WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) — Third time’s the charm for the Waukegan Public Library. It’s been given the nation’s highest award for libraries and museums.
Call it getting a little up close and personal. The community has a huge Hispanic population and the library’s Elizabeth Strearn says they thought they had them covered by carrying a lot of books in Spanish, but it’s more than that.READ MORE: Employee At FOUND Hotel In River North Accused Of Stabbing Man, Going Into Rage, Leaving Guests In Terror
With the help of Spanish speaking volunteers, they added programs that actually help people with their day to day lives.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
“For example, we found out that conversational English, being able to speak to the doctor, to the principal, to school, at the grocery store, these are conversations they like to practice,” said Strearn.
Because of their efforts, the library’s been awarded the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Stearn says it’s the third time they’ve applied for it, and personalizing the programs they offer helped them nab the award.