red library u logoThe Library offers a special series of adult continuing education classes made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

Advanced registration and payment are required.  No refunds.  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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Have a suggestion for a class?  Let us know.

Introduction to Square Dancing I

Discover today's modern square dancing!  No partner required to participate.  This class is for beginners--couples looking for a date night or singles looking for a social outing.  You will learn about teamwork while working a real-time puzzle with seven other people.  The music you dance to is varied, ranging from the Beatles to current hits. Today's modern square dancing is great exercise for the body and the brain!  Instructor: Dave Mischler

Class meets Tuesdays:  May 1 - June 26 (no class June19)


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Introduction to Square Dancing II

This class is for those who have successfully completed Introduction to Square Dancing I.  Today's modern square dancing is great exercise for the body and the brain!  Instructor: Dave Mischler

Class meets Wednesdays:  July 11 - September 9


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Memoir Writing -- Spring Class

What's your story? Your life experience is the story that only you can tell. You don't have to be a polished writer to chronicle the story for all time! Examples of successful memoirs are discussed as well as techniques for organizing your thoughts and putting them on paper. Instructor: Jennifer Dotson.

Class meets Thursdays: April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7 and June 21


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Current Instructors

Simone Bloom -- Canasta

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

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  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.

Ruby Katz -- Film Appreciation **NEW**

Ruby Katz is a Highland Park native with a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She specializes in Film Theory, Aesthetics, and Style, with research spanning film history to film-philosophy.

Gloria Leal--Beginning Spanish

Gloria Leal is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico City, where she obtained a degree in Education with a Specialty in Spanish in the “Escuela Normal Superior de México” (Higher Normal School of Mexico). She has three years experience working with children and students of all ages. Her mission is to help her students learn Spanish as a second language.

Courtney Mayszak -- Food as Medicine **NEW**, Food Truths and Myths **NEW**

Courtney Mayszak, RDN, LDN has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University.  She is a registered dietitian nutritionist at Sunset Foods in Highland Park. 

Dave Mischler -- Introduction to Square Dancing **NEW**

Dave Mischler is an avid square dancer and instructor.  He is a founding member of the North Shore Squares, a dance club with over 50 members.  Currently serving on the board of the organization, he has been instrumental in guiding the success of the club and building its membership.

Juan Reyes -- Photoshop Elements **NEW**

New Media Associate, Highland Park Public Library

Irwin Silbernik -- Intro to Guitar

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.

Judith Sinclair -- American Sign Language for Beginners **NEW**

Judith Sinclair (Garneau), is a longtime resident of Highland Park. She holds an MA in Theoretical Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and an Advanced Interpreter License from the State of Illinois.  She has been teaching French and American Sign Language at all academic levels and to all ages for over 20 years. In addition to her years as Lecturer in French at Barat and Lake Forest College, she now serves as a professional Interpreter for the Deaf in the Chicago area.  Eager to share this un-spoken, un-written Language of the Deaf with her friends and colleagues in Highland Park, she offers a beginning level class in American Sign Language here at Library U.