Library News and Events: May 15, 2018

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The Evanston Falcon Naming Challenge

Fay and Squawker are incubating 4 eggs at our Peregrine Falcon nesting site. We're thinking ahead to a fun and informative falcon banding event with Field Museum scientists here in June. (Date: TBA.) You can win front row seats by entering our Falcon Naming Contest. Submit up to four names with a reason for each choice. Please indicate if the name is for a female, male, or either. Send names by midnight, Sunday, May 27, to Jill Schacter

Lit Fest Author

Evanston Literary Festival Delights

Enjoy dozens of events as the Evanston Literary Festival continues through May 20. This week features two National Book Award winning writers, Charles Johnson and Daniel Borzutzky, and the co-author of The Shape of Water, Daniel Kraus. Writing workshops, a mini Comic Con, a type-in, activism inspired events and much more is at

Kids programs

Free Educa-FUN For Your Child Starts Here

Little Explorers Sea Life offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fun. Explorers ages 3-5 (+ parent) can learn about the ocean, identify seashells and make a crab. Thursday, May 17, 11 am, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch. Register

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Preschool Movement and Music hosted by a well-loved Baker Demonstration School teacher on Friday, May 18, 9:30 am, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

Code Club. Learn about secret codes & how to crack them. Send secret messages. For grades 3-5. Saturday, May 19, 10-11 am, Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library. Register

Susan Verde

Make Music with Makey Makey brings music, computers, and engineering together for kids 6-10 + caregiver. Sunday, May 20, 2 pm, Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, EvanstonRegister.

Author Visit with Susan Verde! Join this acclaimed children's author and yogi to celebrate the release of Rock and Roll Soul. Make a mindful connection. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 pm, Children’s Room, Main Library

View all upcoming programs for kids. 

Hacking Electronics

We Love Serving Our Evanston Teens


Hacking Electronics takes on building and coding Mood Lamps. Awesome. Sunday, May 20, 2 pm, The Loft, Main Library. Register. 

View all upcoming programs for teens including gaming, DIY projects, knitting, open mic, and more. 


Teen on Rocks


PhotoVoice Art Reception and Display. Celebrate photography of Evanston teens from Chute Middle School as they explore identity and society through pictures. Art reception: Thursday, May 24, 6 to 7:30 pm in the Loft. Art on display through June. Full press release

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Coming Up Next in EPL Book Discussions


We offer regular monthly book discussion groups including African-American Lit, History, Narrative Non-Fiction, General Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and more. Book discussions are offered at all library locations and some are off-site. No long-term commitment required. New readers always welcome.Try one or more. View all upcoming book discussions. 

Helpful Resources

Helpful Free Resources 

Affordable Housing Opportunities Discussion. Community Partners for Affordable Housing discusses current opportunities in Evanston. Wednesday, May 16, 7-8:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Legal Care for Living with a Mental Illness. Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Ask a Gardening Question

SCORE Chicago Small Business Counseling.  Counselors are ready to advise you on your samll business. Appointments are required. Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings. West Conference Room, Third Floor, Main Library. 

Free Gardening Help from Illinois Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions. 4th Saturday of the month.  Main Library Lobby. 


Summer Reading

Where Will You Go This Summer?

Incredible journeys begin with reading! Get ready to register, track your reading and earn prizes starting June 1. Need more incentive? The very real and powerful impact of summer reading. 

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Automatic Renewals Have Started

Now your eligible items will renew automatically, giving you more peace of mind and more time with library materials. So what do you need to do? Nothing! How automatic renewal works