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While we’re staying safe in our homes we look forward to seeing you online, where you can receive a variety of Library-approved services designed to educate, inform, entertain, and more! Going forward, we’ll offer an array of virtual events and services from storytimes to lectures to crafts and an in-depth look at the online resources we provide that include homework help, genealogy records, online language courses, job search assistance, and so much more. The GPLD Connects links will be available here.


Shakespeare at the Park

Although this year's event at Island Park was canceled, you can watch “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by Goodly Creatures Theatre online! The performance will be available to enjoy through Labor Day.

"You Can't Stop The Beat!"

"Hairspray" alumni from numerous productions, along with other professional theater, film and television performers, come together for a joyous celebration of song and dance in “You Can’t Stop The Beat!”

"Those Pretty Wrongs That Liberty Commits"

Sir Patrick Stewart reads Sonnet 41: "Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits" by William Shakespeare.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Enjoy this “Live From Lincoln Center” rebroadcast of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” performed by New York City Ballet.

"Phantom of the Opera"

Enjoy listening to Sarah Brightman (Christine) and Antonio Banderas (Phantom) duet in this rendition the titular number from Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of The Opera.”

"Memory" from "Cats The Musical"

Elaine Paige pulls at the heart strings as Grizabella the Glamour Cat and the show-stopping hit “Memory” from “Cats The Musical.”

Shakespeare Performed Around the World

We’ll enjoy listening to three of Shakespeare's iconic speeches from members of Shakespeare’s Globe from their place of quarantine: "As You Like It," "Hamlet," and "The Tempest."

22 Musicals in 12 Minutes

Enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt singing classics from 22 musicals, ranging from "Evita" to "The Wizard of Oz."

"Til I Hear You Sing" from "Love Never Dies"

Enjoy listening to Ben Lewis as he performs the heart-wrenching opening number “Til I Hear You Sing” from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Love Never Dies.”

Shakespeare's Sonnet 29

Chicago Shakespeare Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines recites Sonnet 29.

The Sleeping Beauty

Enjoy a performance of The Sleeping Beauty performed by The Royal Ballet featuring First Soloist of The Royal Ballet Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora.

National Poetry Month

Miss Ginny shares her favorite poem with us as part of National Poetry Month – although every day is a little brighter with some poetry!

"The Phantom of the Opera" at Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy a performance of the titular song from “Phantom of the Opera,” performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 to commemorate the musical’s 25th Anniversary.

"Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights"

Take a break to enjoy "Romeo and Juliet – Dance of the Knights" (The Royal Ballet) from the Royal Opera House.

"The Caterpillar" from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Enjoy this ballet "The Caterpillar" from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," performed by London’s Royal Opera House.

Oboe Solo from "Aida"

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s Principal Oboist Nathan Hughes serenades Lincoln Center Plaza with the famous oboe solo from “Aida.”

"Circe" Discussion Stream

Join us now for a riveting live-stream conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller and scholar Helen Morales as they discuss "Circe" and the subversive power of the Ancient Myths.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

Enjoy listening to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 in English and Spanish, courtesy of Lillian Castillo of Chicago Shakespeare.

"Some Good News with John Krasinski"

"Some Good News with John Krasinski" features a reunion and virtual performance from the original "Hamilton" cast!

Matthew Hart's Peter and the Wolf

Get comfortable and enjoy watching The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School perform Matthew Hart's Peter and the Wolf.