Matthew Broderick, Chelsea Clinton to lend star power to Chicago Public Library program

Broderick and Clinton are among the latest celebrities who are set to read books for the “Live from the Library” program.

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Matthew Broderick from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Matthew Broderick from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”


Bueller? Bueller?

He famously skipped school and went to a Cubs game while portraying lovable rogue Ferris Bueller, but actor Matthew Broderick isn’t skipping reading time.

He’s agreed to take part in a Chicago Public Library program that taps well-known people with links to the city to film themselves reading children’s books — content that kids could watch on the library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts from home during the pandemic.

He’ll be reading his childhood favorite “Cannonball Simp,” which is expected to be posted online in the coming days.

Chelsea Clinton also recently lent her voice to the program.

On Monday, library officials plan to post a video of Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reading “She Persisted in Sports,” a book she authored that celebrates female athletes.

“Live From the Library” videos were first posted in April. A new video will be posted each weekday through the end of the year. The program will continue into 2021, but postings are expected to be less frequent. 

Other upcoming readers include author Gillian “Gone Girl” Flynn and actors Alan Arkin, Delroy Lindo and Michael Peña, and musician Eddie Vedder. A slew of athletes have also signed on: NBA legend Isaiah Thomas, Candace Parker of the WNBA, Olympic speed skating gold medalist Shani Davis, track and field Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Chicago Bull Coby White and Chicago Bear Allen Robinson.

Viewers also get a healthy dose of videos featuring librarians reading books. 

Library officials sent up a bat signal of sorts after closing all branches in March, and a couple of the first big names to answer the call were Barack and Michelle Obama — whose video has collected more than 375,000 views.

Videos of musician and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, actors Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, John Lithgow, Kristen Bell, Gabrielle Union, Bonnie Hunt and Denise Richards have also been widely viewed.

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