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Join the Uke Nation!

Join the Uke Nation!

Celebrate the unveiling of the library's new ukulele collection.

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, declared a musical hero by Rolling Stone, makes a special appearance to introduce the library’s new ukulele collection! (Yes! You can check out a ukulele from the library!)

Enjoy Hawaiian refreshments and a chance to win Jake Shimabukuro’s CDs and tour t-shirts.

Borrow Jake's music for your PC, tablet, or phone here.

Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 p.m.

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Used Book Sale

Stock up on gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, and records!

PREVIEW NIGHT: Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free for Friends of the Highland Park Public Library members or $15 at the door.

REGULAR HOURS (Free Admission):

Thursday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 14, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presented by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Library U

Intro to PowerPoint - Cost - $30

Wednesdays, November 19, December 3, 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Intro to iPad - Cost - $20

Thursdays, November 6, 13, or December. 4, 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m

Winter classes will be announced soon!

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


Book of Ages Book Discussion

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion about Jill Lepore’s biography of Jane Franklin, sister of Benjamin Franklin.

Tuesday, November 11, 1 p.m.

Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea

Author James Graham discusses his book, Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.

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

Readers' Round Table

Join a lively conversation about books and authors. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations and receive a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book.

Tuesday, November 25, 2 p.m.


Gaslight Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus College of Lake County, introduces and screens this film as part of the Women in Peril film series. A discussion follows.

Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Omar Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion.

Wednesday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


Northlight Theatre Previews The Mousetrap

Cast members from Northlight Theatre preview the masterful whodunit by Agatha Christie. One attendee will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the play.

Tuesday, November 18, 1 p.m.


Take Charge Of Your Email Inbox

Is your email inbox overflowing? Professional organizer Bonnie Hillman Shay will share tips and secrets for cleaning up your email and transforming your inbox into a stress-free place. Learn how to eliminate clutter and enhance productivity.

Monday, November 3, 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, November 12, 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, November 6, 13, 20, 5-8 p.m.

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

Video Marketing

Learn what it takes to make a successful video in this workshop. Learn about cost considerations, types of videos you can create yourself, and how to market the video.

Wednesday, November 5, 7 p.m.

Presented by SCORE Chicago 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.

Saturday, November 15, December 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Spanish Conversation Group

Meet at the library for Spanish conversation. 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. For the book title, call the library at (847) 681-7031.

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


Highland Park Historical Society Presents: Chicago’s Second Greatest Fire – Union Stock Yards Fire of 1934

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago Board Member Jeff Stern discusses Chicago's second greatest fire which struck the Union Stock Yards on May 19, 1934, and required the efforts of 1600 firefighters.

Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.

Presented by the Highland Park Historical Society.


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 through December 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grades K - 9.

Gaming Tournament

Take on the world of gaming and participate in a double elimination tournament. Pizza, drinks, and dessert provided for registered gamers and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Family and friends are welcome to watch and cheer. Registration is required for gamers and limited to residents of the District 112 service area.

Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. Grades 4 - 8.

Ben’s Bubble Show

Art and science and a touch of magic! With bare hands and simple tools, Ben creates soap bubble sculptures. Smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and giant bubbles are part of the show. Registration required. Non-library cardholders can call (847) 681-7030 to register.

Friday, November 28, 1 - 1:45 p.m.

Anime and Manga Club

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

Tuesday, November 18, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Grades 6 - 10.

Miss Deena's Fall Storytimes

Join Miss Deena’s fall storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills.