October 2008 Archives

Has carving those pumpkins got you thinking about delicious pumpkin pie? Try this recipe for Famous Pumpkin Pie from the Milwaukee Journal on January 6, 1966.
pumpkin pie

Famous Pumpkin Pie

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1 7/8 cups (large can) undiluted evaporated milk
9 inch single crust unbaked pie shell

Blend sugar, spices and salt together. Add eggs, pumpkin and milk. Mix well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake in hot oven, 425 degrees, 15 minutes; reduce to moderate heat, 350 degrees, and continue baking about 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in pie mixture comes out clean. Cool.

MedlinePlus - Medical Information You Can Trust

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In today's information saturated world, finding authoritative and reliable medical information can be a challenge. For medical information you can trust, turn to MedlinePlus.gov.
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. Also, MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
For other authoritative sites on health and medicine, check out the Health & Medicine category under Recommended Links on the MPL Homepage.

Lead Facts for Families

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The City of Milwaukee Health Department invites you to attend a lead poisoning information program at your local neighborhood library.

Get Important Information on about:

* Who gets lead poisioned
* The effects of lead poisoning
* The importance of lead testing
* Common sources of lead in the home
* Ways to reduce lead hazards in the home
* How to make lead-safe home improvements
* FREE funding for window lead hazard abatement

Call 414.286.0387 for times, dates and locations.


Pick up a schedule at your local library.

King Book Club

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Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust Street

Monday, November 10
6:30 - 7:30 p.m

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Winter Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s
most powerful drug czars, uses her own smarts to stay on
top after her father’s empire is threatened by a drug war.

Read the book and discuss it with other library patrons
while you enjoy some refreshments!

UNA-USA essay contest for high school students

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The National High School Essay Contest provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to engage in scholarship and critical thinking while addressing global issues.

This is an essay contest that is open to 9th-12th graders. This year's topic is: What can the U.S. do to help ensure environmental sustainability?
High School Essay Contest
The essays are judged on different criteria including, but not limited to, understanding of the issue, the ability to grasp the global implications of the topic, and originality of approach.

Essays must be submitted by January 5, 2009. First place will be awarded a $1500 scholarship and a trip to New York City to attend UNA-USA Member’s Day at the United Nations on March 21, 2009. Second place will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Third place is awarded $500 scholarship. For more information and to enter, students and educators should go to the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) website.

Where do I vote??

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With the Presidential Election fast approaching, it's a good idea to know where you need to go to vote.
Find your polling location.
Fortunately, the City of Milwaukee's Election Commission has made finding your polling location an easy thing to do. All you need to do is enter your City of Milwaukee address and it will tell you where you will be voting.

Not only will you get information on your polling location, but you will also get information on your elected officials on city, county, state and even federal levels.

So just check out the Election Commission Voting Location & Representatives Inquiry to find out where you will be voting and who your elected officials are.

Proposal Writer.com

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Patrons often visit the library in search of examples and instructions on how to find and write grants. The Milwaukee Public Library maintains a Grants Resources page which links to many resources both on how to craft a grant and also where to search for grantors. One useful site, called Proposal Writer.com, provides categories of proposal writing tips and checklists as well as lists of grant funding opportunites in the public and private sector. Sponsored by a grant writing consultant, Proposal Writer.com may prove very useful for your grant research needs. For other sites on grants, check out the Grants Resources Category under Recommended Links on the MPL homepage.

Want to express your opinions to Mayor Barrett and city aldermen on the proposed 2009 budget for Milwaukee libraries and other city departments? You have one more chance to do just that. Come to a town hall meeting and listening session at:

Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust St.
Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m.

If you wish to speak you will be required to sign up prior to your remarks. You will be held to a specific time limit.

This hearing will air live on City Channel 25 on Time Warner Cable and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

50 States.com - Fun Facts about the 50 States

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Did you know that the Wisconsin State bird is the Robin? How about the fact that Wisconsin spans 65,503 square miles? 50 States.com can help satisfy all fact quests for all fifty states. Topics include maps of all of the counties, the state flower, climate, current events and dozens of other categories covering each state from Alaska through Wyoming. For other useful sites on States, take a look at the Government-State & Local Category under Recommended Links on the MPL Homepage.


House History Program @ Central Library

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Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? Have you been curious about what may have been on your property before your current home? Or who may have lived there before? MPL's House History Program can help you answer these questions and more!


The program will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Central Library. Librarians will provide an overview of house history resources available at the library, including city directories, fire insurance atlases, tax rolls, newspaper indexes, etc. Most resources apply to homes located within the City of Milwaukee.

Advance registration is required; please call Central Library's Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061 to sign up.

GovBenefits.gov - Federal Aid Assistance Site

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Are you in need of energy assistance this winter? Flood relief? Child care concerns? The U.S. Federal Government may have a program to provide support. GovBenefits.gov is a one stop website with over 1,000 federal benefit and assistance programs. There is a helpful questionnaire which will help you determine if you are eligible for certain programs and it also contains a quick alphabetical list for specific categories of aid. With this type of information often scattered about the Web, this pulls the information together in one place. For other useful sites courtesy of the Federal Government, check out the Government-Federal category on the MPL homepage under Recommended Links.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008.
Registration is closed again for the General Election in Fall. You may still register at the Milwaukee Election Commission

901 N 9th St Rom 501
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 286-8445


Register on Election Day, Nov. 4th at your polling location. You will need to bring in a piece of mail with your address on it and a photo ID.


Family Halloween Happenings

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Wear a costume and come in for activities, stories, and spooky (and some not-so-spooky) Halloween fun!

Monday, October 27, 5:30 p.m.
Listen to frightful tales and enjoy scary treats.
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30 p.m.
Make a scary craft and decorate the library's bulletin board.
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Create your own Halloween mask and listen to scary music.
Thursday, October 30, 2 p.m.
Decorate a pumpkin for Halloween.
Friday, October 31, 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy slightly scary movies with a snack.

Center Street
Thursday, October 23, 3:30 p.m.
Spooky Storytime and Mask-a-Palooza. Come listen to frightful tales, enjoy treats, and make a mask for your Halloween costume.

Saturday, October 25, 10:30 a.m.
Halloween Family Story Time. Listen to some not-so-spooky stories. Make a paper bag pumpkin. Children may come in costume for a costume parade through the children's room.

Wednesday, October 29, 6 p.m.
Scary stories, terrifying treats, a creepy craft and a ghoulish guest.

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Hear frightening tales and trick-or-treat through the library.

Washington Park
Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m.
Spooky Story Time and Mask-a- Palooza. Come listen to frightful tales and enjoy hauntingly good treats and make a mask for your Halloween costume.

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Create a frighteningly fun craft and search the library's not-so-scary Haunted Courtyard for prizes and treats.

Book Group @ East Library

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Celebrate National Book Reading Group Month by joining fellow readers at East Library for a discussion of Emily Yellin's Our Mothers' War. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.


"Rosie the Riveter wasn't the only American woman contributing to the World War II effort; others were spies, nurses, prostitutes, entertainers, pilots, baseball players, politicians, and prisoners of war. After her mother died, author Yellin found a diary and hundreds of letters she'd written while she was a Red Cross nurse in the Pacific. Yellin, a journalist, uses her mother's story as an anchor for a larger narrative which shows that many of the conflicts American society wrestles with today--such as work and family, pay inequities, sexual harassment--have their roots in women's experiences during World War II." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Be sure to check out our other MPL book clubs!

Hidden Treasures: Creative & Simple Story Time Props

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Calling all child care providers! You don’t have to break the bank to create great props that will enhance your story times and make books come alive!


During this Hidden Treasures session you will learn about a variety of simple props that can be made using recyclable materials and items you have on hand. Learn how story time props help engage children and develop the Six Skills for Early Literacy. Leave with a new prop for your story times and lots of great new ideas. You can earn 1.5 hours continuing education by attending this workshop.

Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Advanced registration is required; call 286-8423 to sign up.

Wisconsin Genealogy and Local History Sites

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Did you know that genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States? With the advent of the Internet age, family research has become even more exciting with worldwide opportunities, The Milwaukee Public Library's Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room has a resource area for genealogists with many finding aids and tools for conducting research. In addition, the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society meets regularly at the Central Library.
For a useful site on genealogical resources of interest to Wisconsinites, the WIGLHR Genealogy and Local History Sites has a wealth of links. For other online resources, check out the Genealogy Category in the Recommended Links section of the MPL home page.

Come celebrate Harvest Fest at your neighborhood library!! Sip some cider, decorate some crafts, enjoy great snacks and enjoy the music. Activites are for the whole family!

Tuesday October 21st

Saturday, October 25th

Martin Luther King
Monday, October 13th

Saturday, October 25th

Villard Ave.
Wednesday, October 8th

*Special Visit from Johnny Appleseed. See you there!!

Wednesday, October 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
and repeated
Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm-4:00 p.m.

Art historian Jeff Jara will present a selection of Audubon bird prints from the Rare Books Room collection, published in London between 1827 and 1838. Following an illustrated lecture on Audubon’s art, methods, and the cultural and historical context in which he worked, the actual prints will be displayed. These rare color plates depict almost 500 North American bird species drawn life-size, often in their natural habitats.

Jeff Jara is an adjunct professor of art history at UW-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware, specializing in American art and folk art.

Please call the Central Library Art Department (286-3071) to register.

The Wisconsin Gas Company building has been part of Milwaukee's skyline for years. The distinctive flame atop the building is not only decorative, but also gives a 24-hour weather forecast.

Wisconsin Gas Company building
The photo is from the Historic Photo Collection located in the Central Library's Humanities Department. For questions about the Historic Photo Collection call (414) 286-3061.

However, the colors can be confusing to those people who don't know this rhyme:

When the flame is red, there's warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there's no change in view!
When there's a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!

The flame has also been used as a navigation aid by Great Lakes captains. After all, the flame is 21 feet tall, it weighs four tons, and it can be seen from as far away as 30 miles!

[The information for this entry was found in MPL's Ready Reference Quick Fact File. Make sure you visit the Quick Fact File for other interesting and useful tidbits of information.]

Get Smart About Credit @ MPL

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As part of Money Smart Week Wisconsin (October 12-18, 2008), MPL is offering Get Smart About Credit Day.


Library staff will show you how and where to get a free copy of your credit report. (Remember that your credit score is not part of your credit report!) You will receive a free printout of one report per person, and you can print reports from other credit reporting agencies for 15 cents per page. Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will be available to explain the report to you and provide additional information.

Get Smart About Credit Day is Thursday, October 16. Programs will be held at Central Library from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and at Center Street Library from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Call (414) 286-3051 (Central) or (414) 286-3090 (Center Street) to register and to find out what to bring with you.

*This program at MPL is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing @ your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.*

Bartelby.com - Free access to Classic Literature

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Read digitized classic books for free on Bartelby.com. The site is rich with essays, non-fiction, fiction and poetry all available in the public domain. Bartelby.com publishes a diverse catalog including many works of political and social history. From Aeschylus to Virginia Woolf, Bartelby can provide access to all of those classics on your reading list.

For other sites on digitized books, check out the Electronic Books (E-Books) category on the MPL home page under Recommended Links.


Banned Books Week

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 27–October 4, 2008

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Purchase BBW promotional items—such as the BBW Kit—through the ALA Store.

Explore Banned Books Week further through these resources:

Banned Books Week events
Banned Books Week basics
Frequently challenged books
How to support Banned Books Week
2008 Banned Books Week Press Kit
Dealing with challenges

2009 Banned Books Week will be held on September 26–October 3
Banned Books Week is now on Facebook and MySpace. Click below for more details.


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