Waukegan Public Library 
March 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director



When it rains, sell umbrellas.  Supply and demand is an economics model that is alive and well at the Waukegan Public Library, even though all our materials are free.  We want to make sure there is a demand for our items so our selection process relies heavily on patron input.  Did you know that approximately 40% of our collection is purchased as a result of personal requests by our patrons?  We do our best to anticipate the reading, viewing and listening demands of our citizens, but when you take the time to tell us exactly what you would like us to have on the shelves, we listen.  Visit our website, click on 'catalog', then the 'suggest a purchase' tab. 



Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Overwhelming response to Food for Fines

food for finesOur thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the Food for Fines program.  During the month of February, the Waukegan Public Library deducted $1 off overdue fines for each nonperishable food item a patron donated.  During the first 3 weeks of February alone, a whopping 2,948 pounds of food was collected for COOL Ministries food pantry in Waukegan.  Thank you for making a difference in our community.  

Patlan and WPL win ALA's Fyan Grant!

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Carmen Patlan and the Waukegan Public Library have been awarded the 2012 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for the program entitled "Promotoras Ambassador." The program will establish a team of ambassadors to reach out to the underserved Latino community and through the use of library services assist their integration into the community.  Way to go Carmen!   Read more.



Drop in Homework Help

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Stuck on a math problem (or two)?  Need help studying for that history test?  Drop by the library any Thursday or Friday (excluding March 8) from 4 to 5:30 pm for free homework help from volunteer high school students.  Available in Spanish and English.  For grades 1 to 8.  Held in the Bradbury Room.  Read more.



Night at the Library

night at the libraryThere's an after-hours party at the library Saturday night, and you and your friends are all invited.  Explore exhibits, watch a movie, eat popcorn, play FIFA on Wii, or just hang out and have fun.  March 24, 7 to 11 pm.  Register here.


View our mobile-friendly catalog

Did you know we offer our users a mobile-friendly way to access our catalog and website?  
With this site you can display our programs, ask-a-librarian, view our eBooks, and use the catalog to perform searches, place holds and renew items you have checked out, all in a simplified, mobile-friendly site.  Using your mobile-friendly(1)mobile device, go to our website  www.waukeganpl.org or our catalog, http://catalog.waukeganpl.org and click 'yes' to the prompt to use the mobile app customized for your mobile device.  For more info on this, email Pam.



Gallery 128
robert morris galleryThe Robert Morris University State Street Gallery Collection is on display at Gallery 128 now until April 19, 2012.  


First Friday Concert

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Free Performance

Jack Baron Quartet

Friday, March 2

Noon - 1PM

Ray Bradbury Room

Master saxophonist playing high-energy great jazz cuts with drums, piano, and bass.  View concert schedule. 


Early Learning Center Camps

valentine paintingCome join our Early Learning Center Camps for preschool children ages 1 to 5. Each month brings new and creative projects sure to inspire curiosity; from painting valentines to learning what makes raisins dance to constructing creepy, crawly critters. Visit our website to view dates and times of camps offered.    


Friends Used Book 2-Day Sale


Have you checked out the huge selection of used books for sale on our main level? On Thursday, March 15 (3 - 6 PM) and Saturday, March 17 (1 - 4 PM) the Friends will be having a giant sale: 

Hardback fiction and nonfiction:  50 cents

Paperback fiction and nonfiction:  25 cents

Romance - One brown grocery bag full:  $2.00

Elementary children's books:  5 for 25 cents

Hardback young adult, teen, and chapter books:  2 for 25 cents

friends book storeDVD:  $1.00

VHS:  25 cents 

Magazines:  4 for 25 cents

CDs:  50 cents

Cassette tapes:  25 cents

Books on tape:  50 cents


If you've ever considered becoming a Friend of the Waukegan Public Library and serving your library, now is the time.  This spring the Friends will lose over half of their board due to the rules for term limits.  If you would like to serve your library and community, please drop a note in the Friends' cash box mounted on the wall at the East end of the sale space or email Charles 



World Book Night


world book nightWorld Book Night is April 23, 2012.  Books donated by designated printers specifically for World Book Night will be organized at the Waukegan Public Library and distributed to registered "givers".  On April 23, 2012, each "giver" will go to an area of their choice to offer people with limited access to books a free book from their selection.  Be on the lookout for more information as to where our "giver's" locations will be in our area. More info on World Book Night. 


Mark your calendar - The Day of the Child/El Dia de los Ninos/Libros


Sunday, April 22, 1-3 pm

The library is celebrating children!  The library will be giving away books and raffling away bicycles for children.  There will be fun, entertainment, and a visit from everyone's favorite Exploring Girl.  More info to follow. 


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: Little Scientists

Early Learning Center Camp:  Think Spring

Early Learning Center Camp: Bugtastic Art

Homeschoolers Storytime 

Los Bilinguitos: Dr. Seuss Storytime/Tiempo de Cuentos Dr. Seuss

Los Bilinguitos:  Dr. Seuss Rhyme Time/Tiempo de rimas Dr. Seuss

Los Bilinguitos:  Dr. Seuss Green Eggsperiments/Experimentos de huevos verdes

United Way Little Learner Party/Fiesta/Club de Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad United Way (Idioma Espanol)



Age 6-12


Game Time!

Homework Help


Sensational Sixes and Sevens:  Monster Math Madness

Night at the Library


Spring Break Beach Party


Age 13-15



Homework Help

Game Time!

Night at the Library

March Sports madness




Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab

Bound to Please Book Club

Intermediate Computer Classes-English

Beginning Computer Classes-English & Spanish

Advanced Computer Classes-English




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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