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Who can use hoopla music, audiobooks, movies and TV?

CPL cardholders in good standing who live in Chicago may use hoopla. Hoopla is not available to reciprocal borrowers. Chicago residents, get an eCard for instant access to our online services. To create your hoopla account, you will need your library card number and PIN. You also need an email address. You will be prompted to create a password […]

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They Shall Know Us By Our Movies

They Shall Know Us By Our Movies

What do your movie preferences say about you? Or your era? Or your politics? Or whatever? There are plenty of critics with answers to those questions, and they've written countless books transforming movies into symbols for their respective times and cultures. Pictures at A Revolution focuses on the five Best Picture contenders of 1967: The Graduate, Guess […]

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Celebrate Labor Day with Great Movies about Workers

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Norma Rae contains one of the most iconic moments on film, and the lead actress, Sally Field, doesn't say a word. Instead, she hops on a table in a textile mill as machines clatter and whir around her and holds up a sign that says UNION. One by one, her co-workers shut down their machines in solidarity. […]

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Sci-Fi Movies from the 1980′s

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When you think about science fiction films, popular ones like the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy probably come to mind, but have you ever been curious about the movies that inspired the ones we watch today? For movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, try classics like James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984), who is famous […]

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Ebert Fest Part Two: The Man, The Movies

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Ebert Fest has traditionally been curated by one of history's most loved film critics, and features a lineup of classics and new movies that may have been overlooked by other critics. Here are a few festival titles available in the library if you'd like to check them out or program your own fest. Young Adult […]

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How to Get Away with Binge-Watching Viola Davis Movies

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There are a few different types of actresses-- those that spout over-the-top, highly dramatic acts, no matter what the script calls for; those that blend into the background, who you don't remember until they have another line; and those that can seamlessly shift from "Nurse" or "Woman" to being nominated for an Academy Award for an eleven-minute performance. […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame movies

A record-tying six honorees will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27th. Three of the inductees, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tony La Russa have ties to Chicago teams. Greg Maddux pitched for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 before signing with the Atlanta Braves. He had great success […]

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Some Chilling Euro-Horror Movies

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   After World War II, the horror film genre was nearly dead.  Hollywood was producing comedic satires of movie monsters like “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and dozens of nuclear-fused, giant bug and outer space films. Beginning in the late 1950s, British, Italian and French movie makers delved into fresh re-workings and re-imaginings of the gothic […]

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What’s a B-Movie, Anyway?

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Every year, nerds descend on Northwestern University in Chicago to watch B-movies for 24 hours. Like subjects of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000, they cope with watching terrible movies by wisecracking about on-screen events. But why are so many people willing to lose sleep and smell so bad? And what exactly *is* a B-movie, anyway? Ed Wood: A lot […]

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Are You Prepared for Mayhem?

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What would you do if disaster strikes? Are you prepared to survive in a tornado, flood or blizzard? Some of my favorite movies deal with these topics, and usually the main characters do not fare very well when confronted with extreme weather conditions. They always choose to ignore warning signs and are astounded when they […]

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