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Jeremy McCarter — Hamilton: The Revolution

McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist, is co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of the bestselling book that chronicles the creation of the hit musical Hamilton from a performance at the White House to opening night on Broadway. McCarter was involved with the development of Hamilton from its earliest days off-Broadway and provides an up-close look at the blockbuster musical that became a national phenomenon. Included in the book is the libretto with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s annotations.

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

Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Foudation

Get Hygge!

Hygge, the Danish concept that’s loosely translated as "cozy," is trending in a big way. Come get a taste of hygge as we serve hot chocolate by the fire. The Little Book of Hygge, with advice on how to incorporate hygge into your life, will be for sale or browse our books for inspiration. For more about Hygge, read here.

Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.

A Night at the Oscars

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips shares his picks for this year's Academy Awards and shows film clips of the nominated movies and stars. Lucky winners will take home their own (chocolate!) Oscar.

Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.



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

Veteran reporter Lisa Napoli provides the first in-depth look at the passionate and tumultuous relationship between billionaire fast-food magnate Ray Kroc and his third wife, Joan. It's a sweeping portrait of the McDonald's story — from how Ray's billions were aquired to how Joan gave them away. Ray's death left Joan with a staggering fortune and she gave away billions to a variety of organizations. The book shines a spotlight on one of the most influential and mysterious philanthropists of our time.

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing and a McDonald's treat.

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

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

Book Discussions

Second Wednesday Book Discussion

Davis Schneiderman, professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads a discussion of The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure.

Wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2 p.m.


Black Oak Ensemble Residency

Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; and Goran Ivanovic, guitar; perform works by Piazzola, Granados, de Falla, Paganini, and local composer Armando Susmano.

Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m.

The residency continues with additional concerts on May 6 and September 10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


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

Big Fish 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.

Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m.

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

Theatrical Reading — The Changeling

Equity actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago perform a theatrical reading. The price for murder is never cheap, and never higher than what is revealed in this Jacobean classic from Thomas Middleton and William Rowley.

Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

See what you can learn this winter!


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.

Transitioning Into Retirement In The Post-Inaugural Environment

Financial services professionals from Blockwall Strategies, Inc. will discuss steps to consider for a smoother tomorrow including the timing of returns, the importance of asset allocation, and changes to be aware of with the new president. Registration required.

Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23
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.


3D Printing Club

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

Fridays, February 10, 24
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Registration required. Register here.

3D Printing for the Broken-Hearted

Alone for Valentine's Day? Come to the Library and design a 3D conversation heart which expresses your true feelings.

Tuesday, February 14
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


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.

Wednesday, February 15, 11 a.m.

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Introduction To Virtual And Augmented Reality

Learn how virtual and augmented reality technologies are changing how we learn, live, and interact with each other. Test two virtual reality experiences with the Library's Google Cardboard viewer and Microsoft Hololens. Space is limited.

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

100 iOS Tips and Tricks

Learn about Apple's iOS 10 and discover essential tips and tricks for your iPhone or iPad.

Monday, February 6, 2 p.m.

Monday, February 13, 4 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Start Selling On eBay

Friday, February 3, 4 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Online Safety Tips

Tuesday, February 28, 4 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Cloud Storage: iCloud and Google Drive

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.

Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Social Media: Twitter

Twitter is a social medial platform where users can share "tweets" or short bursts of information instantly. Learn more about Twitter and start tweeting.

Wednesday, February 22, 11 a.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Color Correct Your Movies

Have you digitized your old movies only to find that the color has faded or changed? Learn about the different programs available in the Digital Media Lab to restore the color.

Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

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Digitize Your Audio

Learn how to use the equipment available in the Digital Media Lab to digitize your old records and cassettes and clean up and edit your digitized audio.

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 p.m.

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Goodies and Games

Drop by for coffee, cookies, classic tabletop games, and fun! Play Scrabble, chess, checkers, backgammon, Yahtzee, All-Star Baseball, Careers, cards, and more.

Tuesdays, February 7, 21
6 - 8:30 p.m.

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Yahtzee Tournament!

Think you are the greatest Yahtzee player in town? Now's your chance to prove it at our Yahtzee tournament. Perhaps you will be the one to take home the coveted fuzzy dice.

Tuesday, February 28
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up

Registration required. Register here.


Saturdays, February 11, 25

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Drop-In Chess

Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 5 - 14


Kids Events

Girls Gone Tech Day

Girls — come together for an afternoon of technology-focused art making and community collaboration. Learn to listen, dialog, share, and vocalize, building confidence, self-awareness, group-awareness, problem-solving and peer support skills. Led by tech mentors from Highland Park High School. Space is limited. Registration required.

Sunday, February 5, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Ages 8 - 12.

Knitcraft Club

Bring your yarn and needles and come knit! Some supplies will be available to borrow. Librarians can help you choose a pattern or find a book about knitting. Adult knitters welcome, but should be accompanied by a child ages 8 - 14.

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ages 8 - 14.


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