Library News and Events: May 7, 2019

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Racial Equity Task Force Seeks Community Participation

Racial Equity Task Force

Racial Equity Task Force. Interested in working toward greater equity in public service? Join our newly forming Racial Equity Task Force and serve with community members, library staff and library board members to make a better library for all. Together we'll examine and test our systems, acknowledge gaps, and take action when we fall short of our aspirations. Learn more and apply by June 1 at

Roving Board Meetings. Our next Library Board meeting will be held in the Robert Crown Community Center auditorium on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. 

Celebrate Books and Writers at the Evanston Literary Festival

Evanston Literary Festival

The Evanston Literary Festival, May 11-19, celebrates our vibrant literary community. Dozens of free events feature fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature, storytelling, graphic novels, writing workshops, and prominent authors, many of whom live or work in Evanston. FREE. View all the events at 

Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair. The festival kicks off with a book fair showcasing 39 local authors, presses and literary organizations. Authors' books will be available for purchase and signing. Saturday, May 11, 2 to 5 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Evanston Literary Fair

Self Publishing at the Library: How Biblioboard Works for You. Anyone can write a book. The question is, “How do you draw attention to it?” The Evanston Public Library offers a free service that aims to answer that question. Author and EPL Collections Manager Betsy Bird will introduce you to Biblioboard. Tuesday, May 14, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Northwestern @ the Library

Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series: The Acoustics of Roux. Associate Professor of Radio/TV/Film, Erik Patrick traces the criminalization of language, migration patterns, and construction of identity among blue collar populations in Louisiana and Texas -- through animated film. Register. Tuesday, May 7, 7 to 9 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Telling Stories of Refugee and Asylum Seekers: Alex V. Hernandez, Engagement Director for 90 Days, 90 Voices, a nonprofit news outlet for immigration journalism, will discuss his reporting on refugees along with Northwestern professor Wendy Pearlman, author of We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria. Her work focuses on telling the stories of Syrian refugees. Award-winning journalist Nissa Rhee, Executive Director of 90 Days, 90 Voices, will moderate the discussion presented by EPL and MENA, Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies program. Register. Monday, May 13, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library   

Technology, Business and Career

Tech Training

Thursday Tech Tutorials. How to Use Contacts on iPhone and iPad. Thursday, May 9, 11 am to 1 pm.  Cutting the Cord to High Monthly Cable Costs. Thursday, May 9, 3 to 5 pm. Please register.  Seminar Room, 3rd Fl., Main Library

One on One Tech Training/ Clases de Computación en Español. Call 847-448-8635 to schedule a one on one appointment with a technology trainer. Learn the basics. Sesiones disponibles en Español. Seminar Room, 3rd Fl., Main Library

View all upcoming technology programs.


Workforce Wednesday Job Fair. Looking for work? Meet employers including US Census Bureau, United States Postal Service, Illinois Department of Human Services, and more. Wednesday, May 8, 12:30 to 3 pm., Falcon Room, Main Library

SCORE Chicago Small Business Counseling. A SCORE mentor works with you one on one to help you with your business challenge. Register in advance at or call 224-372-3432. Wednesday afternoons/ Thursday evenings. Reference Conference Room West. Main Library.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Understanding Medicare. What is original Medicare? When and how do I enroll? What are Medicare Parts A, B, C, D ? Get answers to your Medicare insurance questions. Register. Wednesday, May 15, 2 to 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

FREE HIV/STI Screening. HIV prevention counseling and Rapid HIV testing (Finger prick). Confidential syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia screening from Howard Brown Health Outreach. Second Mondays, 3 to 7 pm, Newberry Room, Main Library

Black Women's Health Awareness Day! SAVE THE DATE. Take a mind, body, soul-spiritual approach to Black women's wellness with  inspiring and informative speakers, lots of information about diet, nutrition, and breast cancer, interactive movement, and more.  Read more and register! FREE. Saturday, June 15, 2 to 5 pm. 

Nature and The Environment

Nature and the Environment

Bird Watching for Beginners. Chicago birdwatcher and photographer Scott Judd will provide all the information you need to start finding and identifying birds right here in our beautiful urban paradise. Register. Thursday, May 16, 7 to 8:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Bird Walk with Scott Judd. Join us for a 90 minute bird walk led by Scott Judd, our Birding for Beginners instructor. Scott will lead us along the lakefront and through the NU campus to look for birds and offer bird watching tips. Register. Saturday, May 18, 9:15 to 11:30 am. Meet in Main Library Lobby. 


Nature and the Environment


Memory Cafe: Potting Plants for Springtime. Memory Cafés are enrichment opportunities for persons on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. Saturday, May 18, 1 to 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Climate Change: Must We Change? Can We Change? Will We Change? With Frida Kerner Furman, Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. Register. Tuesday, May 28, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library 


Children's Events and Early Literacy

Children's Events

We've launched a new newsletter packed full of great programs for kids. Check out the latest edition. Don't miss out on unique STEM activities, author visits, book clubs, storytime fun, and much more!

View all May events for children here. 

Subscribe to receive our NEW Children's Newsletter here. 

Our Picks, Your Picks

Our Picks, Your Picks


Calling on Evanston readers! We're so impressed by the readers of Evanston that we're asking you to submit brief reviews of what you're reading to share with the community. We'll add them to our new "Our Picks, Your Picks" display on the Main Library's 2nd floor. Submit online or stop by to request a Community Picks card to fill out. Thank you!