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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VIP Reception: Elin Hilderbrand – SOLD OUT

VIP Reception tickets are SOLD OUT.

Enjoy an intimate reception with bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and you will receive VIP seating at the SPEAK. The formal presentation begins at 7:00 pm in the Aiken Theater and is free. Tickets cost $50 and proceeds benefit the EVPL Foundation

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.

Elin Hilderbrand | Thursday, May 2

Elin Hilderbrand is known as the “Queen of the Beach Read” and has written 33 novels, most of which are bestsellers set in the summertime of Nantucket. Her books have circulated more than 18,000 times among EVPL readers, and she is the 5th-highest circulating adult author at EVPL. Elin’s final Nantucket-based novel, Swan Song, is set for release this summer. 

A year-round resident of Nantucket, Elin enjoys going to the beach, cooking for her young adult children, and occasionally dancing in the front row at the Chicken Box. She is a grateful nine-year breast cancer survivor. 

Before her visit, EVPL will host a series of programs exploring Elin Hilderbrand’s works and themes.

Elin will discuss her works on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm in the Aiken Theatre, Old National Events Plaza. 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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