Evanston’s all-volunteer library outpost, the Mighty Twig (“not quite a branch”) is expanding its services to Dewey Avenue. The Evanston Public Library Friends is the not-for-profit organization that operates the Mighty Twig and offers books and programming to Park School, Boocoo, Mary Lou’s Place and the Rice Center. In cooperation with Family Focus, the Friends group is concentrating efforts to expand the Sutton Library at Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave., Jill Schacter, vice president of the Library Friends, told the RoundTable.
On Jan. 16, many volunteers helped catalogue and process books for the new library, which is expected to open within the next few months. Initially the library will have about 2,500 books and an additional 1,000 books may be added, depending on the availability of shelf space, said Ms. Schacter. The books will be geared to children and young adults, and a selection for adults. The books will focus on African American experiences, said Ms. Schacter. The Friends group says it anticipates about 70 people will use the library per day.