Library News and Events: June 4, 2019

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Experience a Falcon Banding

Falcon banding

This is the 16th year that peregrine falcons have nested at EPL. Mary Hennen (pictured), Director of the Chicago Peregrine Program at The Field Museum, will band falcons hatched at EPL in May. Watch as the young falcons are taken from the nest and brought inside for banding. Don't worry -- she puts them back! In a couple of weeks, off they fly. All welcome. Thursday, June 6, 10:30 am, 3rd Floor, West Side, Main Library

Check out the falcon cam. They're super cute now. 

Black Women's Health Awareness Day

Black Women's Health Awareness Day

Take a mind, body, soul-spiritual approach to Black women's wellness with inspiring and informative speakers, lots of information about diet, nutrition, breast cancer, and more. Together we can work to combat the persistence of health disparities and lack of access to affordable healthcare impacting Black women's wellness. Read more and register! Saturday, June 15, 2 to 5 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Book Discussions and Summer Reading

Book Groups

African American Literature Book Club reads: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, Wednesday, June 12, 7 pm, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street

North Branch Book Group reads: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, Monday, June 24, 6:30 pm, North Branch, 2026 Central Street

CAMS Book Group reads: The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson, Monday, June 24, 7 pm, Chicago Ave/Main St Branch, 900 Chicago Avenue

Read This!



2019 marks the 10th anniversary of our Mission Impossible Book Discussion Group. We read challenging literature over the course of one year with plenty of encouragement and support from library staff and each other. 

What should we read this year? Please VOTE HERE. 

Hope you'll join us in the Fall for this well-loved EPL tradition!

Summer Reading

EPL's Summer Learning Program. Let reading open up the universe! Registration for the Summer Learning Program is underway at any Library location or at Everyone can read, learn, attend Library events and earn prizes all summer long! When you enter the vast world of stories, all is possible. 

Stop in. Be a part of Evanston's great City of Readers. Kids can keep academic skills sharp by reading for pleasure this summer. Adults who read are reading role models.

Movies @ The Library

Fighting with My Family

EPL After Hours presents: Fighting with My Family. A sports comedy inspired by the life of a professional wrestler. Starring Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, and Jack Lowden. Rating: PG-13, Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes. Friday, June 7, 6 to 9 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Evanston Fatherhood Initiative

The Evanston Fatherhood Initiative: Documentary Screening and Discussion. Data clearly indicate the need to have engaged fathers to support early childhood development. Come learn about the Fatherhood Initiative to support how fathers can learn, connect, and grow together. Stephen Vick, Executive Director of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, will lead a discussion after the 30-minute film. Thursday, June 13, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

View more June films for all ages.

Gardens and Gardening

Ask a Master Gardener

Ask a Master Gardener. Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening-related questions in the lobby of the Main Library the fourth Saturday of the month from May-September. Master Gardeners have completed a 12-week training course on a variety of gardening topics and have gained experience through active volunteering for the University of Illinois Extension.  Saturday, June 22, 1 to 3 pm, Lobby, Main Library 


SAVE THE DATE. Jens Jensen in Evanston. Join us at the Library for a morning devoted to the work of famed landscape architect, Jens Jensen. We'll be screening an award-winning documentary film, Jens Jensen: The Living Green, and following with a discussion facilitated by Jensen scholar, Bob Grese. Read more and register. Saturday, June 29, 10 am to Noon, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

In the afternoon, Jens Jensen Gardens Evanston will host a tour of three area Jensen gardens. For more information about the afternoon program, please send questions to or see the group's Facebook event  

More Health and Wellness Programs

health and wellness

Wellness WednesdaysDiabetes and Nutrition, Wednesday, June 5, 2 pm; Understanding Medicare, Wednesday, June 19 at 2 pm OR June 19 at 7 pm

HIV and STI Free Screenings. Monday, June 10, 3 to 7 pm

Memory Café.  A program for people on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. Saturday, June 15, 1 to 3 pm

Adult Mental Health First Aid TrainingAn 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing or experiencing a mental health crisis. Saturday, June 22, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Blood Drive. Vitalant is hosting a community blood drive. Donate and receive a coupon for a fee pint of Culver's Custard. Saturday, June 22, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Just for Teens (Grades 6 to 12)

Paper Making Workshop
Paper Making Workshop
Use techniques of hand paper making to recycle turn old books into new paper! No experience necessary. Expect to get a little wet! Register. Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. 
Zines as Activism and Self-Care
Create and use zines as a social justice publishing medium to educate others, find like-minded community members, and advocate for issues that matter to you. Register. Thursday, June 13, 4 to 6 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library
Manga Drawing Workshop
Artist Addie Afable will teach you how to create your own anime/manga characters and show how to draw them. Register. Thursday, June 20, 4 to 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Civics and Law

Civics and Law

End-of-Session Town Hall. Join IL State Rep Robyn Gabel, Senator Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, and Rep Laura Fine as they review the year. Thursday, June 6, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Law at the Library. Landlord/Tenant Law is covered. Wednesday, June 12, 7 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Landlord Tenant Liaison Drop-in Hours. Metropolitan Tenants Organization is here every weed. Fridays, 2 to 6 pm, Newberry Room, Main Library

Firearm Restraining Order Forum.  The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence will host a community discussion about the recently enacted Firearm Restraining Order law. Read more.  Thursday, June 20, 7 to 8:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Libraries in the News

Articles about public libraries and librarians

From "The Atlantic": Libraries as Second Responders

From "The New York Review of Books:" In Praise of Public Libraries

From "The Chicago Tribune": Meet the Librarian Who Just Beat James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

What's On for Kids

Check out our latest Evanston Public Library KIDS Newsletter for the huge variety of programs we're featuring in June. There's something for everyone. Some programs require registration. All programs are FREE. Not getting the KIDS newsletter in your in-box once a month? Sign up here

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