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Sunday, June 7, 1 - 5 p.m.

Library U

Want to improve your computer skills, polish your creative writing, or learn to speak Spanish? Take summer school at the library! See what you can learn this summer.

Register now!

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

Yiddish and Laughter

Humorist and raconteur Rabbi Barry Schechter, of Congregation Kol Emeth, Skokie, presents an hour of Jewish stories and jokes. His program is in English. A Chicago YIVO Society Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture event.

Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.

A Conversation With Crime Fiction Writers

Noted historical mystery author Susanna Calkins and well-known crime writer Michael Harvey talk crime fiction with book discussion leader Judy Levin. Calkin's The Masque of a Murderer is her new mystery set in 17th century England. Harvey is the author of The Governor's Wife, the latest installment of his Michael Kelly series, and co-creator of the TV series Cold Case Files.

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Attendees will have a chance to win a gift basket filled with books and coffee-related items from local coffee shop ArrivaDolce.

Thursday, June 25, 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, June 30, 2 p.m.       

Rise and Shine Humanities Series

Saul Bellow Centennial Celebration

To celebrate Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Saul Bellow's 100th birthday, Richard Reeder reads from his work and discusses the author.  Reeder is the President of the Board of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park

3D Printing in Action

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.

Tuesday, June 9, 23, 6 - 7:30 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 here or at the Reference desk.

Wednesday, June 10, 1 - 4 p.m.

Creating Your Introductory Elevator Speech - Be Prepared for Opportunity!

Ronnis Oher, owner of LifeMaps and a former educator, offers tips on how to craft a 15 - 20 second introduction about your business for networking and meetings, and how to expand your comments when given more time to describe your business.

Registration required.

Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 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, June 6, 20, 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.


Summer Reading: Read to the Rhythm, Read Books! Earn Prizes!

Get ready to sing, dance, and make some noise! Participate in the library’s summer reading program for all ages! Post an online review or visit the library to report about a book and earn prizes.

Sign Up Now.

June 8 - August 1. For newborns - entering 9th grade.

Made possible by the generous sponsorship of American Enterprise Bank.

Instrument Petting Zoo & Musikgarten class

Try out string, percussion, guitar/bass, keyboard, and wind instruments. Instructors from the Music Institute of Chicago will introduce and demonstrate the instruments. For the youngest, try a Musikgarten class from 2:30 - 3 p.m., ideal for newborns through age three.

Saturday, June 6, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Canta & Bailar

Internationally touring musician Alina Celeste gives a bilingual concert that mixes traditional songs with a modern twist. Don't be surprised if you find yourself dancing, clapping along, and singing on your way out!

Alina Celeste es un músico de la familia de gira internacional. Únase a nosotros para este concierto bilingüe que mezcla canciones tradicionales con un toque moderno y canciones originales de Alina. No te sorprendas si te encuentras bailando, aplaudiendo y cantando al salir!

Registration required* Children under eight must be accompanied by a registered adult. Adults, register as 22 years old.

Wednesday, June 17, 7 - 7:45 p.m. Ages 5 - 10

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of American Enterprise Bank.

Ravinia's Music and More

Join in and have some musical fun with Ravinia teaching artist Matt Lewis. Learn how literature can be a springboard for music making. Mr. Lewis uses children’s books as inspiration for singing songs, playing musical games, moving and playing instruments. Feel the beat, stomp your feet, sing some songs and then repeat!

Registration required* Children under eight must be accompanied by a registered adult. Adults, register as 22 years old.

Wednesday, June 24, Ages 3 - 8, 7 - 7:45 p.m.

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ravinia Festival.

Forever Friends - Pet Adoption Days

Meet some dogs and cats who are in need of homes and find out how to adopt or foster a pet. Or just stop by the library’s entrance, say hello, and make some furry friends very happy.

Saturday, June 13, June 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.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 August 29, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Through 9th grade.

STEM CAMP: Making in Miniature

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

Have you ever wanted to create your own accessories for dolls or action figures? Are you interested in 3D printing and digital design? Immerse yourself in this two-part session and develop coding and computer design skills while creating cool objects.

Registration required*

Tuesday, June 16, 23, 1 - 3 p.m. Ages 7 - 12.
Must be able to attend both sessions.

STEM CAMP: The United States of You

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

What if you could create a coin with your own face on it? Immerse yourself in this hands-on environment where campers learn new design techniques and experiment with innovative technologies while creating a personalized coin.

Registration required*

Tuesday, June 30 and July 7, 1 - 3 p.m. Ages 7 - 12
Must be able to attend both sessions.

Tech Club

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

Looking for a fun way to learn about 3D printing, computer programming, robotics, creating mobile apps, gaming, and more? Join in this hands-on discovery session designed to encourage curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM learning.

Saturday, June 6, 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Ages 9 - 12.

Drawdio Your Audio

A Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.

Come out and play music with a simple electronic circuit and a pencil!

Registration required*

Saturday, June 13, 10 - 10:30 a.m. or 3 - 3:30 p.m., Ages 8 - 12

Minecraft Club and Minecraft Club Jr.

Come play on our Minecraft server for group Minecraft games and activities. Interact with fellow players while building new worlds and trying to survive your first night out.

Registration required*

Minecraft Club:
Tuesday, June 9, 3 - 5 p.m., Saturday June 27, 1 - 3 p.m. Ages 9 - 12.
Minecraft Club Jr. (For the younger player!):
Thursday, June 11, Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 6 - 8.

Minecraft: Advanced Goals

Learn how to make mods with code and develop home grown Minecraft servers. Want to play Minecraft? Don’t miss our Minecraft Club and Minecraft Club Jr. throughout the summer.

Tuesday June 9, 1 pm - 2:30 p.m., Saturday June 27, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Ages 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.

Registration required*

Tuesday, June 23, 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Miss Deena's Summer Storytimes

Join Miss Deena’s summer storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds. Classes begin in June and July.

Registration required.

Coming in July!

Rockin’ Beach Party

Hula hooping, bubble machines, and the limbo. Fun in the sun!

Registration required* Children under eight must be accompanied by a registered adult. Adults, register at 22 years old.

Wednesday, July 1, 7 – 7:50 p.m. Ages 3 and up


*Register at