Waukegan Public Library
September 2011 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


Summer is slipping away and fall is right around the corner.  With all the wind and thunderstorms we've suffered through in the last 90 days, the library never lost power and fulfilled its role as a community cooling center.  Thanks to ComEd for providing bottled water and sandwiches for our patrons.  


Now the kids are heading back to school, and coming here instead for homework help or a quiet place to study. I'd like to extend that invitation to all Gurnee families wondering where they'll go while their library closes during September and October. Please come visit us!  We accept any Illinois public library card, and proudly offer one of the largest collections of books in Lake County.


Richard "my place is your place" Lee

Lake County Mariposa Festival

marposaSeptember 24, 2011 marks the second annual Mariposa Festival, 11am to 3pm, in downtown Waukegan.  Held rain or shine, this open-air celebration offers multiple stages featuring bands, such as Crooked Moon and teen sensation Kate Diaz, dance, theater performances, food demos and restaurant exhibitors, arts and crafts, environmental displays and other celebrations of nature.  Admission is free.  Interested in becoming an exhibitor at the event?  Contact Mitch Siegel.  See more information on Mariposa.


Gallery 128

drew davis artLocated in the Waukegan Public Library, Gallery 128 exhibits two and three-dimensional artwork of past and present Waukegan residents. "Full Circle-How the Past Informs Our Present and Future" will be on display through Sept. 30. For gallery information or to inquire about upcoming exhibits, call Mitch Siegel at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.  See more information on Gallery 128's current exhibition.  



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.  Starting back up in September, we welcome our first busload of fall semester 3-6th graders, as part of the new Bus to Us! program.  The program will continue with 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! 


Adult Tutor Training

literacy manWant to be a tutor?  The literacy program matches volunteer literacy tutors with adults who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math or English. Tutors must attend 5 sessions of tutor training. If you are interested, please register for the September 7 Tutor Orientation to find out more.


Orientation Session: Program Overview

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 7-8:30 PM

College of Lake County Grayslake Campus


To register, or for more information, please call

Barbara Babb 847 623-2041 X 225, or




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".  Professional storytellers this year will include Megan
Waukegan Public Library - 2011 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival 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.

Be a sponsor to this year's Festival!



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

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Contact Information
Linda Gfesser
Waukegan Public Library
Programs at a Glance


Age 0-5 


10:10 AM, Babies and Books storytime
10:10 AM, Terrific Twos storytime
10:10 AM, Three-Year-Old Art Time
10:10 AM, Two-Year-Old storytime
11:30 AM, 6:30 PM, Nature storytime; Underwater Plants and Animals
11:30 AM, Early Learning Center Camps
10:45 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM, Drop-in storytime
3:00 PM, Homeschoolers storytime
3:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos storytime
6:00 PM, Evening Early Learning Center Camps



Age 6-12


4:00 PM, Game Time!

5:00 PM, Lego Mania

5:00 PM, Get Cooking!

6:00 PM, Lake Ecology and Invasive Fish Species

7:15 PM, Sensational Sixes and Sevens



Age 13-15


4:30 PM, Mr. Roboto's Build-a-Robot Workshop

4:30 PM, Robot Dance Time

4:30 PM, Zombie Club





10:00 AM, Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab
10:30 AM, Computer Class/Beginner/English
1:15 PM, Computer Class/Beginner/Spanish

2:00 PM, Bound to Please Book Club

5:30 PM, Computer Class/Beginner/Intermediate/English

6:00 PM, Immigration Seminar Series: Who Can Get a Legal Permanent Resident Card and How

6:00 PM, Quiénes pueden obtener la Tarjeta de Residencia Permanente y Cómo

6:30 PM, Computer Class/Beginner/Spanish





10:30 AM, ESL Family Literacy Class

12:30 PM, Family Literacy Class

2:00 PM, Family Movie - Rango 



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