The Evanston150 Steering Committee and the Evanston Public Library invite members of the Evanston community to take part in Night of Ideas, an evening of brainstorming to generate big ideas for Evanston’s future on Thursday, May 12.

The Evanston150 Steering Committee and the Evanston Public Library invite members of the Evanston community to take part in Night of Ideas, an evening of brainstorming to generate big ideas for Evanston’s future on Thursday, May 12.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue. It will include live music, visioning activities for children and teens, and prize giveaways. 

Night of Ideas is part of Evanston150, a community-wide grassroots effort to engage community members in brainstorming ideas that would make the city a better place to live, work, and play.

The goal is to collect at least 2,013 ideas by midnight on July 31. The ideas will then be narrowed down to 100 by a volunteer selection jury, and voted on by the community in mid-October to determine the top 30 ideas.

The selection jury will then choose the final 10 ideas to be announced on Nov. 10. The Evanston150 Steering Committee hopes to see many of the ideas underway or completed by 2013, the 150th anniversary of Evanston’s incorporation. 

Evanston150 Steering Committee member Marybeth Schroeder says, “We want to create a fun atmosphere and provide an opportunity for individuals who might not be members of organizations to come together and form ad hoc brainstorming groups. Individual ideas are welcome, and being collected through the evanston150.org website, but one of the goals of this initiative is to bring community members together to envision our future with each other.” 

Eight conference rooms and study areas in the public library, including the Teen Loft, will be utilized for brainstorming and visioning activities during the event. The library will remain open to the public for regular library activities.

Library Director and Evanston150 Steering Committee member Mary Johns says, “We aim to turn the library into a beehive of brainstorming activities.” John adds, “Regular library services will continue, including a used book sale. It should make for an interesting hybrid of readers, thinkers and visionaries coming together for a night. I can’t wait to see what kind of ideas come from that mix.”

Reservations are not needed. Community members are welcome to drop in anytime between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to participate. For more information on Evanston150, visit www.evanston150.org or call 847-347-2013.  

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