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: http://eepurl.com/qdDLT

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.)

James Kennedy Brings “Dome of Doom” to The Mighty Twig this Friday!

April 18th, 2012

Evanston Public Library Friends’ The Mighty Twig welcomes The Order of Odd Fish author James Kennedy for an interactive, fast-paced evening of performance, writing, dueling, and fantastical fun, for kids ages 10 and up, on Friday, April 20, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at 900 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Critics love James Kennedy. Kids will find fun, free books, and food, generously donated by Whole Foods.

Making progress at the Mighty Twig

March 9th, 2011

Shelving arrived and is being assembled…

(thank you, Boston Street Lab for your generous generous donation, and your supervision of Situation Normal at the storage facility on the other end of their journey!) The Friends went quickly to work assembling the units — thanks to our volunteers, to Trish and our steadfast Board, and to Marcia Mahoney who’s going to single-handedly whip this thing into shape if it kills her! We’re looking forward to more volunteer help in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned, or volunteer some time 3/18 and 3/19 by emailing us at twig@eplfriends.org and let us know if you can help sort or stock, or stick labels.

Wally’s World.

October 11th, 2010

The City Manager released his proposed budget Friday.


Come to a City Council Meeting Monday Night 7PM at the Civic Center

This is what the City Manager’s report says about the branches in his transmittal letter at p. 13:

Library Services: There has been much community discussion about library services during the past nine months since my proposal in December, 2009 to close the North and South Branch Libraries. At the time, there was no organized support for the Evanston Public Library and the announcement of the proposed closure was met with silence initially from the community. Shortly after, the Friends of the Evanston Public Library were re-established and a tremendous fundraising effort was launched.

The Evanston Library Board also became re-engaged during this period.

Unfortunately, the focus on the library these past several months demonstrated the severe resource problems that the library has. There is no way to appreciably change this without substantial new revenue coming to the library to not only sustain the moderate level of resources currently available to the library, but resources to give the library greater ability to serve the public.

I am not recommending any new resources for the library with the proposed FY 2011 budget. I am proposing that the City close the North and South Branch Libraries on February 28, 2011 and use the budgeted resources for the branches to go toward enhanced support of the Main Library. I believe the City of Evanston has the best opportunity to support libraries by focusing resources at one primary facility to the best of our abilities and continue outreach efforts around the City. I am also committed to fundraising for the library to enhance our collection and to support outreach efforts.

Write your alderman, the Mayor, the City Manager and let them know how you feel about this. Copy us at info@eplfriends.org.

Like you read about…

October 5th, 2010

So, wow. That was something.

After being on pins and needles about what the Board would do regarding the Branches, last night felt pretty good. Thank you to all who came out, and to those who spoke on behalf of the libraries, with special thanks to Kingsley first-grader Leila Cornyn, who stole the show in her continued efforts for the library (Leila was previously our top Read a Thon earner), and also to former Evanston North Branch patron, artist, and best-selling author Audrey Niffenegger, who also spoke to the Board on behalf of Branch preservation, calling them, essentially, an extension of our schools. Which seems ironic then, that the only vote opposing support in the 7 to 1 vote, was by D65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy’s wife, Lynette.

We are also incredibly grateful to Gaylon Emerzian of Evanston’s Trillium Productions for her moving video documentary about Evanston’s West side and what library services mean. Gaylon also recently produced a similar video depicting South Branch, and those videos will both be up soon on our website.

In the end, the Board voted to pass a budget restoring branch operations to previous service levels without sacrificing hours at the Main. The collections budget will need a shot in the arm, but it seemed a wise decision not to ask for too much. As Trustee Susan Stone clarified, this isn’t asking for more, it’s simply re-instating what was previously in place. And as my dad is fond of saying, “the pig gets fat, but the hog gets slaughtered.” Better not to ask for too much.

All in all, a good evening — right up to the minute I got two moving violations on the way home as I pulled out of the Library parking lot. I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist (ok, I am) but really, I’ve gotten 4 tickets in one month since I put the EPLFriends magnet on the back of my car…

I’m just sayin’.

Rock the Vote!

October 3rd, 2010

The City has posted the online survey of what to keep and what to slash — and the Libraries are in both sections.

It can be tricky since it’s worded so crazily, so pay attention. It literally takes a minute, so please do this NOW, as the online poll will only be live until Midnight on Tuesday.

Tell your friends – and be sure they vote.

Evening of Jazz

July 5th, 2010

Enjoy an evening of Jazz at the Music Institute in Downtown Evanston

Where: Music Institute 1490 Chicago Ave Evanston (Chicago and Grove)
When: Thursday July 8th
Time: 6:15 Reception
7:00 Concert

Suggested Donation $5.00 Students and Seniors $10.00 Adults -Everyone Welcome

Hosted by Wendy Morgan – The Vocal Gymnasium on Behalf of Evanston Public Library Friends and in support of neighborhood libraries.

Performing Artists
Wendy Morgan Vocals
Don Stiernberg Mandolin
Dean Rolando -Piano

We love a parade!

July 1st, 2010

JULY 4th – MARCH WITH EPL Friends in the PARADE!

Join the fun at 1 pm July 4th as we peaceably assemble at sector 7, position 83. (That’s parade speak for: Central Street, south side, between Hastings and Ridgeway. One block east of Bent Park). Make a poster, bring your bikes, roller-blades, Aunt Sally… Be sure to bring a water bottle and sunscreen to keep handy for the walk, and join us as we join the famous Librarian Book Cart Precision Drill Team for the Best Parade in Town! Wanna march with us? Have questions? email parade@eplfriends.org