Waukegan Public Library 
April 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director



Hot enough for you?  Who would have thought the temps could push 90 degrees in March?  I am happy to say that the library is finishing the installation of two brand new, high-capacity chillers. One of the coolest things about these chillers is the water conditioning system that feeds them.  Just in time for Earth Day, the library will forgo harsh, invasive chemicals, and instead condition the water it uses to cool the building with a revolutionary new system that uses an electromagnetic pulse to control impurities and eliminate corrosion. No more nasty chemicals to hurt Mother Earth, and the system pays for itself in no time, thus saving tax dollars! A win-win for everyone.



Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Gallery 128
laini zinn artworkLaini Zinn Exhibit.  Opening Reception, Saturday, April 21, 5-8PM.  Exhibit on display until June 10, 2012.  Many pieces will be for sale.  Public welcome.


Los Bilinguitos

ladybugThis month in the ELC it's all things bugs!  Create your very own bug catcher, try some high-protein, bugalicious treats, listen to a variety of bugtastic books, or watch the movie "A Bug's Life."   Visit our website to view dates and times of programs offered.    


Conversational ESL Talk Tables

Conversational ESLAmazing response to Conversational ESL program in March! The Bradbury Room was all talk, filled with patrons eager to learn and perfect their English.  Waukegan Public Library board member, Jackie Herrera-Giron, energetically encouraged the participants to hear their voices in English. Volunteer tutors help guide the class and afterwards the class went on a "tour" of the Spanish section of the library to learn where the ESL books and DVDs are located.  Held every Thursday evening in April from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Bradbury Room. Registration required; contact Carmen at 847 623-2041 x 262.


Aprenda a tener una conversación en ingles.  Registración requerida; contacte a Carmen Patlan al 847 623-2041 x 262.


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. 


Teacher of the Month

teacher of the monthIt felt like Christmas in March when members from Jerry's Tacos, the 10th Dems and Waukegan Public Library delivered the school supplies and countless books to last month's Teacher of the Month, Mr. Giese's fifth grade class at Clearview School. The smiles and excitement on the children's faces were priceless. Keep those books and supplies coming because we are making an impact one class at a time!  Supply lists and drop box located at Customer Service desk in the library or at Jerry's Tacos, 120 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.



The Day of the Child/Book
El Dia de los Ninos/Libros


dia de los ninosSunday, April 22, 1-3 pm

The library is celebrating children!  The library will be giving away books and raffling away bicycles for children.  Don't miss a visit from Jasmin Cardenas, bilingual storyteller, and also everyone's favorite Exploring Girl will be here.


Writers Revealed - Author Gary Krist

Gary Krist"Writers Revealed" hosts non-fiction writer Gary Krist, author of City of Scoundrels: 12 Days that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago.  Wednesday, April 25 from 6:00 - 7:30pm. Copies of City of Scoundrels will be for sale courtesy of the Lake Forest Bookstore. This special event is free, open to the public, and includes home-baked refreshments. Please register. 


Drop in Homework Help

homework help

Stuck on a math problem (or two)?  Need help studying for that history test?  Drop by the library any Thursday or Friday 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.



Drop in Tutoring for Adults

Every Thursday from 10 am to noon the Computer Lab in the Literacy Suite is open with volunteer tutors ready to help you work on your reading skills, writing, math or computer skills.  No registration is required; free babysitting offered in the Literacy Suite Children's Classroom while you work. 


First Friday Concert-Last concert until summer!

michael kelsey


Free Performance

Michael Kelsey

Friday, April 6

Noon - 1PM

Ray Bradbury Room

Virtuoso folk singer and acoustic guitar player who brews soul, funk, and blues into his organic sounds.  View concert schedule. 


Learn Computers through Digital Divide

digital divide classFree 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 April 2, 2012. Call the library for more info (847)623-2041 or visit our website.   


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 16, Staff Day

Nov 21 (Library closes

at 5PM)
Nov 22-23, 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: Who are the People in My Neighborhood?

Early Learning Center Camp:  Messy Art

Early Learning Center Camp: Creepy Crawlie Critters

Homeschoolers Storytime 

Los Bilinguitos:  Bug Arts & Crafts

Los Bilinguitos:  Kiddie Kitchen:  Bugs!

Club de Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad United Way (Idioma Espanol)

United Way Early Learning Club (English Language)

Nature Storytime:  Creepy Crawlie Critters



Age 6-12


Game Time! 

Domino Topple

Homework Help

Sensational Sixes and Sevens:  I Wonder Why?



Age 13-15


Homework Help

Revenge of the Classics Part Deux




Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab

Bound to Please Book Club

Intermediate Computer Classes-English

Beginning Computer Classes-English & Spanish

Conversational ESL 

Social Worker is in

Writers Revealed:  Gary Krist




First Friday Concert


Poetry Workshop

Day of the Child/Book-El Dia de los Ninos/Libros





*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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