- Free movies Harold Washington Library
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
Cinema Harold: Blindspotting Friday, February 22, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. When a life-altering event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, the two men struggle to maintain their friendship as the changing social landscape exposes their differences. Explores the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland.
Women’s History Film Screening: Amelia Friday, March 8, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Join us to celebrate Women’s History month for a screening of the 2009 biopic “Amelia.”
From the time she first sits in the pilot’s seat, aviatrix Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) feels destined to achieve great things. Beginning in 1928, she sets a number of aviation milestones, including numerous speed and altitude records, and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1937, Amelia undertakes her greatest challenge of all: to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane.
Cinema Harold: Hidden Figures Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.
St. Patrick’s Day Film Screening: Once Friday, March 15, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending a screening of the Independent Spirit Award winning film from Ireland, Once.
An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad’s Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.
More Than Machines: Women in Science Fiction Shorts Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (6:00PM – 7:30PM)
Since Mary Shelley gave birth to the genre, women have continued proving that they are more than machines. See why in this sci-fi shorts program presented by the Chicago Feminist Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. This program is presented in partnership with CPL’s Women’s History Committee in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Film Screening: Twilight Zone Friday, April 5, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Come see episodes of this classic sci-fi television show that explore many possible futures.
Film Screening Season Finale: Blade Runner (1982) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)
If you enjoyed this season of One Book, One Chicago, don’t miss our finale film event, exploring the director’s cut of the film based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator. Rated R. 117 minutes.
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.