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Library U is a continuing adult education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund. Advanced registration and payment are required.  No refunds.  Registration begins August 12.  Registration will close when the class is filled. If you have questions, or to suggest a class, please contact the Administration office by calling 847-432-0216 ext. 120.

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Beginning Knitting

 A hands-on workshop for those who want to learn to knit or need a refresher course.  Find out about why and what we knit, learn how to start, make a knitted project, and end a basic knitted piece using straight needles and plain yarn.  See how learning to make a larger piece can lead to bigger and more interesting beginner projects. 

Please bring one pair of straight knitting needles, 9" length, size 9 US; 100 g or more of a plain, light colored, worsted or chunky weight yarn; pencil and paper; and eyeglasses if you usually wear them for reading.

Class meets Mondays, October 21 - November 25

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor:  Anna Nowak

Learn to Play Canasta (for Beginners) -- Tuesday Afternoons

Canasta is a fun, social, and challenging card game. It is a partnership game that is played with two decks of cards. Each player should bring one deck of cards (with jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking.

Class meets Tuesdays:  November 12 - December 17

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor:  Donna Garfinkel

Learn to Play Canasta (for Beginners) -- Thursday Afternoons

Canasta is a fun, social, and challenging card game.  It is a partnership game that is played with two decks of cards.  Each player should bring one deck of cards (with jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking. 

Class meets Thursdays:  October 3 - November 7

Time:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Simone Bloom

Learn to Play Canasta -- Monday Afternoons

Canasta is a fun, social, and challenging card game.  It is a partnership game that is played with two decks of cards. Please bring two decks of cards with Jokers.

Class meets Mondays, November 11 - December 16

Time:  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Simone Bloom

Learn Canasta Strategy -- Tuesday Mornings

Improve your canasta game with strategy techniques and tips to make you a better player.  Each player should bring one deck of cards (with jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking.

Class meets Tuesdays: October 22 - November 5

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost: $30

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Instructor:  Donna Garfinkel

 

Learn Canasta Strategy - Thursday Mornings

Improve your canasta game with strategy techniques and tips to make you a better player.  Each player should bring one deck of cards (with jokers) and pen and paper for note-taking.

Class meets Thursdays: November 7 - 21

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cost: $30

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Instructor:  Donna Garfinkel

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Have a suggestion for a class?
Beginning French

This class is designed for beginning students and taught by a native speaker.  Learn the French alphabet, vocabulary, greetings and simple sentence structure along with basic grammar and pronunciation.  Class will also focus on reading writing comprehension.

Class meets Tuesdays:  September 24, October 1, October 15, October 22, October 29 and November 5

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor: Khadija Bounou

Beginning Italian

This class is designed for beginning students and taught by a native teacher. The students will be exposed to Italian culture, conversational skills, basic grammar, and pronunciation.   Learn the Italian alphabet, vocabulary, greetings, and simple sentence structure.    

Class meets Wednesdays:  October 16 - November 20

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor:  Sylvia Rota

Intermediate French

Completion of Beginning French or knowledge of the French alphabet, vocabulary, greetings, simple sentence structure, basic grammar, and pronunciation are prerequisites for this class. 

Class meets Mondays: September 23, October 7, October 14, October 21 and November 4

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

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Instructor:  Khadija Bounou

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Learn to Play Guitar

Designed to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary to be able to start playing the guitar in a very short period of time.  Learn to play a few basic chords and play along with a few songs.  Students are responsible for bringing their own guitar and guitar pick.  The guitars should have 6 strings and be in working condition. 

Class meets Mondays:  October 21 - November 4

Time: 7:45 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

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Instructor: Irwin Silbernik

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Designed to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary to be able to start playing the ukulele in a very short period of time.  Learn to play a few basic chords and play along with a few songs.  Students are responsible for bringing their own ukulele.  Ukuleles are available to check out from the Library.

Class meets Mondays: October 21 - November 4

Time: 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

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Instructor:  Irwin Silbernik

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Memoir Writing

What's your story? Your life experience is the story that only you can tell. Examples of successful memoirs are discussed as well as techniques for organizing your thoughts and putting them on paper.

Class meets Tuesdays: September 17, October 1, October 22, November 5, November 19, and December 3

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost-$60

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

Poetry Writing

Designed for both beginning and experienced poets.  In-class writing exercises will challenge your inner muse as we experiment with various poetic forms (rhymed and unrhymed) and sparks for inspiration.

Class meets Tuesdays: September 24, October 15, October 29, November 12 and November 26

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost-$50

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Instructor: Jennifer Dotson

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Current Instructors

Simone Bloom -- Learn Canasta Strategy, Learn to Play Canasta

Simone Bloom immigrated to the states from South Africa 18 years ago.  She has been playing and teaching Canasta for 17 years.


Khadija Bounou -- Beginning French

Khadija is a native French speaker.  She is passionate about learning and teaching languages and cultures. Her academic background is in French and francophone studies. She holds two MA's in French language pedagogy and in francophone studies. She has taught different levels of French language and topics on francophone cultures. She enjoys being in nature, learning something new, and spending times with her family and friends.


Trudy Cooper -- Learn Canasta Strategy, Learn to Play Canasta

Trudy Cooper graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology.  She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northeastern University and a degree in Administration from Loyola University.  She was an Elementary teacher and Reading Specialist.  She then became a case manager for the Chicago Public Schools.  She was on the adjunct staff at National Louis University.  She also ran her own interior design business.  Trudy has taught over 100 people to play canasta.


Jennifer Dotson – Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, Poetry Writing

Jennifer Dotson served as the creative writing and memoir instructor for District Township 113 Continuing Education for the past eight years.  She earned her BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, an MFA in Drama from the University of Virginia, and studied in the graduate fiction writing program at Chicago Columbia College.  She is the Founder and Program Director of www.HighlandParkPoetry.org.  Her poetry appears in After Hours, East On Central, Exact Change and other journals and anthologies.  Clever Gretel, her poetry collection received the first Journal of Modern poetry Book Award and was published in 2013 by Chicago Poetry Press.


Donna Garfinkel -- Learn to Play Canasta

Donna Garfinkel was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business and moved to the Chicago area.  Donna is a former teacher who loves to teach and play Canasta.


Anna Nowak--Beginning Knitting

Anna Nowak began knitting at eight years old. For many years she has been knitting intricate patterns for shawls, sweaters, vests, toys, hats, gloves, and socks. She also passionately crochets and embroiders (Richelieu, cross stich etc). Anna received her Engineering and Masters of Science degree in Quality, Statistics and Industrial Engineering from Technical University in Silesia in Poland. Knitting is her favorite pastime.


Silvia Rota -- Beginning Italian

Silvia moved to the United States from Italy with her family in 2003, where she practiced law.  She received a Master's in Law at Loyola University and also practiced law in Chicago.  Sylvia now dedicates herself to volunteering for local nonprofit organizations and the PTO.  She loves to share her native Italian language with others who want to learn and practice it.


Irwin Silbernik -- Learn to Play Guitar, Learn to Play the Ukulele

Irwin Silbernik received his BS in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1974, and his Master’s degree in 1975.  Irwin ran music programs for a small town in western Illinois.  He then founded the Silbernik Music Acadamy in Highland Park, IL and is now utilizing his educational and performance experience to teach guitar to all skill levels.