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Medline Plus Training @ Central Library


With the vast amount of medical information on the internet, people are more involved in making health care decisions than ever. However, finding accurate medical information on the internet can be challenging. Websites that look authoritative may have misinformation. In order to make the most informed choices for yourself and your loved ones, accurate medical information can be vital.

On Monday, October 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library on the 2nd floor computer training room, a representative from the National Library of Medicine will demonstrate how to use Medline Plus. Medline Plus is a free resource for high quality consumer health information.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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All Kids can be Web S.T.A.R.S.!

More than ever, kids rely on the internet to provide access to information for research, homework help, and entertainment. You can help ensure that your child is safely surfing for kid-friendly and computer-safe content by having them attend Web S.T.A.R.S.(Safety Training and Responsible Surfing). This class teaches kids ages 6-12 how to safely navigate the World Wide Web.

Classes will be offered throughout the month of September.

Forest Home - September 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Mill Road - September 13, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Washington Park - September 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King - September 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Center Street - September 20, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Atkinson - September 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

There is no need to register for these classes. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

Laptops Available @ MPL

Six Milwaukee Public Library branches now have laptops available for library cardholders to check out and use in the building. Technology specialists will be available at each of the branches to provide training and assistance for laptops and desktop computers. The laptops are available at:

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Villard Avenue Library, 3310 W. Villard Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Four of these libraries, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Villard Avenue, and Washington Park, offer bi-lingual computer assistance for Spanish speakers.

Funding for this program is provided by Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant which was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding also improves the free broadband Internet service at all 13 MPL locations.

This program is available only to library customers with a valid library card. For more information, call (414)286-3011.


With MPL's new Instant Messaging (IM) service, it's easier than ever to connect with the Milwaukee Public Library! You can IM the Milwaukee Public Library simply by typing your question into the chat box on the "IM the Library" page.

The new IM service is available:

Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. -8 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!

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Summer Computer Classes

computer1.pngMPL's summer session of free computer classes begins the week of July 12.

Every library location will offer a series of seven classes that includes Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Internet Search Tools, Email Basics, Intro to Word Processing, Intro to Spreadsheets, and Intro to Power Point.

Registration begins Monday, June 21. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

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On this day in Computer History....

Circle-of-spam.pngOn May 3, 1978, the first unsolicited bulk email, or "spam", was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States. ARPANET was a Department of Defense network, and the predecessor of the internet. Although it was not referred to as "spam" at the time, this event preceded the arrival of trillions of spam messages in email inboxes around the world. You can read more current articles about spam on the website CNET. The link to this site is also available through MPL's website.
If you would like to read more about the historical aspects of this infamous computer concept, try reading Brian McWilliams Spam Kings.

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Drop-In Job Help!

Need help creating a resume or filing out an online job application? Stop by one of our drop-in job help workshops! This program, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Foundation, provides assistance to individuals searching for jobs. A job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings and obtain a free e-mail account. Drop -in job help is available at:
Central Library : Tuesdays 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Atkinson Library: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Bay View Library: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library: Monday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King:Monday 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

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More Computer Terminals Available at Central Library

Good news! The Central Library now has 17 additional Internet Terminals available on weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Whether you're conducting research or surfing the Internet, come on up to the 2nd floor Training Room for a two hour session. See you there!


"USB drives" on sale now at MPL

Tired of those unreliable floppies that never seem to work
and can only hold a tiny amount of information?? Then......
Purchase a Milwaukee Public
Library USB drive today for $10 and get as much memory in just one
256mb USB drive as you do in 180 floppy disks!
The MPL USB drive can be used on library computers to store
documents, photos, musical files and more.

Available at all MPL circulation desks



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