Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Evanston Public Library staff and materials have officially moved in to a branch location at 900 Chicago Ave., the former site of the volunteer-run library The Mighty Twig.
Two years after the South Branch Library closed, the Evanston Public Library has reopened a branch location in south Evanston, at 900 Chicago Ave. Library staff and materials have moved into the location formerly operated by The Mighty Twig, a library that was run on a volunteer basis by the Evanston Public Library Friends after the South Branch closed. “Slowly but surely, we’re re-becoming a branch,” said library clerk Jennifer Hiltwein, who checked out books and DVDs to a steady stream of patrons on Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers from the Friends group started The Mighty Twig at 900 Chicago Ave. just a month after city officials closed the South Branch, citing a lack of funding. Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons, who…
Friday, August 31, 2012
The library board gave new director Karen Danczak Lyons approval to begin formalizing ties with the volunteer-run library formed after the South Branch Library was closed.
Evanston’s volunteer-run library, The Mighty Twig, could soon see funding and staffing from the Evanston Public Library, according to the Evanston Review. Evanston Public Library board members voted last week to give director Karen Danczak Lyons permission to formalize a relationship with the citizens’ group that runs the Mighty Twig, the Review reports. Staffed entirely by volunteers, The Mighty Twig was opened in spring 2011 after the city voted to shut down the South Branch Library last year due to lack of funding. Now, the Evanston Public Library may contribute as much as $103,000 in funds toward The Mighty Twig in the next fiscal year, according to the Review. For the full story, visit the Evanston Review website.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Evanston's library board passed a 2012 budget that had north-siders jumping for joy and other residents complaining of unequal neighborhood services.
The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees passed a 2012 budget with funding to both keep the North Branch library open at current service levels and create a new community engagement librarian position. The motion passed 5-3, with one board member abstaining, at the board’s Wednesday night meeting and was the first library budget approved under the board’s new autonomous library fund model. The approved budget was one of three options under consideration. The first of the two remaining scenarios, dubbed the “base budget,” continued North Branch funding but did not provide for the new community engagement position, while the second alternative closed the North Branch and hired the new librarian. Throughout the meeting, several board …