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April 2017 enews, featuring One Book One Highland Park
Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Read the Book and Join Us for a Series of Events!

Read The Book

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In America Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, April 1
2 p.m.

Book Discussions

Monday, April 3
1 p.m.

Thursday, April 20
7 p.m.

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Becoming A Citizen

A representative from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discusses the naturalization process and services that assist new immigrants.

Wednesday, April 19
7 p.m.

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Share Your Story Exhibit

Share your family's immigration story with this form here and view the exhibit

April 1 - April 30

Meet The Author!

Imbolo Mbue makes a special appearance at the Library to discuss her critically acclaimed book. In conversation with Davis Schneiderman, Lake Forest College English professor.

Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m.

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Know Your Rights

The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic presents an information session on immigration rights. Learn about actions you can take to protect yourself and your family. The program will cover DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), DACA renewals, screening to qualify for immigration benefits, steps to take to protect your children if you are arrested or detained, and what to do if you are arrested or detained by the U.S. Government.

Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.

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One Book, One Highland Park encourages families, friends, and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book.

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Sponsored by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

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Books will be for sale and the events will conclude with a book signing.

Chris Whipple — The Gatekeepers: How The White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Whipple’s book is based on extensive, intimate interviews with all 17 living chiefs of staff and two former presidents and is the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the American presidency has hinged on the effectiveness of the White House chiefs of staff. Whipple pulls back the curtain to expose how the nation’s levers of power are operated by these right-hand advisers, and the surprising extent to which they make the difference between success and failure in every presidency.

In conversation with Peter Slevin, associate professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and former national correspondent for The Washington Post.

Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.

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Eric Harrison — The Foundations of Mindfulness: How to Cultivate Tranquility, Attention, and Good Judgment, Modern Instruction Based on the Buddha’s Original Teachings

Eric Harrison, based in Australia, has taught tens of thousands of students how to meditate. His book is a translation and secular explanation of the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness — the original "DIY manual" on how to meditate and be mindful. Harrison's new translation and commentary, informed by a lifelong consideration of the Buddha’s original teachings, makes mindfulness more accessible than ever.

Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.

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Imagine Me Gone
by Adam Haslett

Skype with the author!

Author Adam Haslett joins via Skype for a portion of the discussion! Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin facilitates the discussion.

Tuesday, April 18, 1 p.m.

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More Book Discussions

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2 p.m.

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More Round Tables

Petra van Nuis Jazz Quartet

Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by YEA! Highland Park.

Guitar Concert With Rebecca Jasso

Fingerstyle guitar player, singer, and songwriter Jasso performs her songs written about the themes of love, loneliness, and fantasy.

Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by YEA! Highland Park.


Moulin Rouge Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus, College of Lake County, introduces the film, part of the Magical Realism in Film series, and leads a discussion following the screening.

Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Companion Services of America – Deerfield

Money Smart Week


Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week® is designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Special Needs Planning for People with Disabilities

Special needs trusts, the new ABLE Act, and related planning for families with disabled adults and children will be discussed. Presented by Ken Bloom, JD, CPA, Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC.

Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Identity Theft, Scams, Fraud Workshop

Learn how to identify potential scams and frauds, protect yourself against identity theft, and address concerns about being a victim of identity theft in this workshop presented by the Office of the Illinois Comptroller.

Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Investment Resources @HPPL

Learn about the investment databases the Library subscribes to — ValueLine, Morningstar®, and S&P's Net Advantage.

Saturday, April 29, 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

See what you can learn at Library U!


Disney and World War II

Film instructor Jason Sperb discusses Disney's contribution to the war effort as a prolific producer of hundreds of educational, industrial, and propaganda films during the Second World War. Film clips will be shown.

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

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


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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

Math Shortcuts

Exercise your brain and impress your friends and family! Math hobbyist Les Axelrod demonstrates easy calculation shortcuts — without using a calculator. Bring a pencil and paper.

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27
5 - 8 p.m.

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

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


3D Printing Club

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

Fridays, April 14, 28, 4 - 5 p.m. Ages 9 - 13

Registration required. Register here.

Digitize Your Media

Learn how to digitize your VHS tapes, printed photographs, 35mm slides, negatives, audio cassettes, and records.

Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m. or 6 p.m.

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Green Screen Photo Booth

Get your picture taken inside famous libraries from around the world!

Friday, April 14
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Meet the Silhouette Curio Cutting Machine

Learn to use the Library's Silhouette Curio cutting machine to make fun shapes, letters, and more to add pizazz to your photo album, scrapbook, car window, or art project.

Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.



Saturdays, April 8 & 22

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Drop-In Chess

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 5 - 14


Girls Gone Tech

Tech mentors from Highland Park High School will introduce girls to technology-focused art making and community collaboration.

Sunday, April 9, 2 - 4 p.m. Grades 5 - 8

Sunday, April 30, 2 - 3 p.m. Grades K - 4

Registration required. Register here.

What is Amazon Echo?

Amazon’s Echo is a speaker controlled with your voice and features a personal assistant called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems. Drop in for a demo.

Wednesday, April 26
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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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.

Tuesday, April 11, 3 - 4 p.m.

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Start Selling On eBay

Monday, April 3, 6 p.m.

The Cloud

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 your questions answered and decide if you want to be part of the cloud.

Tuesday, April 25, 4 p.m.

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3D Design for Adults

Step into the world of 3D printing and learn how to turn your ideas into reality. Basic computer skills are required.

Monday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Mobile Apps: Maps

Discover great online and offline map apps you can take with you anywhere you go. Learn how to download specific maps using Google Maps, find out about different transportation methods, and get public transit schedules.

Monday, April 10, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Mobile Apps: Calendars

Discover how to organize your day in a better way and keep your appointments and events flowing smoothly. Learn how to receive alerts regarding birthdays, important deadlines, and special events.

Friday, April 28, 4 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Share Your Photos and Videos

Learn how to share photos and videos.

Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m.

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Highland Park Historical Society PresentS:

Show And Tell: What's In Your Collection

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Kids Events

April Is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate With Us!

Poetry Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a hunt sheet at the Youth Services desk and begin your search for great poems. Turn in your completed sheet for a chance to win a magnetic poetry set. One entry per child.

Through April 30. Ages 5 - 14

Blackout Poetry Party

Come to our Blackout Poetry Party where we'll use markers and recycled books to make amazing poems! No poetry experience required. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 18, 4 - 5 p.m. Grades 4 - 8

Registration required. Register here.

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