February 2009 Archives

Looking for a sweet treat? Try this recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding from the November 25, 1974 edition of the Milwaukee Journal.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

5 slices soft white or whole wheat bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 package (6 ounces) chocolate pieces
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
whipped cream (optional)

In large bowl combine bread cubes, chocolate pieces and cinnamon. In saucepan, combine milk, sugar, butter and salt; bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Stir 2 measuring tablespoons of hot milk mixture into beaten eggs. Quickly blend eggs into remaining milk mixture. Combine milk-egg mixture with chocolate and bread cubes; stir to coat. (Chocolate will not melt completely.)

Pour into lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole. Place in a baking pan filled with 1 inch hot water. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

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Overbooked : A Resource for Omnivorous Readers

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Wondering what to read next? Are you a fan of a certain genres and would like suggestions on other enticing titles? The Overbooked website is chock full of lists, starred reviews and all kinds of other readers advisory hints for finding the next good read. It is a non-profit site maintained by enthusiasts just like yourself.

So check out Overbooked before you curl up with your next good book and the library will be glad to help you track down a copy.

For other sites about the book world, check out the Literature & Publishing Category under Recommended Links on the MPL Homepage.

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After 25 years of distinguished service with the Milwaukee Public Library, Deputy Library Director Sandra Melcher will retire at the end of February. Sandra has been a champion of library service, stressing quality customer care, setting high standards, embracing service to young adults, and promoting the library as a catalyst for economic development. While her work with neighborhood libraries and extension services has been the hallmark of her career with MPL, the many partnerships she developed helped to expand our capacity to serve and extended our reach to new audiences.


The staff and the community will greatly miss everything she has whole heartily done for the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee. If you wish to thank Sandra for her outstanding service, or want to share a pleasant moment you have had during her service, please add your comments to this entry. She will truly appreciate any kind words for her next great adventure of retirement! Thank you so much Sandra, you will be missed!!

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Of Note

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We couldn’t let Black History Month end without mentioning Dr. Wallace Cheatham.

Dr. Cheatham lives and works in Milwaukee. He’s an expert on the music of African American composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a world-renowned composer and organist. His composition “Toccata, Adagio and Fugue for Organ” was honored in England in October of 2006. All of his music utilizes the African American spiritual for inspiration.

Dr. Cheatham’s operatic research explores the African American experience and has been published in international scholarly journals. He interviewed many prominent singers for his book, Dialogues on Opera and the African Experience, which is housed in libraries worldwide---including ours.

The library owns a dvd documentary about his life here.

You can check out a compact disc of one of his compositions here.
Milwaukee Public Library owns many of Dr. Cheatham's other works.

On most days, you’ll probably see the librarians smiling at him here.

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Sister blog on Milwaukeemoms.com

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For those who are interested in fostering a love of reading in your kids, finding tips on reading with your kids, or what's going on with and for kids at the Milwaukee Public Library, you will want to check out the blog Read All About It!, written by MPL's own Victoria Sanchez.
The Central Library's Betty Brinn Children's Room

Victoria Sanchez is an Education Specialist at the Milwaukee Public Library, and with two kids of her own is uniquely qualified to dispense advice on reading, children and the library's role in fostering a love of reading in children.

Her first post lists some of the 2009 award-winning books as recently announced by the American Library Association.

So check out Milwaukeemoms.com, and make sure to read up on Read All About It!, and other interesting blogs on parenting.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Join MPL as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss!

The free kick-off celebration will be held at Central Library on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., where you will be able to:

* Create your own feathery-fun craft of Gertrude McFuzz.
* Enjoy exciting and interesting stories in our story nook.
* Decorate a Seuss cookie to eat or take home.
* Get your face painted like the Cat in the Hat.
* Hop and bop, sing and swing to the music of the Chickadees.
* Make an ocean-themed craft with the Milwaukee Public Museum.
* Have a “reeling” good time with a Seuss-inspired fishing pond.

Be sure to say hello to Browser, the Library Lion and the Cat in the Hat as they “check out” the festivities!

Dr. Seuss celebrations continue throughout the month of March at our neighborhood libraries.

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Back in 1995, English as a Second Language Instructor, Dave Sperling started the website Dave's ESL Cafe. The website features many ESL resources for both teachers and students. Included are numerous grammer drills, interactive quizzes and connectivity for all age groups and levels of education. Dave's ESL Cafe also provides an international job board and resume posting area. The student and teacher forums enable social networking opportunities for people interested in teaching or learning ESL.

For other websites on English as a Second Language, check out the Literacy & ESL category under Recommended Links on the MPL homepage.

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Saving Money on DVD Rentals

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Tired of paying for those expensive DVD Rentals at Blockbuster and Hollywood Video? On Febuary 6th, Milwaukee Public Library's Joan Johnson was interviewed on CBS - 58 TV for a series on saving money in this hard economy. It was figured that by getting a library card, a person can save an annual $415 dollars on popular movie rentals. The Video is below.

Click Logo to go to video!!!

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Spring Primary Today

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There are good reasons why Milwaukee voters should care about today's non-partisan primary election. There's a changing Milwaukee School Board, the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Elizabeth Burmaster is not seeking re-election), and a vacant Circuit Court seat.

Check out the Election Commission Voting Location & Representatives Inquiry to find out where you will be voting and who your elected officials are. And you can still register to vote at your polling location--just bring in an ID and a piece of mail with your current address.

Confused about the issues or the candidates? Go to the League of Women Voters page or look at other sites on the library's recommended government links page to get informed.

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Mayor Barrett and MPL

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In his latest e-newsletter, Mayor Tom Barrett discussed the impact of the Milwaukee Public Library in poor economic times. He outlines how MPL saves the public money by allowing them to borrow books and other materials they would otherwise have to buy.

He also discusses the various classes and services that are available to Milwaukeeans to help them in not only searching for employment but also in developing skills to help them keep their jobs.

Read the newsletter to find out more about what the library has to offer you in these challenging economic times.

The positive impact of libraries, particularly MPL, on the public in tough economic times has been also covered in the news by CBS Channel 58.

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WorldCat - The Ultimate Library Catalog

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Did you know that there is a free library catalog that allows you to search thousands of libraries catalogs all in one search? It is called WorldCat. Besides books, you can search for music CDs and DVDs—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find research materials such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't usually available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

For other sites on the subject of libraries, check out the Libraries & Librarianship Category under Recommended Links on the MPL home page.

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The Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge started on Jan 2nd and is almost coming to an end, Feburary 23. There is still time for teens to sign-up and complete the challenge!

Talk to your local Milwaukee Public Library librarian for more information and to sign-up for the Bucks Reading Challenge. The rules are simple!

Earn one point for each page you read from a book, magazine, or newspaper. Read 500 pages to earn 500 points by Monday, February 23 to become an All-Star Reader and receive a voucher for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! You can pick one of two games to attend, either Friday, March 13th at 7:30 PM (vs Hornets) or Saturday March 21st at 7:30 PM (vs Trailblazers). All-Star Readers also have the opportunity for friends and family to purchase additional tickets for the game at a discounted price. And there are special opportunities for "Overtime" readers who read 750 pages or more! .


Milwaukee Teens, Sign up Today!!

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Dreams From My Father

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Dreams From My Father was first published in 1995 after President Obama was elected the first
African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, but before his political career began.


Toni Morrison has called President Obama "a writer in my high esteem" and the book "quite extraordinary."

Please come to King Library (310 W. Locust) to discuss Dreams From My Father:
Saturday, February 14

If you haven't read the book, be our Valentine and join the conversation anyway.
Tell us what President Obama's life, presidency and vision mean to you, to
Milwaukee, and to America.

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Find out what's on your credit report

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Your credit report is based on your history of borrowing and repayment. This also includes information on bankruptcy and tardy payments.

There are many reasons why knowing what is on your credit report is a good idea. It will allow you to see where potential impacts to your credit score might be, or to allow you to see where credit reporting companies have made errors on your credit report, or even to tell if someone has stolen your identity and is engaging in activity under your name.
Thanks to a FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) grant, the Milwaukee Public Library is happy to present the Do You Know What's On Your Credit Report? Find Out! program. This program will be at a number of different Neighborhood Libraries over the next few months, starting with Zablocki and Forest Home in February.

Do You Know What's On Your Credit Report? Find Out!
Monday, February 23
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library

Do You Know What's On Your Credit Report? Find Out! Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Tuesday, February 24
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Forest Home Library

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August Derleth: a centennial celebration

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Join MPL for the latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series. On Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Rare Books Room, we will be celebrating the life and work of August Derleth with speaker David Schweitzer.


Born in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1909, Derleth became a prolific author of hundreds of poems, short stories, novels, and biographies. In 1937, he and Donald Wandrei founded Arkham House, a publishing company that specializes in mystery and occult titles, including the works of their friend H.P. Lovecraft.

On February 28, David Schweitzer will interpret Derleth's keenly observed and beautifully written meditations on the natural world. Derleth family members and friends will be present and an exhibit of books by Arkham House authors will be displayed.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Call 286-3071 to register.

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2009 is the International Year of...

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Did you know that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy? It is also the International Year of Natural Fibers and the International Year of Reconciliation, so break out your hemp t-shirt and make up with someone you had a falling out with while combing the skies for meteor showers!
The constellation Orion over Mt. Nemrut in Turkey as it appeared on December 16th, 2008 just before sunrise.
Some of these International Years have been designated by the United Nations. For more information on International Years and Decades as designated by the UN, click here.

Another great source for information on various days of note and celebrations is Chase's Calendar of Events. This wonderful resource gives interesting tidbits of information, such as May 1st being No Pants Day in 2009, and the fact that November 8th, would be Hermann Rorschach's 125th birthday this year. Mr. Rorschach's name may be familiar as he was the developer of the Rorschach inkblot test, a psychological test designed to gain insights into a patient's subconscious.

Chase lists interesting items individual dates as well. For instance, on today's date the longest war in history (the Third Punic War) ended, the Florida State Fair starts, and today is Weatherperson's Day. Those are only a few of the entries for today's date.

For more information on today, or any day's date, call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011.

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Change in Media Holds

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Just a reminder.....


Milwaukee Public Library Announces Update To Media Holds Policy
Limited Reinstatement of Media Holds Service to Begin February 16, 2009

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) announced today that its media holds policy ineffect since January 2, 2008 has been revised as follows:

ï‚· MPL will reinstate the media holds service at five (5) locations: Central, Bay View, Capitol,
Center Street, and East libraries.

ï‚· Unique media items located at any of the other eight (8) MPL locations will also be made
holdable, making all titles – but not all copies of each title – holdable.

ï‚· Items held will be delivered to any location within the Milwaukee County Federated Library
System (MCFLS) using the MPL or MCFLS delivery system as the library patron requests.

ï‚· The number of holds per patron has been lowered to 15 from 20 to help ensure that a large
number of titles/copies remain in general circulation.

As part of the 2008 budget, MPL adopted a media holds policy change where patrons could no longer place holds on MPL-owned DVDs, music CDs, and videocassettes in the young adult and adult collections.
MPL is able to reinstate the media holds service in 2009 with the limitations stated above because of the reduced number of items to be held, as well as other operational efficiencies.
Please note that this media holds policy affects Milwaukee Public Library-owned media materials only.
The 2009 MPL media holds policy takes effect on Monday, February 16, 2009.

For more information, please contact Sandy Rusch Walton
Sandy Rusch Walton
January 21, 2009 414.286.3032 (w)
414.303.3686 (c)

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Help celebrate Black History Month at King Library with members
of the Wisconsin 29th Regiment,
Company F, U.S. Colored Troops Civil War reenactment unit.

Saturday, February 7

Discuss the history of African American soldiers in the Civil War
with Jack Tomlinson. See and touch Civil War uniforms and
weaponry and discuss tactics. Learn how African-American
soldiers served the Union Army with honor and distinguished
themselves in many battles.

See you there!

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Black History Month @ MPL

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In keeping with Black History Month the Milwaukee Public Library has put together a chronology of important people, events and resources of African-American history. The chronology starts on January 15th, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and will extend through the month of February.
The King Library at the dedication of the library's Peace Pole in 1988.

So far the chronology includes such events as the birth of African-American actor James Earl Jones, the swearing in of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States, and the death of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

Each entry contains factual information on the events and people featured, and many entries include links to further information or books on the topic.

Be sure to check the chronology out on a daily basis!

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