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The Evanston Public Library (EPL) joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries during National Library Week, April 10-16. This is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers as they evolve to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

A 2015 survey conducted by the Library revealed that respondents highly valued 14 distinct services offered. These services included not just the rich variety of resources available like books, DVDs and digital materials, but also the provision of a safe community space, early literacy activities, support services, free classes, discussion groups and more.

EPL, with the support of Evanston Public Library Friends, will survey visitors to the library during National Library Week to ascertain current satisfaction levels with regard to library services today; residents are encouraged to stop by any library location to fill out the survey.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Karen Danczak Lyons, EPL’s Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Evanston Public Library continues to expand its community partnerships, which extend its reach into Evanston even further and more broadly. From both School Districts to social services agencies, arts institutions, Northwestern University, senior homes and home daycare, EPL spreads a culture of literacy throughout the community. Later this summer, the Library will launch crowdfunding as a way to expand individual support for vital programs like Summer Reading which reaches thousands of Evanston children, teens and adults.

During National Library Week, patrons of Evanston Public Library can find Free Tax Preparation, Free Legal Consultations, A Celebration of Belizean Culture, a discussion of dyslexia by an expert panel, a range of storytimes for young children, a Vietnam Veterans War Recognition event, and a Summer Book Preview with give-aways hosted by Betsy Bird, among many other offerings.

A complete list of programs during National Library Week is available at epl.org/calendar.