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March 2017 enews, featuring One Book One Highland Park

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Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

The critically acclaimed novel tells the story of Jende Jonga, an undocumented African immigrant living in Harlem with his wife and son, hoping to make a better life for his family. The American Dream seems within reach when he lands a chauffeur job with a Lehman Brothers executive. After the company collapses in 2008, Jende struggles to maintain his job, and the reality of the situation forces the family to reevaluate their future in America.

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Saturday, April 22
2 p.m.

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Book Discussions

Monday, April 3
1 p.m.

Thursday, April 20
7 p.m.

In America Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, April 1
2 p.m.

Becoming A Citizen

Wednesday, April 19
7 p.m.

Share Your Story Exhibit

April 1 - April 30

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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MEET THE AUTHOR – Will Schwalbe: Books For Living

The author of the bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club, discusses his new book that’s a celebration of reading and a recommendation of specific books to help guide us through our daily lives. In each chapter Schwalbe makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours, with books by Melville, Dickens, E.B. White, James Baldwin, and more.

Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.

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The Houseguest
by Kim Brooks

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin moderates the discussion.

Tuesday, March 14, 1 p.m.

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More Book Discussions

Second Wednesday Book Discussion:
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

Davis Schneiderman, Lake Forest College English professor, moderates the discussion.

Wednesday, March 8, 7 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, March 28, 2 p.m.

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Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Woodwind Ensembles

Musicians of tomorrow from the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, a pre-college music school, perform classical music for woodwinds.

Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by YEA! Highland Park.

Ravinia Festival Season Preview

Welz Kauffman, President and CEO of Ravinia Festival, previews Ravinia Festival's coming season. Enjoy a scoop of Homer's Cappuccino Chip, Ravinia's signature ice cream, and view the Library's collection of Ravinia Festival posters.

Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.


Pan’s Labyrinth 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, March 19, 2 p.m.

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

Moonlight Film Discussion

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion on the film that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library

Ask The Organizing Experts

Just in time for spring cleaning! Jot down your biggest organizing challenges and bring them with you. Professional organizers Bonnie Hillman Shay and Lauren Silverman will provide tips and techniques to help you achieve your organizing goals.

Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.

See what you can learn at Library U!


Sadie Garland Dreikurs: From Hull House Kid to International Renown, an Extraordinary Chicago Life

A world premiere of a one-woman show about Sadie Garland Dreikurs, a Hull House kid, and aide to Jane Addams, who went on to pioneer the field of art therapy. This program will conclude at 11:50.

Wednesday, March 15, 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.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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.

Small Business Workshop – Federal Income Tax For Your Business

Find out what businesses need to know about tax laws. Presented by SCORE Chicago, a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small business.

Monday, March 20, 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.


3D Printing Club

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

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

Registration required. Register here.


Balloon Animal Workshop

Monday, March 27
1:30 p.m.
Ages 7 - 14

Registration required. Register here.

Ozobot Lab

Learn and explore with our color-sensing robots!

Tuesday, March 28
1 - 2 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12

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Learn to Program with Scratch

Kids, bring a grown-up and learn how to use the free online programming site, Scratch, to program a video game.

Tuesday, March 28
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 4 - 6

Registration required. Register here.

Egg Drop!

Learn about the science of parachutes and then build your own egg-saving device from recycled materials. We'll drop the eggs from different heights to see whose will be the ultimate survivor. Observers are welcome to join us for the drop portion of the program beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 29
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades 4 - 8

Registration required. Register here.

How to Brickfilm — LEGO Stop-Motion Animation

Join us for a seminar in stop-motion animation using LEGOs! Learn to create a storyboard, plot line, and characters, and shoot your movie!

Friday, March 31, 3 - 5 p.m. Ages 6 - 12

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.

Fridays, March 10, 24, 3 - 4 p.m.

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Start Selling On eBay

Friday, March 3, 4 - 5 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 2 - 3 p.m.

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Voice Assistant

Discover new ways to use the voice-activated assistant, a feature that is on smartphones, tablets, and computers. We will look at Siri, Cortana, and Google Now.

Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m.

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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.

Thursday, March 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 4 - 5 p.m.

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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.

Mondays, March 6, 20, 6 - 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Virtual Travel

Join us on a virtual exploration around the world using 360° panoramic photos and videos. Virtually navigate to places like Egypt, Rome, Tokyo, Africa, Spain, and more.

Wednesdays, March 8, 22, 11 a.m.

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Become an Armchair Tour Guide

Learn to digitize your old travel photos, slides, and videos, and turn them into a presentation to share with others. A three-part series.

Week 1: Learn how to digitize your old photos, negatives, slides, VHS/camcorder tapes, and cassette recordings.
Week 2: Learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation and a digital slideshow of your adventures.
Week 3: Be the tour guide! Present your creation on the big screen in our auditorium for your friends and family.

March 15, 29, April 12,
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


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, March 14, 21
6 - 8:30 p.m.

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Scrabble Tournament

Do you know what a muzjik is? If so, sign up for our Scrabble tournament and play some words with strangers.

Tuesday, March 28
7 - 9 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.


Saturday, March 11

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Drop-In Chess

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


Spring Break, Spring Make: Minecraft Build-a-Home

Grab a pickaxe and start building your home in Minecraft.

Saturday, March 25
11 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12 - 1 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m, or 3 - 4 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12

Registration required. Register here for one session only, please.

Highland Park Historical Society PresentS:

Muirhead Farm: A Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Farm Home

Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Kids Events

Tot Travel to China — No Passport Required!

Little Lake County's 3rd annual winter playdate series comes to the Library! Toddlers and preschoolers will travel to China with a culturally-themed storytime and craft project. Language Stars instructors will utilize their proven play-based FunImmersion® techniques to engage your child in foreign language games and activities.

Monday, March 6, 10 a.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Presented with Little Lake County, a website dedicated to family fun in Lake County, and Language Stars, a provider of foreign language programs for children.

Moon Over Highland Park

View the moon and other objects in the sky with sophisticated telescopes and a kid-friendly telescope from The Lake County Astronomical Society. Drop by at any time and stay as long as you want. Kids will receive glow bracelets and astronomy stickers. The event will be canceled due to clouds or rain. If in doubt, call 847-681-7030.

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Rain date: Thursday, March 9

Sew What?

Come sew with us! Beginning and experienced “sewists” can make a huggable pillow to take home. All supplies will be provided.

Thursday, March 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Ages 8 - 12

Registration required. Register here.

Spring Storytime Sessions

Activities foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds.

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