Library News and Events: October 2, 2018

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Learn about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at EPL

EDI report

The Evanston Public Library has released an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Needs Assessment conducted by DeEtta Jones and Associates. We encourage you to join us on our journey to make Evanston Public Library an institution that meets the diverse needs and expectations of all Evanston residents. 

Read the report. Then, send us your feedback

Programs for Children

Children's programs

Let's Play Grocery: Fall Early Literacy Activity. Parents and caretakers of children from birth through 3 years old are invited to create a brief shopping list and then use it to shop for fruits and vegetables in the library! Stop at the desk for information and supplies. All locations. All month long. 

Purple Crayon Players Storytime and Craft. Northwestern University Theater students will share stories and a fun craft. Stories and craft aimed at 3 - 7 years but younger and older siblings welcome. Friday, October 5, 4 - 5 pm, Children's Room, Main Library

Halloween Movie Fest. Every weekend afternoon in October, stop by to watch a Halloween movie favorite. Check out the full schedule.  Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room. Main Library. 

Caldecott Club for Grades 1 to 6. Join 2017 Caldecott Award Committee member Mr. Brian and special guests for this fun, 3-session, interactive look at books that might win the 2019 Caldecott Award! Thursdays, 7 pm, beginning October 11. Children's Room, Main Library.  Please register. 

StemEx Family Learning. Get engaged in STEM with your child through expert-led, hands-on learning about  electricity. Wire up a light and fan, then tinker together to create your own alarm buzzer on a small model home! Please call 847-448-8610 to register. Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 -8:00 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Creating Cityscapes: A Painting and Printmaking Workshop for Kids (Grades K-2). In this fun, one-hour workshop, K - 2 students will create original artwork through painting and basic printmaking techniques. Friday, October 19, 3:30 - 4:30 pm., Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room. Main Library. Please register. 

View our complete schedule of October programs for children at all locations HERE

Book Discussions and Music


Book Discussions. The African American Literature Book Discussion Group reads Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston. Wednesday, October 10, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. 

View all October book discussion groups

Music: In Full Swing Jazz Orchestra performs selections of music from Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, and others.Sunday, October 7, 2 - 3:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. 


Solo: A Star Wars Movie

Film Screenings at the Main Library


Solo: A Star Wars Story. Friday, October 5, 6 pm.

Old Acquaintance. Saturday, October 6, 6 pm 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Thursday, October 25, 7 pm

¡Sábado de Películas! - El Laberinto del Fauno. Saturday, October 27, 3 pm


Featured October Programs

Meals at Home

Meals at Home 50th Anniversary Celebration. Four local bakeries will enter their creations for local celebrity judges to review.  Cakes will be raffled after judging! All welcome. Free cake and treats. Saturday, October 6, 11 am - 1 pm, Main Library. 

Evanston Memory Cafe at the Library NEW! Monthly events are designed for people with dementia and their caregivers. Hip Circle Empowerment Center will offer a belly-dancing session. Saturday, October 20, 1 - 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library.  Read More. 

storytelling festival

The Fourth Annual Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival. Join us for a weekend of incredible stories of all kinds from today's most compelling storytellers. Sharing stories is an ancient human art that brings us together in community, makes us laugh, and touches the heart. View the complete schedule and make a plan to join us. All events are free. Go to for complete schedule. 

The Loft: Programs for Teens Grades 6 - 12

Teen Programs

Knifty Knitters. Our knitting circle meets every Tuesday to learn together. Every skill level is welcome. Tuesdays, 5 - 7 pm

Teen DIY: Special Effect Make Up. Take your Halloween look to next level with special effects makeup tips and tricks from Blick.  Drop In.  Friday, October 19, 1 - 3 pm

Coding Lab. Use code to control robots, create games, make music, and more. Sunday, October 21,  2 - 3:30 pm

Trustworthy Resources on Legal Topics

Trustworthy Resources

Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Trusts, DNR's and Your Beneficiaries: Are You Adequately Prepared. Planning ahead is key! Presented by Eric Parker, Partner, Stotis & Baird Chartered. Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Law at the Library. How to Find a Lawyer When You Can't Afford One. Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Bar Association present a free legal information series focusing on today’s hot legal issues. Please register.  Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Health Matters

Blood drive/HIV screening

Free Community HIV and STI Screening. Second Monday of the month. Next: Monday, October 8, 3 - 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library. 

Blood and Marrow Drive. Participating donors will receive a LifeSource t-shirt. Walk-in or call 877-543-3768 for an appointment. Saturday, October 13, 11 am - 5 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Learning for Living. Participants at this event will gain empowerment from oncologists, nutritionists, pediatricians, and patients themselves. Learn about the five powerful tools of education, examination, experience, eating, and exercise in the quest for health. Sunday, October 21, 2 - 4 pm, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. 

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy

Book a Trainer. EPL offers one-on-one apppointments 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.  

Thursday Group Technology Classes:

Excellent Apps for Medical Information: Register

Using the iPhone/iPad Camera: Register

Travelling with Your Digital Devices: Register

Editing iPhone/iPad Photos: Register