Waukegan Public Library 
June 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


May 13th was Mother's Day but it was also graduation day for around 200 people who received their GED at the College of Lake County's GED Commencement at the Genesee Theatre.  I was asked to participate because the Waukegan Public Library is a community partner.  So I donned a cap and gown and got to sit on stage while the graduates received their certificates.  What struck me was the incredible sense of accomplishment that every single graduate showed with a big smile, a fist pump, or a hoot and a holler as they walked away with their hard earned diploma.  These are people of all ages who overcame many obstacles to obtain their goal.  But thankfully, the Waukegan Public Library was not an obstacle but rather a friendly ally that was there when they needed one.  No matter what your educational goal, we can help.  And that kinda makes me want to pump my fist into the air!


Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

New Online Resources

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In addition to Mango, a new free, online language learning software, the library now offers Rdio where users can stream five hours a month from millions of free songs and Freading where more than 20,000 eBooks can be downloaded.  Also, if you don't have your library card handyfreading logo and want to download an ebook, check out Widgets.  They have over 15,000 titles for free.  More info on WPL online resources. 


Writers Revealed - Author Marilyn Brant

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Spend a special evening at the Main Library on Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 with fiction writer Marilyn Brant. Marilyn will take guests on a tour of Europe using her latest novel, a fascinating photo presentation, and a delicious meal.


Copies of Marilyn's book A Summer in Europe will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Lake Forest Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public. 

Recycling Center


recycling centerThe Waukegan Public Library has a new recycling center.  It is located in the vestibule inside the front doors and contains bins for recycling aluminum, paper, plastic/glass, batteries, and eyeglasses.  Information on local recycling is available HERE  Find area scrap recycling facilities.   Sponsored by SWALCO.
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.  Register here.



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.


Youth Computer Classes - New!


computer-facing leftOur popular computer classes for adults are now available for kids ages 8 to 14! Kids will start with learning the basics of computer use and finish the course with a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Kids will also learn to edit photos and videos! Each course lasts for one week in June; register for each week class by the Sunday prior.  For more info call David Villalobos at 847-623-2041 ext 234.


Drop-in Storytime

think springCome learn about fun summer themes like camping, swimming, and bugs through stories, songs, and crafts at our Drop-in Storytime Programs.


Su Biblioteca : Your Library

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Have you noticed the new lettering on our front windows? We posted "su biblioteca" or "your library" on our windows to help our Spanish-speaking patrons understand that we're in the business of lending and not selling books. Many families in our community moved here from rural towns in Mexico and Central America, where they never visited nor had any familiarity with a library. Because the word library sounds like "libreria" or bookstore, our mission is sometimes misunderstood.We want to make sure everyone in Waukegan knows that we're a completely free resource, and we're your free resource.


¿Ha notado las letras nuevas en nuestras ventanas? Colocamos las letras "su biblioteca" en las ventanas para ayudar a nuestros clientes de habla hispana a entender la diferencia de una biblioteca y una librería. Nosotros estamos en el negocio de los préstamos y no la venta de libros. Muchas familias en nuestra comunidad se trasladaron aquí desde pueblos rurales en México o de Centro América, donde la palabra biblioteca no es frecuentemente utilizada o donde no han tenido acceso a utilizar la biblioteca. Queremos asegurarnos de que todos en Waukegan conozcan que somos un recurso totalmente gratuito, y que estamos aquí para servirles.


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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Patrons of the Waukegan Public Library and attendees of its programs and events consent to the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children for use in all Waukegan Public Library marketing materials.  All photos and videos taken on Waukegan Public Library property are for library use only and become its sole property.

Contact Information
Linda Gfesser
Waukegan Public Library

Programs at a Glance


Age 0-5 


Babies and Books

Two-Year-Old Storytime

Drop in Storytime

Early Learning Center Camp: Bug Rug Bee Tree

Los Bilinguitos: Up, Up and Away Kites/Arriva, Arriva y Adios Cometas 

Early Learning Center Camp: Summer Shapes

Early Learning Center Camp: Alphabet Art

Los Bilinguitos: The Great Outdoors Games/Juegos de la naturaleza

Los Bilinguitos Storytime

Los Bilinguitos: Little Green Thumbs/Pulgarcitos verdes 

Los Bilinguitos: Great Outdoors Storytime/Tiempo de cuentos de la naturaleza

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library 


Age 6-12


Homework Help

Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Junior Scientists

Youth Digital Divide Computer Class


Art Attack



Age 13-15


Homework Help





Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab

Bound to Please Book Club

Beginning Computer Classes-English & Spanish

Advanced Computer Classes-English

Writers Revealed: Marilyn Brant





Courtyard Concert

Library Day at Chicago Botanic Garden





*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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