Waukegan Public Library 
July 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


By now everyone in the community has heard about the theft and destruction of the statues from the Stimson Sculpture Garden in the front of the library. We are attempting to contact the sponsors of those two pieces to determine what can be done, if anything, to replace them. Yes, they were insured, but the molds were destroyed after their creation. However, J.B. Metals, the scrap yard they were sold to, has contacted us to try to make amends. We will keep you posted on the upcoming plans for replacement. And all this is occurring at a time when we would love to memorialize Ray Bradbury, like Jack Benny, with a full size bronze statue.  Guess we'll have to factor in the price of an armed guard too.


Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Your Award Winning Library

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We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the American Library Association 2012 Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award for the Early Learning Center in the Children's Department. Staff from the Waukegan Public Library attended the ALA Conference in Anaheim, CA, held June 21-26, to accept the award. Public libraries nationwide compete for this annual award, which includes a $2,000 cash prize and citation of achievement. Calling the library's Early Learning Center "a model for community engagement," the ALA committee conferred the award based on the center's ongoing, innovative programs and rotating exhibits.


Check out our Early Learning Center!  


Monarch Festival: Family fun!
Join us for Lake County's 3rd annual Monarch Festival (formerly the Mariposa Festival) on September 9 from 1pm to 5pm. This is a free event for families and will feature music and dance, arts and crafts, and environmental learning opportunities focused on healthy eating, recycling, and green living. Click here for more information! Monarch Festival 2012
The Hinkston Park branch
BranchMany of you use Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee because it is closer to home or work than our main location is in downtown Waukegan. But, unfortunately WNPL recently stopped letting Waukegan library cardholders put holds on their collection.

ver, you can put holds on any item in our collection and conveniently pick them up at our Hinkston Park Branch located at 800 North Baldwin Avenue in the Field House Sports and Fitness Center of the Waukegan Park District!

Go here to put an item on hold today! Rem
ember to specify which location you would like to use.

Low Cost Internet in Waukegan

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Did you know that every student in Waukegan School District 60 is eligible for low cost internet through Comcast?

To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria:
  • Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  • Have at least one child in Waukegan schools 
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

To apply call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application.


Drop-In Tutoring for Adults

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Adult Drop-In Tutoring and Computer Lab on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in the Literacy Suite of the Library. Adults can get free help with Reading, Math, Writing or Computer Skills from trained volunteer tutors. No registration is needed, feel free to stop in. Email for more information.


Friends Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library book sale!


When: July 16, 17, 18

Time: 10am to 2pm in the Courtyard and 10am to 4:30pm behind the Library in the parking lot

Cost: 50 cents for hardcovers and 25 cents for paperbacksFriends of WPL


There will be lots of fiction books and history books to choose from! Don't miss it! 


New Online Resources

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Tools for researching the encyclopedia include video and audio, timelines, country comparisons, world atlas, notable quotations, Spanish-English dictionary, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus and thousands of eBooks. Go here to check it out! 



Access thousands of Digital Audiobooks in English and hundreds en Español. Go here to find your next audiobook! 


Links to all of our resources are on the Online Resources page. For adults click here. For kids click here.
Improve your Conversational English
Do you want to improve your ability to speak English? The Waukegan Public Library will be offering Conversational ESL classes staring July 11 through August 29. Classes will be informative and interactive and will take place every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information contact Carmen Patlan at 847 623-2041 x 262ESL 2012


¿Quieres mejorar tu habilidad para hablar Inglés? La Biblioteca Pública de Waukegan estará ofreciendo clases de inglés conversacional. Las clases darán comienzo el 11 julio hasta 29 de agosto, y se llevará a cabo todos los miércoles de 5:30-7:30. Para más información contacte a Carmen Patlán al 847 623-2041 x 262 Las clases serán informativas e interactivas no se lo pierda!


Register to Vote!

Register to vote

AAUW and the Lake County League of Women Voters will be on hand to register Lake County residents, at the Library on Saturday, July 21 from 2pm to 4pm.


If you miss the July 21st date, you can still register to vote on Wednesday, September 12 from 5pm to 7pm.


Miss those dates? Remember you can register any day the library is open with library personnel who are registrars.


Nature Storytime: Creepy Crawly Critters

Nature StorytimeSaturday, July 21

2:30pm to 3pm

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Bugs can be a nuisance, but they're fascinating! Join us and our friends at the Lake County Forest Preserve as we learn all about the crawly critters that inhabit our area. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 5. Go here to register.


HACES Citizenship Interview Classes


Starting July 10, Citizenship Interview Preparation Classes by HACES (Hispanic Americans Community Education and Services), will meet Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Literacy Suite. 


Through a new partnership, HACES will offer classes focused on speaking, reading, and writing English skills and American history and government to help applicants for naturalization prepare for their interviews. If you would like to attend the class please contact Lupita Canales, Citizenship Coordinator at (224)303-5718 or lupitacanales65@yahoo.com.


Comenzando el 10 de julio, las clases de preparación para la entrevista de la ciudadanía por la organización "Educación y servicios de la comunidad hispanoamericana" (HACES, Hispanic Americans Community Education and Services), serán los martes, de 5:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m., en el salón de alfabetismo (sótano).


A través de una nueva sociedad, HACES ofrecerá clases enfocadas en el habla, la lectura y la escritura del idioma inglés, y de la historia y el gobierno americano, para ayudar a los solicitantes de naturalización prepararse para sus entrevistas. Si le gustaría asistir a las clases, por favor póngase en contacto con Lupita Canales, Coordinadora de ciudadanía, al (224)303-5718 o por correo en: lupitacanales65@yahoo.com.


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) 



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Contact Information
Rena Morrow
Waukegan Public Library
847-623-2041 x231

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

Early Learning Center Camp: Sing with Me

Early Learning Center Camp: Caterpillar Count

Los Bilingüitos: Hello, U.S.A./Hola E.U. 

Los Bilingüitos: Top O' the Mornin' to Ya, Ireland/Lo mejor de la mañana

Los Bilingüitos Storytime 

Los Bilingüitos: Ciao, Italy/Ciao, Italia 

Los Bilingüitos: Namasté, India   

Los Bilingüitos: Ni hao, China

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library

Nature Storytime: Creepy Crawly Critters 


Age 6-12


Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Bugtastic Art

Domino Topple 

Midsummer Mystery

Game Time!


Age 13-15


Great American Picnic 




Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab 

Bound to Please Book Club 

Seminario en compra de casa - Español




ESL Family Literacy Class  

Courtyard 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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