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Highland Park Public Library

Meet The Author!
Katherine Heiny
Standard Deviation

Katherine Heiny is making a special appearance at Highland Park Public Library. Heiny will discuss her book, Standard Deviation, now out in paperback, about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken.

50 Notable Works of Fiction for 2017
   The Washington Post

Best Debut Novels of 2017

Skimm Reads Pick

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Tuesday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Discussions With Davis
The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Davis Schneiderman, English professor at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion.

Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Share your recommendations and take home an advance reading copy of an upcoming title.

Tuesday, May 29, 2 p.m.


The New Zeitgeist

Folk duo Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma perform, blending elements of traditional and innovative folk roots, classic country, and rock.

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.

The concert is partially funded by the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and by a grant from Yea! Highland Park.


Lady Bird Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about the film that was nominated for numerous awards. Copies of the film are available at the Library.

Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library


Theatrical Reading — Much Ado About Nothing

Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a theatrical reading of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. A discussion with the cast follows the performance.

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.


Northlight Theatre Inside Look — Cry It Out

Explore the context of this new play, an insightful comedy that takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship, through a discussion and a Q&A session with dramaturg Lauren Shouse and guest artists from the production.

Wednesday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by Comfort Keepers Lake Forest

Library U: Introduction to Square Dancing begins May 1! Register at


Get Tech Savvy

Bring your electronic devices and your questions. Drop by for one-on-one guidance.

Sunday, May 6, May 20
2 - 4 p.m.

Opting Out: The Facebook Cambridge Analytics Affair

Data was harvested from 87 million Facebook users and improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to the 2016 presidential election. Librarians will discuss how and why this happened and demonstrate how you can isolate your identity and make it harder for Facebook to track you on the web outside of Facebook.

Monday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Make A Cookie Cutter for Mother's Day

Drop by to create a cookie cutter of your traced hand for your favorite someone. Note: Due to the time required for 3D printing, your cutter will not be ready to take home immediately. We'll contact you when your cookie cutter is ready.

Tuesday, May 8
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

3D Printing Club

Create your own 3D designs to submit for printing on the Library's 3D printer. Staff will be on hand to offer assistance.

Friday, May 11, or May 25
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Registration required.
Register here for May 11.
Register here for May 25.

BattleBots for Baby Boomers

Members of Highland Park High School's award-winning robotics team will guide participants through the fundamentals of building and programming robots. No experience needed!

Sunday, May 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Reality Jam: HoloLens

Drop in for a hands-on demonstration of the Microsoft HoloLens, a head-mounted virtual reality device. Arrive 10 minutes early to sign up for a demo as time slots fill up fast!

Monday, May 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
Ages 13 and up.

Introduction to Weebly

Learn to make a website and online store using the free web-hosting service Weebly.

Tuesday, May 15, 7 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Open Robotics Lab

Interested in robotics and coding? Join us for a robotics open lab where you can design and build your own robot and program its actions.

Friday, May 18, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Swift Playgrounds:
Animal Rescue

Learn how to use the Swift programing language to rescue Lego Mindstorms animal robots.

Saturday, May 19, 12 - 1 p.m.
Ages 10 - 14

Digital Magazines for Your Tablet and Computer

Learn how to read popular magazines (cover to cover) on your iPad, Android tablet, smartphone, or computer. Please bring your device and know your account information for downloading apps.

Sunday, May 20, 3 - 4 p.m.

Intro to Programming:
Circuit Playground

The Circuit Playground is a small microcontroller board with LEDs, buttons, and sensors that is controlled by Python. Come learn more!

Monday, May 21, 7 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Discover 3D Printing

Drop in for an hour of 3D design. Staff will be on hand to help.

Tuesday, May 22, 7 - 8 p.m.

Registration suggested. Register here.

Cutting the Cord:
Exploring Cable Alternatives

Save hundreds of dollars annually by cutting your cable and phone cord! Explore cost-effective alternatives.

Thursday, May 24, 6 - 7 p.m.


Kids and teens, explore how common household items work and get exposed to circuitry concepts. Become familiar with an object's components and learn how items can be repaired and how to create new ones by harvesting parts.

Saturday, May 26, 3 - 5 p.m.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Tuesdays, 1 - 3 p.m. and Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register for a one-hour one-on-one mentoring session.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses.

Marketing With Video — Small Business Seminar

Determine how to distribute content across video platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and what changes in marketing philosophy to make to keep pace with competition. Presented by SCORE Chicago, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses.

Monday, May 21, 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch

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

Purpose, Passion, and Financial Health in Retirement

Explore meaning and purpose in retirement in the following sessions:

Explore and deepen your passions. Registration required.

Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m.

Register at 773-508-1073 or by emailing


Learn about supportive programs. Registration required.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.

Register at 773-508-1073 or by emailing


Schedule an individual session to learn more about health insurance, government benefits, and aging-in-place resources. Registration required. Register at 773-508-1047.

May 14, 23, June 11, 27, July 9, 25

Presented by CJE SeniorLife. Supported by the Highland Park/Highwood Community Foundation.


Highland Park Historical Society Annual Meeting

Highland Park's 150th in 2019: Getting into Gear!

Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m.

Out & About

Look for the Library at the K9 Pup Strut & Expo at Sunset Woods Park in Highland Park.

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunset Woods Park

Kids Events

Mother's Day Card DIY

Make a card for your favorite Mom, grandma, or caregiver!

Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 1 - 5 p.m.
Through age 14.

Stories Out & About

Join us at Rosewood Beach for a special beach-themed storytime! If it is raining, you'll find us inside the Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center.

Wednesday, May 16, 1:30 p.m. Ages 2 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Explore Vivaldi

This exciting exploration of music and Vivaldi is brought to you by the Music Institute of Chicago. Join us for music, games, and a craft activity.

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. Ages 4 - 8, accompanied by an adult.


Please register for one session only.

Minecraft Club Junior! Ages 6 - 8
Saturday, May 12, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13

Saturday, May 12, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

More Gaming! Join Us At Drop-In Chess!

Summer Storytime Sessions

Summer storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in June and July.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register in the Youth Services Department or by calling 847-681-7030 beginning Tuesday, May 29.

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