Library News and Events: January 29, 2019

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Due to extreme weather conditions, all locations of the Evanston Public Library will CLOSE tonight at 6 pm.  CLOSED: Wednesday, January 30.  Please check our website at for updated info about our Thursday schedule.  Seeking information about shelter from the cold? Please call/text 847-448-4311. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Kanopy Free Movie Streaming


Love movies? The Evanston Public Library is now offering free access to Kanopy, an all-movie streaming service. Kanopy brings more than 30,000 of the world's best films to stream on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. EPL cardholders can sign up to start streaming three films a month instantly onto any computer, television, mobile device, or platform at the Kanopy website: Read what Entertainment Weekly is saying about Kanopy. 

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Celebrate Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig!

Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year Celebration. Year of the Pig. 带上你的家人一起来庆祝中国新年猪年吧。唱起新年歌曲,制作猪年主题工艺品,让我们的舞狮带着我们一起在图书馆一层新年巡游!供应茶水零食。Join us to sing Chinese New Year songs and do fun pig crafts. ETHS students will lead us in the New Year's parade with a Chinese Lion Dance throughout the library’s first floor. Chinese calligraphy, dragon masks, pig headbands and more! Tea and treats will be served. Saturday, February 2, 4 to 5:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. 


Library in the News

Library in the News

Thanks to Young, Black & Lit for being here on MLK day! They gave out more than 150 free children's books. Representation in literature matters! Read more from The Daily Northwestern. 

Read about EPL at the Guadalajara Book Fair

Why NU supports our social worker through the Good Neighbor Fund. Thank you Northwestern! Read about it. 

Free Community Services and Assistance


Free Tax Preparation at the Library.You may be eligible for free tax preparation. Begins in February and extends through tax season. Get the details

SNAP Information and Enrollment. Staff from Age Options will be here to provide information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, how to apply, and screening to see if you are eligible. Read more. Tuesday, February 12, 2 to 3:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Affordable Housing 101. Read more. Tuesday, February 12, 7 to 8:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Law at the LibraryTax Filing TipsRead more. Wednesday, February 13, 7 to 8 pm. Falcon Room, Main Library  


SCORE Small Business Counseling. Wednesdays, 2 to 5 pm, Reference Conference Room West, Main Library 

Landlord-Tenant Drop-in Hours. Metropolitan Tenants Organization can help solve your rental issues and problems. Fridays, 2 to 6 pm, Newberry Conference Room, Main Library

Events for Children

Children's events

Winter Reading. Register your young child (ages 0 through 3) for Winter Reading. Get a reading log and begin recording each day that you read or talk about a book with your child. After fourteen days of reading, receive a prize book. Register online or in-person beginning February 1. February 1 to 28. All locations

February Limited Enrollment Storytimes. Register today for all storytimes requiring advance registration. 

小小中文故事会(2-5岁)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, ages 2 through 5 to participate in Mandarin songs and stories! Class organized and taught by volunteers who are native Mandarin speakers. Tuesday, February 12, 10 to 10:30 am, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

When She Had Wings. Theatre and science and fun -- a great Saturday afternoon combination in partnership with Downtown Evanston's Hygge fest! Saturday, February 16, 2 to 3 pm, Children's Room, Main Library 

Please go to for a full listing of all upcoming children's programs.

Free Movies

The Hate U Give

EPL After Hours presents: The Hate U Give. Starr Carter switches between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 2 hours 13 minutes. Friday, February 1, 6 to 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library


the swimmer


The Swimmer. Well-off ad man Ned Merrill is visiting a friend when he notices the abundance of backyard pools that populate their upscale suburb. Ned suddenly decides that he'd like to travel the eight miles back to his own home by simply swimming across every pool in town. Soon, Ned's journey becomes harrowing. Run Time: 95 minutes. Rating: NR. Saturday, February 9, 3:30 to 5:15 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Support the Library

Whole Foods Market

Did you know that reusing your bags at Whole Foods Market means a donation to Evanston Public Library? Now through March 31, Whole Foods Market’s two Evanston locations have designated Evanston Public Library as the recipient of a 10-cent donation for every reusable bag used during check out. Over the three-month fundraising period those dimes can really add up! So grab your shopping list AND your bags to help support our mission!  

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Red Cross CPR Certification Training. Join NU Community Hircules Health Corps trainers for two sessions that meet an OSHA-mandated requirement or for personal interest. Register. Saturday, Feb 16, 12  to 4 pm; Sunday, February 17, 1 to 5 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Evanston Memory Cafe. Memory Cafes are enrichment activities for people on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. In February, our program is Movement Revolution. Read more. Saturday, February 16, 1 to 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Talk Saves Lives. Created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and run by Hope for the Day, Talk Saves Lives teaches the basics of understanding suicide,identifying signs, and responding to symptoms. Free coffee by Sip of Hope. Read more. Thursday, February 21, 7 to 8:30 pm, Main Library