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Summer Concert at the Library

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble performs modern and traditional klezmer music that draws from historical East European Jewish music.

Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m.

Summer Garden Tea Party

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Enjoy an English garden tea with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life.

Beatrix Potter's classic characters exist in a world filled with flowers and gardens. McDowell's book traces Beatrix Potter's life as a gardener. McDowell discusses her book and explores Potter's botanical art and Potter's own garden.

The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary seed packet from Renee's Garden.

For those with a green thumb, bring your own blooms!  Bring a floral design based on one of your favorite books.  We'll display it in the library or you can take it home.  McDowell will award prizes to the top arrangements.

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

Friday, June 27, 1 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Book lovers, join a lively conversation about books and authors. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations. For avid readers and book club leaders looking for ideas. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book.

Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m.


Obama And Government Secrecy And Transparency

Lake Forest College’s James Marquardt discusses how open government and transparency have been a top priority of Barack Obama, yet under the guise of national security, his presidency has been strident in its determination to keep secrets – and punish those who reveal them. Oddly, mindful of this paradox, Obama stands betwixt and between openness and secrecy. This ambivalence threatens his legacy and undermines the cause of public accountability and the people’s trust in government, a goal to which he has been long dedicated.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


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

Join a discussion centered around Spanish books by Hispanic authors. 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.


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, June 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.

Digital Media Lab Workshops

Learn how to edit with iMovie or how to shoot video with the green screen. Or, grasp the basics of audio production, discover how to create a Web site, or how to use Skype. Try the drawing tablet to animate illustrations and learn how to scan slides and photos onto the computer, and convert old records. Sign up for a 45-minute one-on-one session in the library's Digital Media Lab. Register at the Reference desk or call (847) 681-7031.

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.

Saturdays, June 7, June 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Used Book Sales

Friends of the Library's Paperback Book Sale

All regular size paperback books: 10 for $1 or 25 cents each.

Large format paperback books: 3 for $1 or 50 cents each.

Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 15, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Find more bargains on used books at the Friends of the Library’s Book Nook sale every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Summer Reading: Paws to Read June 9 - August 2

Read books and earn prizes. Participate in the library’s reading awards program for all ages and celebrate the summer with furry, feathered, and scaly creatures of the animal kingdom. Post an online review or visit the library to report about a book. Register at For babies - 9th grade. Parents, register children under three in the Youth Department or at storytime.

Drop-In Chess

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

Every level of play is welcome. Experienced players will be available and instructional opportunities may be available. Boards and sets will be provided.

Saturdays, June 7 - August 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grades K - 9.

Chess will not meet July 5.

Stories Under The Stars

The entire family is invited to drop by the clearing near the Rose Garden for special stories.

Monday, June 16, 23, 30, 7:30 - 8 p.m.

Real Life Canine Heroes

Come meet the dogs and their handlers who help find lost and missing people and learn about staying safe. Presented by Illinois Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs. Registration required. For participants not in the North Shore School District 112 service area, register by calling (847) 681-7030. Register at

Wednesday, June 18, 7 - 7:45 p.m. Ages 3 - 12.

Reptomania: Reptiles and Amphibians On The Road

Do you think that snakes are slimy or that you can get warts from toads? Come meet some large toads and frogs, colorful snakes, and a humongous monitor lizard! Presented by The Science Alliance. Registration required and limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area. Register at

Wednesday, June 25, 7 - 8 p.m. Grades K - 4.

A Forever Home—Pet Adoption Mornings

Visit with dogs in need of homes and find out how to adopt or foster a pet.

A different rescue organization will be located by the main entrance each time.

2nd and 4th Saturdays in June and July, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Junior Page Volunteers, Grades 6-9.

Volunteer in the Youth Department. Shelve books, help with Summer Reading, and gain work experience.

Pick a session:
Session I: June 16 - July 12.
Session II: July 14 - August 9.

Register in the Youth Department or call 847-681-7030. Registration required and limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area.

90-Second Newbery

Create a video for The 90-Second Newbery, an annual contest for young filmmakers that compress the stories of Newbery Award-winning books into 90 seconds or less. Each session will cover different movie making skills including story, scriptwriting, animation, editing, and more. Participants should select one or two Newbery or Newbery honor titles before the first session. All films will debut in the library and will be submitted to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. For more information visit
No registration required.

Wednesday, June 11, Tuesday, June 17, and Thursday June 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Grades 6 - 10.

Miss Deena's Storytimes

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

Coming in July


Learn to program mini robots using RobotC in this four session workshop. The workshop will culminate in a robot rodeo on July 22. Instruction and mini robots provided by the Highland Park High School Robotics Team. Registration required and limited to residents of the North Shore School District 112 service area. Register at for the July 1st session only to be registered for the entire course.

Tuesdays, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22. 4 - 6 p.m. Ages 9 - 13.