Harold Washington Library: Free Author Lecture Series.
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street,
All events at Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level, unless indicated otherwise. Schedule subject to change or cancellation. Seating is available first come, first served.
Author Patricia Balton Stratton and Friends discuss “The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure”
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (6:00PM – 7:30PM)
Art historian Patricia Balton Stratton, along with a group of panelists, tells the inside story of the sculpture to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the famous statue’s unveiling.
Panelists include: Ms. Stratton; Fred Lo, retired Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect who worked on the original project; Lynne Warren, curator of contemporary art at the MCA; and David Van Zanten, Ph.D., authority on architectural history.
Program will be moderated by John W. McCarter, Jr. President Emeritus of The Field Museum and Board of Regents of Smithsonian Institutions . This program is presented as part of the City of Chicago’s 2017 Year of Public Art.
Author Abigail Pogrebin discusses “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew”
Thursday, September 14, 2017 (6:00PM – 7:15PM)
Abigail Pogrebin spent a year abroad studying, experiencing and writing about every Jewish holiday.
Author Eric Liu discusses “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change”
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (6:30PM – 8:00PM)
Author and speaker Eric Liu discusses this year’s presidential contest and its aftermath. Most of America is completely disillusioned by government and public service and Mr. Liu would argue that you’re more powerful than you think.
Cartoonist Roz Chast Discusses Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (6:00PM – 7:30PM)
Chast is the author of the award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Going Into Town is part New York stories, part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting, and venting–an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.
Author Mike Wallace discusses Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (6:00PM – 7:15PM)
Wallace tells the story with of New York City from 1898 to 1919, picking pivotal moments when ambition, immigrant dreams, and Wall Street greed fueled the city’s expansion and rise to global prominence.
Author Andrew Diamond discusses “Chicago on the Make: Power and Inequality in a Modern City”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (6:00PM – 7:15PM)
Chicago on the Make traces the evolution of the city’s politics, culture, and economy as it grew from rail yards, slaughterhouses, factories, tenement houses, and ethnic neighborhoods into a truly global urban center.
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.