What's Happening in Youth Services

Thanksgiving break is almost here and soon perhaps your relatives will be too.  Are you looking for some fun family activities for Thanksgiving week? Be sure to swing by the Library and check out more than books, dvds, music, STEM kits, and magazines. We have tons of special events planned for the week.

  • Weather permitting, cross the bridge over our ravine and take a story walk through the Highland Park rose garden on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Remember, we close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and are closed all day Thursday.)
  • Stop by the BigTouch computer screen in the front lobby at 3:00 p.m. on Monday or at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday to see a Ukulele demonstration, then check out a ukulele and instruction book to bring home.
  • Anyone from nine to twelve years old can join us for Minecraft: Block by Block and help build a virtual Highland Park starting with the Library on Monday at 4:00 p.m. (Register here)
  • Third graders through seniors in high school are invited to drop by and work on their National Novel Writing Month project at our NaNoWriMo: "Come Write-In" Space from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Drop by Panera Bread at 1853 N. 2nd Street at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday for a Milk and Cookie Storytime.
  • Join us on Black Friday any time from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for Stitchcraft: DIY Gift Making and learn how to knit, crochet and finger-weave. We'll have projects and patterns at all skill levels for ages 6 through 14.
  • All ages can swing by for Drop-In Chess on Saturday from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. A chess expert is there to help you improve your game.
  • Kids from six to eight can sign up for Saturday's Minecraft Jr. and play on our private server from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. (Register here)
  • If you know anyone from age nine to twelve tell them to come to Minecraft Club and play from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. (Register here)

chipmunk thanksgiving

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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Post date: Tue, 11/17/2015 - 4:28pm

Halloween is in full swing in the youth department!


Halloween events coming up:

Halloween Railroad

Saturday, October 24: 9am-4pm

Model trains will run through Spookytown.

More info


Halloween @ the Library

Saturday, October 31 9am-5pm

Special activities throughout the day:

9am-5pm: decorate masks, take a story walk, play an "I-Spy Game" (Ages 8 and under), or do a mysterious scavenger hunt (Ages 9-12).

11am-12pm: Makey Makey an Electronic Graveyard. Registration required. For more info and to register click here.

12:30pm: Join us as we parade through the library trick-or-treating at each department or desk as we go. Registration not required. Come in costume!

2pm: Watch a Halloween movie! Registration not required.

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Post date: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:08pm
The first day of school is just around the corner and there's so much to do. To make life a little less complicated, the Highland Park Public Library will be on location taking applications for a library card at Peek Kids at Northbrook Court this Thursday, August 20 from 12-3 p.m.
Library Cards are free to residents living in Highland Park. Bring proof of address to get a library card right in the shop! We will share what is going on at the library, and answer questions as well. We hope to see you there!
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Post date: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:43pm

We want to hear from readers who participated in the Summer Reading program and their parents, too! Click here to take the survey and enter to win a prize!

The survey will be open until August 15. Five winners will be selected randomly from survey respondents who enter their name and valid email address in the drawing. Winners will be notified on Monday, August 17 and should come to the Library to claim their prizes no later than August 31.

Thanks for another great summer, readers! We're already looking forward to planning a fun program for next year!

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Post date: Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:38pm

Did you know that one out of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualify for the federal lunch program?

Unfortunately, during the summer there is no access to school lunches for most of those kids. This year Moraine Township launched a program to provide bags of breakfast and lunch items to qualifying students during the summer. They plan to distribute over 225 bags of of food every two weeks to kids in need for the entire summer vacation. They could use the community's help however in procuring that food. From now until August 15 the Library will be one of the places where you can drop off food donations. How about bringing something by the next time you come in to give a summer reading report?

Food Pantry Sign

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Post date: Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:05pm

On Tuesday morning staff and library visitors made fossils in the lobby! They turned out great:


If you missed out, tomorrow morning (Thursday June 11) at some point before noon we'll be making them again--our addition to the Jurassic World hype!!

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Post date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 8:39pm

For over a decade the Youth Services Department has been providing a special bilingual book check out, Para el niño, to local low-income preschools. For most of the year Youth Services staff members bring a special book collection to the preschools and the children are allowed to pick one title to borrow and take home for a week. The weekly Para el niño visit is always a fun time, but in the summer it becomes even more of a treat because the children get to come to the Library so that they can participate in our Summer Reading Programs.

Today was our first Para el niño visit of the summer.

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Post date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:53am

Summer Book Buddies and Read to the Rhythm, our summer reading programs for infants through entering 9th graders, started on Monday. Over 300 kids have already signed up and over 100 books have already been logged online!

book buddies display
As children in our infant to age 3 program complete activities they get to put a musical note with their name on it on our soffits. It looks like we are going to have a very colorful department this year!

Read books, report on them in person, on line, or, new this year for those of you who will be out of town and off the grid...by postcard and earn fun prizes. Click here for more information.

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Post date: Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:25pm

Let the instructors from the Music Institute of Chicago demonstrate instruments for you and then let you try them out. There will be strings, percussion, guitar/bass, keyboard, and wind instruments. From 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. there will also be a Musikgarten class ideal for children birth through age three. No tickets are required for this free drop-in event!


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Post date: Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:21pm

Have you driven by the Library after dark recently? If so you probably noticed that there is a blue glow. That is because we have have joined the "Light It Up Blue!" autism awareness campaign.

blue lit library

If you'd like more information about Autism Speaks, Light It Up Blue or Autism Awareness Month, click here.

blue light

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Post date: Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:11pm