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New eReading service!

Highwood Library has joined eRead Illinois!  Click the button on the right to set up an account and begin checking out ebooks.  Everyone with a valid library card is eligible to check out five books at a time.

There are four apps available for your devices or computer that support eRead Illinois books.

AxisReader (Android, iOS): Check out e-books from your Axis360 library. Also allows you to read ePub and PDF books on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device. Not compatible with black and white Kindle.

Blio (Android, iOS, Windows): Available for Windows, Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire. Offers to text-to-speech for e-books when available. ADA compliant.

Axis360 (Android, iOS): Audiobook app, provides direct to device downloading for instant listening of audiobooks on your Apple, Android, or Nook tablet device.

Adobe Digital Editions (Windows, Mac): Lets you read downloaded ePub and PDF books directly on your computer or transfer them to your Nook or other eReader(Nook, Nook Color, Sony Reader, Kobo, etc).

About eRead:

eRead Illinois is a program funded by Secretary of State Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. Its purpose is to expand eBook access across Illinois, provide training to increase expertise on e-books, and explore further opportunities for increasing access to e-books through collaboration with Illinois authors, libraries, publishers, and other organizations.

For more information, please visit http://ereadillinois.com.



Ravinia tickets for select shows are available for Highwood residents free of charge.  There are two groups of tickets: those for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (each date has 4 tickets available) and those for concerts in the Martin Theatre (each date has 2 tickets available).

 These are available at the Highwood Public Library circulation desk.  Tickets are available on a first –come first-served basis and, due to the limited number of shows, are limited to one set of free tickets per family. 

 Tickets are available for the following shows:

 CSO(4 tickets per date)

July 22             Mahler/Conlon            

Aug. 6              Bruch/Rimsky-Korsakov/Sheherazade

 Martin Theatre (2 tickets per date)

June 29            Julliard  String Quartet                   

July 3               Miriam Fried & Friends    

July 5              The Knights/Dawn Upshaw                                                         

July 7               Jeffrey Kahane                                    

July 9               Vladimir Feltsman                                         

July 15             Igor Levit/Bach

July 28             Thomas Hampson

Aug. 3              Maxim Vengerov

Aug.4               Nikolai Lugansky

Aug. 10            Karita Mattila

Aug.11             Yefim Bronfman

Aug.13           Yefim Bronfman

1 Pass to admit 2 people to any Classical Music Concert

Highwood Library Awarded a $50,000 Construction Grant

We are pleased to announce that the library has been awarded a $50,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant by the Illinois State Library, which we will use to help pay for the renovations of our East Building.   The plans include the construction of a programming/community room, two multi-stall male and female bathrooms, a new ADA entrance, and a staff break room.  Highwood based architectural firm FWC Architects, Inc. prepared the plans and is in the process of preparing the Request for Proposal bid packet for qualified General Contractor bidders. We were one of 17 public libraries selected to receive funds, from a total of over $700,000, to help pay for essential capital improvements. 

To participate, find something good to checkout at Highwood Public Library, read or listen to books, enter book titles on your reading log and accomplish the Book Review Form either at home or with the help of your librarian. Upon completion, go to the library to pick up your prize at the 2, 4, 10 and 20 books or other book levels. 

First 10 Books : A Certificate, an entry to a weekly prize drawing and a chance to be entered into a Grand Prize drawing.
20 Books : One Free Book
30 Books : Additional Free Book
First 4 Books : A Certificate, an entry to a weekly prize drawing and a chance to be entered into a Grand Prize drawing.
10 Books : One Free Book
20 Books : Additional Free Book
First 2 Books : A Certificate, an entry to a weekly prize drawing and a chance to be entered into a Grand Prize drawing.
10 Books : One Free Book
20  Books : Additional Free Book


Highwood Library card holders now have the option of reading magazines in a variety of subject areas on their own electronic devices simply by following the link on the library's home page.  Once registered, patrons can either stream magazines to their device to read immediately or download the issue to read at a later time.  The service is free and cardholders have 14 titles to choose from. 

To get started, click on the Zinio button on the right side of the home page, follow the registration instructions, choose from any or all issues available and enjoy!

Upcoming Library Programming
Join us for our range of programs for adults and children!
Check Programming link or Calendar for all details.
Book Club--2 sessions, day and evening, every first Wednesday of the month.
Current Events Roundtable--meets the second Wednesday of the month
Sherlock Holmes Discussion Group --- meets the first Tuesday of every other month
K9 Reading Buddies - every 3rd Tuesday 6-7 pm through April
Crafts-every other Saturday at 1:30pm  
Storytime-every other Saturday at 1:30pm
Weeknight Storytime- Thursdays at 6:00pm

Books for Sale - Help Support Our Library
Book Sale Press Release
Volume I and Volume II of the Highwood Highlife cookbook - for sale at the library. Our cookbooks are perfect for hostess, teacher, new bride gifts, or just a treat for yourself.  Cook up some new recipes from local chefs and residents of surrounding communities, who have contributed over 800 recipes.  Book covers feature local artist  Babe Galassini's whimsical and colorful oils of fruit and flora.
-    Volume I (300 recipes) $20 and Volume 2 (500 recipes) $25, with a discount for multiple books.
Through the generous underwriting by US Bank, all proceeds benefit the library's resources and programming fund.
Other Books For Sale - Starting at $1!