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Celebrate Family Reading Night

Celebrate Family Reading Night

It’s all about books and reading on this special night! Enjoy cozy spaces to read quietly or aloud. Kids can put on a puppet show based on their favorite book or act out the plot of a popular book in "Reader's Theater." Visit the Book Arts Lab to make a book to take home and add a line to a collaborative story. Then take a family portrait with your favorite book in the Digital Media Lab!

Police Chief Paul Shafer and Commander Jon Lowman kick off the celebration with a read-aloud performance at 5 p.m.

Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. Sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and Illinois Center for the Book.

Thursday, November 19, 5 - 8:30 p.m.


Fall Used Book Sale

Stock op on gently-used books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Find a great selection of children's books, fiction, coffee table books, cookbooks, and more. Most books are priced at .25 – $1.00. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

Preview Night: Wednesday, November 11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 12, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bag of Books Sale. Fill a bag for $3.00!
1 - 3 p.m. Teachers and non-profits with ID, all books are free!

Presented by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

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Meet The Author! Get Your Book Signed!

Pirate HuntersRobert Kurson

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, And The Search For A Legendary Pirate Ship

Bestselling author Kurson’s book, filled with history and adventure, is about two men's hunt to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Monday, November 9, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust

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Readers' Round TableReaders' Round Table

Share your favorite reads and recommendations. Leave with a new or forthcoming book!

November 24, 2 p.m.

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Lady In GoldBook Discussion

The Lady In Gold

by Anne Marie O’Connor

November 10, 1 p.m.

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Fates and FuriesHot Books In HP

Check out the Hot Picks in the lobby! Grab a new title - like the ones listed below - with no waiting and check it out for two weeks (no renewals and only 20 cents per day to keep it longer). If a title you're looking for is not available, ask to get your name on the reserve list. We will contact you when it's available!
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
After You, by Jojo Moyes

The Gratitude DiariesWhat Else Are Your Neighbors Reading?
Here’s What They Told Us:

Steve Mendes, Chicago Director of Birthright Israel Foundation:
Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

Shale, Highland Park visitor:
May I Quote You On That: A Guide to Grammar and Usage, by Stephen Spector


Jazz Concert

Jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis will perform with her quartet.

November 21, 3 p.m.

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Whiplash Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion.

November 4, 7 p.m.

The film will be shown on
Monday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

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More Film Events

Strangers On A Train Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus, College of Lake County, introduces the Alfred Hitchcock film and leads a discussion following the screening.

Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Warren Barr North Shore.

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Essential Skills For Trading

Learn how to use simple stock market charting techniques to manage investments, determine when to buy or sell a stock, and to determine what the "big money" or "insiders" are doing. Designed for beginning and intermediate traders and for those considering trading as a possible career. Presented by The Trading Coach Jeff Wecker, former member of the Chicago Board of Trade. Refreshments will be served

November 5, 7 p.m.

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Internet Safety for Parents

Detectives from the Highland Park Police Department will discuss issues of Internet safety that effect families, from bullying on social media to phishing scams, and offer tips and guidance on how to stay safe online.

November 14, 2 p.m.

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What is Virtual Reality?

Find out how virtual reality works and learn about the future of virtual reality. Participants will get the chance to experience immersive multimedia with Google Cardboard, a virtual reality headset made by Google.

November 18
5:30 - 6 p.m.

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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion For Changing Times

Get a sneak preview of the exhibit Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion For Changing Times that's coming to Chicago's Driehaus Museum in February. The museum's executive director, Lise Dube-Scherr, previews the exhibition which will feature more than 35 costumes from the popular TV show Downton Abbey, offer a new perspective on the show's memorable characters, and chronicle the great changes taking place in Britain during the early 20th century.

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

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.

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Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

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

Spanish Literary Club

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


Career Counseling

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

November 11
Register for a 30-minute appointment from 12 - 3:30 p.m. at or at the Information and Reader Services desk.

Business Mentoring With SCORE Chicago Counselors

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November 5, 12, 19
5 - 8 p.m.

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

Content Marketing 101: Today’s Key To Getting Found on the Internet And Google

Presented by Michael Yublosky, SCORE volunteer. Registration required. Register at

Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.

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


Photoshop Basics

Learn the tools and techniques of Adobe Photoshop. Registration required. Register at

November 10, 24
1 - 2 p.m.

Digitize Your Slides and Photos

Bring your 35mm slides or print photos. Learn how to protect these irreplaceable mementos by producing digital copies in this hands-on class.

November 17
4 - 5 p.m.

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Digitize Your VHS and Video Cassettes

Learn how.

Thursday, November 12
Stop by between 3 - 4 p.m.

Get Tech Savvy

Drop in and get one-on-one help with your gadgets.

November 7, 21
10 a.m. - 12 p.m

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Learn About 3D Printers

A hands-on class! Registration required. Register at

November 5
4 - 5 p.m.

3D Printing For Kids

Want to know how the library’s 3D printer works? Interested in learning how to use CAD (computer aided design) software to create your own original 3D projects? Watch a demo and then we'll use Tinkercad to create 3D designs. Registration required. Register at

November 6, 4 - 5 p.m.
Grades 3 - 5.

Digital Craft Club: Web Design For Kids

Learn about basic HTML, CSS, and publishing, and work as a group to create your own Web page. Registration required. Register at

November 19, 4 - 5 p.m.
Grades 1 - 3.

Start Making Music on a Computer

Learn about the basics, find out about virtual instruments, or create the perfect intro. Participants are welcome to bring instruments. Registration required. Register at

November 14
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Teen Finance and Entrepreneurship Club

Interested in in learning more about personal finance and entrepreneurship? Join the club! Meetings will feature professional financial advisors and business people. The first meeting will be an organizational meeting.

Tuesday, November 3, 17, 6 p.m.


Minecraft: Block by Block

Sunset Woods, Centennial Ice Arena, Stupey Cabin, Heller Nature Center, Central Avenue. Join us after school and work together to build Highland Park from scratch. Registration required. Register at

November 2, 16, 23, 30, 4-5 p.m. Ages 9 - 12.

Minecraft Club Jr.

For the younger players! Registration required. Register at

November 7, 28
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 6 - 8

Minecraft Club

Registration required. Register at

November 7, 28
2 - 4 p.m.
Ages 9 - 12.

Gaming for Grown Ups

Choose from a selection of video games along with chess, checkers, cribbage, dominoes, and backgammon. Have a favorite game? Bring it along! Looking for us to provide a game? Note it when registering and we’ll see what we can do. Registration required. Register at

November 11
10 – 11 a.m.

Magic: The Gathering

This trading card game combines strategy and fantasy. The premise is this: you play a powerful wizard, called a Planeswalker, and summon creatures, spells, and weapons to aid in your destruction of other Planeswalkers. Stop in and learn how to play if you’re a newbie or come ready to play if you’re a seasoned veteran.

November 14
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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New! Pop-Up Programs: Look for Pop-Up Programs in the Lobby and see what you can learn and do in these mini sessions.


Library U: See what you can learn!

Winter classes will begin in January. Have a suggestion for a new class? Email the library at


STEM-Chemistry of Cookies

Join members of Highland Park High School's STEM-W club for a demonstration of the chemistry of cookies. See how different ingredients in cookies produce different reactions with ingredients changed. Club members will explain why the changes happen using basic chemistry. Taste the cookies and watch a TED Talk. Registration required. Register at

Sunday, November 1, 2 - 3 p.m. Grades 5 - 8

NaNoWriMo: "Come Write-in" Space

Whether it’s your first time or you’re an old pro, come work on your novel as we reach the end of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Bring your own writing tools or use one of the library’s laptops. Enjoy our snacks or bring your own.

Monday, November 23, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Grades 3 - 12.

Anime and Manga Club

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

Tuesday, November 17, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. Grades 6 - 12.
Club meets the third Tuesday of every month through April.

Winter Storytime Sessions

Storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in January. Registration required.

Storytime With Milk & Cookies At Panera!

Registration required.

Tuesday, November 24, 9:30 - 10 a.m. Ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adultTwitter