Updated: January 12, 2013 6:13AM
The Waukegan Public Library starts its construction project Dec. 17 to expand the North Shore Gas Adult Literacy Room located in the lower level.
The “Deck the Walls” project will increase program and classroom space for family and adult education, a library spokeswoman said.
The library’s Literacy Suite opened in January 2010 offering no-cost educational opportunities for adults and families in reading, writing, math or speaking English.
Within the short amount of time since the room was open, demand for literacy programs at the library now requires additional space.
Currently, there are waiting lists to participate in the conversational ESL, citizenship, and Leamos classes and brand- new classes like Spanish pre-GED and health education are being developed.
Existing adult basic education, family literacy, and computer classes in Spanish and English have also outgrown the space.
To fund the needed construction, the “Deck the Walls Campaign: The Literacy Suite Expansion Project” was created.
Funds raised will go toward tripling the programming and classroom space in the library’s Literacy Suite.
Plans are being finalized and construction scheduled to coincide with winter break. Re-opening is set for Jan. 22.
Patrons may contribute online at www.waukeganpl.org. All donations are tax deductible, accepted through the library’s foundation, a nonprofit with a registered 501(c)(3).