We have 60+ regular volunteers, ages 9 to 89, and they are the reason The Mighty Twig continues to flourish! MTwig volunteers work with patrons, process donations, and develop relationships with the community.
Many have a regular schedule. Same hours, same day, each week.
Some have schedules that only allow them to volunteer once or twice each month.
All are welcome!
If you would like to volunteer at The Mighty Twig, simply send an email to:
Have a crazy schedule and are hesitant to commit to a time slot? No problem!
Every Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. is Open Volunteer Night!
Come when you can, do what you have time for...
Volunteer Opportunities at The Mighty Twig
The Mighty Twig currently stocks 10 Reading Centers (Book Nooks) each week throughout Evanston. That volunteer is provided with a bag (or two) of gently used books that have been cleaned and labeled, and 'fit' that particular location.
Reading Centers can be as small as a two shelf book case or an area that houses several. Some only take a few minutes to stock; others can take longer. No matter what the size, the books fly off the shelf!
When you become a Reading Center volunteer, you become a person that folks look forward to seeing. You will develop relationships in new neighborhoods, and will become 'The Twig Lady (or Man!)'. Delivery is based upon your schedule.
Reading Centers (Book Nooks)
We currently have 6 ETHS Senior Studies volunteers working a regular schedule. They are:
After a short training session, they are put to work alongside our regular volunteer staff, and are responsible for everything from assisting patrons to shelving books. Each of them has demonstrated unique individual talents as well such as writing book reviews, assuming responsibility for event photography, etc.
A big Thank You! goes out to this group of outstanding seniors, and we look forward to hosting many more!
I’'m very impressed with the mission of The Mighty Twig and I’m excited to be helping out. In an increasingly digital society, the only way books are going to remain a widespread medium for discourse is if someone is working to facilitate their exchange. In my mind, that is the importance of The Mighty Twig.
- Daniel Goering
"I really enjoy the Mighty Twig’s atmosphere, the book selection, the way books are checked out on the honor system and the incredible impact it has on the Evanston community. I went to stock a Mighty Twig bookshelf at the Fleetwood-Jourdain center on my first Thursday slot and the bookshelf was almost empty after being filled the week before. It was amazing to see firsthand the impact on the community."
- Darcy Miller
"The Mighty Twig is peaceful, and open to everyone. Something that makes it special is that they lend books on the honor system. This teaches little kids about responsibility. It's hard for some children to get a real library card and The Mighty Twig makes it easier for those children."
- LaCayya Arnold
Our resources may be limited, but our enthusiasm more than makes up for it - - We are always looking for ways to bring new programming to The Mighty Twig. Each storytime, computer class, and event started off simply as an idea... and became a reality because someone said "Can I do that?!"
Want to learn how to draw?
Speak a foreign language?
Become a tutor?
Have a poetry slam?
Organize a play group? Movie Night?
Teach Yoga? Photography? Saxophone?
The possibilities are endless...
Hosting a one-time event or a recurring program is easier than you might think. Settle on an idea, figure out what supplies (people and 'things') you will need, how long the program or event would last, the number of volunteers (or friends) you could use, dates you are available, etc. Once you have a rough idea, give us a holler. We will be happy to meet with you and figure out how to make your idea a reality!
Call Marcia at (847) 560-5600, stop in, or send us an email at email@example.com
On the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Junior's Day of Service we revitalized the Eddie Lee Sutton Library at Family Focus!
Almost 100 volunteers spent the day cleaning, labeling and sorting books. Folks lent a hand to assemble bookcases, and shelve thousands of books. The library is currently used by many members of the community, including children enrolled in after-school programs, GED, Teen Parenting, and Adult Education Classes. The goal is to update the library to provide a comfortable space that better meets the needs of all members of the community.
Our thanks go out to everyone who lent a hand to make this work day a success!
MLK, Jr and Bennett Johnson, EPLF Board of Directors
circa 1959, Chicago, IL
900 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 www.epl.org and www.eplfriends.org
DOME OF DOOM!
** Teens Only **
MTweens are going to have so much fun they won't be able to stand it!!
Click on the poster to see more, and in the meantime, start reading your copy of "Order of Odd Fish" by James Kennedy
Block off April 20th and April 27th, from 4:30 to 7:30.
You are going to have too much fun. Think you can stand it...?!
Team Building Workshop for Parents and Caregivers
One of the most important relationships a child develops is with their parent(s). Caregivers also play a crucial role in supporting that child, and what better person to have on your team?
Spend an evening exploring ideas and learning skills to increase communication between parent and caregiver, creating a solid 'team' with common goals and practices.
Thursday, April 12
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
900 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
TUE: 10 am - 5 pm
WED: 10 am - 5 pm
THUR: 10 am - 8 pm
FRI: 10 am - 5 pm
SAT: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013
WE WILL REOPEN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
HOURS and LOCATION