Every summer for almost 40 years, the Evanston Public Library’s Summer Reading Game keeps kids reading through the summer months. Children who stop reading often fall behind while those who are encouraged to read more have a head start when they return to school in September.

Registration has begun for this year’s Game – Take Flight, inspired by the peregrine falcons that are nesting in the window boxes of the third floor of the Main Library in downtown Evanston. Children can begin recording their reading as soon as they register. Prizes will be awarded for reading nine total hours and for weekly visits. The game will run from June 13-July 30.

The 2011 Summer Reading Game can be played at all six sites in English and Spanish. This year, every child’s reading record is available to librarians at every site, so s/he can play at any or all of the sites listed below.

The theme of the teen summer reading program is A Midsummer Loft’s Dream. Middle schoolers and teens can visit www.epl.org/teens to find a variety of activities throughout the summer and a suggested reading list. Evanston teens will be facilitating book discussions in the Loft and at other locations in Evanston, as well.

EPL’s ultimate goal is to make the Summer Reading Game an exciting part of every child’s summer throughout the city. In recent years, the Library has increased its registrations to the program by over 200 children per year by partnering with Evanston’s schools. Neighborhood Services Librarians are currently visiting all District 65 schools as well as most Evanston private schools for Summer Reading Game assemblies to get the word out about the program.

For more information about EPL’s Summer Reading Game, call the Children’s Department at 847/448-8610. Information on volunteering at Summer Reading Game sites is available at www.cityofevanston.org/resident/volunteer.

To find out more about supporting the Summer Reading Game, contact Library Administration at 847/448-8650 or go to www.epl.org/comment. A gift of $10 will sponsor one child’s reading game for a full summer.

2011 EPL Summer Reading Game Schedule



Hours of Operation

Children’s Room

Main Library

1703 Orrington Ave.

Mon. – Thurs. 9 am – 9 pm
Fri. – Sat. 9 am – 6 pm
Sun. 12 pm – 6 pm

North Branch

2026 Central St.

Mon. 10 am – 8 pm
Tue. – Wed. 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

The Might Twig

EPL Friends Outpost

900 Chicago Ave.

Tue.- Wed. 10 am – 5 pm
Thurs. 10 am – 8 pm
Fri. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm

Summer Reading Stop

Evanston Plaza

1900 Dempster St.

Mon. & Wed. 4 pm – 7 pm
Tue. & Sat. 10 am – 1 pm

Robert Crown Center

Support Provided by

Woman’s Club of Evanston

1701 Main St.

Mon. 12 pm – 2 pm
Thurs. 3 pm – 6 pm

Fleetwood-Jourdain Center

Support Provided by Kiwanis

1655 Foster St.

Tue. 4 pm – 6 pm


For the second consecutive year, the Evanston Public Library is opening a Summer Reading Stop in the Evanston Plaza. This year the Stop will be located at 1900 Dempster (the old Washington Mutual location next to Subway sandwiches). The Stop will be open June 13-August 13, Mondays and Wednesdays 4 pm – 7 pm and Tuesdays and Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm.

The Summer Reading Stop is a Library outpost with computers, books and magazines for everyone. We have two story times scheduled: Story Time with Mr. Rick for ages 4 and up on Tuesdays at 11:15 am June 14-July 26, and Family Story Time and Craft on Wednesdays at 6 pm in July, all ages welcome, with a craft suitable for ages 3 and up.

The Summer Reading Stop will be staffed by EPL neighborhood services staff, Evanston Public Library Friends, and volunteers. The EPL staff and board are actively recruiting local West Evanston volunteers to get the community involved. Information on volunteering at the Stop is available at www.cityofevanston.org under Resident then Volunteer.

Stop in to look at books and newspapers, play the Summer Reading Game, and use the internet. Join us for our opening celebration on June 20th from 4 pm – 7 pm and watch for additional activities.

For more information about EPL’s Summer Reading Stop, contact Library Administration at 847/448-8650 or www.epl.org/comment.