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.

Extended Hours at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:41am

At their April 16 meeting, the Waukegan Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend the hours that the library is open to the public by two hours on Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. This brings the total hours the library is open to the public to 56. The hours were originally reduced in 2010 due to budget constraints.  “Our goal has always been to reclaim our lost hours and this is a step in the right direction,” states Richard Lee, Executive Director of the award-winning library.

As of Thursday, May 1, Library Hours will be:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.