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Highland Park Public Library

Books and Authors

Meet The Author
Éric Vuillard
The Order of the Day

The winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize!

Vuillard discusses his historical novel about shady business dealings behind the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. Through letters, historical documents, and photographs, Vuillard reconstructs the sequence of events that opened a gateway to one of the greatest humanitarian horrors in history.

Éric Vuillard will be joined in conversation with Jason Marck, producer, director, and fill-in host for WBEZ's The Morning Shift.

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

Monday, November 5, 7 p.m.

Presented with the Alliance Française de Chicago.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation.


Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Monday, November 5, 1 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Near to the Wild Heart
by Clarice Lispector
(translation by Alison Entrekin)

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

Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Memento Park, by Mark Sarvas

Book discussion leader Rachel Kamin leads the discussion about Spertus Institute's One Book I One Community selection in celebration of Jewish Book Month. The book tells the story of Matt Santos who learns of a valuable painting believed to have been looted from his family during WWII. To recover it, he must face his judgmental father, uncover his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism. Registration suggested.

California-based author Mark Sarvas will make a special appearance at the book discussion.

Monday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2 p.m.

Used Book Sale

Stock up on gently-used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and records. Paperback books start as low as 10 for $1.00. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Library.

Preview Night: Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 1 - 3 p.m. Fill a bag for $3!

Presented by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Trivia!

Test your Shakespearean smarts in a battle of wits hosted by Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones.

Come with your own team or join a team at the event, and we'll see who knows the most about legendary productions, modern adaptations, and more obscure facts about Shakespeare and his work! Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones hosts the event.

Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.

A From Page to Stage program presented with Writers Theatre in conjunction with Writers Theatre's production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will.


Film Showing and Discussion
Coming of Age Film Series — October Sky

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens the film based on the true story of a former NASA engineer who was a high school student in rural West Virginia who seemed destined to a harsh life working in the coal mines. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern. A discussion follows.

Sunday, November 25, 2 p.m.

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

Film Discussion — Graduation

Film instructor Dick Adler discusses the acclaimed film about a doctor desperate for his daughter to escape their small town in Transylvania and attend a British university.

Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


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, November 2
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13.

Registration encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins are welcome, but computer time for non-registered participants is not guaranteed.

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.

Sundays, November 4, 18
2 - 4 p.m.

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Apple Computer Basics

Sunday, November 4
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Password Managers 

Explore password management options for your portable device or computer and learn how to create secure passwords.

Tuesday, November 6, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Meet the New iOS 12 

Explore new features and capabilities iOS 12 brings to your Apple device. iPads will be available for demo purposes.

Thursday, November 8
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

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Graphic Design Made Easy 

Join us for a hands-on program using Adobe Spark, a free online graphic design app, to create web graphics, posters, flyers, fun photo collages, posts for social media, and more.

Friday, November 9,  4 - 5 p.m.  

Registration required. Register here.

Got Hotspots? We do!

Wi-Fi hotspots allow you to use the internet on your smartphone, tablet, or computer wherever you go! Learn more about Wi-Fi hotspots and find out how to borrow one from the Library!

Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Send me a reminder email.

Wednesday, November 14, 2 - 3 p.m. Send me a reminder email.

Make Thanksgiving Place Cards

Drop by to make a set of Thanksgiving place cards using the Silhouette Curio cutting machine.

Monday, November 12
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Digitize Your Audio

Learn how to use the equipment in the Digital Media Lab to digitize your old records and cassettes. See how you can use the Yeti microphone and Oxygen 25 keyboard to turn the Digital Media Lab into a recording studio.

Tuesday, November 13
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Meet the 8mm and Super 8 Film Converter 

Learn how to digitize your 8mm and Super 8 movies.

Friday, November 16
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

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Backing Up Your Photos

Saturday, November 17, 2 – 3 p.m.

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3D Design: Badge Challenge

Design your own badge for your favorite video game, superhero, sports team, animal, or anything else that comes to mind. Please register for one session only.

Monday, November 19
10 - 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ages 8 - 13.

Registration required.

Register here for the 10 a.m. session.

Register here for the 11:15 a.m. session.

Introduction to Craigslist

Learn how to navigate Craigslist to search job listings and apartment rentals, buy or sell goods or services, respond to messages, and more.

Monday, November 19, 6 - 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Mindfulness & Meditation Apps

Saturday, November 24
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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Discover 3D Printing

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

Tuesday, November 27
7 - 8 p.m.
Ages 14 and older.

Registration encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins are welcome, but computer time for non-registered participants is not guaranteed.


From Chicago To Vietnam

Michael Duffy, a draftee out of Chicago, arrived in Vietnam on the eve of the massive Tet Offensive. Duffy will discuss his experience in Vietnam, read from his memoir From Chicago to Vietnam, and present some of his artifacts from the war.

Wednesday, November 28, 10:30 a.m.

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


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 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.


200 Objects that Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties

Learn about the history of Lake County through the artifacts featured in the new book 200 Objects that Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Presented by Debbie Fandrei, curator of the Raupp Museum and project manager for the book.

Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.

Kids Events

My Yoga Time

Stretch, breathe, and move in this introductory practice with our friends from Banner Day Camp.

Monday, November 5, 10:45 a.m. or
Thursday, November 8, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Explore Tchaikovsky!

Join us for music, games, and crafts, and an exciting exploration of music and Tchaikovsky. Registration preferred, but drop-ins are welcome.

Saturday, November 10, 10 - 10:45 a.m. Ages 4 - 8.
Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Storytime

We're celebrating Family Reading Night with a special storytime! Families are invited to join us for bilingual stories.

Thursday, November 15, 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Edible Architecture

Create edible architecture! Using only things that you can eat, design and build a model of a famous structure, or create something new!

Tuesday, November 20, 1 - 2 p.m. Grades 3 and older.

Winter Storytime Sessions

Winter storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in January. Registration required. Registration begins Monday, November 26.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register in the Youth Services Department or by calling (847) 681-7030 beginning Monday, November 26.


Please register for one session only.

Minecraft Club Junior! Ages 6 - 8.
Saturdays, November 3 & 17, 10 - 11 a.m.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13.

Saturdays, November 3 & 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Minecraft: Build-a-Home Challenge

Grab a pickaxe and start building your home in Minecraft! Please register for one session only.

Tuesday, November 20, 10 - 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Ages 6 - 13.

Drop-in Chess

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


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