The Waukegan Public Library is primarily funded through tax dollars. It is through public and private partnerships, fundraising and sponsorship that we can go the extra distance to provide our tax payers with the buildings, programs and services they deserve.
The Waukegan Public Library has the following sponsorship opportunities available:
Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival
The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival is fast becoming a yearly tradition among people of all ages. In tribute to the celebrated author, the Waukegan Public Library launched the annual festival in 2006. Each festival, held in October, features a matinee for school kids and an evening performance for those age 12 and older. Since field trips are cost-prohibitive to many schools, the library strives to keep its matinee price very low, just $5 per student, by soliciting sponsorships. Your gift will help children develop an appreciation for both classic literature and the art of storytelling. Sponsorship forms may be mailed to Kim Vander Yacht at the address listed on the bottom of the form. For more information on this sponsorship opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Stearns at 847-623-2041 ext. 256 or elizabethstearns [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
The Summer Courtyard Concerts are free concerts offered to the community at the library to enjoy the arts and musical talents of our area. For more information on the concerts or a sponsorship, please contact Rena Morrow at 847-263-2041 ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
Sponsor an Exhibit in the library and help bring to life subjects that inform and entertain our community. Some of our major exhibits in the past include “Dig the Dinos”, “Under the Sea”, “Creepy Crawlies”, and currently “Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun” in the Early Learning Center and the Children’s Department showcased “Lake Michigan – A Great Lake”. Smaller exhibits that have been on display include an interactive video and mural images celebrating Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday and a project detailing the library’s commitment to “Going Green”. For more information on sponsoring an exhibit, please contact Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041 ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
El Dia De Los Niños/El Dia De Los Libros
The El Dia De Los Niños/Libros Festival is a family festival held every spring at the library and celebrates children and books! For more information on sponsoring the El Dia Festival, please contact Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041 ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
The Lake County Monarch Festival
The Lake County Monarch Festival is a celebration of nature, culture and the arts for the citizens of Lake County. Held rain or shine, this sprawling open-air festival offers live music, dance and theater performances, food demos, arts and crafts, environmental displays and other celebrations of nature. Sponsorship forms may be mailed to Kim Vander Yacht at the address listed on the bottom of the form or contact Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041 ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
Reading Clubs are an incentive-based way to promote reading year round. From 2008 to 2010 adult, teen, and child participation in the Waukegan Public Library reading clubs has increased yearly. Our children’s reading club has seen a 273% increase in participation from 2008 to 2010. Help encourage reading by supporting our reading clubs. Coupons, gifts card, and monetary donations are welcome and will be used for prizes. For more information on sponsoring a Reading Club, please contact Patrick Toto at 847-623-2041 ext. 285 or patricktoto [at] waukeganpl [dot] info or Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041 ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.
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