Jill Schacter, host of the Check Out podcast
Photo from Evanston Public Library
Jill Schacter, host of the Check Out podcast Photo from Evanston Public Library

Evanston Public Library has launched The Check Out, a podcast that introduces listeners to Evanston residents or people working in Evanston who are actively engaged in making the community better, and other noteworthy pursuits. The podcast, hosted by EPL Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Schacter, features interviews with Evanstonians involved in fields such as the arts, history, nonprofits and community development.

“Other libraries’ podcasts are often about books,” The Check Out host Ms. Schacter said. “Evanstonians love Evanston so much that it just made sense to make our podcast more community-focused. We want The Check Out to give people in the community a voice. Along the way, listeners might just learn something about the role the library plays in the community, too.”

The Check Out season 1 guests include Patricia Efiom, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Evanston; Mary Collins, Community Development specialist and former Evanston Township High School Community Service Coordinator; Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront; Lisa Degliantoni, founder of Evanston Made; Karli Butler, fourth-generation Evanstonian and motivational speaker; Betsy Bird, Renowned children's book author and EPL Collections Manager; and Kim Erwin, Co-Director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design at University of Illinois at Chicago. Episodes will be released every two weeks and are available at: https://www.epl.org/thecheckout/, and on iTunes and Spotify, where the first episode is already available.