What's Happening in Youth Services

The last day to do an in-person report is Saturday, July 30th.

The last day to redeem online points/tokens and buy prizes is Sunday, July 31st. 

Teen prizes have all been marked down to half price for this week only, don't miss out! 

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Post date: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:23pm

Come to the Library or click on KIDS and SUMMER READING to get started.                                                                                                                          

Kids 0-14 can earn tokens or points to exchange for prizes until July 30th! We have a lot of amazing Highland Park sponsors this year - see all the exciting reading rewards that are available for elementary school students and middle school students - while supplies last.

We can't wait to see you at the Library! 

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Post date: Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:16am

We're getting everything ready at the library for a summer full of fun reading, workshops, performers, storytimes, and clubs! This year's summer program combines our traditional summer reading game with our new program Library Scouts to form Library Camp, which starts Monday, June 6!

Kids can log books online and come to the library to talk about the books they read to earn prizes. We're also offering a dozen Library Scout badges this summer in everything from Magic to Animals, and a full roster of workshops and programs to help kids learn, create, share, and earn badges!

You can start logging books and doing your in-person reports on Monday, June 6, but we'll celebrate the start of Library Camp this Saturday, June 4 at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Hope to see you at the library soon!

Click here for more information (including a downloadable Library Camp program guide).

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Post date: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:20pm

Are you a bookworm? Do you love making the community a better place by volunteering your time? Will you be entering grade 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9? Then consider being a Jr. Page at the Highland Park Public Library.

Jr. Pages will have an active role in handling library materials, tidying up busy program and library spaces and working on various library projects.

For more information and to fill out an application, please visit our Everything You Need to Know About Being a Junior Page page.

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Post date: Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:49am

We're excited to be launching a new program called Library Scouts!

Kids ages 6-14 participating Library Scouts will follow "Trails" to earn badges in 3D Printcraft, Bookcraft, and Stitchcraft. Hike over to the Library for an Orienteering session this Saturday, February 27 and learn more about the Library Scouts and get started on your Trail! Come for one, two, or all three sessions!

On each Trail, kids will:

  • LEARN about or EXPLORE the topic,
  • MAKE or DO something related to the topic, and then
  • TEACH or SHARE what they've learned or made with someone else.

3D Printcraft: 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn to use software to create your own 3D printed design!

Bookcraft: 12:30-2 p.m.
Turn an ordinary book into something extraordinary using scissors, glue, pencils, and your imagination!

Stitchcraft: 3-4:30 p.m.
Learn how to make yarn out of plastic bags and take home a pattern to crochet a sleeping mat!

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Post date: Tue, 02/23/2016 - 4:28pm

Thanksgiving break is almost here and soon perhaps your relatives will be too.  Are you looking for some fun family activities for Thanksgiving week? Be sure to swing by the Library and check out more than books, dvds, music, STEM kits, and magazines. We have tons of special events planned for the week.

  • Weather permitting, cross the bridge over our ravine and take a story walk through the Highland Park rose garden on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Remember, we close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and are closed all day Thursday.)
  • Stop by the BigTouch computer screen in the front lobby at 3:00 p.m. on Monday or at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday to see a Ukulele demonstration, then check out a ukulele and instruction book to bring home.
  • Anyone from nine to twelve years old can join us for Minecraft: Block by Block and help build a virtual Highland Park starting with the Library on Monday at 4:00 p.m. (Register here)
  • Third graders through seniors in high school are invited to drop by and work on their National Novel Writing Month project at our NaNoWriMo: "Come Write-In" Space from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Drop by Panera Bread at 1853 N. 2nd Street at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday for a Milk and Cookie Storytime.
  • Join us on Black Friday any time from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for Stitchcraft: DIY Gift Making and learn how to knit, crochet and finger-weave. We'll have projects and patterns at all skill levels for ages 6 through 14.
  • All ages can swing by for Drop-In Chess on Saturday from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. A chess expert is there to help you improve your game.
  • Kids from six to eight can sign up for Saturday's Minecraft Jr. and play on our private server from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. (Register here)
  • If you know anyone from age nine to twelve tell them to come to Minecraft Club and play from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. (Register here)

chipmunk thanksgiving

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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Post date: Tue, 11/17/2015 - 4:28pm

Halloween is in full swing in the youth department!


Halloween events coming up:

Halloween Railroad

Saturday, October 24: 9am-4pm

Model trains will run through Spookytown.

More info


Halloween @ the Library

Saturday, October 31 9am-5pm

Special activities throughout the day:

9am-5pm: decorate masks, take a story walk, play an "I-Spy Game" (Ages 8 and under), or do a mysterious scavenger hunt (Ages 9-12).

11am-12pm: Makey Makey an Electronic Graveyard. Registration required. For more info and to register click here.

12:30pm: Join us as we parade through the library trick-or-treating at each department or desk as we go. Registration not required. Come in costume!

2pm: Watch a Halloween movie! Registration not required.

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Post date: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:08pm
The first day of school is just around the corner and there's so much to do. To make life a little less complicated, the Highland Park Public Library will be on location taking applications for a library card at Peek Kids at Northbrook Court this Thursday, August 20 from 12-3 p.m.
Library Cards are free to residents living in Highland Park. Bring proof of address to get a library card right in the shop! We will share what is going on at the library, and answer questions as well. We hope to see you there!
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Post date: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:43pm

We want to hear from readers who participated in the Summer Reading program and their parents, too! Click here to take the survey and enter to win a prize!

The survey will be open until August 15. Five winners will be selected randomly from survey respondents who enter their name and valid email address in the drawing. Winners will be notified on Monday, August 17 and should come to the Library to claim their prizes no later than August 31.

Thanks for another great summer, readers! We're already looking forward to planning a fun program for next year!

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Post date: Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:38pm

Did you know that one out of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualify for the federal lunch program?

Unfortunately, during the summer there is no access to school lunches for most of those kids. This year Moraine Township launched a program to provide bags of breakfast and lunch items to qualifying students during the summer. They plan to distribute over 225 bags of of food every two weeks to kids in need for the entire summer vacation. They could use the community's help however in procuring that food. From now until August 15 the Library will be one of the places where you can drop off food donations. How about bringing something by the next time you come in to give a summer reading report?

Food Pantry Sign

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Post date: Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:05pm