Waukegan Public Library
October 2011 Enewsletter
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Message from the director


The library's two boilers, each 46 years old, have left the building! We replaced the old system with a new, three-boiler, hybrid condensing/non-condensing system that will save us 15 to 20 percent in energy costs. Big deal you say? You're right, it is. Not only will the Waukegan Public Library be the city's official warming center during the winter months; more importantly, those energy savings will be passed on to you, the taxpayer. That is not only the green thing to do, it's the right thing to do. 


Richard "my place is your place" Lee

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 now on sale at ticketmaster or the Genesee Box Office.  Receive $1 off ticket price when you show your library card at the 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!



Author Chris Bohjalian to visit WPL

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Chris Bohjalian, author of 14 books including six New York Times bestsellers, will visit the Waukegan Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the library's new series, Writers Revealed. The author will talk about his background as a writer and discuss the inspiration for his novels, particularly his latest, "Tbook coverhe Night Strangers," releasing to bookstores Oct. 4. Copies of the book will be available at the library for purchase and signing, courtesy of Lake Forest Bookstore. Register now.


Next in the series, New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick and debut novelist Moira Young will visit the library Oct. 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Register now.


Artist David Dallison Exhibits at Gallery 128

dallison paintingOpening reception for artist, David Dallison, Saturday, October 8, from 6-8 PM.  Refreshments will be provided.  Located in the Waukegan Public Library, Gallery 128 exhibits two and three-dimensional artwork of past and present Waukegan residents. Dallison's work will be on display in Gallery 128 until November 30.  For gallery information or to inquire about upcoming exhibits, call Mitch Siegel at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.   See more about David Dallison


Bus to Us!

bus to usThe 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.  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! 


Literacy Suite receives ILA Award
The Waukegan Public Library Literacy Suite is the 2011 recipient award-colorof the Illinois Library Association's Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/DEMCO Award. The award recognizes an individual, a group, a program, or an institution for a sustained activity and contribution having a lasting impact on librarianship. The award is sponsored by DEMCO.


Early Learning Center receives ILA Award

yellow backg for ribbonThe Waukegan Public Library Early Learning Center is the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Library Association Highsmith Library Innovative Award.  This award recognizes a library's achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service which has had a measurable impact on its users.  The award is sponsored by Highsmith, Inc.



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Friends of the WPL
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Office of the Sec. of State
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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
1:30 PM, Early Learning Club-Spanish only
2:00 PM, United Way Little Learner Party
3:00 PM, Homeschoolers storytime
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos storytime
6:30 PM, Evening Early Learning Center Camps
6:00 PM, Early Learning Club-English only



Age 6-12


5:00 PM, Game Time! 

7:15 PM, Sensational Sixes and Sevens



Age 13-15


4:00 PM, Unfogging the Future





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

2:00 PM, Bound to Please Book Club 

3:00 PM, Writers Revealed:  Becca Fitzpatrick & Moira Young

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

6:00 PM, Adult Basic Education Class

6:00 PM, Writers Revealed: Chris Bohjalian

6:00 PM, Inmigrantes, Conozcon sus Derechos

6:00 PM, Immigration Seminar Series: Immigrants, Know Your Rights 

6:30 PM, Computer Class/Beginner/Spanish






9:30 AM, ESL Family Literacy Class 

10:30 AM, Family Literacy Class

12:30 PM, Family Literacy Class

2:00 PM, Family Movie - Pelicula Familiar Mensual



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