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The Gibbs Library seeks to offer programming that benefits students and staff while building community and enhancing the reputation of  Highland Park High School. Special programs represent unique opportunities for individuals to grow intellectually and creatively outside their normal classwork.

All of the programs listed below are in early stages of development. Please contact us for more information or if you wish to be involved.


Student Workshops

Workshops on academic skills and literacy information are offered throughout the year. The aim is to bridge the information gap for students between the skills are expected to know as learners for class assignments, but are not covered in class because of time restraints.  The schedule of these workshops are posted each semester.  Topics include study skills, time management, MLA formatting, technology navigation, plagiarism, digital citizenship, Works Cited creation, annotated bibliographies, and more.

Chess Club

Chess is a popular activity at Highland Park High School and the library hosts a chess club on most Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm and some Fridays after school until library closing. The goal of chess club is to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for self-improvement and to field a winning team representing Highland Park High School in inter-scholastic tournaments.  Players of all levels and abilities are welcome to join the club on a regular or occasional basis.

Night Writers 

Night Writers is a student led writing group that meets in the library every Wednesday after school.  All students are welcome to come to any and all meetings.  Mr. Smith is the sponsor of the club.  The students share their writing, provide feedback, talk through writing problems and ideas, and discuss writers and writing techniques.  Last year we were pleased to welcome the Young Adult writer, Sonia Gensler, who provided practical writing tips, positive criticism, and a glimpse into the daily life of a published author.  Slam poet, Joaquín Zihuatanejo, and two members of the Dallas Youth Poets team presented their work and conducted a slam poetry workshop inspiring two of our Night Writers to enter and win local slam poetry contests.

Book Love

The HPHS library is collaborating with several teachers to promote pleasure reading, to build reading stamina, and to help students develop independent reading lives.  To help with ideas for programming and promotion of #hphsbooklove we support a group of student book lovers.  This group will discuss books and writers, library programming, and have the opportunity to attend several teen book festivals to meet fantastic authors.

Scot Studio

The Scot Studio has everything needed to create music, movies and all sorts of digital delights for both school projects and personal passions. Equipment includes condenser and cardioid microphones for instrumental and vocal recording, multi-track recording software, digital piano keyboard, wireless lavalier system, green screen, and HD video camera.

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