To Be! Shakespeare Here And Now

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shakespeare character.pngThe words of William Shakespeare will be brought to life by an actor from the Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee in a one-hour, interactive program. Audience participation is encouraged. Choose from three dates and locations for this fabulous program.

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Villard Square Branch

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bay View Library

Welcome to the NEW!

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Today is the official unveiling of the new website! Designed by the local web design firm Byte Studios, our new site offers the same resources and amenities you've always enjoyed with a sleek, up-to-date look and feel.

You'll find the latest news of goings-on at Central Library and all of the branches, important phone numbers, and our social media feeds right on the front page. Links along the top of the page make finding frequently-used information a snap. Spend some time exploring the new page and be surprised at what you might find!


John Gurda, historian


When: Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Loos Room, Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library
788 N. 8th Street (entrance on 8th Street, not through the main library)
This event is free and open to the public.

MPTV says:
"In each episode of AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN, historian John Gurda shares the history of each featured community. Some stories take longer to tell than the few minutes he has in each episode, so we've devoted the final episode of this season to John Gurda! This preview features 30 minutes of this hour-long special.

In this final episode, Gurda covers 6 topics: the Milwaukee River, Norskedalen, the Manhattan Project of WWII in West Allis, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin's two Basilicas, and Three Bridges Park in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. Who knew history could be so interesting?

Currently in its 3rd season, Emmy-award winning AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN highlights 13 communicities throughout Wisconsin. Each episode features the unique qualities of one community, and McGivern goes behind the scenes to talk with employers, residents and other people familiar with the locale to discover how they live, work and play.

"The Gurda Hour" episode airs on Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10.

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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All city of Milwaukee Libraries will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20th in observance of the Easter holiday. Many libraries will be open on Saturday, April 19th. The following libraries will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00PM on Saturday:

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
East Library, 2430 N. Murray Ave.
Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th St.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Additionally, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, April 19th.

slavery-by-another-name-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.

Slavery by Another Name

It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.

Join us Tuesday, April 15th at 5:15 p.m. at Villard Square for the film followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Robert Smith 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.

help wanted.jpgStudents in education, library science or related fields are encouraged to apply for Americorps Summer VISTA opportunities in the Education and Outreach Department at the Milwaukee Public Library. We are seeking one VISTA to work with school age outreach, and one VISTA to work with child care outreach. VISTAs at MPL gain valuable career experience working closely with library staff and educators at sites throughout the community and at Milwaukee Public Library locations.

To apply with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction visit:

To visit the Jobs page at the Milwaukee Public Library website, which includes a flyer with general information about the Summer VISTA program, including dates, compensation and general qualification requirements:

Please share with qualified students and others in your networks who would be interested in this opportunity.

Money Smart Week 2014!

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Welcome to Money Smart Week 2014! This nationwide awareness campaign, begun by the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, promotes financial literacy and is supported by thousands of institutions, including libraries, banks and schools.

MPL will be hosting the following events this week:

Get a FREE Copy of Your Credit Report!

@Bay View, Monday April 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM
@King, Tuesday April 8th, 5:30-7:30 PM
@Capitol, Thursday April 10th, 4-6 PM
@Central, Friday April 11th, 10 AM- 12 PM

Learn how to get free copies of your credit report from all of the major credit companies. Knowing your credit standing is important not only if you want to buy a house or a car, but also to help protect yourself against fraud.

Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will be available to explain the report to you and provide additional information.

To get your free credit report, be prepared to provide your:
• Social Security Number
• Birth Date
• Address or addresses where you have lived for the past three years
• Account numbers for utilities - gas/electric, cable, telephone etc.
• Account numbers for any loans or revolving lines of credit.

Understanding your Credit

@ King, Wednesday April 9th, 6-7 PM

This event is hosted by two mortgage experts, brokers Lynette Jarreau and Illiya Blakley. They will discuss how bad credit affects your life, how to repair your credit and how to understand your credit report.


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