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Goof-Proof Personal Finance From LearningExpress

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Wouldn't it be nice to have your own personal financial planner to show you how to spend your money, where to find savings, and maybe even find a way to create a nest egg? Goof-Proof Personal Finance can teach you how to take control of your financial future without the expense of a financial planner. Goof-Proof Personal Finance is free through Milwaukee Public Library's LearningExpress database. Learn how to take control of your financial future with 44 manageable and easy-to-understand lessons. Some of the topic covered in the lessons include:

* Monitoring spending habits and getting organized for saving
* Managing bills and gaining control of large debts
* Securing home equity loans and mortgages, plus refinancing strategies
* Investing for the future and understanding retirement plans
* Budgeting, saving, and spending wisely on a wedding
* Financing a college tuition and learning about education savings plans

The LearningExpress Library database is available for use through City of Milwaukee libraries and and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.



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Mango Languages Now Offers Over 20 Languages!

Interested in learning Farsi? How about Tamil or Tagalog? Learning another language is easier than ever with Mango Languages, a database providing online language instruction with a conversational focus.

City of Milwaukee library cardholders now have accesss to the following languages through Mango's Language Learning Center: Arabic(Levantine), Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Latin American Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
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Mango's Language Learning Center also features several English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, including ESL for Egyptian Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese and more.

Creating a new account with Mango Languages is required to access the additional content. City of Milwaukee library cardholders can create their account here. Or by clicking on the "All Library Databases" portion of the Milwaukee Public Library's website.


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Newspaper Archives

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Did you know that Access NewspaperARCHIVE of Badgerlink recently updated their website? Besides being the largest online newspaper archive, NewspaperARCHIVE is easier to use with new search tabs and one click access to newspaper articles detailing historic events. The tabs at the top of the screen include the capability to browse and "Ask a librarian" as well as search. The search capability is also expanded with the ability to conduct a name search. You can access a variety of news articles covering famous historic events as they happened by clicking the links on the front page. Coverage includes all of the United States and some select countries.


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What does MCFLS mean?

Have you ever gone to Milwaukee Public Library's catalog, CountyCat, and noticed at the top that it says Milwaukee County Federated Library System? If so, you may have wondered what this system is and how it differs from the Milwaukee Public Library. Milwaukee County Federated Library System logoThe whole idea behind library systems is that through working together and sharing services and materials all of the libraries that are part of the system can better serve their users. For example, if you are a resident of Milwaukee you have access to materials and services of 27 libraries, rather than just the 13 Milwaukee libraries. This is because the public libraries in Milwaukee and the other public libraries in Milwaukee County are part of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (also known as MCFLS).

If you use library databases you also may have noticed that some of them are available only in the library while others offer remote access. Being part of MCFLS helps lower the cost of these databases, but the Milwaukee Public Library and the other Milwaukee County public libraries still have to pay for their own databases. This means when you try to use the library's databases you are limited to what your municipality has purchased access to. Take a look at Free Subscription Databases by Residence to find out the available resources paid for by your library.

For more information, check out the MCFLS Website, MPL Facts, Figures, and Policies and Library History.


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EWWW! Mosquitoes!

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As the summer heat slogs on and the population of Milwaukee moves outside, those pesky critters known as mosquitoes appear to make our lives miserable. These insects from the Culicidae family are not only annoying, but are also disease vectors. Fortunately, you can learn more about mosquitoes and how to control them through the Badgerlink databases with a valid library card! Simply plug in your search terms in the "Search Databases" box at the top of the screen. Not only will results appear in the center of the screen, but you can limit your search to different databases by clicking on the links on the left hand side of the screen. You can find scientific articles about mosquitoes, or look for hints on how to control them. There are even links to databases to help your children learn about mosquitoes. Of course, if you would rather avoid mosquitoes all together and hang out in the comfort of air conditioning with a good book, check out Andrew Spielman's Mosquito: a natural history of our most persistent and deadly foe.


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New Databases @ Your Library!

New Databases @ Your Library
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Need authoritative information? Try a database! The Milwaukee Public Library has a wide assortment of new databases (Database List)twenty in all, starting today because the State of Wisconsin has contracted with database vendor EBSCO as part of the new version of BadgerLink . Some of these great new databases include the Auto Repair Reference Center , suggestions for readers from NoveList , and, perfect for this holiday weekend, the History Reference Center. If you want to look over the complete list of new databases, go to the Library Databases category and look for the yellow NEW sunburst.


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New Webcasts For BadgerLink Databases

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Did you know that you have access to the BadgerLink Databases through the library? The Wisconsin State Department of Instruction provides access to several high quality databases through libraries and schools. One place you can find Badgerlink is from the category of Library Databases found in the Research Resources Page on the MPL home page.
Now there are webcasts available on how to use BadgerLink Resources for Kids, Ethnic Information Resources in BadgerLink, Humanities Resources in BadgerLink and Newspaper Resources in BadgerLink. Listen and view these webcasts for a good introduction to learning using these databases. Take your research to the next level and don't forget to call, visit or e-mail the library for more information and search tips.

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