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- Read Our Phased Reopening Plan
- All programs are virtual through August 31
- Join us virtually as EPL Board of Trustees meets: June 17, 6:30 pm
- Call with your questions: 847-448-8630
Black Lives Matter
FAN presents White Fragility webinar with Robin DiAngelo, interviewed by Marcus Campbell, Ed. D., Assistant Superintendent/Principal, ETHS. Register. Friday, June 12, 7 pm
Nicholas Buccola discusses The Fire is Upon Us: This is the 55th anniversary of the historic debate between James Baldwin & William F. Buckley Jr. (You can view the debate here.) This book recounts the debate and the lives of the two men. Following the presentation, the author will answer questions submitted via Zoom chat. Read more and register. Thursday, June 18, 7 pm
Juneteenth Evanston 2020: Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and is observed every year on June 19. Read more about what’s planned for Evanston’s Juneteenth celebration at https://evanstonsjuneteenthparade.com/
Check out our anti-racism resource list of books, films, articles, and podcasts for all ages.
Watch Just Mercy, a film about the life’s work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stephenson fighting systemic racism in our society, now available free to stream in June across multiple platforms.
Listen to The Check Out podcast Episode 1 with Pat Efiom, the City’s first Chief Equity Officer and Episode 3 with Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center, an Evanston nonprofit organization devoted to Black History on Chicago’s North Shore.
Uncover your hidden biases with Project Implicit, an international collaboration between researchers who are interested in thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.
Attend these webinars: Racism and Our Families’ Health: Connecting the Dots: June 19, (part 1) and June 26, (part 2) from 3-5 pm. A program of Bronx Health REACH, led by the Institute for Family Health
and: The Black Health Matters Virtual Summit, July 18, 8:30 am to 6 pm (EST)
June is Pride Month
June is Pride Month! Celebrate with the books, shows, and films with a collection curated for you by EPL. Here’s our all-digital list.
Pride Month Book Club discusses Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by François S. Clemmons. Register. Sunday, June 28, 6 pm
More Book and Author Virtual Events
Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area: a discussion with author Peter Cole in partnerhip with Northwestern. Register. Monday, June 15, 6 pm
7 Habits of Highly Effective People 8-Week Workshop: On this 30th anniversary of the book’s publication, join weekly discussions on effective and proven strategies that have empowered millions of people to have life-changing results in their personal and professional lives. Register. Tuesdays, starting June 16, 7 pm
Catherine Adel West in Conversation with M Shelly Conner: Join a discussion about the novel Saving Ruby King, about violence, loss, family and trauma. An unforgettable debut novel from a South Side Chicago author. Read more and register. Thursday, June 18, 12 pm
North Branch Book Discussion Group reads An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: Celestial and Roy are living their American dream until Roy is arrested and sent to prison. This Oprah Book Club title turns a spotlight on the justice system while sharing the intimacy of a family and its ability to survive. Register. Monday, June 22, 6:30 pm
More Virtual Events
Language Café: Join us for language conversation practice and intercultural exchange. Please register. Saturday, June 13, 1 pm
Salud de la Mujer: Una ginecóloga responde a sus preguntas. Por favor regístrese. Sunday, June 14, 7 pm
Zero Waste 101: Tips for home, kids, and office during COVID-19 and our new normal. Read more. Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm
Memory Café: Becky Froman Frieman will join library staff to provide a social hour of music therapy for those on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. Read more. Saturday, June 20, 1 pm
Evanston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is underway! Each year 1000s of participants of all ages earn prizes, meet reading goals, and dig deeper into the vast world of knowledge. Register today!
More Ways to Get and Give Support
- Vitalant Blood Drive, June 20, 11 am to 4 pm
- Evanston Care Network: Search for free and low-cost local access to services including childcare, unemployment, job training, food, housing, and much more
- Support Black-owned Evanston businesses
- The Evanston COVID-19 Business Task Force checklist summarizes the private, federal, and state loans, grants, and tax credits available to address immediate economic impacts of COVID-19.
- Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management in partnership with the City of Evanston is offering free strategic consulting support for local business owners. Get started.
- Learn about the ETHS 2020 graduates in this booklet published by the Evanston Roundtable.
- Enjoy free access to The Cozy Evanston Cookbook for Uncertain Times: Mastering the Art of Quarantine Cooking — put together by the Library with recipes from the people of Evanston.