Great Read wraps with ‘Chicago in the Movies’

What do Jake and Elwood Blues, Ferris Bueller and Dr. Richard Kimble have in common? They are among the many classic movie characters who have called Chicago home.

Cinema enthusiast Steve Frenzel will discuss Chicago’s iconic history in the movies as part of the 2016 Great Read’s Grand Finale – scheduled to take place April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the White Oak Library in Romeoville, 201 W. Normantown Road.

This free event closes out the 2016 Great Read community literacy program, which celebrates everything “Made in Illinois.” The Grand Finale is open to the entire community.

Along with Frenzel’s program, the winners of the Great Read Art Contest will be announced. Actors from Lockport’s Limestone Theater will also perform Illinois-based readings, while books about Illinois trivia will be given away. Refreshments will be served.

Frenzel is a Chicago suburban school teacher who used film clips to illustrate key points in his lessons. Seeing students’ excited reactions to the clips, he decided to turn his personal love for the cinema into a film appreciation class.

That class soon morphed into the popular interactive film presentations that he has been doing at schools, libraries, senior centers and other Chicago-area organizations for more than 16 years.

The 2016 Great Read is presented by a consortium of Plainfield-area public and private organizations to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community in the greater Plainfield area.

Great Read’s partners include Plainfield School District 202, the Plainfield Public Library, Joliet Public Library, Fountaindale Public Library, Lemont Public Library, Shorewood-Troy Public Library, White Oak Library District, Joliet Junior College, Plainfield Township, the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store and Voyager Media.

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