Waukegan Public Library 
February 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director


After polling a lot of public libraries in the area, I found many have growing Blu-ray collections that are quite popular with their patrons.  We already know our patrons are big movie buffs since DVDs account for 25 percent of our circulation.  So I thought, why not give them the ultimate viewing experience?  The library began by acquiring a modest Blu-ray collection, with the aim of adding more titles starting in May as the budget allows.  DVDs rely on a red laser to read data but Blu-ray uses a blue-violet laser-offering viewers an unprecedented high-definition picture. To view a Blu-ray disc, you need a Blu-ray player or Playstation 3.  Our own Mayor Sabonjian is a huge Blu-ray fan and has generously agreed to donate a new movie a month to help us grow our collection.  Thanks, Mayor!


Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

WPL Trades Food for Fines

During the month of February, the Waukegan Publiccoolministries

Library will take $1 off overdue fines for each nonperishable item patrons donate to a local food pantry. Library patrons should bring donations to the customer service desk, where staff will collect the items and adjust their fines. All donations go to COOL Ministries food pantry in Waukegan. The pantry's wish list includes canned goods, rice, pasta, beverages, baby formula, diapers, paper towels and toiletries.  Questions regarding the drive can go to Cindy at (847)623-2041,ext.289 or



Free First Friday Concert Performance

james sanders trio

February 3

Noon - 1PM

Ray Bradbury Room

James Sanders Trio

A mix of jazz standards, Latin favorites and a couple of surprises.  See complete First Friday concert schedule. 


The Social Worker Is In

Are you looking for a support group?  Do you need help caring for an elderly relative?  Unsure how to getsocialworker
medical advice?  We have the answers!  The Waukegan Public Library is offering free consultations with a licensed social worker to help you get some advice.  Help is available is Spanish and English on these and many other personal issues.  Every Wednesday, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, on main floor of library.  Please contact Carmen at (847) 623-2041, ext. 262, or email.
¿Está buscando un grupo de apoyo? ¿Necesita ayuda para cuidar a un pariente anciano? ¿No está seguro dónde encontrar consejos médicos? ¡Tenemos las respuestas! La Biblioteca Pública de Waukegan está ofreciendo consultas gratuitas con una trabajadora social para ayudarle a recibir consejo. Hay ayuda disponible en español y en inglés para estos y muchos otros asuntos, cada miércoles de 5:30 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. en el piso central de la biblioteca. Por favor póngase en contacto con Carmen Patlán al (847) 623-2041, ext. 262, o a través de correo electranico. 
Enjoy the Library at Home


If you have a Waukegan Public Library card, you have access to a library that stays open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That library can be found at downloads.waukeganpl.org.  If you're not sure how to download an eBook, contact Sara to make an appointment for a one-on-one tutorial. Appointments can be conducted at the library or by phone. 


WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders

WTTW Kids is excited for another winter of fun-filled WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders performances featuring Miss Lori's CAMPUS. This family event willwttwkidslogo amaze and delight children 3-8 years old and inspire the whole family to sing-along and participate in reading activities. Each live performance includes original songs, engaging activities, and story readings! It is a perfect way to have fun and support early literacy development during the winter months!  Saturday, February 4 from 2-3:30 pm.  Please register. 


Gallery 128
robert morris galleryThe Robert Morris University State Street Gallery Collection will be on display at Gallery 128 from February 18 - April 19, 2012.  Exhibit Opening is Saturday, Feb 18 from 5-8 pm.  Public welcome.  


Sensational Sixes and Sevens


Creating is the name of the game for this program.  Children age 6 and 7 can come up with some very interesting projects; from snazzy superhero bracelets and Under the Sea headbands to glittery snowflakes and fairytale wands.  The sky's the limit.   This month is sure to not disappoint with monster math games and learning the details of why a boat floats and a rock sinks.  For more info on this and other children's programs, contact Annalisa. 


Friends Used Book Sale


Have you checked out the huge section of used books for sale on our main level? Have you also checked out the prices? The Friends of the Waukegan Public Library are all but giving away books, movies and music, so bring a bag and take home a stack.  


Hardcovers: $1friends book store

Paperbacks: 50¢

Children's books: 4 for 25¢

DVDs: $1

CDs: 50¢


If you've ever considered becoming a Friend of the Waukegan Public Library and serving your library, now is the time.  Membership renewals are in April and the library could always use more Friends.  Membership forms are available in the circular display above the children's shelf.  For more information on becoming a Friend, contact Charles


World Book Night


April 23, 2012, is World Book Night and the Waukegan world book nightPublic Library has signed up to be a distribution site.  We need you, our patrons, to be the book givers!  The books cannot be given away in the library and are meant to be given away to people with limited access to books.  The library will supply the books and have a list of suggested places for distribution in Waukegan. More info to follow. Registration ends February 6 so register now and help our community!   


Coming Soon-Night at the Library


Love the library?  Join us in an afterhours event on March 24 for an evening filled with fun.  More information to follow.  Questions?  Email or call David, 847-623-2041 ext. 234.


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: Fast Slow Hot Cold

Homeschoolers Storytime 

Los Bilinguitos: Family and Friend Game Night 

Los Bilinguitos: Valentine's Day Art

Early Learning Center Camp: Cupid's Arrow

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders

Los Bilinguitos: Family Movie Night




Age 6-12


Game Time!

Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Alphabugs

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders

And Then What Happened?


Age 13-15



Spontaneous Combustion




Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab

Bound to Please Book Club

Intermediate Computer Classes-English

Beginning Computer Classes-English & Spanish




Family Movie - Pelicula Familiar Mensual-Winnie the Pooh

First Friday Concert





*If the link takes you to the program calendar instead of registration, then that program is scheduled on more than one day and you need to click on what day you want in order to register.

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