National Library Week runs April 8th-14th, and the Evanston Public Library will have dozens of programs to celebrate “You Belong @ Your Library.” On Tuesday, April 10th, Mayor Tisdahl will be honoring Library Week with a proclamation at the City Council Meeting.
EPL Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “Evanston Public Library strives to serve Evanston residents at any hour of the day or night, even from the comfort of your home. Your local library is just a click away.”
Download e-Books in a Few Easy Steps — Are you heading on a business trip or somewhere fun in the sun? Did you recently get an e-reader as a gift? Check out a couple of books in less than a few minutes, without having to wait in line. The Evanston Public Library North Branch (2026 Central Street) will host a Digital Library Workshop on Monday, April 9th from 1-3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a laptop/e-reader, a usb port that connects your e-reader to your computer, library card, and user name and password for Amazon (if a Kindle is being used). If you do not yet have an e-reader or cannot bring a laptop, come anyway. A few e-readers will be available for hands-on practice.
Get Tech-Savvy at your Local Library — HandsOn Tech, in collaboration with IMPRUVE, is offering tech training sessions for beginners. Sessions will take place Tuesday, April 10th from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m.-noon (and continues to run through August during the same days and times). Participants will learn basic computer functions, such as logging in, using the CD-Rom, accessing the Internet, using My Computer, defragging/cleaning a computer and setting-up a basic Gmail account. The program meets in the 3rd floor Training Room. Call the Reference staff at 847/448-8630 to sign up.
Teens Capture Library Value — On Wednesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 12th (3-6 p.m.), Evanston teens and Loft Teen Advisory Board members will interview citizens in the Library and on the street about what libraries mean to them. Videos will be edited together by the teens using Final Cut Pro software and sound equipment for posting to the Library website. Teens hope to capture the important role that public libraries play in people’s lives.
Latin@ Tech Workshops — “Entering the World of Information Technology” should not be a daunting task. On Thursday, April 12th, the basics of Excel, such as making spreadsheets, will be demonstrated. Other topics covered within the workshop series include email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft Word, Skype, and tech skills for job searching. The sessions are taught in Spanish, and take place at the Main Library from 9-10 a.m. in the Computer Training Room on the third floor. Contact Elvira Carrizal-Dukes at 847/448-8658 for more information.
Children, Come Explore! — From storytimes to Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo to a Kindness Read-a-thon, children and parents are invited to celebrate Library Week through the joys of reading, learning and playing. Check the Kid’s Events Calendar at www.epl.org/kidscal for a complete listing of events.
Mango Languages — Learn languages virtually and impress your friends at your next party. Mango Languages is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication in 38 different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. There are also courses designed for those learning English as a Second Language. Mango Languages is accessible to anyone using a computer within the library, and online anywhere in the world from the EPL website with an Evanston Public Library card.
As Library patron Pat said, “Thank you for adding this online language learning system! I appreciate having this as a resource to brush up on languages previously studied and to gain some familiarity with new languages. I also love being able to log in remotely!”
There’s much to do @ the Library during Library Week and every day! Check the Library Calendar online at www.epl.org to learn more.