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One Book One Highland Park: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

One Book, One Highland Park is a community-wide reading program designed to create a shared appreciation of reading through thoughtful and compelling dialogue.

The Golem and the Jinni is an immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology. Helene Wecker’s debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. The two meet, finding both conflict and comfort in each other and kinship despite their differences.


Opening Reception
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Hand Me Down Tales, 2 – 3 p.m.

Nationally known storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor tells traditional tales from Arabic and Jewish cultures.

The Duzan Trio, 3 – 4 p.m.

Musicians perform Arabic music.

Community in The Word: Story and Culture

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Jewelry Workshops: Design It Yourself!

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m.

More events including an afternoon with author Helene Wecker

One Book, One Highland Park is generously sponsored by:
Friends of the Highland Park Public Library
Highland Park Community Foundation

Spring Entertaining With Chef Laura Frankel

Chef Laura Frankel, executive chef for Wolfgang Puck Kosher Catering at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, demonstrates and prepares seasonal dishes perfect for spring holidays and entertaining. Enjoy a sample and leave with recipes to try at home!

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.


Station Eleven Book Discussion

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion about Emily St. John Mandel's novel about a theater troupe touring a post-apocalyptic world 20 years after most of the population has died in a flu pandemic. A gripping story that weaves together the determined efforts of a handful of characters as they try to retain their humanity and also survive.

Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Book lovers, join a lively conversation about books and authors. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations. Take home a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book!

Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m.


Jukebox Musicals: La Bamba

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens this film about Ritchie Valens who rose from field laborer to a famous rock and roll singer. He died at 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly. A discussion follows.

Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by The Wealshire

A Price Above Rubies Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about this film set in a Hasidic Jewish community. Renee Zellweger stars as a young woman aching to escape from the strictures of her environment.

Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.

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

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library


Memoir Reading:
Weaving The Threads:
Discovering the Patterns of Our Lives

A group of women will read from the memoirs that include stories of family, adventure, triumph and failure.

Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park

Library U

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.



Career Counseling

Meet with a career counselor from College of Lake County for a free half-hour session. Learn job search strategies, find assistance writing or updating a resume, and prepare for a job interview. Register at or at the Reference desk.

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

Business Mentoring

Sign up for a one hour one-on-one mentoring session with a SCORE Chicago counselor for help with a variety of business issues. Score counselors are successful executives and business owners. Register at

Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

Get Tech Savvy

Bring your electronic devices - cell phones, ereaders, digital cameras, laptops, tablets - and your questions. Drop by and meet with a member of the library’s teen tech-savvy team for one-on-one guidance on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Saturday, March 7, 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Spanish Conversation Group

Meet at the library for Spanish conversation. Former high school Spanish teacher Graciella Napoles facilitates the discussion. Conversational ability required.

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

Attend a discussion centered around a Spanish book by a Hispanic author. The discussion will be in Spanish and English led by Gabriela Leyva. For the book title, call the library at (847) 681-7031.

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


Greatness Explained: The Great Lakes

Norman Moline, professor emeritus of geography at Augustana College, will discuss the historical significance of the Great Lakes.

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.

Presented by the Highland Park Historical Society.


Spring Break, Spring Make!

Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs

Arduino: Let’s Build

Arduino is a fun way to learn about electronics and computer programming. Use an Arudino kit to make cool stuff and be awesome! Registration required.*

Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Ages 9 - 14.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Come learn about 3D printing and be one of the first to see the library’s new 3D printer in action! Try CAD software and print designs. Registration required.*

Wednesday, April 1, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ages 9 - 14

MaKey MaKey Instruments

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit based on a circuit. Learn how to build virtual musical instruments with simple computer programming and a pile of mysterious junk! Registration required.

Friday, April 3, 12 - 1 p.m. Ages 9 - 12.

Minecraft Club

Come play on our Minecraft server. Interact with fellow players while building new worlds. Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month through May. Registration required.*

Saturday, March 28, 2 - 4 p.m. Ages 8 - 12.

Optical Illusions Workshop

Learn about Victor Vasarely, known as the founder of optical art, in this workshop with artist Terri Murphy. Learn how to alter line and shading in order to fool the eye and create 3-D art on flat paper! Registration required.*

Monday, March 30, 1 - 2 p.m. Ages 8 - 13.

Drop-In Chess

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

Every level of play is welcome. A chess expert will be available to help all levels, from beginners to advanced players.

Saturdays, March 7 - May 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kindergarten - 9th grade.

Anime and Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, eat snacks, and enjoy other fun activities.

Tuesday, March 17, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Grades 6 - 10.

Storytime With Milk & Cookies At Panera!

Meet at Panera in Highland Park for a special storytime and enjoy milk and cookies. For children, ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adult. Panera is located at 1853 Second Street. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month through May. Registration is required.

Tuesday, March 24, 9:30-10 a.m

Miss Deena's Spring Storytimes

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


*Registration limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area. Register at