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A Night at the Oscars

A Night At The Oscars

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips shares his predictions. Lucky winners will go home with their own (chocolate!) Oscar!

Thursday, February 12, 7 p.m.

Violin/Cello duo

Liba and John Sharp

John Sharp, principal cello, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Liba Shacht, violin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, perform works by Ravel, Glière, and Boccherini.

Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center

Meet The Author

Renée Rosen – What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

Renée Rosen discusses her bestselling book about the visionary retail tycoon who made his fortune wooing customers with his famous motto: "Give the lady what she wants."

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

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation and Silverado of Highland Park

Boris Fishman – A Replacement Life

Boris Fishman discusses his debut novel which was selected as one The New York Times Sunday Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2014. A look at the immigrant experience, the book is the story of Slava Gelman, a fledgling writer who invents false Holocaust restitution claims for aging Russian Jews of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation

Books will be for sale and the events will conclude with book signings.

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, February 24, 2 p.m.


Northlight Theatre Previews White Guy On The Bus

Cast members from Northlight Theatre preview this world premiere about a wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom who ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their conversation reveals a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases. One attendee will win a pair of tickets to the play.

Wednesday, February 11, 10:30 a.m.

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

Library U

See what you can learn this winter

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



Calvary Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about this highly acclaimed film starring Brendan Gleeson as a conscientious priest who comforts the troubled members of his community while struggling to find the courage to meet his fate.

Wednesday, February 4, 7 p.m.

Film Showing - Monday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Jukebox Musicals: The Buddy Holly Story

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens this film starring Gary Busey that focuses on Holly's life and career during the early days of rock and roll. A discussion follows.

Sunday, February 15, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by The Wealshire

Dollars and Sense

Information to help manage personal finance issues with common sense.

Financial Aid Process: Paying For College

A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will discuss the costs of attending college, types and sources of financial aid, and how to apply for financial aid. The ISAC is the college access and financial aid agency in the state of Illinois that administers scholarship, grant, prepaid tuition, and student loan repayment/forgiveness programs.

Tuesday, February 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 or at the Reference desk.

Wednesday, February 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, February 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, February 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.


The Road Joyfully Traveled: Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs

Catherine Lambrecht of Greater Midwest Foodways discusses her experience judging family heirloom recipes at state fairs and how she got started.

Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m.

Presented by the Highland Park Historical Society.


Frozen Sing-Along Movie & Party

Sing along with the award-winning Disney movie, Frozen! The words to the songs will appear on screen so all can sing along. Come dressed as your favorite Frozen character and enjoy Frozen-themed crafts and a drawing for Frozen-themed prizes following the film. Registration required. Register at Adults should register as 21 years old. Movie is rated PG.

Saturday, February 28, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

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. Registration is required. Register at Panera is located at 1853 Second Street. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month through May.

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

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 February 28, 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. Meets the third Tuesday of every month through April.

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

Miss Deena's Winter Storytimes

Join a winter storytime session with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds.


One Book, One Highland Park

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker


A community-wide read program designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and to encourage friends, families, and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book.

The Golem and the Jinni is an immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology. 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.

Read The Book!

Check out a copy from the library or look for one of the many copies distributed around town.

Attend Events!

Kick off One Book, One Highland Park.
Sunday, March 22, 1:30 p.m.

Meet The Author!

Author Helene Wecker will discuss her book.
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.


Highland Park Community Foundation

Friends of the Highland Park Public Library