On the third Saturday of the month, beginning in September, the Evanston Public Library is bringing in art and service programs for a Memory Café to provide enrichment activities for people living with dementia and their care partners. The events are social, fun, and offer equalizing opportunities to engage in art, dance, or music, among other activities.

The Evanston Public Library joins a growing network of Memory Cafés to address an underserved population. The offered activities will empower and entertain people with dementia and their caregivers in a neutral setting where everyone succeeds. Memory Cafés are an important tool for people with dementia and their care partners to combat isolation and reclusiveness and to stay engaged and involved in their community.

The Memory Cafés take place on the third Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Falcon Room of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington, Evanston. Participants also will have access to new resources and information about dementia and care opportunities.


On Saturday, September 15, the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts will present an interactive percussion event. The Institute for Therapy Through the Arts is an organization with centers in Evanston, Chicago, and Lake Forest, whose philosophy fosters the integration of mind and body to promote optimal health of the whole person.

On Saturday, October 20, the Hip Circle Empowerment Center will offer a belly-dancing session. The Hip Circle Empowerment Center is an Evanston-based bellydance and fitness studio that aims to make health and wellness accessible to all women.

On Saturday, November 17, the United in Faith Lutheran Church based on Chicago’s Northwest Side will bring its “New Life for Old Bags” program. Participants will roll used plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless. The church works with Cornerstone Community Outreach in Uptown to distribute the bags.

On Saturday, December 15, the Art Institute of Chicago will present “Lifelong Learning Art Insights,” to offer a historical and enlightening experience for participants who may not be able to visit the Art Institute on their own.

The programs will continue each third Saturday of the month. Programs for 2019 will be announced when scheduled. 

Everyone deserves the opportunity to improve themselves through the various forms of literacy. People with dementia and their care partners are important stakeholders in the Evanston community. The library offers them a dedicated program to broaden their opportunities for fun and education. No registration is necessary.

For more information, please contact Jill Skwerski, Community Engagement Librarian at jskwerski@cityofevanston.org or by calling 847-448-8664.