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Help COPE Stuff the Bus

Our goal is to collect over $1,000 bags of groceries to distribute to Evanston families.

Positive Connections, District 65, Valli Foods, St. Mark’s Church, BMO Bank, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Jewel-Osco, and COPE are leading the effort to collect groceries across the community.

This week, COPE representatives at District 65 schools will be sending home empty bags for families to fill and return to their schools. Next week, we will pick up the bags and bring them to St. Mark’s Church to sort. On 10/15, we will park the bus in front of Valli Foods collecting more groceries from 10am-4pm and distributing free groceries to families from4pm until the groceries are gone.

How Can You Help?
Sign up to help with the collection, sorting, and day of event.

Sign up to help collect and transport groceries from the schools to St. Mark’s.

Moms of Multiples Fall Resale – Sat. Sept. 24


Rotary Peace Festival – Sept. 23-25


To encourage a more peaceable city, the Rotary Club of Evanston will bring together varied groups to exchange ideas and encourage sustained action during a weekend-long Peace Festival Sept. 23-25 in Evanston:

Friday, Sept 23: Young Professionals: “Peace: What You Can Do”
5:30 – 8:00 pm., One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Sports Enthusiasts: “Rotary Day at Northwestern”
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Tours of One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.
6:30 pm:  Kickoff at Ryan Field

Sunday, Sept. 25: Family Peace Festival: “A More Peaceful Evanston”
12:00 – 4:00 pm., Rotary Friendship Garden at McCormick Blvd. & Bridge St.

Evanston organizations – including downtown businesses, Northwestern Athletics and numerous community groups such as Restorative Justice Evanston, the YWCA, and Moran Center – will participate throughout the three-day Peace Festival.

For more information about Friday’s event, view the event flyer. Additional information about the entire weekend-long Peace Festival can be found at

More Events for Teens @ EPL in Sept.


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

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

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

Volunteer for Stuff the Bus


full of food for hungry families in Evanston!

They need volunteers! Sign up for slots to:

1. Pick up groceries from D65 schools on 10/13/16 and deliver them to a storage space.

2. Sort groceries on 10/14/16.

3. Stuff a whole school bus full of donated groceries and encourage community members to buy more groceries on 10/15/16.

4. Hand out groceries to hungry, Evanston residents on 10/15/16.

*Kid volunteers are welcome!

Sign up here

Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


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

titleRegister 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

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

book club

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

Teens laughing

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

Presentation on Child Support – Thurs. Sept. 8

Law At The Library
Thursday, September 08, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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.

Hackstudio Open Houses – Aug. 30 & Sept. 8

Hackstudio is hosting TWO open houses before sessions start: Aug. 30 and Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.

Stop by and visit Hackstudio and see the studio in action! They’ll have mentors, staff and Hackstudio kids in the building to answer questions and provide tours. Watching their program in action is a great way to learn about our purpose: Hackstudio trains people to take responsibility for identifying and achieving what matters to them.

Registration is open now for sessions starting the week of Sept. 12. Learn more at

This event is free and open to the public.

See the Facebook event page

Boy Scout Bonfire – Thurs. Sept. 1

Evanston-Troop-3-BonfireTroop 3 is inviting all boys 11 to 18 and their families to a bonfire at Lighthouse Beach this Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 to 9 pm. See attached pdf. 

Come and join Troop 3 Evanston for food and fun and to learn about what Boy Scouts is all about.

Boy Scout Troop 3 Evanston has outdoor activities and camping at least once a month. We have Troop and Patrol meetings Thursdays at 7:30 during the school year at Orrington School.

Boy Scouts is for boys 11-18 years of age. For a schedule of our activities, visit our website at or email us at 

Jumping Out of Technology – Sun. Aug. 28


Little Beans Cafe Back to School Festival – Fri. Aug. 26


Friday, August 26th from 5:00-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of Family Fun. We will have live music with Bubbles Academy, a cotton candy machine, a bounce house, glitter tattoos and games plus hot dogs, pizza and ice cream for everyone. Come by and celebrate back to school! This event is priced per person with kids paying $20 for all activities and food and adults paying $6 for food costs.

  • Hot dogs from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Concert with Bubbles Academy at 6:30pm
  • Bounce house
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Cotton Candy machine
  • Ice Cream
  • Games and Play

Register for 15% OFF HERE

*Must register in advance to receive the discount

End of Camp Bounce House and Ice Cream Celebration

If you can’t make it to the evening bash, you can join us during the day to celebrate the end of camp and back to school with the bounce house and ice cream on the deck from 12-2pm.

Mudlark Theater Auditions – Aug. 24 & 25




Audition for Mudlark’s Fall 2016 Season!

  • August 24th, 4-7pm
  • August 25th, 4-7pm

1417 Hinman Ave.

Click here to reserve your slot.

For more information, visit the Audition Page.

Classes at School

Mudlark offers drama and improvisation classes at schools in Evanston, Skokie and Chicago. Our classes take place once a week immediately after school and run about an hour. In each seasonal session, children are taught how to be part of a cooperative ensemble as they engage in improvised scenarios, creative movement exercises, vocal training, and characterization study. The curriculum of each session is tailored to meet the skill level of each student.

Interested in bringing Mudlark to your school?
Email Melissa at for more information!

After School Class Registration is open for:

  • Bessie Rhodes
  • King Arts
  • Kingsley
  • Lincoln
  • Lincolnwood
  • Orrington
  • Willard

More class information can be found here.

Tell Your Mudlark Stories

Do you have a story about Mudlark’s impact?

Tell us about it and your child’s story might be featured at the benefit on September 17th!

Canal Shores Campout – Early Bird Registration Ends Aug. 20

Join us for an afternoon in the sun and an evening under the stars at beautiful Canal Shores Golf Course. It all begins at 3pm on Saturday, August 27th with food, fun and activities for the whole family. LET’S FILL THE FAIRWAY!

only $199 for a family of 4
includes dinner and breakfast for four

Each additional family member is only $50
Without meals it’s only $99 per family
After August 20th, $249 per family, $62.50 for additional campers

For the entire family. Focused on families with kids ages 5-12 years old.


The troupe from Evanston’s very own Actors Gymnasium will be training us on their aerial acrobatic rig. Slither up the silk knots, climb the Spanish web, and spin on the Lyra (aerial hoop).


Eight players strategize during 10 minute games to see who is the Campout Laser Tag champion. Each laser tag phaser tells players when they have been hit and when they score for interactive “off the couch” gaming fun. $10 for (2) 10 minute sessions.


  • Space for your tent and personal campsite area
  • Ten Mile House restaurant will be onsite providing us with another great dinner! Last year’s burgers were amazing.
  • Snacks and water
  • FREE rollerskate rental at Chandler
  • Midnight movie (starts about 9:30pm)
  • Games
  • Inflatable obstacle courses
  • Wide-open fun

STARTS: Saturday, August 27, 3pm
ENDS:     Sunday, August 28, 10am

Canal Shores Golf Course
1030 Central Street, Evanston

Thank you to our premier sponsors for the campout: the Actors Gymnasium, American Legion Post 42, and the Chandler Newberger Community Center. They will provide entertainment and have been instrumental in our planning.

They’re just up the street and will be onsite with their awesome fare. They’ll be providing Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Smoked Brisket Sandwich and Housemade Chips.

The Legion will be open until 11pm for pizzas, refreshments, and shelter.

We will have a large charcoal grill available for families to cook-out. We will supply snacks and bottled water while supplies last. Have something delivered for dinner!

The Pro Shop’s bathrooms will be open all night, Chandler’s bathrooms will be open until 10p, and there will be port-a-potties onsite.

If weather is poor, we’ll be moving inside the Chandler-Newberger Center for all activities and the overnight.

Want more details? Contact Dan Bulf at 847-475-9173 or

Canal Shores Golf Course – 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201 – View Map

Hackstudio Registration Open

Mike Meiners Hackstudio

Hello Hackstudio Friends,

It’s hard to believe we’re already approaching our one year anniversary! It’s been a fantastic year, and we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of you for making it such a success. We can’t tell you how grateful we are for the warm welcome, the interest in our innovative approach to learning and growth, the feedback on how we’re changing lives, and the opportunity to lead so many people through struggle to the achievement of their dreams.

We’ve learned so much this past year, and have been working hard this summer redesigning our website to better showcase what we do: train people to take responsibility for identifying and achieving what matters to them. The new website reflects the supportive and fun community we’re building at Hackstudio, and highlights how we get things done. We’re thrilled with the results and can’t wait to share the new site with you, our most loyal fans!

Our redesigned website and registration app launched this Monday, and we’re excited to share it with you. Should you experience any bugs or see any spelling errors, please let us know at

Thanks again for being a part of our community. We’re so excited for the upcoming year, and hope you’ll be joining us when our doors re-open on September 12!

Mike Meiners

Register Now!

Shop to Benefit Dajae Coleman Foundation – Tues. Aug. 9


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


Summer Circus Intensive Showcase – July 23 & 24

The Actors Gymnasium Summer Circus Intensive is an innovative six-week intensive workshop for adults, dedicated to the development of high-level physical performance and circus skills. The workshop culminates in this exciting, collaborative final performance known as the Summer Circus Intensive Showcase.

Come join us in celebrating the hard work of our talented performers!

Buy your tickets now at:

Session II Performances: Saturday, July 23 at 4:30 & 7:30pm

Session I Performances: Sunday, July 24 at 1 & 4pm

For more information please visit and contact us at:


Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” – July 30 – Aug. 7

Imagine U presents: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!”

July 30 – August 7
Ethel M. Barber Theater

Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Lauren Shouse
Based on the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

Get ready for a hilarious songfest ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning children’s books that will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long! Elephant Gerald and Piggie are the best of friends. Worrisome and careful Gerald wonders if something could go wrong that would end their friendship. But playful and spirited Piggie is not worried at all, especially when she receives an invitation to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible in an imaginative musical romp that playfully explores the importance and true meaning of friendship.

This production is recommended for ages 5 yrs and older.

The running time of this production is 60 minutes without intermission.


Saturday, July 30 at 11:00AM
Saturday, July 30 at 2:00PM
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00PM
Thursday, August 4 at 10:00AM (All seats $8)
Saturday, August 6 at 11:00AM
Saturday, August 6 at 2:00PM
Sunday, August 7 at 2:00PM
Sunday, August 7 at 5:00PM

Elephant and Piggie Block Party
Saturday, Aug. 6
Noon – 4 PM
Free and open to the public, this outdoor event will take place on Northwestern’s Arts Circle, in front of the Barber Theater. It will feature performances, children’s games, face painting, craft activities, food, animal shelter pets available for adoption and more. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved indoors to the Barber Theater lobby.


$12 General Public
$10 Children 18yrs & Under
$10 NU Students

Special Pricing: Thursday, August 4 at 10:00AM, all seats $8

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Events for Teens at EPL in July


altThursday, July 28, 6:30-8:30pm, The Loft, Main Library

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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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.