January 2017: Here’s what’s happening at WPL!

Happy New Year from Waukegan Public Library! Join us this month for fun and educational events for people of all ages, including a brand-new Winter Reading Program for adults and young adults. We’ll continue to enroll individuals and families in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act. A prize awaits one lucky family that completes all of our winter fun activities during Winter Hoopla. Children, young adults, and families are invited to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with our Day of Service activities, including a service project field trip for high school students. Avid readers are invited to join the Library’s book club.

Special events in January 2016:

January 1 – 31: Winter Hoopla
Families who complete everything on our list of winter fun activities will be entered for a chance to win a prize throughout the month of January, in the Children’s Department.

January 4 – 5: Exam Cram
High school students will prepare for their final exams with help from tutors, on Wednesday, January 4, and Friday, January 5, from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Homework Room.

January 9 – February 24: Explore a Good Book Winter Reading Program for YA and Adults
Adults and high school students are invited to participate in our brand-new Winter Reading Program, earning a raffle entry for every book read. Readers may sign up with a staff member throughout the program.

January 9: LegoMania!
Children in grades 3 – 5 will create and build with LEGO bricks in this fun, hands-on program, on Monday, January 9, from 5:00 – 6:00pm in the Bradbury Room (lower level).

January 11: DIY Buttons
Middle schoolers in grades 6 – 8 will explore their creativity by making their own buttons at this hands-on program, on Wednesday, January 11, from 5:00 – 6:00pm in the Bradbury Room (lower level). All materials provided.

January 16: High School Student Day of Service Field Trip
High school students will attend the annual Highland Park Rec Center’s Day of Service activities to participate in a variety of service projects, on Friday, January 16, from 9:00am – 2:30pm at the Highland Park Rec Center. There is no cost to attend the field trip, and bus transportation will be provided free of charge. Students must return a completed permission slip. Forms are available at the Library.

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Children and families are invited to participate in the Library’s 2017 service project by creating paper flowers for hospital patients on Monday, January 16, from 1:00 – 5:00pm in the Children’s Department.

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime & Activity
Children will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a peace craft at this special storytime on Monday, January 16, from 2:00 – 2:30pm in the Early Learning Center sponsored by North Shore Gas.

January 18: Preschool Learning Time: Colors & Shapes
Preschoolers will learn all about colors and shapes through stories, games, and crafts on Wednesday, January 18, from11:30am – 12:00pm in the Early Learning Center sponsored by North Shore Gas.

January 18: Bilingual Family Storytime: Winter Fun
Families will hear stories, create a craft, and share a healthy snack at this special bilingual storytime on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Bradbury Room (lower level).

January 23: Got Science? Electricity
Children in grades 3 – 5 will learn all about electricity in this hands-on program on Monday, January 23, from 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Bradbury Room (lower level).

January 23: Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Games Galore
Children ages 6 and 7 will play a variety of fun games using spoons, cups, and more on Monday, January 23, 6:30 – 7:00pm in the Early Learning Center sponsored by North Shore Gas.

January 25: Preschool Learning Time: Winter Arts & Crafts
Preschoolers will make colorful art projects using paint, glitter, and glue, on Wednesday, January 23, from 11:30am – noon in the Early Learning Center sponsored by North Shore Gas.

January 30: Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Messy Art
Children ages six and seven will create works of art with glitter, paint, and more, on Monday, January 30, from 6:30 – 7:00pm in the Early Learning Center sponsored by North Shore Gas.

January 31: Bound to Please Book Club
Adults are invited to join the Library’s book club, moderated by retired librarian Lourdes Mordini, on Tuesday, January 31, from 2:00 – 3:30pm in the Bradbury Room. Information on the year’s selections can be found on the library’s website, waukeganpl.org.

Special ongoing programs for January 2017:
By appointment: Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Assistance
The time to enroll or re-enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act is now! Call WPL today to make your appointment with one of our certified navigators: (847) 775-2582. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm: Homework Help
Children in grades K-8 can receive assistance Mondays through Thursdays in the Homework Help Room in the Children’s Department. Young adults in grades 9 -12 can receive assistance Mondays through Thursdays in the Homework Room (main floor classroom B, sponsored by Lewis Fresh Market).
Tuesdays: Healthy Families with Mano a Mano
The Library partners with Mano a Mano Family Resource Center to provide assistance with Affordable Care Act, SNAP, Medicaid, and Child Support services, as well as response to jury duty letters and translation of documents, every Tuesday from 11:30am – 7:30pm, main floor study room 5.
Thursdays: YA Robotics
High school students in grades 9-12 will learn to build and program their own robots in this hands-on club, from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the main floor Classroom B sponsored by Lewis Fresh Market.