May 2009 Archives

Summer Hours @ MPL

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The summer season is almost here, and on June 1, 2009, the Milwaukee Public Library will begin summer Saturday hours.
Seven libraries will be open on Saturdays:

Atkinson: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Bay View: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Capitol: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
East: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Washington Park: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Zablocki: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Central: 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of all branch locations and hours, check out the MPL Web site.

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Do you have a song playing in your head, commonly known as an earworm, but cannot remember the details of who sang it or who covered it? is the site to visit to answer all such nagging questions. It comprehensively lists facts about an album or artist, including title, tracks, genre, label, credits, release date, and cover and artist images. You can search by song, album, group or classical work. The site covers all genres. So scratch that musical itch with!

For other useful sites, check out the Music Category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

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Author talk with Lea E. Williams

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Author Lea E. Williams will be at the Capitol Library on Saturday, June 13th to discuss her book Servants of the People: The 1960s Legacy of African American Leadership.
Servants of the People

The book profiles six civil rights leaders and discusses their impact a generation later. The people profiled are A. Philip Randolph, Frederick D. Patterson, Thurgood Marshall, Whitney M. Young, Adam Clayton Powell, and Fannie Lou Hamer.

The author will discuss the book and her experiences in getting it published. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and she will be on hand after the discussion to sign copies of the book.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Black Librarians’ Network and the Milwaukee Public Library.

Saturday, June 13, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Capitol Library

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It's Memorial Day Weekend and that means it's time for picnics!


If you are grilling out with friends and family, bring along this delicious side dish.

This recipe for Country Coleslaw comes from the October 31, 1971 edition of the Milwaukee Journal.

Country Coleslaw

4 cups shredded cabbage
1 can (12 ounces) whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup diced sharp American cheese
2 tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives
Creamy mustard dressing
(see below)

In large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Add creamy mustard dressing; toss gently to combine. Cover and chill. Serves 6 to 8.

Creamy Mustard Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Blend mayonnaise with remaining ingredients.

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Rhymers will be Readers!

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What's all the excitement about rhyme? Why is rhyming so important? To find out, come to the free Rhymers will be Readers workshop from MPL's Ready to Read with Books2Go program for child care providers.

Come Rhyme Playtime Rhymes Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Rhyming is part of phonological awareness, which is one of the most important early literacy skills. Research suggests that children who start school with this skill in place tend to have an easier time learning to read. The best time to help children develop this skill is before they start formal schooling.

During this interactive workshop, you will learn about phonological awareness and how to help children develop this skill through simple activities, games, and music. Learn how phonological awareness can be fostered throughout your day with minimal planning.

Registration is required this program, so please call (414) 286-8423 to sign up. Also, please remember this program is for adults only. Workshop attendees will earn 1.5 hours of continuing education credits.

This workshop will be held:

Wednesday, June 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Library

and repeated:

Saturday, June 20
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Central Library

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Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has approved Milwaukee Public Library for funding of the installation of a Green Roof.

What is a Green Roof? Click Here!

Also, Central Library was successful in the application for additional funding to add an educational component to the Central Library green roof project. This funding allows the creation of a walkway and an education platform on the roof for tour groups, as well as informational kiosks inside the Central Library. This is great news for MPL, the city, and the environment!

More details to emerge!

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Web site

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Library employees Tiffany and Isabel model the Friends eco-tote.
Tiffany says: " Library totes are the new black".

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library is our advocate and a separate 501(c)3 organization with its own board of directors. They recently supported Milwaukee Public Library neighborhood branches with 17 grant awards to enhance collection development with popular, high demand items throughout the library system.

Show your support for the Friends and MPL with the purchase of a hat, shirt, coffee mug or other items available for sale through CafePress. For each purchase you make, a percentage will go to the Friends of MPL.

The eco-fabulous Friends totes can be purchased for $2 at your local MPL library. (They're 14.5" high, 13" wide, and 10" deep.) And don't forget MPL canvas totes, a bargain at $10.


If you would like to join the Friends of MPL organization, we'd be grateful if you'd click here.

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Job Seeker Help @ MPL

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Searching for a job? MPL has the resources to help you find a new career.

Job Search

Did you know that three MPL libraries offer free, drop-in job searching help?

During these sessions, a job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings, and obtain a free e-mail account.

Find these job sessions, funded by grants from the Miller Brewing Company and the Tellier Foundation, at the following locations:

Central Libary, Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Center Street Library, Tuesdays from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. & Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Forest Home Library, Mondays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Also, our newly updated Job Seeker Help web page is a great source for links and information about local job opportunites, resume tips, and additional locations for job and resume help in Milwaukee.

And don't forget about all the great books you can check out about resumes, cover letters, and job interviews!

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Atención! is the United States Government's gateway to thousands of government resources...all in Spanish and developed by, and for, Spanish speakers. You will find hundreds of resources from federal, state and local governments on a variety of available programs.

For other interesting sites on hispanic culture, check out the Multicultural-Hispanic Category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

Increase Allen Lapham

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Increase Lapham was an officer of the Milwaukee Young Men’s Association whose collection formed the nucleus of Milwaukee Public Library’s collection in 1878. He was also Wisconsin's first scientist as well as a self-educated naturalist, author and cartographer.


“I Am Studying Wisconsin"
Central Library's Krug Rare Books Room
Saturday, June 6, 2009

Join former Wisconsin Land Records Manager Rob Nurre from Columbus, WI as he portrays Wisconsin's own Increase Lapham. (Nurre's dedicated study of Lapham led to the re-publication of The Antiquities of Wisconsin , Lapham’s seminal work which documents the Native American effigy mounds found throughout the state.)

Four Krug Rare Books Room window display cases will be filled with all manner of interesting items related to Lapham: pictures, rare books and maps that he produced--even some that are inscribed in his own hand.

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.
Part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

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Healthy Can Be Delicious!

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Join us for the next exciting free program in MPL's Fit for Life series, a national program of Libraries for the Future, made possible by generous support from MetLife Foundation.

At Bay View Library on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., renowned local cookbook author Alamelu Vairavan will share South Indian cooking tips for creating healthy and delicious meals. You’ll even be able to sample some tasty treats!

Her cookbook, Healthy South Indian Cooking, will be available for purchase.

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Visit any Milwaukee Public Library to sign up beginning May 18. Receive a FREE 5” mini sub coupon from Cousins Subs just for signing up. Receive a reading log to track your reading and visits to the library. Keep reading to earn a Super Reader backback or Super Reader penguin Beanie Baby, a Super Reader yard sign, a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut and free apple fries from Burger King. Plus coupons for free admission to fun places around town.

Enter our Grand Prize drawings for an on-field recognition ceremony at a Milwaukee Brewers game, a family fourpack to a Milwaukee Brewers game, a Bucks VIP package, a family four-pack to the Bristol Renaissance Faire and a family membership to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum. Visit any Milwaukee Public Library or log on to for full details.

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Attention Teens! Join the Milwaukee Public Library Teen Advisory Board.
Have Fun-
Get Involved -
Make a Difference @ your Library

Applications can be obtained starting May 18th and ending August 15th
To qualify.......
Have a GPA of at least 2.5
Have a good school attendance record
Be able to attend a 3-hour meeting once a month
Be interested in reading, teen programs and libraries.

Sign up Today!

TAB webpage

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Tuesday, May 12th at 5:30 p.m. the Central Library book discussion group will be getting together to discuss the novel The Maytrees.

The discussion will take place in the Rare Books Room. As usual, reading the book in advance is not required, and the discussion will revolve around ideas on themes, characters, and events.

The book follows the relationship of Toby Maytree and Lou Bigelow in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Check the catalog for availability. An excerpt from the first chapter is also available to read.

For information on more upcoming book discussions at Central and other libraries, click here.

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Back By Popular Demand!

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King Library
310 W. Locust
(414) 286-3098
Saturday, May 9

Come to King this Saturday and share your thoughts (even if you don't have time to read the book) and have some refreshments with your neighbors. Call and we'll reserve a book (audio and large print are also available) for you.

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MPL's next session of free computer classes will be starting the week of June 2nd. Made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Foundation, this series of seven classes includes Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Internet Search Tools, Email Basics, Intro to Word Processing, Intro to Spreadsheets, and Intro to Power Point.
Class registration begins Monday, May 18th. To register, call your local library or Ready Reference at 286-3011. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome if space is available (except at Bay View and Zablocki libraries).

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Social Security and You!

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Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? This annual celebration began in 1963 with a presidential proclamation from President John F. Kennedy. Each year the President signs a proclamation regarding Older Americans Month in celebration of the achievements and contributions of the nation's older persons.

This month, MPL is offering an informational program for the older patrons in our community. Atkinson Library will be hosting the program "Social Security and YOU: Planning for Your Retirement – What You Need to Know" on Saturday, May 9 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. It will be repeated at Atkinson on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Older Americans Month

This informative seminar will look at the Social Security retirement program, how it works, how to apply and what you need to know after your benefits have started. Staff from the Social Security Administration will also present information about programs that can provide assistance to you.

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