By Lauren Wulf
The Chicago Public Library is celebrating Women’s History Month in March 2013 by offering a range of programs about past and present issues facing women and girls in our society. Programs across the city include lectures, storytelling, documentary film screenings, art exhibits and workshops, and adult book discussions.
Film Screening: Girl Model
Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m.
Library Branch: Edgebrook
Girl Model (2011, 90 minutes) strips away the facade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Winner, 2011 POV Alpha Cine Award. Produced in association with American Documentary POV. Premiere Date: March 24, 2013. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.
Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Troupe Presents Strong, Dynamic and Intelligent Women
Saturday, March 9, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Library Branch: Dunning
Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Troupe brings books to life in performances of adaptations from teen novels. In honor of Women’s History Month, this program highlights characters who are strong, dynamic and interesting females.
Storytelling for Women’s History Month
Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 a.m.
Sulzer Regional Library
Celebrated storyteller Michael Leonard shares stories of female heroines and historical role models. Prepare to be entertained and enthralled! All ages are welcome.
Susan Weininger of the Illinois Women Artists Project
Wednesday, March 13, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Chicago Authors Room, Seventh Floor
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, social expectations and training restrictions didn’t keep Chicago women from making art, forming arts organizations and learning the business of art. Many were successful in their day, yet all but lost to history. Rediscovering these artists’ biographies and promoting appreciation of their work is an objective of the Illinois Women Artists Project and the subject of this presentation by art historians Wendy Greenhouse and Susan Weininger.
Adult Book Discussion: The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
Library Branch: Dunning
A discussion of The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry.
Adult Book Discussion: The Other Boleyn Girl
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.
Library Branch: North Austin
A discussion of The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Enjoy refreshments during the discussion.