Library News and Events: November 27, 2018

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Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Standing Rock Photographs

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement. American Indian journalist, Levi Rickert, whose photos will be on display at the Library through December, talks about his photos taken at Standing Rock. There, the resistance to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline epitomized the struggle for indigenous water rights and tribal sovereignty. RegisterSaturday, December 1, 3 to 5 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library


Movie: BlackkKlansmen. Determined to make a name for himself, the first African American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs police department bravely sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. December 1, 3:30 pm., Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Movie: Crazy Rich AsiansRachel Chu, an American-born Chinese professor, travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for a wedding. Nick is from an impossibly wealthy family, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every woman in his ultra-rarefied social class wants to bring Rachel down. Friday, December 7, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. 


Mansfield Park

Inside Look: Mansfield Park. Explore the literary and historical context of Mansfield Park with Northlight Theatre, through a discussion and Q&A with award-winning playwright Kate Hamill and a scholar from the Jane Austen Society. Monday, December 10, 6:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Best Children's Books of 2018

101 Great Books for Kids


Best Children's Books 2018. EPL Children’s Librarians, Betsy Bird and Brian Wilson reveal 101 Great Children's Books of the Year in a fun and lively presentation for all adults interested in quality books and reading for children. They will be joined by special guest Cozbi A.Cabrera, the illustrator of several books for children, including My Hair is a Garden. Get some great holiday giving and holiday reading ideas.Saturday, December 1, 10 am,  Community Meeting Room, Main Library

View the complete list of 101 Great Books for Kids 2018

More Book Discussions

Book Discussions

Book Discussion Groups. EPL offers a wide range of book discussion groups including: History, Read-Ability Book Group, Keepinitreal Non-Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Graphic Novels, and more. 

In December, two book discussions will feature holiday reading and gift ideas: one will be held at the Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch and the other at the North Branch

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at EPL/Equidad, Diversidad e Inclusión

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Feedback

Read the assessment of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion needs at EPL. Join us on our journey to make Evanston Public Library an institution that better meets the diverse needs and expectations of all residents. Read the report. Then, send us your feedback. We want to hear from YOU. Please submit your feedback by November 30.

En enero, usando un consultante externo, DeEtta Jones and Associates, nosotros comisionamos una evaluación sobre las necesidades de equidad, diversidad e inclusión en EPL. Te animamos a que nos acompañes en nuestro viaje para hacer la Biblioteca Pública de Evanston una institución que pueda acomodar las diversas necesidades y expectativas de todos los residentes. Lea el informe y envíenos sus comentarios. Queremos oír de USTED. Por favor envíe sus comentarios antes del 30 de noviembre.

Digital, Business, and Financial Literacy

Digital and Business Literacy

NEW EPL App Now Available. Put the library at your fingertips. Read more.

Meet our Tech Trainers. EPL offers one-on-one technology assistance in English and Spanish. Technology trainers help patrons build computer skills. Appointment required. Read more

Technology Classes.Upcoming topics include: Cut the Cord to High Monthly Bills Understand Apple's Cloud on iPhone/iPad, Using Apple Maps and GPS, Credit Card Safety When Shopping Online. 

SCORE counselors are ready to advise you on any facet of your small business enterprise. Appointments are required and may be made online at or by calling (224) 372-3432

Social Security Benefits

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits. This workshop focuses on several key Social Security planning issues faced by retirees and near-retirees. Strategies for obtaining the most advantageous Social Security benefits will be explained and recent changes in the system clarified. Read more and register. Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library

Events for Children

Children's events

Power Hour of CraftsMake and decorate a popsocket for a phone! Materials will be provided. 3rd - 5th grade only. RegisterWednesday, November 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

Purple Crayon Players Storytime and Craft. Come hear stories read by students at Northwestern University studying theater for young audiences! The theme is Apples and Pumpkins! Books and craft geared to 3 though 7 year olds,  Friday, November 30, 4 pm, Main Library.  

D65 Half-Day Afternoon Activities. Cardboard Gingerbread Pop Up Craft with Blick / Hour of Code for All; register. / Hour of Code for Girls; register. / Read with Me! Wednesday, December 5, Main Library

Robot Party. Make robots dance, bowl and more! Recommended for 4th grade and up. Drop in. Friday, December 7, 4 to 6 pm. Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. 

Mandarin Storytime

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 to storytime in Mandarin taught by native Mandarin speakers. Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 to 10:30 am, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness

ACA Open Enrollment. Schedule a free appointment with a certified health insurance navigator at 773-519-3632 or email Also: informational event for Get Covered Illinois, Wednesday, December 5, 5 to 9 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. 

Free Community HIV and STI Testing. HIV prevention counseling. Rapid HIV screening. Confidential STI screenings. Next: Monday, December 10, 3 to 7 pm, Small Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Red Cross CPR Certification Training. NU Health Corps Trainers teach two 3-hour afternoon sessions. Get more information and register. Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2. Main Library. 

Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe. Memory Cafes are enrichment activities for people on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. In December, we're teaming up with the Art Institute of Chicago and CJE SeniorLife for Art in the Moment. Registration encouraged. Please call SASI at 847-8647274 or contact Saturday, December 15, 1 to 3 pm, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Today Your Gift Goes Twice as Far

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Today your gift to Evanston Public Library makes twice the difference. A generous group of Fund for Excellence Committee members and friends have pledged to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions received by midnight tonight! Join our community of donors as we work to meet this $35,000 Challenge Match, and help us better serve the diverse expectations and needs of all Evanston residents.

Together we lift the community higher. Please donate now. 

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