Adult Literacy Volunteers Needed!

Post date: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 3:15pm

Did you know that the Library offers fun and practical literacy programs for adults? We provide free courses to everyone in our community, helping Waukeganites reach their goals through computer and internet classes, adult education in reading, math, and job skills, as well as English language learning. It’s all made possible by our incredible volunteers!

We’re especially in need of volunteer Adult Literacy Tutors. Our tutors work with adult students on a variety of subjects, from reading to math to English as a second language (ESL). Many of the Library’s adult learners come to our program because they want to improve their employment opportunities or play an active role in their children’s education, but we also serve learners who want to improve their skills purely for fulfillment and the satisfying achievement of continuing education. We also provide hands-on, practical ESL tutoring; our tutors don’t just help their students become more conversational in English, they help them to navigate daily life in a new language by providing opportunities to practice skills in real-life settings. In so doing, our tutors form deeply meaningful relationships with their students. They often say they gain just as much as their students, if not more, from tutoring!

Training, materials, and support are provided by the Tutoring Program staff, so novice tutors looking for a new volunteering experience are especially welcome! Our Adult Literacy Tutors training program occurs over two consecutive Saturdays. The next training is scheduled for August 8 and August 15, 2015. You can learn more about the program here.

We’re also in search of volunteers to assist in our Digital Literacy classroom courses, helping students as they learn about computers and the Internet, hone essential job skills and develop financial literacy. Volunteers for these courses will have their own orientation, with timing to be determined.

We’re looking for adults who are passionate about putting their expertise and talents to work making a difference in our city. Ready to get involved? Click here to visit our Volunteer Match page, or call Rachel Cope at (847) 775-2547.

Kick Off Summer Learning with WPL and the Kohl Children's Museum!

Post date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:18pm

The Kohl Children’s Museum is bringing an afternoon of exciting learning opportunities to the Waukegan Public Library on Wednesday, June 24 from 1-4pm. Children are invited to visit the library for fun science experiments and activities to kick off a summer of learning and prevent summer slide.

All ages are welcome, but children nine and younger should bring a parent to join in the fun!

Waukegan Public Library Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Post date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:14pm

The Waukegan Public Library is proud to partner with the Chicago Botanic Garden for an afternoon of special events at the Garden.

Patrons registered by the June 16 deadline will participate in a guided tour of the Lenhardt Library and attend a gallery talk on the exhibition Keep Growing: Chicago Horticultural Society’s 125th Anniversary. Then, patrons will be invited to a special viewing of rare books from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s collection. The program also grants free entrance to the gardens, which patrons will be encouraged to enjoy after the tours.

The Library frequently partners with other local organizations to offer programming that takes patrons beyond the library building. Stay tuned for future opportunities!