The Waukegan Public Library is a National Medal for Museum and Library Service winner. Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Only five libraries and five museums in the nation receive this honor each year.
The Waukegan Public Library was awarded the Upstart Innovation Award by the Public Library Association for the library’s “Bus to Us” field-trip program, which brings thousands of elementary school children to the library throughout the year for engaging, curriculum-guided visits. This award recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.
The Waukegan Public Library received the American Library Association Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award for the creation of an Early Learning Center (ELC) to meet the demands of a community affected by changing demographics and a lack of resources, especially for children ages 0-7.
The Waukegan Public Library is the recipient of 5 First Place Awards in the 2011 ILA Excellence in Marketing & Public Relations Competition: Most Creative Visual or Interactive Display, Most Creative Video, Best Singular Direct Mail or Promotional Piece, Newsletter Series, and Most Original Event/Festival.
The Waukegan Public Library Early Learning Center is the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Library Association Highsmith Library Innovative Award. This award recognizes a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service which has had a measurable impact on its users. The award is sponsored by Highsmith, Inc.
The Waukegan Public Library Literacy Suite is the 2011 recipient of the Illinois Library Association’s Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/DEMCO Award. The award recognizes an individual, a group, a program, or an institution for a sustained activity and contribution having a lasting impact on librarianship. The award is sponsored by DEMCO.
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) awarded this year’s Highsmith Library Innovation Award to the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, sponsored annually by the Waukegan Public Library. School and public libraries across Illinois compete for the award, designed to recognize a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative program or service which has a measurable impact on its users.
Waukegan Main Street Excellence in Community Programming for the Early Learning Center
Coalición Latinos Unidos de Lake County Community Service Award for the Early Learning Center
NSLS Library of the Year Award
Library Public Relations Council for Bienvendios a la Biblioteca
NSLS Innovation Award for Sigame