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The Library offers a special series of adult continuing education classes made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

Advanced registration and payment are required.  No refunds.  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.

Intro to Photoshop Elements 2018

Give your photographs a creative twist with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018. This class will teach you the essentials of Adobe Photoshop Elements, a user -friendly photo editor and image organizer. We will cover toolbar options, basic and advanced image editing techniques, special features such as Instant Fix and Guided Edits, and tips for tagging and managing your photographs.

Intermediate computer skills required. Windows 10 laptop with Adobe Elements 2018 will be available for in-class use.

Class meets Mondays: October 22nd, October 29th, November 5th, and November 12th.

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $40

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Instructor: Juan Reyes

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Learn to Play Canasta (for Beginners)

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: Trudy Cooper

Class meets Fridays: September 7th, September 14th, September 21st, September 28th, and October 5th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $50

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Instructor: Trudy Cooper

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Learn to Play Canasta (for Beginners)

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 Tuesdays: October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th.

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Simone Bloom

Learn Canasta Strategy

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 Tuesdays: October 9th, October 16th, and October 23rd.

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

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Instructor: Simone Bloom

Learn Modern Calligraphy

Explore the world of modern calligraphy with Audrey Ko of Things Unseen Designs.  Over this 6-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, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12

7-8:30pm

Cost: $60

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Recommended supplies:  http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/audrey-ko?a=AudreyK

Instructor:  Audrey Ko

 

Intro to Guitar

Designed to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary to be able to start playing the guitar in a very short period of time. Learn to play a few basic chords and play along with a few songs. Students are responsible for bringing their own guitar and guitar pick. The guitars should have 6 strings and be in working condition.

Class meets Mondays: October 1st, October 8th, and October 15th.

Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Cost: $30

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Instructor: Irwin Silbernik

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Beginning Spanish

Do you want to learn a new language? This class is designed for beginning students. Students will develop the basic language skills of listening, specking, reading and writing. In 6-session class, you will learn basic vocabulary, greetings, personal pronouns, identify simple sentence structure and the Spanish alphabet.

Class meets Wednesdays: September 26th, October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th, October 24th, and October 31st.

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Gloria Leal

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Memoir Writing -- Fall Class

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: October 9th, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, December 4th, and December 18th.

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

Cost-$60

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

Creative Writing -- Fall Class

Perfect for the beginning or experienced writer seeking creative sparks, writing deadlines, and te support and feedback from writing group environment. Optional writing prompts and responses to guide works-in-progress are provided.

Class meets Tuesdays: October 16th, October 30th, November 13th, November 27th, and December 11th.

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

Cost: $50

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

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Poetry Writing -- Fall Class

This poetry class is designed for both beginning and experienced poets. In-class writing exercises will challenge your inner muse, as we experiment with various poetic forms (rhymed and unrhymed) and sparks for inspiration.

Class meets Thursdays: October 18th, November 11th, November 15th, November 29th, and December 13th.

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

Cost: $50

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

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Current Instructors

Simone Bloom -- Canasta

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


Audrey Ko -- Learn Modern 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!


Trudy Cooper -- 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.


Gloria Leal--Beginning Spanish

Gloria Leal is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico City, where she obtained a degree in Education with a Specialty in Spanish in the “Escuela Normal Superior de México” (Higher Normal School of Mexico). She has three years experience working with children and students of all ages. Her mission is to help her students learn Spanish as a second language.


Juan Reyes -- Photoshop Elements **NEW**

New Media Coordinator, Highland Park Public Library


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.