Community Survey - Public Feedback Requested

The City of Highland Park and the Highland Park Public Library are seeking public input as part of a preliminary needs assessment about a possible expansion of the Library, relocation of the City’s Senior Center into a dedicated space adjoined to the Library, and relocation of the Firehouse After School Club program to an expanded Library facility. 

The potential project aims to address limited on-site Library and Senior Center parking, operational space constraints, building accessibility issues, and escalating capital and maintenance costs, while improving service to the public and creating efficiencies at a multigenerational community campus. Public engagement and feedback is a critical component of this potential new community campus. Public engagement meetings began on June 21 and will continue through August 3, 2017. Public feedback is also requested via this survey:




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Saga Volumes 1-7 Available Now on hoopla digital

Award-winning graphic novel, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan is now available to download, bringing you direct to your mobile device or computer with a valid Highland Park library card. Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before. This has been described as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars. For more information on hoopla digital and downloading this title and many others, please click here.
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Light It Up Blue

What does the library have in common with the Panama Canal, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, and thousands of other landmarks worldwide?  All have been lit up with blue lights to promote autism awareness in April, Autism Awareness Month.  To read more, click here.

The National Institute of Mental Health defines Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as “…the name for a group of developmental disorders. ASD includes a wide range, ‘a spectrum,’ of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability.”  ASD affects people of all ages worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States, “About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.  ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.”

Books for children and adults about ASD range from picture books for the youngest readers to memoirs, explanations of treatment and life strategies, histories of autism and fiction featuring autistic characters.   In April, there is a display of books in the lobby about ASD. Year round, librarians in the Adult Services department are glad to help you find information about ASD.  The Youth Services department has a social story and a great selection of links for those with special needs, available here .

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Tax Day -- April 18, 2017: Need Tax Forms?

Both Federal and Illinois tax forms are due on April 18, 2017. If you need tax forms, the Library has the Federal forms (1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets) and Illinois 1040 forms (no instruction booklets) and Schedule ICR.  If you need other forms and instruction booklets, click here for more information.

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Consolidated Election -- April 4, 2017

Highland Park residents will elect City Council, Moraine Township or West Deerfield Township positions, Park District of Highland Park Commissioner, Members of the Board of Education (North Shore District 112 and Township High School District 113), College of Lake County Trustees, and the Lake County Regional Board of Schools Trustee. (more...) Unofficial Results (Lake County Clerk).

Voter Power

The Lake County Clerk's Voter Power web site allows you to view a sample ballot, locate your polling place, see who represents you, and verify your voter registration.

Early Voting: Begins March 20 and ends April 3.

Early Voting Polling Place: Highland Park Police Station, 1677 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park. (847-926-1084) Monday-Friday (9:00 am- 5:00 pm) and Saturday (9:00 am-2:00 pm) -- March 20-April 1. Complete list of Early Voting Sites.

Voter Education

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood Voters Guide

Daily North Shore

Voter Information Guide (Lake County)

College of Lake County Trustee

Who's on Your Ballot?

Highland Park City Council (full 4-year term; vote for 3)

Highland Park City Council (unexpired 2-year term; vote for 1)

Moraine Township




Trustee (vote for 4)

West Deerfield Township




Trustee (vote for 4)

Park District of Highland Park Commissioner

North Shore School District 112 Board of Education (vote for 4)

Township High School District Board of Education (vote for 3)

College of Lake County Trustee (vote for 2)

  • Catherine M. Finger
  • Loretta K. Dorn
  • James Creighton Mitchell, Jr.
  • Michele Vaughn
  • Julie B. Shroka
  • Gerri Songer
  • Matthew Stanton

Lake County Regional Board of Schools Trustee

  • Donald J. Fontana
  • William Gentes (write-in)
  • Kristen J. Kinsela (write-in)





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Congratulations to Highland Park Author, Daniel Rosenberg

Highland Park resident and author Daniel Rosenberg is one of three finalists in the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Authors Project.  His self-published novel, The Towers Still Stand, was chosen from among sixty-six submissions. (more)   

The Towers Still Stand, Rosenberg’s first work of fiction, is a chilling alternate history thriller premised on the failure of the September 11 attacks.  The hijackers and their leaders regroup and plan another attempt. Only one man in the government and an aggressive journalist suspect the menace.  How can they convince a skeptical nation that the World Trade Center is in danger? These two find themselves in a deadly battle against time and the complacent nature of the US government.

A professional journalist, Daniel Rosenberg’s career includes stints writing for the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. He currently writes about financial markets for a major brokerage firm. Rosenberg is married, has two sons, and lives in Highland Park, Illinois.

Rosenberg’s book was nominated by the Highland Park Public Library.  The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Authors Project helps raise interest in self-published fiction. Now in its fourth year, the competition is coordinated by library marketing professionals in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association  (ILA) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 12 at 1PM at the Gail Borden Public Library District.  For more information, see

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Spotlight on Women Scientists during Women's History Month

A popular Danish building toy manufacturer just announced a new set celebrating women of NASA and the critical roles that women have played throughout the U.S. Space program.  If you’d like to learn more about these and other brilliant women in STEM fields, the library has books and more.  (click here)

The set includes these women:

Sally Ride (the first American woman in space)

Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space)

mathematician Katherine Johnson (featured in the book and movie Hidden Figures)

computer scientist Margaret Hamilton (a major contributor to the success of the Apollo 11 moon landing)

Nancy Grace Roman (the first Chief of Astronomy at NASA)

Check out these library resources:

Sally Ride: America’s first woman in space by Lynn Sherr

Find Where the Wind Goes: moments from my life by Mae Jemison

Hidden figures: the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space by Margot Lee Shetterly

Rise of the Rocket Girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

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Need Tax Forms?

The tax forms have arrived! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has supplied the Library with a limited number of the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms and booklets. These are the only forms and booklets we will receive. The Illinois Department of Revenue has supplied us with 1040 forms, 1040 booklets (27), and Schedule ICR forms and instructions. How can you obtain forms from the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue? More...

IRS Tax Forms for Individuals and Small Businesses

The Library will receive the following forms:

  • 1040 forms and instruction booklets
  • 1040A forms and instruction booklets
  • 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets
  • IRS Reproducible forms

How to obtain IRS forms, instructions, and publications

  • View and print forms, instructions, and publications.
  • Order your individual and business forms, instructions, and publications and receive paper copies via U.S. Mail.
  • Free downloadable ebook version of popular tax publications and instruction booklets. Publication 17.
  • Call (800) 829-3676: To order print forms, instruction, and publications to receive paper copies via U.S. Mail.

Visit an IRS Office (Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

  • 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago IL 60604 - (312) 292-4912
  • 5100 River Rd., Schiller Park IL 60176 - (847) 737-6688

Need additional help? Call the IRS

  • Individuals - (800) 829-1040
  • People with Hearing Impairments - (800) 829-4059
  • Businesses - (800) 829-4933

Free File

File your federal taxes for free, if your adjusted income is under $64,000. If your adjusted income is over $64,000, take advantage of the "free file fillable forms" to avoid mathematical mistakes.

Local Help

  • Moraine Township:  Call for an appointment (847) 780-6644. From February 1 through April 8, Moraine Township will offer free assistance to low-and-moderate-income taxpayers filing their 2016 income tax returns through the IRS VITA Program (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance). Volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to prepare basic returns for taxpayers earning less than $55,000 in 2016. Appointments will take place in the Moraine Township Office, 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, and are available mornings, afternoons, and evenings, Monday to Thursday and Saturdays 9 AM to 12 PM. Walk-in hours are Saturday 9 AM to 12 PM.
  • AARP Foundation Tax Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older.
  • IRS Tax Payer Advocate Service: Call (312) 292-3800 in Chicago.

Illinois Department of Revenue Tax Forms for Individuals and Small Businesses

How to Obtain Illinois Tax Forms

  • View and print forms, instructions, and publications. File online.
  • Call The Illinois Department of Revenue (Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to receive paper copies of the forms and instructions via U.S. Mail.
  • Forms Order Line: (800) 356-6302
  • TTD: (800) 544-5304
  • Assistance for Individuals: (800) 732-8866 or (217) 782-3336
  • Business Hot Line: (217) 524-4772

Visit an Illinois Department of Revenue Office (Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

  • James R. Thompson Center, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, (800) 732-8866
  • Maine North Regional Building, 9511 Harrison Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016, (847) 294-4200

Local Help

Moraine Township offers help for elderly and low income tax filers. Call for an appointment (847) 780-6644. From February 1 through April 8. Township office is located at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park IL.


Need Additional Help?

For help in navigating the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue web sites, printing forms, or online ordering of forms and instructions, please ask an Information & Reader Services Librarian or call (847) 681-7031.

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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:

The IRS wants you to be proactive with these issues:

  • Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN): Your ITIN could expire on Dec. 31, 2016 if you haven't used that number at least once between 2013-2015 OR if the middle digits include 78 or 79. Renew your ITIN now.
  • Refunds: If you claim Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, the IRS cannot release your refund until Feb. 15, 2017.
  • Adjusted Gross Income (AGI): If you are using a new tax software product, you may need your 2015 Adjusted Gross Income figure (1040 line 37; 1040A line 21; 1040EZ line 4)
  • Protecting Taxpayers: The IRS has upgraded its identification process for online tools. Register for certain online self-help tools before filing.
  • IRS Help: IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers will offer appointment service by Dec. 2106. Online and telephone assistance is offered by the IRS. Local IRS locations:



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