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The Waukegan Public Library presents the fifth annual Monarch Festival on Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the corner of Clayton and County Streets in downtown Waukegan. The Monarch Festival is a free family event dedicated to raising awareness in the community about the environment, healthy living, and the importance of physical activity and exercise.

This year the Library is presenting bike stunts by pro BMX rider Matt Wilhelm, an “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist. Wilhelm is known as the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX bike and has earned three X-Games Medals. His show includes topics about bike safety, motivation, and perseverance. In addition to the bike stunts, there will be a demonstration by the Waukegan Police Department K-9 Unit and traditional Mexican cultural dancing by Erande.

Activities at the festival include a climbing wall, a radar soccer kick game, free face painting, and the chance to fly a quad copter courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Illinois Council. In addition to local restaurants offering a variety of food and drinks, the Chicago Botanic Gardens Green Youth Farm will sell fresh fruits and vegetables from their local farmer’s market.

The festival uses the flight and movement of the Monarch butterfly to teach families about the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Booths highlight the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly from Illinois to Michoacan, Mexico with activities like hula hooping, jump roping, and dancing to show the importance of the ecosystem to the survival of the Monarch.

Sponsors of the Monarch Festival include Bright Start College Savings, Prairie Crossing Charter School, Great Lakes Credit Union, Words on Wheels, Lewis Fresh Market, Vista Health, Consumers Credit Union, Erie Family Health, H&R Block, Rosita La Michoacana, Classic Toyota, Puro Futbol, Mundo Fox, Waukegan Park District, and Most Blessed Trinity Parish.

For questions about the festival, the performers or exhibitors, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.
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Do you want a copy of Fahrenheit 451 brought back from Ray Bradbury's Los Angeles home? Be one of the first 100 people to attend the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival this Friday night at 7:30 pm at the Genesee Theatre and get a copy!
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The 8th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival is this Friday at the Genesee Theatre.
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Interested in how we created our Promotoras Ambassador Program to engage the Latino community? "With the success of the Promotoras program, [we've] discovered that it’s not enough to know your customer is Latino, or whether she speaks English and has a library card. You need to know how she feels about her children’s education, what her job and family aspirations are, and what worries her. You need to know her like the Promotoras do—not as a customer, but as a concerned neighbor and a friend."
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The Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival takes place on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan. This year’s theme, Fahrenheit 451, highlights banned and burned books from history through one of Bradbury’s best-known novels and reflects on the disappearance of the written word.
 
Professional storytellers will take the stage in shared support of the freedom to express ideas with stories that have been censored or targeted with removal or restrictions from libraries and schools. Hosted by the Waukegan Public Library, the award-winning festival presents two performances every year on festival day, a scary evening show for listeners age 12 and older, and a 10:30 a.m. matinee for school kids. Tickets are $17 for the evening show and $5 for the matinee, on sale starting September 7 at the Genesee box office or www.ticketmaster.com. Library patrons can present any library card and receive $1 off at the box office. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 6.
 
Megan Wells serves as the artistic director of the festival and appears each year in the persona of various nefarious characters, from Dracula to Mr. Dark. She holds an MFA in theater arts and numerous theater awards including the Joseph Jefferson Award for directing.
 
The festival emcee, Jim May, is co-founder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival. He earned the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network in 2000 and continues to perform on stages worldwide. He’s the author of several books, including a collection of original stories named “Best Book” by the Public Library Association.
 
Jay O’Callahan has performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, National Theatre Complex in London, the Olympics, Lincoln Center, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and leads creativity workshops for corporations and other interested groups. Recently, O’Callahan completed Forged in the Stars, a story that was commissioned by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for their fiftieth anniversary and he is currently performing it at NASA locations around the country.
 
Honoring Waukegan’s famous writer-offspring, the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival has entertained fans of storytelling and classic literature for the past seven years. In the past, each festival celebrates a unique literary theme such as “Literary Monsters”, “Literary Ghosts” or “Literary Witches.” This year’s theme “Fahrenheit 451” tackles issues surrounding democracy and literacy. As the written word continues to disappear, the future of libraries, literacy, and free access to knowledge is uncertain. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them,” said Bradbury.
 
“Bradbury understood the importance of reading, writing, and learning to a successful society,” said Richard Lee, executive director of the Waukegan Public Library. “He feared the slow destruction of books and the written word. In Waukegan, not only do we see the rising popularity of eBooks, acronyms, and textspeak, we live and work with those who do not even have the foundation of basic reading and writing skills in English or in Spanish.”
 
The festival will kick off the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest. Entries include short stories, poems, and fine art created to express how Ray Bradbury has been an inspiration to the life or work of each entrant.
 
All attendees are welcome to dress in costume as their favorite banned book character or bring their favorite banned book.
 
For more information or to order festival tickets, call or visit the library at www.waukeganpl.org or (847) 623-2041.
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The fourth annual Lake County Monarch Festival, a free family festival dedicated to raising awareness in the community about nature, art, and culture, will take place on Sunday, September 8, from 1:00pm- 4:00pm, at the corner of Clayton and County Streets in downtown Waukegan. This year’s theme, “Migrating to Good Health”, focuses on healthy living through exercise and physical activity and features a climbing wall, free school sports physicals, henna tattoos, and a farmer’s market.
 
The festival uses the flight and movement of the Monarch butterfly to teach families about the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Booths will highlight the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly from Illinois to Michoacan, Mexico to show the importance of the ecosystem to the survival of the Monarch. Monarch butterflies have been seen in extremely low numbers this year due to a combination of climate change, extreme heat, and a decline in monarch habitat spaces. Individuals can help secure the future of monarchs by planting milkweeds and nectar sources at home, work, and school.
 
At the festival, children will travel to each location on the migration path and perform a physical activity, such as hula hooping, jump roping, or dancing. Once they complete all eight migration activities, they will be eligible to win raffle prizes donated by community organizations. Prizes include tickets to see the Chicago Fire, memberships to local gyms, museum passes, bicycles, and season passes to Six Flags.
 
The Rosalind Franklin University Health System medical coach bus will offer free school sports physicals for families in addition to cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure tests. Other activities include a climbing wall run by the Boy Scouts Northeast Illinois Council Venture Club, free henna tattoos, music performed by Doc Schneider’s band, dance performances by the Rhythm Academy of Dance, Zumba demonstrations, skateboarding, and hair braiding. In addition to local restaurants offering a variety of food and drinks, the Chicago Botanic Gardens Green Youth Farm will sell fresh fruits and vegetables from their local farmer’s market.
 
Sponsors of the Monarch Festival include the Waukegan Public Library, Vista Health, Consumers Credit Union, Lewis Fresh Produce, the Latino Coalition, Classic Toyota, Lake County United, Tala Restaurant, La Michoacana, Puro Futbol, and the Waukegan Park District.
 
For questions about the festival, the performers or exhibitors, call Rena Morrow, Marketing, Programming, and Exhibits Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.
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Have you heard that we are one of 27 partner agencies working to coordinate enrollment support for the Affordable Care Act? Our Health Literacy classes have already started but we have more initiatives on the way. Our goal is to enroll 1,000 Lake County residents in affordable health insurance beginning in October.
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Don't miss today's concert in the courtyard, guitarist Mike Basa will perform classic rock favorites. And, if you are a senior, stay after the show for a free massage or foot spa courtesy of Home Bound Health from 1-3 pm in the Bradbury Room!
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You really don't want to miss this Friday's concert! Jenn and Jonathan fuse the music of the cello and guitar into a unique new sound, described by some as "chamber rock". Montana Skies takes the stage at noon in the courtyard. Unfortunately Jerry's Tacos will not have lunch available, so bring your own and get ready to hear something new!
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