Harold Washington Library free Business, Law and Money lectures.
The Chicago Public Library’s FREE Business, Law and Money lecture series continues with the following events:
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street,. Event subject to cancellation and/or location change. Always call or check the CPL website before heading over.
Property Taxes: Learn How to Appeal your Assessment Monday, February 24, 2020 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Learn how to appeal your assessment to lower your tax bill, get proper tax exemptions and refunds, understand market value reassessment notices. Learn about useful self-help links, tips and more.
A View from Across the Table: What Every Woman Should Know When It Comes to Planning Their Financial Future Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Women 65 and older experience a 40% higher poverty rate than men, Come hear a CFP®, share his insights, strategies, and success stories from his twenty-plus years of experience in guiding wives, widows, and singles to financial independence.
Investing with Purpose: How to do Well While Doing Good in the World Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Both women and millennials have a strong interest in putting money into investments that are Socially Responsible, now commonly called ESG investing (Environment, Social and Governance). Understand the meaning of these terms, the fast growth of interest in this topic, the great increase in the growth and number of funds that filter investment choices through the lens of social responsibility.
The Alphabet Soup of Investing: What You Need to Know Now Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:00PM – 1:15PM
ETF? DCA? ROTH? EPS? Learn the jargon and acronyms to improve your investment knowledge and identify opportunities to start investing. .
What Women Need to Know about Social Security Benefits Friday, March 6, 2020 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Women rely more on Social Security for their income during retirement than men do so maximizing your Social Security benefit is critical. Learn which claiming strategies are recommended, and which decisions could cost you. See how divorce, remarriage, and widowhood affect your benefits. Learn about the special rules about continuing to work while receiving benefits and how a government pension could reduce your Social Security check.
About the Chicago Public Library
1871: After the Chicago Fire, Thomas Hughes, a prominent member of British Parliament 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.