During the month of November, 178 worthy ideas competed for a $10,000.00 grant – and the 15 ideas with the most votes would receive grant money. Our supporters came out in droves, voting daily, and we ended the competition at the #22 spot. We may not have won grant money, but your efforts certainly got the word out. Across the entire globe! Folks from places like Australia. Canada. UK. Germany. Pakistan (yep, you read that correctly!). All have visited the website or “liked” our Facebook page. Many, many thanks for all of your efforts and hard work – we couldn’t have done this without you!
STORY TIMES (everyone welcome; no sign up necessary)
On Thursday, November 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. we will discuss “Blame,” by Michelle Huneven. From The New York Times Book Review: “‘Blame’ . . . is firmly rooted in the moral ambiguities of addiction and recovery, probing responsibility, guilt and exoneration with a philosophical elegance. Huneven’s prose moves like a hummingbird, in small bursts that are improbably fast and graceful.”
The Mighty Twig Book club (formerly the South Branch Book Club), has been in existence for almost a decade. We meet on the third Thursday of each month.
What is The Mighty Twig? Smaller than a branch, (but mighty) the Twig provides children and adults with books, internet, computers, storytime and a community space. A small but wonderful library collection circulates in a new way, on the honor system: No cards, no fines, no fees, no fooling!
Where else does The Twig take books? We provide donated books to community centers, coffee shops, and schools throughout Evanston. Here’s where you can find our books: Community Centers: The Levy Center, Fleetwood Jourdain, Ridgeville, and Chandler-Newburger. Coffee Shops: Boocoo, Brother’s K, Potbellies and the Metra Train Stations. Other special places: Infant Welfare Society of Evanston’s Baby-Toddler Nursery, YWCA Lobby. We’ve also created Special Reading Rooms in places where children live and learn: Mary Lou’s Place (domestic violence shelter for women and their children, supported by the YWCA Northshore), Robert Crown Daycare Center, and The Daniel and Ada Rice Educational Center.
How can I help? We take book donations of all kinds and monetary donations of all sizes. It costs $154 per day to run the entirely volunteer led Mighty Twig. Let us know if you’d like to get involved.
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.
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.
So, an amazing thing happened on Saturday, and we’re proud you played a part in it. One month ago the Evanston Library Board voted not to fund the continuation of the South Branch Library. Undaunted, EPL Friends stepped up and decided to fund our own experimental space while the Library Board continues its visioning process. Without missing a beat, or running the risk of losing the interest and enthusiasm of our members and the SB community, EPL began work in an empty storefront at 900 Chicago Ave. That space, less than one month later, became the Mighty Twig. Smaller than a branch, (but mighty) the Twig provides kids and adult books, internet, computers, storytime and a community space for everyone.
More than 500 people came to check out the Twig on Saturday, and more than 300 of you took out books on our Honor system of lending. No cards, no fines, no fees, no fooling. Kids fill out a reading log to help them (and parents) get into a good habit of being responsible for the books they check out, and to help parents know which books they are looking for amongst the dust bunnies under their beds.
We’re thrilled — seriously couldn’t be happier — with the initial community reaction, and we hope that this success will carry over as a model that makes sense for elsewhere in Evanston. If you haven’t seen the space yet, you have to come by. Twig is open Tues – Sat. 10 – 5, with later nights until 8PM on Thursdays beginning in mid-April. Check out some of our press here: Evanston Now, Trib Local, take a video tour with Evanston Patch .
Lots of things are still in motion for The Mighty Twig, and we still welcome donations of time, books, and financial contributions. All in, we figure it costs approximately $154 per day to run the Mighty Twig, with our entirely volunteer staff. We welcome your input and suggestions and thank you for your continued support!
We had more than 83 volunteers come out to help us last Friday and Saturday, with more than 420 volunteer hours logged over the course of the two days as people cleaned and labeled and shelved our collection at the Mighty Twig.
This week we’ve had about 10 people there every day putting the finishing touches in place, and it’s enormously gratifying to see such strong community support. It’s remarkable the stuff that Evanston is made of.
The Grand Opening fast approaches on Saturday and Team Twig continues to inspire! Today’s Library Heroes of the Day… Cheryl Chamberlain and Ed Lally who custom-built our computer table extraordinaire! Cheryl’s worked tirelessly to whip the Mighty Twig into shape for Saturday’s grand opening. Come see it in action Saturday 10 – 5PM. Signs are up, rugs are down, books are ready to be read. Saturday’s the day… be there!
It’s almost here…! The Grand Opening Event for Mighty Twig will be held:
Saturday March 26th
10AM – 5PM
1PM – 3PM
Come Celebrate this Exciting Day with us. We know it’s a busy day around town with a number of other events also happening, but we hope you’ll take some time to swing by and say hello.