Get a Clue! Mystery and Suspense Author Panel

You’re invited to join us Saturday, October 22, 2:00 – 3:30pm, for a panel of four local mystery and suspense authors. David Heinzmann, Michael Dymmoch, Luisa Buehler, and Diane Piron-Gelman (pen name: D. M. Pirrone) will discuss their writing process, inspiration, and recent projects. A paperback exchange and book sale will follow.  Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. Community Meeting Room (1st floor). Questions?  Contact Genevieve Guran at 847-448-8618.

African American Literature Read In at Fleetwood-Jordain Center

In honor of Black History Month, the Fleetwood-Jordain Center will host eight multi-talented authors reading and performing excerpts from their published works. The 2011 African American Literature Read-In and Book Fair is sponsored by Books Inc Bookstore and organized by
A Work of Faith Ministry & Literacy. The first annual event will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Public Library will have a table at the book fair where residents can learn about the library’s collections, programs, book clubs or sign up for a library card. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For information, contact Gevell Wagner at (773) 350-4675.

Susan M.

Romance: the program

 If you are a sucker for the happy ending, if you crave the comfort of a well-told tale of love, if you seek out authors who can satisfy your love of star-crossed couplings, paranormal trysts, romantic suspense, or urban young adult and inspirational romance, then romantic fiction is for you, and you won’t want to miss this February 12 romance fiction program!

Indulge in Romance” will feature a panel discussion by five talented Romance authors, Barbara Binns; urban young adult romances, Julie James; romantic suspense novels based on her experience as a lawyer, Maureen Lang; inspirational romances with a historical twist; Margot Justes; international mysteries, and Patricia Rosemoor, author of fifty Harlequin Intrigue novels as well as books in the contemporary, historical and paranormal sub-genres.

The Saturday program begins at 2 p.m. and includes a Borders Books Shop and Share program, with a percentage of all weekend proceeds benefiting Evanston Public Library. In addition, Romance program attendees can indulge in cupcakes, take part in a raffle of luscious gifts from local merchants, Belgian Chocolatier Piron, Pivot Point Academy, and Benefit Boutique and swap for gently-used romance novels.

Warm up February and Indulge in Romance. Contact Juliette Swett at for details.

Susan M., RA

ALA Banned Books Week ReadOut event at EPL

If you are passionate about the Right to Read and want to celebrate Banned/Challenged books, then join the discussion during a “Banned Books Week ReadOut” at Evanston Public Library on Friday, September 24 from 3 – 6 p.m.  ALA’s annual “Banned Books Week” will be observed September 25 – October 2, 2010.  (read more) Continue reading “ALA Banned Books Week ReadOut event at EPL”

Jewish American Heritage Month

The death of postwar Yiddish writer Chaim Grade’s widow on May 2, means that his many untranslated, unpublished writings, which were  jealously guarded by Inna Hecker Grade, may finally become available to general readers. Grade lived in Lithuania until the Nazis arrived. Eventually, he made his way to the New York, where he wrote for Yiddish newspapers. Not a lot of his work has been translated into English, but the good news for EPL users is that the library carries three of Grade’s fiction books, The Seven Little Lanes, The Yeshiva, and Rabbis and Wives, and a memoir, My Mother’s Sabbath Days. For more on Chaim Grade, see the New York Times.   Also see EPL’s reference book in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series Writers in Yiddish on the library’s 3rd floor.

(Mary B., Reader’s Services)

Local Library Auction Action

In case you haven’t heard, Evanston’s libraries are in a tight spot. Due to lack of funding, the Evanston Public Library is set to close its North and South branch locations at the end of the summer. But we’re not going without a fight! The Evanston Public Library Friends have been valiantly hitting the streets, raising money, spreading the word, and talking to people about saving our local libraries. Starting May 15th, you too can get in on the very worthwhile action of saving your libraries and bolstering your community strength and spirit, all without leaving the comfort of your home. Continue reading “Local Library Auction Action”

I Feel Like a Million Books!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 marks a very special occasion. Sometime tomorrow, one lucky patron will check out the 1,000,000th item to circulate at the library this year. For the first time ever we’re going to hit the one million (!) mark for items checked out from Evanston’s three libraries (North, South, and Main Branches) in the past twelve months. And it wouldn’t have happened without all you good folks in Evanston and the Chicagoland area recognizing and appreciating the wonderful (and money-saving) resource of your local libraries. So a hearty and heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone for making us here at the library feel so necessary, especially in these difficult times. Be sure to stop by your favorite Evanston Public Library branch (or, if you can’t pick just one favorite, go nuts and stop by all three!) on February 25th to help us celebrate. The lucky patron who checks out the 1,000,000th item this year will win a handy-dandy EPL tote bag stuffed to the gills with library goodness. Inside are great prizes including free tickets to Ravinia, a punch-card for 10 free DVD rentals at the library, a Caldecott Medal winning book, commemorative EPL note cards, and more. And if you’re lucky enough to be our winner, we promise not to embarrass you. Well, not too much, anyway. So get on into the library and make use of the coolest card in town. You’ll be glad you did. And thanks again, Evanston, you’re truly a swell and well-read bunch.