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Library Book Sale April 15-17

Named “Best Used Book Sale” by the Chicago Reader, the next BIG EPL book sale will be held April 15-17 in the third floor Book Sale room, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave..

The sale preview will open at 10 a.m. on April 15, with a $5 admission until noon. The sale closes at 5:30 p.m. on April 15. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on  April 16. All books will be half-price on April 17 from noon until 5:30 p.m.

There are many great books at bargain prices and all proceeds benefit the Library. The Library extends special thanks to the great volunteers who work long and hard to support the Library. More information is available by calling 847-448-8600.

Children are invited to celebrate Earth Day with their own artistic creation. Evanston artist Elliot Zashin leads this exciting program, creating art out of recyclable and non-recyclable materials on Earth Day, April 22 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. The event is open to Evanston residents in grades 3-5. Registration is required, and the event is limited to 25 kids. Registration is available online at epl.org or by calling 847-448-8610.

North Branch Book Group: ‘Infidel’

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, North Branch Library, 2026 Central Street

The North Branch Book Group will discuss Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel,” a profoundly affecting memoir of her traditional Muslim childhood and intellectual awakening to become an outspoken proponent of religious freedom. Born in Somalia in 1969, Ayaan, together with her family, experienced Islam in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya and finally the Netherlands. Her personal story is told with courage and passion.

North Branch has some books set aside for patrons who wish to attend the session. The book group is open to the public. More information is available by calling 847-866-0330 with any questions.

‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’

Father/Son Book Group at EPL

The Evanston Public Library invites fathers (or guardians, mentors and adult male family) and sons to a discussion of Stephen King’s “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 17 in the Loft at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

This is the eerie, powerful and tightly written story about Trisha McFarland, a 9-year-old girl who gets lost in the Appalachian woods with only her radio, broadcasting Boston Red Sox games, to keep her company.

As the signal fades, she begins to realize that someone – or something – is following her in those deep, forbidding and unforgiving woods.

Meetings of The Loft’s Father-Son Book Group are opportunities for fathers (or guardians, mentors or adult male family) and sons to bond through reading and discussing stories.

The group is for boys, grades six through eight only. Father-son pairs may register by calling The Loft at 847-448-8625 or by going to epl.org/teencal.

National Library Week:

An Opportunity to ‘Create Your Own Story’

“Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a story in six words,” said Jill Skwerski, coordinater of EPL’s National Library Week effort.  Skwerski shared Hemingway’s response: ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’

Inspired by the poignancy and brevity of this tale, EPL is asking patrons to celebrate National Library Week by saying why they love the library – in six words. 

Early submissions include “Just ask. They know. Well done!” and “Books are weapons with nine lives” and “I never know what I’ll find.”

Submissions will be accepted via email to jskwerski@cityofevanston.org or on forms available at any library service desk.  Stories will be posted around the library during Library Week.

“Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories,” says Mary Johns, library director. “Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves.”

North Branch Book Group: ‘Infidel’

The North Branch Book Group will discuss Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel,” a profoundly affecting memoir of her traditional Muslim childhood and intellectual awakening to become an outspoken proponent of religious freedom.

Born in Somalia in 1969, Ayaan, together with her family, experienced Islam in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya and finally the Netherlands. Her personal story is told with courage and passion.

North Branch has some books set aside for patrons who wish to attend the session on Thursday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m., North Branch Library, 2026 Central St.

The book group is open to the public. More information is available by calling 847-866-0330 with any questions.