Waukegan Public Library
July 2011 Enewsletter
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New happenings this summer at the library.
Courtyard Concerts

July 1 - Adam Kromelow Trio, jazz
2011 courtyard concert flyer
View entire summer concert lineup.

July 8 - Patchouli, folk
July 15 - Claudia Russell, folk
July 22 - Barrelhouse Bonni, blues
July 29 - Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole

Live music, lake breezes and a cushy umbrella seat by the garden.  Who needs another reason to lunch outdoors once a week?  Free Courtyard Concerts every Friday at noon in the library courtyard.  The concerts are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library.


eBook Excitement

Starting July 1, you can browse through 100 of our most popular titles, borrow a book and read it ... without ever getting out of bed!  Patrons with e-readers or smartphones, and a library card, can ebookdownload from our collection of eBooks 24/7, for free.  (Kindles cannot be used yet but we hope to change that in the near future.)  eBooks can be checked out for a period from 7-14 days, depending on the book.  The eBook will automatically expire after the lending period and guess what, no late fees!
JAWS Software Now Available

Responding to patron requests, the library recently acquired JAWS Screen Reading Software for the blind and visually impaired. JAWS reads aloud whatever appears on a PC screen, enabling those with vision loss to perform the same functions on a computer as a sighted person, from reading email to surfing the Net.


Patrons may reserve a two-hour time slot to use JAWS on the PC in the Kevin Gorter Tutoring Room on the library's lower level. Currently the library does not offer JAWS training, so the software is only intended for use by those already familiar with it. To set an appointment, contact our Literacy Office at (847) 623-2041X222.



Bus to Us!

bus to us in lake michigan exhibitThe new Under the Sea Exhibit in the Children's Department, generously sponsored by North Shore Gas, is making waves. The exhibit offers so many learning opportunities that the library began offering free field trips to District 60 classes to explore the displays.  In March, we welcomed our first busload of 3-6th graders as part of the new Bus to Us! program and will continue the free field trips until the exhibits close in November.  Bus to Us! is generously sponsored by the Harold M and Adeline S. Morrison Foundation.  Request more information on Bus to Us! 


Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival
Now in its sixth year, the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat with its spellbinding tales featuring "Literary Witches".
megan wells storytelling  Professional storytellers this year will include Megan Wells, Jim May, Jasmin Cardenas, and Milbre Burch.  Performance is at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 28, 2011, at the Genesee Theatre.  Tickets go on sale September 16 at ticketmaster or the Genesee Box Office.

Teachers interested in bringing their class for a field trip for the children's matinee performance held the same day, contact Rena Morrow at the Genesee Theatre to arrange a block of tickets.


Lake County Mariposa Festival

Mark your calendar for the Second Annual Mariposa marposaFestival, September 24, 11am to 3pm in downtown Waukegan.  Held rain or shine, this open-air festival offers multiple stages with bands, dance, theater performances, food demos, arts and crafts, environmental displays and other celebrations of nature.  Interested in becoming an exhibitor at the event?  Contact Mitch Siegel.  See more information on Mariposa.


Leaps in Literacy

Ever wonder who uses the Literacy Suite?  George, leaps in literacyDiana and their daughter, Emily, to name one family.  For the past year, they've attended classes through the free Families Learning Together Family Literacy Program. In June, Jeorge and Diana were among six family literacy students to graduate to the pre-GED level as a result of their hard work and academic achievements.  Now they are on track to earn a GED (General Education Diploma).  Besides George and Diana, 10 other parents and 16 children attended family literacy classes at the library.  To learn more about the classes or free one-on-one adult tutoring, contact Barb Babb.
Be a Lake Michigan Research Assistant

Join us for an afternoon of science and education on the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel. The Waukegan Public Library and the Waukegan Harbor Citizens Action Group have made arrangements with Grand wg jackson res vesselValley State University to take a group of 26 guests age 10 and older on a two-hour scientific expedition of the Waukegan Harbor and Lake Michigan.  Each child needs to be accompanied by a caregiver.  Students will do experiments with trained ship crew members such as testing the pH and turbidity of lake water, checking the clarity of the water with a Secchi disk and studying macro-invertebrates.

Date:  Monday, July 11, 2011

Time:  2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Place:  Dock on north side of the Waukegan Yacht Club, 199 North Harbor Place.  The ship is there and program participants can park in the parking lot at the Yacht Club.  Please be at the dock by 2:30 p.m.  Register here.


W.G. Jackson Research Vessel web page


Weaving a New Website

By now you have probably noticed changes to our website, including a rotating "carousel" of library news and events.  In April we went live with our newwebsite page website software designed to improve the timeliness and visual appeal of our offerings.  The new site lets you submit your own review about books, movies and music.  It also contains a new blog called "Have You Heard About . . " with recommendations of what to check out next.  Or, if you're just looking for something to do any given day, "Next Up @ the Library" offers a quick roster of our programs by day.  Like many big changes, the new site is a work in progress and we always welcome your suggestions.


Author Visit

the bitter and the sweetWaukegan author DeVon Nelson will visit Waukegan Public Library to discuss and sign copies of her new book, "The Bitter and the Sweet Around Me," from 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 6 in the Ray Bradbury Room.  No registration required.

More information about DeVon Nelson or her book


New Summer Hours
Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL
Mon-Wed 10am-8pm
Thu-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

Hinkston Park Branch
800 N. Baldwin Avenue
Waukegan, IL
(847) 263-8077
Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 1pm-5pm

Library Closings
Jul 4 
Independence Day
Sep 4-5
Labor Day
Nov 24-25
Dec 24-26

Donor Corner
Thank you to the top donors of the library in 2010!

Friends of the WPL
Gorter Family Foundation
Morrison Family Foundation
North Shore Gas
Office of the Sec. of State
Sec. of State Adult Basic Ed. Family Literacy
Sec. of State Adult Volunteer Literacy
Sec. of State ESL Family Literacy
United Way Adult Literacy Learners
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Contact Information
Linda Gfesser
Waukegan Public Library
Find a Program at the Library

This summer the library has a variety of programs offered, from children's to adult to family.   Please visit our website calendar for a complete list of offerings.


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