November 2007 Archives

Your Weekly Reference Question

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Where does the term "bubbler" originate?

The origin of the term is believed to date back to 1888 when Harlan Huckleby of the Kohler Company (Kohler, Wisconsin) developed the first modern drinking fountain which was trademarked as “The Bubbler”. To this day, many Wisconsinites use the term “bubbler” in place of “drinking fountain”.
Source: Minnesota Daily Web site


StoryCorps at Central Library

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Since January 2007, MPL's Central Library has served as the first outpost location for StoryCorps, a nonprofit oral history project. StoryCorps' mission is "to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening."

During a StoryCorps session, participants share their life stories through a recorded interview. StoryCorps facilitators help interviewers decide what questions to ask and handle all the technical aspects of recording the memories of family members or friends. After the 40-minute session, participants receive a CD copy of the interview. With the participants' permission, one copy goes to the Library of Congress and one copy stays with MPL. A donation of $10 is suggested.

StoryCorps will be at Central Library until January 24, 2008. To learn more about StoryCorps and how to set up an interview, visit the StoryCorps Web site or call them toll-free at (800) 850-4406. Don't miss this great opportunity to share your story!

MySpace, YouTube, Facebook night

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Come and join us for our first ever MySpace, YouTube, Facebook night at the Center Street Library!

Show up to share your MySpace or Facebook page, and your favorite YouTube videos with other teens. Come discuss which video is funniest, and whose page is the best.

Share technical hints with other teens, and find out exactly how they did that! Join us Monday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Your Weekly Reference Question

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Did you know that this year marked the 60th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation at the White House? The event first took place in 1947 during President Harry Truman's administration. One of this year's pardoned turkeys, May and Flower, will be honored as the grand marshal of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Walt Disney World. For more information about Thanksgiving at the White House, check out their Website.

Also, don't forget that all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23! Happy Thanksgiving!

Microsoft Office problems

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Microsoft has introduced its 2007 version of Microsoft Office. At this point MPL is still on an older version of Microsoft Office, so any documents saved in Office 2007 will not open on library computers.


All hope is not lost, however! The website that will convert your documents from Office 2007 to a format readable on MPL computers for free. It does take a little time and an email address, but you can usually get your converted document back in about 20 minutes, and then you will be able to use it on the library computers.

A Novel Idea

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Run: A Novel by Ann Patchett


What makes a family? Think your family has secrets? In this novel, which spans 24 hours see how choices made in seconds can affect others for a lifetime. Former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle has 3 sons; Sullivan, 33, and African American Tip, 21, and Teddy, 20, brothers adopted 20 years earlier. On a snowy night Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming SUV by a woman who is hit and severely injured. She is the boys' birth mother and, along with her 11-year-old daughter Kenya has been watching the boys for years. Become part of their lives as the story progresses and issues of race, religion and duty are explored.

Listen to the podcast of Library Director Paula Kiely's conversation with Jane Hampden of WUWM's Lake Effect Radio Program. Originally aired on August 20th, find out about the library and Ms. Kiely's personal reminiscenes about libraries and reading.

A Crime to Read

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Milwaukee Public Library's' Acquisitions Librarian, Tom Olson, talks with
Jane Hampden on WUWM's Lake Effect about popular books in the true
crime genre. The books discussed are;
Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer;
Henry and Clara;
Assassination Vacation ;
The Best American Crime Reporting 2007.

Feel free to comment on his recommendations and list
some of your own suggestions.

Click the play button to listen to the original 11.8.07 broadcast segment.

How to do a Patent Search

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You've a great idea for a new product-and now you need a patent! Central Library Business Librarians will explain the seven-step process for doing a patent search in a free program offered once a month.
The Milwaukee Public Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Depository Library. While librarians cannot do an actual patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by following the USPTO guidelines.
Location is at the Central Library - Computer Lab, 2nd Floor
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Sessions meet every Fourth Monday of the month for one hour from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The next session is on Monday, November 26th, 2007.

The 2008 dates are:
January 28th
February 25th
March 24th
April 28th

Your Weekly Reference Question

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Did you know that Milwaukee has an official flower?

It's true. Milwaukee's official flower is the geranium. It was selected in 1966. Prior to that, the official flower was the nasturtium, and was selected in 1923.

By contrast, the state's official flower is the wood violet.

Pizza, Popcorn, and Professionals

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The Center Street Library is holding an event for teenagers interested in learning about different careers. Pizza and popcorn will be available to be enjoyed while you can network with professionals working in careers that interest you.


Come and meet a Municipal Court Judge, a local writer, V100's Promotions Director, and US Army Sergeant, a Preacher/Chaplain, a daycare owner, a psychotherapist, and more!

Come to Center Street Library Monday, November 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Recommend a purchase to MPL

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Have you ever searched the library's catalog and not found the item you are looking for? Did you know that you can request that MPL add something to its collection? You can even make the recommendation online! Simply go to MPL's Website, click on "Ask a Question", then click "Recommend a Purchase." Just fill out the online form with information about the item and submit it. Don't forget that when you are filling out the form, you can place a hold on the item. So if the item is purchased for the library, you'll be the first to check it out!

Book clubs galore

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Do you like reading? Do you like chatting? Do you like chatting about books? If you said yes to these questions, then MPL has just the thing for you.

Every month, many Book Clubs meet at six different libraries and each book club is reading and discussing a different book. So take a look at what is coming up, and join a book club today!

Want to go to college? This should help!

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A college education is becoming more and more important these days. Unfortunately, it's also getting more and more expensive.
For anyone who is interested in going to college, but isn't sure how to afford it, Financial Aid 101 at the Bay View Library is a great place to get started, and get some questions answered.
The program is being put on by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. It takes place Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Your Weekly Reference Question

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Did you know that Wisconsin is the birthplace of six NASA Astronauts?

Chaio, Leroy - born August 28, 1960 in Milwaukee.
Williams, Jeffrey N. - born January 18, 1958 in Superior.
Lee, Mark C. - born August 14, 1952 in Viroqua.
Brandenstein, Daniel C. - born January 17, 1943 in Watertown.
Michel, F. Curtis - born June 5, 1934 in LaCrosse.
Slayton, Donald K. ("Deke") - born March 1, 1924 in Sparta.

Source: NASA - Astronaut Fact Book - January 2005
Date of Verification: September 28, 2007

Bookmaking Program

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Bookmaking

Artist Robin Kinney will teach children how to create unique handmade books. Every child will create at least one book, journal or scrapbook.

Call the library to register.

Capitol - 286-3006
Monday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Central - 286-3091
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King - 286-3098
Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Zablocki - 286-3055
Saturday, November 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Villard Avenue - 286-3079
Monday, November 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

East - 286-3058
Tuesday, November 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Center Street - 286-3090
Wednesday, November 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe - 286-3085
Saturday, November 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Bay View - 286-3019
Saturday, November 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.


Time to read with Curious George and friends

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The Children's Department is launching a new family reading program on November 10th called 'Time to Read with Curious George and Friends.' This program will encourage reading to and with your children. It's a great bonding experience, and it helps your children gain a lifetime love of reading.

We'll be kicking off 'Time to Read with Curious George and Friends' Saturday, Nov. 10, at Central Library, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with music in the main rotunda, tap dancing in the gray rotunda, a reading nook, learning stations, crafts and cookie decoration.

Life After High School College Fair

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Thinking about what you'll do once you graduate from high school? Are you considering going to college? Then check out this free event! The Life After High School College Fair is tomorrow, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall (733 N. Eighth Street). You will have a chance to learn about area colleges, including Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Concordia University and others. Don't miss it!

This event is funded by a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

Shoo the Flu at the Central Library

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The Central Library will be the site of a flu immunization clinic, Thursday, November 8th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


The flu shots will be administered by the nurses from the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, and will be $30.00 for the flu shot and $45.00 for the pneumonia shot. If you can not make the clinic that is being held at the Central Library, information on additional clinic locations and times may be found at the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association website.


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