Waukegan Public Library 
May 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


Last month we hosted an awards reception at Urban Edge in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week. Annually our volunteers put in more than 10,000 hours of work. They serve for many different reasons-some just because they love the library. Others serve because they want to help someone else achieve a literacy goal, such as being able to read a story to a grandchild or get a better job. Others help out because it's required by a scout troop, school or church, or because the court ordered them to do it. Volunteers have done everything from mend books to pull weeds to play Dumbledore in our series of Harry Potter programs. In this make-every-dime-count economy, I can't say thank you enough to all of our generous volunteers for devoting their time and energy to the Waukegan Public Library.

Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Learn a Language - For Free!

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The Waukegan Public Library now offers Mango, a language learning software that offers courses in conversational skills for 39 languages, and courses in English for speakers of 15 other languages.  Patrons can log on to Mango from home at any time of day, or at the library's computer lab during regular library hours. To access the software, click here and follow link on the library's website to log in.  Call (847) 623-2041 with any questions about Mango.



Gallery 128
laini zinn artworkLaini Zinn Exhibit on display until June 10, 2012.  Many pieces for sale.  Public welcome.  Read more about Laini.


Writers Revealed - Author Jeffrey Gusfield

jeff gusfield"Writers Revealed" hosts writer Jeffrey Gusfield, author of Deadly Valentines.  Wednesday, May 9 from 6-7:30pm. Copies of Deadly Valentines 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.


Library day at the Chicago Botanic Garden


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Sunday, June 3 is Waukegan Public Library Day at the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Program hours are 12-4 pm.  Program available only for Waukegan Public Library cardholders.  Registration limited to 40 families.  Must show your WPL library card at entrance to receive complimentary parking.  Admission to Garden is free.  Call 847-623-2041 x234 for more info and to register.  http://www.chicagobotanic.org/library 


Save the Date - Monarch Festival
monarch butterflyMark your calendar for September 9, 2012, for Lake County's annual Monarch Festival (formerly the Mariposa Festival).  More info to follow.


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. 


Early Learning Center Camps

musical notesPreschool children enjoy exciting games and activities in Early Learning Center Camps; like learning about what items go together in funtastic matching games and participating in group sing-alongs.  


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: Let's Get Together

Los Bilinguitos: It's Pinata Time!  

Early Learning Center Camp: Do Re Mi

Early Learning Center Camp:  Lazy Hazy Days of Summer Crafts

Homeschoolers Storytime 

United Way Early Learning Club (English Language)

Nature Storytime: Creepy Crawlie Critters



Age 6-12


Game Time! 

Homework Help

Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Summer Celebration

Got Science?



Age 13-15


Homework Help


Butterfly Makeover





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: Jeffrey Gusfield





Digging in the Dirt Family Gardening Club 





*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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