Free movies Harold Washington Library
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
Film Screening: Black Panther (2018) Friday, January 10, 2020 2:00PM – 4:30PM
A superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country’s natural resources to fund an uprising. © Marvel -135 minutes – Rated PG-13
Film Screening: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Friday, January 17, 2020 2:00PM – 4:30PM
After being defeated in combat by his half-sister Hela, Thor ends up as an imprisoned gladiator on a distant world ruled by the Grandmaster. © Walt Disney Pictures – 130 min. PG13
Film Screening: Wonder Woman (2017) Friday, January 24, 2020 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Diana, princess of the Amazons was trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers, and her true destiny. © Warner Brothers Pictures Runtime: 141 Mins Rated PG-13
Film Screening: The Dark Knight (2008) Friday, January 31, 2020 2:00PM – 4:30PM
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. ©Warner Bros – 162 minutes – R
Film Screening: Mad Max: Fury Road Friday, February 7, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max. Rated R, 120 minutes.
Valentine’s Day Film Screening: It Happened One Night (1934) Friday, February 14, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Oscar winner about a runaway heiress on the lam from her father, and the reporter on her trail. As they travel northward and engage in a series of misadventures, the gruff newspaperman and the spoiled young lady begin to fall for each other. ©Columbia Pictures Industries – 105 min – NR
Film Screening: Do The Right Thing (1989) Friday, February 21, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Racial tensions grow in a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. © Universal Pictures – Runtime: 120 minutes – Rated R.
Film Screening: Harriet (2019) Friday, February 28, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
The incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. ©Focus Features – 125 min – PG-13
About the Chicago Public Library
1871: After the Chicago Fire, Thomas Hughes, a prominent member of British Parliament and children’s author supports a plan to donate more than 8,000 books to Chicago.
Chicago citizens petition for a free public library. Previous libraries were private membership-only organizations. The Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library Center is named after Thomas Hughes
1872: The Illinois Library Act of 1872, authorized cities to establish tax-supported libraries throughout the state. In April, the City Council passed an ordinance proclaiming the establishment of Chicago Public Library.
1873: The Chicago Public Library opens at the southeast corner of LaSalle and Adams streets in a circular water tank that survived the fire. The library moved several times during its first 24 years, including an 11-years on the fourth floor of City Hall.
1874: A delivery station system of outposts served Chicago’s neighborhoods mostly in stores. Patrons could call for a book, which was delivered by horse-drawn carriage to the outpost nearest their home.
By the early 1900s deposit stations accounted for two-thirds of the circulation of the Chicago Public Library.
1897: October 11, the Central Library, on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Randolph streets, opens in what is now the Chicago Cultural Center.
The building cost about $2 million, was designed by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. The building was designed to be practically incombustible. Preston Bradley Hall, contains a dome and hanging lamps by Tiffany Glass.
1904: Isabella N. Blackstone donates funds to construct the first branch library, located in the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods. The library was modeled after the famous Erechtheion on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
1916: Chief Librarian Henry E. Legler presented a library plan calling for an network of neighborhood library locations to bring library service within the walking distance for every person in Chicago.
The plan called for several regional libraries with more comprehensive collections. The first regional library, the Henry E. Legler Regional Library, opened in 1920 in West Garfield Park.
1918: Carl B. Roden, who began work as a library page in 1886, was appointed chief librarian. Over 32 years (1918-1950) he increased staff, holdings, circulation and total expenditures exponentially.
The Carl B. Roden Branch in the Norwood Park neighborhood, where he resided, is named in his honor.
1960s: CPL added a significant number of neighborhood branch libraries, via new construction or leasing storefronts or reading rooms. By 1985, there were 76 branches.
1991: The new main library the Harold Washington Library Center opened October 7.
1995: Chicago Public Library established its website.
1996: A three-year, $65 million capital improvement plan begins building or renovating 52 neighborhood libraries.
2000: $44 million in neighborhood library construction begins.
Weekly on Friday @ 2:00 pm-4:30 pm (January 10, 2020 - February 28, 2020)