Rick Kinnebrew oversees a lesson in Spanish for a Library summer program. RoundTable file photo

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Children’s Outreach Librarian Rick Kinnebrew retires from the Evanston Public Library this month.

He says, “There’s a whole network of people who teach and care for Evanston’s young people. They’re smart, open-hearted, patient, and very generous with their energy. It’s been my pleasure to work with this tribe.”

The modest Mr. Kinnebrew leaves an indelible mark on early childhood literacy activity in Evanston. He has been instrumental in launching many literacy programs with Foundation 65, the Evanston Community Foundation, and Northwestern University.

Lise Jinno, Director of Foundation 65, said, “Rick has been instrumental in connecting the library and the schools with a wonderful spirit of open and skillful collaboration.”

Those wondering where his path will take him next could take a drive to Mineral Point, Wis., in September to see his play “The Bachelors,” co-written with his wife and EPL children’s librarian Martha Meyer.

All are welcome to come say good-bye to “Mr. Rick” on March 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Main Library, 1703
Orrington Ave.