Free movies Harold Washington Library
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
The Greatest Good: The Harold Washington Community Movie Production Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Celebrate the life of Mayor Harold Washington with a screening of and discussion about the new documentary film The Greatest Good.
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
Women’s History Film Screening: The Magdalene Sisters (2002) Friday, March 6, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
A film about 3 young women who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women in 1964.
Free movies Harold Washington Library
Film Screening & Talkback: Racing Extinction Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:00PM – 8:30PM
We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction. In “Racing Extinction,” a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet.
Women’s History Film Screening: In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) Friday, March 13, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Tale of the Mirabal sisters, who helped overthrow Dominican Republic dictator Gen. Trujillo, the tyrannical leader, who ruled from 1930 to 1961. Based on true events. ©MGM – 95 minutes – Rated PG-13
Classics of the Silver Screen: The Maltese Falcon (1941) Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:30PM – 7:30PM
This film features detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), and a group of grifters eager to get their hands on the jewel-encrusted falcon. Warner Bros., 1941:101 minutes. Rated NR
Happy Birthday Mr. Rogers: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) riday, March 20, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Writer Lloyd Vogel is tasked with creating a profile of Fred Rogers, the creator and star of the successful children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. ©Columbia Pictures Running Time: 109 Minutes. Rating: PG
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.