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Campaign for Literacy & Transformation

About the Campaign
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The Highwood Public Library, supported by its Board of Trustees, has launched a major capital campaign to renovate its existing facility. This renovation project will reimagine the Highwood Public Library as the Highwood Public Library and Community Center (HPLCC) to function as an innovative and collaborative community anchor. The creation of the HPLCC will be supported by a grassroots Capital Campaign for Literacy and Transformation.


The goal of the campaign is to completely transform the current library building into a state-of-the-art community center that inspires innovation and self-empowerment. The development of collaborative work areas, experiential learning centers, and increased accessibility and safety throughout the building will create a welcoming environment for everyone.

Winner of the National IMLS Award!


$2M Capital Campaign Goal is Achieved!!!


Update May 2021 - We hit our Two Million Dollar Campaign Goal due to unbelievably generous donors from our community and the surrounding communities of Lake Forest and Highland Park. The construction phase is funded and the project is underway. HOLD On, we're not done!


We're raising an additional One Million Dollar for our Sustainability Campaign. 100% of all funds raised through the Sustainability Campaign will directly support programs, services and hiring of additional staff members for the next three years.

Learn more about Campaign Leadership and generous Donors or review a comprehensive list of naming opportunities here. 


Campaign Leadership

Campaign Committee and Honorary Chairs

Campaign Leadership
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The Highwood Public Library is fortunate to be supported by an exceptional team of community leaders and visionaries. Their influence and leadership in this Capital Campaign provide the foundation for our success. 

Honorary Chairs

Deborah Finn, Principal of Highland Park High School

Michael Lubefeld, Superintendent of Schools, North Shore School District 112

Bob Morgan, Member of Illinois House of Representatives, 58th District

Julie Morrison, Illinois State Senator, 29th District

Charlie Pecaro, Mayor of Highwood

Brad Schneider, U.S. Representative,  Illinois's 10th Congressional District

Capital Campaign Committee

Viridiana Aburto-Hernandez

Melissa Federman

Luis Gonzalez

Andy Hamilton

Lucy Hospodarsky

Chris Hull

Rachel McMullen

Gayle Meyers

Allison Nemirow

Carmen Patlan

Marty Rosenthal

Laura Singer

Chldren's Library
Congressman Brad Schneider - IL-10

Congressman Brad Schneider

The Highwood Public Library is a cornerstone in the Highwood community that helps provide much-needed resources for so many. The capital campaign to update the library will ensure that children and families of all backgrounds can access the literary and technological resources they need to be successful.


State Senator Julie Morrison

The Highwood Public Library is about so much more than books and periodicals. It has become a community center that provides information, resources, and even basic necessities like food and PPE during these chaotic times. I support the capital campaign because the renovation is a necessity for the library to continue its vital mission of welcoming, informing and educating all Highwood's residents.


Representative Bob Morgan

The Highwood Library is a critical part of the Highwood community. Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library operates as a "third place" for Highwood's diverse citizens to get access to important information, get connected to community support programs, or even just a safe place to relax. Renovating the Library is essential for the city - it will bring the Library into the 21st Century and make it possible for the Library to continue to meet the needs of Highwood's residents. I look forward to the incredible impact this successful campaign and renovation will have on the city of Highwood.

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Want to Learn More About the Sustainability Campaign

Contact us today if you want to learn more about the campaign, naming opportunities, or schedule a tour of the library.

Thank you for your interest in the campaign!

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