We're celebrating with stories and words. Join us for these special events!

Chicago Reads

Sunday, September 9
3:00 p.m.




To celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary, Chicago Tribune’s Rick Kogan hosts an afternoon featuring literary and cultural figures from throughout Chicago reading from their favorite works of literature.  Readers include Elizabeth Berg, Billy Corgan, Jonathan Eig, Joseph Epstein, Aaron Freeman, Michael Halberstam, Welz Kauffman, Bill Kurtis, Donna La Pietra, Martha Lavey, Mike Leonard, Mary Schmich and Mayor Rotering of Highland Park.


The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe:  A Musical,
Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m.

Sunday’s festivities also include a special performance for children.

An Evening With Garrison Keillor

Sunday, September 23
7:00 p.m.




The celebration continues.  Noted storyteller, humorist, author, and radio personality Garrison Keillor speaks at the library. Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books.  Complimentary tickets are required for admittance and limited to Highland Park Public Library cardholders.  Cardholders can enter a drawing for tickets at hplibrary.org anytime from September 10 at 9:00 a.m. through September 11  at 9:00 p.m .

125th Anniversary Sponsors

The Library thanks the following for their generous sponsorship of the Library's 125th anniversary celebration:
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Whitehall of Deerfield


Paint Plus & More, Inc

Cari and Michael Sacks
Amy Wang, Quinn & Cailyn Douglas


Michael and Gail Brenner & Family  Mark Fine and Kevin, Merrill Lynch -Northbrook 
City of Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission  Trillium Foundation 


Media Sponsor 


Leah & Les Alexrod / My Kind of Town
Tours and Events
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management
Complete Cleaning Company, Inc. Keyth Technologies
Ralph and Nancy Mantynband Northern Weathermakers
Fred Orkin Jeffrey & Carol Lazar


A History of the Highland Park Public Library

View the 1930 Corner Stone Laying Ceremony


At the July 7, 1887 meeting of the City Council, a number of citizens presented a petition requesting that the council establish and maintain a public library.

On September 14, 1887 the Highland Park City Council adopted an ordinance for the establishment of a tax-supported public library and appropriated $260 annually for its maintenance.