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Highland Park Public Library
How-To Fest

Learn Something New!
Try Something New!
Do Something New!
See All The How-To Demos and Expert Tips

Sunday, September 23
1 - 5 p.m.


Small Animals Book Cover

Meet the Authors!
Get Your Book Signed!

Kim Brooks — Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Brooks discusses her book that details her plight after making a split-second decision to leave her four-year-old son in the car while she ran into a store. Although her son was absorbed in a game when she returned, a stranger had filmed her and sent the video to the police. The fallout consumed Brooks' life for the next several years and launched her journey to find out how fear often dictates American parents' choices in regard to their children. Brooks weaves together her story with observations, research and reporting to reveal the plight of the modern parent, offering a provocative portrait of parenthood in America.

Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m.

Coming in October — Rebecca Makkai, Ron Balson, and Arne Duncan

More Author Events

Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation.


Discussion with Davis

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

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2 p.m.


Note for Note Music Series

Chicago Brass Band

Enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Brass Band, a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble formed to promote the British brass band tradition but with Chicago flair. The band is led by six-time North American Brass Band Association championship conductor Colin Holman.

Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by YEA! Highland Park


Coming of Age Film Series — Stand By Me

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens the film that takes place in a small town in 1959 where a group of friends are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes, they set out on a trek that turns into a journey of self-discovery. A discussion follows.

Sunday, September 16, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Renewal Care.

Film Discussion: Disobedience

Film instructor Dick Adler discusses the acclaimed film starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

Wednesday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


Jefferson & Adams

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents a theatrical reading of Jefferson & Adams, Howard Ginsberg's play about the turbulent friendship of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Adams' wife, Abigail. Based on the collection of letters between these prolific Founding Fathers—and one equally astute woman—the play fuses compelling political thoughts with passionate personal beliefs.

Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

Library U

Fall classes begin in September and October and include Beginning Canasta, Modern Calligraphy, Intro to Guitar, and more!

See what you can learn.

Library U is a continuing education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.


Lyric Opera Season Preview With a Focus on Mozart's Idomeneo

Geoffrey Edwards, award-winning author and stage director, discusses Mozart's Idomeneo, presented by the Lyric Opera this fall. He will also highlight the other operas included in the Lyric's season.

Wednesday, September 26, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by Comfort Keepers of Chicago North Shore


TechForward: All About the Cloud

What is the "cloud"? How do you get to the cloud? What if you are currently using the cloud? Find out answers to these and many other questions.

Thursday, September 6, 2 p.m.

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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. Walk-ins are welcome, however we cannot guarantee computer time to non-registered participants.

September 7, September 21
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Registration encouraged. Register here.

Robotics Team - Informational Session

Join us for this informational session about participating in the Library's First Lego League (FLL) robotics team for ages 9 - 14. The FLL season begins in September and runs through January. A weekly commitment will be asked of all team members. The number of team participants is limited to 10 . If interest exceeds the number of team slots, a lottery will be held. In order to join the Library's team, parents and kids must attend this informational session.

Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Make a Greeting Card

Drop by to create an apple-shaped photo frame greeting card for your favorite someone using the Library's Silhouette Curio cutter.

Monday, September 10
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3 - 5 p.m.

STEM-ABLE: Scratch Coding

Bring a buddy and join us for a fun adaptive STEM workshop. We will use Scratch, an online coding site, to design a fun interactive computer program. This class is for ages 7 and older with special needs and a parent, sibling (age 16 or older), or assistant.

Tuesday, September 11, 4 – 5 p.m.

Registration is required.
Call (847) 681-7032 to register.

Know How: Google Docs

Explore Google Docs, a cloud-based word processing program in this hands-on class. Learn how to create and store documents and find out about special features such as sharing, collaborating, comments, and versions. A Google account is required.

Wednesday, September 12
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Basics: iPhone

Learn how to operate your iPhone. Please bring your device if you have one.

Thursday, September 13, 2 p.m.

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Get Tech Savvy

Bring your electronic devices and your questions. Drop by and meet with a volunteer for one-on-one guidance on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Sunday, September 16, 2 - 4 p.m.

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Digitize Your Slides, Photos, and Negatives

Drop in and learn how to digitize your slides, photos, and negatives to copy or transfer to your computer.

Tuesday, September 18, 7 - 8 p.m.

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Know How: Image Restoration

Learn how to digitally restore your faded or scratched photographs and explore a wide range of creative photo filters you can apply to your photographs. Basic computer skills required.

Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Discover 3D Printing

Come by for an hour of 3D design. Staff will be on hand to help.   

Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m. Ages 14 and older.

Registration encouraged. Register here.

Know How: Password Managers

Tired of forgetting your passwords and having to reset them frequently? Explore password management options for your portable device or computer and get tips for creating secure passwords for your accounts.

Wednesday, September 26, 11 a.m.

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Volunteer Fair

Looking for opportunities to volunteer and ways to get involved with community organizations? Meet local organizations and find out about their volunteer needs.

Tuesday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Presented with the Volunteer Pool of Highland Park.

College Admissions 101: Top Ten Tips for Parents

Independent educational consultants Lisa Temkin and Vita Cohen discuss the college admissions process, what to consider when looking at colleges, and timelines and deadlines.

Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.

Register to Vote

The League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood will register voters. Two forms of identification are required. One piece of identification must show name and current address (such as a driver's license). League members can also help update Illinois residents' registrations due to a name or address change.

Tuesday, September 25, 6:45 - 8:45 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.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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

Kids Events

Fall Storytime Sessions

Fall storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in September and October.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register in the Youth Services Department or by calling (847) 681-7030.

Stories at Subway

Meet at Subway (1630 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park) for a special storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and complimentary juice and cookie.

Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adult.
Subway, 1630 Deerfield Road, Highland Park

Storytime, Milk & Cookies at Panera

Meet at Panera in Highland Park (1853 N. 2nd St.) for a special storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and complimentary milk and cookies. Registration required.

Tuesday, September 25, 9:30 - 10 a.m. Ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adult.

Panera, 1853 North 2nd Street, Highland Park
Register in the Youth Services Department or by calling (847) 681-7030.


Please register for one session only.

Minecraft Club Junior! Ages 6 - 8
Saturday, September 29, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13

Saturday, September 29, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Drop-in Chess

Drop in and play chess. Come meet our new chess expert and challenge him to a game!

Saturdays in September, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 5-14.
Children under 7must be accompanied by an adult.


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