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Highland Park Public Library, September 2016 enews

HP History Hunt

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Join The Great HP History Hunt!


Test your knowledge of HP History and embark on a geocaching adventure. Answer clues to locate geocaches (small containers) at 10 historic spots around town by October 7.


Get the clues here.

Use the clues to search the Illinois Digital Archives website. You’ll find thousands of historic images, documents, and maps of HP!

Find the coordinates for each geocache location.

Pick up a logbook at the library to record each geocache location when you find it.


Use your phone’s GPS or check out a GPS device from the library to enter the coordinates for each historic location.

After you find all 10 locations, bring your logbook to the library (by October 7!) to enter the drawing for a grand prize.

Prizes include a Fitbit, Apple TV, waterproof camera, Bluetooth headset, and more!

Discover more about HP history here.

Rare, historical materials documenting Highland Park history are now accessible online pursuant to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using state grant funds.

Presented with the Highland Park Historical Society and the Park District of Highland Park.


What's the Buzz? Great New Books For Fall!

Discover new authors and titles to add to your reading list. Librarians will "buzz" their favorite new and upcoming fall titles for adults. Books include both fiction and nonfiction titles. Advance reading copies of several featured titles will be raffled at the program!

Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.


Lauren Collins — When In French: Love in a Second Language

A language barrier is no match for love. Collins, a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered this firsthand when she fell for a Frenchman. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language, Collins wonders, as her relationship continues to grow entirely in English. Collins’s memoir is about the lengths we go for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages and what they say about who we are. Plumbing the depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes the frustrations and joys of learning and living in French.

Books will be for sale at the event and the event will conclude with a book signing. Enjoy French pastries, too!

Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m.

Presented with the Alliance Française de Chicago.


Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Tuesday, September 13, 1 p.m.


Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Davis Schneiderman, professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion.

Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Share your recommendations and pick up a free copy of a new or forthcoming book!

Tuesday, September 27, 2 p.m.


Elaine Dame Jazz Quartet

Jazz singer Elaine Dame, a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene, performs jazz standards with her quartet.

Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.



Northlight Theatre and The City of Conversation

Join members from Northlight Theatre's artistic team as they discuss the Midwest premier of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation.

One attendee will win a pair of tickets to the play.

Wednesday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.

Solar Energy Day

Thinking about solar energy for your home? A representative from the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) discusses current technology and its advantages to the planet and your wallet.

Tour the ISEA Solar House on display at the library, and explore local homes that are already reaping the benefits. Talk to the owners and hear how solar energy can be the right solution. Homes will be open from 3 - 5 p.m. Directions to homes will be provided.

Saturday, September 10, 2 p.m.

See what you can learn this fall!


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Small Business Workshop — Social Media 101

In this introductory session, SCORE (counselors to America’s small businesses) presenter Norbert Barszczewski, of JP NetQuest, Inc., covers strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities for your business.

Monday, September 19, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

More SCORE Small Business Workshops

Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register for a one-on-one mentoring session.

Social Media Instruction

Library specialists in the New Media department provide one-on-one instruction.

Email to register for 30 or 60-minute sessions.


Learn Stop Motion

Drop by the Digital Media Lab with a cut out drawing, toy, or other small object or objects and learn to make a short stop motion animated movie!

Friday, September 2
2 - 4 p.m.
Grades K - 8.

Tiny Planets in Photoshop

Learn how to turn your photos into eye-catching miniature planets. We’ll venture outside to take pictures then turn the photos into digital art. Bring your smartphone.

Monday, September 19
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 14 and older.

Registration required. Register here.


Minecraft: Block by Block

Build Highland Park!

Mondays, September 12, 19, 26
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club

Saturdays, September 3, 17
2 - 4 p.m.
Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club Jr.

Saturdays, September 3, 17
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 6 - 8

Registration required. Register here.

Drop-In Chess

Saturdays through December 17
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 4 - 14



The Cloud 101

Cloud storage or "the cloud" is one of the biggest tech buzzwords, but what is it? How do you get it? How do you use it? Have all your cloud questions answered and decide if you want to be part of the cloud.

Wednesday, September 7
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

BYOD Fridays

Bring your devices, and get answers to your computer and tech questions from the New Media staff. Pick up tips and tricks for all your devices or try out a Mac or Windows 10 computer, an iPad, a Kindle Reader, or a Windows Surface.

September 9, 23, 30
3 - 5 p.m.

Image Restoration

Learn how to digitally turn faded or scratched photographs back to their original quality. Try out photo filters, too.

Monday, September 26
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Share Your Photos

Learn how to share those summer photos from your smartphone, tablet, or computer with family and friends with services like Flickr, Instagram, and Google Photos.

Wednesday, September 28
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Photoshop Fundamentals

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and explore photo editing techniques to apply to your own photographs. No prior Photoshop experience needed.

Monday, September 12
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 14 and older.

Registration required. Register here.

Hands-On With Google Drive

Learn how to use Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides to create, edit, and share documents across multiple devices and with other people. Google account is required.

Wednesday, September 14
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Kids Events

Happy 50th Birthday, Brown Bear!

Stop by to play Brown Bear Bingo and make a Brown Bear puppet in celebration of Bill Martin Jr.’s classic picture book.

Tuesday, September 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, September 9, 12 - 1 p.m.

Sunday, September 11, 2 - 3 p.m.

Fall Storytime Sessions

Fall storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in September and October.


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