Free movies Harold Washington Library. As part of the Chicago Public Library’s Art, Movies and Performances series the Harold Washington Library is screening the following movies:
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium or Video Library, Lower Level
Good Friday Agreement Film Screening: Some Mother’s Son Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
On April 10, 1998, the Good Friday Agreement was signed. It involved Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and complicated issues of sovereignty, civil and cultural rights. In 1981, a prison hunger strike was led by the IRA leader Bobby Sands. Explore this event with the film “Some Mother’s Son”.
Cinema Harold: Glory Friday, April 12, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)
“Glory” follows the story of one of the first all African-American regiments to fight on the Union side of the Civil War. Led by Captain Robert Shaw, the 54th Massachusetts inspired many fellow Americans to enlist and help the lead the Union to victory.
Film Screening/ Q&A – The Mirror with Charles Coleman Saturday, April 20, 2019 (1:00PM – 4:00PM)
Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror is a semi-autobiographical, narrative of memories recalled by a dying poet. Based on Tarkovsky’s father Arseny, the film recounts moments in the poet’s life, the Russian people, shifting between pre-World War II, war-time and postwar periods. Film critics etc., consider The Mirror one of the greatest films of all time. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Charles Coleman, Film Program Director at Facets Cinematheque.
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.