Library News and Events: October 31, 2018

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One Day, Three Literary Events

Linda Gartz

Linda Gartz: Redlined. Join local author Linda Gartz, a six-time Emmy-award-honored television producer, blogger, essay writer, and author of the memoir, Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in Chicago. Read moreSaturday, November 10, 12 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. Online registration is recommended.

R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie: Children's Book Illustrator. Children’s illustrator R. Gregory Christie, winner of four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors, a 2017 Caldecott Honor, and a N.A.A.C.P. Image Award will delight kids and adults with an informative presentation about his art, giving listeners, both adult and child, the opportunity to hear how such an established artist works. Mr. Christie’s many acclaimed books include Freedom in Congo SquareBad News for Outlaws,The Book Itch, and many more. Saturday, November 10, 1 pm, Children's Room, Main Library. 

Chicago Quarterly Review


Chicago Quarterly Review Readings. Contributors to the latest issue of Chicago Quarterly Review (CQR) will read from their work in a stimulating and rewarding afternoon for lovers of the written and spoken word. CQR contributions have been reprinted by Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays. 

Come celebrate a quarter century of publication from this distinguished literary journal with readings from emerging and established writers. Saturday, November 10, 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. 


Book Discussions, Films, Music, and More

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Book Discussion Groups. EPL offers a wide range of book discussion groups including: History, Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi and FantasyGeneral Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Call us to find a group that matches your interests. 847-448-8620

Storytelling. The Riveting Story Behind UnbrokenA heart-warming story told by WWII veteran Byron Kinney about two men who share an unbreakable bond of rescued and rescuer. Wednesday, November 7, 1:30 to 4 pm, Main Library

Films. Ant-Man and the Wasp, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. Friday, November 2, 6 pm, Main Library; Documentary: Won't You Be My Neighbor?Thursday, November 8, 7 pm, Main Library


Music. EISMA Community Concert. Saraswathi Ranganathan and Friends. Music of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Sunday, November 11, 4 to 5:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Digital and Business Literacy

Craig Stevenson and Sergio Gonzalez

Meet Our Tech Trainers. EPL offers technology training and one-on-one appointments in English and Spanish to help patrons navigate the digital world. In addition to classes taught by volunteers, such as the Thursday Tech Tutorials, two technology trainers have recently joined the library staff to help patrons build  computer skills: Craig Stevenson and Sergio Gonzalez. Digital literacy programs at EPL are funded in part by the Evanston Community Foundation. 

Digital and business literacy

Technology Training. Microsoft Word Basics, Email Basics, and more digital literacy classes are offered. View all upcoming classes. To schedule one-to-one training, call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.  Read more

The Digital Library. Haven't tried e-books yet? There's a whole world out there. Actually, there's a whole world of digital books right here. Reading print is great and reading from an iPad, digital reader, or even your phone can be a useful addition to your reading repertoire.  If help is needed, stop in or give us a call at 847-448-8620. 

SCORE counselors are ready to advise you on any facet of your small business enterprise. Appointments are required and may be made online at, or by calling 312-353-7724. 


Health and Wellness

health and wellness

Post Pregnancy Mental WellnessTake care of yourself while caring for your baby. Social workers Laura Curry and Jamie Kreiter lead this session on adjustments to motherhood.Saturday, November 3, 10:30 am., Barbara Friedberg Room, Main Library

Evanston Memory Cafe. Memory Cafes provide enrichment opportunties for persons on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. In this session, we'll create sleeping mats for the homeless. Saturday, November 17, 1 to 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Free Assistance with ACA Open Enrollment. A state certified health insurance navigator can help you enroll. Call to schedule an appointment today at 773-519-3632 or email to

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at EPL/Equidad, Diversidad e Inclusión


Read the assessment of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion needs at EPL. Join us on our journey to make Evanston Public Library an institution that better meets the diverse needs and expectations of all residents. Read the report. Then, send us your feedback. We want to hear from YOU. Please submit your feedback by November 30.

En enero, usando un consultante externo, DeEtta Jones and Associates, nosotros comisionamos una evaluación sobre las necesidades de equidad, diversidad e inclusión en EPL. Te animamos a que nos acompañes en nuestro viaje para hacer la Biblioteca Pública de Evanston una institución que pueda acomodar las diversas necesidades y expectativas de todos los residentes. Lea el informe y envíenos sus comentarios. Queremos oír de USTED. Por favor envíe sus comentarios antes del 30 de noviembre.

Events for Teens

Teen Loft

There's always a welcoming space waiting for teens in grades 6 to 12 in the Loft. Check out our November programs including:

Events for Children

Children's Events

Day of the Dead-Dia de los MuertosLive the tradition of Día de Los Muertos! Bring pictures of your loved ones that have died to put on the ofrenda. Enjoy crafts and storytelling with Mr. Piloto!¡Celebra la tradición del Día de Los Muertos. Traiga fotos de sus seres queridos para poner en la ofrenda. Ven a disfrutar arte y historias orales con el Señor Piloto! Thursday, November 1, 6 to 8 pm; Main Library Community Meeting Room

Family Math Fun. Math activities for families with children ages 4-10. Sunday, November 4, 1 pm; Main Library, Falcon Room

Read with Me. Bring your K- 2 reader to read with volunteers eager to listen to them read OR read out loud to them. Preschoolers and English as a Second Language students all welcome! Wednesday, November 7, 2 to 4 pm (D65 half day), Main Library, Children's Room

Purple Crayon Players Storytime and Craft. Northwestern University Theater students will share stories and a fun craft. A great way to end the week, together. Friday, November 9, 4 pm, Main Library, Children's Room

Ditch Those Diapers During the Holidays. The holidays can be a great time to ditch those diapers. Join Kate Cole for her introduction to potty training. Registration required! Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library. Saturday, November 10, 11 am

STEMeX Family STEM Learning Program: Wired Up! Saturday, November 10, 1 to 2:30 pm. Call 847-448-8610 to register. Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. 

Mandarin Storytime. 带上你的宝贝来参加中文故事会吧!让我们一起唱歌,一起听故事,中文母语者老师会全中文授课哦。(欢迎宝贝们的哥哥姐姐,弟弟妹妹也一同参加。) 研究表明,唱歌是帮助孩子们学习语言和做好入学准备的最佳方式之一。快来参加吧! Bring Your child to storytime in Mandarin; class taught by Mandarin speakers. Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library, Tuesday, November 13, 10 am

Direct Access to Community Resources

christina mendez

Landlord-Tenant Liaison Drop-in Hours at Evanston Public Library. Metropolitan Tenants Organization will answer questions related to landlord-tenant problems. November 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30, 2 to 6 pm. Newberry Room, 2nd Floor, Main Library

Social Worker at the Library. Free and confidential assistance. Contact Christina Mendez, LCSW. 847-448-8659 or email to

Check out our Community Organizations Directory. 

(Photo of Christina Mendez by Lynn Trautmann, LTPhoto, Evanston)