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Bullet Journal Workshop

Learn all about the Bullet Journal method and how it can be used as a tool to achieve your goals in 2019. Bring along a notebook, something to write with, and find out how to get started with this flexible organizational method.

Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m.

Healthy Snacks

Start your new year off right with healthy snacking. Certified health coach Evey Schweig discusses what makes a snack healthy, what to look for when shopping, and demonstrates how to make easy snacks. Enjoy a sample and receive recipes to try at home.

Tuesday, January 15, 7 p.m.

Apps for the New Year

New year, new apps! Discover mobile apps designed to help you stick to your goals for the new year.

Wednesday, January 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Your New Device

New year, new toys! Need help understanding your new electronic device? Bring it to the Library and we'll help.

Friday, January 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Katzie Guy-Hamilton, author of Clean Enough: Get Back to Basics and Leave Room for Dessert


Book Discussion
Dinner at the Center of the Earth, by Nathan Englander

Davis Schneiderman, professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion.

Thursday January 31, 7 p.m.

Readers' Round Table

Share your recommendations and take home an advance reading copy of an upcoming title.

Tuesday, January 29, 2 p.m.


Black Comedies Film Series — Harold and Maude

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens the film about a wealthy young man obsessed with death, who falls in love with a spirited octogenarian. A discussion follows.

Sunday, January 20, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Right at Home Senior Care.

Film Discussion — Searching

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion of the film about a father trying to find his missing daughter by uncovering her digital footprint.

Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m.

The film will be shown on Monday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.


Theatrical Reading — Titus Andronicus

Equity actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago perform a theatrical reading of Titus Andronicus, considered to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and his most violent. For mature audiences only.

Sunday, January 13, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

Note for Note Music Series

Learn something new in 2019!

Winter classes include Beginning Italian, Intro to Guitar, Canasta, and more.

See what you can learn.See what you can learn.

Library U is a continuing education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.


WFMT, Podcasting, And The Future of Classical Music

Steve Robinson, former general manager of classical music radio station WFMT and founder of New Media Productions, discusses the history of WFMT, how to listen to podcasts (hear excerpts from podcasts about Beethoven, and Mozart), and the future of classical music.

Wednesday, January 9, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.
Sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living.


Open Robotics Lab 

Try out Lego EV3s, Ozobots, MMakeyMakeys, Scratch coding, and computer programming.

Wednesday, January 2
2 - 3 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13.

MakeyMakey Musical Instruments

Use MakeyMakey kits to explore programming and simple circuits. No previous experience with coding or programming required!

Thursday, January 3
2 - 3 p.m. Ages 9 - 13.

Registration required. Register here.

Light Painting

Create striking images and illusions using a camera, a light source, and a little practice.

Thursday, January 3
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 13.

3D Printing Club

Create your own 3D designs to submit for printing on the Library's 3D printer. Staff will be on hand to offer assistance.

Fridays, January 4, 18
4 - 5 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13.

Registration encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins are welcome, but computer time for non-registered participants is not guaranteed.

Digital Media Workshop for Teens

Learn how to use the tech equipment in the Digital Media Lab (3D printing, Photoshop, and more) to create a variety of projects.

Saturday, January 5
3 - 4 p.m.
Ages 14 and older.

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Your Virtual Library

Learn more about eBooks, free movie streaming services, online courses, and other electronic resources available with a Highland Park Public Library card.

Monday, January 7
6 - 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

Thursday, January 10
6 - 7 p.m.

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Introduction to Craigslist

Learn how to search job listings and apartment rentals, buy or sell goods or services, respond to messages, and more.

Monday, January 14, 6 - 7 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Digitize Everything

Drop by the Digital Media Lab to learn how to digitize VHS, 8mm, Super 8, slides, negatives, records, and cassettes.

Tuesday, January 15
7 - 8 p.m.

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Monday, January 21
6 - 7 p.m.
(VHS tapes to Digital only!)

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Learn Facetime/
Learn to Skype

Learn how to use Facetime or Skype for more than just chatting. We will review the platform and demonstrate fun ways to use it to play remotely with young out-of-town family members.

Wednesday, January 16
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 23
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Meet Cubetto

Kids — bring your parents and meet Cubetto, a robot designed for ages 3 - 6.

Friday, January 18, 2 - 3 p.m.
Ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Registration required. Register here.

Discover 3D Printing

Come by for an hour of 3D design. Staff will be on hand to help.

Saturday, January 19
3 - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22
7 - 8 p.m.

Ages 14 and older.

Registration encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins are welcome, but computer time for non-registered participants is not guaranteed.

Introduction to PowerPoint

Saturday, January 26
3 - 4 p.m.

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Trivial Pursuit Night

Tuesday, January 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Ages 14 and older.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Tuesdays, 1 - 3 p.m. and Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register for a one hour one-on-one mentoring session with an executive or business owner.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses through education and mentorship.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Kids Events

Kid Lit Fest & iRead Kick-Off!

Kick off iRead, District 112 Education Foundation's annual read-a-thon, at the Library.

Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Get a library card!

Find a book to read!

Listen to District 112 teachers read from some of their favorite books!

Receive credit for 30 minutes on your reading log!

Watch children's stories come to life!

Nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione is back by popular demand. Catch his performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 pm.

Stop by the reader's theater and read aloud.

Take your photo in the book cover photo booth!

Meet notable and award-winning authors and illustrators!

Books will be available for sale and authors will sign copies. Meet these authors!

Duckies in Danger

Build your own contraption to save a rubber ducky from being destroyed by lava. Drop in from 3:30 - 5 p.m. to take the challenge.

Thursday, January 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m. Ages 8 - 14.

Marshmallow Polar Bear

Make a marshmallow polar bear and design a cave for it to live in! Drop in from 1-3 p.m.

Friday, January 18, 1 - 3 p.m. For families with children ages 3 - 14.

Winter Storytime Sessions

Winter storytime sessions, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds, begin in January.

Storytime Dates and Times

Register in the Youth Services Department or by calling (847) 681-7030.



Please register for one session only.

Minecraft Club Junior! Ages 6 - 8.
Saturday, January 5, 19, 10 - 11 a.m. Ages 6 - 8.

Minecraft Club, Ages 9 - 13.

Saturday, January 5, 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Drop-in Chess

Saturdays, January 19, 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12 pm. Ages 5 - 14.
Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult.


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