Information and Reader Services

      The Reference Librarians at Highland Park Public Library are happy to help you with any research project. We can:
      • Show you how to use electronic resources
      • Assist you in obtaining materials from other libraries
      • Guide you through the overwhelming sources of information on the Internet
      • Help you identify books and journals appropriate to your subject

      From the Reference Desk

      History in the Headlines: Kristallnacht as reported in 1938

      The front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 9, 2013 featured a story commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

      The library's Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper and New York Times Historical Newspaper online resources allow you to see how this horrific event was reported in real time to readers in 1938.   Take a look and see why journalism is called "the rough first draft of history!"

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      Online Resource of the Week: NovelistPlus

      Phew!  After a brief respite, we're back with our feature, Online Resource of the Week.  This week, it's NovelistPlus!  Calling all bibliophiles!!!

      NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-8 are the go-to resources for readers advisory in both fiction and nonfiction.  Just some of the things you can do on NovelistPlus:

      • Get recommended reads lists based on reader age and subject interest
      • Locate author read-alikes
      • Get recommendations based on previously-read books
      • View lists of award-winning titles
      • Create your own account on Novelist, where you can create and save your own lists or authors or titles
      • View and save/print lists of book series, so you can make sure you read the series in order and that you haven't missed a title!

      Need material for your book club?  Novelist also has book discussion guides with brief background material on the author, a summary of the book, and suggested discussion questions.

      For teachers, NovelistPlus K-8 offers curriculum-based book lists and annotated bibliographies.  And don't miss the book talks and book discussion guides, too, and the picture book "extender" activities you can use for after you read to the kids.  NovelistPlus also allows you to search on lexile range.

      Even more, NovelistPlus offers an advanced search tool so powerful it goes to 11!  You can conduct a search based on an author's nationality and/or cultural identity, publication date range, audience age, grade level, fiction/nonfiction, award-winners, etc.  And most books include reviews from such sources as Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

      How do you access NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-9?  Go to our Online Resources page and locate the resource under "Books".  Or click here to directly access the landing page for NovelistPlus.  Enter your HPPL card number, without spaces, and you're in!

      Questions about using NovelistPlus or any of our online resources?  Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at

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