We're celebrating with stories and words. Join us for these special events!
Sunday, September 9
To celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary, Chicago Tribune’s Rick Kogan hosts an afternoon featuring literary and cultural figures from throughout Chicago reading from their favorite works of literature. Readers include Elizabeth Berg, Billy Corgan, Jonathan Eig, Joseph Epstein, Aaron Freeman, Michael Halberstam, Welz Kauffman, Bill Kurtis, Donna La Pietra, Martha Lavey, Mike Leonard, Mary Schmich and Mayor Rotering of Highland Park.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: A Musical,
Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m.
Sunday’s festivities also include a special performance for children.
Sunday, September 23
The celebration continues. Noted storyteller, humorist, author, and radio personality Garrison Keillor speaks at the library. Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books. Complimentary tickets are required for admittance and limited to Highland Park Public Library cardholders. Cardholders can enter a drawing for tickets at hplibrary.org anytime from September 10 at 9:00 a.m. through September 11 at 9:00 p.m .
125th Anniversary Sponsors
The Library thanks the following for their generous sponsorship of the Library's 125th anniversary celebration:
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Friends of the Highland Park Public Library
Paint Plus & More, Inc
Cari and Michael Sacks
|Amy Wang, Quinn & Cailyn Douglas|
|Michael and Gail Brenner & Family||Mark Fine and Kevin, Merrill Lynch -Northbrook|
|City of Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission||Trillium Foundation|
Leah & Les Alexrod / My Kind of Town
Tours and Events
|Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management|
|Complete Cleaning Company, Inc.||Keyth Technologies|
|Ralph and Nancy Mantynband||Northern Weathermakers|
|Fred Orkin||Jeffrey & Carol Lazar|
A History of the Highland Park Public Library
At the July 7, 1887 meeting of the City Council, a number of citizens presented a petition requesting that the council establish and maintain a public library.
On September 14, 1887 the Highland Park City Council adopted an ordinance for the establishment of a tax-supported public library and appropriated $260 annually for its maintenance.