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Highland Park Public Library

A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

To celebrate renowned conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein's centennial, Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein and author of the new book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, will be joined in conversation with definitive Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton. The conversation will be moderated by Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman. The evening will include a performance of Leonard Bernstein's songs and music by Kauffman at the piano and soprano Michelle Areyzaga.

Bernstein's and Burton's books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Thursday, July 26, 7 p.m.

Presented with Ravinia Festival


Discussions With Davis
The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks

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

Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2 p.m.


Chicago YIVO Society 2018 Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture @ The Library

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

The band performs modern and traditional klezmer music that draws directly from historical sources along with original interpretations and compositions. This program is part of the Chicago YIVO Society Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture.

Thursday, July 5, 2 p.m.


Make Your iPhone Accessible

Learn how to turn on the iPhone's voiceover, zoom, and magnifier features to make your iPhone as accessible as possible. Adjust your display accommodations, speech levels, text size, and motion settings to accommodate for any audio or visual impairment.

Sunday, July 1, 3 - 4 p.m.

Get Tech Savvy

Bring your electronic devices and your questions. Drop by and meet with a volunteer for one-on-one guidance.

Sundays, July 1, 15, 2 - 4 p.m.

More Get Tech Savvy Events

Microsoft Publisher 2016: Create a Flyer

A hands-on class. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required.

Monday, July 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Intro to Programming:

Learn the basic syntax and structure of both programming languages to create a simple website. This is a two-part hands-on program. Basic computer skills are required.

Mondays, July 16, July 23
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

DIY Superhero Vinyl Decals

Drop by and make a vinyl superhero decal using the Library's Silhouette Curio cutting tool.

Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

League of Extraordinary Coders

League of Extraordinary Coders is designed to give kids the power of coding, problem-solving, design thinking, and more.

July 18, 25, August 1
2 - 3 p.m.
Ages 8 - 12

STEM-ABLE: Ozobots

Bring a buddy and join us for a fun adaptive STEM workshop. Learn to program Ozobots, tiny color-sensing robots, using magic markers and iPads. This class is for ages 7 and older with special needs, and a parent, sibling (age 16 or older), or assistant. Please note: There will be flashing lights on the iPads.

Wednesday, July 18, 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 7 - adult

Registration required.
Please call 847-681-7032 to register.

Learning Circles: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Learn the secrets behind mathematical formulas, how to use the function wizard to calculate statistics, payments, values, and more through a GALE online course taught by an expert instructor. Staff will be on hand to offer assistance. Laptops are provided or you may bring your own.

A Highland Park Public Library card is required for registration for GALE courses. Registration will take place during the first class.

July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23
7 - 8 p.m.

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Join the Conversation:
Tech Buzzwords

The Cloud. Bitcoin. AI. Smart Home. Hashtag. Streaming. Data Mining. Find out what these and more tech buzzwords are all about.

Tuesday, July 24, 2 - 3 p.m.

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TechForward: 3D Modeling with SketchUp

Learn about the basic features of SketchUp, a 3D modeling program with powerful tools to create 3D designs from woodworking blueprints to urban planning designs. A hands-on class. Basic computer skills are required.

Monday, July 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

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 more cloudy questions.

Tuesday, July 10, 4 - 5 p.m.

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TechForward: Using Twitter

Learn more about Twitter, a social media platform where users can share 'tweets' or short bursts of information, and start tweeting!

Friday, July 13, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Know How: Gmail's New Design and Features

Google Mail has a new look. Find out about the new features, design, tips and tricks, and security.

Tuesday, July 3, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Know How: Etsy

Find out more about buying and selling on Etsy, an online marketplace that focuses on handcrafted and antique items.

Tuesday, July 17, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Know How: Pinterest

Learn more about Pinterest, a pinboard-like social media site that allows users to collect sets of images, create custom boards, and interact with other Pinterest users.

Friday, July 27, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Know How: From Sketch to Digital

Learn how to turn your sketched drawings into digital art using software in the Library's Digital Media Lab to digitize and edit sketches. You may bring your sketches to be used for demo purposes.

Monday, July 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


Climate Change — Facts, Solutions, and What You Can Do

Learn the most recent information about climate change, potential solutions, and what you can do to help. Presented by Elliot Rossen, a Climate Reality Leader with The Climate Reality Project, a worldwide non-profit founded by Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.

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


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.


Searching For Mr. Lincoln: Fortuitous Archival Processing

In 2011 two previously unknown Abraham Lincoln manuscripts were discovered. The presentation will highlight the historical context of these two original manuscripts and how they were found.

Thursday, July 5, 7 p.m.

Summer Reading Club - Superheroes Read!

Read books and earn tokens or points to spend on cool prizes at the Library!

Through August 4
Babies - Entering 9th Grade

Find Out More!

Here's how to register:

Babies - Age 3: Sign up at storytime or at the Youth Services desk.

Preschoolers and Grade Schoolers: sign up here or at the Library

Entering Grades 6 - 9: Pick up a bingo card at the Youth Services desk

Captain Underpants Celebration

Join us for a Captain Underpants extravaganza! Fling underwear, create your own comics, design a Captain Underpants cape, get your Professor Poopypants name, and more.

Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Families with children through age 12.

Beach Party with Dave Rudolf

Join us for a hilarious musical beach party! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and get ready to join in the fun as we celebrate a summer of reading. In case of bad weather the event will be held in the Library's auditorium. Indoor seating is limited.

Tuesday, July 31, 2 - 3 p.m. Families with children under age 14.

More Superhero Fun!


Please register for one session only.

Minecraft Club Junior! Ages 6 - 8
Saturday, July 7, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 21, 10 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13

Saturday, July 7, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Drop-In Games

Play our board, card, and party games (chess included). Bring friends or make some while you're here. Games are also available at the Youth Services desk during Library hours.

Saturdays, through August 25, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer Storytime Sessions

Register for a storytime session, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register at the Youth Services desk or by calling (847) 681-7030.


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