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One Book One Highland Park: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

One Book, One Highland Park is a community-wide reading program designed to create a shared appreciation of reading through thoughtful and compelling dialogue.

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


An Afternoon with Helene Wecker

Author Helene Wecker discusses her book. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.

Sponsored by The Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation


Family Stories

Inspired by the StoryCorp model, the library will record two or more family members as they share family stories and traditions. Drop in for a 20-minute session. Take home a complimentary CD of your conversation.

Tuesday, April 7, 1 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Golem And The Jinni Book Discussion

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads a discussion.

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.

One Book, One Highland Park is generously sponsored by:
Friends of the Highland Park Public Library
Highland Park Community Foundation


Mary Morris - The Jazz Palace

Morris discusses her novel, a sweeping Chicago epic that captures the atmosphere and music of the Jazz Age. It's a tale of family, race, gangsters, disaster, love, betrayal, and, of course, jazz. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

A jazz combo from Highland Park High School performs before and after the event.

Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Jennifer Teege - My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past

What would you do if you found out your grandfather was responsible for the brutal murders of thousands of people? How would your life, your sense of self, change? This is the reality Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, faced when she learned that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List. She realized that because of her black skin, her grandfather would have shot her, as well.

Jennifer Teege discusses her bestselling book, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, available now for the first time in English, with WBEZ’s Jason Marck. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Monday, April 27, 7 p.m.


From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America

This exhibit, from the American Writers Museum, explores the lives and works of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, populist historian Louis "Studs" Terkel, and novelist Richard Wright. Audio recordings of the authors are included as are selections of their works.

The American Writers Museum is a new museum opening in Chicago in 2016 dedicated to celebrating American writing and its impact on our culture, history, and daily lives.

Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30

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, April 4, 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.



Sound Walk

Eric Leonardson of Chicago Wildsounds will introduce the concept of Soundscape Ecology and lead participants in a sound walk. Dress for weather.

Saturday, April 18, 2 - 3 p.m. Ages 8 and up. Meet in the library’s auditorium.

Earth Day Crafts

Create a space and the song birds will come! This crafting event for all ages will help make your yard a bird sanctuary. Make "Science Friction" bird feeders from two old books and string and "Bird Nest Helpers." The youngest can make bird treats to string and hang on trees.

Saturday, April 18, 3 - 4 p.m.


Get smart about money! Money Smart Week is a series of free classes and activities coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Identity Theft: Take Immediate Action

Identity theft occurs when a criminal obtains and uses someone else’s personal information to purchase goods and services fraudulently. A fast response to identity theft is the best way to minimize the damage to your name and financial health. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office will discuss the steps you need to take if your identity is stolen and how to prevent identity theft in the future.

Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Game Plan for the Second Half of Your Life: Estate Planning

Learn winning legal strategies for a successful future using wills, trusts, and powers of attorney in this estate planning overview. Presented by Kenneth M. Bloom, attorney, CPA, and partner of the Chicago estate planning law firm Peck Bloom, LLC.

Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.

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, April 28, 2 p.m.


Jukebox Musical: Jersey Boys

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, screens this film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about the rise and fall of the Four Seasons, the iconic rock group from the 1960s. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is part of the Jukebox Musical series. A discussion follows.

Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by The Wealshire


The Revenger's Tragedy

Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a theatrical reading of Thomas Middleton's violent, dark masteripeice. The play reflects the dissastifcation of King James I with court corruption upon his ascension to the throne. A searing indictement of corruption, lust, and excess in the vestiges of power. A discussion with the cast follows the performance.

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library


Mr. Rauner Goes to Springfield: How Was the Honeymoon?

Governor Bruce Rauner had so many issues to attend to upon his inauguration. How is he faring as the new guy in town? Political author and blogger Carol Felsenthal will assess how Governor Rauner is progressing with his agenda. Also discussed will be the recent Chicago mayoral election.

Wednesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m.

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

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.



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, April 8, 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, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

Wrestling The Manuscript

Gain insights and learn the dos and don'ts for putting together a manuscript for publication in a panel discussion. For poets, fiction and non-fiction writers. Panelists include C.J. Laity, publisher/editor for Chicago Poetry Press; Jacob Knabb, editor for Curbside Splendor; and Andrea Witzke Slot, published poet/novelist, professor and RHINO editor.

Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Presented by East on Central and Highland Park Poetry

Secrets of Self Publishing

Gain insights and learn the dos and don'ts for self publishing in a panel discussion. For poets, fiction and non-fiction writers. Panelists include Lise Marinelli, president, Windy City Publishers; Mike Pickard, self-published author; and Roberta Dietzen, self-published author.

Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m.

Presented by East on Central and Highland Park Poetry


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.


Lincoln’s Watch & "Dear Parents," John Finney’s Letters from the Civil War

Doug Stiles, from the Waukegan Historical Society, discusses Lincoln’s watch that was brought to a jeweler in Washington D.C., and answers the question as to if an inscription was added. Stiles is a descendant of the jeweler. Actor Colm Egan then reads excerpts from letters written by Highland Park city clerk John Finney during the Civil War.

Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.

Presented by the Highland Park Historical Society.


Spring Break, Spring Make!

Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs

Introduction to 3D Printing

Come learn about 3D printing and be one of the first to see the library’s new 3D printer in action! Try CAD software and print designs. Registration required.*

Thursday, April 2, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ages 9 - 14

MaKey MaKey Instruments

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit based on a circuit. Learn how to build virtual musical instruments with simple computer programming and a pile of mysterious junk! Registration required.

Friday, April 3, 12 - 1 p.m. Ages 9 - 12.

Minecraft Club

Come play on our Minecraft server. Interact with fellow players while building new worlds. Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month through May. Registration required.*

Saturday, April 25, 2 - 4 p.m. Ages 9 - 12.

Minecraft Club Jr.

For the younger players! Registration required.*

Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 6 - 8.

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 May 30, 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.

Tuesday, April 21, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Grades 6 - 10.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Miss Deena's Spring Storytimes

Join Miss Deena’s spring storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds. Registration required.


*Registration limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area. Register at