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For young students, summer means a chance to take a break from classes and relax with friends. For nearly 300 students, it also means picking up new books to read and signing up at The Loft at the Evanston Public Library to participate in the Summer Reading Program, Camp Loft, which wrapped up on July 28. But there is still plenty to do at The Loft, a place reserved for youth grades 6-12, on the third floor of the Evanston Public Library.

This summer, the Loft’s teen theater troupe, the Bodacious Oracles of Knowledge (B.O.O.K. – theater with a spine), presents a stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s haunting, classic dystopian novel, “The Giver.” Performed entirely by Evanston teens in an empty library space, this spare adaptation, written by playwright Eric Coble, will feature B.O.O.K.’s signature energy, youthful heart, and creative, ensemble-based staging.

Performances of “The Giver” are free and will take place in the Community Meeting Room of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., at 2 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5. Those wishing to attend can reserve a seat by clicking on the desired performance on the Library’s web calendar at epl.org.