The Evanston Public Library will hold an open house to launch another season at the Summer Reading Stop in the Evanston Plaza shopping center

The library has a new, bigger space this year, in the old Washington Mutual site next to the Subway shop.

The open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at 1900 Dempster St.

Aldermen Delores Holmes and Peter Braithwaite will be on hand.

Festivities will include:

4 p.m. — Storytime with local celebrities, including Alderman Braithwaite.
4:30 p.m. — Tail Waggin’ Tutors: meet the therapy dogs & sign up to practice reading to a furry, patient listener.
5:30 p.m. — Acoustic performance by Evanston duo Tisa Batchelder and Gregg Ostrom
6 p.m. — Ice Cream for all!

Regular hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 13 to Aug. 13.

The Summer Reading Stop is a Library outpost with computers, books and magazines for everyone.

It features two story times — one with Mr. Rick for ages 4 and up on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. June 14 to July 26, and Family Story Time and Craft on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in July, all ages welcome, with a craft suitable for ages 3 and up.

Stop in to look at books and newspapers, play the Summer Reading Game, and use the internet.

The Summer Reading Stop is staffed by EPL neighborhood services staff, Evanston Public Library Friends and volunteers. The EPL staff and board are actively recruiting local West Evanston volunteers to get the community involved. Information on volunteering at the Stop is available online.

The Summer Reading Stop is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Philip and Margaret Farish Fund of the Library’s Endowment Fund.

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