Learn to write Sci-Fi and more at Waukegan Public Library

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Waukegan Public Library is full of great programs and fun this month. Check it out!

Jan. 11, 5 – 6 p.m. in the Bradbury Room

Engineer This! House of Cards*

Children in grades 3 – 5 will develop their STEM skills with this hands-on engineering lab, where they’ll learn to build houses from ordinary decks of cards.


Jan. 18, 9 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. offsite field trip for high school students

I Have a Dream Field Trip

Waukegan Public Library will provide a bus to Highland Park’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Highland Park Rec Center. Students will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and participate in multiple acts of service, from decorating quilts for children in the hospital, making get well cards for seniors, care packages for soldiers serving abroad, and more.


Jan. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

I Can Dream Like Dr. King!*

Children will be challenged to dream just like Dr. Martin Luther King in this special bilingual family program. They will create various craft projects that explore the themes of diversity, unity, and peace, and be encouraged to dream with Dr. King’s famous speech playing in the background.


Jan. 22, 1  – 3:30 p.m.

Fahrenheit 451: From Book to Film

WPL will host a screening of Francois Truffaut’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, followed by a comparative book/film discussion, for adults.


Jan. 23, 1:30 – 3 p.m. 

Young Adult Sci-Fi Writers’ Workshop

Young adults will brainstorm ideas, share their writing, and critique each other’s work in our writers workshop.


Jan. 25, 5 – 6 .m.

Winter Picnic

Children in grades 3-5 will bring their favorite storybooks to share at our summer-in-January picnic.


Jan. 26, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Free GED Ready Practice GED Test

Adults preparing to take the GED high school equivalency test will take a free official practice test – and receive their score that night. Testing is offered in English and Spanish.


Jan. 26, 6 – 7 p.m.

ACT Test-Taking Tips

High school students will participate in an ACT workshop led by the experts at TRiO.


Jan. 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

YA Graphic Novel Workshop*

Young adults in grades 6-12 will participate in a hands-on workshop to turn their big idea into a graphic novel, on Saturday, January 30, from 1:30 – 3:00pm.


To register or for more information, visit www.waukeganpl.org.

* denotes programs developed for Waukegan Public Library’s Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

The main library is located in downtown Waukegan at 128 N. County Street. The Hinkston Park Branch is at 800 N. Baldwin, in the Waukegan Park District Field House.



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