Waukegan Public Library is proud to host two speakers as part of this year’s ArtWise series, with a goal of sparking discussion around some of the ideas that are central to this year’s theme, “Celebrate Our Diverse Community.” Through a book talk from Chicago author and educator Jeff Libman in September, we’ll explore what it’s like to start over in a new country as he shares the stories of his immigrant students in his book, “An Immigrant Class.” In October, acclaimed storyteller Anne Shimojima will talk about what happens when we don’t celebrate diversity, but are rather afraid of it, by telling the story of her family’s experience during World War II, when they were confined to internment camps. All events held at Waukegan Public Library.

An Immigrant Classjeffl
Saturday, September 24, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Main Floor Classroom AB (sponsored by Lewis Fresh Market)

Meet Jeffrey Libman, educator and author of An Immigrant Class, who joins us for a book talk and Q&A. Explore the meaning of cultural identity and celebrate diversity by understanding the challenges of immigration from a personal and social – not political perspective. Copies of An Immigrant Class, which recounts the real-life experiences of students in Libman’s classes at Harry S. Truman College, will be available for purchase – cash only, please.




Hidden Memory: An American Storyanne-shimojima
Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Main Floor Classroom A (sponsored by Lewis Fresh Market)

Acclaimed storyteller Anne Shimojima shares the story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the difficult war years, when they were confined to an internment camp in California just for being Japanese. The story comes to life through family photographs and images from the National Archives as Anne considers what happens when fear breeds racism.