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Highland Park Public Library


Edward Kelsey Moore — The Supremes Sing The Happy Heartache Blues

The bestselling author of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat discusses his new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. Vibrant characters who have each survived trouble must now learn fully how to live.

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing and raffle for free lawn passes to Ravinia classical concerts!

Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Discussions with Davis — The Waves

Davis Schneiderman, professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads a discussion of The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, often considered her masterpiece.

Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m.

Local Author Festival

Authors who live, work, or study in Highland Park – meet and greet readers and sell your books. Register at

Saturday, October 14, 1 - 4 p.m.

Presented with East on Central. Funded by a grant from YEA! Highland Park and the Highland Park Community Foundation.


Behind The Scenes Of The Art Institute Of Chicago's New Exhibit – Gauguin: Artist As Alchemist

The museum's current exhibition on Paul Gauguin is the first to examine the artist’s radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his achievements not only as a painter, but also as a sculptor, printmaker, and decorator. Join the Art Institute's Allison Perelman for a discussion on the important themes and artworks of the show and how they were brought to life in the galleries.

Wednesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.

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


Chicago YIVO Society Summer Festival Of Yiddish Culture @ The Library

Cantor Pavel Roytman performs the story of how he became a cantor in America. This program is part of the YIVO Society Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture.

Tuesday, July 18, 2 p.m.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Tuesdays, 1 - 3 p.m. and Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

Stop Hackers Before They Stop You

Learn about hackers, their tools and motives, and how to protect yourself and your business. Presented by SCORE Chicago, a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business.

Enter a raffle to win free lawn passes to Ravinia classical concerts!

Monday, July 17, 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.


Summer 3D Printing Club

Create your own 3D designs to submit for printing on the Library's 3D printer.

Fridays, July 7, 21, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Ages 9 - 13

Registration required. Register here.

Bring Your Family Stories to Life

Bring mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles, and cousins to the Library's Digital Media Lab. Use our equipment to record up to 45 minutes of your family's stories. We will upload your stories to the Internet Archive and give you a copy of your electronic recording and a group photo of your family's participants.


Want to make it more special? Sign up afterwards for a Book-a-Librarian session to learn to edit your recording, add family photos and/or video, and other sound files to turn your recording into a masterpiece.

Tuesday, July 18, 1:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here for a 45-minute slot.


Minecraft Mondays!

Mondays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Drop-In Games

Play an assortment of board, card, and party games (chess included).

Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 7 - 14


Meet Morphi Super Awesome 3D Modeler

Designing 3-D models is as easy as dragging and dropping geometric shapes onto the build grid. Meet Morphi, a creation tool that can be used anywhere by anyone.

Tuesday, July 11, 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, July 27, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Ages 8 - 12.

Registration required. Register here.


Library Camp: Into The Woods, Summer Reading and Learning, June 10 - August 5

Newborns - Entering 9th Grade


Read books and earn prizes by coming to the Library to talk about the books you’ve read.

Sign up here to get book suggestions and log your reading.

Babies and toddlers, register in the Youth Department or at storytime.


Learn with Library Scouts: Trailblazers

Library Scouts is an independent learning program that encourages kids to follow their curiosity on a trail of knowledge and creation. Kids learn, create, and share what they’ve learned or made to earn a badge.

Stop by the Youth Services desk to get started on a Trail Map.

Show off what you’ve learned at the Library Scouts Showcase!

Library Scouts Showcase

Earn a Library Scout badge by sharing a new skill, knowledge, or creation.

Registration required. Register here by July 6.

Thursday, July 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The August 6 Library Scouts Showcase has been canceled.


T-Rexplorers: Dinosaur Discovery

Explore the world of dinosaur science and paleontology with an experienced dinosaur fossil hunter!

Saturday, July 15, 1 - 2:15 p.m. Ages 6 - 12

Middle School Book Talk Club

Come talk about some of the books you’ve read this summer and get recommendations for your next read from other middle school students. Bring the best thing you’ve read recently and we’ll provide the snacks. Library Camp readers earn 200 points for attending.

Tuesday, July 18, 7 - 8 p.m.

Entering Grades 6 - 9


Enjoy 45 minutes of musical play! Presented by the Music Institute of Chicago.

Wednesday, July 26
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Ages Newborn - 18 months, accompanied by an adult
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Ages 19 months - 3 years, accompanied by an adult

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The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library thank you for the donations of gently used books, but ask for no donations until Friday, July 7.