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!

Celebrate Earth Week with Recycling and a Free Concert!

Post date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 1:16pm

The Waukegan Public Library’s Off The Grid team will be hosting their second free recycle event for paper and electronic waste from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 18th, in the rear lot behind the library at Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Paper with staples, paper clips and rubber bands will be accepted but no large metal, plastic attachments, or x-rays. Items accepted for electronic recycling include wires, cables, circuit boards, computers, modems, monitors, telephones, cameras, gaming consoles, DVD’s VCR’s and small TV’s. Electronics that can be carried easily by one person will be allowed.  No batteries accepted.

Recycling paper conserves natural resources, saves energy, and reduces greenhouse gases. Shredded paper will be taken to a mill for pulping and recycling. Electronic recycling is a benefit to the economy by employing skilled workers who process and sell recovered materials, saving energy by reusing materials instead of producing new. Recycling conserves natural resources and is healthier for the environment.

On Saturday, April 25th, the Waukegan Public Library welcomes Jack Kauffman performing an Earth Week concert at 2:30 p.m., in the lower level.

Please call 847-623-2041 or visit These events are free and open to the public.

Waukegan Public Library honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Post date: Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:36pm

In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national “Day of Service” in honor of Dr. King’s dream that Americans from all walks of life can come together to strengthen our communities. On January 19 and 20, the Waukegan Public Library will take part in the initiative with a community service project for Vista Health System patients.

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., community members have the opportunity to create get well cards that will be distributed to pediatric patients of Vista Health System. All of the supplies will be provided by the library on the lower level.

The library will also show two films that carry messages of perseverance, community involvement, and self-confidence. On Monday, January 19 at 6 p.m., the Library will show “Selma, Lord, Selma”, a film based on true events that happened in March, 1965 when two African-American girls participate in a voting rights march that turns violent. “Akeelah and the Bee” will be shown on Tuesday, January 20 at 1 p.m. and tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who overcomes obstacles to participate in a national spelling bee. Free popcorn will be provided.