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What Do You Want to Ask the Evanston Public Library Director?

Submit your questions to Patch and we'll do our best to ask them of Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons.

Much is afoot at the Evanston Public Library, where new director Karen Danczak Lyons took over in March after a long career with the Chicago Public Library.

Perhaps most notably, Lyons and her staff are making plans to take over operations of The Mighty Twig, the independent library founded by volunteers last March after the city closed the South Branch due to lack of funds. Under a proposal approved by the library board, the new branch would be staffed by Evanston Public Library employees with help from volunteers, and would be supported by fundraising and grants.

Lyons and her staff are also studying the feasibility of a new branch location in west Evanston, in line with a strategic plan for the years 2011 through 2014 that sets improved accessibility as a major goal. 

The strategic plans calls not just for an increase in the library’s physical reach but also an increase in its outreach to different demographics within the city. Given Evanston’s growing Hispanic population, the library recently hired a Latino Outreach Library Assistant and is expanding its programs for Spanish speakers

Patch plans to sit down with Lyons in the next week or so to ask her about her vision for the library’s future and what challenges she sees along the way. We’ve got some ideas for questions, but we’d like to know what readers want to learn. Tell us what you’d like to ask Lyons in the comments and we’ll do our best to include it in the interview.  

Procrustes' Foil October 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM
In my opinion, the library needs to start a book group that is more inclusive of all Evanstonians. With the closing of the south branch, the current book group choices are limited to non-fiction and African-American readers. What about a general literature group that is more inclusive? It can even be run by volunteers. I would be delighted to run such a group.
Silvia October 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Would love more activities for special needs children (autism, ADHD, etc) and their parents, thanks!
Dan Cox October 20, 2012 at 08:56 PM
There needs to be a Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Class for Pre- K thru 3rd Grade School Children. There are Video's, Work books and Prize's for the Kid's. The concept is simple, telling a child what to do, if they find a Gun. 1. STOP. 2. Don't Touch. 3. Leave the area. 4. Tell a responsible Adult. This information will save lives, but it must be shared with the Children, in order for them to know it and use it!
jim October 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Have you considered a user fee for the Library Card?
Genie Kastrup October 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM
What plans does the library have to expand it's reading materials for Kindle users?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Jennifer Lau Bond shared this question on Facebook yesterday: "I have a question about what EPL plans to do to invest in technology. They offer much less than many neighboring libraries, which do things like lend ereaders or tablets, have media labs for the production of digital content, have macs for public use, offer advanced tech classes (photoshop, programming, etc). What technologies does EPL think would benefit our community, and what plans do they have to get it?"
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thanks to everyone who asked questions! We've got your answers here: http://evanston.patch.com/articles/the-evanston-public-library-director-answers-your-questions

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