One Book Libraries

You can find One Book, One Proviso programming at the following libraries in Proviso Township.

  • Bellwood Public Library | 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood | (708) 547-7393 | | 

The Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood, will host a variety of programming related to One Book, One Proviso.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m., the library will host “100 Years of Black History Presented by Storyteller Linda Gorham.”

An East African proverb states: “Until the lion starts writing down his story, the hunter will always be the hero.”

In this program, the Bellwood Public Library celebrates African American heroes who have made phenomenal contributions to this country over the past 100 years — often under difficult circumstances. Linda Gorham incorporates music, personal narrative, quotes and interesting facts to celebrate over 30 African American men and women. 

On Monday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m., Shades of Fiction Book Club will discuss An American Summer: Love and Death In Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz, The book is a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhood.

And on Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m., the library will host a screening of the 2016 documentary “13th” by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.”  A discussion will follow the screening.

  • Broadview Public Library | 2226 16th Ave. in Broadview | (708) 345-1325 | | 

On Thursday evenings throughout September, October and November, Dr. Quincy Johnson will lead discussions on Black Against Empire hosted by the Broadview Public Library, 2226 S. 16th Ave. in Broadview.

The discussions will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, Thursday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Nov. 21. Each discussion will start at 7 p.m.

The library will also screen the documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” on Monday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. There will be a guided discussion of the film by Dr. Johnson.

Note that there is a chance the library may need to hold one or more of these events at another location due to the library’s ongoing construction schedule.

  • Maywood Public Library | 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood | (708) 343-1847 | | 

The Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, will host a variety of One Boo, One Proviso programming tailored to Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party.

The library will host discussions on One Book, One Proviso selection Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party on Monday, Sept. 23, Monday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Nov. 18. All discussions will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The library will also screen the documentary “The Murder of Fred Hampton” on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Wednesday, Oct. 23. Both screenings will start at 3 p.m.

The library will screen the documentary “The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 23. Both screenings will start at 3 p.m.

The following libraries in Proviso Township have agreed to support the One Book, One Proviso initiative in a variety of capacities, such as ensuring the title’s availability on their shelves, spreading the word about One Book in their marketing materials and displaying one book presentations in their locations.

  • Forest Park Public Library | 7555 Jackson Blvd. in Forest Park | (708) 366-7171 | |  
  • Westchester Public Library | 10700 Canterbury St. in Westchester | (708) 562-3573 | |