Make it Better: Library Love: Evanston Residents Book it to Save Branches

March 15th, 2010

What makes a strong community and a great place to live? For many, the answer is having a public library within walking distance. That’s why a group of Evanston residents—including hundreds of kids—has started a grassroots fundraising effort to save the city’s branch libraries.

When the group, now known as the Evanston Public Library Friends, heard that the North and South branches of the EPL were in danger of closing, they organized themselves, collected more than 1,700 signatures on a petition, and held a Martin Luther King Day rally that was attended by hundreds of concerned citizens and passionate readers.

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