. Evanston Public Library is partnering with Inspire Evanston Robotic to collect LEGOS in support of robotics clubs forming in Evanston schools this fall!

You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Bring your LEGOS to the Children’s Room to donate to new, local clubs! Want more info? Check out Inspire Evanston Robotics website. Donate today through August 31!

Family Lego Night @ EPL – Mon. Aug. 8

Family Lego Night

Family Lego Night. Come build Lego Tree Houses; bring the whole family! Geared to elementary school kids and their parents, but ages 3 and up welcome. Drop-in; no registration is required. What will your family create together? Monday, August 8, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

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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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Fri. July 22

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Stop by the Loft to kick back relax and take in a movie with your friends.  Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

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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Evanston Bike Expo – Sun. June 12

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Community Meeting Room (First Floor)
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.

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.

Tinker Teens: Flipping the Selfie – Weds. June 8

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. During the Flipping the Selfie sessions, teens will reinvent the selfie (or, self-portrait, as it is also known throughout history) for the modern age, utilizing new technologies (such as 3-d printing!), blended with traditional sculpture, drawing, collage, and origami techniques to express oneself! Grades 6-12. Drop in or sign up for a reminder.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
1703 Orrington Ave., Main Library – The Loft (Third Floor)
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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.

@EPL Fri. May 27 – Sat. May 28

Peregrine Falcon Banding/Naming

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Friday, May 27, 11 am, Third Foor (West side), Main Library

Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from The Field Museum will band falcon chicks hatched at the Evanston Public Library Peregrine Falcon nesting site. The baby falcons (eyases) will also be named at the event which is free and open to the public. Hennen and Engel will take questions from the press and the public. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Falcon T-shirts are now for sale at the Main Library with beautiful original artwork by local Evanston artist Beth Adler, who recently donated a falcon painting to the library where it now hangs on the Library’s third floor.

Read more: Peregrine Falcon Banding/Naming

Purple Crayon Players Storytime at EPL!

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Friday, May 27,  4 pm, Garden Gates & Art Garden, Main Library

LAST Purple Crayon Player event this school year!

Bring the kids to this terrific storytime & craft run by Northwestern University’s Purple Crayon Players for children age 3 – 8, but everyone is welcome.

No registration required; just drop in. End the week with college kids & fun!

The Big Read Film Screening: ¡Three Amigos!

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Come see the 1986 spoof on “The Magnificent Seven”, which was the movie that inspired the story within “Into the Beautiful North”. Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. Starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase. Rated PG. 104 minutes long.

Pipes and Precipitation – Sat. May 21: UPDATE

This event has been moved to the YEA Festival in Raymond Park. Find more information on the Facebook page.

PipesOn Saturday, please come check out the work students have been doing outdoors this spring as part of the Pipes and Precipitation program! Run like an open house from 9:30-11:30, there will be stations representing activities students did, and a slideshow.
For a second year, all third and sixth graders at District 65 have had expanded water units with Great Lakes and local-Freshwater foci through a grant from the IL Coastal Management Program.
 In addition to at-school model making and labs conducted by their classroom teachers, students have explored their schoolyards with local environmental experts and have visited the beaches in Evanston.
  • Third Graders visited the Water Treatment Plant on the Lake, the place where Evanston draws and filters its water from Lake Michigan. Then they explored the dunes at Lighthouse beach.
  • Sixth graders visited the beach for a four part field study: Infiltration, Water Quality, Litter and Data collection,  a Tag game, and Reflection. Bessie Rhodes and King Arts also visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant on McCormick.
Please come with your children and have them share their experiences!
For more information, please email Clare Tallon Ruen, project director, at clare@lakedance.org

 

Student Art Gallery Event – Fri. May 6

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Star Wars Day at the EPL Branches – Sat. April 30

Star WarsStar Wars Day! Join us as we celebrate all things Star Wars at the North Branch and the Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch. The Chicago Jedi will give a Lightsaber demonstration and there will be photo ops, StarWars games and more! Bring your Jedi younglings and Padawans for a day of Star Wars fun! Saturday, April 30, 3-4 pm, North Branch Library and 4 -5 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

el Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros – Sat. April 30

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Saturday, April 30, 3 – 4:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Come celebrate el Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros at the Evanston Public Library. Fiesta stories and crafts for the entire familia. Special appearances by “Mr Rick,” Ms.Torres from Dawes School, Abuelo Isidro Lucas and District 65’s Manuel Aleman!

Vengan a celebrar el Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros! ¡Cuentos y Proyectos de arte para toda la Familia!

Eat Pizza for the Library – Weds. April 13

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