June 2009 Archives

This year, ComedySportz Milwaukee is hosting the world Comedy League 2009 ComedySportz World Championship. The tournament runs from July 9th through July 11th, but you can see ComedySportz players from around the world at the Celebration Show on July 7th at the Central Library's Centennial Hall.

Join these players for the ultimate interactive, improvised, family-friendly funny experience. You'll get to laugh, shout out suggestions, and perhaps even join in the fun onstage!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall

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All the library employees covet the cool drawstring backpacks in rainbow colors
that MPL is giving away as prizes….. but only teens 13-18 can get one!

Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program online and receive a coupon
for a FREE sub from Cousins Subs at your local Milwaukee Public Library.

King Teen Summer Reading participant Rickey B.
can't decide which backpack to choose!

Read four books and one of these hot backpack is yours! (We're drooling!)
Choose your favorite color--- blue, green, purple, black, orange, yellow or pink.
You’ll also receive a Discovery World coupon, Brewers coupon, and a
Half Price Books coupon.

Read 8 or more books before August 10 to qualify for three separate grand
prize drawings: a $50 VISA gift card, Milwaukee Admirals tickets, Milwaukee Wave tickets.

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Milwaukee's 4th of July Celebrations

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Summer weather has arrived and the biggest summer holiday is right around the corner! Celebrations for the 4th of July will be held throughout the city.


The U.S. Bank fireworks will be held on Friday, July 3rd at dusk at the lakefront (just north of the War Memorial Center).

On Saturday the 4th, parks throughout Milwaukee will be celebrating all day long with parades, games, activities, entertainment, fireworks, and more! Click here for more information on the celebrations at 15 of Milwaukee's parks. Milwaukee County's Web site has additional information on celebrations elsewhere in Milwaukee County.

The City of Milwaukee reminds you to celebrate safely this 4th of July. Check out the City's fireworks safety pamphlet and additional information from the Fireworks Task Force.

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Patent Searching @ Milwaukee Public Library

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Milwaukee Public Library is an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library. A Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) is a library designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to receive and house copies of U.S. patents and patent and trademark materials, to make them freely available to the public, and to actively disseminate patent and trademark information.

Once a month, a librarian from the Business and Technology Department presents a free workshop on how to conduct a patent search. Please call 414-286-3051 if you have any questions.

For additional resources including the Patent and Trademark Department's searchable database, peruse the links in the Patents & Trademarks category on the Milwaukee Public Library home page under Recommended Links.Patent%20and%20Trademark%20Seal.jpg

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Summer Festivals in Milwaukee

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Once again us Summer is upon us and for Milwaukeeans that mean Summer Festivals. True, we need to hibernate for the brutal winters, but Milwaukee knows how to tear it up once the sun is comes out! With loads of diverse food, music, arts, beer, and activities, Milwaukee is a unique beacon in the summer! Check out these websites for more information and details on these festivals.


When: June 25-July 5
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Bastille Days
When: July 9-11
Where: Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.

Festa Italiana
When: July 16-19
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

German Fest
When: July 23-26
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Arab World Fest
When: August 7-9
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Irish Fest
When: August 13-16
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Mexican Fiesta
When: August 21-23
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Labor Fest
When: September 3
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Indian Summer Festival

When: September 11-13
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

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Avoiding construction headaches in Milwaukee

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Now that it is officially summer in Milwaukee, the orange barrels (the city's unofficial summer flower) have been sprouting up along various streets and roadways. The construction season can cause a huge hassle if you're not prepared for it. However, tools do exist to help minimize the headaches caused by the repaving of roadways.

Information is available at the city level. The Department of Public Works (DPW) lists construction projects that may affect traffic patterns. Also available from the city is a powerful tool called Map Milwaukee. Among other things, it has a tool that allows the user to view current and upcoming paving projects in the city. To view a description of how to use this feature, and to access Map Milwaukee, click here.

Available from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an up to the minute map of Milwaukee-area congestion levels for the various freeways that go through and around Milwaukee. Also available are listings of Milwaukee-area lane and ramp closures.

These tools should help to minimize some of the impact that construction has on traffic patterns in Milwaukee.

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Even Wisconsin natives can botch the name of a Wisconsin city, park, Native American tribe, lake, or county. Some monikers are real doozies--- four-syllable monsters like Ashwaubenon. The next time you have to introduce Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz, we suggest you consult www.misspronouncer.com.


The site provides online audio pronunciations and includes “This Day in Wisconsin History”, fascinating facts, Wisconsin-made products, and a Wonders of Wisconsin section with newsworthy events.

For other useful sites, check out the Wisconsin Sites category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

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Ready Reference Historic Recipe File--Cheese Puffs

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To continue our celebration of National Dairy Month, try this easy recipe for Cheese Puffs from the February 24, 1964 edition of the Milwaukee Journal.


Cheese Puffs

1/4 pound grated American cheese
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
Dash cayenne

Blend cheese and butter thoroughly. Work in the flour and cayenne. Chill two hours or longer. Roll into balls one inch in diameter. Bake in very hot oven, 450 degrees, 15 minutes. Yield: 30 puffs.

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Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

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Are you looking for quality children's literature to share with the young people in your life? The Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature was designed for teachers, parents and librarians to search and create customized lists of award-winning children's literature. Founded and maintained by a California librarian, you can search the database by fields such as age of reader, setting, format, genre, publication year and whether it won in any of the 84 different award categories.

For other sites about newspapers and magazines, check out the Parent & Teacher Category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

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The Milwaukee Public Library encourages all children ages 12 and younger to Be A Super Reader this summer. Children can achieve Super Reader status and earn prizes by visiting the library, reading themselves, reading to someone else, or having someone read to them throughout the summer.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, MPL's Kelly Hughbanks was a guest on WTMJ's Morning Blend to promote and discuss the Super Reader Program.

Click here for video!

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The month of June marks the one year anniversary of the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection.
A sneak peek of one of the photos to be added soon, this is the Triangle Building which used to be located near the Germania Building.

The collection launched with 150 photos of historic Milwaukee. Now, one year later, the collection consists of 750 photos.

So far the photos have mainly been from the Historic Buildings subject heading. In fact, that portion of the collection is almost finished, and will hopefully be completed by the end of the summer.

We have started adding photos of Milwaukee's streets. Wisconsin Avenue photos have been being added slowly almost since the beginning, but now we have started adding photos from the Streets subject heading of the physical collection. Street names beginning with "A", such as West Arthur Avenue, are being added, and we are going from there.

Keep watching the collection to see what else becomes available!

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Can You Smell The Barbeque?

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Juneteenth Day is one of our oldest (1865) national celebrations, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Milwaukee Juneteenth Day history is steeped in tradition as one of the nation's largest celebrations--- begun after an employee of the Northcott Neighborhood House returned from a trip to Georgia in 1971 with news about the celebrations there.


King Library will be at the epicenter of Milwaukee's 38th annual Juneteenth Day . On Friday, June 19th, check out the delicious soul food, music, live African dance, and other festival favorites available all day long. (And don't miss the parade that kicks off the event.) The celebration is on King Drive, between Burleigh and Center Streets. It starts at 9:00am and shuts down at 6:00pm. Last year's attendance was estimated at 40,000.

King Library will be open, but the library parking lot and surrounding streets will not be available for parking. Stop in and say hello!

For information on other community events, check out the Milwaukee Area Sites links on the MPL Homepage.

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Lend a Hand @ Your Library

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The Milwaukee Public Library is always looking for volunteers to help support our programs and services. Whether you are a teen, a retiree, or somewhere in between, the library has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Lend a Hand

Library volunteers can help organize special collections, be tutors, homework helpers, early literacy promoters, English conversation coaches, and more. Opportunities especially for teens include becoming a member of the library's Teen Advisory Board or a Summer Book Buddy to a younger child.

Volunteers can donate a few hours of a week or help out with a one time special event. No matter how much time you can give to the library, it is a wonderful way to serve your community.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at MPL or to fill out a volunteer application, take a look at our volunteer Web page.

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Milwaukee Area Newspapers - MKE Periodicals

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It Online! The MKE Periodicals website provides an up-to-date list of most Milwaukee area magazines and newspapers with online content. MKE Periodicals provides an array of mainstream and alternative publications for your enjoyment.

For other sites about newspapers and magazines, check out the News & Magazines Category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

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Tell Your Story

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Jack Collom will lead a series of creative memoir writing workshops with older adults beginning June 2, 2009. This exciting project will help nurture and share the voices of older adults through a lively series of writing exercises and playful exploration.

Wilson Park Senior Center,
2601 W. Howard Ave.
Seven sessions in June and July
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm-3pm
Workshop is FREE! Call 414-282-5566 to register.

Tuesday, June 2 & Thursday, June 4
Tuesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 11
Tuesday, June 16 & Thursday, June 18
Tuesday, June 23 & Thursday, June 25
Tuesday, June 30 & Thursday, July 2
Tuesday, July 7 & Thursday, July 9
Tuesday, July 14 & Thursday, July 16

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Tornadic activity in Wisconsin

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Spring and early summer in Wisconsin means budding flowers, the return of the growl of Harley-Davidsons to neighborhood streets, and unstable weather creating thunderstorms and tornados. With the exciting weather we had Monday, June 8, it's time to visit some of the more interesting tornado activity in Wisconsin.

The earliest mention of a tornado in Wisconsin was from 1766 when Jonathan Carver noted the after effects of a tornado in the region of what is now Chippewa Falls.

Tornadoes can be one of the most destructive forces in nature. Click here for a list of the deadliest tornadoes between 1865-1984. For tornadic activity between 1865 and 2006, click here.

One of the most notable days for tornadic activity in Wisconsin was August 18, 2005 when 27 tornadoes were confirmed in Wisconsin. Those 27 tornadoes broke the previous record of 24 tornadoes for the most documented tornadoes to have occurred in the state in one day.

For more information on tornadoes and other extreme weather in Wisconsin check out the National Weather Service.

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Library Meeting Rooms

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Did you know that Central Library and each neighborhood library has a meeting room that may be used free of charge by groups which meet the criteria set by the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees? The rooms are available to all organizations “engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.”


The meeting rooms vary in size and number by agency. A group wishing to use a neighborhood library meeting room should contact the library of interest directly and ask for a Milwaukee Public Library Meeting Room Use Application to be filled out and approved before a room reservation is confirmed.

For more information concerning Milwaukee Public Library's meeting room policies and guidelines, click here.

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June is National Dairy Month!

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We live in America's Dairyland and we are often referred to as Cheeseheads, so why not celebrate National Dairy Month with a tribute to our State's great dairy product--CHEESE!

Cheeses of WI

Our cheese-making history goes back to 1841 and Mrs. Anne Pickett who started the very first Wisconsin cottage industry cheese factory using milk from neighbors' cows. Today, Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties of cheese and the cheese made here wins more awards than any other state or country.

MPL has many great resources to expand your cheese knowledge! For starters, you can check out the book pictured above or watch the DVD, Living on the Wedge: Wisconsin's Artisan Cheesemakers.

For more information about Wisconsin cheese, take a look at www.eatwisconsincheese.com, the Web site of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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Self Expression - A collection of paintings by Members of the Milwaukee Community Service Corps, is being displayed at Atkinson Library from May 28th to July 6th. Inspired by members' thoughts, ideas, and memories, the paintings express a wide range of topics.



Please stop by and enjoy these creative pieces!

Atkinson Library
1960 W. Atkinson Library

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The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, based at the Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library will be hosting a cruise on scenic Lake Winnebago on the 63 foot excursion boat the Lakeside Spirit.
Lake Winnebago
The Lakeside Spirit is located at the Fond du Lac Marina, at 555 N Park Ave. The cruise will take place on Saturday, June 27th from 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Seating for the excursion is limited, so reserve your spot by calling (414) 286-3074. The total cost for the cruise will be $32.00, and lunch is included.

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College Scholarship Contest

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The Wisconsin Council on Children and Family is announcing a college scholarship contest, "What Family Means To Me".
WCCF will award up to three $1,000 scholarships that can be used at a 2 or 4 year college.


Teens 15 to 17 years old must submit one of the following:
- typewritten essay of 650 words or less that describes "What Family Means to Me"
- visual depiction of "What Family Means to Me" which could include a collage, photo, sculpture, painting or drawing
- a poem that conveys "What Family Means to Me"

Entries must be received no later than July 31, 2009.

Mail entries to:
What Family Means To Me
555 W. Washington, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703

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