Library News

Daniel Rosenberg wins Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project!

Highland Park author Daniel Rosenberg has won the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project for his debut novel, The Towers Still Stand. Nominated by the Highland Park Public Library and chosen from 66 novels submitted, Rosenberg's debut novel is a suspenseful and thought provoking alternate history of the September 11 attacks. Click here for more.

Now in its 4th year, the Soon To Be Famous Author Project highlights the power of libraries to promote self published fiction.  Books are judged by a panel of librarians. The library congratulates Dan Rosenberg and is pleased to have played a small part in his success.

 If you are interested, entries for the 2018 contest open in October.  For more information  on the project, see

The book is available for checkout from the library.

RFID is coming

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology makes it possible to check items in and out using radio frequency tags instead of bar codes. And it's coming to your Library soon!

How does it Work?

A radio Frequency ID tag is being added to every item in the library.  The information stored on the tags can be transmitted to the RFID antenna and read for item check-out and check-in.

The library will be installing new self-check machines that have the ability to read the RFID tags.

What are the advantages of this system?

RFID will improve customer service, staff productivity, and collection security.

Easier self-checkout – The RFID system will enable multiple item checkout, shortening lines and saving you time.

Easier check-in – The RFID system will allow faster check in resulting in faster turnaround and collection access for you.

Enhanced Security – New security gates have the ability to identify items that have not been checked out correctly before they leave the library; resulting in fewer missing items and more accurate shelf status.

Enhanced inventory procedures – will allow for the identification of miss-shelved items and get them to the proper place for easy retrieval.

Easier fine payment - Our new self-check kiosks will allow for payment of fines with credit cards or cash.

Does RFID effect my privacy?

                No. Patron information is not collected or tracked with RFID. The Library is committed to the highest standards with regards to patron privacy.

Will the staff be decreased?

                NO. We have plenty of work for the current staff at Highland Park Public Library. As we move forward with new Library services, you might see your favorite Highland Park Public Library staff member doing something new. Prepare to be delighted.

When will it be installed?

                We are busy tagging all 277,000 items in the Library. We hope to be done with this task in early spring and anticipate the hardware to be configured and installed sometime this spring.

Story Contest Winners

'We are pleased to announce the winners of the One Book, One Highland Park Science Fiction Story Contest. Read the winning stories:

Adult First Place: “Levitation” By Paul McComas
 published in Paul McComas' book, Unforgettable  (2011 Walkabout Publishing)

Adult Second Place:  "Hardwired" by Michael Pickard
 published in East On Central, Volume 4 (2005)

Student  First Place: "Day and Day" By Izzy Hall