Haven and King Lab sixth-grade volunteers.

Evanston Public Library Friends hosted a Read-a-Thon to celebrate the end of National Library Week on April 17. There were lemonade, sidewalk chalk and face-painting for the kids as readers came to turn in their reading logs and collect their participation prizes at the North and South branches of the Evanston Public Libraries where EPLFriends raised another $3,000 towards its goal of $200,000 by Aug. 1.

Top reader was Kingsley Kindergartener Leila Cornyn who raised $167 to help keep the branch libraries open. Organized by Evanston resident and EPLF Charter Member Jen Preschern as a way to get kids involved, the Read a Thon spotlighted children’s reading at the neighborhood libraries. Nearly 40 percent of the Evanston children who participate in the Summer Reading Game through EPL do so at the North and South branch locations that are threatened with closure.