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Lit Fest Planned at EPCHS Library; Sponsors Sought to Land Big Name Author

EVERGREEN PARK, IL – An ambitious fundraising campaign of $20,000 is underway to bring the first Ever-Read Young Adult Literary Festival to Evergreen Park. The festival, hosted by Evergreen Park Public Library and Evergreen Park Community High School, will feature national and local authors, and attract readers from Evergreen Park and surrounding communities. This event is in the books for March 16, 2024, but it can’t happen without local support!

With the generous support of the community, the festival will draw an author of national prominence to serve as the keynote speaker. Nationally-recognized authors such as Arshay Cooper, Kwame Alexander and Angeline Boulley have been named as potential keynote

“Literary festivals build excitement around reading,” event organizers Dr. Tina Ward, media specialist at EPCHS, and Mary Black, teen librarian at Evergreen Park Public Library, wrote in a letter to sponsors. “Students will connect to authors and books, participate in panel discussions, attend writing workshops and take home a signed book to treasure.”

Ward and Black have miles to go, however, before they can reach or exceed their sponsorship goal. With sponsors like you, donations in any amount from $5 to $3,500+ will help to bring in national authors, provide books for teens, promote the event, and reignite a love of reading for fun. Donations can be made at Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S Troy Ave, or online at