Library News and Events: January 2, 2019

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All About Books

book discussion

Book Discussions. Join us for a wide range of book discussion groups including: History, Science Fiction and Fantasy, General FictionNon-Fiction and the Read-Ability Book Group for adults with cognitive disabilities. Call us to find a group/book that matches your interests. 847-448-8620.

The most checked out EPL Adult Fiction books of 2018: 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; A Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee; Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders; Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan; Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The most checked out EPL Adult Non-Fiction books of 2018: 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover; Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance; Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

Movies and Art

Eating You Alive

Family Movie Night. Check out our complete schedule of free family movies this month. 

EPL After Hours presents: Bad Times at the El Royalestarring Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, and John Hamm. Rating: R. Run Time: 141 minutes. Friday, January 4, 6 PM, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Documentary screening: Eating You AliveMore Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever. Eating You Alive takes a look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how to take control of our health—one bite at a time. Followed by a Q&A with Connie Johnston, DePaul University. Saturday, January 5, 1 PM, Community Meeting Room, Main Library.



Art Exhibit. All Voices Matter: Photovoice. Students from Chute Middle School display compelling photos through January with accompanying text on issues like immigration, gun violence, bullying, racism, and global warming. Read more All Voices Matter Gallery Night, Wednesday, January 9, 6 to 7:30 PM, Teen Loft, Main Library to celebrate and meet the artists. 


EPL app

We've Changed and Improved our App. With our new mobile Evanston Public Library app, you have the library at your fingertips wherever you are. have an electronic version of your library card available to use right from your phone. Download today!

Catalog Under Construction January 12 to 14

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The Library’s catalog will have limited functionality from January 12 to 14 while a new member library is added to the CCS consortium. The catalog will be back to full functionality on January 15. 

What this means for you January 12 to 14:

• The catalog will be accessible, but not current. Call ahead to be sure an item is on the shelf.
• You must have your library card with you to check out materials.
• No materials are due, no fines issued.
• “My Account” information will be visible, but not current.
• Holds can be placed over the phone via Library staff or in person, but not online.
• No library cards will be issued or renewed. 


Events for Children

Events for Children

Winter Break Fun at the Branches. See what's happening this week for kids at the North Branch and the Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch

Freddie Mercury and Queen Sing-a-long and Crafts. Sing along with some of Queen's classic songs, then do some crafting together! Create a fabulous crown and a thick mustache so we can all be Freddie for the day.  All ages welcome! Friday, January 4, 2 to 3 PM, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

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; class taught by Mandarin speakers. Tuesday, January 15, 10 AM, Barbara Friedberg Room, Main Library. 

Upper EL: Tabletop Games (Grades 4 to 5). Looking for your child to spend part of their weekend unplugged? Want to encourage problem solving, strategy skills, and collaboration...and fun?  Register for this monthly tabletop games group! Saturday, January 26, 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Barbara Friedberg Room, Main Library. 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Evanston Public Library Blood Drive. For more information or to schedule your donation call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 or visit and use group code: 065B. Saturday, January 12, 11 AM to 4 PM, Community Meeting Room, Main Library.

Free HIV and STI Screening. Howard Brown Health staff will be at EPL the second Monday of the month with free HIV and STI screening. Monday, January 14, 3 to 7 PM, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Medicare Fraud and Prevention. Staff from the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol will be on hand to share information about Medicare and how to prevent healthcare fraud. Wednesday, January 23, 7 to 8:30 PM, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA is a one-day training to teach skills for helping someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Appropriate for anyone over 18 who wants to learn more about youth mental health concerns. Free. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register at: For further information, contact Erin Tegge at 847-492-1778 or Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Law and Finances

Law and Finances

Law at the LibraryEvanston Public Library and the Chicago Bar Association present a free legal information series focusing on today’s hot legal issues. The program features a presentation by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. The topic for this month: Cleaning Up Your Credit. Register. Wednesday, January 9, 7 to 9 PM, Falcon Room, Main Library. 

Financial Planning: Are You Adequately Prepared? The first presentation in this 3-part series in collaboration with SASI is: Understanding Medicaid, Medicare, Medigap, and Long-term Care. Presented by Eric Parker, Partner, Stotis & Baird Chartered, and Kathy Gaeding, Resource Specialist, SHIP Counselor, CJE Senior Life.  Wednesday, January 16th, 6:30 to 8 PM, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

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