Library Offers Special Programs for Teen Girls, History Buffs

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Byline: Rachel Baruch Yackley

The complex lives of Chicago-area teenage girls and the experiences of a prisoner of war are a couple of the discussion programs coming up at the St. Charles Public Library.

Everyone is invited to attend the programs. You do not need to be a St. Charles library patron, and reservations are not needed.

The library is at 1 S. Sixth Ave. The phone number is (630) 584- 0076.

"P.O.V.: Point of View"

A preview of the next film in the award-winning PBS non-fiction series, "P.O.V: Point of View," will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the St. Charles Library.

P.O.V.' S "5 Girls" takes a look inside the lives of five young women who are students at Chicago-area schools.

Shot over three years, this documentary, produced by Kartemquin Films - which brought "Hoop Dreams" to the big screen - tracks the lives of Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha and Haibinh. They share their thoughts and experiences on everything from poverty, boyfriends, and being an immigrant, to developing friendships and communicating with their parents.

Filmmaker Maria Finitzo has captured how differences in race and class affect each life, and has also revealed the resilience, self- awareness and determination shared by all five of her subjects.

All viewers, but especially families with teenage girls, will each get something special from watching this film, and by participating in the follow-up discussion.

"This will hopefully foster discussion between parents and daughters," said Mary Cella, from the library. "Sometimes it's easier to talk in an open forum among strangers. And it's an education thing. A part of the library's purpose is being part of a lifelong learning center. …