September 2008 Archives

Need a job? Come to King Library!

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Milwaukee Job Development staff will be on hand at King Library (310 W. Locust) throughout October to help you find employment:

Monday, October 6, 4:30pm-5:30pm
This session is aimed at the 16-21 year-old crowd focusing on job readiness. It’s time to start thinking about your first or next job.

Friday, October 10, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Make sure to bring your resume to this job strategy workshop that focuses on finding job openings and offers terrific resume tips.

Wednesday, October 15, 5:00pm-7:00pm
How do you get that great position you’ve always wanted? This session focuses on exactly where the best jobs can be found and how to get them.

Author talk with Dale Van Atta

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Dale Van Atta will be at the Central Library's Centennial Hall to discuss his book With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics.

From left to right: Melvin Laird, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dale Van Atta in 2001.

The first book ever to focus on Laird's legacy, this authorized biography reveals his central and often unrecognized role in managing the crisis of national identity sparked by the Vietnam War -and challenges, ethical and political, that confronted him along the way.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Located in the Loos Room.

This is part of the Get Political @ your Milwaukee Public Library series. No registration is necessary.

Central Library-Centennial Hall
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Autumn is officially here! Why not celebrate with an easy recipe that features some of the season's best produce? Try this recipe for Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash from the October 8, 1971 edition of the Milwaukee Sentinel:


Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 acorn squash
2 tart cooking apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated lemon rind
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided
1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place in baking dish cut side down and add one-half inch of boiling water. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Pare, core and dice apples; mix with lemon juice, rind, two tablespoons butter and brown sugar. Brush squash halves with remaining two tablespoons butter; sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Fill squash halves with apple mixture. Place in baking dish, add one-half inch boiling water, cover and bake 30 minutes longer. Before serving, pour pan juices over squash. If desired, garnish with apple and lemon slices. Makes four servings.

Milwaukee Book Festival, Oct. 5-14

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This year, the Third Annual Milwaukee Book Festival runs from October 5th through the 14th. With events happening every day at many different locations there is something for everyone who loves the literary arts.

Milwaukee Book Festival

The Milwaukee Public Library is participating with a talk by Jim Schley about the poetry of Robert Frost. The program takes place Thursday, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Library's Centennial Hall.

Many other programs will be happening at UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and more. Check out the entire list of events. All the programs are free, though some may require registration.

Landmark Citations Machine

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Are you working on a term paper and need to use a particular style for your citations? Use the Landmark Citations Machine to format your citations in the MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago styles. Simply choose the style and the format of your citation and the Landmarks Citation machine will convert it into the correct form. How easy is that? For other useful cites, check out the Education Category on the MPL home page under Recommended Links.


The Value of Public Libraries

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Jennifer L.W. Fink, a freelance writer, wrote an interesting article for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, about the economic times and the effect on Public Libraries. The link to the article is below.


Also, Joanne Williams, of WITI Fox 6 news spent time today at both Central and Washington Park libraries doing a similar story. That will air at 6:00PM tonight.

Teen Read Week Oct. 12-18

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This year Teen Read Week takes place from October 12th to 18th at ten different libraries around the system.

Books With Bite @ Your Library, Oct. 12-18, 2008

This year’s nationwide theme is Books with Bite@Your Library. Not only does your library have some exciting events, with a little bite, but there are also great books for teens to read just for fun. So come in for the fun, check out our teen reading areas and leave with some great books.

For a list of what events are happening at which library, check out the Kids' Calendar for fall on page 8 and MPL's MySpace page.

Contraptions: Poetry, Music, Dance

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Join MPL and Milwaukee's Poet Laureate Susan Firer for Contraptions, an evening of interart collaborations featuring music, poetry and dance! This free event will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Contraptions will highlight the talents of several local artists including Janet Lilly, Kelly Anderson, Rip Tenor, Jim Hazard, James Liddy, Derrick Harriel, Sigmund Snopek and Brenda Cardenas.

Here are just a few of the night's performances:

The Weight of Skin
Choreography: Janet Lilly – Music: John Tavener – Poetry: Susan Firer
Performance: Kelly Anderson

Suite: August’s Kettle Lake, every thing awhile, The Bright Waterfall of Angels
Poetry: Susan Firer – Music: Sigmund Snopek, composer and performer
Film: Susan Firer

Mama’s Gorsry List and Conjure Baby
Poetry: Derrick Harriell – Music: Tim Ricketts, bass guitar
Film: John Koethe

Directory of Government Officials

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The Ready Reference Staff maintains a handy list of contact information called The Directory of Government Officials. Not only does the directory link to contact and biographical information about Federal, State, County and City officials, it also includes term limits and forms of address. For city of Milwaukee residents, find out who your representatives are by typing your address into the Election Commission Voting Location & Representatives Inquiry.
For other directories, check out the Directories & Encyclopedias category on the MPL homepage under Recommended Links.

Registration is open again for the General Election in Fall. If you are a City of Milwaukee resident you can come into any library and register. The deadline to register at a library for the election is Wednesday, October 15, 2008.


Author talk by Robert Booth Fowler

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Robert Booth Fowler, the author of Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History will be in the Central Library to discuss his book as well as the 2000, 2004, and the upcoming elections.
Wisconsin Votes cover
Mr. Fowler is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His book looks at the entire history of voting in Wisconsin from 1848 to present day. In his book, he explores various historic and current trends in the voting of ethnic and religious groups in Wisconsin. He also discusses the triumphs and failures of the two major parties as well as Wisconsin's third parties, such as the Socialists, the Progressives and others.

If you are interested in the electoral history of Wisconsin, come to this program at the Central Library on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame Reception

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Join us on Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Central Library as we honor the latest authors added to the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame. The wall, located in Central Library, was created in 1997 as a way of honoring authors – novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced by their life and experience in Wisconsin. This year's honorees are A. Manette Ansay and Margot Peters.

A. Manette Ansay
Ansay was raised in Port Washington and studied at the University of Wisconsin. Her novels Vinegar Hill (an Oprah Book Club Selection), Midnight Champagne, Sister, River Angel, Blue Water, and short story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says, are all set in rural Wisconsin. She is also the author of Limbo, a memoir relating her struggle with the debilitating disease that changed the course of her life.

Margot Peters
Born in Wausau and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peters is the author of noted biographies Design for Living, a biography of Lunt and Fontanne, the Charlotte Bronte biography Unquiet Soul, as well as books on Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the Barrymores, and May Sarton. - An All-in-One Dictionary

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dictionary.jpg is a free online dictionary and so much more. Whether you need a definition, a thesaurus, a pronunciation guide, a spelling or the etymology of a word, this site can answer all of those questions in one place. Additionally, you can browse the English dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms. also serves as a roadmap to translations for foreign words and phrases. For other useful online dictionaries, check out the Dictionaries and Languages category on the MPL home page under Recommended Links.

Voting Today!

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Today is election day for the Fall Primary. You can still register to vote at your polling location. Just bring in an ID and a piece of mail with your current address. If you do not know where your polling location is, click on the link and fill in your address to find out.

Where do I vote?

AskAway @ MPL

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Need answers? AskAway! This week MPL is celebrating the amazing AskAway reference service!

AskAway is a virtual library reference service staffed by professionals around the clock from around the world. AskAway is there when you need information or help with research, using databases, or searching the Web, etc.

You can chat online with a librarian 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting Or to access AskAway from the MPL home page, click on "AskAway" in the right hand column.

AskAway is a free statewide cooperative reference service of Wisconsin libraries made possible by the library and a grant administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a decline in vision or mobility, or you would like to know where you can go to volunteer to help those with visual and mobility problems plan to attend the joint open house of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (WRLBPH) and the Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE).
WRLBPH and ABLE open house
This is a great opportunity to find out about the operations of these two library services. There will be interactive tours of the WRLBPH where the Library of Congress digital talking book player will be demonstrated, plus Braille demonstrations, hands-on audio activities, in-depth NFB Newsline® demonstrations, tactile picture making and more!

Join us for great food, good company and interactive tours! Please enter through the Wells Street doors of the Central Library.

If you are planning to attend, please respond by September 16th. Call the WRLBPH at (414) 286-3045 or 1-800-242-8822. Respond by email at Call ABLE at (414) 286-3039. Respond by email at

The open house will be located in Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

John Gurda @ Central Library

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Join us for the final presentation in MPL's program series on the Menomonee River Valley!

Milwaukee author and historian John Gurda will be speaking at Central Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. His topic will be the Menomonee River Valley's rich past, in a presentation entitled, In the Beginning was the Valley: The History of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. This program is sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin.

(Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Neighborhoods Digital Collection, UWM Libraries)

Rarities at the library

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If you've ever been in the Central Library, you may have noticed the beautiful and locked (most of the time) room on the second floor. This is the Richard E and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.
Interior pages from the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

If you're very lucky, you may even have been inside this room, and noticed the books locked away just the other side of the glass barrier. The rare books of MPL's collection lie on the other side of the glass.

The rare books collection, held in trust for the citizens of Milwaukee, includes over 7,000 items of special value, such as signed first editions, materials published before 1868, unique materials such as miniature books, and rare items of local historical and cultural significance.

Now, a complete list of these books are available through the library's catalog.

The books in Rarities can be viewed by appointment only through the Arts, Music and Recreation Department at the Central Library. They can be reached at (414) 286-3071 to make an appointment.

Mr. Schlesinger will discuss and read an excerpt from his book followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books will be sold by Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Located in the Loos Room.

2:00 PM - Centennial Hall
Saturday, September 13, 2008

"In White House Ghosts, veteran Washington reporter Robert Schlesinger opens a fresh and revealing window on the modern presidency from FDR to George W. Bush. This is the first book to examine a crucial and often hidden role played by the men and women who help presidents find the words they hope will define their places in history."



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