His library was a fine dark place bricked with books, so anything could happen there and always did. All you had to do was pull a book from the shelf and open it and suddenly the darkness was not so dark anymore.

—Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer

The Ray Bradbury Waukegan Carnegie Library, Inc.

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As a boy, Ray Bradbury spent countless hours at the Carnegie Library. Photo courtesy of the Bradbury Trust.

The Ray Bradbury Waukegan Carnegie Library, Inc., (RBWCL) has formed to establish the Bradbury Playhouse of the Mind in the historic Waukegan Carnegie Library building at 1 North Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60085.  

Throughout his 65-year career, Bradbury explored a rich array of ideas—space travel, magic, mysticism, modern life, and oppression of thought among others—making him one of the world’s best-loved and best-known creators. HIs works include Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His thought and artistry left an indelible imprint on American culture.

When it opens, the young and “forever young” will enter a restored Carnegie Library—Ray Bradbury’s library—in downtown Waukegan to travel to Mars, backward and forward in time, and to places fueled by imagination. They will have an unforgettable Ray Bradbury experience.

About the Project

The RBWCL has brought together experts in Bradbury’s imagination, museums, and architecture to create a unique experience in the historic Carnegie Library.

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October People / Something Wicked in Waukegan! October 15, 2016

Actors performing scenes from Something Wicked This Way Comes in downtown Waukegan during ArtWauk. Kick off with Mr. Dark 4:30 pm in front of Historic Carnegie Library, 1 N. Sheridan Rd. Don't miss it!  

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