Summer means school’s out, and for many children it’s a time to explore the outdoors, play with friends and take a break from academics. However, thousands of children and hundreds of teens are spending their summer break reading stories. The Evanston Public Library’s (EPL) Children’s Room has been bustling with countless children who are eager to take part in the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme, Reading is So Delicious, has captured the interest of children from preschool through fifth grade. 

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will join EPL staff at the Summer Reading Stop on Wednesday, July 18 at 2.30 p.m. in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “We are delighted that Mayor Tisdahl will be joining us as we celebrate children’s literacy. The Summer Reading Stop at Dempster/Dodge is just one way we are taking library services out into the community.” 

As of July 10, over 3,100 children registered. However, the EPL Summer Reading Program goes beyond the four walls of the Children’s Room. The Summer Reading Stop at Dempster/Dodge, for instance, has also been busy providing a center for reading, learning, bilingual storytimes and family programs. 

The Summer Reading Stop is located in the Evanston Plaza on the corner of Dempster and Dodge. The hours of library outreach services are:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 4-7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The space for the Summer Reading Stop has been generously provided by Bonnie Management Company. 

In addition to the Main Library, North Branch, and the EPL Summer Reading Stop, participants may also check in at these additional locations:

  • Crown Park (Mondays 12-2 or Thursdays 3-6)
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center (Tuesdays 4-6)

It’s not too late to sign up for the EPL Summer Reading Program! 

Children may register at the Main Library, North Branch or the Mighty Twig to receive a reading log to take home with them to keep track of every twenty minutes spent reading or listening to books. Weekly prizes include mood pencils, stickers, or food coupons from local businesses. The goal for the summer is to read for at least 9 hours by July 28 to earn a free paperback book. 

Sixth-to-twelfth graders can sign up at the Loft, located on the third floor of the library. Camp Loft has already attracted over 250 participants. The Summer Reading Programs run through July 28. 

For more information, please call the Children’s Services Desk at 847/448-8610 or the Loft at 847/448-8625.