Harold Washington Library free Business, Law and Money lecture series.
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.
How to Find a Lawyer When You Can’t Afford One Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Learn about resources on how to find a lawyer that will be either free or low-cost. Each Law at the Library program features a presentation by an experienced attorney followed by a brief question and answer session.
Social Security Benefits Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Social Security reaches almost every family, and at some point, touches the lives of nearly all Americans. Social Security helps older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies.
Nicole Joseph, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, presents the benefits, how to determine which ones you qualify for, and when to apply.
Cybersecurity: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do? Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Join us as Samantha Gordon of the Federal Trade Commission discusses cybersecurity safety and its importance to you in everyday life.
Is It the Right Time to Retire? Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:00PM – 1:00PM
There’s a lot of talk about “the number” – the specific amount of money you need to retire. But thinking about retirement involves more than just one number. In this session, we’ll talk about assessing your overall financial picture and gathering all the pieces of information that will help you make an informed decision. Building a better understanding of all aspects of your finances, from expenses to Social Security to IRAs and investments, will help you know when retirement is an option for you.
Long Term Care Insurance – Planning for Your Future Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Learn about Long Term Care Insurance, what it is, and when/how you can access it. Also covered are the various forms of this insurance, including the newest products coming out now. Help ensure your ability to maintain independence and avoid over-reliance on family, and create peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.
The Less Stress Move: Taking the Mystery Out of Selling Your Home Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Looking to get your home ready to sell in 2020? Dale Tippett, Managing Broker and Senior Real Estate Specialist, will address what you and your go-to-people need to know about selling your home without drama. This seminar is a must for long-time home owners interested in selling their property, whether you are a Baby Boomer or assisting parents/relatives in this process.
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.