Making connections

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Foundation is 501(c)3 established to support the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. We inspire and connect the community in a desire for shared exploration, understanding, and engagement in the wonder of knowledge. 


The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Foundation fosters connections in 3 key ways.

  • Connecting the community to the library through events, activities, and special offerings
  • Guiding community members in ways to volunteer to make a difference through the library
  • Providing opportunities for the community to give financially to the library and to support its impact.

Whether it’s through book sales events, opportunities to learn about authors, or to give to special projects of the library, the Foundation is committed to helping individuals, organizations, and businesses connect through the library, and grow in its desire for shared exploration, understanding, and knowledge.

You too can be part of the movement of knowledge and wonder in Evansville. To learn how you can engage in this exciting journey, contact the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Foundation by emailing foundation@evpl.org.

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SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series 

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series will feature authors in 2024 who touch on our theme of Read, Discover, Play.

Dr. Anthony DeBenedet | Tuesday, September 10

Anthony DeBenedet, M.D. is a practicing physician, writer, and behavioral-science enthusiast. He is the author of Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World, a book about the hidden ways that playfulness affects adulthood. He is also the co-author of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It, and Unplug and Play: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Roughhousing with Your Kids, parenting books focusing on the importance of parent-child physical play.

His interviews and writings have been featured in multiple media outlets, including the New York Times, TODAY, Washington Post, and TIME Ideas.

DeBenedet has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System.

DeBenedet lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he enjoys spending time with his family, connecting with friends, and playing a little basketball.

Dr. DeBenedet will discuss his research and works on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm at EVPL Central. Thanks to the generosity of the EVPL Foundation, this event is FREE and open to all.

The EVPL Foundation is an underwriting supporter of SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series.

Previous presenters in our SPEAK series include:

Details about 2024’s SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series lineup will be released soon.

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Upcoming Book Sales

Book sales are a primary fundraising activity of the Foundation. Held several times throughout the year, proceeds from the sales are used to support youth programs and services, the community lecture series, emerging technologies, collections, staff engagement, and special library projects and initiatives.

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