July 2009 Archives

August Book Clubs @ MPL

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Looking for a good summer read?

Check out what MPL's book clubs are reading this month, and join us for the discussions!

Tuesday, August 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Central Library
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye

Wednesday, August 12th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe Library
The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak

The Turk and My Mother

Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
East Library
Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean

Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, August 19th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bay View Library
Into the Wild by John Krakauer

Into the Wild

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MPL is now on Twitter!

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Are you interested in brief and to the point updates about what's going on at your Milwaukee Public Library? Then following MPL on Twitter may provide the bare bones, no frills approach that you've been looking for! It's free and requires simple registration on the Twitter website. The Twitter handle for MPL is MilwaukeePubLib. Remember...just the facts!


As part of the Marcus Center's "Live at the Center" community programming, Kidz Days showcases a variety of performing arts presented by local, regional, and national groups.

This interactive program serves to entertain and educate, making it popular among Day Care and School groups.

Kidz Days takes place Tuesday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m. throughout the summer months at the Kidz Stage, located on the Marcus Center grounds.

July 30th - Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee
August 4th - First Stage Childrens Theater
August 5th - Milwaukee Ballet Company
August 6th - Andando Solo Singer/Instrumentalist
August 11th - First Stage Childrens Theater
August 12th - Discovery World
August 13th - Milwaukee Public Library

For more information go to Marcus Center

Marcus Center
929 N Water Street
Milwaukee, WI

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Digital Collections @ MPL blog

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A new blog has been added to MPL's family of blogs. The Digital Collections @ MPL blog has been created to act as a resource describing and featuring MPL's digital collections.

New additions to existing collections will be featured, as well as the addition of new collections. Tips, tricks, and tools for using the collection will also be discussed. The blog will be updated as events warrant, so there may be a number of additions over a short period.

Check out MPL's newest blog, for one of MPL's newest features! Don't forget to sign up for the RSS feed of this blog to follow the latest developments as they happen.

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King Library is one of three scholarship application distribution sites for the second annual Freedom Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by Alderwoman Milele Coggs. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are also available online.


All essayists must be recent high school grads (2007-2009) who are residents of the
6th aldermanic district and have been accepted at a 2 or 4 year college for the fall of 2009.
Pick up an application to read contest rules and submission requirements.
All essays must be postmarked by August 6, 2009.

For more information, please contact Ms.Akuwa Dantzler at (414) 286-8640 or adantz@milwaukee.gov.

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Cooking Tips @ Washington Park Library

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Back by popular demand, renowned local cookbook author Alamelu Vairavan will share South Indian cooking tips for creating healthy and delicious meals!

Join us at Washington Park Library on Wednesday, July 29 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for her cooking demonstration. You will even be able to sample of her delicious creations!

Space is limited, so please call 286-3066 to register.

Alamelu Vairavan's cookbook, Healthy South Indian Cooking, will be available for purchase at this program.

This free program is part of MPL's Fit for Life series, a national program of Libraries for the Future, made possible by generous support from MetLife Foundation.

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Wanted : Dead or Alive

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Patrons often call the reference desk to find out if a celebrity is alive or deceased. People also regularly search for obituaries and death notices for friends and loved ones. There are several databases which can help tremendously when searching for this type of information. The Dead People Server is a good choice for birthdates, death dates, and cause of death of famous people. Find A Grave allows users to search 21 million grave records and to find information on more than 250,000 cemeteries. In addition, The Who's Alive and Who's Dead site helps you keep track of who's living and who's deceased. Celebrities are grouped by TV show, film, band and sport.

America's Obituaries & Death Notices contains over 180 U.S. newspapers, most of which date back to the late 1990's and includes everything from front page news articles to paid death announcements. This is a paid database and can be accessed remotely by City of Milwaukee residents. Residents of surrounding communities are welcome to visit and Milwaukee Public Libraries in person to search this database.

For additional databases and links on the subject of People, check out the People Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.


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While MPL's digital collections continue to grow, the majority of the photos that will be included in these collections still only exist in physical form.

At this date, the photos in the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection number somewhere around 950 images. Currently, the estimated size of the Historic Photo Archives is closer to 50,000 images, so the Historic Photos digital collection represents a very small percentage of the photos available.

The remaining, non-digitized portion of the collection is available for viewing. The Historic Photo Collection Subject Index is arranged by subject headings and sub-headings. The sub-headings break down the major subject headings and give a specific idea of what is held in the collection. Each sub-heading refers to a specific folder or area of one of the many collections included in the Historic Photo Archives.

Each folder may contain one to a few hundred images.

The subject heading index can be found with the rest of the Finding Tools for MPL's special collections and unique resources.

For more questions about the Historic Photo Archives, call the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061. Questions can also be addressed through MPL's Ask?Away email service.

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The Pride and Passion

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"Pride and Passion: The African American Experience in Baseball"
Traveling Exhibit July 24-Sept.4
Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Come and experience this national traveling exhibit which chronicles the remarkable history of baseball's Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players. The multi-panel exhibit is free and features photographs, team rosters, scorecards and other baseball memorabilia. The exhibition is based upon a permanent exhibition of the same name on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.


All related events listed below are free and open to the public. For more information about the programs, call Washington Park Library at 286-3066 or Center Street Library at 286-3090.

Opening Day Event
Washington Park Library
Friday, July 24 - 1p.m.
Join Mayor Barrett, enjoy the exhibit, and have some light refreshments.

Saturday, July 25--all day
Washington Park Library
Kids--make your own pennant!

Tuesday, July 28 - 1-2pm
Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Make a baseball pennant while waiting your turn to play Wii Sports.

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Plat Book Index Online

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MPL has added a new index to its online collection of Finding Tools!

The Wisconsin Land Ownership Map and Plat Book Index is a listing of the plat books and maps in the MPL collection that show property ownership. These books and maps are particularly useful to genealogists and house historians as they give the names of the owners of individual land parcels.


Ranging from 1858 to the present, the collection includes all of Wisconsin's counties. Note that the library does not have a plat book or map for each county for every year.

The index is arranged alphabetically by name of county. Each entry includes the name of the county covered and the year during which the map or book was published. Also included are the call number and location code, which assist the librarian in locating the volume within the collection.

All of the resources in the index can be found in Central Library's Humanities Department. Please contact the Humanities Desk at (414) 286-3061 for more information.

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Starting in Mid-August, a few branch libraries will be offering job and resume help for an hour a week. A string of computers will be set aside specifically for these activities. Also, a trained employment specialist will be on hand to assist anyone in need. For more details contact your local library.

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Milwaukee Mayors - New digital collection

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The Milwaukee Public Library is launching its latest digital collection: Milwaukee Mayors.

Solomon Juneau, Milwaukee's first mayor

This collection includes photos or drawings of all but one of Milwaukee mayors, past and present. A biographical sketch of each mayor is also included. This is a great way to see what the leaders of the City of Milwaukee looked like, and also earn a little about them.

Most of the information, and many of the images for this collection come from the book Biographical sketches of the mayors of the City of Milwaukee, a volume of images and information put together by MPL's staff over the years.

Additional photos were pulled from the Humanities Department's Historic Portrait Collection, which has portraits of many prominent Milwaukee citizens and visitors.

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Two computer workstations at Central Library provide access to library patrons with physical disabilities.

The stations include software and assistive technology devices set up for magnifying print, controlling a cursor using slight finger movements, and print/ electronic material converted into text that can be read aloud.

If you are are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, have low vision, mobility limitations (including carpal tunnel and arthritis) or learning disabilities, you may sign up to use these computers at the Central Library Information Services Desk. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance by calling 414-286-3017. TDD: 286-3062. Valid identification is required at the time of use.

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New Online Library Card Registration!

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Don't have a Milwaukee Public Library card? Now you can get the process started online!


Start by filling out the online form found on CountyCat, the catalog of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. Once you have done this successfully, you will be able to place up to 5 requests for materials online. When you are ready to check out the materials, you will need to go to your local library to finish the registration process. Please bring two forms of identification with you.

Here are a few things to remember about this new process:

---Online registration is for new library cardholders only; If you all ready have a library card, you do not need to use this form.

---Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to complete the registration process.

---You will need to complete your registration within 30 days of filling out your online form.

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Join us for the Central Library Book Discussion on Tuesday, July 14th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The book to be discussed is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.

Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Central Library Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The books will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

Bill Bryson is the author of A Walk in the Woods and The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid who offers his wry wit and oddball observations while traveling through the “bush” and modern cities of Australia. Sometimes a travel book, sometimes a social history and always entertaining, Bill Bryson shares his exploration of Australia with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense of humor. Whether walking the streets of Sydney or trekking through the Australian Outback, this travel adventure is entertaining, informative and at times, downright funny!


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Gary Rebholz, the editor and researcher behind Milwaukee's German newspapers : an index of death notices and related items will be giving a presentation about his work at the Salzmann Library on the St. Francis de Sales Seminary Campus.

His work indexing death notices pulled from the early German newspapers of the City of Milwaukee has allowed him to create this invaluable genealogy resource. Currently a four volume resource, Gary continues to work on it. The four volumes include two volumes arranged alphabetically by last name, and two volumes arranged chronologically by year.

Gary's talk will focus on what the average researcher can find and how they can use local German newspapers without a prior knowledge of the German language. He will also discuss the different resources available at the Milwaukee Public Library and the Salzmann Library.

His talk will be Saturday, July 18th; starting at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call the Salzmann Library at (414) 747-6479, or email milwaukeegermannewspapeers@yahoogroups.com.

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The Friends will hold their next used book sale on Saturday July 11 at Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Friends members can shop early (beginning at 9:30am) with a valid membership card.


For information on how to join the Friends click here. Other sales scheduled for Central Library are September 19 and November 21.

Note: This sale occurs during the annual South Shore Frolics parade on S. Kinnickinnic, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Please plan your travel route accordingly.

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New Databases @ Your Library

Need authoritative information? Try a database! The Milwaukee Public Library has a wide assortment of new databases (Database List)twenty in all, starting today because the State of Wisconsin has contracted with database vendor EBSCO as part of the new version of BadgerLink . Some of these great new databases include the Auto Repair Reference Center , suggestions for readers from NoveList , and, perfect for this holiday weekend, the History Reference Center. If you want to look over the complete list of new databases, go to the Library Databases category and look for the yellow NEW sunburst.

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