Sen. Kirk's staffers to visit WPL 11/12/15, 1-3pm

Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:47de la mañana

Staffers from the office of Senator Mark Kirk will be at Waukegan Public Library on Thursday, November 12, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Stop by their table near the cafe space to ask questions, make suggestions, and be an active participant in our government. Free parking is available to library patrons at the city parking garage located catercorner from the library at the intersection of County and Clayton streets.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment: Nov. 1 - Jan. 31

Post date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:36de la tarde

Enroll Lake County!, the county-wide initiative designed to facilitate access to healthcare for Lake County residents, returns for its third annual enrollment drive. A project of the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center in partnership with the Waukegan Public Library, Enroll Lake County! aims to enroll or re-enroll at least 3,000 Lake County residents in health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid. The Marketplace will open for three months, from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Certified navigators will be in place at various sites throughout the county to answer questions and help residents enroll or re-enroll in health insurance plans.. Appointments may be requested in English and Spanish by calling (847) 775-2582 or (847) 377-4999.

The Enroll Lake County! program has been very successful in decreasing the total number of county-wide uninsured in the previous two years. In the last two years, over 42,000 Lake County residents have accessed new forms of health insurance, including over 19,000 who were personally assisted by Enroll Lake County! Navigators. Enroll Lake County! will place special focus on enrolling residents who do not speak English as a primary language, as they are disproportionately uninsured.

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, in partnership with the Waukegan Public Library, will coordinate with four local agencies as its Year 3 Grant Partners: A Safe Place, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Moraine Township, and the YWCA Lake County.

Residents who enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace last year must re-enroll this year or be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan. Those interested in exploring healthcare options through the Marketplace are encouraged to contact Enroll Lake County! for an appointment with a certified navigator.

This project is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and is part of the Get Covered Illinois initiative. 

For more information, please contact Tatiana Alonso, Program Manager for Enroll Lake County!, at (847) 775-2565.

Author Kirsten Holmstedt to visit Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 9:04de la mañana

Kirsten Holmstedt, writer and expert on female members of the armed forces, will visit the Waukegan Public Library on Thursday, November 5, to discuss her acclaimed book, Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq. Holmstedt’s visit is one of many special events in Waukegan and surrounding areas in support of “Those Who Serve,” a two-month initiative by the Waukegan Arts Council in partnership with the City of Waukegan.

The book recounts the stories of twelve American women serving in Iraq, with a forward by Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Holmstedt’s book offers journalistic insight into the experiences of American servicewomen, featuring the stories of soldiers, military policewomen, and nurses. Winner of the Military Writer’s Society of America Founders Award and the American Authors Association Golden Quill Award, the book represents a look into the sometimes universal, sometimes unique challenges faced by servicewomen, from the dangers of war to hazing to the multitude of emotions and struggles confronting returning soldiers. While the book’s primary focus is the experience of women in combat, whatever their roles, the closing chapter offers a peek into their lives as they continue their service - some remain with the armed forces, and others adjust to civilian life.

“Kirsten Holmstedt conducted detailed interviews with each subject to produce this book,” said Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee. “That makes for a compelling and truly insightful look into what it means to be a female member of the armed forces.” The interviews, coupled with the book’s organization as anecdotes for each woman, result in a book that is at once broad in scope and deeply personal.

Holmstedt’s appearance is the last in Waukegan Public Library’s “Those Who Serve” writers series, which will bring three acclaimed authors to the Library for book talks, signings, and Q&A sessions this fall. The exhibit and writers series represent the Library’s contribution to “Those Who Serve,” a community-wide initiative called Waukegan ArtWise, which in its inaugural year spotlights the experiences of American service men and women.

As part of the series, Waukegan Public Library welcomed former Marine officer, artist, and author Benjamin Busch in mid-September, with Busch’s photographs on display in the Library’s lobby through November 11. Author Michael Pitre visited the Library on October 8, 2015, for a reading and Q&A.  

For more information about Waukegan Public Library’s writers’ series, as well as Benjamin Busch’s ongoing “The Art in War” exhibit, please visit, or contact Amanda Civitello, Marketing and Communications Manager, at (847) 775-2560.

For more information on Waukegan ArtWise - “Those Who Serve,” a project of the Waukegan Arts Council in partnership with the City of Waukegan, please visit