August 2008 Archives

Get to Know the Menomonee Valley

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The Milwaukee Public Library's focus on the Menomonee River Valley continues with another exciting program at Central Library.


On Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library's first floor meeting room, the Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. will give a presentation on the history and current attractions of the Menomonee River Valley, as well answer any questions you may have. MVP is a group of businesses, neighborhood associations, and government agencies working to restore the Valley economically, ecologically, geographically, and culturally. For more information about MVP, check out

While you are here, be sure to visit the Menomonee River exhibit on the second floor of the library!

ConsumerSearch - Reviews of Consumer Products

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Are you in the market for a new toaster oven or digital camera? How about a new coffee maker? These and hundreds of other product reviews are available from the ConsumerSearch website. The reviews are ranked according to top reviewing sources such as the venerable Consumer Reports. They are also described with links and information on which retailers carry the recommended products. ConsumerSearch adds content weekly and plans to cover 800 product categories within their current format. For other interesting links, explore the Consumer Issues Category on the MPL homepage under Recommended Links.

September Events for Teens

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For ages 13-18:
Check out what’s happening in September at your library!

Back to School Bashes
Celebrate the new school year with other teens at your local library. Play games on the Xbox, enjoy snacks and receive supplies for going back to school (while supplies last).

Wednesday, September 3, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bay View
Thursday, September 11, 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, September 25, 4-5 p.m.

Thursday, September 16, 5-7 p.m.

Forest Home
Tuesday, September 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King
Monday, September 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Mill Road
Monday, September 8, 6-7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Washington Park
Monday, September 10, 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 4:30-6 p.m.

Teen Writer’s Group
Poetry, fiction, essays, song lyrics-bring anything you’d like to work on or share.

Mill Road
Monday, September 22, 6-7 p.m.

Café Melange
Dance, sing, recite poetry, or perform Karaoke.

Villard Avenue
Monday, September 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

On August 22, WUWM's, LaToya Dennis did a piece on the upcoming budget decision. Click to listen.

Central Library Book Discussion

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Come and discuss Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe at the Central Library Book Group.
Book cover for Things Fall Apart
This is the latest book to be discussed in this book group that is moderated by Central librarians. As a special treat, the book discussion takes place in the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The book is a starting point for the discussion, and reading it in advance is not required.

If, however, you are interested in the book about Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria, falling from grace in the tribal world as aggressive European missionaries arrive in his village, make sure to check out the additional information that is available about the book.

The book discussion takes place at the Central Library Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.

Looking for something delicious to have with your morning coffee or tea?
Try this easy recipe from the October 11, 1973 edition of the Milwaukee Sentinel:

Fresh Banana Lemon Tea Bread


2/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas)
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon rind

In large bowl, cream shortening with sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in bananas and lemon juice. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Blend into banana mixture; stir in lemon rind. Turn into greased 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pan. Bake in 325 degree oven for one hour or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool. Sift confectioners' sugar over top, if desired, before serving.

Wi-Fi Free Spot Directory

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Did you know that all of the Milwaukee City Libraries provide free Internet wireless access? The Central Library and the twelve neighborhood libraries are popular destinations for wireless Internet users. If you plan to travel to other states or countries, you may want to consult with the Wi-Fi Free Spot Directory to learn of businesses, airports, parks and hotels that provide Internet access for their customers. For other interesting sites, check out the Computers & Internet Category under Recommended Links on the MPL home page.

Homework Help

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Homework Help is offered at the Central library and four neighborhood libraries for children in elementary school. Volunteers listen, guide and advise children with their homework needs. Hours are generally weeknights from 4 to 7 p.m. Please call the library for specific days and times. Adult volunteer mentors are needed October through May. If you have two hours per week to help, call one of these libraries and ask for details:

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

On Monday August 18th, MPL's Kelly Hughbanks appeared on WTMJ Channel 4’s “Morning Blend”. On the show she discussed Early Learning Family Nights for families with children ages 5 and younger. The Family Nights start with a light dinner and are followed by fun family play activities that are designed to develop the Six Skills of Early Literacy. Registration is required.

Center Street Library
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Library
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Click the picture above for the video segment!

Rare Books program

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The latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series is the Susan Frackleton Program.

Tapestry plate from The Plankinton Memorial Book

The artwork of artist Susan Frackleton will be discussed by Lyn Korenic. Korenic completed her Ph. D. in Art History on the ceramic career of Susan Frackleton. As such she is the perfect authority to discuss the china painting, art pottery and illuminated manuscript work of Frackleton.

Frackleton's masterpiece The Voices of Friends Concerning John Plankinton will be available for viewing.

The program will run twice at the Central Library in the Rare Books Room. The first program is Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and the second is Saturday, September 13th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Seating is limited so registration is required. To register for the program, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071.

Author Visit - Eddee Daniel

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On Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library, author Eddee Daniel will be speaking and signing copies of his latest book, Urban Wilderness.
In this work, Daniel guides readers down the waterways of the Menomonee River watershed and reveals how preserving urban rivers is key to modern-day city life. Urban Wilderness charts the exemplary preservation efforts to rescue the river from pollution and neglect, ultimately showing how parks and nature preserves are crucial to the quality of life and economic success of a thriving city such as Milwaukee.

Mr. Daniel will discuss and show slides from his book, and copies will be available for purchase. While you are here, don't forget to check out the Menomonee River exhibit on the second floor of the library!

Hog Heaven - Celebrating Harley-Davidson History

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At the end of August, Harley-Davidson will be celebrating 105 years of legendary motorcycle history. As has become local tradition, Milwaukee will be hosting the grand party with festivities throughout the area. Also creating excitement is the recent opening of the new Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee. For history and background on this quintessential Milwaukee company, check out the Library of Congress' special tribute page for Harley's 100th anniversary celebration. For other interesting sites on all things automotive, check out the Cars & Trucks category under Recommended Links on the MPL home page.

Job Seeker Help Web Page

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Are you currently looking for a job or anticipate a job search in your future? The MPL Job Seeker Help page can be very helpful for your research. Divided into three sections, it contains listings for Milwaukee and Wisconsin jobs, resume creation templates and links to databases for company research. So before you hit the virtual pavement in search of a job, take a look at MPL's home page. For other sites on employment issues, check out both the Job Listings category and the Career Information categories both on the Milwaukee Public Library Home Page under Recommended Links.

For in-person assistance, a job trainer specialist can help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings, and obtain a free e-mail account.

Drop in Job Help is available Thursdays,5:30 PM at Center Street Library;
Saturdays,1:00 PM at Central Library; and Mondays,5:00 PM at Forest Home Library.

Why rent when you can own? Take the first steps to owning a home.
Once again, Centennial Hall will be hosting the 3-Part, "2008 Home Works for Homebuyers Workshop Series".

Lessons include:
How much can you afford?
How to apply for a mortgage?
What barriers might prevent you from obtaining a mortgage?
What Grant assistance may be available?

Central Library
Centennial Hall-Loos Room (Side Entrance)
733 N. 8th Street Milwaukee, WI

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
August: 13, 20, 27
September: 10, 17, 24
October: 15, 22, 29
November: 11, 12, 13
December: 09, 10, 11

**You must attend all 3 classes**
**You must register to attend**
To Register call 414.461.6330 or visit
Workshops are put on by a local non-profit called Housing Resources, Inc

Information of Olympic proportions

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With the opening of the 29th Summer Olympics in Beijing on the 8th of August, we bring you some websites where you can follow what is happening in the current Olympiad, and some sites where you can glean some historical information on the Olympics.


For information on the Olympics in general, you can check out the official Olympics website. For up to the moment information on what is going on at the Beijing Olympics, check out the official website of the Beijing Games.

If you are interested in the history behind our modern Olympic Games, check out the article Citius, Altius, Fortis: A History of the Olympic Games. This article gives a great overview of the history, both ancient and modern, of the Olympics, and lists some great sources for those who want to check out more information on Olympic history.

Finally, this is a great tool from the New York Times. This site provides a geographic view of the number of medals won in all the Olympics between 1896 and today. It's a really neat way of seeing the shifts in the successes in the games by different countries.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili--A Rare Books Program

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Come to Central Library on September 6th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.


The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream) was published in Venice in 1499 by Aldus Manutius. With 171 woodcut illustrations it is considered by many scholars to be the most beautiful printed book of the Renaissance. MPL is the only library in Wisconsin to own a copy. Mysteries of authorship, language and intent surround this book which was featured prominently in the bestselling book The Rule of Four.

Italian researcher Stefano Questioli will speak about its plot, historical context, illustrations, and mysteries. Questioli, a former researcher at the Instituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Rome, is the artistic consultant at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.

AdFlip - Classic Print Advertisements

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Feel like taking a walk down memory lane? Take a look at the website AdFlip. Titled "the world's largest collection of classic print ads," AdFlip provides interesting images from six decades of past advertisement campaigns. You can view ads by selecting a year from the pull-down menu. Note that a portion of the database is for subscribers only. For other links to subjects regarding business and technology, check out the Business & Company Info Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.


Saturdays at Central

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Family programs every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Central Library Betty Brinn Children’s Room.

August 9
Library Play Date

Enjoy a variety of play-based learning stations for preschoolers with stories and snacks.

August 16

Sing! Dance! Learn about nature with The Chickadees, a female music trio.

August 23
World Music with Ms. Taku

Rhythms, songs, and dance from many cultures.

Parking options for Central Library
There is metered parking around Central Library. Meters are free after 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday; however, time limits are enforced at all times. The closest parking lot is on the corner of Eighth St. and Wisconsin Ave. The parking lots are generally $1 per hour with cheaper evening and weekend rates. For additional parking options near Central Library go to

Computer classes start again

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Computer classes start again
The Milwaukee Public Library's very popular series of computer classes is starting up again in the beginning of September. The series starts with the most basic computer skills, and each class builds on the one before it for seven weeks.

The classes are:
Computer Basics
Internet Basics
Internet Search Tools
Email Basics
Intro to Word Processing
Intro to Spreadsheets
Intro to Powerpoint

The classes do require pre-registration. Registration opens August 25th at 8:00 a.m. Starting at 9:00 a.m. the librarians at Ready Reference can register individuals over the phone at (414) 286-3011. Registration can also be done over the internet from the Events Calendar.

The Milwaukee Public Library and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society present the Milwaukee Waterways collection.


The final product is expected to include 1,000 photos. Currently, there are 602 photographs, with more to come shortly.

The photos for this digital collection come from photos from the Port of Milwaukee, the Great Lakes Marine Collection, and the Historic Photo Collection. Together, they make up a collection that covers the history of Milwaukee's waterways from the Milwaukee Harbor to the lakefront and Milwaukee's rivers. The photos cover a time period from the 19th century through today, and it is possible to see how Milwaukee's waterways have changed.

This digital collection has been made possible through a matching grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

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.

Exploring Entrepreneurship Program

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Want to know what it takes to start a business and if this might be the right move for you? Looking for resources to help you build on an idea for a business?


Start with the Exploring Entrepreneurship session sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of University of Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. They will give you the tools to assess yourself and your idea, and point you toward the resources you will need to turn your idea into a business concept. This low-cost two-hour session is your starting point, enroll now!

Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10.00.
To register, call 414-227-3200. Or visit SBDC online.

The next session is Thursday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Center Street Library. Several other branch libraries will be offering this program in the coming months. Check out our events calendar for dates, times, and locations.


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