Caldecott-Honor winning artist and picture book illustrator Brendan Wenzel commemorated the peregrine falcons at the library. Photo from Evanston Public Library

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Oh, this world is a topsy-turvy place and there’s so little that stays the same year to year. Happily, there is one constant in this cruel, unfeeling universe on which you can depend: The peregrine falcons have returned to nest on Evanston Public Library.

As they do every year, a pair of peregrines has selected one of the columns facing Church Street as the ideal location to raise a family. There are no eggs to report as of yet, so be sure to watch our live Falcon Cam at

The weather is still a bit nippy, though. Happily, the library now has a warm, cozy way to appreciate our resident raptors.

In 2018 the Caldecott Honor winning artist and picture book illustrator Brendan Wenzel created a work of original art commemorating our falcons. In the foreground you can see them soaring, with the library visible behind.

In the children’s room, librarian extraordinaire Brian Wilson went out of his way to have the piece mounted and framed (note how the wood of the frame matches the falcons’ beaks and talons). This piece now hangs in the children’s room in our art space where anyone is free to stop by and see it.

Spring may finally be here.