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Penguin Book Truck and Halloween Railroad

The Penguin Book Truck

Classic, new, and bestselling adult and children’s books published by Penguin will be for sale when Penguin’s bright orange truck makes a special stop at the library. Shop the truck and a portion of the sales will benefit the library.

Books and bundtinis!

The first 100 people to purchase a book will receive a free "bundtini" cake from Nothing Bundt Cake's Bundt Mobile.

Book buzz at 12 p.m.

Get some reading recommendations.

Author appearances at 1 and 2 p.m.

Kids - make your own penguin!

And enjoy a penguin's favorite snack.

Wednesday, October 8, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Halloween Railroad

Back by popular demand! Model trains run through Spookytown. Some visitors will be able to "drive a train" and earn their "NCOG Honorary Jr. Operating Engineer" certificate. Don’t miss the special Thomas the Tank Engine track, too. Presented by The North Central 'O' Gaugers Railroad Club.

Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All Ages


Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life

This exhibit, from the the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, is based on the journal of Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman whose future was cut short by Vichy Government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis.

Through October 20

Library U

Learn Something New This Fall!

The library introduces a special series of classes.

Library U made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.


Books will be for sale and the events conclude with a book singing

Ina Pinkney - Taste Memories: Recipes For Life and Breakfast

Ina Pinkney, known as the Breakfast Queen, was chef/owner of Ina's, one of Chicago's premier breakfast restaurants. Her book is a memoir with recipes or a cookbook with stories. Ina will discuss her book and serve samples of her sour cream coffee cake.

Tuesday, October 7, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust

Jonathan Eig - The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

The birth-control pill has been called the most important invention of the 20th century, yet its creation was anything but certain. Bestselling author Eig will discuss his new book that tells the story of the eclectic group who created the pill against overwhelming odds.

Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust

W. Bruce Cameron - The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Bestselling author Cameron is renowned for his popular “dog-centric” novels – most notably, the bestselling A Dog’s Purpose. He discusses his new book – a story about finding the truth, finding love where you least expect it, and finding yourself.

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust


Shotgun Lovesongs

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion about Nickolas Butler's novel, a love song dedicated to the American Midwest.

Tuesday, October 14, 1 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, October 28, 2 p.m.


Fall Film Preview With Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips

What are the hot new movies coming to a theater near you? Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips previews movies opening this fall.

Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.

Rosemary’s Baby Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus College of Lake County, introduces and screens this film as part of the Women in Peril film series. Directed by Roman Polanski, the film stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary and John Cassavettes as Guy, a couple surrounded by odd neighbors and events.

Sunday, October 12, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.


King Lear

Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a theatrical reading of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. A discussion with the cast follows the performance.

Sunday October 26, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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 discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.

Math Matters

Like math? Did you enjoy the TV show NUMB3RS? If so, meet at the library and talk about all things math related from famous mathematicians to math problems to unusual numbers. Math hobbyist Les Axelrod facilitates the discussion. For more information, please call Les Axelrod at 847-432-7003.

Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.


Career Counseling

Meet with a career counselor from College of Lake County for a free half-hour session. Learn job search strategies, find assistance writing or updating a resume, and prepare for a job interview. Register at the Reference Desk or call (847) 681-7031.

Wednesday, October 8, 1 - 4 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, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

Market Research: What It Is, How It Works, Why It's Essential And Economical

Learn how to tap into the mindset of your target market to help make the right marketing, operational, and financial decisions.

Wednesday, October 22, 7 p.m.

Presented by SCORE Chicago with the City of Highland Park's Office of Economic Development and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.

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, October 4, October 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


A Hero Never Forgotten

Neil Iovino was a survivor of the WWII Bataan Death March. His daughters will share his life story from joining the Marines, his years as a POW, and how it affected his life afterwards. Presented by the Highland Park Historical Society.

Sunday, October 5, 2 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.


Drop-In Chess

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

Join us any time during the session. A chess expert will be available to help all levels, from beginners to advanced players.

Saturdays through December 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grades K - 9.

Bully Film Showing

The library will screen a special version of the documentary Bully, edited for younger audiences, for Highland Park's Anti-Bullying Week. In the face of increased public discussion, the film looks at how bullying affects today’s kids. This version focuses on Alex, a 12-year-old Iowan with social difficulties who becomes awkward around other kids. Florencia Avalos-Delcid, MSW, a bilingual counselor from Family Service, will facilitate a discussion following the film.

Saturday, October 11, 2 - 3:20 p.m. For 5th grade and above.

Anime/Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, eat snacks, and enjoy other fun activities. Meets the third Tuesday of every month through March.

Tuesday, October 21, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Grades 6 - 10

Miss Deena's Fall Storytimes

Join Miss Deena’s fall storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds.

Hottest Book


Here are the most requested titles at the Library this week:

#1 Gray Mountainby John Grisham

#2 Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn

#3 Personalby Lee Child

#4 The Golem of Hollywoodby Jonathan Kellerman


The Year of Secret Assignments


Here's what they told us:

Attorney and yoga techer Kathy Shaw:
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Anne Fowler.

Library staff member Lisa Rector:
How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living
by Karen Karbo.