The Evanston Public Library has opened a temporary summer outpost at the Evanston Plaza shopping center on the city’s west side.

The facility, called the “Summer Reading Stop,” is located in a storefront at 1958 Dempster St., just four doors south of Panino’s restaurant.

The Evanston Public Library has opened a temporary summer outpost at the Evanston Plaza shopping center on the city’s west side.

The facility, called the “Summer Reading Stop,” is located in a storefront at 1958 Dempster St., just four doors south of Panino’s restaurant.

“We think kids, reading and summer make a great combination,” said Mary Johns, the library’s director. “We’re excited to have the chance to take summer reading fun to more parts of our community.”

The Summer Reading Stop is a library outpost with books and magazines for kids of all ages and their parents. Youngsters can:

  • Sign up for the summer reading game and report progress and receive prizes for time spent reading. This year’s theme is “Make a Splash! Read!”
  • Attend pre-school story time at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with even more story times to come.
  • Play board games and do arts and crafts.
  • Take a book, bring it back and exchange it for another one.
  • Or, just spend time reading at the Stop.

The Summer Reading Stop will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from now through Aug. 26.

For more information, call 847-448-8600.

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4 Comments

  1. This is where the second branch library should be

    We need two branch libraries, but not as they are currently configured. The Summer Reading Stop should be the home of the South Branch of the EPL. The current location of the South Branch is a 20 minute walk or a short EL ride away from the Main Library. The Dempster location would reach an under served community in Evanston.

  2. West branch library-finally!!!!????

    Let me underscore the sentiments expressed by "wordgirl" – that given the limited resources for branch libraries- perhaps its time that the south branch move west- to the long time underserved communities of Evanston;  and if the proposal by Sen Schoenberg to locate joint space for a branch library/ state unemployment office is taken seriously by Council- then may they look at the west side -in the Dempster/Dodge plaza as a viable option!!!!!

  3. Temp West Branch Library

    This is a really good idea, however, why does it close at 4pm? Are the times based on stay-at-home parents? The location and free parking is much more convenient, and it would be great to take the kids after work but a 4p close time curtails the options for working parents.

  4. North Branch move to help West side ?

    What about moving the North branch to Fleetwood-Jourdain Center ?  There it could service the underserved Westside and the Northside residents could still say they have a branch close to them.  It would provide book/internet access to a community that by most demographic measures needs such services more than the wealthier area of Central and surrounding blocks.

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