Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center (ELC), located in the Children’s Department, is a unique space for kids to interact with different learning opportunities. From the Geppetto’s Workshop to the  to the Pixie Hollow, the ELC is a colorful, interactive place where kids can discover the fun of learning. Come for the storytimes, stay for the arts and crafts, and watch your child get excited about all the hands-on activities within reach.  It’s a one-of-a-kind Waukegan experience that you and your child will come back to again and again.

Tour of the ELC

Draw Bridge and Unicorn - Cross the draw bridge, tip toe past the unicorn, and see what fairy tale adventures await for you in the library’s Once Upon a Fairy Tale Exhibit.

Art Studio - Come and create a fairy tale masterpiece in our Art Studio.

Jack and the Beanstalk’s ELC Theater - Put on a cape or knight’s helmet and perform your own play in the ELC.

Geppetto’s Workshop - Turn a lock, hammer a nail, or build a tower in Geppetto’s Workshop.

Pinocchio’s Puppet Theater - Choose a puppet and put on a show.

Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House - Decorate the witch’s gingerbread house with different letters, numbers, and shapes.

Fairy Tale Fishing Hole - Fish for gingerbread men at the Fairy Tale Fishing Hole.

Fairy Tale Stories -Choose a story and go on a fairy tale adventure in your mind.

Pixie Hollow - Little ones will explore the world around them in this interactive, pixie filled Crawl Space.

Three Little Pigs Homes - Help the three little pig rebuild their homes after the Big Bad Wolf blew them down.

Seven Dwarfs’ Diamond Mine-Create a colorful design in the Seven Dwarfs’ Diamond Mine.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Who is the fairest one of all? Put on a costume and see who you can become.

Rapunzel’s Tower - Walk to the top the tower and pretend you are Rapunzel.

Rapunzel’s Climbing Wall - Practice your alphabet letter as you climb up the wall.

Cinderella’s Horse and Carriage - Sit in Cinderella’s Carriage and pretend you are going to the glorious ball.

ELC Programs

Have you visited the Waukegan Library’s Early Learning Center (ELC)—A Children’s Learning Museum right here in Waukegan! It’s open during library hours and free to the public. Check out our free family programs.No registration required. Please accompany your child to the ELC programs!  All ELC programs are for 3-5-year-olds and their parent/caregivers, unless otherwise stated.</p><h3>

Storytimes

Monday

Preschool Storytime - 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Tuesday

Two-Year-Old Storytime - 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime - 10:45-11:15 a.m.

*Los Bilingüitos (4-7 year olds) - 6-7 p.m. ( Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 10, 17)

Wednesday

Preschool Storytime - 10:45-11:15 a.m. and 6:30-7 p.m.

Thursday

Babies and Books - 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime - 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Saturday

Preschool Storytime - 3:30-4 p.m.

Sunday

Los Bilingüitos Stories and More - 3:30-4 p.m.

*Los Bilingüitos - The first three Tuesdays of the month, a new theme is introduced to children ages 4 - 7. There is always an element of surprise. One week there could be a craft project, or a storytime, another week it could be a library scavenger hunt or other games.

Preschool Learning Time

Free, fun and informative, these programs have at all! Each features different activities, such as counting game to spring crafts and a preschool sing along. Recommended for children ages 3 - 5.

Mondays from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22; Jan. 5, 19; Feb. 2, 9, 16)

Sensational Sixes & Sevens

Mondays from 6:30 - 7 p.m. (Dec. 29, Jan. 26, Feb. 23)

Once a month our sensational 6 and 7-year-olds will try a sensational new project.

 Great Books

Choose from thousands of books in the ELC collection specifically designed to help your child read and learn.

Below is just a small example of the wealth of knowledge available to spark your child’s interest and imagination.

Fairy Tale Fun

Board Books

Hansel and Gretel

Sleeping Beauty

Readers

Cinderella’s Big Foot

Beauty and the Pea

Picture Books

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Little Red Hen

What People Are Saying about the New ELC…

The ELC room is a great area for children to enjoy themselves in a safe area. While at the same time they are constantly learning about the different theme they change every year. The ELC room educates, entertains, and definelty motivates children as well as parents to bring their children to the fun activities the library provides.”– Elizabeth Cordova

My kids never want to leave. There’s plenty to keep them playing and learning for hours.” – Christy Porter

There is nothing like this at any other library. My grandchildren can’t wait to visit and use all the wonderful learning centers. It is presented in a way they have no idea they are learning. It is always well kept and the staff is very helpful and encouraging.”

The ELC is more fun then McDonald’s Play Land.” – Naomi Adams

ELC

Partners

North Shore Gas - http://www.northshoregasdelivery.com/company/community.aspx

Waukegan School District - http://www.wps60.org/

EPIC - http://schools.wps60.org/epic/

United Way of Lake County - http://www.uwlakeco.org

Pictures

Early Learning Center Camp: Summertime Celebration

Partners

North Shore Gas - http://www.northshoregasdelivery.com/company/community.aspx

Waukegan School District - http://www.wps60.org/

EPIC - http://schools.wps60.org/epic/

United Way of Lake County - http://www.uwlakeco.org

Pictures

Early Learning Center Camp: Summertime Celebration

Past ELC exhibits

Early Learning Center: Oink, Baa, Moo Farm Fun