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Library U is a continuing adult education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund. Advanced registration and payment are required.  No refunds.  Registration begins January 7.  Registration will close when the class is filled. If you have questions, or to suggest a class, please contact the Administration office by calling 847-432-0216 ext. 120.

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Learn to Play Canasta -- Spring Session

Canasta is a fun, social, and challenging card game. It is a partnership game that is played with two decks of cards. Each player should bring one deck of cards (with Jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking. Instructor: Simone Bloom

Class meets Fridays:  May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost: $50

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Instructor: Trudy Cooper

Learn Canasta Strategy -- Spring Session

Improve your Canasta game with strategy techniques and good tips to make you a better player. Each player should bring one deck of cards (with Jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking.

Class meets Fridays:  May 17, May 24 and May 31

Time:  1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

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Instructor: Trudy Cooper

Learn Brush Calligraphy

Learn how to write calligraphy with brush pens!  Beginners are welcome as we learn how to write basic strokes and the lowercase alphabet.  Experiment with color and blending as we try out different blending techniques and tools.  By the end of the course, participants will be able to create an inspiring, motivational poster.

Class meets Mondays:  April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 5.

Time:  7:45 - 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $60

Supply list as follows.  You may purchase other colored brush pens, but only the black color is required.

  • Tombrow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen Colors (M145)  *Only the black color required*
  • Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad (P32)  *9"x12" size required*
  • M97 Pentel Sign Pen Brush Tip  *Only the black required*
  • M97-S12 Pentel Sign Brush Tip Set of 12  *Not required: Purchase this if you want the full set of colors only*
  • M145-S10 Tombrow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Set of 10 Colors  *Not reequired: Purchase this if you want the full set of colors only*

Audrey Ko's online supply list:  http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/audrey-ko?a=AudreyK

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Instructor:  Audrey Ko

Learn Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Explore the world of modern calligraphy.  During this six-week course, you will build on the fundamentals of calligraphy, transform strokes into words, and by the end, be able to write in modern calligraphy with confidence and flair.  Beginners are welcome!

Class meets Mondays:  April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6.

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Supply list as follows.

  • N113: Nikko G Nib (purchase 2 nibs)
  • H111: Manuscript Color Holder
  • I70: Moon Palace Sumi Ink (6 oz)
  • S260: Widemouthed Plastic Jar

Audrey Ko's online supply list:  http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/audrey-ko?a=AudreyK

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Instructor:  Audrey Ko

 

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Beginning French

This class is designed for beginning students and taught by a native speaker.  Learn the French alphabet,  vocabulary, greetings and simple sentence structure along with basic grammar and pronunciation.

Class meets Mondays:  April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Khadija Bounou

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Introduction to Square Dancing -- Session 1

Discover today's modern square dancing!  No partner is required to participate.  This class is for beginners--couples looking for a date night or singles looking for a social outing.  Learn about teamwork while working a real-time puzzle with seven other people.  Dance to music ranging from the Beatles to current hits.  Today's modern square dancing is great exercise for the body and brain!

Class meets Thursdays:  May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 29 and June 27

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

**FREE trial class!  Thursday, April 25 -- 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.**

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Instructor:  Dave Mischler

Introduction to Square Dancing -- Session 2

Discover today's modern square dancing!  No partner is required to participate.  This class is for beginners--couples looking for a date night or singles looking for a social outing.  Learn about teamwork while working a real-time puzzle with seven other people.  Dance to music ranging from the Beatles to current hits.  Today's modern square dancing is great exercise for the body and brain!

Prerequisite:  Must have successfully completed Session 1

Class meets Thursdays (Note:  Due to Independence Day the first class in this session will be held on a Monday):  July 1, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

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Instructor:  Dave Mischler

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Memoir Writing -- Spring Session

What's your story? Your life experience is the story that only you can tell. Examples of successful memoirs are discussed as well as techniques for organizing your thoughts and putting them on paper.

Class meets Tuesdays: April 16, April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11, June 25.

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost-$60

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

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Current Instructors

Simone Bloom -- Learn Canasta Strategy, Learn to Play Canasta

Simone Bloom immigrated to the states from South Africa 18 years ago.  She has been playing and teaching Canasta for 17 years.


Mari Buttweiler -- DSLR Fundamentals

New Media Associate, Highland Park Library


Khadija Bounou -- Beginning French

Khadija is a native French speaker.  She is passionate about learning and teaching languages and cultures. Her academic background is in French and francophone studies. She holds two MA's in French language pedagogy and in francophone studies. She has taught different levels of French language and topics on francophone cultures. She enjoys being in nature, learning something new, and spending times with her family and friends.


Trudy Cooper -- Learn Canasta Strategy, Learn to Play Canasta

Trudy Cooper graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology.  She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northeastern University and a degree in Administration from Loyola University.  She was an Elementary teacher and Reading Specialist.  She then became a case manager for the Chicago Public Schools.  She was on the adjunct staff at National Louis University.  She also ran her own interior design business.  Trudy has taught over 100 people to play canasta.


Jennifer Dotson – Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, Poetry Writing

Jennifer Dotson served as the creative writing and memoir instructor for District Township 113 Continuing Education for the past eight years.  She earned her BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, an MFA in Drama from the University of Virginia, and studied in the graduate fiction writing program at Chicago Columbia College.  She is the Founder and Program Director of www.HighlandParkPoetry.org.  Her poetry appears in After Hours, East On Central, Exact Change and other journals and anthologies.  Clever Gretel, her poetry collection received the first Journal of Modern poetry Book Award and was published in 2013 by Chicago Poetry Press.


Judy Friedman -- Grammantics

Judy is an adjunct instructor at DePaul University, where she teaches the College of Communication's core writing course.  In 2010, she was honored as a Women of Spirit & Action and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award.  As a freelance copywriter, Judy has been widely published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine and book publications (among others), in addition to Highland Park's own East on Central annual literary journal.  She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  


Donna Garfinkel -- Learn to Play Canasta

Donna Garfinkel was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business and moved to the Chicago area.  Donna is a former teacher who loves to teach and play Canasta.


Audrey Ko -- Learn Brush Calligraphy, Learn Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Audrey Ko is the owner of Things Unseen Designs, a small local business dedicated to calligraphy and watercolor services. She comes from a background of creative people and is motivated to help others unleash their creative selves. Audrey teaches online through Skillshare as well as in-person workshops. Altogether, she has taught more than 4,500 students since September 2017. Join Audrey and explore the world of modern calligraphy together!


Dave Mischler --  Introduction to Square Dancing

Dave Mischler is an avid square dancer and instructor.  He is a founding member of the North Shore Squares, a dance club with over 50 members.  Currently serving on the board of the organization, he has been instrumental in guiding the success of the club and building its membership.


Juan Reyes -- Intro to Photoshop Elements 2018

New Media Coordinator, Highland Park Public Library


Silvia Rota -- Beginning Italian

Silvia moved to the United States from Italy with her family in 2003, where she practiced law.  She received a Master's in Law at Loyola University and also practiced law in Chicago.  Sylvia now dedicates herself to volunteering for local nonprofit organizations and the PTO.  She loves to share her native Italian language with others who want to learn and practice it.


Irwin Silbernik -- Intro to Guitar

Irwin Silbernik received his BS in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master’s degree in 1975.  Irwin ran music programs for a small town in western Illinois.  He then founded the Silbernik Music Acadamy in Highland Park, IL and is now utilizing his educational and performance experience to teach guitar to all skill levels.