Summer Computer Classes @ MPL

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MPL will be offering its next round of FREE Computer Classes starting the week of June 2nd. These classes cover a wide range of computer skills, from the very basics to in-depth instruction on using Microsoft Office applications. Below are descriptions of the classes offered:

Computer Basics - Learn the basics including using a mouse and a keyboard, working with windows and basic computer terminology.

Internet Basics - Learn about the Internet and the World Wide Web, how to navigate a web browser and explore the library's Web site.

Internet Search Tools - Learn how to search the web using a variety of tools such as directories and search engines.

Email Basics - Learn how to sign up for a free e-mail account and how to compose, send, reply to and forward messages.

Intro to Word - Create a simple document, edit and format text, correct spelling, adjust margins, save, print and open files in Microsoft Word.

Intro to Excel - Learn to create, edit and format a simple spreadsheet, perform calculations, save, print and open files in Microsoft Excel.

Intro to PowerPoint - Learn how to create a simple presentation, create and edit slides, insert clipart, apply designs, work with views, and run a slide show in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Intermediate Word - Learn how to use editing tools like find and replace text, insert a table, insert clip art and work with drawing tools.

Intermediate Excel - Learn how to create a simple database. Work more in-depth with data: create charts, find and replace data, as well as sort and perform more complex calculations.

You can view the full schedule, including times, dates and locations here. Spots in the classes are limited and advance registration is required. Signup begins on May 19th and classes fill quickly, so do not delay! Visit your local branch library or call Ready Reference at 286-3011 to register.

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Photo by Alexander Baxevanis.


Prof. Jim Slauson of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design presents a fascinating look at Art Deco - the elegant, machine-inspired style of furniture, fashions, architecture and decorative arts. This program is intended for adults, and is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

Registration is required, and space is limited! Register by calling the library's Art, Music and Recreation Room at (414) 286-3071.

WHERE: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.

freedom-riders-cover.pngJoin the Milwaukee Public Library and America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) for films and discussions on the past, present and future of civil rights in America. The Created Equal Film Series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.

Freedom Riders

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault's recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.


Join us Monday, May 12th at 5:15 p.m. at Bay View Library for the film followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Russell Brooker of ABHM.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative and in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

GreenSheet_Wide.jpgA third Green Sheet display joins two other displays remembering the Green Sheet, The Milwaukee Journal's popular section that ended 20 years ago. The new display is now on view in the Frank Zeidler Humanities Room on the 2nd floor of the Central Library.
It includes Remember When... local history photos from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection. The popular photo feature debuted in The Milwaukee Journal's Green Sheet on November 13th, 1963. Library staff and volunteers wrote the captions accompanying the photos. More Remember When... photos can be viewed online in its own digital collection.
The display also includes several There Oughta Be A Law! (TOBAL) funnies (comic strips) using suggestions from a Green Sheet reader and other materials.
You can register online or call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 for the May 10th Remember When...Everyone Read the Green Sheet program with former editor Dan Chabot.

Mr. Tweedy @ Central

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Lunch & Learn: Tips and Tricks for Raising a Super Reader

Presentation from 12:10-12:50 p.m.

A child who is a good reader will more likely excel in school and in life. Reading for pleasure is a lifelong habit that begins in childhood. Join us for a fun and informative session where you will learn tips and tricks for getting your child to read more and feel like a Super Reader.

We'll provide subs from Cousins Subs, chips and water. Feel free to bring additional munchies if you'd like. Doors open at noon. Lunch will be available starting at noon. Registration required. You can register online or by calling Ready Reference at (414)286-3011.

Thank you to Cousins Subs for providing the sandwiches for our Lunch and Learn series.

WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th from 12:00PM to 12:50PM

House History tomorrow at Central Library

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Photograph from "Remember When...E.T. Mix helped design Milwaukee?"

Who's been sleeping in your bed(room)?

Join MPL librarians from the Humanities and Art, Music and Recreation Departments and local architectural historian Traci Schnell for a two-hour tour of house history resources at Central Library.

House History at Central
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM tomorrow Saturday, May 3, 2014

The class will begin in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room on the second floor of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

Learn how to use library resources such as Fire Insurance Atlases, City Directories, Census Records, and City of Milwaukee Tax Rolls to research the history of a house. With librarians from Humanities and from Art, Music and Recreation, and with local architectural historian Traci Schnell.

Please call 414.286.3011 to register. Space is still available! Walk-ins also welcome!

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now!

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The words of William Shakespeare will be brought to life by actor Ron Fry from the Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee in a one-hour, interactive program. Audience participation is encouraged.

To Be! is ...

Dynamic - Shakespeare is performed by a professional first-person actor who also happens to double as a stunt-man, college teacher, fire-eater, clown, improv-artist, and jouster.

Interactive - All ages and learning levels have the opportunity to take the stage, speak Shakespeare's words and have a great time doing it.

Humorous - Shakespeare knew how to use laughter to reach his audience, and To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now continues in this glorious tradition. The Renaissance was a fun time and learning about it through To Be! is even more fun.

Ron Fry is the founding Artistic Director of Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the Artistic Director for the Bristol Renaissance Faire for 19 years. To Be! has been enjoyed by more than 60,000 people since it's debut in 1993.

WHEN: Saturday, May 10th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
WHERE: Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St.

No registration is required.

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