Free movies Harold Washington Library
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
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.
Halloween Film Screening: It (2017) Thursday, October 31, 2019 5:30PM – 7:45PM
Based on the Stephen King horror novel, join us on Halloween night for a terrifying screening of It (2017). A group of bullied kids join together to confront a horrifying monster disguising itself as a clown in their small town. ©New Line Cinema – 135 min – Rated R. Under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
First Nations Film and Video Festival Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Film Screening: Avatar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:00PM – 4:30PM
A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. Rated PG-13, 162 minutes.
Nanowrimo Film Screening: The Shining (1980) Friday, November 8, 2019 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Take a break from the writing and join us for a film that highlights the struggles of writers everywhere, with an extra distraction from the paranormal. A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. Warner Bros. – 146 min – Rated R
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.