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Changes are coming to the library’s digital music lineup

The library’s subscription to Freegal Music will be discontinued on December 16, 2016. Patrons will have access to digital music albums through hoopla and to physical music albums through our large music CD collection, which consists of over 10,000 CDs. Patrons may also access Music Online, which allows unlimited streaming from a broad range of collections and genres.

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Tax Season is Coming! The IRS Wants You to "Get Ready"

Everyone's favorite time of year is fast approaching. Yes, it is almost tax season! To make sure you are prepared the IRS has created a new site with info and links:

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Grammy Nominations

The 2017 Grammy nominations have been announced. See the full list below.

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Upcoming Film Programs

Two Oscar nominated films will be featured in upcoming programs: Wild Tales (showing on Monday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m.; discussion on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m.) and Brooklyn (film showing & discussion on Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m.)

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It's Not Too Late to Book Your Face!

Come to the Library from 3:30-5pm on Monday Nov. 14th - Wednesday Nov. 16th and we'll take your BookFace and help you submit it to our contest on the spot! 

Our BookFace contest ends on Family Reading Night! Don't forget to come vote for your favorite BookFace, meet Bad Kitty, and make a Harry Potter wand from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 17th! 

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BookFace Contest!

Book your face at the Library... win prizes and acclaim for your best BookFace! Submit your entry, and see some of the competition here. The last day to enter is November 17th! 

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Early Voting

Early voting has started with the Lake County Clerk's Office from September 29-October 21 (18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan IL -- 847/377-2410, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.) Expanded early voting will begin October Monday October 24-November 5. The early voting site in Highland Park is the Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road (hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.)

Lake County residents can vote at any of the Lake County early voting sites from October 24-November 5. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For additional information about voting, candidates, judicial ratings, the transportation lockbox Illinois Constitutional Amendment, and other election information, see our Election 2016 blog entry.

New Fall Book Clubs for Students!

We know most students have tons of activities and homework to do, so we're starting a club where they can talk about books and enjoy the company of other readers without having the time commitment of reading a particular book by a certain day. 

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Election 2016

On November 8, 2016 Highland Park residents will vote for federal, state, and local offices as well as an amendment the 1970 Illinois Constitution.

It's Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday!

We're always celebrating master storyteller Roald Dahl at the Library, but this week marks his hundredth birthday and even more reason to celebrate! Find out more about his amazing life in one of his autobiographies or check out one of the creative works that made him famous. You can also enter our Wonka-licious contest for the chance to win a Roald Dahl tote! 

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Property Assessment Information for Moraine Township and West Deerfield Township

Moraine Township and West Deerfield Township property owners will receive their 2016 Assessment Notices this month. The Moraine Township Assessments were published in the August 4, 2016 Highland Park News and the deadline to file an appeal is September 6, 2016. West Deerfield Township Assessments will be published in the August 18, 2016 Deerfield Review and Lake Forester and the deadline to file an appeal is September 19, 2016.

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Summer Reading and Learning ends July 31st!

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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An Address Change for our Notices

On August 18th, 2016, our notification center email changed If you receive email notifications, please update your address book or approved senders list to include to ensure you continue to receive email notices.

The Summer Reading & Learning Program is here!

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

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Library Camp: Summer Reading & Learning Program

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!

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PRINCE on Hoopla

Want to listen to Prince but can't find any of his albums on shelf? You can stream or download his music right now on your mobile device using Hoopla. All you need is a Highland Park Library card.

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Money Smart Week® (April 23-30, 2016)

Highland Park Public Library will be hosting two programs during Money Smart Week® April 23-30, 2016 to help consumers learn to manage money wisely. These events are some of the more than 3,500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during that week nationwide.

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Calling All Bookworms!

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.

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Need Tax Forms?

The Library has a limited number of the IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets and the Illinois 1040 form and Schedule ICR. These forms are in the Adult Services Department. Additional information about tax forms, please click here.

Upcoming film programs...

Bob Coscarelli's Screwball Comedy series continues Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m., with The Palm Beach Story, starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. 
Dick Adler will lead a discussion of Bridge of Spies on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

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Our One Book 2016 title made the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist!

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction just released this year's longlist. Among the many fabulous titles is our very own One Book, One Highland Park 2016 title, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Further proof that if you haven't read this novel yet, you need to pick up a copy now! Click here for more info on One Book events. 

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Oscar Poll Results!

Through out February we asked you to vote on who you thought would win at the Oscars this year. Here are your top picks from each category.

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Sones de México Ensemble on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

Hear them live @ the Library! Grammy-nominated group Sones de México Ensemble will perform a program showcasing musical styles from different parts of Mexico. The event will take place in the Adult Services Room.

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Primary Election 2016

On March 15, 2016, Highland Park residents will vote on the North Shore School District 112 referendum and select candidates for the November 2016 General Election for federal, state, and county offices.

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Check Out Zinio Today

Did you know we now offer digital magazines through Zinio, which provides digital access to some of the nation’s most popular magazines including Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Time, and more.

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Introducing Library Scouts!

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!

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Tax Forms Have Arrived

We have received a limited number of the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue tax forms. These forms are in the Adult Services Department. Additional information click here.

Play Your Ukulele Day!

February 2nd is Play Your Ukulele Day! A ukulele is a four stringed instrument originally made popular in Hawaii. If you don't have a ukulele, stop by the Film and Music Department and check one out!

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Tax Forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Illinois Department of Revenue will supply the Library with a limited number of 1040 forms and instruction booklets. We have received the forms and instructions from both the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue. (2/10/16)

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Novelist Plus Available Now

Looking for a good book to read, but not sure where to start? Try out our Readers Advisory database, Novelist Plus, offering recommendations on both fiction and nonfiction titles.

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Historic Bridge Awareness Month

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month.  Highland Park's Ravines and Bluffs require bridge building and maintenance.  The Archives hold many images of bridges old and new that connect us as well as the records of the City Bridge inspector @highlandparkhis

Thanksgiving Week Fun for the Whole Family

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.

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CMA Award Winners

The Country Music Association Awards were this week. Take a look at who won!

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Event Notifications

Patrons who have signed up for notifications about, or confirmations of, events happening at the Library, might receive an email requesting that they verify their email address. This email comes from Please follow the directions and verify your email address if you wish to keep receiving such notifications or confirmations.

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And the winner is

With 20.9% of the vote, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle won the first annual Favorite Banned/Challenged Book poll.  Published in 1962, winner of the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, this favorite of readers of all ages has never been out of print.

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New Music Highlights

Looking for some new tunes to listen to? Here are some standout CDs we've recently added to the collection.


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Check Out The National Geographic Magazine Archive

Did you know that you have full access to the online archive of National Geographic, 1888-present. Learn about history, geography, science, and other world culture or view the beautiful photography with this famous publication.

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Celebrate your freedom to read

Banned Books Week, September 27 to October 3, promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech.  This year, you can vote for your favorite banned or challenged book. A ballot is available on the Big Touch across from the checkout desk.  If you can't make it to the library, you can vote from your computer by clicking here .

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Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS

Please join us on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium for a showing and discussion of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus of the College of Lake County, will introduce the film.  

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Learn Something New at

Did you know the library gives you access to numerous online courses. Some of the topics include areas like acoustics, blogs, filmmaking, music notation, Microsoft Office, or iPhone basics. Check out the complete online course offerings from and start learning today.

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Mango Premiere: Language Learning Through Film

Enhance your language learning by watching a film using Mango Premiere. Mango teaches you to understand both written text and speech with full subtitles in both languages as the movie plays. Try this new and interesting way to learn a language today.

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Introducing Overdrive LISTEN

You can now listen to My Media Mall Overdrive audiobooks directly from any web browser. There are no downloads or software required. This streaming audiobook player works on computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

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Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin Exhibit

View this special exhibit that focuses on the world’s largest fresh water asset and the environmental restoration and economic renewal of the cities and ecosystem around it including six miles of Highland Park shoreline. The exhibit will be in the Adult Services Department through September.

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Try Hoopla's New Action View

Hoopla now offers a new way to view eComics called Action View. To enhance the reading experience of their eComic collection, this new feature enables readers to view and navigate comics page-by-page or panel-by-panel.

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New Zinio for Libraries App Now Available

A new app is now available for Android and Apple devices that makes checking out eMagazines through Zinio much easier. Check out some of your favorite magazines with this special library app, login only once using your library account, and download them onto your iOS or Android device to read anytime, online or offline. 

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Read Zinio eMagazines Instantly

You can now read eMagazines checked out through Zinio immediately in your web browser using their Instant Reader. No software or downloads are required. Simply click Checkout Now and begin reading your eMagazine.

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Film Discussion with Dick Adler on September 16th

Film instructor Dick Adler returns for an in-depth discussion about the highly acclaimed film The Imitation Game on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. 

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Back to School News!

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.
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New Music Highlights

Looking for some new tunes to listen to? Here are a few standout CDs we've recently added to the collection.


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Ravinia Festival in July

Start enjoying the music today! The Film & Music department has prepared a playlist featuring artists and works that will be performed at Ravinia during the month of July.  To access this resource, click on the link below and enter your Highland Park Public Library card number when prompted.  This is a stream-only service.

Ravinia 2015 - July playlist


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Shred Event with Electronic Recycling-- Saturday, June 27, 2015

Want to eliminate household or business paperwork, be green and protect your identity? Bring your documents to be shredded (3-4 boxes per person) and unwanted electronics to the Shred Event with Electronic Recycling co-sponsored by The American Enterprise Bank and the Highland Park Public Library. This event will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the American Enterprise Bank Highland Park Branch, 1725 N. McGovern St.


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The Results Are In!

Over the weekend, we asked our patrons to vote for the greatest electric guitarist of all time. Find out who won!

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Para el niño Summer Reading Visit

For over a decade the Youth Services Department has been providing a special bilingual book check out, Para el niño, to local low-income preschools. For most of the year Youth Services staff members bring a special book collection to the preschools and the children are allowed to pick one title to borrow and take home for a week. The weekly Para el niño visit is always a fun time, but in the summer it becomes even more of a treat because the children get to come to the Library so that they can participate in our Summer Reading Programs.

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Summer Reading Has Started

Summer Book Buddies and Read to the Rhythm, our summer reading programs for infants through entering 9th graders, started on Monday. Over 300 kids have already signed up and over 100 books have already been logged online!

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This Saturday, June 6: 2-3:30pm - Instrument Petting Zoo and Summer Reading Kickoff!!

Let the instructors from the Music Institute of Chicago demonstrate instruments for you and then let you try them out. There will be strings, percussion, guitar/bass, keyboard, and wind instruments. From 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. there will also be a Musikgarten class ideal for children birth through age three. No tickets are required for this free drop-in event!

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How-To every day at the library

We are so excited about the How-To Fest on Sunday, June 7! There will be 40+ awesome how-to demos throughout the library.  If you can't make the fest, be sure to check out the library's vast collections of books, magazines and DVDs that will help you do anything you want.  (See more)

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DASH for the STASH

Wondering how to build your nest egg? Hire a financial advisor? Prevent investor fraud? Play DASH for the STASH an investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15 - May 15, 2015 as part of Financial Literacy Month.

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Money Smart Week April 18-25, 2015

Highland Park Public Library will be hosting two (2) programs during Money Smart Week® April 18-25, 2015 to help consumers learn to manage money wisely. These events are some of the more than 3,500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during that week nationwide.


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Lighting It Up Blue

Have you driven by the Library after dark recently? If so you probably noticed that there is a blue glow. That is because we have have joined the "Light It Up Blue!" autism awareness campaign.

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Consolidated General Election

On April 7, 2015 Highland Park voters will vote for Mayor, City Council, Park District of Highland Park Commissioner, North Shore School District 112 Board Members, and Township High School District 113 Board Members. Additional voting information is available at or by calling 847/377-2410.


Oscar Nominees and Winners in the Library

With the Academy Awards now behind us, the best films of the year continue to arrive at the library. Take a look at our updated list of nominated and winning films available in our catalog.

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And the Real Winners Are...

Well, we didn't do too well in our predictions of Newbery and Caldecott winners this year. We gave the Caldecott to Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.  In real life Sam and Dave were a Caldecott honor book but the winner was The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. 

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New Motion Picture Soundtracks and Scores on Hoopla

Using our Hoopla digital media service, library patrons can borrow, download, and stream films, music, television series, and audiobooks on their portable and desktop devices. Enjoy this selection from their extensive collection of movie soundtracks and film scores, including some of this year's Academy Award nominees.

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Tax Forms

Due to appropriation cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Illinois Department of Revenue have announced that each is limiting the tax forms that libraries will receive.

The Library has received IRS and Illinois tax forms. We have the following forms- IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms, a reference copy of IRS Publication 17, and Illinois 1040 forms and booklets. These will be the only forms and booklets the Library can order.

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Top 10 Films of 2014

Find out what critics and fans are saying were their favorite films of 2014 with these top 10 lists culled from across the Web.

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2015 Mock Caldecott

The Youth Services staff held their annual Mock Caldecott vote today. Each year they choose some books which they believe will be contenders for the real Caldecott award and then they discuss the illustrations. 

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Library Offers Access to Online Courses

NEW! Highland Park Public Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. Next session begins January 21. Learn more and register here.

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December 8-14: Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code

The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. President Obama kicked off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a new call to motivate students worldwide to try the Hour of Code. 

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Publishers Weekly Best Books 2014

Look back at the year in books with Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014. Check out longlists and top ten picks in fiction, poetry, mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy/horror, romance/erotica, comics, picture books, middle grade, and young adult.

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ChiltonLibrary Delivers Amazing New Features for DIYers & Pros

For more than 100 years, Chilton products have set the standard for reference sources for students, DIY automotive enthusiasts, and professionals. These exceptional resources are easily accessible for Highland Park Public Library cardholders in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database.

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General Election 2014

On November 4, 2014 the General Election will be held and Highland Park residents will vote for the Congressional offices of United States Senator and United States House of Representatives (10th District), Illinois State House Representative (58th District), the State of Illinois Executive Offices, and Lake County Executive Offices. The ballot also includes “Judicial Candidates Seeking Retention in Office”, two proposed amendments to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and several statewide advisory questions.


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Hey Puzzle Fanatics, We Have Something For You

There are thousands of crossword puzzles and other brain busters available through the library's Zinio digital magazine collection. For those of you who prefer to do your puzzles with pencil and eraser you can print them out at home or here in the library. For more information on how to use Zinio head over here, otherwise continue:


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David Bowie in Music and Film

Opening September 23, 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s exhibit David Bowie Is presents a retrospective of the career of David Bowie. Featuring over 400 artifacts from his life and performances, the exhibit focuses on his creative vision and blending of mediums including fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film.

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A New Online Catalog

Highland Park Public Library, along with the other CCS Libraries, has moved to a new catalog! The Enterprise catalog will offer new features and services designed to improve your Library experience. For tips on how to search, place holds, pay fines, and more go here.

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Introducing Our New STEM Kits!

The Youth Services Department is happy to announce a new educational collection for kids and their families. Each of our STEM kits contains a fun science, technology, engineering or math activity for families to try at home.  With these kits your family can play fun math games, experiment with simple machines, build and launch stomp rockets, make solar powered robots and much, much more!

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Ravinia Poster Collection in Audio-Visual Department

The next time you are in the library, please take a moment to stop by the Audio-Visual Department and browse our newly reorganized display of Ravinia Festival posters. Produced annually to commemorate the event, our collection of 45 posters featuring natural, musical, and artistic themes in an array of visual styles dates back to 1972. Let us know what you think!

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Robin Williams & Lauren Bacall Films at the Library

As we mourn the loss of two of our greatest entertainers, relive some of their classic performances at the library. The following DVDs and Blu-Ray discs can be found in our Adult and Youth film sections.

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Nixon resigns! Read all about it in the Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper database

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency to avoid impeachment in the Watergate scandal.  It was, and remains, the only time a sitting president has resigned the office.  You can see the breaking story

in the Chicago Tribune Historical Newspapers database. Look in Online Resources in the "Start Here" menu on our home page.

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Library Apps Take Center Stage: Mango Languages Library Edition

Mango's unique methodology, Intuitive Language Construction™, mimics the natural process in which people learn by presenting material through practical conversations. Every lesson incorporates the four conversational components that are critical to effective communication in a foreign language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

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Library Resources: Spotlight on Health & Wellness Resource Center

Our Health & Wellness Resource Center contains articles and information about medicine, health, and alternative health. You'll also find videos, magazines, pamphlets, health encyclopedias, and a drug and herb finder. Health information is also available in Spanish.

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Louis Zamperini

On the eve of Independence Day, a true American hero has passed away.  Louis Zamperini's life was full of obstacles, achievement, bravery, and forgiveness. Author Laura Hillenbrand vividly chronicled his life in the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.  Pick up or download a copy of the book or audiobook from the library for some inspiring Independence Day reading.

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What do you read next after The Fault in Our Stars?

Have you read all of John Green's books and don't know what to read next?  We have compiled a list of some of John Green's favorite books.  Perhaps you will like them as much as he did.


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Fall 2014 Film Discussion Series

Get a sneak peak at our upcoming film discussion series starting in September! Bob Coscarelli’s Sunday film series will feature four selections centered on the theme of Women in Peril, while Dick Adler will discuss two highly regarded, recently released foreign films.

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Happy birthday, Tobias Wolff

Author Tobias Wolff celebrates his sixty-ninth birthday today. One of the few writers of equally compelling fiction and non-fiction work, the website Biographile ( describes his style as "at once matter of fact and urgent."  

If his name sounds familiar, you may have seen the film version of his memoir, This Boy's Life.  Other books written by him include:

Special drawing @ June 16th Stories Under the Stars

Everyone who comes to the June 16th Stories Under the Stars is eligible to win four tickets to Seussical the Musical @ the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. 

The tickets are good for performances July 5-July 13.

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Robot Rodeo in July

There's going to be a Robot Rodeo at the Highland Park Library!  You will be shown how to program mini-robots by the high school's fantastic Robotics Team! 

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Be a Junior Page Volunteer!

Want something to do this summer? The Youth Services Department is looking for students who will be entering grades 6 through 9 next fall to become Junior Page Volunteers. 

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Coming Soon! Summer Reading!

You are invited to participate in the library's reading awards program for children. Come and celebrate the summer with the furry, feathered and scaly creatures of the animal kingdom.

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2014 Ravinia Artists Board on Pinterest

The 2014 Ravinia calendar has been released and tickets are on sale now. Some of this year's big name performers include Carrie Underwood, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Visit our new Ravinia 2014 board on the AV Pinterest page to browse the artists and find links to their music in our catalog!

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April 27th - May 3rd is Preservation Week

Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.

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So many things have occurred this week - Passover, Holy Week, the lunar eclipse, a tease of spring followed by more snow - that National Library Week has almost passed by without acknowledgement.  But that changes now...

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STEM is In Full Bloom at Storytime!

This week Miss Deena's storytime theme is "Gardens". She will be reading books, singing songs, doing fingerplays, and more all about gardens and plants. The highlight is when the children learn how dandelions re-seed themselves and then get to spread their own "dandelion seeds".

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Dandelion Seeds Everywhere!

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So Many Seeds

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49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Winners

The results are in for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, presented April 6, 2014. See the winners below and follow the links to find the artists and albums in our catalog.

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Americanah wins the National Book Critics Circle award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, which was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013, has won this prestigious literary award. 

Adichie and Americanah

Divergent Day a Big Success!

Kids in grades 5 through 8 enjoyed an afternoon of activities based on the factions from the hit young adult series and new movie, Divergent.

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Reading Readiness Areas

Have you explored all of the Youth Services Department's Reading Readiness areas? We have many special activities to help your child develop early literacy skills through play.  Learn more.

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Stream TV, Movies, Music & Audiobooks free with Hoopla Digital

We've just expanded your digital borrowing options with Hoopla Digital. For the first time, we’re offering music, movies, and TV shows to stream or download. Hoopla also has a great selection of audiobooks. Everything is available instantly; there’s no waiting! Hoopla is free – and easy to use. You just need a Highland Park Public Library card.


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Spring Storytime Registration Starts Today

Today is the first day to register for Spring Storytimes with Miss Deena. Attending storytime is just one step you can take to ensure that your child becomes an avid reader in later life. Being a strong reader enriches all areas of learning. Learn more about our classes here.

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Spring 2014 Book Discussions with Judy Levin

Spring 2014 Discussion Series

March 11, 1 PM: "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki

April 8, 1 PM: "The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan

May 13, 1 PM: "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker

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Tax Forms

The Library has received our shipment of the Illinois Department of Revenue forms (IL 1040 form, IL 1040 instructions, and Schedule ICR). The library has received most of the Internal Revenue Service forms, schedules, and instructions we ordered.

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RFID is coming

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology makes it possible to check items in and out using radio frequency tags instead of bar codes. And it's coming to your Library soon!

African Fiction

With a new novel out by author Ishmael Beah, whose memoir Long Time Gone was a bestseller and Oprah pick, interest in African fiction will be running high. While you're waiting for your hold on Beah's Radiance of Tomorrow, try one of these other interesting titles!


Achebe, Chinua.     Things Fall Apart

Adichie, Chimamanda.    Americanah

Akpan, Uwem.     Say You're One of Them

Benaron, Naomi.    Running the Rift

Bulawayo, NoViolet.     We Need New Names

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2014 Audie Award Finalists Announced!

If you are an audiobook fan, The Audies are an exciting time. Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, they are the audiobook equivalent of the Academy Awards. The finalists in 29 categories have been announced and now is a great time to listen to one you may have missed or, if you have never picked up an audiobook, try a title that has been recognized as one of the year's best narrations.

Three of our favorites from the full list of finalists:

gaiman and ocean
sedaris and lets explore
rowell and eleanor

2013 Grammy Awards

The 2013 Grammy Awards are this Sunday!

At the Library, we pride ourselves on having a large and growing collection of modern award winning and noteworthy music that is available to the public. We own albums from each of the nominees that listed below. Revisit your favorites or discover something new.


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The Newbery, Caldecott and Other Youth Awards Have Been Announced

  The American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners today. We didn’t do too badly with our Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott nominees, although we did not pick either of the winners.

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Mock Newbery 2014

  The Youth Services staff held their annual mock Newbery book discussion and vote this week.  The books discussed as potential Newbery nominees were

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One Click Digital audio book service is being replaced

Attention audio book lovers: The library has decided to discontinue the One Click Digital recorded books service so that we may bring to you a new platform. While One Click Digital served its purpose admirably, the new platform promises a superior audiobook selection that can be accessed more seamlessly and on a wider variety of modern devices.

The library will be expanding its offerings through a recent partnership with Hoopla Digital -- a service that offers on-demand content for free -- and all you will need is a library card.

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For the New Year, try some of the library's subscription databases: Chicago Consumers Checkbook. Health Reference Center, Historical Newspapers, and more.  Also use Zinio,My Media MallFreegal, and 3M Cloud Library to get content on your reader, phone, or tablet. 

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NEW! Chicago Consumers' Checkbook can now be accessed from home

You can now access Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook from computers outside the Library if you have an HPPL card. You will need to register the first time you use it, but this will give you the privilege to submit reviews for all kinds of local services. It’s similar to Yelp or Amazon, but you don’t have to write clever reviews, just concise.

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History in the Headlines: The Kennedy Assasination

The United States changed forever when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.  News coverage was immediate and all-encompassing.  You can see the Chicago Tribune coverage in the library's premium resource, Historical Chicago Tribune.  Here's a copy of the front page from November 23, 1963.

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Tax Forms

The Library has not received the Internal Revenue Service or the Illinois Department of Revenue tax forms and instruction booklets as of January 14, 2014.

We will have the most common forms for individuals. The Library does not supply forms for businesses. Businesses and individuals, who need business and employer forms, should order directly from the IRS. Click here for the order form.

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iRead Kickoff!

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the library is hosting the iRead (read-a -thon) kick-off in conjunction with the 112 Education Foundation from 9am to 3pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2013/14 Season

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of our area's greatest cultural institutions and it is  currently part way through its 2013/14 season.  November performances include Wagner's Parsifal and Verdi's La Traviata.    Among the excellent resources created by the Lyric in conjunction with this season is a series of commentaries free to stream or download from their web site.  These commentaries feature a quick plot synopsis, musical highlights and information and anecdotes surrounding the history of each opera.

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Bob Dylan Receives France's Legion of Honour Award

Bob Dylan has been awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for his contributions to culture and art as a musician and poet. Currently on tour in Europe, Dylan attended a brief ceremony in Paris where France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, presented him with the distinction. Dylan commented that he was “proud and grateful” for the honor, though had little else to say before his departure. Dylan was previously denied the award for past political stances and personal actions deemed unsuitable for the Legion of Honour.

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49th Chicago International Film Festival

If you couldn't make your usual trip to Cannes this year, or your plans for the Toronto International Film Festival fell through, you are in luck.  This October brings us the Chicago International Film Festival showcasing 127 feature films, 21 documentaries and 50 shorts from more than 55 countries.

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Verdi Bicentenary (1813 - 2013)

Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date 200 years ago, October 10th 1813. In honor of his bicentenary, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be streaming a live performance of his Requiem on their website this evening at 7pm. Also, visit the Audio Visual Department to explore our selection of Verdi recordings and videos.

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Touch Cuba 2012 Film Screening

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7PM there will be at the Highland Park Public Library  a screening of the documentary titled “Touch Cuba 2012,” filmed by Daniel Kullman of Bitter Jester Creative for Hedwig Dances.

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Werner Herzog - From One Second to the Next

Iconoclast filmmaker, Werner Herzog, released his latest film today; a short documentary about the consequences of driving and texting entitled, "From One Second to the Next." It is available to watch for free on Youtube. (link

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Roger Ebert - His Favorite Films

Roger Ebert lost his battle with cancer on April 4th, 2013.

He was a screenwriter who wrote several celebrated films. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic who raised the standards of journalism and criticsim to new heights. He will be missed.

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2013 Academy Award Winners

Find out which of the winners and nominees of the 85th annual Academy Awards are available at the Library.

Films recieving the most nominations were Lincoln with twelve, followed by Life of Pi with eleven.  The winners are listed first and in italics.

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2013 Academy Awards

The nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards were recently announced by actress Emma Stone and ceremony host Seth McFarlane at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Films recieving the most nominations were Lincoln with twelve, followed by Life of Pi with eleven. The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013.

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The 70th Annual Golden Globes

The 70th annual Golden Globes took over Hollywood on Sunday evening (January 13), with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the helm. "Argo" won for best Motion Picture - Drama and best director Ben Affleck. "Les Miserables"  took home statues for best actor (Hugh Jackman), best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway) and best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

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2012 Golden Globe Nominees

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The library already has several titles available.

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Architecture on Film

This Sunday (October 14th) experts will be at the library to discuss John Van Bergen's place in the grand panoply of Prairie School architecture. For more information about the discussion click here.

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Dirt! The Movie

Find out more on Sunday, October 9, at 2 p.m. in the Library's Auditorium!
Dirt! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil and tells the story of earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. A discussion with William Bogot, chair of the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission, follows the showing.

Presented with the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission.

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Banned Books Adapted for Film

Banned Books Week is a national event celebrating the importance of reading and the freedom of the First Amendment. Here are some of the most popular banned books celebrated during Banned Books Week and their corresponding movies:

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Politics in Film Series

Bob Coscarelli's Politics in Film series is now under way. For the selected titles, showings, and discussion dates you can refer to the library's event calendar or call the audio visual department directly at (847) 681-7033. Below is a list of films Mr. Coscarelli considered while selecting titles for the series, all of which are available through the library.  

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If you love Downton Abbey, read this!

Can't get enough of Downton Abbey? These novels will keep you satisfied until the next episode:


Life Class by Pat Barker

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

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Goodwin and American Heiress
Hull and Losing Julia
Morton and House of Riverton
Solomons and House at Tyneford
Speller and Return of Captain John Emmett
Todd and Bitter Truth
Winspear and Maisie Dobbs

Rosenfield, Kat. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Becca is on her way to college in just a few short months, finally escaping the claustrophobia of her small town life in conneticut. But only hours after she graduates and her heart is broken by the boy she loves, a body of an young women is found on a dusty road, disrupting the carefully constructed plans she had. With very little evidence and the body yet to be identified, gossip runs wild and Becca becomes strangely obsessed with finding out why this stranger was killed so brutally.

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Pineiro, Claudia

If you are looking for a page-turning literary novel that you can read in one day, All Yours, a slim crime novel about a woman’s revenge on her cheating husband, is the book for you.  The author, a native Argentinean, tells a gripping tale of domestic conflict and, at the same time, sheds light on Argentina’s class structure and the selfish behaviors of the entitled class.  This author’s crime novels are all bestsellers in Latin America...and for good reason!  All Yours is a great read.   

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Thank You to Local Businesses

We'd like to thank the  following generous donors who contributed to the Youth Services summer reading program.  Without their support we could not have the program that the children of Highland Park enjoyed this year.  Please let them know how much their support is appreciated when you patronize their businesses.

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Online Resource of the Week: NovelistPlus

Phew!  After a brief respite, we're back with our feature, Online Resource of the Week.  This week, it's NovelistPlus!  Calling all bibliophiles!!!

NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-8 are the go-to resources for readers advisory in both fiction and nonfiction.  Just some of the things you can do on NovelistPlus:

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Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

In the follow up to her successful memoir, "Fun Home", Alison Bechdel tackles the complicated relationship she has with her mother in this highly personal graphic novel. Juxtaposing her revelations about her mother with the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and author Virginia Woolf, Bechdel creates a multilayered account of her childhood, personal and professional life. Her interest in psychology sets the stage for a rich analysis of her dreams, therapy sessions and the personal struggle behind the book's creation.

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Woody Guthrie Centennial

July 14th 2012 marked Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Woody Guthrie wrote songs that became not only the sound-track of an era, but permanent fixtures of our American Identity. Guthrie's more than 3,000 songs covering countless subjects and appealing to all ages represented the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war.

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Where's My Holds List?

We've heard from some of you who miss the display of your position on the holds listing for a particular title. We miss it, too.

Why is it gone?
We recently joined CCS, a consortium of 24 libraries. With such a big group of libraries, it is not possible to display this information in a useful way.

4th of July

Thank you to the many supporters who turned out to march with us in the July 4th parade. A good time was had by all!"

The Films of Nora Ephron

Essayist and humorist Nora Ephron (1941 - 2012) was also one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers. Below is a look at clips from select movies in her filmography. 

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Online Resource of the Week: Health & Wellness Resource Center!

Starting today, we'll be introducing our "Online Resource of the Week" feature.  We'll discuss and highlight one of our subscription online resources!  This week we're looking at Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center.

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Ravinia is here!

Summer officially starts on June 21 when the solstice takes place. But here at the Highland Park Public Library, we consider Ravinia to be the start of summer! This summer at Ravinia, all sorts of neat and exciting things are happening. Here are of some of them.



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Certified Copy

Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama from legendary auteur Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRYTHE WIND WILL CARRY US), his first feature made outside of Iran.

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Lawson, Jenny. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir)

Jenny Lawson, best known for her side-splittingly funny, irreverent blog at, delivers more of the same here, in her (mostly true) memoir.  Jenny grew up poor in rural Texas, the daughter of a taxidermist father whose idea of a good joke was making puppets out of roadkill.  An outsider who later struggled with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and now rheumatoid arthritis, she recounts the trials and tribulations of her life in a no-holds-barred, double-barreled, profanity-laden manner.

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The Sirens Records

Highland Park is home to many fine things. The city proudly hosts the Ravinia Festival every summer. We have well-crafted homes that are the pinnacle of architecture, a breathtaking beachfront and a thriving culinary scene. But what you may not know is that Highland Park is also home to an excellent blues record label, The Sirens Records.

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Your New Catalog is Here!

Get started creating your account, placing holds, renewing materials, and sharing your shelves and lists! 


With our move to CCS, you can enjoy:

1. A new and improved Library catalog with the ability to search across 24 area libraries, create item lists and bookshelves, share with your friends and family, write book reviews, and more.

2.  Immediate access to the the shared resources of all of the member libraries.

Marchetto, Marisa Acocella. Cancer Vixen: A True Story.

Cartoonist Marisa Acocella shares her personal battle with breast cancer in a way only a New Yorker can in this illustrated memoir. On the eve of her marriage to a handsome Italian restaurant owner, Marisa finds a lump in her breast and it feels like everything she loves is about to be sucked into a black hole. But with courage, her faithful fiance, slightly crazy Italian mother, brutally honest friends and a little dose of fashion, she manages her eleven month treatment with grace and more than a little humor.

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Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris

The library is proud to annouce the next event of our ongoing Sunday afternoon film series. We will be hosting a screening and discussion of the Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris". This is happening this Sunday, April 28th, at 2pm in the library's auditorium.

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Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob Portman always thought that his grandfather was embellishing tales about the time he spent in a Wales orphanage during WWII in order to frighten him; the photographs he showed him of children with strange characteristics could not possibly be real. But when Jacob's grandfather is murdered and Jacob swears he sees a horrible monster lurking nearby, he decides to investigate his grandfather's past in the hopes of discovering the eery circumstances of his death.

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Just a Thought -- What's On the New Book Cart?

One of the perks of being a librarian is seeing all the new books come in before they go out to the shelves. In the past, we've occasionally picked some new, yet-to-be-shelved titles to feature here and let our readers in on the fun. We haven't done a post like that in too long, so here are some picks from our newest new book cart!



Boudinot, Ryan.  Blueprints of the Afterlife

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Light It Up Blue

The month of April brings daffodils, tulips and bumble bees.  But did you know that in the month of April, our lights changed to BLUE?

Starting on April 2nd, the Highland Park Public Library is participating in Autism Speak's Light It Up Blue program to promote awareness and rasie funds for autism.

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Just a Thought--Coming Soon!

We’re gearing up for a great spring all ready! Temperatures are high, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and a lot of best-selling authors are coming out with spring releases! If you’d like to get ahead of the rush, here’s a small sampling of some of this spring’s sure-bet bestsellers! Call or visit the library to place your reserves now!



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Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.

Hazel has resigned herself to being sick for a long time and then dying; That's just what happens when you have terminal cancer. But when she meets Augustus, a survivor in remission, at her usually uneventful cancer support group, her life radically changes, and so does his.

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iPads in the Literacy Area

Two brand new iPads loaded with twenty early literacy, reading readiness, and interactive e-book applications are now mounted in the literacy area, next to the game computers. Several of the apps are specifically designed for children with special needs, but all of the apps can be played and enjoyed by anyone. If you look on our Facebook page, you can see more pictures of Miss Deena having a ball playing her favorite game.

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Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs.

Maisie Dobbs has a truly impressive history: housemaid, Cambridge student, wartime nurse and now, a private detective. With help from her former employer, Lady Rowan, Maisie's natural ambition, intelligence and empathy aid her in solving some complex mysteries.

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Thompson, Craig. Habibi.

In this epic, illustrated love story, two young slaves who come to find one another against the harsh landscape of the Middle East, must struggle against overwhelming obstacles to be together. A mix of religious stories, mysticism and contemporary social commentary, Craig Thompson (author of Blankets) beautifully renders how a nine year-old Dodola and infant Zam escape slavery, grow into adulthood on an abandoned ship in the desert, and then are forced apart once more just as they begin to feel passion for one another as adults.

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Just a Thought -- Spring 2012 Book Discussions with Judy Levin

The wait is almost over! Popular book discussion leader Judy Levin will be returning to the Highland Park Public Library this spring for a three book discussion series.  Multiple copies of each title will be available for check-out prior to the discussion, so come prepared to talk!


March 13, 1 PM: "Await Your Reply" by Dan Chaon

April 10, 1PM: "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown

May 8, 1PM: "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman



2012 Grammy Awards

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2011, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. All underlined titles below are in the Library's collection.

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James Bond at the Library

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, was released on Blu-ray and DVD yesterday. The latest is about Bond (Daniel Craig) investigating an attack on MI6 as well as an assassination attempt on the agent M (Judi Dench) by a rogue agent named Raoul Silvia (Javier Bardem).

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Just a Thought -- New Additions to the Book Club Collection

Our ever-popular Book Club Collection has gotten a makeover! A few less relevant titles have been cycled back out into our general fiction and non-fiction collections, and we have added four new titles for your consideration.  These books, as always, are challenging, literary, and fascinating, chosen with an eye toward "discussability" as well as leisure reading pleasure. We hope you'll check them out! (Pun intended, by the way.)


Brown, Eleanor.     The Weird Sisters

Fallon, Siobhan.     You Know When the Men are Gone

Schulman, Helen. This Beautiful Life.

When the Bergamots' fifteen-year-old son, Jake, forwards a sexually explicit video from a thirteen-year-old schoolmate on to his best friend without thinking, he ignites a firestorm that threatens to consume his family and the life they have built for themselves among the socially elite in New York City.

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Just a Thought -- New (and Notable) Nonfiction Audiobooks


Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt

An ambitious intellectual history of the Twentieth Century in which Judt examines the many currents that shaped the innovations, conflicts, economics and politics of our recent past.

"... this marvelous précis, vibrantly alive, rich, and piquant, is one last gift from an exceptional public intellectual. Not only academics and fans of Judt, but also those who enjoy the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker will flock to read it." (Library Journal)


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Mock Newbery

Our librarians have just held their annual Mock Newbery discussion

What's a Newbery, you ask? It's an annual award for the author of the most distinguished book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

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Wilson, Kevin. The Family Fang

This sharply comic first novel kept my interest from start to finish and has often entered my thoughts months after finishing it.  The story centers on the chaotic art that performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang create along with their two children who are participants—often unwillingly—in the bedlam their parents force upon others…in shopping malls, subway stations, and various other public places.  As the novel progresses, we see how this life has affected the psyches of the Fang children.

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Mock Caldecott 2012

Yesterday, our librarians held a Mock Caldecott discussion.

What's a Caldecott, you ask? It's an annual award for the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

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Just a Thought -- What's On the New Book Cart?

One of the perks of being a librarian is seeing all the new books come in before they go out to the shelves. In the past, we've occasionally picked some new, yet-to-be-shelved titles to feature here and let our readers in on the fun. We haven't done a post like that in too long, so here are some picks from our newest new book cart!


Lister, Michael.  "The Big Goodbye" (MYS)

"Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining. Michael Lister's PI Jimmy "Solider" Riley is a compelling noir hero." (From the book jacket)


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Franklin, Ariana. Mistress of the Art of Death.

The murders of three Christian children are being blamed on the innocent Jews of 12th century Cambridge, England in the first installment of this historical mystery series. In order to clear their name, King Henry calls for an expert, a master of the art of death, to determine who is really to blame. Instead, he gets a mistress, Adelia Aguilar, a trained physician from Salerno, Italy. She is talented, stubborn and on a dangerous mission to discover the real killer, who is still roaming Cambridge, perhaps under her very nose.

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Just a Thought.. Best Debut Novels of 2011

2011 has seen a lot of wonderful novels, many of them by well-established authors. But there have also been quite a few break-through successes for brand-new authors. Many of the most popular and well-reviewed books of the year have been debut novels from first-time authors or authors who had only published short stories or memoirs previous to their novelistic success. Here’s hoping the years to come bring more great novels from these rising stars!


Benaron, Naomi.  Running the Rift

Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding

Just a Thought... Authors Who Died in 2011

Well, it’s 2012, amazing as that may seem, and most people are looking ahead to the new year, making their resolutions…and resolving not to break them this time. But before we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back over the last year and remember some of the great novelists and writers who passed away. Though they themselves are gone, here’s to hoping their great works of fiction and nonfiction survive for many years to come!


Brian Jacques, 2/5/11

Diana Wynne Jones, 3/26/11

Joanna Russ, 4/29/11

William Sleator, 8/3/11

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Kaling, Mindy. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

So you've read Tina Fey's what? Feed your appetite for another humorous read with Mindy Kaling's honest memoir. The Emmy-nominated writer and actress on The Office tackles everything from growing up chubby to her unabashed love of chest hair. The randomness of  the amusing topics covered is anchored by the important eras in her life as well as her friends, family and evolution of her career.

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Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories.

This beautifully crafted story opens with Atkinson introducing the reader to three seemingly unrelated crimes: a missing child from thirty years ago, a murderous office rampage, and a new mother who kills her husband after a mental breakdown. Private investigator Jackson Brodie has been hired to solve the cases by the loved ones left behind who desperately need closure. While the investigations have been cold for years, Brodie slowly begins to weave together the details of each one until all three have startling revelations.

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Smithsonian Folkways

The CKUA Radio Network presents Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On, a new 26-part series featuring the original recordings of the Folkways Collection, now a cornerstone of Smithsonian Folkways Records' vast catalogue. This series, hosted by Michael Asch, the only child of Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch, and researched by Robert Wiznura, is a co-production of The Smithsonian Women's Committee, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, and the CKUA Radio Network.

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Life in a Day

Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube video sharing website, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, July 24, 2010.

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Toyne, Simon. Sanctus

A cassocked monk stands on a mountaintop. Arms outstretched, he forms a tau, the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet. Having escaped from within a cloistered Vatican-like chuch city compound called the Citadel, carved out of a mountain near the fictional Turkish city of Ruin, the escaped monk attracts media attention as he deliberately throws himself off the mountain. Brother Samuel, the escaped monk, knew a secret…a secret the monks of the Citadel have been protecting for thousands of years.

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Just a Thought -- Coming Soon

A lot of popular authors have books coming out this fall and winter! If you want to get a head-start on writing up your "to-read" lists, look no further!


Coming in November:

Evanovich, Janet.  Explosive Eighteen

Grafton, Sue.  V is for Vengeance

King, Stephen.  11/22/63

Patterson, James. Kill Alex Cross

Sanderson, Brandon.  The Alloy of Law


Coming in December:

Connelly, Michael.  The Drop

Cornwell, Patricia.  Red Mist

Koontz, Dean. 77 Shadow Street

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Introducing Mango Languages

Did you know we have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages?  The best part is it's free and you can access it anywhere there is Internet with your library card. Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Learn more about Mango Languages here.

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Book Match

The Youth Sevices Department continues to prepare for the new Book Match season.  Staff has written twenty-five questions for each of the thirty-three new Book Match titles. 

Book Match readers continue to read their way through the fifty book list.  Many have checked out one of the Youth Services eighteen Book Match Nooks.  Using the Nooks, some kids have managed to read three or more Book Match titles during the three week loan period.

At participating schools Book Match preparation is in full swing as students and coaches meet to practice for the winter season.

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Watson, S. J. Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep is SJ Watson's first novel, a thriller in the mold of Christopher Nolan's film on the impermanence of memory, Memento.  The novel's heroine and storyteller, Chrissie, awakes in a strange bed, with a strange man sleeping beside her.  A look in the bathroom mirror reveals a woman some 20 years older than she last remembers.  Who is she, and how did she get here? 

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Halloween Railroad

The model trains will be rolling again on Saturday, Oct. 22nd form 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The guys from the North Central O Guagers Railroad club spend hours creating all those fantastic Halloween scenes.  I'm sure that many of the old favorites will be back and I bet there will be some great additions.  Lots of people have been asking about this event already.  It's become a Halloween traditon in Highland Park.

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Buckley, Christopher. Boomsday

 After her father stakes (and loses) her tuition money on a dotcom startup, our heroine sheds her family name and takes to the blogosphere as Cassandra Devine. An aggressive, uber-caffeinated voice in the night, she unwittingly mobilizes her brethren into a battle with the “Ungreatest Generation” – their parents. The baby boomers are retiring en masse, buckling the social security system as they reach for their nine irons. Cassandra Devine is not prepared to foot the bill.

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Nickle, David. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

An unusual horror novel set in the past, in a small mountain town in Idaho, Eutopia is a page turner. Jason Thistledown ends up in the strange town of Elaida, Idaho, after his mom and his town are wiped out by a strange disease. An aunt, whom he didn’t know he had, shows up in the aftermath of this catastrophe to spirit Jason away to Elaida where he falls in love and faces the strange beings who inhabit this corner of the world.

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Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. The Language of Flowers

Author Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel is the story of a foster girl, Victoria, making her way in the world once she is out of the foster care system.  The story is about Victoria's relationships -- both when she is a young woman and as a child, and how she communicates with others through the Victorian language of flowers.  In Victorian times, different flowers had different meanings, and in fact, the book even includes a glossary of flowers and their meanings.

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Hunt, Rebecca. Mr. Chartwell

Winston Churchill fought a life-long battle with clinical depression. He characterized that depression as being a big black dog that bedeviled him. In "Mr. Chartwell," Rebecca Hunt takes that metaphorical description and makes it literal. Churchill's depression is literally a big black dog who gives his name variously as Mr. Chartwell (Chartwell being the name of Churchill's home estate) and Black Pat.

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Have you tried Universal Class?

One of our newer online resources is Universal Class, which offers over 500 online continuing education classes.  The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.  Classes cover a wide varierty of subjects: computers, business, arts & photography, crafts, GED prep, health & medicine, writing help, homeschooling, and more!

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Gordon, Mary. The Love of My Youth

It isn’t an original set-up: two former lovers briefly reunite in Rome and sift through the ashes of their long-lost romance. Yet, Mary Gordon is such a skilled writer that she should have been able to pull it off. Her descriptions of Rome do bring the city to life, and she carefully develops both of the main characters. Still the book never quite lives up to Gordon’s usual standard. 

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Eight: World War Z

There's no denying it.  The zombie apocalypse is upon us--at least judging by this recent crop of zombie books.  Our final challenge is to read a book about zombies.  It can be funny or scary, but it's finally time to face them.

How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse?


Ajvide Lindqvist, John. Handling the Undead (F)

Beamer, Amelia. The Loving Dead (F)

Brallier, Max. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (F)

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