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Looking for a beach read to dive into this month? Here’s what our librarians are recommending:

This Must Be the Place, by Maggie O'Farrell

You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, by Rabia Chaudry — Due out August 9

The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne — Due out August 9

The One Man, by Andrew Gross — Due out August 23

Check out these summer book roundups for more ideas.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words

Author John Mayer discusses his new book that chronicles the iconic theater company. In 1974, a group of young high school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the basement of a church in Highland Park. Thus began their unlikely journey to become one of the most prominent theater companies in the world. Through interviews with ensemble members, the book reveals the story of Steppenwolf's miraculous rise from basement to Broadway and beyond.

The event may include a virtual chat with Steppenwolf co-founder Jeff Perry.

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

Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m.


Davis Schneiderman, associate dean of the faculty and professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion.

All The King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

Wednesday, August 10, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2 p.m.

Used Children's Book Sale: 25¢ Each!

Stock up and find great values!

Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 1 - 4:30 p.m.


Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet

Named for Chicago's colorful Sunday morning Jewish immigrant marketplace, the band plays music inspired by turn-of-the-century immigrants whose Eastern European roots were replanted in the rich soil of early American jazz. Their varied instrumental and vocal repertoire includes faithful reproductions of 1920s recordings as well as fanciful reimagining of the original repertoire.

A Chicago YIVO Society Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture program.

Tuesday, August 9, 2 p.m.


Head back to school this fall and learn something new at Library U!


An Impressive Presentation Of Lovely Evidence: Underneath The Lintel

Chicago area theater Theatre Y presents this one-man show about a librarian who embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue.

Wednesday, August 17, 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park


Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 5 - 8 p.m.

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


The Idea of America Seminar

Join an ongoing discussion series and examine and engage in the great debate of law versus ethics-freedom versus equality — unity versus diversity — and common wealth versus private wealth. Developed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Facilitated by William Fireside, a former faculty member of Roosevelt University. Registration is required. Register here or by calling (847) 432-0216 X120. Pick up an information packet in the administration office after registering.

Monday, August 8, 15, 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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


3D Modeling Adult Meetup Group

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

August 13, 27
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

GIFs with Photoshop

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create animated GIFs from your favorite images or videos. No prior Photoshop experience needed.

August 17
4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Internet Blog

Create your own internet blog using WordPress. It is easy, simple, and free.

August 19
2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


Minecraft: Block by Block

Build Highland Park!

Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

4 - 5 p.m.

Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club

Saturdays, August 13, 27

2 - 4 p.m.

Ages 9 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Minecraft Club Jr.

Saturdays, August 13, 27

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6 - 8

Registration required. Register here.

Drop-In Chess

Saturdays through August 27

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.

Tuesdays, August 16, 23, 4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Image Restoration

Learn how to digitally turn your faded or scratched photographs back to their normal color and quality. The process is simple and only takes a few clicks. You can also get creative with a wide range of photo filters available. No experience needed.

Wednesday, August 3, 4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Video Editing Night - iMovie

Learn how to edit your home videos. Basic editing techniques, video and sound effects, and more will be covered. A beginning level class.

Wednesday, August 10, 12 - 1 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Lightroom for Photographers

Manage, organize, and edit your photos with Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to color correct, crop, apply filters, tag, rate, and even create a PDF book with your images.

Wednesday, August 24, 12 - 1 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Tech Terms to Know

The cloud, smart home, hashtag, streaming. What? New Media maven Juan Reyes avoids the use of heavy jargon and breaks down a gigabyte of 21st century buzzwords.

Thursday, August 4, 12 - 1 p.m. Thursdays, August 11, 18, 4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Computer Basics

Learn the fundamentals of computing — how to use the mouse and keyboard, how to open and close computer programs, and create and organize documents.

Thursday, August 25, 4 - 5 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Clase de computación

¿Nunca antes ha usado una computadora? ¿Siente que los términos de computación están escritos en otro idioma? Ven a la biblioteca y aprende acerca de conceptos básicos de computación. La clase es básica pero también puedes asistir si ya has usando la computadora y quieres aprender más.

Los lunes 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 de Agosto, 6 - 7 p.m.

Se requiere registración. Regístrese aquí.

Kids Events

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. Registration begins Monday, August 22.


Storytime @ Panera Bread

Storytime with milk and cookies!

Tuesday, August 23, 9:30 - 10 a.m. Ages 2 - 5

Registration required. Register here. More storytimes @ Panera Bread

Pokewalk Challenge

We're joining Downtown Highland Park Alliance's Pokewalk Challenge. Stop by to catch Pokemon, get a free badge to represent your team, and participate in a treasure hunt to catch a "real" Pokemon! Stop by our booth, too, at the Highland Park Kids Fair from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Port Clinton.

Saturday, August 6, 12 - 3 p.m. at Port Clinton


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