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Vanderbilt Cup Grand Auto Races of 1912


Are you an auto racing enthusiast? 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prix races in Milwaukee. "Milwaukee's Speed Carnival" was an international road race run on country roads just northwest of Milwaukee's city limits.

Come celebrate this historic event with John Haydon, auto and racing enthusiast and author of Historic Road Racing in Milwaukee: The 1912 Vanderbilt Cup, Grand Prize and Related Road Races. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Krug Rare Books Room in the Central Public Library.

Seating is limited, please call 414.286.3011 to register.

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Spring Literary Lucheon Featuring Chad Harbach

artofielding.jpgThe Friends of Milwaukee Public Library welcomes Chad Harbach, best-selling author of The Art of Fielding, to the 2012 Spring Literary Luncheon. The Art of Fielding was listed as one of the best ten books of 2011 by The New York Times.

The lucheon will be held on May 4 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Book sales, book signing and a raffle will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and program at noon. Proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Public Library.

Registration ends April 25. To register, or for more information, call (414)286-3784. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library with book sales by Boswell Book Company.

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Remembering Bronzeville

Join Paul Geenen and special guest Rueben Harpole on May 16 at the Martin Luther King Library as they explore the rich history of Milwaukee's Bronzeville, a neighborhood situated in what is now the Harambee and North Division neighborhoods. Step back in time to the jazz era and enjoy a Bronzeville photo presentation while enjoying refreshments and reminiscing with other guests. Signed copies of Geenen's book, Milwaukee's Bronzeville, 1900-1950, will be available for purchase.

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William Powell Jones @ MPL

William_P_Jones.jpgOn Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall, William Powell Jones will be the featured speaker for the fourth Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture. Jones is the author of the award winning book The tribe of Black Ulysses : African American lumber workers in the Jim Crow south, and professor at UW-Madison in the history department. He will discuss the building of the labor movement among workers in the public and private sectors, the current struggle, and its role in defending the existence of a middle class in the United States. Professor Jones has participated in the movement to protect the labor rights of tens of thousands of public employees in Wisconsin. The doors will open at 6:30 for this event. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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Author Elizabeth Wright @ MPL

Dear Bob Dear Betty.jpgJoin the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library in welcoming author Elizabeth Wright to Centennial Hall on Thursday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m. Wright, the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, will speak about her book Dear Bob, Dear Betty --the love story of her parents which developed by correspondence during the Great Depression.

In 1932, Llewellyn Wright (Bob), Frank Lloyd Wright's youngest child, whose adolescence was marked by the public scandals surrounding his father's private life, is struggling to begin a private law practice in Chicago. Elizabeth Kehler (Betty), daughter of a Chicago artist, is working as an intake counselor at the Milwaukee Vocational School. Their fervent correspondence over a 10-month courtship is witty, sassy and poignant, as they grapple with their passionate feelings and try to create a financially stable marriage.

For more information, please call (414) 286-8720, or email

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Spring Literary Luncheon Featuring Sue Miller

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will hold this year's Spring Literary Luncheon Wednesday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Sue Miller, best-selling author of The Lake Shore Limited, will be featured at the luncheon. Book Sales, a book signing and a raffle will be held at 11:00a.m. Lunch will be held from 12:00p.m., followed by the program and the Friends of the Library meeting. All of the proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. For ticket information, you can either call 414-286-8720 or email

Reservations must be made by April 19. Seating is limited, so sign up soon!

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