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Landis Blair
The Envious Siblings: And Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes

Landis Blair, an award-winning illustrator and comic artist, discusses his new book. Blair's absurdist creations are as creepy as they are hilarious. In conversation with Davis Schneiderman, English professor at Lake Forest College.

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Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

Book Discussions

The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See

Noted book discussion leader Judy Levin leads the discussion.


November 12

1 p.m.

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Jazz, by Toni Morrison

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


November 20

7 p.m.

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Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

More Book Discussions

Readers' Round Table

Find out what others are reading and share your recommendations. Pick up ideas for what to read next and take home an advance copy of an upcoming title.

Tuesday, November 26, 2 p.m.

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Used Book & Media Sale

Stock up on gently-used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and records. Stop by for a free Highland Park High School yearbook from 1964 - 2015, while supplies last!

Wednesday, November 20, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Half off all items

Friday, November 22, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Half off all items

Saturday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Half off all items

Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fill a bag for $3!

Proceeds benefit the Library.

Local Author Festival

Meet and greet local authors. Authors' books will be for sale and authors will sign copies.

Saturday, November 23, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Presented with East on Central.

Come Write In!

Participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and join people around the world who are determined to write 50,000 words of a new novel in November.

We'll Support You and Cheer You On!

Find space to write and resources at the Library. Click here for webinars, and pep talk essays by authors.

NaNoWriMo Come Write In Kickoff

Start writing and access workspace, outlets, wireless, and snacks.

Tuesday, November 5, 7 - 8:45 p.m.

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NaNoWriMo Come Write In Home Stretch

Head to the Library for workspace, outlets, wireless, and snacks for a strong finish.

Monday, November 25, 6 - 8:45 p.m.

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Community Conversation — American Creed

Join us as we explore whether a unifying set of beliefs, an "American creed," can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. Davis Schneiderman, English professor at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion and screens scenes from the PBS documentary American Creed.

Highland Park Public Library is one of 50 U.S. public libraries selected to take part in "American Creed: Community Conversations," a grant program that invites the community to consider what America's ideals and identity ought to be.

Saturday, November 16, 1 - 3 p.m.

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Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Teens — join us for a screening of the award-winning comedy.


November 9

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ages 14 - 18.

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Road Trips Film Series — Transamerica

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens the film starring Felicity Huffman as a transgender woman who learns that she has fathered a son, now a teenage runaway. A discussion follows.

Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.

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

Film Discussion — The Insult

Film instructor Dick Adler leads a discussion about the film which was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.

The film will be shown on Monday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m Sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Public Library.

Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.

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More Film Showings and Discussions

Rise and Shine Humanities Programs

Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures

Sally Sexton Kalmbach of Chicago History Tours, and the author of Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures, discusses the Art Institute's Thorne Miniature Rooms and Narcissa Niblack Thorne, who began collecting miniatures as a young girl and gained worldwide recognition for the rooms she created.


November 13

10:30 a.m.

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Northlight Theatre Inside Look: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Join Northlight artists in a discussion about the making of their production of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a sequel to Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride & Prejudice.


November 20

10:30 am.

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

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Cross Stitch Club

Learn how to create a unique cross stitch pattern online and then get started on your project!. Supplies for projects will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Needle workers of all skill levels are welcome! Already started on a project? Join us to share knowledge and have fun!

Saturday, November 2, 2 - 3 p.m. Ages 14 and older.

Oh My Word Lettering Workshop

Learn to illustrate your words! Using pens and markers, master fun, creative, and colorful ways to decorate your handwriting. Artist Anne Leuck shows design techniques, patterns, and layouts. Come prepared with a favorite quote to illustrate or find one from the Library. A limited supply of markers and pens will be provided. Click here for a list of suggested supplies.

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Presented with The Art Center Highland Park.


Excel — Personal Finance

Learn how to manage your personal finances with Excel! We will demonstrate how to create a personal monthly budget worksheet to help keep track of income and expenses.

Friday, November 8

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Create a Holiday Card

Design a holiday card with Canva, a free online graphic design program. Computers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff will be available to help.

Friday, November 15

4 - 5 p.m.

Ages 14 and older.

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Make a Sticker for Your Device

November 20 is Name Your Computer Day. Make a personal vinyl sticker to give your computer, tablet, or phone some bling. Drop by to learn how to use the Library's Silhouette Curio cutter to design and cut your own sticker.

Wednesday, November 20

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Ages 14 and older.

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Make Thanksgiving Place Cards

Drop by to learn how to use the Library's Silhouette Curio cutter to design and cut a set of six place cards for your Thanksgiving table.

Friday, November 22

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Ages 14 and older.

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Code-A-Thon Presented by Highland Park High School GirlsCode

Stop by for a fun, hands-on coding event. Explore computer science in a whole new way! Please bring a fully charged laptop or Chromebook.

Sunday, November 24

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Open Board Gaming

Celebrate International Games Week by dropping by for some fun open gaming. We will bring back the Library's game collection for a few hours of fun interaction with fellow gamers.

Wednesday, November 13

10 am - 12:30 p.m.

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Game On! Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Show off your skills and compete against others in the latest release of Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Saturday, November 30

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 12 - 18.

An activity ticket is required. Tickets can be picked up at the Computers & Technology desk beginning November 18.


Information to help manage personal finance issues with common sense.

Making the Most of Your Retirement Assets

Steven Greene, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, discusses choices available for retirement assets held in a former employer's retirement plan.

Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m.

Registration preferred. Register here.


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 a business mentor.

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


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

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


The Generals: Patton, Rommel, and Montgomery

Monday, November 11, 7 p.m.

Kids Events

Our friends from the Park District of Highland Park present these nature-based STEM programs.

Squirrels Prepare for Winter!

Monday, November 4, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

A Feast for Animals!

Thursday, November 7, 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult.

Candy Rock Cycle

Geology rocks! Learn how different types of rocks are formed using everyone's favorite study aid... candy!

Wednesday, November 13, 3:45 - 4 :45 p.m. Grades 3 - 6.

Registration required. Register here.

Family Reading Night

Families - join us for a story and craft to celebrate Family Reading Night!

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Cornucopia Craft

Families — drop by between 2 - 4 p.m. to make a cornucopia collage! Experiment with different textured supplies and create your own "horn of plenty."

Tuesday, November 26, 2 - 4 p.m.

Fantastic Foam Science Show

Join us for an awesome hour of science! Experience items disappearing into clear liquid, witness a hair-raising encounter with a Van De Graaff generator, and experiment with foam... lots of foam!

Friday, November 29, 3 - 4 p.m. For families with children ages 5 and older.

A ticket is required. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services desk beginning November 18. One adult per family please.

Storytime Sessions

Join a storytime session, with activities designed to foster pre-reading skills for newborns to six-year-olds.

Storytime Dates and Times

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



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