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Adult Coloring Day at the Library

Adult Coloring Day

Try out this hot new trend! We'll provide the coloring pages and the colored pencils. Drop by and color away!

Thursday, September 10, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin

This special exhibit focuses on the world's largest fresh water asset and the environmental restoration and economic renewal of the cities and ecosystem around it including six miles of Highland Park shoreline.

Through September 30

Designed and created as a public service by the Chicago office of the international architecture and city design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Basin Communities and a Shared Vision for the Great Lakes

A representative from international architecture and city design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill presents the display that the firm created.

Saturday, September 19, 2 p.m.

Highland Park Responds

As a Great Lakes basin community, Highland Park has an important role to play in the sustainable use of the world's greatest fresh water resource. Join a public discussion surrounding the exhibit. WBEZ's Jason Marck leads a panel discussion with local experts including Bertram C. Frey, acting regional counsel for U.S. EPA, and David Naftzger, executive director, Council of Great Lakes Governors.

Sunday September 20, 2 p.m.

Look for related information for children on the big screen computer in the lobby throughout the month.

Library U

Head back to school this fall at 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.


Food Patriots Film Screening

Food Patriots is the journey of a Midwest mother whose son nearly died from contaminated food and the army of American Food Patriots who teach her that even one person has the power to make a difference. Filmmakers Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Jeff Spitz will introduce the film and conclude the evening with a question and answer session.

Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.

Imitation Game Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about this Academy-Award nominated film.

Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Film Screening

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

Sunday, September 27, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Warren Barr North Shore.



Joe Urschel – The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that Changed the Nation

Joe Urschel, award-winning journalist and one of USA Today's founding editors, gives a gripping account of a turning point in the history of American crime - a high-profile kidnapping and the chase led by J. Edgar Hoover.

Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust.

Jonathan Evison – This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Evison gives a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman, 78-year-old Harriet Chance. Part dysfunctional love story, part exploration of a mother/daughter relationship, it’s a funny and moving tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and healing.

Monday, September 28, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust.

Book Discussion The Green Road, by Anne Enright

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion.

Tuesday, September 8, 1 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Share your favorite reads and recommendations and leave with a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book!

Tuesday, September 29, 2 p.m.

Hot 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).
14th Deadly Sin, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Jazz Palace, by Mary Morris
Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, by David Axelrod

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

Library patron Barbara Haley:
At The Water's Edge, by Sara Gruen

Longtime Highland Park resident Nancy Miskowicz:
Blood Will Tell, by Dana Stabenow

NEW! Senior Gaming Morning

Choose from a selection of video games as well as chess, checkers, and backgammon. Have a favorite game? Bring it along! Have a Bunco group that needs a meeting place? Play at the library!

Wednesday, September 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30


A Look Back: The Impact of Women's Clubs Locally and Nationally

For the past 125 years, the General Federation of Women's Clubs have impacted communities through their volunteer work. What contributions and reforms have women brought to the table in Highland Park and across our nation? Join community member Amy Lohmolder to learn about the history of Club Women/General Federation of Women's Clubs' "municipal housekeeping" and local stories from our own community. If you yourself are a Club Woman you may have a few stories of your own to share!

Wednesday, September 16, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


3D Printing in Action with Autodesk123D

Step into the world of 3D modeling and printing with this hands-on class and learn how to turn your ideas into reality. Registration required. Register here.

Tuesdays, September 15, 29, 6 p.m.

Meet the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer taking the world by storm. It has become the DIY gadget-maker's go-to device. Tinkerers, hobbyists, educators, students, and anyone who likes to build things - come learn more about the Raspberry Pi.

Thursday, September 17, 5 p.m.

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Living With Boomerang Millennials

With economic factors playing a major role, 20 million Millennials are now "boomerang kids," back in the nest. Explore how different families are experiencing this transition. Presented by psychologist Rosemary Lichtman.

Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Digitize Your VHS and Video Cassettes

Learn to digitize your home movies and VHS tapes and learn the process of transferring VHS straight to DVD or to the computer for further editing.

Tuesday, September 8, 5 - 6 p.m.

Digitize Your Vinyl and Cassettes

Drop in to the Digital Media Lab and learn how easy it is to digitize 33 1/3 or 45 records and cassette tapes.

Friday, September 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Get Tech Savvy

Get one-on-one help with your gadgets

Saturdays, September 5, 19, 10 a.m - 12 p.m.


SCORE Chicago Workshop - Social Media 101: The Basics of Social Media For Small Businesses

Learn about the five most popular social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest, and decide what may be right for your business. Presented by Steve Robinson, Constant Contact. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small business in the U.S. Registration required. Register Here.

Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.

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


Career Counseling

Learn job search strategies, find assistance writing or updating a resume and prepare for a job interview.

Wednesday, September 9
Register for a 30-minute appointment from 1 - 4 p.m. at or at the Information and Reader Services desk.

Business Mentoring With SCORE Chicago Counselors

Register at

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24
5 - 8 p.m.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required. Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

Fridays, September 4, 11
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Fridays, September 18, 25
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game that combines strategy and fantasy. The premise is this: you play a powerful wizard, called a planes walker, who summons creatures, spells, and weapons to aid you in your destruction of other planes walkers. Stop in and learn how to play if you’re a newbie or come ready to play if you’re a seasoned veteran.

Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Ages 13 - 18.

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Drop-In Chess

Join us any time during the session. A chess expert will be available to help beginners or advanced players.

Saturdays, September 12 - October 31, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Through 9th grade.


Introduction to Python

Students will have a brief lecture on the uses for and characteristics of the Python computer programming language and will be introduced to the self-guided tutorials for Python via Codecademy and CodeSkulptor. Some prior programming experience required.

Registration Required. Register here.

Thursday, September 24, 5 - 7 p.m.

Ages 10 - 14.

HPPL Young Hackers Collective

Looking for a fun way to learn about 3D printing, computer programming, robotics, creating mobile apps, gaming, and more? Join us!

Saturdays, September 12, 26
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grades 5 – 8.

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3D Printing

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 3D printing demo on the library’s 3D printer and then we’ll use Tinkercad to create a 3D design.

Registration Required. Register here.

Friday, September 18, 4 - 5 p.m.

Grades 3 - 5.


Minecraft Club

Registration Required.

Saturday, September 12
2 - 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 13
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 26

2 - 4 p.m.

Ages 9 – 12.

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Minecraft Club Jr.

For the younger players!

Registration Required.

Saturday, September 12
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sunday, September 13
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 26

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6 – 8.

Register at

Storytime With Milk & Cookies At Panera!

Registration required.

Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 - 10 a.m. Ages 2 - 5, accompanied by an adult.

Miss Deena's Fall Storytime Sessions

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