Evanston Public Library

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The Evanston Public Library is the public library of Evanston, Illinois. It is a department of the City of Evanston.

Evanston Public Library

History[edit]

The Evanston Library Association was founded in 1870. The library itself was established in 1873[1] and Thomas J. Kellan was appointed the library's first librarian in 1874. In 1893 the library moved to the second floor of the new Village Hall in 1893 and the library's collection was reorganized according to the new Dewey Decimal Classification system in 1896. In 1908 the library moved to its current location at 1703 Orrington Ave.

Two additional branches were later added – the South Branch (at 926 Chicago Avenue) in 1917 and the North Branch (at 2026 Central Street) in 1952 and in 1958 the City Planning Commission approved a proposal for a new building at Church and Orrington.

In 1980, the library made online public access available to its patrons along with the introduction of two new rental options: the videocassette and duplicates of best selling books.

The library moved into its newly finished building in 1994 and the library celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1998.[2]

Branches[edit]

The Evanston Public Library has two branches: the Main Branch at 1703 Orrington Avenue; and the North Branch at 2026 Central Street. The South Branch at 949 Chicago Avenue was closed February 28, 2011, due to budget contraints. [3][4]

In March, 2011, the Mighty Twig volunteer-run library opened at 900 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, "as an experiment by Evanston Public Library Friends in response to the closing of the South Branch." [5][6] Then, in August-September, 2012, the Evanston Public Library's Board voted to "begin formalizing relations with The Mighty Twig." [7]

Special features[edit]

Children's room[edit]

Recently remodeled; the new children's section of the library offers a fun and interactive environment for kids of all ages. Also available for children are a number of kid-friendly programs and activities that the library has featured everyday, from storytime to art projects.[8]

The Loft[edit]

As a new addition to Evanston Public Library; the Loft is a place specifically designed for teens. It is a relaxed environment where teens can hang out, read and just unwind from a stressful day. Computers and internet are available.[9]

In recent news, the Loft's design team has won the biennial American Library Association/International Interior Design Association interior design award. The award honors libraries that demonstrate artistic creativity with their choice of design, aesthetics and overall client satisfaction.[10]

Peregrine falcons[edit]

2008 was the fourth year in a row that peregrine falcons chose to nest atop a column on the library. The adult falcons, along with four babies born in 2006, can be seen from both outside and inside of the library.[11] One can follow the falcon's many adventures on the FalconCam.[12]

Classes and programs[edit]

Computer classes[edit]

The library offers a variety of free classes that teach students how to use and understand certain computer techniques such as using the mouse and navigating the internet. Registration is required. Classes featured in 2008 are: Computer Basics, Intro to the Internet, Intro to Email, and Internet Practice.[13]

African American Literature Book Group[edit]

Once a month, a group gets together to discuss pre-chosen books written by African American authors.[14]

Book sales[edit]

For those wishing to purchase an item, the library has a Book Sale occurring on the library's Main Floor. The library accepts donations of books, tapes/CDs, old maps, old postcards, children's books, and magazines.[15]

Art on display[edit]

The library has a variety of different art forms all over the library.[16] Prominently displayed occupying several stories of the entry is "Ghostwriter" – a suspended wire sculpture by Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter that can be seen from every floor of the library.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Library Anniversaries", Illinois Libraries (Illinois Library Extension Division) 5 (4), October 1923: 61 
  2. ^ History of EPL
  3. ^ Graham, Jordan (February 29, 2011). "Last Day of the South Branch". EvanstonPatch. Retrieved April 30, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Johnson, Grace (January 29, 2011). "Evanston Public Library's South Branch to close next month". Daily Northwestern. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Bill (March 23, 2012). "Branch fans open 'Mighty Twig'". Evanston Now. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Keenan, Lori (March 23, 2012). "The Mighty Twig to Celebrate Its First Year". Chicago Tribune - Trib Local Evanston. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Seidenberg, Bob (September 6, 2012). "Evanston library branching out to include Mighty Twig". Evanston Review. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kid's Events
  9. ^ The Virtual Loft
  10. ^ ALA/IIDA Interior Design Awards
  11. ^ Peregrine Falcons @ the Library
  12. ^ FalconCam
  13. ^ Computer Training Classes
  14. ^ African American Literature Discussion Group
  15. ^ Book Sales
  16. ^ Art on Display
  17. ^ Ghostwriter

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Coordinates: 42°02′54″N 87°40′48″W / 42.0484°N 87.6801°W / 42.0484; -87.6801