August 2009 Archives

September Book Clubs @ MPL

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In addition to King Library's discussion of Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow on September 22, several other MPL branch libraries are having September book clubs. Check out what they are reading and join the discussion!

Tippecanoe Library
Wednesday, September 9th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Playing for Pizza
Playing for pizza by John Grisham

East Library
Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m.
All This Hell
All this hell: U.S. nurses imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee.

Bay View Library
Wednesday, September 16th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garlic and Sapphires
Garlic and sapphires: the secret life of a critic in disguise by Ruth Reichl.

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Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow

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King Library
310 W. Locust St.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This book is a brilliant debut from an important new voice in African American fiction, Dedra Johnson. Set in 1970's New Orleans, critics have drawn comparisons to Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Please join your friends and neighbors to discuss the book and enjoy some refreshments.

King Library staff have reserved several copies of this book for your convenience. Please call 286-3098.

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

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5th Annual Bug Day

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Bring the whole family to this unique to Milwaukee event.

Creepy Crawler Cuisine
Grasshopper Jumping Contest
(Bring your own critters or catch some at Wehr)
Insect Displays, Crafts, Walks, and Stories!
Cost: $1 per person (2 and under-free) $3 Parking
When: Sunday , September 20th 1 - 4 pm
Where: Wehr Nature Center (in Whitnall Park)
Contact: 414-425-8550

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Increase Lapham Rare Books Room program

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Because of popular demand, the Central Library's Art, Music & Recreation Department is reprising its extremely well-attended Increase Lapham program this September.
Once again, this program will feature the portrayal of Increase Lapham by historian Rob Nurre. A true renaissance man, Increase Lapham was involved in many facets of life in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He wrote the first book published in the state, and created many Wisconsin and Milwaukee maps which assisted immigrant in learning about their new home. Lapham guided the creation of school libraries, helped form the Milwaukee Young Men's Association, was a founder of the National Weather Service, and served as Wisconsin State Geologist.

The program is Saturday, September 12th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Rare Books Room. Seating is limited, so call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.

Don't forget to check out the exhibit of artifacts by and related to Lapham in the Rare Books Room windows.

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10 Cent Sale

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The Friends are sponsoring a 10-cent used book sale on Saturday, September 19 at Central Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Friends of MPL can present their membership card for entrance to preview the sale at 8:30 a.m. before the general public.

Would you like to join the Friends? Email, call 414.286.8720, or click here.

Would you like to support the library? Purchase one of these sturdy MPL $10 canvas totes!
(Kenton and Kaleb are not included.)

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New MCFLS Web Site

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The Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) recently launched a new Web site with updated information and services for library users throughout Milwaukee County.


MCFLS serves all of the libraries in Milwaukee County by overseeing CountyCat (the library catalog), providing material delivery between libraries, funding the Interlibrary Loan Service, assisting with technology upgrades and subscription database purchases, and more.

Great new features on the site include access to CountyCat, an interactive map of member libraries, and an event calendar featuring upcoming programs and meetings.

Also, you can now follow the latest MCFLS news on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite RSS aggregator. Be sure to check it out!

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For additional databases and links on the subjects of general information, check out the Quick Reference Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.

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With summer almost over, the school year is creeping up on us. To kids that means the dreaded 8-Letter word HOMEWORK. There is good news! Atkinson Library and many other branch libraries will have Homework Helpers volunteering and assisting students who need a little help with their subjects.

Atkinson Helper
Sept 5th -- Nov 7th
Every Saturday
10am -- 1pm

Contact your local library for times and availabilities

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Search CountyCat anywhere from Facebook

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In keeping with MPL's ongoing efforts to bring its services to the citizens of Milwaukee, a new feature has been added to MPL's Facebook page.

With the help of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS), the catalog (CountyCat) can be searched from a special tab on the Facebook page, appropriately called CountyCat. From there, quick and easy searches of the catalog can be performed.

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Free Drop-In Job Help

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Out of work? Need help getting a job online?


18 libraries in Milwaukee County will be hosting a job specialist who can help you
learn to:

~ Complete online job applications.
~ Write a resume online.
~ Search online job listings.
~ Obtain a free e-mail account.

Six neighborhood MPL libraries will be hosting this job specialist for a full 16 weeks (August 16th through December 7th). To find out when and where to get help, click here.

This program is funded through a Library Services and Technology Acts (LSTA) grant, courtesy of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

MPL also offers free drop-in job and resume help at its Center Street, Central, and Forest Home locations (the latter for Spanish speakers). For a complete list of similar assistance in Milwaukee, click here.

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Child Care Providers & MPL

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MPL invites child care providers to attend the next Ready to Read free workshop--Child Care Providers & The Library: a Partnership that Works for YOU.
Saturday, September 19
9:30 a.m.-12 noon

Central Library

Come learn about all the resources the library has to assist with your curriculum planning! During this session, learn how to search the library catalog, locate library materials and plan activities using these resources. Leave this workshop with a plan you can use the next day.

Participants are encouraged to bring their valid Books2Go library cards or personal library cards.

Limited to 15 participants. Attendees will earn 2 ½ hours of continuing education credit. Registration begins August 19th. Please call (414) 286-8423 to sign up.

This program will be repeated Saturday, December 12 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon at Central.

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

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MPL Meeting Rooms

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Looking for a place for your organization or non-profit to hold a meeting? Then the Milwaukee Public Library might be the perfect place. All Neighborhood Libraries as well as Central Library have these meeting rooms open to the public.
For more information, call the Branch Library you would like to have the meeting at. For Central Library, call the Business Office. An Application must be filled out before meeting occurs and meetings must be open to the public. There are 5 layouts to choose from. See MPL's Website for rules and restrictions.


286-3068 /Fax: 286-8469
1960 W. Atkinson Ave., 53209
Capacity: 50 Persons

Bay View
286-3019 /Fax: 286-8459
2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 53207
Capacity: 70 Persons

286-3006 /Fax: 286-8432
3969 N. 74th St., 53216
Capacity: 50 Persons

Center Street
286-3090 /Fax: 286-8467
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave., 53210
Capacity: 80 Persons

286-3058 /Fax: 286-8431
1910 E. North Ave., 53202
Capacity: 78 Persons

Forest Home
286-3083 /Fax: 286-8461
1432 W. Forest Home, 53204
Capacity: 50 Persons

Martin Luther King
286-3098 / Fax: 286-8465
310 W. Locust St., 53212
Capacity: 55 Persons

Mill Road
286-3088 / Fax: 286-8454
6431 N. 76th St., 53223
Capacity: 80 Persons

286-3085 / Fax: 286-8405
3912 S. Howell Ave., 53207
Capacity: 60 Persons

Villard Avenue
286-3079 / Fax: 286-8473
3310 W. Villard Ave., 53209
Capacity: 80 Persons

Washington Park
286-3066 / Fax: 286-8471
2121 N. Sherman Blvd., 53208
Capacity: 88 Persons

286-3055 /Fax: 286-8430
3501 W. Oklahoma, 53215
Capacity: 66 Persons

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Computer class registration opening soon

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The Milwaukee Public Library's very popular series of computer classes is starting up again at the beginning of September. The series starts with the most basic computer skills, and each class builds on the one before it for seven weeks.

The classes are:
Computer Basics
Internet Basics
Internet Search Tools
Email Basics
Intro to Word Processing
Intro to Spreadsheets
Intro to Powerpoint

The classes do require pre-registration. Registration opens August 24th, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Starting at 9:00 a.m. the librarians at Ready Reference can register individuals over the phone at (414) 286-3011. Starting August 24th, registration can also be done via the internet from the Events Calendar.

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New Wisconsin Artists Index

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MPL's Wisconsin Artists Index contains over 2300 citations and was compiled by librarians who indexed over 40 books about Wisconsin art and artists. The citations are arranged by artist in alphabetical order. Birth and death dates of artists are included when available (for identification purposes) and may sometimes be incomplete.


All of the indexed books are available for use in the Central Library’s Art, Music & Recreation Reference Room. Duplicates of some of the materials may be available for check out at Central and for reference use or check out at your nearest neighborhood library. For additional information about the index or Wisconsin artists not listed there, please contact the Art, Music & Recreation Department by phone at 414-286-3071 or electronically through AskAway.

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In honor of the Wisconsin State Fair, which runs August 6 - 16th, try this recipe for State Fair Cream Puffs. It is from the July 30, 1980 edition of the Milwaukee Journal.


State Fair Cream Puffs

1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/3 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 large egg white
Milk (if necessary)
1 pint whipping cream
4 teaspoons granulated sugar (about)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar

Bring water and shortening to vigorous boil in large kettle. Add flour and salt; stir until mixture works away from kettle.

Put batter in large mixing bowl and mix a short time to cool batter a little. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time; mix thoroughly. If necessary, add just enough milk for a batter that is loose but not too soft. (Batter should be firm enough to hold its shape when dropped from spoon). Mix batter well for a few minutes.

With tablespoon, drop batter on ungreased cookie sheet. Batter should not run flat.

Bake at 450 degrees 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and dry. Cool on rack. Cut off tops.

Beat whipping cream until stiff. Fold in granulated sugar to taste and vanilla. Fill cream puffs with whipped cream. Replace tops. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 1 dozen.

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IBDB - Internet Broadway Database

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If you love the theatre and are curious about the "Great White Way," The Internet Broadway Database - IBDB provides a comprehensive database of shows produced on Broadway. The Internet Broadway Database also provides historical information about theatres and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway.

The data found in IBDB is derived primarily from theatre programs (in most cases from a production's opening night). Supplemental information was taken from newspaper and magazine reports, theatrical text books, interviews with theatre professionals, and League archives.

So "Come on along and listen to The Lullaby of Broadway-the hip hooray and bally hoo." -Al Dubin

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

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The American Dream Starts @ your library, Dollar General, and the American Library Association are sponsoring the English Language Conversation Circle.

Practice basic conversational skills, learn English vocabulary and American expressions in a small group led by a facilitator. Light refreshments provided.
Practica sus habilidades básicas de conversación, aprender vocabulario en ingles y expresiones americanas en un grupo pequeño guiado por un entrenador. Refrigerio ligero estará proveído.

Space is limited.
Where: Forest Home Library
When: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Every Tuesday
Contact: 414-286-3083

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Downloadable audio books are digital books the library is making available through a service called OverDrive. They are available via a computer to those with home computers, MP3 players and laptops. After 14 days, the book disappears from the person’s computer and is available for the next patron to check out. You can checkout a maximum of four items from OverDrive.

Recently OverDrive has updated its download center to enable 1,000 audiobook titles for Apple devices, including I-pods. To find these 1,000 Apple-friendly titles, go to the navigation pane on the left under "Take A Look", and follow the new link to "i-Pod compatible audiobooks".


Have any other questions? Follow the HELP link in the upper right hand corner of any page in the download center or click here for more information from the OverDrive FAQ.

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