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It’s been almost a year since I joined Evanston Public Library as their Collection Development Manager. So what have I learned about this city and its reading population? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the facts as I see them about this great city:

Travel! Travel! Travel! Evanston’s crazy for it.

Honestly, I cannot quite figure out if the residents of Evanston are constantly jet setting around the world or if they simply like to read about travel. This year I weeded out all our out-of-date travel titles and bought a slew of new ones. We then placed the books on the east side of the room where they could have their own little space. We seem to be a victim of our own success, though. Insofar as I can tell, Evanston residents are interested in visiting every single part of the world. Particularly Canada, especially Canada! One would think that half the population of Montreal consisted of Evanston tourists, seeing the sites and walking the streets.

Biographies are Not for Everyone

On the first floor of the library you’ll find a rotating display next to the Most Wanted section where I come up with a different grouping of books every month.  Almost everything I put there circulates beautifully. Gardening titles. Pets. Travel memoirs. But there was one topic I put there that never ever circulated: Biographies. Sure, folks like to read them on occasion. But apparently there aren’t vast hoards of people here in town who only like to read the latest ones. Good to know.

Evanston Cat Lovers Outnumber Dog Lovers

This month you’ll find on the aforementioned first floor display a collection of books about pets, pet owners, vet mem-oirs, etc. I always make certain to put just as many books out about dogs as cats. Yet to my surprise, the cat books go out far more than the dog books. I’m not going to read too much into that, but clearly cat people in Evanston are far more inclined to read about their furry feline friends than their canine compatriots.

Evanston readers love their e-books and e-audiobooks and are not afraid of a little new technology.

We’re happy to report that thanks to our handy dandy instructional sheets found on the second floor, checking out e-books and e-audiobooks has never been easier. But what’s that? Free instantaneous streaming? Don’t mind if we do! When Hoopla was introduced at EPL it took very little time for it to get going. Now it’s more popular than ever and going strong. That soundtrack of Hamilton: The Musical probably doesn’t hurt matters much.

Evanston readers are the best readers in the world. No brag. Just fact. But you knew that already, didn’t you?

Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library.