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Mighty Twig Applies for Pepsi Grant

The volunteer-run library needs $25,000 by Dec. 15 to keep the center open.

The is calling on supporters to help it remain open past Dec. 15, and has submitted an application for a Pepsi Refresh grant to get adequate funding for that goal.

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The Mighty Twig, a local volunteer-run library that was started by the Evanston Public Library Friends in response to library cutbacks, is located at Chicago Avenue  and Main Street in a brightly painted, vibrant space. It opened shortly after the , located a few blocks north on Chicago Avenue, closed. was also voted down by the Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees.

The focus of the Pepsi grant application is “Right Books! Right Place! Right Person!” The plan entails "purchasing gently used books written by African American Authors and/or for African American readers as well as books written in Spanish," according to a press email from the group. The books would be used in the current location as well as other drop-off book locations.

“Winning this grant will bring more attention to The Mighty Twig and to what we’re doing – demonstrating innovative and economical ways of providing widespread community library services during difficult times,” Jill Schacter, Friends vice president, told TribLocal.

The Mighty Twig recently reported 18,000 visitors in six months to its Chicago Avenue outpost.

To vote for the project:

Select “Vote for this idea” at
http://www.refresheverything.com/themightytwig
Or text "109325" to 73774

Mary Rosinski November 21, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Today we moved up to #21- Please everyone text EVERYDAY to 73774 subject 109325- help get 10k for books for Evanston - do it every day we have 9 more days to get into the top 15.

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