Waukegan Public Library 
August 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


Every year the Library Journal (LJ), one of the most respected publications in the library community, names one library in the U.S. or Canada as the Library of the Year for demonstrating innovation and excellence. It's a great honor. This year, the San Diego County Library won the title, however we received Special Mention along with two other libraries. In the words of the LJ judges, "Three other libraries in particular deserve special mention for featuring the service philosophy and dedication to community that signify a Library of the Year." So, your top four libraries in the country (and Canada) are San Diego County, Gainesville Florida, Bedford Texas, and Waukegan Illinois. Now that's a big deal!


Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Summer Courtyard Concerts
Don't miss our final five concerts of the summer! Concerts are free every Friday in front of the library from 12 pm to 1 pm. Go here for more information and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

August 3- Midway Ramblers Cajun Band
August 10- Piper Road Spring Band
August 17- Last Dance Band
August 24- Downhome Sophisticates
August 31- Barry White & Friends 
Fines Got You Down?

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We can help! Visit the Customer Service desk and ask about our new easy payment plan. Just pay 10% of what you owe each time you visit and you will be checking out materials and using library services in no time. While on the payment plan you are limited to having two items out at a time (excludes DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, and ILLs) and you must return all materials on time or your checkout privileges will be discontinued.
The Photography of Robert Dicke

Robert DickePhotographer Robert Dicke utilizes the camera as an artist would use a pen or pencil. Using a variety of artistic effects that restrict light and flatten shadows through the lens of the camera, his photographs look like illustrations. Dicke's print series, Portraits, Still Life & 3D, will be on display beginning August 18 through October 12.

Ray Bradbury Creative Contest


On June 5, we lost our literary luminary and friend Ray Bradbury at the age of 91. Ray was a true visionary whose contributions to the literary world stretch well beyond his many books, stories, poems and plays. In honor of Ray this year, we would like participants to consider the idea of "influence" when creating their entry. Ray always recognized Halloween as having a major impact on his life and writing. In turn, participants are asked to submit an entry that expresses how Ray Bradbury has been an inspiration to their own life or work. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2012. Go here for the entry form and rules.


Digital Divide Computer Classes

Free computer classes are offered at the library for beginners, more advanced students, and/or Spanish speakers. 


The first week of September we are expanding our offerings to include youth classes held on Sundays, open labs held on Wednesdays, and job search classes held once a month. Classes will run monthly until June 2013 and registration will begin mid-August. For more information contact David Villalobos at 847-623-2041 ext. 234 or by email.


Last year over 400 adults took advantage of these free classes. All classes are funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Eliminate the Digital Divide Program.  

Be a Tutor
Help an adult improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math, the English language or computing.  Become certified to tutor adults one on one or support instructors in adult education classrooms in our Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutor Fall Training.

New Tutor Orientation: Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

Training Day 1: Saturday, October 6th, 9 am to 4 pm at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

Training Day 2: Saturday, October 13th, 9 am to 4 pm at the College of Lake County, Lakeshore Campus and the Waukegan Public Library


You must attend all three dates to be certified. Contact Josh Anderson, Literacy Coordinator, at (847) 623-2041  ext. 225 or by email for more information or to register. 

Families Learning Together

ABE family literacy

Go back to school and bring your children (age 6 weeks to 6 years) too! Have you ever wanted to return to school to improve your reading, writing and math skills? Do you want to make sure your child is ready for pre-school or kindergarten? Now is the time! College of Lake County instructors will work with parents to build a foundation for learning while children develop their minds, muscles, and early reading skills through art, music and story times. Families meet once per week for a planned activity and each child will receive a free book. Classes are free and start the week of August 20. 


Families Learning Together classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  

Families Learning Together ESL classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  

For more information, call 847-623-2041, ext 223.


¡Regrese usted a clases y traiga a sus pequeños también! (De 6 semanas de edad a 6 años de edad) ¿Alguna vez ha deseado regresar a la escuela para mejorar su lectura, escritura y su destreza en matemáticas? ¿Quiere asegurarse que su hijo(a) esté listo para el preescolar o para el kínder? ¡Ahora es el tiempo! Instructores del Colegio de Lake County trabajarán con los padres para construir un fundamento en el aprendizaje, mientras que a la vez los niños desarrollan sus mentes, sus músculos, y sus habilidades tempranas de lectura a través del arte, la música y los tiempos de historias. Las familias se reúnen una vez a la semana y hacen una actividad planeada. Cada niño recibirá un libro gratis. Las clases son gratuitas y comienzan la semana del 20 de agosto.


Para mayores informes, llame al 847-623-2041, ext. 223.  

New Online Resources

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Lexile Measures

A Lexile is a score that measures either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it and the higher the Lexile number, the higher the reading ability. All Lexile numbers are now included on each record in the library catalog. Go here for an example of a Lexile record in our catalog. And, you can get a list of books we have within a Lexile range by clicking on the "Search by Lexile Measure" link in each record. A great tool for parents and students! Go here to learn more about Lexiles! 


Links to all of our resources are on the Online Resources page. For adults click here. For kids click here.
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Waukegan, IL
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Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

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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
email or call
847-623-2041 ext. 231

August Programs at a Glance


Age 0-5 


Babies and Books 

Two-Year-Old Storytime 

Drop in Storytime 

Early Learning Center Camp: Caterpillar Count

Early Learning Center Camp: Showtime

Early Learning Center Camp: Summer Shapes

Los Bilingüitos: We're Going on a Picnic Storytime/Nos vamos de día de campo

Los Bilingüitos: Summer Sand Art/Arte de arena de verano

Los Bilingüitos Storytime 

Los Bilingüitos: Family Movie/Película en familia: The Muppets 


Age 6-12


Sensational Sixes and Sevens: LEGOS, Tinker Toys, and Blocks, Oh My

Movie Night: A Bugs Life

Game Time! 

Back to School Party  


Age 13-15


Movie Day: The Hunger Games 

Zombie Club 




Writers Revealed: Hipolito Acosta 

Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab 

Bound to Please Book Club  

HACES, Citizenship Interview Preparation Classes




Read to the Dog 

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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