April 2008 Archives

Mother's Day Craft

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating Mother’s Day!


For kids ages 6-12—you’re just in time for Mother’s Day (May 11th). Give her something homemade and from the heart!

Tuesday, May 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King
Wednesday, May 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 10-11 a.m.

Saturday, May 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Villard Avenue
Saturday, May 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Washington Park
Saturday, May 10, 2-3 p.m.

Find out more about the history of Mother's Day at About.com.

Summer Computer Classes

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Computer Classes will be offered again for Summer 08'.
Classes will start in June and July.
Registration begins Monday, May 19.


Talk to your local librarian for more information. Classes are funded by Northwestern Mutual Life.

Noted children's authors Kevin Henkes and Lynne Rae Perkins will be at Centennial Hall this Monday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.


Kevin Henkes won the 2005 Caldecott Medal with the book Kitten's First Full Moon. Lynne Rae Perkins won the Newbery Medal for her book Criss Cross.


Kevin and Lynne will be discussing their books and will be available to sign them. Books will also be available for sale.

Introducing Read @ MPL!

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Looking for ideas about what to read next? Take a look at Read @ MPL! This new MPL blog features book reviews and recommendations from our staff. It is a great place for you to leave your comments about our recommendations and about other books you've been reading.

Read @ MPL is part of the newly revised MKE Reads web page highlighting resources for readers. MKE Reads has links to book awards, book club resources, booklists and online reviews, genre fiction information, downloadable books, and a special section on Urban Fiction authors and publishers.

These two new resources have something for every reader, so be sure to check them out!

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.

View the BadgerLink Webcasts

Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the Turn Off the T.V. Week, April 21-27!


Kids ages 6-12 are invited to come in for poetry and a snack. Bring your own poems or listen and read the poetry of others.

Martin Luther King Library
Wednesday, April 23rd
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Atkinson Library
Saturday, April 26th
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Find out more about the Turn Off the T.V. Week on the TV Turn-off Network .

Celebrate Earth Day

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Stop burning your old tires....Quit dumping your old motor oil down the sink......and stop throwing your old car batteries off a cliff......ok....we've come a long way from when something like that was recommended as conservation. But we should all be doing our part to preserve and rebuild our planet. Every little bit helps!!

Walk to work today, take the stairs, turn your lights off and open your windows. Simple things like that can save energy and help our planet. Here are a few websites where you can get ideas, find sources, and learn about conservation and recycling.

Reuse A Shoe
Milwaukee Recycling
Earth Day.net

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." ~Native American Proverb

Search your own patents

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The Central Library will be holding another one of its patent searching programs. The librarians from the Business & Technology will explain the strategies for doing a patent search that match the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) guidelines.


This is a great way to see if something similar to your idea has already exists with USPTO. It's a crucial step in protecting your ideas.

Patents 101: How to do a Patent Search will be held this month on Monday, April 28th from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Central Library. For more information call (414) 286-3000.

Ready Reference Historic Recipe File: Bratwurst

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Wisconsin is famous for many things: cheese, breweries, motorcycles, and of course, bratwurst! Although Sheboygan holds the title of "Bratwurst Capital of the World," Milwaukee is home to many connoisseurs of this German sausage. If you have ever wanted to make your own brats, here is what you need to know. Taken from MPL's Ready Reference Historic Recipe File, this recipe for broiled bratwurst was published in the January 19, 1967 edition of the Milwaukee Journal.



1/2 pound fresh veal
1 pound pork loin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon mace
pork casings

Combine all ingredients; put through grinder three times. Mix with 1/2 cup water; fill pork casings. To serve, prepare broiled bratwurst. Broiled bratwurst: Cover bratwurst with hot water. Bring to a boil and remove from heat immediately. Let stand in hot water a few minutes until firm. Drain; dip bratwurst into milk. Place in broiler and cook until golden brown under low to moderate heat. Serves four.

Website of the Week - USDA PLANTS Database

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The state of Wisconsin is Zone 5 of the USDA hardiness chart. Therefore, around this time of year the buds begin to show on the trees and winter turns to spring in this climate. If you are hoping to identify a plant in your yard or you're interested in planning a garden, take a look at this site called the USDA PLANTS Database. Maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture, this database can be searched by common or scientific name, plant family or genus. Searches can also be limited by state. In addition, there is a browsable and searchable image gallery of over 1,000 plants; Fact Sheets and Plant Guides.


This interactive children's program features Dr. Hal Kacanek demonstrating instruments from all over the world. The program will be at Capitol Library and East Library.
Capitol's program starts at 9:30am on 4/16/08
3969 N 74st

East's Program starts at 7pm on 4/17/08
1910 E. North Ave

Jobs for teens

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The Martin Luther King Library is hosting a number of programs on finding jobs for teens this spring. With topics that range from just thinking about getting a job to what strategies work best for finding and landing a job these are great programs for those teens looking for summer employment.

The programs are:
Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, May 6 & 13. 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
From Fast Food to the Fast Lane—Your Real First Job
A FREE six-week TEEN employment program that provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for and find employment presented by C. J. Brown III, author of 28 Days to Employment.

Friday, April 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Do You Need a Job? A Job Strategies Workshop
This workshop focuses on finding job openings and resume tips. Bring your resume.

Monday, April 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Do You Need A Job? Where are the Jobs?
This session focuses on where to find jobs and how to get the job you want.

These two sessions are presented by Milwaukee Job Development staff members. Classes are free with no registration required.

Week of the Young Child, April 13-19

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the Week of the Young Child, April 13-19!


The Week of the Young Child is an annual national celebration designed to recognize the critical role of early childhood educators in fostering learning skills and social development of young children. The library is celebrating with special entertainment for preschoolers at every MPL location. A craft and snack will be part of each program. (Child care and school groups – please call your local library to register.)

For times and locations, check out the Library Events Calendar or the Children's Calendar.

Is it Art? Or Is it a Book?
The Dilemma of Artists Books in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 30, 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room


Call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.

Books have been in our world for thousands of years, but the 21st century has brought the increasing use of computers to store information. Yet, we still have books and probably always will. Why? Because books offer a totally different experience than computers. Books no longer bear the full burden of information storage, so they are free to become something else. Artists have recognized that potential, and more and more artists are turning to the book as an art form.

Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, will discuss the challenges faced by the artists book, and talk about some of the ways books can function as art, and how artists books are wholly books and fully art.

This is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

19th Century Newspapers

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Whether you're writing a history paper, or trying to do some genealogy work, the database 19th Century Newspapers may be just the tool you need. This database covers millions of articles from all over the United States for the 19th century.


This is an especially valuable source for Wisconsin and Milwaukee information. The database has articles from many different Wisconsin and Milwaukee newspapers including not only the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Sentinel, but also the Northwestern Recorder, the Wisconsin Temperance Journal, Yenowine's Illustrated News, and many more.

The database allows for searches to be narrowed down by newspaper, by date, or by states.

This powerful search tool can be accessed from home by City of Milwaukee library cardholders.

A Question for you

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We are offering another feedback poll this month, and would like to know what topics you'd like to see more of on the blog. Please take a few seconds to answer the question. We appreciate it!! Thanks.

A Novel Idea

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The Senator's Wife: A Novel by Sue Miller
Two unconventional women, neighbors in adjacent New England townhouses--Meri Fowler, pregnant, newly married, and discovering the gap between reality and expectation, and Delia Naughton, wife of a notoriously unfaithful liberal senator--confront the costs and challenges of love.

Meet New Poet Laureate Susan Firer

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On Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall, native Milwaukeean Susan Firer will be inducted as the city's Poet Laureate for 2008-09. Firer will read from her latest poetry collection, Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People, which includes new and selected poems from 1979 to 2007. Her other collections include The Laugh We Make When We Fall (2002), The Underground Communion Rail (1992), My Life With the Tsar and Other Poems (1979), and The Lives of Saints and Everything (1993), which won that year's Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Firer is an assistant professor in the English Department of UWM, where she teaches courses in creative writing and women's studies.

Used Book Sale - April 12th - Central Library

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Ten cents does not purchase a lot these days, but it will buy a pre-owned book at the Central Library Book Sale on Saturday, April 12th. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, plan to visit Meeting Room 1 anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and bring lots of dimes!


Milwaukee resident Frank D. Alioto, a Lieutenant with the Milwaukee Fire Department and local historian will present his new book, Milwaukee's Brady Street Neighborhood, along with a slide presentation including pictures from his book.

The author will sign copies of his book along with copies being sold at the discussion.

Saturday, April 12
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

East Library
1910 E. North Ave
(414) 286-3058


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