Wheaton library to offer Q&A with 'The Long Shadow' film director Feb. 24

  • The Wheaton Public Library is joining about 40 suburban libraries in hosting an online Q&A with the director of the documentary "The Long Shadow" on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

    The Wheaton Public Library is joining about 40 suburban libraries in hosting an online Q&A with the director of the documentary "The Long Shadow" on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Courtesy of The Long Shadow

Posted2/16/2021 1:32 PM

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Wheaton Public Library is partnering with over 40 suburban libraries to offer a live Q&A on Zoom with "The Long Shadow" director Frances Causey. The Q&A will be 7 to 8 p.m.

You can view the documentary film anytime between Feb. 19-26 at thelongshadowfilm.com/libraries/.


The documentary follows former CNN senior producer, TED contributor, and Emmy-Award winning director Frances Causey as she traces her family's legacy of white privilege, placing it in the context of the history of anti-black racism in the United States that began with slavery and continues to impact American society today.

Register for the Q&A at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar.

Upcoming programs

The library is offering a variety of online programs on history literature, social issues, business and more. Learn more and register on the library website.

• Living Room Conversation on "Homelessness": 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Homelessness in America is a problem that reminds us daily of our failure to live up to our founding principles. How do you explain this problem to children, living in a country of great wealth? Join in a community conversation about how we might do better. Provided in partnership with the Wheaton League of Women Voters. This program is provided in the Zoom Meeting format so that you may better engage and interact with the presenter and other participants. If you feel comfortable doing so, please turn your microphone and/or camera on.

• Black History Read Alouds: 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 23, for kindergarten to sixth grade. Celebrate Black History Month as library staff read some picture book biographies over Zoom. Each week, staff will introduce you to an important historical figure or two. Registration is required.

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• Job Search Workshop: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. In this workshop on "Multi-Generational and Multi-Culturalism in the Workplace," presented by the People's Resource Center, jobseekers will become more comfortable with different and distinct generational and cultural workplace attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational hot buttons.

On Tuesday, March 9, the series continues with "Prepare Job Search Tools" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Writing a resume and cover letters, securing references and recommendations can be a daunting task. Anna Marie MacDonald, Manager Workforce Connection Center at Goodwill, will break down the process and teach you how to create these vital job search documents.

Future Job Search Workshops will be: Part 3 -- Find Hiring Companies on May 11; Part 4 -- Make Contact on July 13; Part 5 -- Interview on Sept. 14; and Part 6 -- You're Hired on Nov. 9.

• Preparing Your Home for Sale: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. A panel of experts including Wheaton resident and real estate broker Josie Morrison, a real estate attorney, mortgage broker, and home inspector will present and answer all of your questions about selling your home. Go to the library's calendar page for Zoom webinar link.


• Customer Service Workshop Series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 4-18. Anna Marie MacDonald, manager in the Workforce Connection Center at Goodwill, will conduct a 3-week series of timely and informative Customer Service Workshops with Q&A.

In session 1, companies exist to provide a service which involves working with people. Customer service really is about a person's ability to use a variety of unique skills and knowing what skills are needed at any given moment. Learn about these skills, employer perspectives, and more.

The second session on March 11 will be on emotional intelligence and knowing yourself, knowing how you tend to react to situations, and then being able to understand other people's feelings and reactions. Learn about what triggers you, personal and social competences, and the inner voice.

The third session on March 18 will explore conflict. It is the tension or the disagreement that occurs when two or more people or groups have different opinions, ideas, plans, goals, or perceptions of a situation. Learn about relationship building, constructive and destructive behaviors, and managing conflict.

• Living History on Florence Nightingale at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Master storyteller Megan Wells portrays 1800s nurse Florence Nightingale and her call to serve. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and the City of Wheaton Community Relations Commission.

• Business Resource Center's Business Meet Up: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16. Join your fellow business owners, entrepreneurs, startups, nonprofits, and anyone interested in discussing, advising, and sharing business ideas, challenges, triumphs, and opportunities in these unsettling and turbulent times.

• Author Visit with Renee Rosen: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18. Bestselling author Renee Rosen discusses her historical fiction novels, including "What the Lady Wants," about Marshall Field, and her new novel, "The Social Graces," which focuses on the Vanderbilts.

• DEI -- Conversation with Wheaton Community Leaders: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Join a panel discussion on DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) issues with Wheaton community leaders, including the Wheaton-Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent, Wheaton police chief, city manager, and more. Please submit questions for the panel to ce@wheatonlibrary.org.

• Marget Hamilton -- Wheaton's First Female Mayor: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Wheaton journalist Bob Goldsborough discusses the extraordinary accomplishments of Wheaton's first female mayor, Marget Hamilton, including her fight for fair housing, the forming of the Wheaton chapter of the League of Women Voters, and saving the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad right-of-way for future use as the Illinois Prairie Path. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and the City of Wheaton Community Relations Commission.

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