Harold Washington Library: Free Lectures.
Where: Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, (312) 747-4300. Always call to confirm. Subject to cancellation.
Atom-Probe Tomography: Imaging Materials at the Atomic Level Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Meet Dr. Dieter Isheim, Northwestern University Research Associate Professor and manager of the Atom Probe Lab. Learn how the Atom Probe works and hear a fascinating discussion about the past, present and future of atomic science and technology.
This event is in conjunction with Materials Science, an exhibit featuring the Atom Probe! The exhibit, in partnership with Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry, is on display through January 30 in the Grand Promenade on the 3rd floor of Harold Washington Library Center.
Check here throughout the year for events designed around this exhibit.
A Taste of Charlie Trotter: Gallery Talk with Rochelle Trotter Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00PM – 7:00PM Due to limited gallery space, the event is first come, first served. COTC note: I’ve been through the exhibit on the 9th floor and it’s very small.
Join us for a gallery talk with Rochelle Trotter as she shares personal stories about Charlie Trotter and his famed Chicago restaurant. Mrs. Trotter will walk you through the exhibit that explores how Charlie Trotter’s was the nerve center for his new approach to American cuisine; his acclaimed PBS cooking show; his charitable events with notable international chefs; and his educational programs. Largely self-taught, Trotter’s transformation to a celebrity chef is revealed through personal manuscripts, menus, photographs, and artifacts.
Citizen Artist Forum 2019: First Amendment, Art, Censorship & Freedom of Speech Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Mark your calendar for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) next Citizen Artist Forum that examines how the First Amendment to the US Constitution impacts our freedom of speech and expression. Panelists will represent the perspectives of artists, media personalities, historians, librarians, attorneys and judges, and civic leaders.
Confessions Of A Creature Feature Preacher Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Film critic and former resident of intentional community, Jesus People USA, David Canfield shares funny and often irreverent stories from the front lines of the so-called culture wars and talks about the current state of America’s fascination with fear.
About the Chicago Public Library
1871: After the Chicago Fire, Thomas Hughes, a prominent member of British Parliament and children’s author who had visited Chicago in 1870 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.