Evanston Public Library KIDS Events

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Partnerships Provide More Opportunities For All

We’ve partnered with EvanSTEM, District 65’s initiative to provide more opportunities for kids from groups underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. EvanSTEM will recruit kids in 4th and 5th grade to attend a 4 day circuitry camp at the library during Spring Break. Laura Antolin, Youth Engagement Librarian, created the curriculum using Squishy Circuits, littleBits, and other fun challenges like getting an alarm to ring when a door in a model house is opened. Laura, who has conducted numerous STEM workshops, hopes that this program will be “a solid introduction to circuits." Big thanks to Kirby Callam, EvanSTEM’s director, for this continuing partnership.

April Storytime Registration Starts Next Monday, March 18

April Storytimes

Register starting March 18th, next Monday, for a small story time tailored just to your child's age. We will read great books, sing funny songs, craft, and have fun together.

What a great way to get your family in the habit of a weekly library visit and show that fun comes out of a book! Sign up for Infant Rhymetime (0-12 months), Book Babies (1 year olds), Time for Two's, 1, 2, 3 Play with Me (1-3) All by Myself (3 -5), Evening Family Storytime and Craft (3 - 7), or Tail Waggin Tutors (5-10). Daytime, evening and weekend classes! 

During the Day                                           Evenings and Weekends

Infant Rhymetime                                                   1,2,3 Play with Me

Book Babies                                                           Family Storytime and Craft

Time for Two's                                                        Tail Waggin Tutors

All By Myself - Monday or Thursday

Register starting Monday, March 18th online or by calling 847-448-8610. 

Graphic Novel Book Club


Kids too old for Storytime? Join a Graphic Novel Book discussion for 3rd - 5th graders. We have a range of Graphic Novel discussion groups. Advance registration required -- no drop ins, please; get a copy of the book when you register your child. Please select ONE of the following programs (Evanston residents or D65 attendees only):

North Branch Graphic Novel Book Club (North Branch) Monday, April 1, 6 pm discussing The Tea Dragon Society
Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids (Main Library) Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm, discussing The Tea Dragon Society.
Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids (Main Library) Saturday, April 6, 1 pm discussing Dinosaurs, Fossils and Feathers

Great March Drop-Ins

March Drop In

What story time should we attend?

In March we don't have registered storytimes, but don't miss out on reinforcing that weekly library habit with your child! There are plenty of Drop In Story times to attend:
If you have an infant, 1 or 2 year old attend:
The Young and the Restless, Main Library Thursday at 9:30 am
Book Babies Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch 900 Chicago Ave, Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Book Babies North Branch 2026 Central Street,  Mondays at 10:15 am
If you have a preschooler (ages 3, 4, 5,)
Preschool Storytime, Main Library Wednesday 10:30 am.
Preschool Storytime, North Branch 2026 Central Street, Friday at 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime, Chicago Ave Main Street Branch 900 Chicago Avenue Monday at 10:30 am
Special storytimes for your kids! :
Jammie Time - Third Thursdays in your pajamas! March 21, 6:30 pm - we tell your bedtime stories!, Main Library (ages 2 - 9) Great for working parents!
Mandarin Storytime - monthly on Tuesdays -- March 12, 10 am Main Library (ages 2 - 5) - storytime in Mandarin. All welcome.
Purple Crayon Players Storytime and Craft,- Friday, March 29,10:30am - 11:15am - Spring Break edition (ages 18 months - 4 years) NU students sing and read and craft with your kids!

New Releases Film Festival for Spring Break!

Looking for Spring Break entertainment? Come to the library to see your favorite new films! The full line up of new releases:

3/23 A Wrinkle in Time      3/28 Sherlock Gnomes

3/24 Christopher Robin     3/29 Norm of the North

3/25 Hotel Transylvania 3 3/30 Ralph Breaks the Internet

3/26 Small Foot                 3/31 The House with a Clock in its Walls

3/27 3pm  Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (not a new release) featuring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother!


EISMA Spring Concert: Ensemble Dal Niente


Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago group which performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit will be live at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. All are welcome!

Dal Niente’s full roster of 23 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, while transforming existing ideas and subverting convention. Much of their repertoire has been premiered by these performers, who curate programs that feature the full palette of sounds available to contemporary woodwind players, from kaleidoscopic scales, to ethereal trills, to jazzy pizzicatos. Ensemble Dal Niente has performed concerts across Europe and the Americas, won numerous awards, and collaborated with a wide range of composers.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library, Northwestern University, and the Evanston In-School Music Association with grant support from the Evanston Community Foundation, the Evanston Arts Council, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

All are welcome. No registration required. 

Sunday, March 17, 4:00 pm, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60201

Girls Be Heard

Girls Be Heard

Girls Be Heard! is an empowerment program to build confidence in speaking up. Over this four day workshop, girl-identifying 4th and 5th graders are led through learning, exploring and growing four key values: assertive communication, respect, body positivity, and self confidence! 

Girls Be Heard will be held on Saturdays in April and is only open to children who attend school in District 65 or live in Evanston. Registration is required for this program.

Saturdays in April: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27: 10:00 am - Noon, Falcon Room, Main Library

Emerald City Theatre’s Mother Goose’s Garden

Emerald Theatre