Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin Exhibit

View this special exhibit that focuses on the world’s largest fresh water asset and the environmental restoration and economic renewal of the cities and ecosystem around it including six miles of Highland Park shoreline. The exhibit will be in the Adult Services Department through September.

The exhibit was designed and created as a public service by the Chicago office of the international architecture and city design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.



Skidmore Owings & Merrill: Basin Communities and a Shared Vision for for the Great Lakes

Saturday, September 19 from 2-3 pm

SOM partner Philip Enquist gives a beautiful and engaging presentation on the background of the exhibit that the international architecture and city design firm created. Enquist has presented this Great Lakes Century Vision, the ideas behind the exhibit, in cities around the world. Enquist leads SOM’s global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group, and is the moving force behind its Great Lakes initiative.

Highland Park Responds

Sunday, September 20 from 2-4 pm

As a Great Lakes basin community, Highland Park has an important role to play in the sustainable use of the world's greatest fresh water resource. WBEZ's Jason Marck leads a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibit with local experts including Bertram C. Frey, acting regional counsel for U.S. EPA, and David Naftzger, executive director, Council of Great Lakes Governors. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's (SOM) Paul O’Connor, senior advisor and urban strategist in the firm's global City Design Practice, will also be included on the panel. SOM designed the exhibit.

Questions for the panel? Look for the signboard near the display to post your questions or comments about the exhibit.

Basin Information:

EPA: Great Lakes

National Geographic Information about BASINS

NOAA: About Our Great Lakes

NOAA: Great Lakes Basin Facts

Watershed Council

Interactive - games

Online Water Games

EPA's Water: What's Wrong with This Picture

EPA's Water Sense Kids

Kids Memory Game by Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Fun Water Games


What Kids in other Great Lake and basin communities are doing:

Children's Water Festival:

2015 Great Lakes Water Festival, held on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in May 2015. The festival for fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York learned “everything water.”


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Try Hoopla's New Action View

 If you check out an eComic from our free service Hoopla, you can now view it using Action View. This is a brand new technology that allows for both full-page and panel-by-panel views of any comic on your smartphone or tablet. This is a whole new way to read comics. 


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New Zinio for Libraries App Now Available

Did you know that if you have an Apple or Android device, you can download the new Zinio for Libraries app. This means you only need this one app and your library card number to log in for offline reading. There is no longer a need to create a separate account at Please note, this is currently not available for Microsoft users and Kindle users require special instructions. For more information, click here.

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Read Zinio eMagazines Instantly

Did you know that Zinio now allows you to read checked out titles immediately on your web browser. Using the Instant Reader for PC/Mac HTML5 Viewer, available as an option when you checkout a magazine, you can instantly view your checked-out magazines. This view is compatible with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and with Mac Safari. To get started, simply go here.

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DC Comics eBook Titles Now Available Through Hoopla

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.

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Shred Event with Electronic Recycling-- Saturday, June 27, 2015

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.



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How-To every day at the library

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!

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DASH for the STASH

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.

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. - See more at:

How to Pay Dash for the STASH

  1. Read the content of each poster. Posters are located in the Adult Services Department.
  2. Scan the unique QR code to access that topic’s quiz question (or use the URL below the QR code).
  3. Submit the answer via smart phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

Poster Topics

Contest Rules

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

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

Investing Web Sites

Investor Protection Institute

“The Investor Protection Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs.”

Securities and Exchange Commission

“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.

Office of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Securities Department

“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.”

North American Securities Administration Association (NASAA)

“State securities regulators serve the investing public in your state and play a unique role in their protection.”

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

“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.”

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Broker Check

“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.


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Money Smart Week April 18-25, 2015

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 to locate an event in the area, pick up a print calendar at the Highland Park Public Library, check out our website, 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.”

National Partners

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.

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Consolidated General Election

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 or by calling 847/377-2410.



Nancy Rotering

City Council (3 vacancies):

Michelle Holleman

Tony Blumberg

Paul Frank

Park District of Highland Park Commissioner (2 vacancies):

Lori Flores Weisskopf

Brian Kaplan

North Shore School District 112:

Unexpired 2-Year Term (1 vacancy)

Jacqueline N. Denham

Full 4-Year Term (3 vacancies)

Yumi Ross

Michael Cohn

Eric Ephraim

Township High School District 113 (4 vacancies)

Michelle Culver

Debra Hymen

George Spathis

David B. Small

Alena K. Laube

David Scott Greenberg

William Kerstein

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood Voters Guide to the Consolidated Election: High School District 113.

Early Voting

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.