The branchLove Steering Committee will host its kickOff event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., for all volunteers interested in working to save the branch libraries in Evanston. 
 
After a short presentation introducing the branchLove grassroots team that spearheaded efforts to shepherd the libraries through the City Council’s budget vote, various committees and subcommittees will be formed. Everyone from the community who is interested in preserving the branches is invited to attend. Event organizers are particularly interested in volunteers with talents in fundraising, development, grant-writing, and web development, but stress that there will be plenty to do and welcome all community involvement. 
 
Regardless of the outcome of the Feb. 22 City Council meeting, organizers say they are determined to work to preserve and potentially strengthen the branch library system in Evanston, and have begun efforts to establish not for profit status in order to fundraise. 
 
“The libraries provide strength to the community in so many ways: culturally, economically, educationally — we can’t let them flounder on our watch,” said branchLove Committee membe, Michael Tannen. 
 
For more information, or to make a financial pledge of support visit www.branchLove.org