Evanston RoundTable
ETHS students rally for the environment at Fountain Square. Credit: Evan Girard

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Evanston Township High School students have been demanding that the school hire a full-time sustainability coordinator, and on Monday, dozens walked out of school to support and promote their demands.

Students left ETHS at 1:30 p.m. and headed to Fountain Square, where they were joined by climate activists, students from Beacon Academy and Roycemore School, and members of several community organizations.

Once united at Fountain Square, the crowd of almost 100 formed what they called an “Intergenerational Climate Strike.” The RoundTable’s livestream of the event has been posted on Facebook.

Evanston Public Library main branch, 1703 Orrington Ave. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg) Credit: Bob Seidenberg

In coming months, Evanston Public Library trustees have a number of important projects to consider.

These include a $345,000 digitalization of the library’s historic newspaper collection, a $493,850 replacement of the main library’s ventilation fans, finding a location for a projected 10,000-square-foot west side library and deciding whether to bring in a consultant for a feasibility study of a new bookmobile.

“I don’t know how we can accomplish these things with our budget constraints, so I’m just trying to wrap my head around that,” said Trustee Shawn Iles at the April 20 meeting.

At This Time: Monday at 8:52 a.m. Roey, the missing labradoodle, is reunited with his family at the Evanston Animal Shelter. The family, who asked not to use their last name, was vacationing in the Bahamas when Roey escaped from the dog sitter and spent seven days on the run. About 200 Evanston residents searched for the dog by posting sightings on social media and distributing fliers until he was found – unscratched – on Thursday. Here Savannah, 7, mom Jennifer and Eli, 11, pet Roey after their return. “We are thrilled beyond belief,” said Jennifer. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

COVID-19 by the numbers: 32 new cases were reported Sunday, April 24, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 33.6 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Evanston Fire Chief Paul Polep (right) interviews Lukasz Tatara.

Getting to know City of Evanston super-employee Lukasz Tatara. “People You Should Know” takes us to the Maple Street Garage where Evanston Fire Chief Paul Polep interviews Lukasz Tatara, a Polish immigrant turned Northwestern graduate. You’ve probably seen him around Evanston during his 14-plus years of public service, and most recently he was named interim parking division manager.

Sculptor Erik Blome works on his giant bust of du Sable. (Submitted photo)

Bust of du Sable coming to Evanston in the fall. A giant bronze head of Chicago founder Jean Baptiste Point du Sable will be shown in the City of Evanston this fall, displayed near the Chase Bank Plaza at Orrington Avenue and Davis Street before traveling to Aurora in spring 2023.

Sherry Smith sketches inside when weather doesn’t cooperate. (Submitted photo)

The Art of Making Art: Sherry Smith. Evanston resident Sherry Smith learned about urban sketching two years ago and fell in love with it. Urban sketching is the practice of drawing and painting the scene in front of you for the purpose of capturing a moment, a place and a memory.

Audience cheers for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at ETHS. (Photo by Maura Shea) Credit: Maura Shea

The week in photos: April 18-25. The ETHS spring musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat clearly wowed the audience, which responded with a standing ovation.

Amber Evey-Schmidt speaks to the District 65 board. (YouTube screenshot)

Letter to the editor: Here’s what Haven teacher told the board. I am a Haven parent and attended the School District 65 board meeting on Monday, April 18. As noted in your reporting of the meeting, the YouTube live feed went down partway through the meeting.

 A conventionally powered Evanston school bus. (Photo by Bessie Mbadugha) Credit: Bessie Mbadugha

Northwestern University moves Evanston closer to an electric bus. With help from Northwestern University students, the Head Start early childhood education program will acquire its first electric school buses and charging infrastructure in Evanston.

One of last year’s gardens. (Photo provided by EEA) Credit: Submitted by the Evanston Environmental Association

Tickets for the Evanston Garden Walk on sale now. The Evanston Environmental Association will host the annual Evanston Garden Walk this year on Sunday, June 26 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston. Good Vibes for sale. At a garage sale on Asbury Avenue south of Monroe Street. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...