January at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 1:31pm

There’s a lot going on at the library this month - check it out! Want to receive our updates in your inbox? Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

The Library’s Big Read continues with a film showing and graphic novel workshop, as well as the 32nd annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest. The Library continues to support the Enroll Lake County! ACA enrollment drive through January 31, 2016. For more information about enrolling or re-enrolling in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, please call (847) 775-2582.

Special events in January 2016:

January 4-7: Exam Cram! High School Finals Help
During the first week in January, the Library will expand its popular High School Homework Help program to help students prepare for their finals with assistance from Library tutors. Exam Cram will run January 4-7, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

January 11: Engineer This! House of Cards
Children in grades 3 – 5 will develop their STEM skills with this hands-on engineering lab, where they’ll learn to build houses from ordinary decks of cards, Monday, January 11, from 5:00 – 6:00pm, in the Bradbury Room.

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
WPL will once again participate in the national day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Children of all ages (and any artistically-inclined adults!) will be a part of our Color A Smile service project, a drop-in coloring event from 10:00am – 5:00pm, on the Lower Level. The library will also screen the film Hairspray at 1:30, and host a special storytime and activity for preschoolers from 3:30 – 4:00pm.

January 18: I Have a Dream Field Trip
Waukegan Public Library will provide a bus to Highland Park’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Highland Park Rec Center. Students will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and participate in multiple acts of service, from decorating quilts for children in the hospital, making get well cards for seniors, care packages for soldiers serving abroad, and more. 9:00am – 2:30pm, offsite field trip for high school students.

January 20: I Can Dream Like Dr. King!
Dr. King had a dream and changed the world. Join us for a bilingual family craft night with activities exploring the important ideas that Dr. King dreamed about - diversity, unity, and peace.

January 22: Fahrenheit 451: From Book to Film*
WPL will host a screening of Francois Truffaut’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, followed by a comparative book/film discussion, for adults on January 22, from 1:00 – 3:30pm.

January 23: Young Adult Sci-Fi Writers’ Workshop*
Young adults will brainstorm ideas, share their writing, and critique each other’s work in our writers’ workshop, on Saturday, January 23, from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

January 25: Winter Picnic
Children in grades 3-5 will bring their favorite storybooks to share at our summer-in-January picnic, Monday, January 25, from 5:00 – 6:00pm.

January 26: Free GED Ready Practice GED Test
Adults preparing to take the GED high school equivalency test will take a free official practice test – and receive their score that night! Testing is offered in English and Spanish on Tuesday, January 26, 5:00 – 7:30pm.

January 26: ACT Test-Taking Tips
High school students will participate in an ACT workshop led by the experts at TRiO, on Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 – 7:00pm.

January 30: YA Graphic Novel Workshop*
Young adults in grades 6-12 will participate in a hands-on workshop to turn their big idea into a graphic novel, on Saturday, January 30, from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

* denotes programs developed for Waukegan Public Library’s Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Sen. Kirk's staffers to visit WPL 11/12/15, 1-3pm

Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Staffers from the office of Senator Mark Kirk will be at Waukegan Public Library on Thursday, November 12, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Stop by their table near the cafe space to ask questions, make suggestions, and be an active participant in our government. Free parking is available to library patrons at the city parking garage located catercorner from the library at the intersection of County and Clayton streets.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment: Nov. 1 - Jan. 31

Post date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:36pm

Enroll Lake County!, the county-wide initiative designed to facilitate access to healthcare for Lake County residents, returns for its third annual enrollment drive. A project of the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center in partnership with the Waukegan Public Library, Enroll Lake County! aims to enroll or re-enroll at least 3,000 Lake County residents in health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid. The Marketplace will open for three months, from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Certified navigators will be in place at various sites throughout the county to answer questions and help residents enroll or re-enroll in health insurance plans.. Appointments may be requested in English and Spanish by calling (847) 775-2582 or (847) 377-4999.

The Enroll Lake County! program has been very successful in decreasing the total number of county-wide uninsured in the previous two years. In the last two years, over 42,000 Lake County residents have accessed new forms of health insurance, including over 19,000 who were personally assisted by Enroll Lake County! Navigators. Enroll Lake County! will place special focus on enrolling residents who do not speak English as a primary language, as they are disproportionately uninsured.

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, in partnership with the Waukegan Public Library, will coordinate with four local agencies as its Year 3 Grant Partners: A Safe Place, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Moraine Township, and the YWCA Lake County.

Residents who enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace last year must re-enroll this year or be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan. Those interested in exploring healthcare options through the Marketplace are encouraged to contact Enroll Lake County! for an appointment with a certified navigator.

This project is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and is part of the Get Covered Illinois initiative. 

For more information, please contact Tatiana Alonso, Program Manager for Enroll Lake County!, at (847) 775-2565.