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Since 1898, Waukegan Public Library has been committed to making a difference in the community. Through information and readers’ services, programs, classes, exhibits, print and digital collections and more, Waukegan Public Library serves an average of 1,000 patrons of all ages every day. The library’s innovative services and community-focused work was recognized in 2013 with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor given to museums and libraries in the country.

Essential Services
Located at the heart of downtown Waukegan, at the intersection of County and Clayton streets, Waukegan Public Library is dedicated to enriching the lives of Waukegan residents through learning, from early childhood to adulthood. The library’s collection contains over 250,000 items, including books, magazines, DVDs & Blu-Ray discs, audiobooks and ebooks.

The library provides internet access, public access computers, collaborative workstations, study rooms and meeting rooms. A small café space and the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library’s book sale provide opportunities for patrons to gather together, work together and support the library’s work. The library brings the community together for a variety of fun events throughout the year, including its free summer concert series.

Children & Family Services
Waukegan Public Library offers a variety of world-class opportunities for children to learn and grow. The award-winning Early Learning Center (ELC), located in the Children’s Department on the lower level, is an innovative, museum-like bilingual learning environment.

Sponsored by North Shore Gas, the ELC teaches preschool concepts like letter, number and color recognition through a fun theme. Supportive programming including storytimes for children from birth through age 7, hands-on programs for kids in grades 3-8 and family activities. Homework help is available Mondays-Thursdays during the school year.

Young Adult & Adult Services
Information and readers’ services are available to young adults (high schoolers and older) and adults, with librarians ready to help with research requests, technology assistance, notary services and more.

Programming for young adults includes a weekly homework help program, leadership council and college preparatory workshop series – as well as enrichment opportunities. Adults can take advantage of the monthly book club, seasonal reading programs and cultural opportunities.

Learning Services
The library is committed to supporting Waukegan through a lifetime of learning. For adult learners, the library offers a full suite of classes: learn how to use a computer, how to find a job, how to access health care and live more healthfully. Adult learners at the library receive support from volunteer tutors to work on reading, math and writing skills, and English language learners can practice their skills in a group conversational class or with an ESL tutor.

Learn all about your Waukegan Public Library at www.waukeganpl.org.

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