October 2007 Archives

Your weekly reference question

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Did you know that Milwaukee County is made up of 19 different municipalities?

The population for the county is 915,097 people. Of those about 62% or approximately 573,378 live in the City of Milwaukee.

The other cities and villages that make up Milwaukee County are:
Bayside (pop. 4,518), Brown Deer (pop. 12,170), Cudahy (pop. 18,429), Fox Point (pop. 7,012), Franklin (pop. 29,494), Glendale (pop. 13,367), Greendale (pop. 13,860), Greenfield (pop. 35,476), Hales Corners (pop. 7,765), Milwaukee (pop. 573,378), Oak Creek (pop. 28,456), River Hills (pop. 1,631), Shorewood (pop. 13,763), South Milwaukee (pop. 21,256), St. Francis (pop. 8,662), Wauwatosa (pop. 44,798), West Allis (pop. 61,254), West Milwaukee (pop. 4,201), Whitefish Bay (pop. 13,508)

All population numbers are based on 2006 Census estimates.

Value Line now available from home

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Did you know that you can get the latest information on stocks right from home? Value Line, a popular online database for investors, is now available remotely through the Milwaukee Public Library's Website. All City of Milwaukee residents with valid library cards can use this great resource.


To access this database from your home computer:

Go to the Milwaukee Public Library's home page.
Select "Research Resources," then "All Library Databases".
Scroll through the alphabetical list until you reach Value Line.
Click on the Value Line link.
Enter your library card number and PIN, and you're in!

Having trouble? Check out some database troubleshooting tips.

MPL celebrates world urban dance

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Have you ever wondered about the history of dance around the world? Come and join Elaina Qureshi as she reflects on the impact history has had on the world of dance and invites teens to join in the celebration! Come for the snacks, stay for the dancing.

The program will be at the following libraries.

Zablocki Library: Monday, October 29 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library:Tuesday, October 30 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Bay View Library: Monday, November 5 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library: Tuesday, November 6 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Capitol Library: Thursday, November 8 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Central Library: Tuesday, November 13 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Library: Tuesday, November 20 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Your Weekly Reference Question

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What and Where is the last (and still operating) public well in Milwaukee?

The Pryor Avenue (Iron) Well in Bay View, is the last public well in Milwaukee.
It's located at 1700 Pryor Avenue in the Bay View neighborhood. The well was built in 1882 at the site of a naturally flowing artesian spring. Built in 1882 and named for its high iron content, water continuously flows from the pressurized aquifer below. The water is free to the public and water quality tests are performed regularly by the health department and DNR to ensure safety.


For more facts on Milwaukee, and other useful information, check out the Ready Reference Quick Fact File.

Check out the Book Club Kits

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Did you know that Milwaukee Public Library has book club kits available for check out? Each kit has multiple paperback copies of the chosen title, a discussion guide, suggestions for starting a book club and information about the author. All in one convenient kit! Originating at the East Library, kits are also available at the Washington Park Library, Mill Road Library, Zablocki Library and Tippecanoe Library.

There are over 40 kits in circulation. To see what titles are available, check the online County catalog using the title Adult Book Club Kit.

The subtitles will be the titles of the books that are available.

You provide the book group, location and refreshments and the library's book kit will provide the rest.


Work on your resume or online job application on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday evenings. Staff will be available to help with resume hints and assist in creating e-mail accounts and passwords for online job applications. Tuesdays at 1:30pm and Thursdays at 5:30pm, June through August. Center Street Library is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA) City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53210 (414) 286-3090
Monday & Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Closed Saturdays June through August)

Drop-In Job Help at Central Library

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Need Help Getting a Job Online? A job trainer speicialist with help you learn how to:

-Complete online job applications
-Write a resume online
-Search online job listings
-Obtain a free e-mail account.

Every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. -- No Appointment Necessary

Come to the Central Library's Computer Training Lab on the 2nd Floor.


MySpace is now OurSpace!

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MPL Young Adult Services is proud to debut our MySpace page!

Teens can connect directly with young adult authors from all over the world, and learn about the many programs and resources for teens MPL has to offer. We encourage teens to submit artwork, book/game/website reviews, and any questions or comments on what they need from the library. Bookmark the site, and keep coming back to see what’s going on at your branch!

Is your family tree short a few branches?

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Fill in some of those gaps on your family tree at the open lab for using Ancestry Library Edition, a powerful tool for genealogists.

(Waldburg family tree)

The open labs take place on the following Saturdays: October 27, November 17, and December 15, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. This is a free service and it requires no advance registration. Simply go to the Central Library's computer lab, on the 2nd floor, and prepare to delve deeply into your family's history. A staff member will be on hand to answer questions about using this powerful database which gives you access to billions of names in almost as many different types of records.

Milwaukee Public Library also offers access to other Genealogy tools online. Additional questions may be answered by calling the dedicated staff at the Humanities desk at (414) 286-3061.

What: Sit back, laugh, and be entertained by the funniest people in town! Or take the opportunity to stand up and make people laugh during this interactive improv comedy performance suitable for all ages. The entire show is fueled by audience suggestions and participation.

When: Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

It's House History time again

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Have you ever been curious about the story that your house has to tell? Whether you are a new house owner, or you've been living in your house for 30 years, the Central Library wants to help you discover your house's history, and the House History program is the perfect place to start.


The program is being held at the Central Library on Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sign in starts at 9:15 a.m. in the First Floor Meeting Room. From there, you will tour the resources that the Central Library has to offer. You will learn how to use the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases, how to wrap your head around the many intricacies of the tax rolls, how to convert an address, and learn about the many other resources your library has to offer.

The House History program is best for Milwaukee residents, as the resources focus mainly on Milwaukee.

To sign up, contact the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

Zablocki Library on Monday, October 22, 2007 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fit to a T is a bone health and osteoporosis education program for men and women of all
ages presented by Ann Perry, Physical Therapist and Sue Coenen, Outreach Librarian at
the Zablocki Library on Monday, October 22, 2007 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

During this session, we will cover topics such as: why is bone health important, what is osteoporosis, who is at risk for developing osteoporosis, what are the symptoms and warning signs; how is it diagnosed and treated, how do you avoid developing osteoporosis, and where can you learn more?

You’ll receive a packet of information, including a brochure produced by the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade that covers the main points presented during this session, as well as a Calcium Calculator, and a Risk Assessment tool you can take home and go through on your own and share with family and friends. You will also have a copy of the “People’s Piece” a brochure produced by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, and a bibliography produced by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the library.

Sponsored by the:
Bone and Joint Decade 2002-2011 and National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Zablocki Library

Homework Help is offered at the Central Library and four
neighborhood libraries for elementary school aged children.
Volunteers listen, guide and advise children with their
homework needs. Hours are generally weeknights from
4 to 7 p.m. Please call one of the following libraries for specific dates and times:

Atkinson Library 286-3068
Center Street Library 286-3090
Central Library 286-3091
Forest Home Library 286-3083
Martin Luther King Library 286-3098


Your Weekly Reference Question

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What is Milwaukee's Oldest Building?

Did you know that Milwaukee's oldest building isn't even from Milwaukee? It isn't even from the North American continent. In fact, it was built long before Milwaukee was a twinkle in Solomon Juneau's eyes.

The oldest building in Milwaukee is the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Marquette's campus. It was built in France's Rhone River Valley sometime in the 15th century. It was moved stone by stone to Long Island, New York in 1927. From there it was eventually relocated to its current home on Marquette's campus. Its reconstruction started in July of 1965, and was dedicated May 26, 1966.


For more facts on Milwaukee, and other useful information, check out the Ready Reference Quick Fact File.

There's no such thing as free money...

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But if there were, you could find it in the new Grant Resources section of the Milwaukee Public Library's Web site. You can get to it by going to Research Resources, then clicking on the Recommended Links option, from there you can navigate to "Grant Resources".


Whether you're looking for funding to start a new business, or you're thinking of starting a non-profit group, you should check out our Grants Resources to see what resources are available to you on the web. We have done the hard work for you by bringing these sites together and providing a short description of them.

The Grants Resources section contains information on Federal grants, on state grants; it also includes links to websites that will help you put your proposal together. There is more grants information available in print as well. If you are interested in those additional resources, be sure to check them out at the Business, Science, and Technology desk at the Central Library.

Book Discussion @ Central Library!

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Did you know that Central Library has a book discussion group?

Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The books will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

On Tuesday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Rumspringa; to be or not to be Amish by Tom Shachtman. Beginning at age 16, Amish youth are encouraged to participate in activities normally forbidden by their tradition before committing to Amish life. Shachtman describes the impact of this time of life on both teens and the Amish community.

Come join us!

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!


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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