Month-Long Elementary Art Show at WPL Begins March 1

Post date: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:37am

Students from all 15 of Waukegan’s elementary schools will once again have their artwork on display at the Waukegan Public Library, as part of Art in the Schools Month in March.

More than 300 of the best work from students in kindergarten through grade 5 will be hung and displayed throughout the library all month long.

The Waukegan Public Library Elementary Art Show kicks off on Saturday, March 1. A special reception and awards ceremony is planned on Thursday, March 13. A gallery viewing on that day will begin at 3:45 p.m., with an awards ceremony following at 4:30 p.m.

“We are very grateful to the Waukegan Public Library for once again showcasing our students’ artwork. Arts teachers and students worked very hard on putting this showcase together, and we look forward to showing off our students’ talents to the community,” said Ms. Sheila Crotty-Kagan, Enrichment Coordinator for Waukegan Public Schools.

Members from the community are encouraged to stop by the library during the month of March to view the fantastic student artwork.

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Join a bilingual family book club at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:14am

Beginning on March 2, the Waukegan Public Library is offering a Día Family Book Clubfor bilingual children in grades 1-3 and their families. The book club is made possible by a mini-grant from the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Everyone Reads @ your library program grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Waukegan Public Library was one of fifteen libraries to be awarded the mini-grant.

The Club will use bilingual books to provide an opportunity for families to read and interact together. Each week, families will read and discuss a book, complete an activity, and enjoy a snack. Families will receive a new book every week to take home.

The first meeting will feature the bilingual book Playing Lotería by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Jill Arena. After reading and discussing the book together, the group will play a game of lotería. Families will leave with their own copy of the book to keep, and an activity to try at home: creating a lotería card representing a person, place, or object of significance to their family.

The DíaBook Club is a new addition to the Waukegan Public Library’s annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). El Díais a multicultural celebration that ties children and their families to books and diversity.  The celebration, which culminates on April 30 every year, emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, the library will present its El Díafree family festival on May 4.

Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  

The Club meets for six weeks on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in March, April, and May. The activities will all be conducted in Spanish and English. Registration is required; please call 847-623-2041, ext. 273 to register. For more information on the Waukegan Public Library’s Día events please call Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041, ext. 231, or visit

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit

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See the Moon at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:51am

On Monday, March 10, the Lake County Astronomical Society will present an evening of moon gazing from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. across the street from the Waukegan Public Library on the corner of County and Clayton Streets.

In cooperation with local libraries, the Lake County Astronomical Society’s (LCAS) program, titled Astronomy Under The City Lights (AUTCL), is an opportunity for people of all ages to view the craters and mountains of the moon and Jupiter with its moons with powerful and sophisticated telescopes including a special hands-on telescope that everyone can operate.

Called “Dobbie”, this kid-friendly telescope is specifically targeted for use by children 9-14 years old. It has a 6-inch mirror and an eyepiece that magnifies objects 48 times. This allows great views of the Moon, planets, double stars, and bright deep sky objects, like star clusters, gas clouds, and remnants from supernovae.

You can join the event at any time and leave at any time, no registration is required. This outdoor event depends on dry weather and acceptable sky conditions to allow viewing, so it is subject to postponement. All children who attend the program will receive a special surprise.  Additionally, there are free astronomy bookmarks from the LCAS Star Reader program available at the Library.

LCAS has been doing astronomy outreach events at libraries for 30 years and since the AUTCL program was developed in 2008, they have given over 3,500 kids their first view of the Moon and planets. For more information about the Astronomy Under The City Lights program, see