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Library U on Zoom

Start the year off by learning something new with Library U. Learn Spanish or Excel, try poetry writing, and learn to write your memoir.

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Computers
Excel Basics
Registration for this class is now closed. Please contact the Library for more information.

Thursdays
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

This class is designed for beginners. Students will develop the basic skills needed to use the Microsoft Office Excel program. Students will learn how to create a spreadsheet from scratch, format and edit data, and perform some basic formulas and pivot tables. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or are simply interested in learning a new skill, check it out and sign up!

Requirements: All students must have access to MS Excel as it is a very hands-on tool where effective learning happens by doing and trial/error. You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class. Advance registration is required through the link below or call 847-432-0216. Class will be filled on a first come first served basis. All students must be familiar with how to use Zoom. It is recommended that Zoom is used on a PC, rather than a tablet or phone to ensure best quality.

Class Size: 8 students
Instructor: Patricia Holbrook
Cost: $80.00
You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class online. Zoom login information will be provided once payment is made. No refunds.
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Crafts & Games
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Health & Wellness
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Language
Beginning Spanish
Registration for this class is now closed. Please contact the Library for more information.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
1/12, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/26, 1/28, 2/2, 2/4
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

This course is designed for students brand new to Spanish or those who studied it a long time ago and want a refresher on the basics. Students will develop basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as the Spanish alphabet, basic vocabulary, greetings, personal pronouns, the present tense, and how to identify simple sentence structure.

Requirements: You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class. Advance registration is required through the link below or call 847-432-0216. Class will be filled on a first come first served basis. All students must be familiar with how to use Zoom. It is recommended that Zoom is used on a PC, rather than a tablet or phone to ensure best quality.

Class Size: 8 students
Instructor: Cecilia Melicchio
Cost: $80.00
You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class online. Zoom login information will be provided once payment is made. No cash payments. No refunds.
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Photography, Music & Dance
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Writing
Memoir Writing
*THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Tuesdays
1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13
7:00 - 8:30pm

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.

Requirements: You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class. Advance registration is required through the link below or call 847-432-0216. Class will be filled on a first come first served basis. All students must be familiar with how to use Zoom. It is recommended that Zoom is used on a PC, rather than a tablet or phone to ensure best quality.

Instructor: Jennifer Dotson
Cost: $70.00
You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class online. Zoom login information will be provided once payment is made. No cash payments. No refunds.
Poetry Writing
Registration for this class is now closed. Please contact the Library for more information.

Tuesdays
1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6
7:00 - 8:30pm

Designed for 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.

Requirements: You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class. Advance registration is required through the link below or call 847-432-0216. Class will be filled on a first come first served basis. All students must be familiar with how to use Zoom. It is recommended that Zoom is used on a PC, rather than a tablet or phone to ensure best quality.

Class Size: 8 students
Instructor: Jennifer Dotson
Cost: $70.00
You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class online. Zoom login information will be provided once payment is made. No cash payments. No refunds.

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Current Library U Instructors
Jennifer Dotson--Memoir Writing and Poetry Writing
Jennifer Dotson has a BA in English Literature/Theater Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MFA in Drama from the University of Virginia. Founder of Highland Park Poetry, Jennifer is the author of two poetry collections: Clever Gretel (Chicago Poetry Press, 2013) and Late Night Talk Show Fantasy & Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2020). She has been facilitating poetry, creative writing and memoir workshops since 2007.
Patricia Holbrook -- Excel Basics
Patricia P. Holbrook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from DePaul University, as well as an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She has held various roles in her career focusing on Finance, Accounting, Audit and Tax. Patricia has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at DeVry University and Phoenix University in their online programs teaching subjects including financial management, budgeting and forecasting, and principles of ethics and fraud. Personally, Patricia has a passion for helping others, volunteering, and community outreach. She hopes to leverage her knowledge and skills to assist others in obtaining their personal and professional aspirations.
Cecilia Melicchio--Beginning Spanish
Cecilia Melicchio graduated from Buenos Aires University, Argentina, where she received a BA in Educational Sciences. She also has a BA in Elementary and Middle Education and an MA in Education & New Technologies. In her country, she worked several years in a variety of education-related roles such as Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Deputy Principal, Online Tutor and Pedagogical Designer. She relocated from Argentina to Highland Park four years ago. Cecilia enjoys walking to Rosewood Beach Park, traveling with her family, teaching, learning and meeting new people. Cecilia is also an English language learner and has many anecdotes about this process.
Past Instructors
Khadija Bounou--Beginning French and Intermediate 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.
Shirley Novack -- Advanced Spanish
Shirley Novack, a Highland Park resident, taught Spanish at Glenbrook South High School for over 30 years. After retiring, she continued to teach adult education Spanish classes for District 113 as well as The Patty Turner Center in Deerfield.

Library U is a continuing adult education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund. Advanced registration and online payment via ePay 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.