Did you know you can now read DC Comics on your smartphone or tablet using the Hoopla app. You can select from many excellent titles starring your favorite characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, or when they team up in The Justice League. You will also receive access to classic works like Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The Walking Dead. Simply go here and click on Downloadables.
Want to eliminate household or business paperwork, be green and protect your identity? Bring your documents to be shredded (3-4 boxes per person) and unwanted electronics to the Shred Event with Electronic Recycling co-sponsored by The American Enterprise Bank and the Highland Park Public Library. This event will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the American Enterprise Bank Highland Park Branch, 1725 N. McGovern St.
What Documents to Shred
• Bank Statements (1 year except for tax filings)
• Canceled Checks for cash or nondeductible expenses
• Insurance policies that have been renewed
• Investments statements (monthly, keep annual statements)
• Pay stubs
• Tax records (keep 7 years from filing date)
• Warranties that have expired
For additional information, see Managing Household Records.
Electronics Recycling List
Computer Equipment (laptops, desktops, servers, hard drives)
Peripheral Equipment (printers, fax machines, phones)
Monitors (LCDs- flat screens only)
Telecom & Networking Equipment (routers, phones, switches, network cards)
Mobile & Handheld Devices (cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, tablets, gaming devices, cameras)
Entertainment Equipment (stereos, DVD players, game consoles, cable boxes)
Items not accepted include batteries, light bulbs, televisions, box monitors or large appliances.
For a complete list of accepted electronics is listed here.
American Enterprise Bank
The American Enterprise Bank has generously sponsored the Library's Summer Reading Program.
We are so excited about the How-To Fest on Sunday, June 7! There will be 40+ awesome how-to demos throughout the library. If you can't make the fest, be sure to check out the library's vast collections of books, magazines and DVDs that will help you do anything you want. (See more)
From arguing, doodling, training a dragon, altering a wedding gown, writing the story of your life to almost any subject you can think of, every department of the library can help you out every day. Check out our great collections!
Wondering how to build your nest egg? Hire a financial advisor? Prevent investor fraud? Play DASH for the STASH an investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15 - May 15, 2015 as part of Financial Literacy Month.
The DASH for the STASH contest works much like a scavenger hunt. But instead of collecting objects, players gather information and leave answers to quiz questions. To play, visit the Library and you will find the four posters in the Adult Services Department. Read each poster, access the quiz question and choose an answer.
The primary goal for the DASH program is to arm investors, particularly young investors ages 20–35, with the unbiased and non-commercial information they need to make crucial investing decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, investors having the knowledge and resources to find suitable advisors; avoiding investment scams, fraud and schemes; realizing and evaluating the fees associated with particular investments; and understanding the benefits and rules of tax-sheltered 401(k) and IRA tools.
How to Pay Dash for the STASH
- Read the content of each poster. Posters are located in the Adult Services Department.
- Scan the unique QR code to access that topic’s quiz question (or use the URL below the QR code).
- Submit the answer via smart phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.
No purchase is necessary to play. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing of eligible participants who log the correct answer for all four posters. Winner will receive the prize as $1,000 to open or add to an IRA, sent directly to the winner’s bank or brokerage firm for the express purpose of opening or making a 2015 contribution to an IRA. Winner must provide proof of eligibility to contribute to an IRA for 2015 and will not receive cash, nor any other form of payment in lieu of the IRA contribution. For IRA eligibility, check www.IRS.gov.
This investor education and protection program and contest is open April 15-May 15. IPI will randomly select contest winner(s) in early June 2015 from entries with all correct answers in each participating jurisdiction. Prize sponsors are the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and participating State Securities Regulators. The IPI and all participating states provide independent, non-commercial investor education and protection material.
For more information, visit http://www.iInvest.org.
Investing Web Sites
“The Investor Protection Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs.”
“The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.”“The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.”
Research publicly traded companies.
SEC’s site for investor education, including investing basics, researching your broker or advisor, and financial calculators and other tools for investors.
“The department is responsible for the regulation of the securities industry in Illinois and protection of investors by ensuring compliance with the law and investigating any complaints of fraud or improper practices.”
“State securities regulators serve the investing public in your state and play a unique role in their protection.”
“The mission of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is to foster open, transparent, competitive, and financially sound markets, to avoid systemic risk, and to protect the market users and their funds, consumers, and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to derivatives and other products that are subject to the Commodity Exchange Act.”
“FINRA oversees the people and firms that sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Simply type in your current or prospective broker’s name to see employment history, certifications, and licenses—as well as regulatory actions, violations or complaints you might want to know about. You also can get information about your broker’s firm. There’s no reason not to check.” Investor Tools.
Highland Park Public Library will be hosting two (2) programs during Money Smart Week® April 18-25, 2015 to help consumers learn to manage money wisely. These events are some of the more than 3,500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during that week nationwide.
Highland Park Public Library Programs
Identity Theft: Take Immediate Action (Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm)
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. This presentation by 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.
Game Plan for the Second Half of Your Life: Estate Planning (Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm)
This estate planning overview will coach you through the winning legal strategies you can use for a successful future using wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. This seminar will be presented by Kenneth M. Bloom, attorney, CPA, and partner of the Chicago estate planning law firm Peck Bloom, LLC.
Calendar of Events
Visit moneysmartweek.org to locate an event in the area, pick up a print calendar at the Highland Park Public Library, check out our website hplibrary.org, or call the Information & Reader Services (847-681-7031).
What is Money Smart Week?
Money Smart Week® (MSW) is a national education campaign designed to help consumer better manage their personal finances. The program consists of public and private partner organizations offering thousands of free classes, seminars and other educational activities. Events hosted by partner organizations including libraries, financial institutions, government agencies, media, and nonprofits.
Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, MSW began as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to 49 states, with more than 3,500 events and 250,000 participants annually. “Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy," says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”
American Library Association, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Planning Association, and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension.
On April 7, 2015 Highland Park voters will vote for Mayor, City Council, Park District of Highland Park Commissioner, North Shore School District 112 Board Members, and Township High School District 113 Board Members. Additional voting information is available at LakeVoterPower.info or by calling 847/377-2410.
City Council (3 vacancies):
Park District of Highland Park Commissioner (2 vacancies):
Lori Flores Weisskopf
North Shore School District 112:
Unexpired 2-Year Term (1 vacancy)
Jacqueline N. Denham
Full 4-Year Term (3 vacancies)
Township High School District 113 (4 vacancies)
David B. Small
Alena K. Laube
David Scott Greenberg
League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood Voters Guide to the Consolidated Election: High School District 113.
Early voting starts on March 23 and ends on April 4. The early voting site for Moraine and West Deerfield Townships:
Highland Park Police Station, 1677 Old Deerfield Rd., 847/926-1084
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Due to appropriation cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Illinois Department of Revenue have announced that each is limiting the tax forms that libraries will receive.
The Library has received IRS and Illinois tax forms. We have the following forms- IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms, a reference copy of IRS Publication 17, and Illinois 1040 forms and booklets. These will be the only forms and booklets the Library can order.
You can obtain your individual and business tax forms and publications are available in several ways:
- Printing and viewing forms and publications from the IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue web site
- Online ordering of IRS forms and publications. You will receive print copies via U.S. mail. (order early)
- Calling the IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue to order forms and publications. You will receive print copies via U.S. mail. (order early)
- Visiting a local office.
For help in navigating the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue web sites, printing forms and instructions, or online ordering of forms and publications, please ask a Reference Librarian.
IRS Tax Forms for Individuals and Businesses
The IRS announced that print tax forms available to libraries have been reduced because "IRS appropriations were significantly cut by the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress".
The Library will receive limited number of the following forms and publications:
- Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ
- Publication 17 (one reference copy)
- Reproducible forms and publications
The Library will not receive the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ instruction booklets or any other forms, instructions and publications.
IRS.gov Print and view forms, instructions, and publications online
IRS.gov/orderforms Online ordering of IRS forms, instructions and publications for individuals and businesses. You will receive print copies via U.S. mail.(order early)
(800) 829-3676 Call the IRS to order print forms, instructions, and publications. You will receive print copies via U.S. mail. (order early)
Visit an IRS Office (Monday - Friday from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm)
- 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 292-4912
- 5100 River Rd., Schiller Park, IL 60176, (847) 737-6688
Illinois Department of Revenue Tax Forms for Individuals and Businesses
The Illinois Department of Revenue will supply the Library with the 1040 forms and instruction booklets. All other forms, schedules, and instructions are available online.
Tax.Illinois.gov Print and view forms, schedules and instructions online
Calling the Illinois Department of Revenue to order forms and instructions. You will receive print copies via U.S. mail. (Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
- Individuals: (800) 732-8866 or (217) 782-3336
- TTD: (800) 544-5304
- Business Hot Line: (217) 524-4772
Visit an Illinois Department of Revenue Office (Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
- James R. Thompson Center, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, (800) 732-8866
- Maine North Regional Building, 9511 Harrison Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016, (847) 294-4200
Need additional help?
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older.
- Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield, IL 60015, (847) 572-2652. Appointment required.
- North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Rd., Northfield, IL 60093, (847) 784-6025. Appointment required.
IRS Tax Payer Advocate Service: Call (312) 292-3800 in Chicago.
Concerns about the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue appropriations?
Please direct your concerns to your Congressional or Illinois General Assembly delegations.
- Senator Dick Durbin, 711 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, (202) 224-2152 or (312) 353-4952, online contact form.
- Senator Mark Kirk, 524 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, (202) 224-2854 or (312) 886-3506, online contact form.
- Representative Bob Dold, 221 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, (202) 225-4835, online contact form.
Illinois General Assembly Delegation:
- Senator Julie Morrison, 119B Capitol Building, Springfield IL 62706, (217) 782-3650 or (847) 945-5200.
- Representative Scott Drury, 250-W Stratton Office Building, Springfield IL 62706, (217) 782-0902 or (847) 681-8580
NEW! Highland Park Public Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. Next session begins January 21. Learn more and register here.
Never stop learning
Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, or personal enrichment courses, Highland Park Public Library now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.
Gale Courses offers access to online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere, any place. Other benefits include:
- Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline
- Gale Courses is easy to use; you use your library account to sign up and log in
- With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round
Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone:
- Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing
The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. President Obama kicked off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a new call to motivate students worldwide to try the Hour of Code.
According to Code.org:
- Despite the fact that computer science leads to some of the most top-paying careers, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science
- Of the 3.6 million High School A.P. exams, less than 3,000 African Americans and Hispanic students took the A.P. computer science test.
- Of the 57% of bachelor’s degrees that women earn, only 12% of computer science degrees are earned by women.
- 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer science courses and 30 out of 50 states don’t consider computer science as a part of a math or science requirement for high school graduation.
Spend an hour exploring a variety of self-guided computer programing challenges:
Code with Angry Birds and Zombies.
Code with Anna and Elsa.
Code with monkeys!
Code apps on a virtual tablet.
Create a spooky interactive game.
3 new scratch activities.
Make a 2D action game for 2 players.
Microsoft: real coding in SmallBasic, the free programming tool.