2016 Great Read program wraps with "Chicago in the Movies"
April 15, 2016

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 from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 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 fascinating program, the winners of the Great Read Art Contest will also be announced; actors from Lockport’s Limestone Theater will perform Illinois-based readings; books about Illinois trivia will be given away and 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.

The 2016 Great Read’s partners now include Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield Public Library; the Joliet Public Library; the Fountaindale Public Library; the Lemont Public Library; the Shorewood-Troy Public Library; the White Oak Library District; Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Township; the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store; and Voyager Media.

Community members are encouraged to read books about Illinois. Great Read-related programs will continue through May. Suggested books for both adults and younger readers, as well as films and a listing of events are posted on the Great Read web site: www.greatread.org


The Great Read began in September 2004 as Reading Across Plainfield. That year, a panel hosted by the Plainfield School District and Plainfield Public Library debated the theme of government censorship as illustrated in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic.

In 2008, Reading across Plainfield became The Great Read when new partners from Joliet and Bolingbrook joined the program to encourage broader community participation, better reflect the areas served and emphasize the program’s literary focus.

The Great Read is supported by generous grants from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence; the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library; Plainfield Township; and additional funding and support from participating member organizations.

Please visit The Great Read website for a complete list of books, events and program information: www.greatread.org