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Library U


The library introduces a special series of classes. Library U is made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

From Survivors To DPs – Jews In Post-War Germany

Historian Anette Isaacs offers insights into Jewish life in immediate Post-War Germany when more than 200,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors found temporary asylum in Germany. Presented with Chicago YIVO Society’s Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture. The Chicago YIVO Society programs reflect the heritage and diversity of Jewish culture.

Wednesday, August 6, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Book lovers, join a lively conversation about books and authors.  Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations.  For avid readers and book club leaders looking for ideas.  Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book.

Tuesday, August 26, 2 p.m.


Remembering Pete Seeger

A fixture on the radio in the 1940s, Pete Seeger had a string of hit records as a member of the Weavers before being blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged as a prominent singer of protest music. Musicologist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Dvorak will perform Seeger’s songs and tell stories about him.

Wednesday, August 20, 10:30 am.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


Spanish Conversation Group

Meet at the library for Spanish conversation. Former high school Spanish teacher Graciella Napoles facilitates the discussion. Conversational ability required.

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

Attend a discussion centered around a Spanish book by a Hispanic author. The discussion will be in Spanish and English led by Gabriela Leyva. For the book title, call the library at (847) 681-7031.

Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

An evening session will begin on September 10, and meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Business Mentoring

Sign up for a one hour one-on-one mentoring session with a SCORE Chicago counselor for help with a variety of business issues. Score counselors are successful executives and business owners. Register at

Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 5 - 8 p.m.

Presented with the City of Highland Park’s Office of Economic Development and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.

Digital Media Lab Workshops

Learn how to edit with iMovie or how to shoot video with the green screen. Or, grasp the basics of audio production, discover how to create a Web site, or how to use Skype. Try the drawing tablet to animate illustrations and learn how to scan slides and photos onto the computer, and convert old records. Sign up for a 45-minute one-on-one session in the library's Digital Media Lab. Register at the Reference desk or call (847) 681-7031.

Get Tech Savvy

Bring your electronic devices - cell phones, ereaders, digital cameras, laptops, tablets - and your questions. Drop by and meet with a member of the library’s teen tech-savvy team for one-on-one guidance on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Used Book Sale

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Find bargains on used books at the Friends of the Library’s Book Nook sale.

Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Revive precious memories to share with your family.


Drop-In Chess

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

Every level of play is welcome. Experienced players will be available and instructional opportunities may be available. Boards and sets will be provided.

Saturdays, through August 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grades K - 9.

Moon Over Highland Park

Stop by to view the moon and other celestial bodies through a powerful telescope. Kids will leave with a glow bracelet and astronomy stickers! Presented with the Lake County Astronomical Society.

Monday, August 4, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

If it is raining or cloudy on August 4, the event will be held on August 5. If it is raining or cloudy on August 5, the event will not be held.

Computer Programming with Scratch and PicoBoards

Learn how to create animations, computer games, and interactive projects using Scratch, a graphical programming language. Drop off event. No adults, please. Registration required and limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area. Register at

Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 8 - 14.

Miss Deena's Storytimes

Fall storytime sessions begin in September and October for newborns through six-year-olds.

Registration begins Monday, August 25.

The Impossible Knife of Memory


Here's what they told us:

Student Mackenzie Bean:
The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Highland Park resident Barbara Kiefer:
From Pompeii
by Ingrid Rowland.