June 2008 Archives

Milwaukee Historic Photos online!

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The Milwaukee Public Library is proud to present its latest digital collection: the Milwaukee Historic Photos collection.


This is the beginning of the digitization process of the Historic Photo Collection, part of the Photo Archives that are housed in the Humanities Department at the Central Library. So far, over 150 photos of historic Milwaukee buildings and streets have been added to this collection, with more to come!

This is only the beginning of the project. The Historic Photo Collection numbers over 50,000 photographs of historic Milwaukee, and what has been added to the digital collection so far is only a drop in the bucket. So if you don't see the photo you're looking for, make sure that you contact the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061. Also, make sure you're checking back to see what new photos are being added.

You can access MPL's digital collections from the home page. Down toward the bottom of the page is a button that says "Digital Collections" just click on that to be directed to the Digital Collections front page.

Forest Home Library is hosting an English Language Conversation Circle on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. starting July 7th. It is a great opportunity to practice basic conversational skills, learn English vocabulary and American expressions in a small group led by a native English speaker. Space is limited, so please call 414-286-3083 or see a librarian to register. Light refreshments will be provided.

Circulo de conversación en ingles en la Biblioteca de Forest Home. Practica sus habilidades básicas de conversación, aprender vocabulario en ingles y expresiones americanas en un grupo pequeño guiado por un hablante nativo de ingles. Espacio es limitado. Por favor de llamar al 414-286-3083 para inscribirse o hablar con un bibliotecario en la Biblioteca de Forest Home. Refrigerio ligero estará proveído.

*This program is sponsored by The American Dream Starts @ Your Library grant, Dollar General and The American Library Association.*

New database subscription

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The Milwaukee Public Library is pleased to offer a subscription to an old favorite in a new guise. The Encyclopaedia Britannica is now available online through MPL's website. With many features including English and Spanish dictionaries, a world atlas, the year in review, color photos and charts, full citation information, and much more, this powerful reference tool is now available at your fingertips.


It is available both in City of Milwaukee libraries and remotely to City of Milwaukee residents. As always, with our database subscriptions that can be accessed from home, you can sign into it with a valid library card from your home computer.

To access the encyclopedia on MPL's Web site, go to the "Research Resources" link, and then select "All Library Databases". From there, just scroll down to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online to open it up.

Ready to Read with Books2Go
Free continuing education for child care providers

Registration is required for all workshops. Class sizes are limited. No children are allowed during sessions--no exceptions. Registration for provider workshops will begin one month prior to the event. Call 414-286-8423 to register for all child care provider classes.

The Six Skills for Early Literacy
Join the Ready to Read staff and get excited about reading and books! Explore easy ways to develop literacy skills in young children. Learn the six skills that every child needs in order to be prepared to learn how to read when they enter school. Learn fun ways to expand lessons to include the skills. Leave with finger plays, songs, and new ideas that will help the children you care for get ready to read! Three credit hours earned by attending this session. All participants receive a free gift.

Washington Park
Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (registration begins July 23)

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!: Developing Narrative Skills in Children
Narrative Skills refers to a child’s ability to tell stories and describe things. A child’s ability to use narrative skills will have a life-long impact in many areas–including math! During this fun-filled hands-on session participants will learn what “narrative skills” means and explore books that help develop these skills. Participants will leave with simple activities and techniques to help children build narrative skills. 1.5 credit hours can be earned by attending a training session.

Martin Luther King
Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m. (registration begins June 23)

Villard Avenue
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30-8 p.m. (registration begins June 29)

There is still time to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. You can sign up at your local library or Online! The Grand Prize Drawing is August 11th for a $75 Visa gift card.


Link to SRP login


Come see the Amazing Acro-Cats!

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The Amazing Acro-Cats will be at Centennial Hall at the Central Library Saturday, July 26th for three engagements.


Come and be amazed by the acrobatic feats that these cats perform.

Tickets are $4.00 a person and will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on July 26th. Children who have reached Level 5 is the Super Reader summer reading program can earn coupons good for two free tickets to the Acro-Cats. Be sure to sign up for the Super Reader summer reading program to find out more on how to earn your free tickets.

The first show starts at 10:30 a.m., the second at 1:00 p.m., and the third at 3: 30 p.m.

Summer is officially here, so why not celebrate with some homemade frozen vanilla custard! From the June 28, 1962 edition of the Milwaukee Journal, here is a recipe to try.


Frozen Vanilla Custard

1 egg, separated
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small can evaporated milk (2/3) cup, chilled icy cold

Beat egg yolk. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Beat egg white until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture. Whip milk until it is stiff and will hold a peak. Fold in egg mixture lightly. Pour at once into cold freezing tray and freeze. Makes one pint.

(Want to make it chocolate custard?)

Cocoa: Omit sugar. Use in its place a syrup made by blending one-fourth cup sugar, one-fourth cup cocoa and one-half cup water and boiling until thick. Chill syrup, then add to the beaten egg yolks.


Beware Utility Worker Imposters

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Milwaukee area residents should be mindful of persons posing as utility workers looking to access homes. Utility imposters may carry “official” looking credentials and often work in pairs.

The latest scam involved persons who claimed to work for the Milwaukee Water Works and were investigating floodwater in homes.

Protect yourself and your family from scam artists who pose as utility employees by following these tips:
• Do not open your door to someone you do not recognize. Do not allow anyone to enter your home if you are not sure of his or her identity.
• Ask to see photo identification (I.D.) through a window. Milwaukee Water Works and other utility employees and contractors carry photo I.D. Legitimate employees will be happy to show you their I.D. if you ask, or call the utility office to verify their identification.
• Call the Milwaukee Water Works (414) 286-2830 if you are unsure about a person’s identification or to verify work to be done at your home. Call the police if you believe the person is an imposter.
• Do not allow anyone to enter your home claiming to collect a past-due bill, inspect plumbing fixtures, or to sell utility products such as a meter or other equipment. Milwaukee Water Works employees do not engage in door-to-door sales, do not collect a past-due bill in person, and do not deliver rebates or refunds.
• Advise your elderly loved ones, friends, and children about what to do if strangers approach their home and ask to come in.

Bring yourself; bring the kids; bring the entire family today to the Juneteenth Day Celebration in the Northcott Neighborhood (on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive between West Center and Burleigh Streets) from 10 am to 6 pm. There will be shopping, soul food, parade, loads of fun, and music with this year’s headliner, R&B sensation Silk.

Here are some great books to read about Juneteenth:

comejuneteenth.jpg Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi
juneteenth.jpg Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson
juneteenthacelerbation.jpg Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Charles A. Taylor
juneteenthjamboree.jpg Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford

Here are some websites to learn about the history of Juneteenth:

Juneteenth World Wide Celebration
and today's lineup: The Roots of Juneteenth

Please note: today, Martin Luther King library will be open. However, there will be no access to the parking lot or surrounding streets due to the Juneteenth Day Celebration.

Book Clubs for Summer

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Looking to meet great people and have thought provoking discussions on your favorite books?
One way to beat the heat this summer is to participate in the many book clubs that are held at Milwaukee Public Library locations. Here are some upcoming dates and locations to remember

Atkinson Library | 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., 286-3068
As announced.
Bay View Library | 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 286-3019
First and third Thursdays, 1 p.m. | Great Books Series
East Library | 1910 E. North Ave., 286-3058
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
June 17 --- Carter Beates the Devil by Glen Gold
July 15 --- Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Aug. 19 --- The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Sept. 16 --- Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
Oct. 21 --- Our Mothers' War by Emily Yellin
Nov. 18 --- The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Dec. 16 --- Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

Tippecanoe Library | 3912 S. Howell Ave., 286-3085
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
July 9 --- Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Aug. 13 --- A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Sept. 10 --- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Oct. 8 --- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Nov. 12 --- Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

Zablocki Library | 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave., 286-3055
Thursdays, 11 a.m.
June 26 --- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
July 24 --- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Aug. 28 --- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Sept. 25 --- Atonement by Ian McEwan
Oct. 23 --- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov. 20 --- P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Central Library Book Discussion | Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 286-3000
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Central Library 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.
July 8 --- Blood Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
Aug. 12 --- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

The Milwaukee Public Library invites you to tour the Central Library via its new Central Library photo gallery.


Each photo has additional information on the Central Library provided, and also serves as a link to more facts and services that the Central Library offers. The gallery takes you on a trip through the library and allows you to explore some of the different departments, services, and collections that are offered at the Central Library.

Of course, if you are interested in a more in-depth tour of the Central Library, weekly tours are available!

OverDrive for Digital Audiobooks, Music, and Video

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Did you know that with your Milwaukee Public Library card you can download audiobooks, music titles, and videos? You can do it all through OverDrive media service. OverDrive lets you browse thousands of titles, check out the ones you want, then download them to your computer or transfer them to your portable listening device. At the end of the loan period, titles will expire and be automatically 'returned' to the OverDrive library. To get started you will need a valid library card, access to the Internet, and free software for the computer and/or device on which you wish to use the material. For more information and to download the free software, go to the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium's OverDrive Digital Download Center.

Website of the Week - Fueleconomy.gov

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Is the high cost of gasoline impacting your household budget? Check out fueleconomy.gov to explore different types of vehicles and how they impact the costs both to you and to the environment. Learn about gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks. The site also links to websites that monitor local gasoline prices. Are you eligible for a tax incentive for your alternative energy vehicle? Find out at fueleconomy.gov.

June Events for Teens

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For teens ages 13-18:
Check out what’s happening this month at your library!

Atkinson Library
Wednesday, June 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Project Runway: Redesign
Give your old fashions a makeover! Test your skills as a designer by revamping old clothes or creating a completely new design from fabric. The library will provide supplies or you can bring a clothing item or fabric of your own.

Bay View Library
Thursday, June 19, 6-8 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night: Rock Band
Music night with Rock Band for the Xbox 360.

Capitol Library
Thursday, June 19, 2-3 p.m.
Book Bingo!
Come join us for Bingo with prizes and snacks. Space is limited.

Central Library
Wednesday, June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel Discussion – “Persepolis”
Come discuss the graphic novel Persepolis and enjoy some refreshments.

Martin Luther King Library
Monday, June 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night: Scene It!
Think you know movies? Come and test your knowledge against your friends’ with this interactive Xbox Scene It game! Refreshments provided.

Mill Road Library
Celebrate Reading for Fun! For the mature teen reader.
Socialize and enjoy free refreshments. Come and share your favorite summer reads with friends. Find out about the books others are reading.
Tuesday, June 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12, 6-7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library
Friday, June 20, 1-2 p.m.
Teens Read to Tots
Preschoolers are invited to hear stories, sing songs and fingerplays. Stories read by teens.

Villard Avenue Library
Monday, June 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Teen Beauty Brainstorm
Swap beauty and wardrobe tips. Check out online resources, magazines, books, fitness DVDs & videos. Door Prizes.

Washington Park Library
Wednesday, June 25, 2-4 p.m.
Make’em Laugh! Improv comedy workshop
Learn how to think fast and be funny on the spot. Get confident while working as a team. We’ll play some games and have a great time!

Zablocki Library
Monday, June 16, 2-4 p.m.
Teen Survival Cooking
Learn some recipes for easy after-school snacks. No stoves or ovens necessary.

Meet new author Professor E. Adekunlewilson, Ed. S. who will discuss her first book Celebrating Black Men: Because You Said I Couldn’t SERIES (Book I). Celebrating Black Men paints a picture for the kind of personal character, routines and priorities that enabled Black Americans to endure, persevere and progress as a people. Readers are provided with a behind-the-achievement glimpse into the mindsets of faith, determination and creativity. She will be signing copies as well.

East Library
Tuesday, June 24th
6:30 PM

There are many phone directories available on the Internet. A couple of sources that the librarians at Ready Reference find particularly helpful are Whitepages.com and ReferenceUSA.

Not only does Whitepages.com have a powerful search feature for finding individuals, but I find its most valuable aspect is its Reverse Lookup feature. If you are interested in finding out someone's information based on a phone number, this is a great tool. What makes this particularly valuable is the feature that will tell you if the number you have entered is unlisted, or a cell phone.

While Whitepages.com is great for finding residential information, MPL subscribes to a great database for looking up preliminary business information.

ReferenceUSA is a database that allows you to look up both residential and business information. It is especially helpful for business information. You can sign on to it from MPL's website under Research Resources, and then by clincking on Featured Databases. You do need to have a current library card to access ReferenceUSA remotely, and it's also available within all City of Milwaukee libraries.

Anatomy of the Book

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Wednesday, June 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Repeated Saturday, June 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Central Library


Join book creator JoAnna Poehlmann for this rare opportunity to experience her marvelous art up-close and hands-on. Learn how she creates her unique or limited edition artist books using handmade papers, found objects, Xerox, clay, wood, collage, stamps, stuffed animals, and even preserved insects, as well as more traditional media. Milwaukee native JoAnna Poehlmann's works are found in major collections around the world, including the Milwaukee Public Library's Krug Rare Books Room. Seating is limited; call 286-3071 to register.

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. Visit on 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 noon 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.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed June through August)

Follow the exploits of an interpreter involved with espionage in the African Congo in John LeCarre's Mission Song.
Join the monthly book discussion next Tuesday, June 10th at the Central Library. A Librarian will moderate the discussion in the comfortable surroundings of the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The book will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m.


Chess 4 Life Skillz

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For ages 8 and up


Learn not only how to play chess, but also how to become an effective decision-maker at home and throughout the community. Quan Caston, President of Chess Academix, Inc. will guide students through learning how to use the game of chess as a thinking tool. Please register by calling or visiting the library location you will be attending. Walk-ins welcome if space available.

Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
(414) 286-3068

Saturdays, June 14 and 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
(414) 286-3055

East Library Participating in Summer Soulstice 2008

East Library
Saturday June 21st
12:00 Noon -- 3:00PM
Displays will include:
Bubble-ology, Crafts for Kids, Wi-Fi (Check-Your Email), and Ask-a-Reference Librarian

Please come and be a part of the Celebration!!!

Start a Small Business

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Many people's dream is to be their own boss, but they don't know how to go about starting their own small business. The intrepid librarians of the Milwaukee Public Library are here to help!

Next Monday, the Central Library Business staff will go over the most useful print and electronic resources to help you start your own business.

The program starts at 1:30 p.m., and wraps up at 2:30 p.m. and will take place in the second floor computer training lab.


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