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Highland Park Public Library

A Legacy of Spies
by John le Carré

Bestselling author John le Carré revisits the events from his classics The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, recasting them in the light of our current concerns and values.

Former spy Peter Guillam is enjoying retirement when he’s summoned to MI6 headquarters in London to answer for the tragic outcome of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Guillam is forced to search the files and his own memories to explain and justify Cold War-era operations that were often ruthlessly brutal and resulted in the sacrifice of agents and informers in the service of the country.

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See the One Book events here.

One Book, One Highland Park is a community-wide reading program designed to encourage friends, families, and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library



Meet The Author: Jonathan Eig
Ali: A Life

Bestselling author Jonathan Eig discusses his book. Based on more than 500 interviews with almost all of Ali's surviving associates, and enhanced by the author's discovery of thousands of pages of FBI records and newly uncovered Ali interviews, the book is a portrait of a man who became a legend.

One of the best biographies of 2017
Kirkus and The Economist

One of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2017
The Wall Street Journal

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

Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m.


Discussions With Davis
Defectors, by Joseph Kanon

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

Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Meet author Joseph Kanon at the Library on April 15!

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Tuesday, March 13, 1 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Share your recommendations and pick up a free copy of a new or forthcoming book.

Tuesday, March 27, 2 p.m.


World Music: Funkadesi (Unplugged)

The award-winning group blends Indian music with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. "Funkadesi really knows how to get a crowd fired up! There's a lot of funk in that desi!" — President Barack Obama.

Sunday, March 11, 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.


Film Showing and Discussion — Espionage Film Series
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens the film based on John le Carré's bestselling novel starring Richard Burton. A discussion follows.

Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by Warren Barr North Shore

Film Discussion
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion of the award-winning film starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson.

Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
The film will be shown on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library


Rise and Shine Humanities Programs
Rise of the Skyscaper

A docent from the Chicago Architecture Foundation discusses prominent historic and modern Chicago skyscrapers.

Wednesday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.

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

Turnbull Woods and Other Green Stories

Those who have visited the Chicago Botanic Garden have likely encountered adjacent Turnbull Woods. Therese Radke from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will discuss the Forest Preserve District's efforts to restore Turnbull Woods and other nearby natural areas in partnership with the Shedd Aquarium and volunteers. Learn about ways that volunteers can help.

Saturday, March 17, 2 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.

March 9 or March 23
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Registration required.
Register here for March 9.
Register here for March 23.

Discover 3D Printing

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

Tuesday, March 27
7 - 8 p.m.
Ages 14 and up

Registration required.
Register here.

3D Printing Partners

Spring Break,
Spring Make!

Kids, bring a grown-up to help you design a structure with blocks. Then turn it into a 3D design to submit for printing on the Library’s 3D printer.

Friday, March 30
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Ages 3 - 7

Registration required.
Register here.


Join us during spring break for a special series of programs. Registration required.

Makey Makey Game Controller Challenge

Create an interactive game controller to control Scratch games.

Monday, April 2
2 - 3 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12

Register here.

iPad Orchestra

Engage in a live wireless jam.

Tuesday, April 3
4 - 5 p.m.
Grades 4 - 6

Register here.

Ozobot Lab

Learn and explore with our color-sensing robots!

Wednesday, April 4
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3 - 6

Register here.

Mindstorms SumoBot Wrestling Tournament

Teams design a SumoBot using LEGO Mindstorms kits then face off in matches.

Thursday, April 5
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Grades 4 - 8

Register here.

Light Painting

Create striking images and illusions using a camera, a light source, and a little practice.

Friday, April 6
2 - 3 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12

No registration required!

Electronic Music:
Powered by Girls

Learn how to build a contact microphone and to use it to turn everyday objects into instruments. Then join in some musical group improvisation.

Presented by TECHNE educators and musicians Katie Young & Jessie Marino. TECHNE is a national arts education organization whose primary programs introduce young female-identified women and girls from all backgrounds to technology-focused art making, musical improvisation, and community collaboration.

Saturday, April 7
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ages 13 - 18

Register here.


Digitize This!

Drop into the Digital Media Lab and learn how to use our equipment to digitize your VHS and camcorder tapes, audio tapes, records, photos, slides, and negatives.

Sunday, March 11, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Spark It Up: Graphic Design Made Easy

Join us for a hands-on program on creating web graphics, posters, flyers, photo collages, posts for social media, and more using Adobe Spark, a free online graphic design app that makes it fast and easy to create content.

Monday, March 12, 4 - 5 p.m. or Monday, March 26, 6 - 7 p.m.

Registration required.
Register here for March 12.
Register here for March 26.

Basics: iPhone and iPad

Learn how to operate your iPhone or iPad and discover a wide range of features that come with your device. Please bring your device if you have one. iPads will be available for demo purposes.

Friday, March 16, 2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Code Club

Work in teams to code programs, use Makey Makey kits, program robots, and explore fun programming apps. No previous coding or programming experience required.

Tuesday, March 20
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ages 8 - 14

Send me a reminder email.

LED Origami

Make your origami glow! Integrate simple circuits to illuminate a paper origami with an LED light and see it glow!

Wednesday, March 28, 3 - 4 p.m. Ages 9 - 13

Registration required. Register here.

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.


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.

Brown Bag Lunch
Small Business Seminar
Social Media 101

Strategies and best practices for social media activities for your business will be discussed. Presented by SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses.

Monday, March 19, 1 p.m.

Registration suggested. Register here.

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

Teen Workshops

Staff from Family Service of Lake County lead a series of workshops to inspire youth to make positive changes. For students ages 12 -18.

Your Image: Peer Pressure, Social Media and Its Effects

Thursday, March 8
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Relationships: Relationships And Their Impact On You Emotions

Thursday, March 15
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership Skills: Factors of Motivation

Thursday, March 22
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Kids Events

It's Almost Spring!

The Park District of Highland Park helps us look forward to spring with a special program.

Wednesday, March 14, 1:30 p.m. Ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Stories at Subway

Meet us at Subway (1630 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park) for a special storytime with stories, songs, puppets, and a cookie!

Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 - 10 a.m. Ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adult.
Subway, 1630 Deerfield Road, Highland Park

Meets second Wednesday of the month in March, April, and May.

Pipe Cleaner Zoo

Stop by our pipe cleaner zoo! Follow instructions to make an animal or create a creature from your imagination.

Wednesday, March 28, 2 - 4 p.m. Ages 8 - 14.


Please register for one session only.

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


Saturday, March 24, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13

Saturday, March 10, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

More Gaming! Join Us At Drop-In Chess!

Spring Storytime Sessions

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

Storytime Dates and Times

Register beginning Monday, March 5, at the Youth Services Desk or by calling (847) 681-7030.


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