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Highland Park Public Library


Meet the Author!
Adam Rutherford
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature — A New Evolutionary History

Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford's A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In his new book, Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not and explains how we became the creatures we are today. Illuminating the latest genetic research, the book is an account of what fixes us as animals — and what makes us extraordinary.

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

Monday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Book Discussions

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

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

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Tuesday, April 9, 1 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2 p.m.

Jazz Concert — Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan

Alfonso Ponticelli and the Swing Gitan band perform a blend of American jazz, gypsy jazz, flamenco, and world folk music.

Voted "Best Jazz Band 2013" - Chicago Reader poll.

Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.

This program is partially funded by the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission and by a grant from YEA! Highland Park.

Ravinia Festival Season Preview

Get ready for summer! Welz Kaufmann, President and CEO of Ravinia Festival, previews Ravinia's upcoming season. Discover what concerts to add to your schedule. Following the program, view the Library's collection of Ravinia posters.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.


Black Comedies Film Series — Catch-22

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens director Mike Nichols' film with a star-studded cast. A discussion follows.

Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Right at Home Senior Care.

Film Discussion — The Wife

Film instructor Dick Adler discusses the film starring Glenn Close in an award-winning role. The film will be shown on Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

See what you can learn at Library U.


Winston Churchill — A Life Well-Lived

Dan Myers, former executive director of The Churchill Centre, a worldwide organization that seeks to keep alive the memory and record of the greatest statesman of the 20th century, discusses Churchill's life and times.

Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living.


What Exactly is 5G?

Wednesday, March 6, 6 - 7 p.m.

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Make a Paper Sundial

Just in time for daylight saving time!

Thursday, March 7
Drop in from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 4 - 5:30 p.m.
All Ages.

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Great Conversation

International Women's Day is March 8. View and discuss TED talks that celebrate women.

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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Introduction To Self-Care Apps

Saturday, March 9, 3 - 4 p.m. or Thursday, March 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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Introduction To Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

Sunday, March 10, 3 - 4 p.m. or Saturday, March 23, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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Digitize This

Learn how to digitize VHS, 8mm, Super 8, slides, negatives, records, and cassettes.

Tuesday, March 12, 7 - 8 p.m.

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Draw Like a Pro!

Want to have some creative fun? Join us for digital drawing and painting with an iPad and a video tutorial.

Monday, March 18, 2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Ozobots for Grownups

Think programming a robot is hard? Not with today's robots! Learn how to program the Library's Ozobots, tiny color-sensing robots, to do simple and then not-so-simple tasks.

Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Ages 21 and over.

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Virtual Playground

Learn about the difference between virtual reality and augmented reality. Experience augmented reality with the Library's Microsoft HoloLens headset.

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Ages 13 - 18.

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Code Club

Join us for hands-on programming! Each class will be dedicated to a different coding activity. No coding experience required.

Saturday, March 2, March 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ages 9 - 13.

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Saturday, March 2, March 16, 10 - 11 a.m. Ages 6 - 8. Code Club Jr.

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LED Bracelet

Make a glowing bracelet! Integrate simple circuits to illuminate the bracelet with an LED light!

Thursday, March 21, 2 - 3 p.m. Ages 9 - 13.

Registration required. Register here.

Game On! Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Show off your skills and claim glory as you compete in the latest release of Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first 32 people to arrive are guaranteed a spot to play. Snacks and prizes will be provided!

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 9 - 18.

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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 with a business mentor.

SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses through education and mentorship.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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

Kids Events

Storytime — With Teeth!

Learn about teeth and how to take care of them from a dentist! Meet Chompers, a stuffed animal with teeth, and help him learn to brush his chompers! Take home a goody bag with supplies for a healthy smile.

Monday, March 4, 10:30 - 11 a.m. Ages 2 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Presented with Grins on Green Bay.

Family Storytime

Listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy time together.

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 6:30 - 7 p.m. Families with children ages 2 - 6.

Storytime Sessions

Spring storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in March and April. Registration required.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register at (847) 681-7030 or in the Youth Services Department beginning Monday, March 4.


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