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Hamilton Preview

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning play, takes the stage in Chicago! Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones previews the play that took Broadway by storm.

Tuesday, October 4, 7 p.m.

Theatrical Reading — Henry V

Equity actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago perform a theatrical reading of one of Shakespeare’s greatest history plays.

Sunday, October 16, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Eye in the Sky Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion of the film.

Wednesday, October 5, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library


Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus, College of Lake County, introduces and screens the films. A discussion follows. Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.


Sunday October 9, 2 p.m.

The Visitor

Sunday, October 30, 2 p.m.

Brad Conroy Classical Guitar Concert

Enjoy a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

The Grateful Dead: A Two-Part History of an American Phenomenon

Two professors from Lake Forest College wax enthusiastically about, and play music from, the single most influential American rock group of all time, tracing the Grateful Dead phenomenon from the '60s to the present day.

Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, 7 p.m.


Meet The Authors! Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton —
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

When Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ellen Morton set out to write Atlas Obscura, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of wonder. Their book features more than 600 of the most unusual and fascinating destinations around the world. Dylan Thuras, co-founder of, the online destination for wonder and curiosity, and Ella Morton will share some of their favorite destinations.

Monday, October 24, 7 p.m.


Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasa

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.

Tuesday, October 18, 1 p.m.


The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

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

Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2 p.m.

HP History Hunt

Test your knowledge of HP History with a geocaching adventure! Locate the nine geocaches at historic spots by October 7.

Find out how to get started here.

Celebrate the HP History Hunt with these events!

Basic Compass Skills

Discover the lost art of using a compass and learn helpful tips and tricks! Registration required.

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Ages 7 and older

How I Use DNA For Genealogy Research

Learn about the "why" and "how" of DNA testing for ethnicity and genealogy. Professional genealogist Caron Brennan provides case studies and examples for incorporating DNA tests into family history research.

Saturday, October 8, 2 p.m.

See what you can learn this fall!

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My — What Working In A Zoo Is Really Like!

Rebecca Bearman, MSc, Assistant Curator of Birds and Program Animals at Zoo Atlanta, takes us behind the scenes and presents the down and dirty of a day in the life of a zookeeper. She will be accompanied by her furry, scaly, and feathered friends from Lincolnwood’s The Animal Store! Fun for the entire family.

Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m.


Tattoo — Field Museum Exhibit Preview

Alaka Wali, Field Museum curator of North American anthropology, previews the museum's exhibit, Tattoo, that explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time. The exhibit explores tattoos' aesthetics and artistry across cultures. The Field Museum's exhibit is the first time that Tattoo, developed by Paris’s Musée du Quai Branly — Jacques Chirac, will be on display in the United States.

Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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



Information to help manage personal finance issues with common sense.

Medicare: Make It Work For You!

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7. Learn how to make informed decisions about your Medicare coverage. Explore changes in your current plan and whether there are better options to suit your individual needs. Open Enrollment is also the time of year for mail and phone calls marketing health plans. Learn how to prevent being the subject of fraud.

Wednesday, October 5, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Presented by Gloria Reisner, Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program Counselor.

Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

October 6, 13, 20, 27
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.


Make a Tune

Stop by the Digital Media Lab and learn to make a short musical composition with GarageBand. No musical abilities required!

Friday, October 7
2 - 4 p.m.
Grades K - 8.

Send me a reminder email.

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.

Monday, October 10
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades K - 8.

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3D Design for Kids

Learn basic 3D modeling skills and design your own creations.

Mondays, October 17 & 24
4 - 5 p.m.
Grades K - 8.

Registration required.
Register here for October 17.
Register here for October 24.

3D Design for Adults

Step into the world of 3D printing with this hands-on class and learn how to turn your ideas into reality. Registration required.

Friday, October 21
2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


Minecraft: Block by Block

Build Highland Park!

Saturdays, October 15 & 29
3 - 4 p.m.
Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club

Saturdays, October 15 & 29
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club Jr.

Saturdays, October 15 & 29
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


Highland Park Anime and Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, and eat snacks.

Thursday, October 27, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Grades 6 - 12

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Meet the Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is the world's first fully self-contained, holographic headset computer, enabling you to interact with high‑definition holograms in your world. Try it out and learn about the exciting realm of mixed reality!

Schedule a 30 minute appointment!

Thursdays and Fridays in October, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Facebook 101

Learn how to create, use, and maintain a Facebook page.

Thursday, October 6
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Using Siri with your iPhone or iPad

Learn to use Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant. No device required.

Friday, October 14
10 - 10:30 a.m.

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Digitize Your VHS Tapes

Learn how to digitize your home movies and VHS tapes straight to DVD or to the computer for further editing.

Monday, October 17
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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Internet Medical Information

Get tips and suggestions for finding and evaluating medical information online.

Thursday, October 27
10 - 10:30 a.m.

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Start Selling on eBay

Learn how to sell items on this popular selling platform.

Thursday, October 20, 4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Manage Your iCloud

Running out of iCloud storage space and don't want to increase your plan? Learn how to clear out old, unused documents and free up space on you iPhone or iPad.

Wednesday, October 5
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Manage Your Google Drive

Google Drive storage running out? Learn how to free up space to make room for new documents, images, and other files.

Wednesday, October 26
4 - 5 p.m

Registration required. Register here.

Kids Events

Halloween Railroad

Back by popular demand! Model trains run through Spookytown. Some visitors will be able to "drive a train" and earn their "NCOG Honorary Jr. Operating Engineer" certificate. Don’t miss the special Thomas the Tank Engine track, too.

Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Presented by The North Central ‘O’ Gaugers Railroad Club

2 New Book Clubs Just For Kids!

Bring a book you are reading, have read, or want to read. Enjoy snacks and find new books to check out. Registration required.

Fully Booked

Wednesday, October 19, 4 - 5 p.m. Grades 6 - 8

Registration required. Register here.

Book Buzz

Wednesday, October 26, 4 - 5 p.m. Grades 3 - 5.

Registration required. Register here.

Fall Storytime Sessions


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