By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - The northern Illinois city of Waukegan is considering a new way to honor famed author Ray Bradbury.

Bradbury lived in Waukegan until age 13. He wrote several books, including “Dandelion Wine,” ”Something Wicked This Way Comes and “Farewell Summer.”

Waukegan holds annual festivals in his honor. It also has a park and creative contest that bear his name.

Now members of the community are raising money to commission a bronze statue of Bradbury. The statue would be placed downtown, possibly near the Waukegan Public Library. Bradbury left his personal book collection to the library when he died.

Richard Lee is the library’s executive director and chairman of the committee working on the statue. He says “Bradbury’s passion for reading and learning would be an inspiration to the community.”

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