December at Waukegan Public Library

Here a Chick, There a Chick... 


Starting December 9th, children can visit the redesigned Early Learning Center and have fun on the farm through interactive learning games, activities, and toys. This year promises to be our best yet as children learn about healthy foods, gardening, and farm animals!


  • Art Studio: Use markers, feathers, and a variety of other materials to create farm life art projects.
  • Theater and Stage: Pretend to be a farm animal with a horse, duck, or pig costume or put on your own farm puppet show on our stage.
  • Music Hall: Hear real animal sounds when you press a button on our "Sounds of the Farm" display. 
  • Nature Center: Pick apples off felt apple trees and collect them in baskets.
  • Fishing Pond: Fish for fruit, vegetables, or fish in our magnetic fishing pond. 
  • Math and Science Lab: Plant vegetables in the garden and then weigh and sell them at the farm stand.
  • Barn: Braid a horse's tail, climb hay bales, and slide down the hay loft slide.
  • Milking Room: Learn about dairy products and then milk a life-size cow.
  • Chicken Coop: Watch live chicks hatch in an incubator and learn how to hold them.  


All in all, the ELC is a fun, educational place to visit frequently. Please visit the kids section of our website for more information about all our programs for children of all ages.


Annalisa Teresi
Children's Librarian and Early Learning Center Specialist
Waukegan Public Library
December Holiday Program Spotlight 

Wintertime Celebration
December 3, 6:30 pm
In this Early Learning Center Camp, take part in a variety of wintertime games such as "Cold Snowflake" and create a glittery snowflake craft. For children up to age seven.

Family Film: The Polar Express

December 8, 2 pm
Bring the whole family to watch a holiday film during Waukegan's HolidayWauk. "The Polar Express" takes place on Christmas Eve, when a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. Free popcorn will be served.

Holiday Crafts from Around the World
December 17, 5 pm
Students in 3rd through 5th grade will learn about the various cultural holidays celebrated around the world and complete a craft from each culture presented. Registration required.

December 27, 1:30 pm
Come in during your holiday break and become a pawn in our life size game of Candyland. For students in 6th through 8th grade.

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Waukegan Public Library
128 North County Street
Waukegan, IL
(847) 623-2041
Mon-Wed 10am-8pm
Thu-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

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800 North Baldwin Avenue
Waukegan, IL
(847) 263-8077
Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 1pm-5pm

December Closures
December 24 & 25 - Christmas
December 30

Quick Links
Board of Trustees 
Charmaine Harris, Ph.D.

C. Myra Gaytan-Morales


John Stein

Jerry Aguilera
Jacqueline E. Herrera Giron, Esq.
Jesus Ruíz
Megan Spaur
Verna Wilson
Pete Zaragoza

Richard Lee
Executive Director
December Programs and Classes

Ages 0-5

Ages 6-12

Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Have You Seen My Duck? 

Game Time!

Holiday Crafts from Around the World 


Ages 13-18




Grades K-12 

Homework Help

Youth Digital Divide Free Computer Classes 



Digital Divide Free Computer Classes 

Digital Divide Open Computer Lab

Adult Drop-In Tutoring and Computer Lab 

Bound to Please Book Club 

Conversational ESL 

HACES, Citizenship Interview Preparation Classes 

Leamos: Spanish Computer Classes 

Job Search and Resume Help Lab  

Literacy Education: ABE 
Spanish pre-GED preparation/Clases de preparación para el GED en español 



ESL Family Literacy Class 

Family Literacy Class: ABE 

Holiday Film: The Polar Express 

Early Learning Center Farm Exhibit Grand Opening 


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.  

Win tickets for the whole family!*
Bring this email to the library during the "Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun" exhibit grand opening party on Sunday, December 9 from 1-3 pm and enter to win four free tickets to see "Mrs. Claus & The Littlest Reindeer Show," which is performed through the month of December at Apple Holler located in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
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