This is National Library Week (April 10-16). Evanston, which formed a municipal library even before it incorporated as a city, has a long history of supporting its libraries, and this week is no exception.
Local observances and festivities include the "Create Your Own Story" contest ongoing at the Evanston Public Library, and films and lectures almost every day and evening. Events at the North Branch include North Branch Family Storytime and Craft tonight at 6:30 pm (click here to register online or call (847)866-0330) and Tail Waggin’ Tutors (read to a dog!?) 3:30 and 4:30pm on Saturday, April 16. Among the attractive offerings at the Main Branch are an African-American Book Discussion and a presentation on Evanston in the Civil War, both at 7 pm tomorrow evening, Tue., April 12 (the 150th anniversary of the attack on Ft. Sumter).
Meanwhile, the Evanston Public Library Friends held a crafts-and-storytime kids' event this Saturday at Ridgeville Park District to preview the week, and is hosting THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE NIGHT this Thursday evening, April 14, at the exciting new "Mighty Twig" library outpost at 900 Chicago Ave. The same evening, a mini "Retail Therapy" to benefit EPLF will showcase local merchants' wares from 5PM – 9PM at the Top of the Tracks cafe (at the Central Street METRA Station).
Our libraries are key to our community and to our democracy, and serve as much more than buildings full of books. Help celebrate their legacy and importance by stopping by one of the happenings this week!