LYNWOOD | As it prepares for its 40th anniversary June 24, the Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library has a full slate of 1970s-themed programming planned to commemorate the decade of its founding.
"The one that I'm looking forward to is ... a 'Soul Train' party," Library Director Kathy Parker said.
The party is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 28 and is for those age 18 and older. There will be dancing, a 'Soul Train' line and a costume contest for the most authentic ’70s look.
There's also plenty of activities scheduled for patrons of all ages.
The library is conducting its usual Winter Reading Program through the end of February, but this year readers will double their chances of winning prizes by reading books first published in the 1970s.
A scavenger hunt in which participants must either physically or photographically submit 1970s-related items will run through May.
Some of the items to be found include Pop Rocks candy, an Atari game and anything having to do with the 1970s TV shows "Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat" or "Three's Company."
Each month leading up to its anniversary, the library will hold a discussion on popular fiction from the 1970s, followed by a viewing the next night of the movie based on the book.
This month, "The Great Train Robbery" by Michael Crichton will be discussed Feb. 25, with the movie to be shown Feb. 26.
Through May, the fourth Wednesday of each month is dedicated to the creation of 1970s-inspired crafts from 6 to 7 p.m.
All of the 1970s-based programs will lead up to a community festival June 21 on the grounds of the library, 19901 Stony Island Ave.
Plans are still being formulated for the all-day festival which is expected to include a band, activities for children and food vendors.
Parker said the library wants to put together a photo memory book that includes shots of its former locations.
The library was for many years at 320 Glenwood-Lansing Road in Glenwood prior to moving in 2008 to its new, bigger building in Lynwood.
But Parker said the library originally was situated in a strip mall across the street from the Glenwood-Lansing Road location.
"We're trying to find pictures of the old strip mall," Parker said.
People with pictures to share can call the library at (708) 758-0090.
Parker estimates about 50,000 people visited the library last year.