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October 15th, 2012

Enjoy the music of V3NTO, recent Grand Prize Winner of the Chicago Brass Festival Competition as they perform at FREE concert with your donation of any size to benefit Evanston Public Library Friends. THIS TUESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 16, 8PM, Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. Check out this dynamic trio here:

Wow! We did it. Together.

September 20th, 2012

Last night the Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bring The Mighty Twig into the Evanston Public Library system, starting January 1, 2013. The library will become the EPL Chicago-Main Library.

EPL Director Karen Danczak Lyons said that this move is part of an ambitious plan that can bring great rewards:

“It’s an opportunity to confirm our commitment to thoughtful neighborhood services” and meets “an urgent need to serve children, new immigrants and seniors. All of Evanston deserves innovative, creative and compelling library service.”

In addition to serving the Chicago-Main neighborhood, EPL will study neighborhood services throughout Evanston. Funding for these efforts will include a plan for individual and corporate fund-raising as well as grant acquisition. Partnerships will be explored. Evanston Public Library Friends will join in these efforts.

Even though library services have been hit hard throughout the country, here in Evanston we’ve proven that we do what it takes to keep innovation in library services alive and well.

What about The Mighty Twig? How will it change?

– First, a transition plan.
– Next, more complete library services including holds, pick-ups, returns, and assistance from EPL library staff.
– EPLF volunteers will remain a crucial component of Chicago-Main Library operations.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen — donors, volunteers, Twig patrons, library staff and the EPL Board of Trustees.

Books Alive! Three Saturdays in June! Quality Children’s Programming Brought to you by Evanston Public Library Friends.

May 31st, 2012

At The Mighty Twig, June 16 from 2pm to 4pm. Evanston artist and author Laura Montenegro brings her book, A Poet Bird’s Garden, to life with puppetry, storytelling, and creative participation from the audience. Best suited for ages 5-12. Children take home a copy of the book as a gift! Fun food provided by Whole Foods.

At the Evanston Public Library North Branch, June 23 from 11am to 12:30pm. Join Evanston author and former District 65 Librarian Denia Hester as her book Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip comes to life! Join in with tales of community spirit, family, and plant your own big ol’ turnip seeds to take home. A free copy of the book is available for children to take home. Best suited for ages 4-8.

At the Dempster/Dodge Summer Reading Stop, June 30 from 2pm to 3:30pm. The book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber comes alive in a drama workshop brought to you by Northwestern University’s Imagine U. Theater students from NU will join in with parents and their children to bring this lovable crocodile and his story to life. Parent/caregiver participation is requested in the workshop. Best suited for ages 5-10. Take home a free copy of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.

Books Alive! is supported by a generous grant from The Woman’s Club of Evanston. No registration is necessary. Just a love of books and the arts is required to attend this program.

A Busy First Year at The Mighty Twig, Your All Volunteer-Run Experimental Library

April 18th, 2012

Just the facts:
33,292 visits
7,715 computer users
3,851 toddlers at story-time
700 children have checked out more than 10,000 books
More than 30,000 free books distributed to 14 site around Evanston

Reception for New Evanston Public Library Director, Karen Danczak Lyons

April 18th, 2012

Are you an Evanston Public Library Friend? We thought so! Good friends show up. Take some time this Friday, April 20, from 3 to 5 PM, in the Community Room of the Main Branch of the Evanston Public Library, to welcome the new library director. The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to a welcome reception. Stop by and make sure to tell the new director that you’re an Evanston Public Library Friend! (Refreshments will be served.)