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.

Electronics Waste Recycling and Paper Shred Event at Waukegan Public Library on April 19

Post date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:36am

To celebrate Earth Day, the Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid (OTG) team is hosting a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library on the corner of Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Electronics and computer equipment to be collected include wires & cables, circuit boards, monitors, VCRs, DVDs, cameras, gaming consoles, modems, and telephones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified most electronic scrap as hazardous waste. Improper disposal adds dangerous amounts of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and toxic chemicals into the country’s landfills. Electronic and computer items will be collected by Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc., and broken down into components for reuse and/or refurbishment.

Up to 9,000 pounds of paper will be shredded by a mobile truck run by Opportunity Secure Data Destruction (OSDD). The truck has a camera so that you can see the shredding in action. Paper can have staples, regular paper clips and rubber bands, but no large metal, plastic, x-rays, or batteries. OSDD takes all shredded paper to the paper mill for pulping and recycling.

OTG is a committee of Waukegan Public Library employees who meet monthly to discuss green initiatives in the library, such as implementing recycle drives for the needy in the community, developing Earth Week activities for staff and patrons, coordinating field trips to organizations who practice environmental initiatives, and planning an annual staff farm-to-table luncheon and bake off.

This will be the first recycle event at the Waukegan Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.