Support the Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:18de la mañana

Consider joining the Board of Trustees and support the work of the Waukegan Public Library to meet the needs of our community.

Email a resume or short bio to wplboard [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.

Celebrate Earth Week with Recycling and a Free Concert!

Post date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 1:16de la tarde

The Waukegan Public Library’s Off The Grid team will be hosting their second free recycle event for paper and electronic waste from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 18th, in the rear lot behind the library at Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Paper with staples, paper clips and rubber bands will be accepted but no large metal, plastic attachments, or x-rays. Items accepted for electronic recycling include wires, cables, circuit boards, computers, modems, monitors, telephones, cameras, gaming consoles, DVD’s VCR’s and small TV’s. Electronics that can be carried easily by one person will be allowed.  No batteries accepted.

Recycling paper conserves natural resources, saves energy, and reduces greenhouse gases. Shredded paper will be taken to a mill for pulping and recycling. Electronic recycling is a benefit to the economy by employing skilled workers who process and sell recovered materials, saving energy by reusing materials instead of producing new. Recycling conserves natural resources and is healthier for the environment.

On Saturday, April 25th, the Waukegan Public Library welcomes Jack Kauffman performing an Earth Week concert at 2:30 p.m., in the lower level.

Please call 847-623-2041 or visit These events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate Black History Month at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 4:11de la tarde

In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, the Waukegan Public Library will present two family interactive programs about African culture by storyteller Oba William King and JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment.

We Speak in Rhythm on Monday, February 9 at 6 p.m.,takes a look at the African American experience through the fundamental role that artistic expression has played in shaping the lives of African Americans and America’s rich heritage. This cultural program is presented by King, a poetic storyteller who brings stories, poetry, and cultural songs to life through interactive, dynamic presentations. Some of the stories, folklore, and folk tales include “Monkey and the Snake” and “Anansi the Spider”, poetry written by Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, and Negro spirituals such as “Go Down Moses”, “Strange Fruit”, and “Change Gonna Come”.

On Saturday, February 28 at 3:30 p.m. there will be an interactive drumming program for all ages that celebrates the unifying power of rhythm and music. The Community Unity Drum Circle will begin with a history of drums, including proper placement of hands, tones, and voice. Everyone can join in the drumming with their own drums, bongos, rhythm sticks and shakers or can use one of the handmade African style Djembe drums.

Both of the library’s Black History Month programs are presented by Oba William King and JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment. King is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council’s Artists Fellowship and Master Apprentice grant. He was acknowledged by the poetry center of Chicago with the Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanzas award and honored with the Jewel Osco Hidden Jewel of the Neighborhood Award. He is a published author and recording artist and his newest series of stories for young readers is called “Firefly and Little Star”.