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Consider The Source: All Information Is Not Created Equal

Distortion is a powerful tactic used by websites to mislead the public. Images, videos, and text can be chopped, twisted, and stuffed into a new headline to fit an inflammatory new narrative. Learn more about the recent proliferation of fake news and walk away with fact-checking tools of the trade you can use to identify misinformation.

Thursdays, January 5 or 19, 7 p.m.



Meet The Author: Ronald Balson, Karolina's Twins

Inspired by true events, Balson's book tells the story of a Holocaust survivor's quest to fulfill a promise made to a friend long ago — to return to Poland and find two sisters lost during the war. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by The Sheridan at Green Oaks


Jeremy McCarter — Hamilton: The Revolution

Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foundation

Lisa Napoli — Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made The McDonald’s Fortune And The Woman Who Gave It All Away

Wednesday, February 8, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center
Sponsored by the Sheridan at Green Oaks

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2 p.m.

Handmade at HP Library With Workshop

Workshop, Highland Park’s studio for handmade crafts, comes to the Library to teach a jewelry making class for adults! Make a wrap bracelet to wear home or give as a gift.

Wednesday, January 25, 7 p.m.


Special Screening: Being Mortal

Based on New Yorker writer and surgeon Atul Gawande's bestselling book, the documentary delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. Following the screening, JourneyCare, a hospice and palliative care organization, will lead a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals.

Wednesday, January 11, 7 p.m.

The screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

Like Water for Chocolate Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces the film, part of the Magical Realism in Film series, and leads a discussion after the showing. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Coming in February — Indignation Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion on the film, based on the bestselling novel by Philip Roth.

Wednesday, February 1, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

King John Theatrical Reading

Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago perform a theatrical reading of this sweeping historical saga of war and political intrigue. A discussion with the cast follows the performance.

Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

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.


How To Choose and Buy the Right Franchise

Learn which type of franchises might be right for you and if you are right for franchising in this overview of franchising. A SCORE workshop presented by Bob Strauss.

SCORE is a non profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business.

Monday, January 23, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Presented with the City of Highland Park's Office of Economic Development and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.

One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26
5 - 8 p.m.

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

Presented with the City of Highland Park’s Office of Economic Development and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.


Social Media: Privacy

Perform a social media privacy check, find out about your own settings, and learn how to adjust privacy options in sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

Wednesday, January 25, 2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Digitize Your VHS and Video Cassettes

Drop in and learn about the process.

Tuesday, January 10
6 - 7 p.m.

Send me a reminder email.

Streaming TV Shows, Movies, Music, and Audiobooks with Hoopla

Learn how you can use Hoopla to stream or download popular movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks on iPad/Android tablets, smartphones, or your computer. Please bring your device and know your account information for downloading apps.

Wednesday, January 18
10 - 11 a.m.

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LEGO Robotics for Adults

Join us for a hands-on program using LEGO Mindstorms, a robotics kit that allows you to program and command a Lego robot. Basic computer knowledge is required.

Tuesdays, January 3 or 17
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Cloud Storage: iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox

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, January 4
2 - 3 p.m. or
Wednesday, January 11
10 - 11 a.m.

Registration required. Register here.

100 iOS Tips and Tricks

Learn about Apple’s iOS 10 and discover essential tips and tricks to increase your productivity, save time, and enjoy fun new features on your iPhone or iPad.

Monday, January 9
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Voice Assistant: iOS & Android

Discover new ways to use at Siri, Cortana, or Google Now, great features now standard on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Tuesday, January 10
6 - 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Social Media: YouTube

Discover more ways to use YouTube and learn about channels, subscriptions, playlists, and more!

Tuesday, January 24
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Social Media: Facebook

Learn how to create, use, and maintain a personal Facebook page. Learn about companies', organizations', or group pages, too.

Tuesday, January 31
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


3D Printing Club

Create your own 3D designs to print on the Library’s 3D printer.

Friday, January 13
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Registration required. Register here.

Programming: Python

Find out more about this powerful programming language and learn how to define variables, perform calculations, and create simple loops.

Friday, January 20
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.



Saturdays, January 14 & 28

Minecraft: Block by Block
Ages 9 - 12

Build Highland Park!

Minecraft Club — Ages 9 - 12

Minecraft Club, Jr. — Ages 6 - 8

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Board? Games!

The new gaming get together for adults. Scrabble, chess/checkers, the "Game of the Week," and a selection of other games will be available.

January 4, 11, 18, 25
4 - 6 p.m.

Highland Park Anime and Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, and enjoy snacks.

Thursday, January 26
3 - 5:30 p.m.
Grades 6 - 12

Send me a reminder email.

Drop-In Chess

Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 5 - 14


Kids Events

Kid Lit Fest & iRead Kick-Off

Kick off District 112 Education Foundation’s annual read-a-thon at the Library or stop by and meet an author!

Saturday, January 7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Meet These Authors!

Books will be available for sale and authors will sign copies.

Find books! Listen to stories read by Highland Park teachers!

Watch nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione bring children's stories to life

Shows at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Decorate a bookmark! Snap a photo in the book cover photo booth!

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Rubber Ducky Day

Celebrate Rubber Ducky Day with games and crafts!

Friday, January 13, 2 - 3 p.m.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Saturday, January 21, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Winter Storytime Sessions

Winter storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in January.

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