The Evanston Public Library is inviting Evanstonians to compose their own very short stories to celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16.

“Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a story in six words,” said Jill Skwerski, who is coordinating EPL’s National Library Week effort.  Skwerski said Hemingway’s response was: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Inspired by the poignancy and brevity of this tale and in honor of National Library Week, Evanston Public Library is asking library patrons to say why they love the library, in just six  words.

Some people already have done so, with submissions such as:

  • Just ask. They know. Well done!
  • Books are weapons with nine lives.
  • I never know what I’ll find.

Submissions will be accepted via email to, or stop in the library and fill out a form at any service desk.  Stories will be posted around the library during the week of April 10-16.

“Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories,” says Library Director Mary Johns.  “Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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