Free movies Harold Washington Library
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
Documentary Screening: Winter on Fire Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015) Monday, August 26, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Nearly 30 years later, Ukraine still struggles against corruption and foreign influence.
Film Screening: Black Panther (2018) Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Conflict arises when T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his nation of Wakanda after the death of his father to take his rightful place as king.
Cinema Harold: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Friday, August 30, 2019 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Classics of the Silver Screen: Double Indemnity Thursday, September 26, 2019 (5:30PM – 7:30PM)
Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in the gripping film noir classic. A calculating wife Phyllis Dietrichson, (Stanwyck) encourages her wealthy husband to sign a Double Indemnity policy (accidental death claim) proposed by insurance agent Walter Neff (MacMurray). As they plot the unsuspecting husband’s (Tom Power) murder, they are pursued by an insurance investigator, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson).
Happy Birthday Groucho Marx! Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:00PM – 4:00PM
On October 2, 1890, Julius Henry Marx was born in New York City. Join us as we celebrate what would have been his 129th birthday with a screening of the comedy from 1933, Duck Soup. The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo) in a lunatic plot about a mythical kingdom, where Groucho becomes prime minister.
Classics of the Silver Screen: Arsenic and Old Lace Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (5:30PM – 7:30PM)
Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a writer who has an aversion to marriage falls for girl-next-door Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane), and marry on Halloween. When the newlyweds return to deliver the news, a small celebration is planned by his eccentric aunts, Abby (Josephine Hull), Martha (Jean Adair), and Teddy, (John Alexander), Mortimer’s brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Classics of the Silver Screen: Casablanca Monday, November 11, 2019 (5:30PM – 7:30PM)
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), is a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco, during WWII. When a former love of Rick’s, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband, Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid), show up at his cafe one day, Rick faces a challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, and ultimately a most difficult decision for him to make.
Classics of the Silver Screen: Christmas in Connecticut Thursday, December 5, 2019 (5:30PM – 7:30PM)
Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck), a food columnist, writes for a preeminent publication owned by the formidable Alexander Yardley (Sidney Greenstreet). Her articles about her “perfect family,” are admired by housewives across the country. Yardley arranges for a U.S. Navy hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) to visit her home for the holidays, as part of his convalescence. What ensues after this “catastrophe,” is an amazing comedic tour de force.
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.