Waukegan Public Library
August 2011 Enewsletter
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Courtyard Concerts

August 5 - Barry White & Friends, blues 
2011 courtyard concert flyer
View entire summer concert lineup.

August 12 - Piper Road Spring Band, bluegrass
August 19 - The Morganfields, 60-70s acoustic duo
August 26 - Brent Mitchell, Alt-Country

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.


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.


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".
Waukegan Public Library - 2011 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival  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.


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! 


Waukegan Public Library Garage Sale

garage saleIn conjunction with the Waukegan Street Sale on August 13, the Waukegan Public Library will be holding their very own "Garage Sale".  Come by and see what "rare finds" you might find!  Cash sales only.


Date:  Saturday, August 13

Time:  9-4 pm

Location:  Rear parking lot of library

Office tables and chairs, maintenance equipment, industrial carpet cleaners, framed artwork, and more!


New Computer Classes
New computecomputer-1yellowr classes for adults and children begin the week of September 5. Registration for those classes starts the week of August 18.  Contact Carol for more information.


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
Programs at a Glance


Age 0-5


10:10 AM, Babies and Books

10:10 AM, Terrific Twos

10:10 AM, Three-Year-Old Art Time

10:10 AM, Two-Year-Old Storytime

10:45 AM, Drop-in Daycare Storytime

10:45 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM, Drop-in Family Storytime

11:30 AM, Early Learning Center Camp

2:30 PM, Homeschoolers Storytime

3:00 PM, 6:45 PM, Drop-in Spanish Storytime

6:00 PM, Bilingual Early Learning Center Camp

6:30 PM, Early Learning Center Camp




Age 6-12


1:00 PM, Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Playdough Mania and Back to School Crafts

4:00 PM, Game Time!

5:00 PM, Back to School Party

6:00 PM, Life Under Water:  Adaptations of Fish



Age 13-15


4:30 PM, A Day in Bombay

4:30 PM, Nautical Nonsense

4:30 PM, Zombie Club





2:00 PM, Bound to Please Book Club  

2:00 PM, Open Mic Series

6:00 PM, Environmental Film Series





Drew Davis Art Exhibition, Gallery 128

2:00 PM, Family Movie 




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