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STEMeX Family STEM Learning Program – Engineering Challenge (Kids ages 6-10) – February 26

Fleetwood – Jourdain Center
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

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.

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District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of February 1 – Check out Summer Camp Info!

MakerKids Over Winter Break – Evanston Public Library – Register Now

maker-kids-gogglesWinter 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!

Lights! Camera! Action! Stop Motion Animation, Friday January 6,  1pm Grades K – 21:30 pm Grades 3 – 5.

S.T.E.A.M Workshop – Ridgeville Park District – December 7

Wondering what to do on District 65 school improvement half-days? This workshop series is a fun, hands-on way to engage with STEM concepts with an added arts component. We will explore a variety of exciting topics at the different workshops including local ecosystems, light absorption and color, electrical circuits and more! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out of the house and learn more about the world around you.

*Transportation is not provided by the park district. Students can come early with lunch from home to eat.

Workshop Theme

Wednesday, December 7: Pourquoi Tales: Tracing Evolution through Mythology

Residents, $30; Non-Residents, $35

Location: Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.) in Kamen Park

Grades: 4-8steam

Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation – Sept. 19

FYI: Orientation is 10-11 am and also 7-8 pm that same date.

We’re getting ready to kick off another year of Great Lakes education!

This fall, over 700 District 65 6th grade students will take a closer look at our precious resource, the Great Lakes watershed: where water goes, what pollutes it and why this matters. We are looking for community volunteers to join students, teachers and Pipes and Precipitation partners at upcoming field trips to Evanston beaches to study the land and water.

We are holding an Orientation to fill in volunteers on all you will need know to be a confident guide on the field trips. Orientation is REALLY important since our time with students is brief–but memorable–! At that Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the field trip(s) that best fits your schedule. Trips will take place on weekday mornings in late September and early/mid October.

What: Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation
Date & Time: 9/19 Monday 10-11am or 7-8pm (two options, pick one)
Location: Lagoon Building (just south of Clark Beach)

If these dates/times don’t work and you still want to participate, I will catch you up. To RSVP or Questions?: Contact Pipes Program Director Clare at

Let me know if you’re able to make it on the 19th and PLEASE share this volunteer opportunity!

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


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Fridays Feb. 6 & 20

1724326_1040060906009934_4503092900638230124_nThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20
Evanston Ecology Center

It’s a great (low-cost) night out–and you get to see the nation’s best eco films. Hope to see you there!

Get tickets here:

Einstein Evenings at Dearborn Observatory

Join Einstein Evenings!

Discuss the 100-year Anniversary of Relativity with Northwestern Astronomers at Public Observing on the last Friday of every month.
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