Library News and Events: August 7, 2018

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Experience Earth and Space Week with NASA@ MyLibrary

Earth and Space Week

Earth and Space Week with NASA @MyLibrary. Join us as we explore planet Earth and our Solar System though activities, films, crafts and discussions. We’ll start with a special showing of NOVA’s new film Decoding the Weather Machine with a discussion lead by partner Citizens Greener Evanston. Check out the full line-up of events: registration is openAugust 18 to 25. Main Library. All ages. 

Book Discussions, Films, and Theater

Lorraine Morton

Book Discussion Groups. We offer regular monthly book discussion groups including: African-American Lit, History, Narrative Non-Fiction, General Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy and Graphic Novels. View all upcoming book discussions. 

Fleetwood-Jourdain Pop-Up Theater. Come to the EPL lobby/children’s area to hear a very short play! The award winning Fleetwood Jourdain Theater helmed by Evanston’s own Tim Rhoze will bring great theater to share. Saturday, August 18, 10 am – 10:15 am Lobby/Children’s Room, Main Library

Muse of Fire Theatre Company presents Richard III. August 24 and 25, performed throughout the Main Library. 7:30 pm. 

Films in August. A Wrinkle in Time; Decoding the Weather Machine; The Spongebob Movie; Lorraine H. Morton: A Life Worthwhile

Explore Your Digital Library

Digital Library

Hoopla – Choose from a huge array of movies, ebooks, audiobooks and more. Check out up to 6 titles per month.

Overdrive/My Media Mall – Download ebooks & audiobooks through the library catalog. Try the easy-to-use Libby app

Biblioboard - Books, articles, streaming audio/video content and more. Explore the best independently published titles submitted by local authors.

Computer Education and Digital Literacy

Technology Training

Book a Trainer. EPL offers one-on-one appointments for basic computer training. To schedule, please call the Reference Desk at (847) 448-8630. This service is funded in part by the Evanston Community Foundation.

Group Computer Classes. Learn about apps, Apple Pay, managing photos, computer and email basics, Microsoft Word basics, and so much more. View all upcoming August classes. 

Coming in September. How to Protect Your Online Privacy and Cut the Cord to High Monthly Cable Bills

Engaging Storytelling


In Our Own Voice. Two people with mental illness share compelling, personal stories that shed light on what mental illness is and the prejudices that often come with it. Wednesday, August 8, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. 

Every Object Has a Tale to Tell. Treasured objects are often passed down to remind us of memories, traditions and culture. Bring a family keepsake, or a printed photo.Join master storyteller Susan Stone and facilitator Amanda Friedeman, and create a work of art. Recommended for kids ages 5-15 and their favorite adults. Sunday, August 12, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Illinois Holocaust Museum. Register with promo code library for free admission.

Save the Date. The Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival will take place October 19-21. Join us for stories that move!

August Children's Programs

Summer Reading

Camp or vacations may be over but summer activities at EPL are still in full swing for kids! 

For children in preschool through 2nd grade, check out these programs: Power Hour Crafts on 8/8; Graphic Novel Book Club on 8/22 or 8/25; and the Upper El on 8/11.

For children in grades 3 to 5, check out these programs: Bilingual Storytime and Craft on 8/11;  Saturday Funday Family Spongebob Movie and Jellyfish Craft on 8/18; Jammie Time on 8/16; and Read with Me on 8/14 and 8/21. 

View all children's programs at the North Branch and the Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch. 

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program ends August 19. Complete the  reading log and collect the grand prize. This year more than 4000 readers joined the program! Summer Reading makes a positive impact on learning. We thank our partners: City of Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, the McGaw YMCA, Y.O.U, Ridgeville Park District, and Family Focus for embedding reading as part of their camps and programs. 

Just for Teens

Teen Events

There's lots for teens to do at the Teen Loft or our EPL branches. View all August programs for teens including the Social Justice Book Club, a Mario Kart tournament, a Comics Workshop, Family Trivia, Hacking Electronics, and cool crafts.

Capture Summer. Creations of Y.O.U. students will be displayed August 9-30 on our second floor landing. Capture Summer is a collaboration between KIDS Global Network, Inc. and Y.O.U. using PhotoVoice, a technique for storytelling through photography.

Business and Career Assistance

Business and Career Assistance

SCORE Chicago Small Business Counseling. Counselors are ready to advise you on any facet of your small business enterprise. Appointments can be made online at, or by calling 312-353-7724

Career Counseling. Get help fine-tuning your resume or mapping a job-search strategy. Call 847-448-8630 for an appointment.