Waukegan Public Library 
December 2011 Enewsletter
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Message from the director


Today a lady came up to me and said, "I need to get over to the library and have someone show me how to download a book on my Kindle." I told her absolutely someone can show her that, in a matter of seconds. It's easy. Then I began to wonder how many other people would get Kindles as gifts this holiday, and also need help downloading. Your library not only has staff available to walk you through the download process, we have a growing collection of more than 34,000 titles to choose from! All free, available anytime. 


Richard "my place is your place" Lee

The Creepy Crawlies! Grand Opening

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Please join us for a collective "Ewwww!" as we unveil a thrilling new exhibit in our children's department, December 4, 1-3PM.  Featuring eye-bulging, hairy-legged insects of all shapes and varieties, roaches to spiders to scorpions, this event is sure to be a scream!  Activities include ribbon cutting, bug concert, insect crafts, worm workshop, prizes, complimentary refreshments.   All are welcome. Exhibit sponsored by
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Writers Revealed Author Series


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Do you love mysteries? Romances? Political thrillers? Whatever you love to read, Writers Revealed has an author coming up to suit your tastes. Thanks to a partnership with the Lake Forest Bookstore, bestselling authors like Chris Bohjalian, Becca Fitzpatrick and María Dueñas have visited the library to meet fans, sign copies of their books, and share tips for aspiring writers. To learn more about Writers Revealed, contact Sara Teti. 


New Seat Belt Law in Illinois

new-seatbelt-lawOn January 1, 2012, a new seat belt law will take effect.  The new law states that ALL vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt - both front & rear seat occupants.  So buckle up and be safe!


Artist Marcelino Hernandez Exhibits at Gallery 128

marcelino hernandezOpening reception for artist, Marcelino Hernandez, Saturday, December 10, from 6-8 PM.  Located in the Waukegan Public Library, Gallery 128 exhibits two and three-dimensional artwork of past and present Waukegan residents. Hernandez's work will be on display in Gallery 128 until February 3.  For gallery information or to inquire about upcoming exhibits, call Mitch Siegel at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.    See more about Marcelino Hernandez


Tons of fun in our ELC camps

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Los Bilingüitos is just one of the many programs offered in the Early Learning Center.  This fall children have gone on an alphabet treasure hunt, designed their very own Native American costume and instrument, and prepared and ate a variety of kid-friendly treats. During December children will learn about parts of the body, create their very own life-size gingerbread kid and decorate gingerbread cookies.  Visit the program calendar to see all programs offered in the ELC.


Learn computers through Digital Divide

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Free computer classes are offered at the library.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced in computer skills or require the class in English or Spanish, we have a class to fit your needs.  Last year over 400 adults took advantage of the free classes with funding provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

New classes begin the week of January 2, 2012. Call the library for more info (847)623-2041 or visit our website.


Waukegan Public Library Wins Clean Energy Grant

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The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation awarded the Waukegan Public Library a grant in the amount of $9,546 for installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment. 


First Friday Concerts begin in January


Spend your lunchtime once a month this winter enjoying a free concert performance at the library.  Concert schedule.



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

Take advantage of the branch on Thursday nights when the main library closes at 6PM!

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
10:10 AM, Three-Year-Old Art Time
10:10 AM, Two-Year-Old Storytime
10:45 AM, Drop in Storytime
11:30 AM, Early Learning Center Camps: Little Singers
11:30 AM, Early Learning Center Camps: Winter Wonderland1:30 PM, Club de Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad de United Way-Idioma Español 
3:00 PM, Homeschoolers Storytime
3:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos Storytime
3:00 PM, Winter Wonderland Crafts
3:30 PM, Drop in Storytime
6:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos Storytime
6:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos: We're Gingerbread Kids!
6:00 PM, Los Bilinguitos: It's Gingy Time!
6:30 PM, Early Learning Center Camp: Little Singers
6:30 PM, Early Learning Center Camp: Winter Wonderland
6:30 PM, Drop in Storytime


Age 6-12



3:00 PM, Winter Wonderland Crafts
5:00 PM, Game Time!
7:15 PM, Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Creepy, Crawly Critters
7:15 PM, Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Wacky Winter Fun and Games




Age 13-15



12:00 PM, Games Galore:  Board games to video games for Xbox 360,Wii and Playstation 3
3:00 PM, Winter Wonderland Crafts
4:00 PM, Teen Tutoring
4:30 PM, Sweet Winter Tidings







10:00 AM, Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab
10:30 AM, Open Computer Lab - English
1:00 PM, Adult Basic Education Class
1:15 PM, Open Computer Lab - Spanish
2:00 PM, Bound to Please Book Club 
5:30 PM, Open Computer Lab - English
6:00 PM, Adult Basic Education Class
6:00 PM, Citizenship - Questions and Answers
6:00 PM, Ciudadanía - Preguntas y Respuestas
6:30 PM, Open Computer Lab - Spanish







 9:30 AM, ESL Family Literacy Class 
12:00 PM, Back to Back Triple Feature: Kung Fu Panda, The Powerpuff Girls, and The Incredibles
12:30 PM, Family Literacy Class
1:00 PM, Creepy Crawlies Exhibit Grand Opening
2:00 PM, Family Movie - Pelicula Familiar Mensual - Cars 2
5:00 PM, Family Movie - Pelicula Familiar Mensual - Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws




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