Library Resources: Spotlight on Health & Wellness Resource Center

Our Health & Wellness Resource Center contains articles and information about medicine, health, and alternative health. You'll also find videos, magazines, pamphlets, health encyclopedias, and a drug and herb finder. Health information is also available in Spanish.

Click here for a guided tour through the Health & Wellness Resource Center.

The library's Resources page has many options for learning and entertainment, available at no cost with your library card!

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Happy birthday, Tobias Wolff

Author Tobias Wolff celebrates his sixty-ninth birthday today. One of the few writers of equally compelling fiction and non-fiction work, the website Biographile ( describes his style as "at once matter of fact and urgent."  

If his name sounds familiar, you may have seen the film version of his memoir, This Boy's Life.  Other books written by him include:


In Pharoahs Army: Memories of the Lost War - Wolff fought in the Vietnam War; this is his memoir of that time.

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

The Night in Question: Stories 

Back in the World: Stories

The Barracks Thief (a novel)

Old School (a novel)

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (short stories)

Celebrate his birthday by reading one of his books!

April 27th - May 3rd is Preservation Week

Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.


Bring in to the library your 35mm slides, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes and use the digital media lab to digitize and preserve your media. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a librarian to learn how to digitize your items click hereHere are additional resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to do when disaster strikes



35mm Slide (left) digitized in Highland Park Public Library Digital Media Lab courtesy Isadore Kaplan



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So many things have occurred this week - Passover, Holy Week, the lunar eclipse, a tease of spring followed by more snow - that National Library Week has almost passed by without acknowledgement.  But that changes now...




When you stop in to the library this week, add a post-it about your aspirations to the "wall of thoughts" (as featured on our Facebook page!) 

And since it is also National Poetry Month, here is a poem about libraries by Julia Donaldson, 2011 - 2013 British Children's Laureate.

Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn't matter if you're rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They're free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.

Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.

The librarian's a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there's a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you're bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author's written.

Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There's something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.

There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there's a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.

Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it'll still be here tomorrow.

("Library Poem" published in The Guardian, February 3, 2012)

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For Fans of Genteel Macabre

If you enjoy having your funny bone tickled at the same time you are being repelled, you might be a fan of Edward Gorey.


Gorey, born in Chicago in 1925, had a style all his own.  Loyola University Museum of Art has two exhibits of his work running from February 15 - June 15, 2014.  The library has many of his books in both the Adult and Youth Services collections.  If the exhibits leave you hungry for more, check out some of his books!


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Stream TV, Movies, Music & Audiobooks free with Hoopla Digital

We've just expanded your digital borrowing options with Hoopla Digital. For the first time, we’re offering music, movies, and TV shows to stream or download. Hoopla also has a great selection of audiobooks. Everything is available instantly; there’s no waiting! Hoopla is free – and easy to use. You just need a Highland Park Public Library card.


  • Borrow up to 10 items per month
  • Use movies/TV for 3 days; music 1 week; audiobook 3 weeks
  • No overdue fees
  • Music is loaned as complete albums
  • Includes content from major Hollywood studios, record companies, and publishers​​




On a smartphone or tablet, get the free Hoopla Digital app to steam or download. It works on Apple devices (iOS6 or higher) and Androids (Android 4 or higher).

On a computer, you can stream only (requires an Internet connection). 

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Tax Forms

The Library has received our shipment of the Illinois Department of Revenue forms (IL 1040 form, IL 1040 instructions, and Schedule ICR). The library has received most of the Internal Revenue Service forms, schedules, and instructions we ordered.


Internal Revenue Service:

Here is what we may have:

  • 1040 Forms
  • 1040 Instructions 
  • 1040A Forms 
  • 1040A Instructions 
  • 1040EZ Forms 
  • 1040EZ Instructions 
  • Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, EIC, R, and SE 
  • Other miscellaneous forms

IRS Forms Ordering Information:

  • Forms and Publications (Individuals & Businesses) - (800) 829-3676
  • Forms and Publications (Individuals) by mail - Order here
  • Forms and Publications (Businesses) - Order Form

IRS Help:

  • Telephone Assistance for Individuals - (800) 829-1040
  • Telephone Assistance for Businesses - (800) 829-4933
  • Refund Hotline - (800) 829-1954
  • Telephone Assistance for the Hearing Impaired - (800) 829-4059
  • Taxpayer Advocate Service - (312) 566-3800 OR (877) 777-4778

Local IRS Offices (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

  • 5100 River Road, Schiller Park IL, (847) 671-7541
  • 230 S. Dearborn, 17th Floor, Chicago IL, (312) 292-4912

Illinois Department of Revenue

We have been informed by the Illinois Department of Revenue that we will receive one (1) shipment (with NO reorder) of a limited number of the following:

  • 1040 IL Forms
  • 1040 IL Instructions
  • Schedule ICR

We are requesting people limit the forms and instructions to one form/booklet per person. All other Illinois tax forms and instructions are available online.

Illinois Department of Revenue Contacts (Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm):

  • 24-Hour Forms Order Line - (800) 356-6302
  • Taxpayer Assistance Lines- (800) 732-8866 OR (217) 782-3336
  • Taxpayer Assistance for the Hearing Impaired - (800) 544-5304
  • Business Hot Line - (217) 524-4772

Local Illinois Department of Revenue Offices (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

  • Maine North Regional Building, 9511 W. Harrison Ave., Des Plaines IL, (847) 294-4200
  • James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Concourse Level, Chicago IL., (800) 732-8866
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Don't Google when it counts

Don’t risk your business, investments, or class grade on sketchy research. 

Google is great, but when you want to be sure you have hard facts and authoritative information, the library’s premium online resources are the way to go. Premium resources are collections of professional-grade information, written, complied, and organized by experts.

They are:

  • Composed of published works where facts are checked and an editorial process is used
  • Well-organized, providing advanced searching that can help narrow a topic or suggest related subjects
  • Typically written from a neutral point of view, without hidden bias
  • Updated frequently and indicates the date of publication, so you can confirm how current the information is
  • Often available by subscription only

Examples include Consumer Reports OnlineLexisNexisMorningstar Investment Research CenterAncestry.comWorld Book encyclopedia, and others. The library subscribes to more than 60 such services, covering a wide range of subject areas including business, genealogy, history and geography, test preparation, language learning, technology and computers, health and medicine, auto repair, and more.

Access is free when you log in with your Highland Park Public Library card. Most premium resources are available from your personal computer or mobile device. For a small handful of these resources, access is limited by the publisher to in-library use only. Find the full list at:

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One Click Digital audio book service is being replaced

Attention audio book lovers: The library has decided to discontinue the One Click Digital recorded books service so that we may bring to you a new platform. While One Click Digital served its purpose admirably, the new platform promises a superior audiobook selection that can be accessed more seamlessly and on a wider variety of modern devices.

The library will be expanding its offerings through a recent partnership with Hoopla Digital -- a service that offers on-demand content for free -- and all you will need is a library card.

Through Hoopla, which will be launching in the coming weeks, card holders will be able to download audiobooks as well as movies, TV shows, and music. Unlike One Click Digital, Android users will be able to access these audiobooks through the Hoopla app.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Ultimately we are confident that this descion will bring to you a more valued and useable collection. Stay tuned for an officialHoopla launch coming soon.

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