July 2008 Archives

Bookweb : Book Industry Awards Website

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I love lists. I really enjoy perusing lists of distinguished medal winners in literature. The Book Industry Awards website is very useful for keeping apprised of those winners both past and present. All of the favorites are here. A sampling include the Newbery and Caldecott awards for children's literature, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners for adults and the Booker Prize for excellence in fiction from the British Isles. For additional award lists on a variety of subjects, check out the Awards and Honors Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.


For ages 10-18:
Check out what’s happening this month at your library!

Atkinson Library
Tuesday, August 19, 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!

Bay View Library
Thursday, August 7, 6-8 p.m.
Board Game Night
Board game night with various games to choose from, including Apples to Apples, Monopoly, and more.

Thursday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.
Xbox 360: Sports Games
Xbox 360 game night with games including racing and various sports games.

Capitol Library
Thursday, August 14, 2-2:45 p.m.
Cocoa Loco!
Registration required - call 414-286-3006.
Sample and learn about different types of chocolate.

Center Street Library
Monday, August 4, 2-4 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
Celebrate the end of summer reading with a bowl of ice cream covered with your favorite toppings.

Central Library
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
Cool off from the summer heat. Bring your friends and relax with an ice cream sundae.

East Library
Tuesday, August 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Media Swap!
Trade and swap your old DVDs, CDs, and video games with your peers for “new to you” ones. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Forest Home Library
Tuesday, August 12, beginning at 4 p.m.
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
The first team to find everything on their list wins a gift certificate to Pizza Hut!

M. L. King Library
Wednesday, August 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Nickelodeon & Disney Jeopardy
Preteens (ages 10-12)! Think you know all of the Nickelodeon and Disney stars and T.V. shows? Come and test your knowledge at Nickelodeon & Disney Jeopardy! Snacks and refreshments provided.

Mill Road Library
Celebrate Reading for Fun! For the mature teen reader.

Tuesday, July 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12, 6-7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library
Friday, August 15, 1-3 p.m.
X-treme Art!
If you have always wanted to start a Journal, join us and we will help you design a unique cover/book. You will also pick up some creative ideas for expressing your thoughts through the use of typography.

Villard Avenue Library
Monday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night
Come play Xbox games in air-conditioned comfort.

Washington Park Library
Wednesday, August 13, 2-3 p.m.
Get Graphic @ Your Library: Book Review Roundup
What did you really think about those books you read for Summer Reading? Give your thumbs up or thumbs down, and get suggestions from other teens for your next great read! And check out our new graphic novel display!

Missing Books??

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Library Director Paula Kiely was interviewed by WTMJ Channel 4’s John Mercure for a story regarding which MPL-owned titles go missing most often. Link to the video is below

Missing Books Video

Calling All Milwaukee Teens!

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Looking for a great way to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours? Join the Milwaukee Public Library Teen Advisory Board!


As part of TAB, you'll participate in monthly meetings where you will help shape library services for teens. TAB plans monthly teen forums and outreach programs to connect area teens with all the library has to offer. You will gain excellent experience for your resume, develop teamwork skills, and have fun!

To sign up for this great opportunity, head to your local library or sign-up online. Applications are due by Sunday, August 31.

AskArt-The International Artists Directory

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Find free biographical information on thousands of artists both current and past with the website AskArt. Most entries include examples of the artists work, auction results, museum locations and exhibits. International in scope, AskArt is primarily searchable by name. The site also includes brief tutorials on major art styles and bibliographic citations for further research. To explore other interesting sites about art, check out the category Art and Architecture on the MPL website under Recommended Links.



Backyard Bash, 2-4 P.M.
Enjoy outdoor games, crafts, Xbox 360, Dance Dance Revolution, food and more as we start the week’s celebration out with a BANG!


Film and Discussion - Marcus Garvey: Toward Black Nationhood 6-8 P.M.
Presented by Dr. Doreatha Mbalia, Associate Professor of Africology at the University of WI-Milwaukee and Member of Africans on the Move.

"This video covers the life and contributions of Marcus Garvey from his birth in Jamaica, his re-location to the U.S., and his final days in Jamaica. Most importantly, it highlights the invaluable contribution that the Universal Negro Improvement Association-African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) made to all people of African descent, including the creation of the red, black and green flag."


Tour of Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, 12 P.M.
Tour Location is at 2620 West Center Street. Co-Sponsored by Africans on the Move.

Enjoy a tour of the previous location of the Center Street Library and a viewing of a special, limited exhibit on Marcus Garvey and the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), including original paintings by Milwaukee's own artist, Ammar.

A generous donation has been given to allow twenty people to tour WBHSM for free. Additional tours available at the standard fee of $5.00. Due to limited space, registration is required. Please call (414) 286-3090 to register.

Tours of Center Street Library, 1-2 P.M.
Come and join us for a tour if you are new to our library or would like to learn more about our building, programs, services, materials, technology, and artwork by local artists.

Family Play Night, 6 P.M.
Families with children age 5 and younger can enjoy a light supper followed by fun family play activities designed to develop the Six Skills of Early Literacy.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, stop in the library or call (414) 286-3090. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.


Family Movie Night - Akeelah and the Bee 5:30 P.M.
Bring your family and friends and share in this uplifting movie about a young girl’s determination to succeed in the world of spelling bees. Light Refreshments Provided.


Center Street Anniversary Party, 1:30-4 P.M.
Presentation of Mayoral Proclamation and MPL Board of Trustees Resolution.
History of Center Street Library: 1928-2008. Music and food provided.

MPL’s Jacki Potratz was featured on WUWM’s “Lake Effect” program on Thursday, July, 17th where she reviewed some old and new memoirs.

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Menomonee Valley exhibit

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The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library presents the exhibit "Welcome to the Menomonee River Valley".


This exhibit takes place on the second floor of the Central Library. It consists of many displays on the history of the Menomonee River Valley from before Milwaukee was a city, all the way up to the present day.

The exhibit includes materials about the Potawatomi before the arrival of Europeans in the Milwaukee area, materials on the Milwaukee Road shops that graced the valley before the Road went defunct, and much more.

The Menomonee River Valley is extremely important to the development of the City of Milwaukee, and this exhibit explores many of its different aspects.

Ready Reference Historic Recipe File: Citrus Slush

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Looking for a way to cool off this weekend? Try this recipe for Citrus Slush adapted from the Milwaukee Journal on September 8, 1982. It makes a lot, so why not invite over your family, your friends or even the whole neighborhood!


Citrus Slush

4 cans (6 ounces each) frozen tangerine or orange juice concentrate or combination
1 quart pineapple sherbet
3 cups water
9 quarts white soda (about)
9 oranges, lemons and/or limes, sliced, for garnish (about)

To make slush, thaw juice concentrates and soften sherbet. In 3-quart airtight freezer container, combine concentrates, sherbet and water. Freeze 8 hours or overnight, until firm.

To serve, let mixture stand 10 minutes at room temperature. Scoop frozen mixture into 2 1/2-or 3-quart serving bowl. Fill bottom of larger bowl with layer of ice cubes and insert bowl of slush into bowl. Fill in space around side of bowl with more ice cubes. For each serving, spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons slush into glass; pour in white soda and garnish with fruit slice. Makes 9 1/2 to 10 cups slush or about 60 servings, 6 ounces each.

Radiolovers.com - Old Time Radio Shows

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Experience hundreds of vintage radio shows from your computer or MP3 device using the website Radiolovers.com. In the days before television, families would gather around the radio in the living room to listen to their favorite programs. These same shows continue to be popular with today's audiences. Westerns, dramas, mysteries, and comedies as well as other genres are available for downloading and listening. Perennial favorites such as Charlie Chan, Amos and Andy, the Avengers and Blondie are just a sampling of the many shows available. All programs are free of charge. If you prefer to listen to old radio shows on cassette or audiobook, please check the library's catalog CountyCat for specific shows.

Now You Know! The Meaning of the Word Milwaukee

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According to the website Milwaukee.org:

"Long before the first settlers came to this area, the Algonkian Indians had a special name for the land: Millioki, which means "gathering place by the waters." The Indians may have picked the name because they used the area for tribal gatherings or because they observed how three rivers (the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic and the Milwaukee) met before flowing into the waters of Lake Mie-sit-gan (Michigan)."


Branch Manager of Center Street Library, Kirsten Thompson, was interviewed and included in a piece by WUWM's, Susan Bence. Below are the introduction and the audio from the story.

One city block away from the site of the July 4th quadruple homicide in Milwaukee stands the Center Street Library. Kirsten Thompson manages the branch. The Rufus King High School graduate decided to establish a career and raise her family here, when she says many of her classmates moved away to other cities. Now the library she manages does a lot more than lend books and DVDs. It’s an oasis for residents of all ages. Thompson says it even helps people get jobs......

Ditto Copy Service

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Did you know that the Milwaukee Public Library has a copy service? It's called Ditto and it is based out of the Central Library.


This service can be contacted by phone, mail, or by email to make requests of items to be copied for a small fee. Those items are then mailed, faxed, or made available for pick up at the Central Library.

Ditto is often used by people in search of specific patents, government information, obituaries and much more. This service can also be used in tandem with the reference services of the librarians at MPL. While Ditto will not do research to locate specifics of information, the librarians will be happy to aid you in your search to locate those specifics so that Ditto can make the information available to you.

Milwaukee Public Library Community Blood Drive

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Milwaukee Public Library and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin are sponsoring a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Central Library. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin supplies 100% of the blood to every community hospital in our area. The blood you donate will save lives right here in our community.

As a thank you for doing the extraordinary, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin has several giveaway offers. Donors will have the chance to win a $100 gas card, Milwaukee Brewers tickets, and possibly the grand prize of a behind-the-scenes Brewers experience!

Appointments are encouraged. Please bring a photo ID at the time of donation. To schedule an appointment, please contact Jeffrey Jeanpierre at BloodCenter of Wisconsin at 414-937-6113. Electronic sign up is available. Enter in Drive ID Number DRV0092056 for electronic sign up.

Financial Literacy @ Your Library

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According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than half of all U.S. households had zero savings in an employer-based 401(k)-type plan or tax-preferred savings plan account. Thanks to a generous grant from FINRA and the American Library Association, Milwaukee Public Library will help by providing tools to help increase financial literacy in our community. Regardless of your age or stage in life, financial literacy is an important topic that affects all of us. New books on a variety of topics including debt reduction, retirement planning, home buying and stock market investing are currently being added to the library shelves. Also, check out the library's Smart Investing website with links to calculators, informational brochures and other tools for exploration. Stay tuned in the weeks and months ahead for a variety of financial education opportunities at your library.

Need something to do as a family in the evening? Well, come to the library with the kids for some fun and excitement … and, there’s still time to sign the kids up for the summer reading club!

Mysteries from the World of Magic
Martin Luther King Library
Tuesday, July 15, 6-6:45 p.m.
Bay View Library
Thursday, July 17, 6-6:45 p.m.
How to Draw Manga Workshop
Zablocki Library
Thursday, July 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Going Buggy!
Capitol Library
Tuesday, July 29, 6-7 p.m.
How to be a Dog’s Best Friend
Tippecanoe Library
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Milwaukee Dog Training Club Presentation
Center Street Library
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.

Capitol Library
Thursday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.

To help keep track of date due receipts, MPL is offering a FREE magnet!


Ask your local librarian or circulation staff...while supplies last.

Farewell to the stamp...

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Starting today, the 7th of July, the Milwaukee Public Library will not be stamping due dates on checked out materials. Instead, when items are checked out a receipt will be issued with the date due information.


This change will allow the library to more quickly check books and other items out, as well as making sure that the due date matches the computer record.

If for some reason the receipt is lost, there are many options available to check the status of your books. You can check your record from the library catalog, sign up for a Library Elf account, call the renewal line at (414) 277-0183, or simply call your nearest branch library.

Your Weekly Reference Question

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Every year in early July Americans celebrate Independence Day. Have you ever wondered what exactly happened on July 4, 1776?

From Encyclopedia Americana:

"Independence Day...commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. Although the resolution for independence was passed by the Congress on July 2 and most of the members did not sign the declaration until August 2, the Fourth of July has always been celebrated as the anniversary of national independence. On that day in 1776 the document, as edited by a congressional committee, was approved by the delegates, and the president of the Congress, John Hancock, made it official with his signature."


To learn more about Independence Day in the U.S., check out pbs.org and USA.org.

July 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, July 30, 6-8 p.m.
Swap! & Pop Culture Trivia
Bring in used books, comics and CDs to swap with other teens! Once you have swapped, you can find out just how knowledgeable you are about popular culture with Pop Culture Trivia.

Bay View Library
Thursday, July 10, 6-8 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night: Scene It
Movie trivia night with Scene It on the Xbox 360.

Capitol Library
Thursday, July 17, 2-2:45 p.m.
Ciao Italy!
Registration required. Call 414-286-3006
Come sample the food of Italy and experience a touch of Italian culture.

Thursday, July 31, 2-3 p.m.
Sock It!
Registration required. Call 414-286-3006
Use your imagination to create your own sock puppet.

Center Street Library
Monday, July 7, 2-4 p.m.
Food Fear Factor
Registration required. Call 414-286-3090
Put your taste buds to the test! Dare to digest some of the craziest culinary concoctions ever created. How many rounds will you last?

Central Library
Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night
Test your skills on Rock Band!

East Library
Tuesday, July 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night
Play your favorite X-box games including Rock Band and Madden ’08.
Snacks and refreshments provided.

Forest Home Library
Tuesday, July 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
DVD/CD Exchange
Do you have DVDs and CDs that you don’t watch or listen to anymore? Want to trade them in for something new? Bring them to our swap party!

Martin Luther King Library
Wednesday, July 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Name That Tune-Remix
Think you know music? Come and test your knowledge at Name That Tune-Remix!

Wednesday, July 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Xbox 360 Game Night: Rock Band!
Test your skills against your friends’ with the interactive Xbox 360 Rock Band game!

Mill Road Library
Celebrate Reading for Fun! For the mature teen reader.
Tuesday, July 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library
Friday, July 18, 1-3 p.m.
Bead It!
Come and join Abby for a fun bead craft. Abby will show you how to make a bracelet as well as the beads you will need to make it.

Villard Avenue Library
Monday, July 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Comedy-Drama-Poetry Slam!
Registration Required. Call 414-286-3079
Bring a poem, skit, song, or comedy routine. Perform in front of an audience.

Washington Park Library
Wednesday, July 23, 2-4 p.m.
Top Chef: Ice Cream Challenge
Design and name your signature ice cream flavor. We’ll put your creations to a taste test and vote for the best.

Zablocki Library
Monday, July 14, 2-4 p.m.
Trash to Craft
Recycle or upgrade your old clothes. Make raggedy jeans into a new bag or create an MP3 player case from an old shirt. Use your creativity to reuse and recycle.

Attention MPL Users!!
A reminder that all libraries will be closed July 4th in observation of the holiday. Libraries will resume normal hours on Saturday July 5th. american-flag-2a.jpg
Happy 4th!!!


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