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Library U on Zoom

New Classes Start Monday, April 19. 

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Smartphone Photography

Smartphone Photography

Cost: $60
Mondays
April 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

From lighting and composition to basic techniques and creative tips, students will learn how to take beautiful and creative photos using their smartphone’s built-in camera.

Instructor: Mati Skrzyniecki

CLASS SIZE:  8 Students

REQUIREMENTS: In order to participate in this class, you must have a smartphone with a working camera, feel comfortable using basic camera functions (taking pictures, enabling flash, changing camera modes, reviewing images) and a secondary screen such as a computer, iPad or tablet.  You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class.   Advance registration is required through the library website 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.  

PAYMENT: You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class. You can register online at hplibrary.org. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from Library staff with a link to pay for the class. All payments must be made online with a credit card. No cash payments.

Register Here!

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.

Memoir Writing Intensive

Memoir Writing, Intensive

COST: $60
Tuesdays
April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

What’s your story? Your life experience is the story that only you can tell. This is an intensive workshop, as classes meet for six consecutive weeks. Since there is less time between sessions, the focus on your writing will be accelerated.

Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

CLASS SIZE: 9 Students

REQUIREMENTS: You must be 18 years old or older to register for this class. Advance registration is required through the library website 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.

PAYMENT: You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class. You can register online at hplibrary.org. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from Library staff with a link to pay for the class. All payments must be made online with a credit card. No cash payments.

Register Here!

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.

Advanced Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Cost: $80
Wednesdays
April 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Taught by experienced Spanish teacher, Shirley Novack, this course is designed for students who have at least three years of high school Spanish or college level Spanish.  This class is conducted entirely in Spanish with emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading short works by well-known Latin American writers.  The students will also continue to review or learn new grammatical concepts and vocabulary.  Materials are included.

Instructor: Shirley Novack

CLASS SIZE: 8 students

REQUIREMENTS: Advance registration is required through the library website 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.

PAYMENT: You are not officially registered until you have paid for the class. You can register online at hplibrary.org. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from Library staff with a link to pay for the class. All payments must be made online with a credit card. No cash payments.

Register Here!

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.

Instructor Bios

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.

Mati Skrzyniecki
Smartphone Photography

Mati Skrzyniecki, staff at Highland Park Public Library, holds a BA in Photography and Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago.  He has been capturing photographs on various types of cameras from 'point and shoot' and smartphone cameras to professional DSLR and mirrorless for over ten years.

Jennifer Dotson
Memoir Writing, Intensive

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.

Highland Park Poetry

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.

Suggest A Library U Class

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.