April 2009 Archives

AsianInfo.org is devoted to introducing Asian culture, traditions and general information. Also listed are links to a variety of other Web sites, including news, government, and entertainment.
For other sites of interest, check out the Multicultural (Asian American) Category under Recommended Links on the MPL home page.


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It's true! Back when the Central Library shared the building with the Milwaukee Public Museum, a lion cub named Simba lived and grew up here.
Simba on the roof of the Central Library. Photo from the book: Timba, Simba & Sambo

From 1898 to 1966, the Milwaukee Public Museum shared space with the Milwaukee Public Library in the Central Library building, until they moved to their current home. In early 1929, the museum's Cudahy-Massee African expedition brought back the lion cub orphan named Simba.

He lived in the taxidermy department on the fourth floor. He played with the museum staff and his favorite toy was a bowling ball. He exercised on the roof and catnapped in a doghouse. When he outgrew his museum home, he moved to the Washington Park Zoo in July 1929. He died in 1943. Simba is currently on display in the museum's African Savanna exhibit.

It looks like our library mascot Browser has some fine pedigree.

For more information on Simba, check out the book Timba, Simba & Sambo from your local library.
[Submitted by Dan Lee.]

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Money Camp For Kids

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The very successful Money Camp Program for Kids is being presented again this summer. MPL is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to present this great program at the Washington Park Library. Sponsored by Upsilon Mu Omega, this weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-8 will take place June 22-26 from 12:30pm to 5:00 p.m.


Students will learn how to open a bank account, listen to presentations on finance, banking, and the stock market, and take fun field trips.

In order to register for this free program, fill out the application and Emergency Contact Form and mail them to:

Upsilon Mu Omega
c/o Money Camp
PO BOX 510426
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Please register by May 30. For more information contact: Erica Teague (414) 803-2618.

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From the May 26, 1971 edition of the Milwaukee Journal:

rhubarb cake

Crunchy Raspberry and Rhubarb Cake

Topping mixture
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup milk
1 egg
4 cups chopped fresh rhubarb, or 2 cups (1 pound package) thawed, drained, frozen rhubarb
1/3 cup (3 ounce package) red raspberry or strawberry flavored gelatin

Grease bottom only of 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Prepare topping mixture; set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add milk and egg; mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spoon rhubarb evenly over batter; sprinkle with dry gelatin, then with topping. Bake at 375 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes until topping is light golden brown and rhubarb is bubbly. The cake can be served warm or cool with whipped cream or ice cream.


1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup chopped cashews, pecans, walnuts or almonds

In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well with fork.

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Popular African American Authors

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Check out Milwaukee Public Library's bibliography of popular African American authors! Divided into the categories of Mysteries and General Fiction, you can browse the list for suggestions. Click on an author's name for a Countycat listing of books available at Milwaukee Public Libraries.
For other sites of interest, check out the Multicultural (African American) Category under Recommended Links on the MPL home page.

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Celebrate Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!!


Listed below are a few sites to give you ideas and locate events in your area to participate in this Important Holiday!!

Renew Wisconsin
Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center
Upcoming Earth Day Festivals in Milwaukee (About.com)
Earth Day.net
Earth Day.gov

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Free ACT Prep Course

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ACT is an acronym for "American College Test". The ACT is a test to determine a high school graduate’s preparation for college-level work. It covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Most U.S. colleges and universities accept ACT results.

If you're a junior or senior in high school and plan on taking the test June 13th, there's a free ACT Prep Course sponsored by the Milwaukee chapter of The Links, Inc. on six consecutive Saturdays :

1915 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, and June 6

A continental breakfast will be provided at each session.

Please call Lisa Jones at (414) 418-9453 to reserve a spot.

The deadline to sign up is Monday, April 27th, 2009.
Click here to review ACT study guide material at our libraries.

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100 Best Business Books Program

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Join MPL on Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Central Library for a presentation from business book experts and authors Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Covert and Sattersten have spent years reading, evaluating and selling business books, becoming the most respected experts on the category. Together they’ve chosen the best business titles of all time and review them in one volume: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.


Refreshments will be provided by The Capital Grille, and a copy of the book will be raffled off to attendees. Additional copies will be available for purchase from 800-CEO-READ. Advance registration recommended; please call 286-3572 to sign up.

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Be A Smarter Investor! Additional Presentations

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant barrage of financial news? Are you interested in learning about basic financial websites for saving and investing? Then please join us in May at one of four neighborhood library locations for a one hour presentation on smart money management websites. A librarian and an investment professional will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions. This program at Milwaukee Public Library is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing @ your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. Click here for details : Be a Smarter Investor Program


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Teen Book Review: The Lab

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The Lab by Jack Heath

In a future where all 9 billion people of Earth take refuge on a single walled island, a ruthless corporation called Chaosonic rules everything. Agent Six of Hearts works for The Deck, a secret organization that fights the rule of Chaosonic. He has been engineered to have super powers and he considers himself a machine. It takes an encounter with someone with powers like his own to teach him about his humanity. A fast paced story along with lots of spy gadgets and action should keep the reader absorbed until the exciting ending. Good character development from an author who wrote the novel while still in high school. Reviewed by TF

Click Here for CountyCat Link!

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Walleye Warriors author talk

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Each spring, when the ice clears, the Anishinabe harvest fish from the lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a tradition protected by treaties and reinforced by Federal Court rulings. However, for a number of years the spear fishermen were confronted with violence and racial epithets from local sports fishermen, resort owners and other white neighbors.

Join Walleye Warriors author Rick Whaley, and Dave Denomie of the Bad River Chippewa and Milwaukee spokesperson for Witness for Non-Violence, as they explain how a multi-race and class alliance of Anishinabe, local residents, and activists defused these confrontations by witnessing and documenting them.

This program is offered in conjunction with the PBS Native American history series We Shall Remain to be broadcast in April and May. This May 9 program will take place before the final installment Wounded Knee, which describes the takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation and the beginning of the reassertion of political rights by the Indian nations.

Walleye Warriors
Saturday, May 9, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Central Library

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Happy National Library Week!

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Today kicks off National Library Week, a time when librarians and library workers toot their own horns. National library use is at an all time high--so what better time to celebrate? While supplies last, MPL will be giving away a date due receipt magnet (which includes a plastic pocket), as well as comment cards to give customers the opportunity to submit their
remarks about the good work that library workers perform.


In today’s economy, libraries offer free resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. Public libraries have free resources like books, magazines, DVDs and computer and wifi access---but what makes the library unique is access to trained professional librarians to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives.

National Library Week is the perfect time to grab your library card, come to one of our 13 libraries, and say hello to your favorite library worker.

Click here to learn about Milwaukee Public Library's scheduled events, news, and classes in your neighborhood.

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IMDb - The Internet Movie Database

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The IMDb is promoted as the most comprehensive free source of movie information on the Internet. Search by film title, cast, or character name. Includes quotes from films, biographies of cast members, and movie plots. The database also allows you to link more than one cast member's name together to a single search. It is a fantastic source for researching all aspects of films, filmmaking and production.

For more websites on movies and television, check out the Movies, Radio and TV Category on the MPL homepage under Recommended Links.

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Milwaukee Public Library's own Karli Pederson and Mandy Tuthill were interviewed on WTMJ's The Morning Blend on April 7th to disscuss the upcoming Stop Teen Violence program.

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will present a three-part series on violence prevention geared towards young adults. Entitled “Stop Teen Violence”, the library and TAB are partnering with Milwaukee-area agencies to educate teens and their families about the public health issue of violence in our community. All programs are free and open to the public, due to the generosity of the Helen Bader Foundation.

Click HERE to Watch Video

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Are You Listening?

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Playaway is an easy-to-use player all in one small unit. When you check out a Playaway, all you have to do is press play to start listening immediately – there is no need for a separate player. You provide your own AAA batteries and earbuds/headphones.


Each Playaway contains an entire book regardless of length (up to 80 hours!) and weighs only 2 ounces. They also come with an automatic bookmark function that remembers where you left off.

Originally introduced in 2008 (thanks to the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library), they were available for a one week loan period. All Playaways may now be checked out for three weeks. (Patrons with a “New Borrower” status will have a 3-week waiting period before they are able to check out these items.)

You can find them in the library catalog here.

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Poetry under the dome

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Meet local poets Rebecca Dunham, Judith Harway, Derrick Harriell, Angela Sorby, and Milwaukee's Poet Laureate Susan Firer at the Central Library. The poets will be reading selections from their works under Central's beautiful rotunda on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
A view of the dome from the floor at the Central Library's rotunda.

These local poets have all received honors and accolades for their poetry. In addition to Susan Firer being Milwaukee's Poet Laureate, Rebecca Dunham received the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize and is the author of The Miniature Room. Derrick Harriell has had poetry has published in the Cream City Review. Judith Harway's poems have earned her fellowships with the Wisconsin Arts Board and she is a faculty member of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Angela Sorby is the author of Bird Skin Coat and is also a recipient of the Brittingham Prize.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call (414) 286-8720 or send an email to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library to register for this event.

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Free legal clinics for Law Day

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In honor of Law Day 2009, the Milwaukee Public Library will be holding free legal clinics at four locations on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009.
Milwaukee County Courthouse

These clinics will be held at the Central Library, Forest Home Library, Washington Park Library, and Capitol Library.

The clinics will be staffed by two or three attorneys, and will allow one on one consultation. The attorneys will be able to help with insight into legal issues, give legal information, and offer referral services if more in-depth knowledge is needed.

Sponsoring this event is: the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, and the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association.

Click here to view the details.

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Wisconsin residents are eligible for one free credit report each year from the three credit reporting agencies. This is an important task to undertake each year to make sure that your credit reports are accurate and to protect you from fraudulent activity. Annual Credit Report.com is highly recommended by financial professionals for accessing your report. Equifax, TransUnion and Experian are the three credit reporting agencies participating in this site.

For more information on personal finance, check out the Smart Investing Page on the MPL homepage as well as the Money and Investing Page under Recommended Links for additional links.

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