Waukegan Public Library 
January 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director


If you haven't checked out our new Creepy Crawlies exhibit yet, stop in today and catch the action! You probably remember some of the live critters we had on display for past exhibits- lizards at Dig the Dinosaurs, and a whole aquarium of saltwater fish at Under the Sea. This year, we've got bugs, of course, and not just your garden-variety, either! Come see a mammoth Vietnamese Centipede which (according to Happy Land Pet Center) once devoured a whole mouse in 20 minutes. You'll also marvel at the industriousness of ants when you get a look at our giant ant farm. Every day they dig a little more, and I think before long, they'll have a network of tunnels that will put the New York subway system to shame. Bring the kids and enjoy a fun, free and educational afternoon here at the library.



Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Be a Literacy Tutor


literacy manThe literacy tutor program matches volunteer literacy tutors with adults who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math or speaking English. This program only tutor adults and involves a commitment of approximately 3 hours per week. Tutors must attend tutor training. If you are interested in becoming a tutor for adults, please register by January 27th for the next Tutor Orientation to find out more information on the program.


Orientation Session: Program Overview

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7-8:30 PM

College of Lake County Grayslake Campus


To register, or for more information, please call the Literacy Office at 847 623-2041 X 222, or jwigodner@waukeganpl.info


New Seat Belt Law in Illinois

new-seatbelt-lawOn January 1, 2012, a new seat belt law takes 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!


First Friday Concerts begin in January


Spend your lunchtime once a month this winter enjoying a free concert performance at the library.  Concerts are held noon to 1PM the first friday of the month, in the Bradbury Room.  First performance January 6, pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham.  See complete First Friday concert schedule. 


Tons of fun in our ELC camps
elc camp 

We have had great fun at our fall ELC camps; from creating animal alphabet crowns to using under the sea stamps to creating orange glitter leaves.  We have more exciting activities set for January.  Join us as we create alphabet necklaces, play bug bingo, and decorate

winter mittens.  And while you're here, you can visit the ELC's newest additions, the exhibit's cockroaches, tarantula, centipede, and scorpion! 

Visit the program calendar to see all programs offered in the ELC. 
Homework Assistance Program

homework helpDoes your child need assistance in a subject?  The library is starting a homework help program in January until the end of the school year.  Assistance available for grades 1 - 12.  For more information contact David Villalobos at 847-553-5100 or davidvillalobos@waukeganpl.info.


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!

2012 Library Closings
Jan 1-2, New Years 
Apr 8, Easter

May 27-28, Memorial Day
Jul 4, Independence Day
Sep 2-3, Labor Day
Nov 11, Staff Day

Nov 23 (Library closes

at 5PM)
Nov 24-25, Thanksgiving Dec 24-26, Christmas

Dec 31 (Library closes

at 5PM) 




Donor Corner
Thank you to the top donors of the library in 2011!


Literacy Volunteers of Lake County
Consumers Credit Union
Sec. of State Adult Volunteer Literacy
Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of the Sec. of State
Sec. of State ESL Family Literacy
 Sec. of State Adult Basic Ed. Family Literacy


North Shore Gas
United Way Adult Literacy Learners
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation

Gorter Family Foundation
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Contact Information
Linda Gfesser
Waukegan Public Library
Programs at a Glance



Age 0-5 


Babies and Books Storytime

Two-Year-Old Storytime

Drop in Storytime

Early Learning Center Camp: Creepy Crawly Count

Homeschoolers Storytime
Los Bilinguitos Winter Storytime

Los Bilinguitos: Winter Family Movie Night: Snow Buddies
Los Bilinguitos Winter Wonderland Art

Los Bilinguitos: Winter Olympics

Early Learning Center Camp: Winter Wonderart

Early Learning Center Camp: Alphabet Antics  


Age 6-12


Game Time!

Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Fairytale Follies 

Get Cooking



Age 13-15


Spy Games:  Movie Day - Sherlock Holmes

Art of Disguise





Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab

Bound to Please Book Club





Los Bilinguitos: Winter Family Movie Night: Snow Buddies 

Family Movie - Pelicula Familiar Mensual-Kung Fu Panda 2

First Friday Concert 

FAFSA Completion Workshop (Students and their parents)

Tarjeta de Residencia Permanente para Victimas de Violencia Demestica y Crimenes (Permanent Resident Card Information for Victims of Domestic Violence and Crime Seminar)




*If the link takes you to the program calendar instead of registration, then that program is scheduled on more than one day.

Waukegan Public Library