Family Summer Learning Day at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:21pm

The Kohl Children’s Museum will present a Summer Learning Day at the Waukegan Public Library on Saturday, June 21, with free hands-on science activities for families.

From 1 to 4 p.m., two education specialists from the museum will present interactive activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The activities will focus on physical fitness, science, technology, reading, and math. No registration is required, families are welcome to drop-in and stay as long as they like.

Summer Learning Day is a part of the Waukegan Campaign for Grade Level Reading initiative by the United Way of Lake County with the Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan Public School District and many key social service organizations. The campaign’s goal, by the year 2020, is to eliminate the achievement gap for third grade reading between Waukegan schools and the state of Illinois so that Waukegan children will enter school with the skills they need to succeed, have fewer unexcused absences and that children from low income homes will not fall further behind over the summer.

Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development in communities all across the country. For more information about Summer Learning Day, call Gale Graves at (847) 623-2041, ext. 223.

Waukegan Public Library Summer Courtyard Concert Series Announced

Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:52am

Starting in June, many Waukegan residents and employees will continue their longstanding tradition of lunching outdoors every Friday during the summer months while listening to free concerts held in the Waukegan Public Library courtyard.

Every Fridayfrom June 6 to August 29, musicians will perform a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, folk, and bluegrass from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the library on Clayton and County Streets. If it rains, concerts will move indoors to the Bradbury Room in the library’s lower level. Listeners can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch available for sale onsite from Green Town Tavern. Drinks and baked goods are also available for purchase by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library. The Courtyard Concerts are generously sponsored each year by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library.

June 6: Patrick Woods

June 13: The Rockin’ Fenderskirts

June 20: Donna Herula

June 27: Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble

July 11: Derrick Procell

July 18: Potts and Pans

July 25: The Limitations

Aug. 1: Ian Gould

Aug. 8: Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band

Aug. 15: The Hollands

Aug. 22: The Thomas Brothers Band

Aug. 29: Freshwater

To listen to a clip of featured bands, visit  For questions about the Courtyard Concert series, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.


Waukegan Public Library Celebrates the Day of the Child

Post date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:25pm

On Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Waukegan Public Library will bring the characters and stories from some of the best loved children’s books to life. The library’s annual El Dìa de los Niños/El Dìa de los Libros family festival will feature games and activities from classic and contemporary children’s books like “The Hunger Games”, “Mary Poppins”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Winnie the Pooh”.

With a specific focus on books that were made into movies, children can become their favorite characters and practice for the hunger games with archery, darts, and knot tying, they can hunt for clues around the library like Nancy Drew, make a mask of one of the characters in Winnie the Pooh, and toss rings on Pinocchio’s growing nose.Families will also have a chance to explore the Early Learning Center Transportation exhibit and go for a ride in a caboose, fly a plane, and ride a bike.

Kirby the Kangaroo, the Great Lakes Credit Union’s mascot, will greet children along with Shrek and other well-known book characters. Each family will sample fresh made ice cream from La Michoacana Ice Cream parlor and take home free books.

Since summer is on its way, adults and children can also sign up for the Summer Reading Club to win prizes for reading during June, July, and August. Each child who signs up will take home a Waukegan Public Library reading t-shirt, while supplies last.

“In the past, our El Dia celebrations incorporated themes surrounding the environment, Earth Day, and Latino culture. This year, we placed the focus on books so children can relate to the classic stories they love through hands-on play,” said executive director Richard Lee. “Hopefully this will inspire families to interact with books in a fun and creative way at home.”

Last year, the library’s El Dia event received a $500 honor award from Estela and Raúl Mora for an exemplary culminating celebration of El Dìa de los Niños/El Dìa de los Libros. Sponsors for this year’s event include La Michoacana Ice Cream, the Great Lakes Credit Union, and Words on Wheels.

For more information about El Dia de los Niños, contact Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.