Waukegan Public Library 
September 2012 Enewsletter
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Message from the director 


Every September I always fight with two strong feelings. The first is melancholy, because it means summer is on its way out. During the summer, from June through August, we have concerts in our courtyard every Friday at noon. The concerts are a lot of fun and the musical acts are always top notch. And, at least a few of the concerts are performed under threat of rain or are cut short by a downpour, which is kind of exciting. But when they're over, the summer is over. The second is anticipation. I'm starting to get excited about the upcoming Monarch Festival next Sunday the 9th and our annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival which happens in October. This will be our 7th and they just keep getting better and better! 


Richard "my place is your place" Lee   

Free Family Fun!
Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lake County Monarch Festival, a free family event on September 9th from 1-5:00 p.m. across from the library at the corner of County and Clayton Streets. There will be over 30 booths featuring games, crafts, live music, and educational activities focused on the environment, healthy eating, cooking, and recycling. Local band Rosa's Cantina takes the stage at 4:00 p.m.! Go here for more information. See you there!


Homework Help

School is back in session and it is natural to struggle  with new and unfamiliar subjects. Are you having trouble with Math and Science? Maybe you agonize over Reading or Writing? Our staff and tutors are ready to help you earn that "A"!


Then show your "A" to our children's department staff and earn prizes in our "A is for Awesome" program!


Homework Help starts September 17 in the Children's Department. It is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 and Sundays from 1:30-3:30. No registration is required, just drop in! Email for more information.

Deferred Action Workshops

If you have questions or need help in filling out immigration documents, come to one of our free workshops led by a local attorney. Beware of false information and scams when filling out paperwork and only take advice from attorneys and individuals accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).


Workshops will be held on Monday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bradbury room. Go here to register. 

Storytelling Festival October 26

This year we honor Ray Bradbury for his contributions to the literary world with a night of Bradbury stories. Come experience some of Bradbury's most prophetic and spooky characters as told by Megan Wells, Jim May, Charlotte Blake Alston, and Hollywood actor Bill Oberst Jr.! Tickets go on sale September 7th at 10:00am at the Genesee Theatre box office! Check out videos from past years here

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. Go here to register. 


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
Would you like to become a tutor and help adults better their lives by improving their skills in basic reading, writing, math or the English language? The Adult Literacy Tutoring Program, in partnership with the College of Lake County Literacy Office, will be offering its fall Adult Literacy Tutor Training series soon.

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


Trainees will learn specific techniques and strategies for effectively teaching basic skills to adults. Following the training, volunteers are matched one-on-one or placed in an adult education class. Interested? Email Josh Anderson, Literacy Coordinator, or call (847) 623-2041 ext 225.  

New Online Resources


Do you have a favorite author, but you've already read everything he or she has written? Maybe you love a certain style of writing? NoveList can help you find the new read you've been waiting for. Just search by author, title, or series to find your next favorite! 


Links to all of our resources are on the Online Resources page. For adults click here. For kids click here.
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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

September Programs at a Glance


Age 0-5 


Babies and Books  

Two-Year-Old Storytime  

Drop in Storytime  

Homeschoolers Storytime 

Early Learning Center Camp: Now I Know My ABCs

Early Learning Center Camp: Back to School Arts and Crafts  

Early Learning Center Camp: Nature Storytime: Creepy Crawly Critter

Los Bilingüitos: Math Blast-off /Tiempo de cuentos de matemático  

Los Bilingüitos: What time is it, Mr. Fox?/¿Qué hora es Sr. Fox?
Los Bilingüitos: How much is that piggy in the window?/¿Cuánto cuesta ese...?
Los Bilingüitos: Math Exploration Time/Exploración matemática 

Los Bilingüitos Storytime/Tiempo de Cuentos "Los Bilingüitos" 

United Way Early Learning Club (English Language) 

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


Age 6-12


Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Junior Scientists  

Game Time! 

Bring-it , Make-it, Take-it T-shirts  


Age 13-15


Graffiti Tee's  


Age 13-18


Zombie Club 




Digital Divide Computer Class  

Adult Drop-in Tutoring and Computer Lab 

Bound to Please Book Club  

Deferred Action Workshop
Conversational ESL
HACES, Citizenship Interview Preparation Classes
Job Search and Resume Help Lab




ESL Family Literacy Class  



*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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