Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
Film Screening: Young Frankenstein (1974) Friday, October 26, 2018 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.. Rated PG. 105 minutes.
Halloween Film Screening: Twilight Zone: Strange Worlds Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Join us on Halloween to watch episodes of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Four episodes where humans travel to other worlds, or so they believe, will be screened.
Film Screening: A Night on Milwaukee Ave. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (6:00PM – 7:30PM)
A Night on Milwaukee Ave. presents the history and music of one of Chicago’s vibrant Polish neighborhoods, Jackowo, through the stories of legendary singers and performers who hustled in cramped smoke filled bars in Jackowo’s entertainment district along Milwaukee Ave.
Masterpiece Book Club Event: Rebecca (Film Screening) Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (5:30PM – 7:45PM)
Rebecca (1940) is the classic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine as the newly married de Winters. Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca.
Cinema Harold Presents: Red Tails Friday, November 16, 2018 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
The film follows the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American Army Air Forces during World War II.
Cinema Harold Presents: Life, Above All Friday, November 30, 2018 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
The film follows the story of mother and daughter living in South Africa not far from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cinema Harold Presents: No Friday, December 14, 2018 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
The film captures the historical moment of using advertising tactics in political campaigns for the 1988 plebiscite in Chile. That is when the Chilean citizenry were given an opportunity to vote on whether or not the dictator should remain in power for another eight years.
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.