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"Unleash Your Creativity" with Sara Fujimura

2024-01-18 18:30:00 2024-01-18 19:30:00 America/Chicago "Unleash Your Creativity" with Sara Fujimura Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium

Thursday, January 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-01-18 18:30:00 2024-01-18 19:30:00 America/Chicago "Unleash Your Creativity" with Sara Fujimura Sign up for a high-energy, lightning-fast, and collaborative writing workshop led by published author, Sara Fujimura! Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium

Highland Park Public Library

Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium

Sign up for a high-energy, lightning-fast, and collaborative writing workshop led by published author, Sara Fujimura!

Do you suffer from writer’s block? Learn how to get unstuck by using music to paint vivid pictures in your brain. From techno to classical to movie theme songs, Sara has music guaranteed to inspire even the most petulant of muses. You'll also create a soundtrack representing the different stages of your life to help you reconnect with your past and mine it for story gems.

Sara Fujimura (Foo-gee-moo-rah) is the American half of her bicultural Japanese-American family and spends about a month each summer in Japan with her now-adult children. She started as a journalist, so it is no surprise that Sara’s young adult books contain a lot of facts to go along with the fiction. Whether you want to know about Japan (TANABATA WISH), the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (BREATHE), what it’s like to be an Olympic-caliber skater (EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T), or how unscripted television works (FAKING REALITY), Sara takes readers on swoony journeys to unusual places. She is a creative writing teacher and literacy advocate who is excited to support the next generation of authors. If you go to anime cons, you may also see Sara as her alter ego, The Obento Lady. She is an active member of SCBWI.

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T was named an NPR Best Book of 2020.

www.sarafujimura.com

Join us at the library in the Lower-Level Meeting Room.

Registration required

Questions? Contact the Information & Reader Services Department at hppla@hplibrary.org. 

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Discussion | Community | Books & Authors |

TAGS: | young writers | Education | creative writing | Community |

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Wed, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Wed, Feb 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Thu, Feb 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Thu, Feb 22, 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Thu, Feb 22, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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Thu, Feb 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Fri, Feb 23, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Sat, Feb 24, 9:30am - 1:30pm
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The Friends of the Library's used book sale will take place on Saturdays in the lower-level lobby from 9:30am-1:30pm. Venta de libros los jueves en el vestíbulo del nivel inferior de 9:30am a 1:30pm.

Sat, Feb 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Mon, Feb 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
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Mon, Feb 26, 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Mon, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Tue, Feb 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Tue, Feb 27, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Tue, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Tue, Feb 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Wed, Feb 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Wed, Feb 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
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Thu, Feb 29, 9:30am - 8:30pm
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Thu, Feb 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Thu, Feb 29, 11:00am - 4:00pm
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The Friends of the Library's used book sale will take place on Thursdays in the lower-level lobby from 11am-4pm. Venta de libros los jueves en el vestíbulo del nivel inferior de 11am a 4pm.

Thu, Feb 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Fri, Mar 01, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Sat, Mar 02, 9:30am - 1:30pm
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The Friends of the Library's used book sale will take place on Saturdays in the lower-level lobby from 9:30am-1:30pm. Venta de libros los jueves en el vestíbulo del nivel inferior de 9:30am a 1:30pm.

Sun, Mar 03, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Mon, Mar 04, 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Mon, Mar 04, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Mon, Mar 04, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
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Tue, Mar 05, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Tue, Mar 05, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Tue, Mar 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Wed, Mar 06, 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Thu, Mar 07, 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Tue, Mar 12, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Tue, Mar 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
¿Hablas español? Join us for Spanish Conversation - Participe en el grupo de conversación en español.

Tue, Mar 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library
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Registration is now closed

Tue, Mar 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
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Wed, Mar 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Thu, Mar 14, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Thu, Mar 14, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Highland Park Public Library
The Friends of the Library's used book sale will take place on Thursdays in the lower-level lobby from 11am-4pm. Venta de libros los jueves en el vestíbulo del nivel inferior de 11am a 4pm.

Thu, Mar 14, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Library U

Fri, Mar 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Step into the world of 3D printing and get started with this hands-on program where you will be able to explore the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs.
Registration opens Monday, March 4 2024 at 9:00am

Fri, Mar 15, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Sun, Mar 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
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Mon, Mar 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
This group is for adults with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities, run in conjunction with local groups. We listen to and discuss a short story each session.

Mon, Mar 18, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Activity Room
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Mon, Mar 18, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
A Memory Cafe is a safe space and social gathering place for individuals and loved ones or caregivers who live with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimers, or other dementias.

Mon, Mar 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
Library U
This event is full

Tue, Mar 19, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Join us on Tuesdays for your semi-monthly rendezvous with technology. This program takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month

Tue, Mar 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
¿Hablas español? Join us for Spanish Conversation - Participe en el grupo de conversación en español.

Tue, Mar 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
Memoir Writing 6:30-8:30pm in Meeting Room 8
Registration is now closed

Tue, Mar 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
The Library Board of Trustees regularly meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except where indicated otherwise.

Wed, Mar 20, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 8
Library U

Wed, Mar 20, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 3
Drop in to grab a snack and craft! Join us in the library in Meeting Room #3. ~ ~ ¡Ven por una botana y a hacer manualidades! Ven a la sala de reuniones #3.

Wed, Mar 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Brenner Room
Book Discussion. Davis Schneiderman, Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion of How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair.

Wed, Mar 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us on Zoom for a special event with Ruth E. Carter, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer.
Register

Thu, Mar 21, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Library U

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland Park Public Library - Activity Room
Join Miss Kelly in the Activity Room for a musical storytime where you can make lots of noise. For ages 18 months - 3 years. Registration not required but space is limited. Check in at Youth desk.

Thu, Mar 21, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Highland Park Public Library
The Friends of the Library's used book sale will take place on Thursdays in the lower-level lobby from 11am-4pm. Venta de libros los jueves en el vestíbulo del nivel inferior de 11am a 4pm.

Thu, Mar 21, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Activity Room
Join Miss Kelly in the Activity Room for a musical storytime where you can make lots of noise. For ages 18 months - 3 years. Registration not required but space is limited. Check in at Youth desk.

Thu, Mar 21, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Library U

Thu, Mar 21, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Activity Room
Graphic novel fans in grades 1 - 3, join us for discussion, fun activities, and unique crafts as we share the best, the worst, and everything in between of graphic novels. Registration required.
Registration opens Thursday, February 22 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Mar 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Meeting Room 4
Library U

Thu, Mar 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Named one of the most-anticipated books of 2024 by "Entertainment Weekly," "Chicago Review of Books," "Elle," the "Today Show," and more.

Canceled
Fri, Mar 22, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Highland Park Public Library
Blood Drive 10am-4pm in the LL Meeting Room.

Fri, Mar 22, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Highland Park Public Library - Lower-Level Meeting Room/Auditorium
Donate blood with Vitalant and get some sweet rewards! ¡Done sangre con Vitalant y gane premios dulces!

Fri, Mar 22, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland Park Public Library - Activity Room
Join our 3D printing club!
Registration opens Monday, March 11 2024 at 9:00am