May Events at WPL!

Get a head start on summer learning at Waukegan Public Library this May! High school students planning to take the ACT can take a free, full-length practice ACT exam, getting their summer studying off to the right start. Ongoing STEM programs include YA Robotics and U Create filmmaking. For early learners, the Library is partnering with WeeBits to offer a weekly class in baby sign, Singing and Signing, for parents and children aged 6 months to 3 years. Several family programs – Digging in the Dirt and Bilingual Family Flower Festival – will provide whole family fun for parents and children. And, for parents, two parent education programs highlight habits for success in elementary and middle school. Adults considering working towards their GED are invited to take a practice GED Ready test, and avid readers are invited to join the Library’s book club.

Special events in May 2016:

May 2: GED Ready Practice GED
For adults considering obtaining their GED, the Library will host a free GED Ready practice test, on Monday, May 2, from 5:00 – 7:30, in English and Spanish.

May 2: Free Health Screenings
Community members can receive free health screenings, including vital signs/BMI, blood glucose and cholesterol, mental health, and vision & eye, at this special community fair co-sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University and Outreach 4 Health, on Monday, May 2, from 5:00 – 7:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 2: Managing Your Resources
Women will learn strategies for managing their financial resources in this budgeting seminar presented by PurseStrings.
English: Monday, May 2, 6:15 – 7:45pm
Spanish: Tuesday, May 3, 6:15 – 7:45pm

May 3, 10, 17, 24: Singing and Signing
Parents and little ones (ages 6 months – 3 years) will learn baby sign through music and rhyme from a certified speech pathologist in this fun weekly program presented in partnership with WeeBits on the following Tuesdays in May: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30 – 11:30am in the Bradbury Room.

May 9: Domino Topple
Children in grades 3-5 will use their imaginations to create domino title patterns and watch them topple, on Monday, May 9, from 5:00 – 6:00pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 10, 17, 24: Digging in the Dirt Family Garden Program
The Library’s popular summer outdoor education gardening program, Digging in the Dirt, returns this month! Children will find insects, plant seeds and plants, learn about the nutritional value of the food that they produce and learn gardening skills in this family program, beginning indoors on select Tuesdays in May: May 10, 17, 24, 3:30 – 4:15pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 10: Middle School Parent University: High School 101
Parents will learn strategies to keep their middle schoolers on track to success in high school and college in this workshop on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 11: Bilingual Family Flower Festival
Children will learn all about flowers by listening to a story and participating in springtime crafts in this fun, bilingual family program, on Wednesday, May 11, from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 12: High School Graduation Party
High school students are invited to celebrate their graduation with food, video games, and prizes, on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the main floor Lewis Fresh Market classroom.

May 14: Open House
Community members will meet the Trustees of the Waukegan Public Library, hear a presentation from Executive Director Richard Lee, and participate in a Q&A, on Saturday, May 14, from 2:00 – 3:30pm in the Lewis Fresh Market classroom. Refreshments will be provided.

May 14, 21: Adult Literacy Tutor Training
Prospective tutors will learn the skills necessary to work with adult learners in the Library’s Adult Literacy Tutoring program, in this two-part training offered on Saturdays, May 14 and 21, from 9:00am – 4:00pm, in the Library’s main floor conference room. Interested individuals should contact Josh Anderson for more information and to register, at

May 17: Elementary Parent University: They’re Going To College
Parents of elementary school students will learn strategies to help their children develop the habits necessary to succeed in school and keep that success going through elementary school and beyond, on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 18: Create Your Own Meme
Future internet sensations will use their creativity to design hilarious memes in this program for students in grades 6-8, on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Adult Literacy Computer Room on the lower level.

May 23: Got Science? Magnets
Children in grades 3-5 will learn all about magnets in this hands-on program, on Monday, May 23, from 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 23: Sensational Sixes and Sevens: Junior Scientists
Children ages 6 and 7 will use their sense to guess items in the experiment bags as part of this hands-on exploratory program, on Monday, May 23, from 6:30 – 7:00pm in the Early Learning Center.

May 25: 8th Grade Graduation Party
Students graduating from 8th grade are invited to celebrate their achievements at this party with food, video games, and prizes, on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

May 31: Bound to Please Book Club
Adults are invited to join the Library’s book club, moderated by retired librarian Lourdes Mordini, on Tuesday, May 31. Information on the year’s selections can be found on the library’s website,

Special ongoing programs for May 2016:

May 5, 19, 26: 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 Lewis Fresh Market Classroom B (main floor).

May 7, 14, 21: U Create
Aspiring filmmakers will learn to shoot and edit films using iPads in this hands-on program, 1:30 – 3:30pm in the Adult Literacy Conference Room on the lower level.