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Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life, September 8 - October 20, A Special Exhibit from the Mémorial De La Shoah, Paris, France

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life

Monday, September 8 - Monday, October 20

This exhibit, from the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, is based on the journal of Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman whose future was cut short by Vichy government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. The exhibit follows her steps through Paris under the German occupation and goes beyond the framework of the journal as it broadens the context of the occupation and addresses the persecution of the Jews in France.

Designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guidance of Mariette Job (niece of Hélène Berr), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.


Opening Night

Join us for remarks by the the Consulate General of France in Chicago and Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of the Mémorial de la Shoah, followed by a talk on Vichy France from Dr. Michael Marrus, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto. The evening will conclude with a viewing of the exhibit and a reception.

Monday, September 8, 7 p.m.

Tell Your Story:

An Introduction to Memoir Writing

Inspired by Hélène Berr’s journal written during WWII, writer Jennifer Dotson shares strategies for writing your own memoir and tips for getting started.

Monday, September 15, 7 p.m

Film Screening:

From Hollywood To Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens

Historian and filmmaker Christian Delage relates the story of three great filmmakers sent to Europe to document the realities of war and the liberation of the camps. Their footage was used as evidence during the Nuremberg trials. Christian Delage will speak about the film via Skype.

Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m.

Library U

Learn something new this fall at Library U, a series of classes designed for adults.

Click here to see the list of classes and to register.

Library U is made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.


Stuart Rojstaczer - The Mathematician's Shiva

Stuart Rojstaczer discusses his debut novel, a comic, bittersweet tale of family. When Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem dies, a group of socially challenged mathematicians crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book singing.

Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust

Stephen Bardo - The Flyin' Illini

Stephen Bardo, a television college basketball analyst and the former starting point guard on the University of Illinois 1989 men's basketball team that reached the Final Four, discusses his book about the popular University of Illinois basketball team that was nicknamed the Flyin’ Illini. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book singing.

View the video invitation from Stephen Bardo.

Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust



Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel where she turns her eye upon institutionalized racism in contemporary US and British culture as Nigerian immigrants Ifemelu and Obinze attempt to navigate the cynical and dishonest societies in which they find themselves.

Tuesday, September 9, 1 p.m.


Film Showing And Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus College of Lake County, introduces and screens a film as part of the Women in Peril film series. This film, from 1951, tells the story of a woman emigrating to San Francisco under a stolen identity. Posing as another woman, she meets her "son" and moves into a mansion on Telegraph Hill.

Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

You Will Be My Son Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about this French film about a proprietor of a prestigious family vineyard who dreams of a harder-working, successful son – a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philippe, the son of his dying estate manager.

Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Readers' Round Table

Book lovers, join a lively conversation about books and authors. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations. For avid readers and book club leaders looking for ideas. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book.

Tuesday, September 30, 2 p.m.


Lyric Opera Preview of Il Trovatore

Christine Casey from the Lyric Opera will present a lecture on Verdi’s Il Trovatore with information about the composer, librettist, and performers, as well as plot synopsis and in-depth information about the opera. Musical examples are included.

Wednesday, September 10, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


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.

An evening discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.

Matzo Balls, Chopped Liver and the Midwest: Jewish Foodways of the Heartland

Highland Park Historical Society presents a lecture by Dr. Ellen Steinberg, author of From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways. Steinberg explores the evolution of Midwestern Jewish cuisine. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m.


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 the Reference Desk or call (847) 681-7031.

Wednesday, September 10, 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, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

You’ve Been Hacked

Learn how to keep hackers out of your data and about security for your network, systems, and mobile devices, as well as how to defend against viruses. Learn the one thing that ensures you have your data even when all else fails!

Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Presented by SCORE 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.

Saturdays, September 6, 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Used Book Sale

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Find bargains on used books at the Friends of the Library’s Book Nook sale.

Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Drop-In Chess

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

Join us any time during the session. A chess expert will be available to help all levels, from beginners to advanced players.

Saturdays, September 6 - December 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., through 9th grade.

Anime/Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, eat snacks, and enjoy other fun activities. Meets the third Tuesday of every month through March.

Tuesday, September 16, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Grades 6 - 10

Miss Deena's Fall Storytimes

Fall Storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in September and October.