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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.

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.

North Shore School District 112 Referendum

North Shore School District 112 is asking voters for approval to issue $198,000,000 in school building bonds. The ballot text:

Proposition to Issue $198,000,000 School Building Bonds

"Shall the Board of Education of North Shore School District Number 112, Lake County, Illinois, improve the safety and efficiency of physical plants, build and equip new buildings on existing sites of said School District and improve said sites, build and equip additions to, alter, repair, equip and renovate existing buildings for instructional purposes and improve the sites thereof, for the purpose of consolidating the schools of said School District, including, without limitation, installing fire safety systems, installing security systems, installing climate control systems and increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount $198,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

Federal Offices

Voters will select the candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties for the offices                        [Note: Candidates are listed in ballot order and includes candidates who have suspended his/her campaigns]:

President (and the delegates to the national conventions)

Democratic                                         Republican

Hillary Clinton                                       Jeb Bush

Willie L. Wilson                                    Chris Christie

Martin J. O'Malley                                 Donald J. Trump

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente                Ted Cruz

Larry (Lawrence) Cohen                         Marco Rubio

Bernie Sanders                                     Rand Paul

                                                           Carly Fiorina

                                                           Mike Huckabee

                                                           Rick Santorum

                                                           John K. Kasich

                                                           Ben Carson

United States Senator

Democratic                                         Republican

Andrea Zopp                                         James T. Marter

Tammy Duckworth                                 Mark Steven Kirk

Napoleon Harris

10th Congressional District Representative

Democratic                                         Republican

Brad Schneider                                     Robert Dold

Nancy Rotering

State Offices

Voters will select the candidates for the offices:

Illinois Comptroller

Democratic                                          Republican

Susana Mendoza                                   Leslie Geissler Munger

State Senator 29th Legislative District

Democratic                                         Republican

Julie A. Morrison                                   Benjamin Salzberg

Illinois General Assembly 58th Representative District

Democratic                                         Republican

Scott Drury                                           no candidate

Lake County Offices

Voters will select candidates for the offices:

Lake County Circuit Clerk

Democratic                                        Republican

Erin Cartwright Weinstein                     Keith Brin

Lake County Coroner

Democratic                                        Republican

Michael P. Donnenwirth                        Howard Cooper

Lake County Recorder

Democratic                                       Republican

Mary Ellen Vanderventer                      no candidate

Lake County State's Attorney

Democratic                                      Republican

Matt Stanton                                      Michael G. Nerheim

Michael J. Perillo Jr.

Lake County Board Member - District 11

Democratic                                     Republican

Paul H. Frank                                   Laura Lambrecht

Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit

Democratic                                    Republican

Mitchell L. Hoffman                           no candidate

Lake County Precinct Committeeman

Democratic                                     Republican

no candidate                                    Martin Zeidman

Voting Information

What's on your ballot? Where is your polling place? Are you registered to vote? Lake County Voter Power web site can answer these questions. Other voting information is available on the Lake County Voter Services page.

Early Voting begins on Monday, February 29th and ends on Monday, March 14th. The early voting polling place for Highland Park residents is Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road. 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 those who do not live in Highland Park, see your early voting sites here.



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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.This service can be used by any library cardholder and accessed from any computer or on a tablet through the Zinio app. Click here for more information.

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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.

Discover Languages - Discover the World!

February is Language Learning Month.  We can help you learn languages spoken all over the world, including Pirate and Shakespeare!


In the Adult Services room, check out our language learning collection.  You can pick up CDs from outstanding language educators like Berlitz, Pimsleur and more.  Listen to a program on your next road trip and arrive at your destination speaking a new language!



Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps.

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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)

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
  • Publication 17 (one Reference copy)
  • IRS Reproducible forms

How to obtain IRS forms, instructions, and publications

  • www.IRS.gov: View and print forms, instructions, and publications.
  • www.IRS.gov/orderforms: Order your individual and business forms, instructions, and publications and receive paper copies via U.S. Mail.
  • www.IRS.gov/orderforms/ebooks: Free downloadable ebook version of popular tax publications and instruction booklets.
  • 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

Local Help

  • Moraine Township:  Call for an appointment (847) 780-6644. From February 1 through April 9, Moraine Township will offer free assistance to low-and-moderate-income taxpayers filing their 2015 income tax returns through the IRS VITA Program (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance).
  • 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

The Library will receive limited number of the Illinois 1040 form and instruction booklets, and Schedule ICR.

How to Obtain Illinois Tax Forms

  • Tax.Illinois.gov: 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

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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Novelist Plus Available Now

NoveList Plus is the premiere database for reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. One may access it either through our online resources page or the home page of the catalog. 

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2015 Nonfiction Staff Recommends

The Information & Reader Services Staff have compiled our choices for the 2015 Nonfiction Staff Recommends.

Bell, Gertrude and Howell, Georgina. A Woman in Arabia: the writings of the Queen of the Desert.

Writings of the brilliant and multifaceted Gertrude Bell, an English woman who devoted her life to traveling and understanding the Arab world. Her exceptional grasp of the difficult Arabic language made her a valuable agent for the British dealing with early 20th century Arabs. Sometimes referred to as "the female Lawrence of Arabia".

Cavolo, Ricardo. 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die.

I have an uneven relationship with graphic novels, but this one is not only visually stimulating, it's fun and informative too (and I picked up several new artists to try out as well).

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me.

In this heartfelt memoir/letter to his teenage son, Coates reflects on racial identity, its impact on his life and on his son's future. A stirring message for all people that black lives matter.

Cornwell, Bernard. Waterloo: the history of four days, three armies, and three battles.

Cornwell, normally a historical fiction writer, authors a compelling work of nonfiction in Waterloo. The book takes the reader through the grueling four days of the Battle of Waterloo from the perspective of Napoleon and Wellington. It is fascinating to learn these two leaders, known as the best military minds of their time, took small missteps on each of their parts that could have led to a different outcome. A great book for history buffs.

Day, Felicia. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

A delightful, smart, and funny book about the one of a kind Ms. Day, who had a quirky upbringing, which probably helped her navigate an even more unusual career.

Edin, Kathryn J. $2.00 a Day: living on almost nothing in America.

An examination about extreme poverty in America; why has poverty increased over the past 20 years, how do these families survive on little or no income, and how can the country address the issue of income inequality.

Goldberg, Daniel and Larsson, Linus. The State of Play: creators and critics on video game culture.

As a non-gamer, I was enthralled by the 14 essays in this book that explored and discussed issues of gaming entertainment, such as race, gender, violence, death, sex, and fantasy. It raised points that I'll be thinking about for quite awhile.

Goodman, Simon. The Orpheus Clock: the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis.

When Simon Goodman's father passed away, he left behind boxes of files revealing he was not the quintessential British gentleman they thought he was. Born Bernard Guttman, primary heir of a prominent German banking family, Bernard had been trying to recover the family's extensive art collection plundered during World War II. Simon and his brother take up the search and learn their heartbreaking family history in the process.

Green, Kristen. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: a family, a Virginia town, a civil rights battle.

After the Brown v the Board of Education decision, Prince Edward County, VA., closed its public schools and opened private, all-white schools. The author examines the effect of the closure on the community and her family's role in the decision.

Larson, Eric. Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania.

Larson does it again! The suspenseful dual narrative of Dead Wake captures the looming disaster as experienced by those who lived it, the sad reckoning of lives lost, and the inevitable "if only" we could reach across time to send a warning.

Lyndsey, Anna. Girl in the Dark: a memoir.

Imagine being allergic to light. That is Anna's reality. Once an ambitious young woman, she is now confined to live most of her days in a completely blacked-out room. Fascinatingly, she continues on with her life, fighting against the unbearable loneliness and instead finding the beauty in her new existence. A resonating and brave story.

Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm: stories of life, death, and brain surgery.

Marsh, one of Britain's foremost neurosurgeons, shares stories from the surgery in this riveting memoir, an examination of the exhilaration of successful operations and the despair of failure. Candid and compassionate.

McCullough, David. The Wright Brothers.

McCullough is a master storyteller at his best in relating the amazing story of two "ordinary" men whose genius, courage, innovation, and perseverance achieved human flight.

Rauchway, Eric. Money Makers: how Roosevelt and Keynes ended the depression, defeated fascism, and secured a prosperous peace.

Who was John Maynard Keynes and why does it still matter? An innovative economist and a bold president introduced a monetary policy with far-reaching effects that continues to influence the global economy. Worth more that the paper it's printed on.

Turkle, Sherry. Reclaiming Conversation: the power of a talk in a digital age.

Wonderful book. Amazing as it touches on so many aspects of our lives that are interlinked with technology. If you keep your smart phone on the table during dinner... read this.

Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's new world.

An attractive and engaging biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a somewhat forgotten 19th century giant in the field of natural sciences. A native of Germany, he spent time as a young man on scientific expeditions in Latin America, where began his vision of the natural world as holistic and interdependent, a foundation of the modern concept of environmentalism.

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