September 2009 Archives

Raptors of the Great Lakes Program

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Join the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society as they visit with a bald eagle, a peregrine falcon, and an owl or two at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. These feathered ambassadors will be your hosts as you are told the story of raptors as your neighbors, and how they serve as indicators to the health of your environment. This is always an exceptional show.
Falcons from John James Audubon's The Birds of America
The $10.00 reservation fee to the program also serves as admission to the park.

Lunch will be served at the Town Club, only a short distance away.

Raptors of the Great Lakes:
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Auditorium, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Lunch at the Town Club at noon.

Reserve your spot by calling (414) 286-3074.

Harvest Fest

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Milwaukee Public Library's famous Harvest Fest celebrations kick off at Central Library on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate the season with music, crafts, and educational entertainment.

Children will be able to visit the Havenswood National Forest learning station, sip some apple cider, decorate a pumpkin cookie, and pick a pumpkin to decorate at the library and take home. Families are invited to sing and dance to the music of Fox and Branch, join in the rhythms of Uncle Mike and his snappy polka beat, and see the Kids Play Bug Show.


Fall harvest fun continues at neighborhood libraries with activities for the whole family:

Tuesday, October 6, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Featuring music with Fox and Branch

Wednesday, October 14, 6 - 7 p.m.
Featuring music with Ken Baron

Tuesday, October 20, 6 - 7 p.m.
Featuring music with Ken Baron

Saturday, October 24, 2 - 3 p.m.
Featuring music with Fox and Branch

Mill Road
Saturday, October 31, 2 - 4 p.m.
Featuring music with Ken Baron

Center Street
Saturday, November 21, 2 - 3 p.m.

Washington Park
Tuesday, November 24, 5 - 6 p.m.
Featuring music with Ken Baron

Check the fall/winter children's calendar for other free programs available to you this fall at your Milwaukee Public Library.

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John James Audubon Program

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Join MPL for the next program of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series!

On Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Rare Book Room, art historian Jeff Jara will present a selection of Audubon mammal prints. These prints are part of MPL's Rare Books Room collection and were published from 1854 to 1855.


Following an illustrated lecture on Audubon's art and the historical context in which he worked, the actual prints will be displayed. These rare color plates depict North American viviparous quadrupeds in stunning detail, often in their natural habitats.

Please call 286-3071 to register.

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Jacki Potratz is the fiction selector for the Milwaukee Public Library. Recently she was a featured guest of UWM's Lake Effect radio program. She discussed The Milwaukee Book Festival which runs from Oct. 9th through October 19th, and the Central Library's hosting of a vampire-themed discussion on Tuesday Oct. 13th. She further discussed this month's reading suggestions on historical fiction.

Click on the audio link above to hear the discussion.

Tour the Southport lighthouse of Kenosha

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Join the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society as they tour the Southport lighthouse in Kenosha, WI, this Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Kenosha Southport Lighthouse
The Kenosha Southport Lighthouse was built in 1866 and is 55 feet tall. It is the third government lighthouse to be built on Simmons Island (formerly Washington Island). The tower is constructed of Milwaukee Cream City Brick, and is conical in shape. It was a functional lighthouse until 1906.

The tours allow six people at a time to climb the 72 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is located next to the Kenosha History Center which is also worth some time to check it out.

After the tour, join the members of the Society as they gather at the Boathouse Pub, 4917 7th Avenue, Kenosha.

The lighthouse is located at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place, Kenosha, WI.

Tours are $10.00 per adult, and $5.00 for children 12 and under.

Registration is not required, but please RSVP by leaving a message at (414) 286-3074.

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Beading for your Brain

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If you are looking for ways to get healthy and stay fit, start at your library!

Learning new skills keeps your brain healthy and can lower your risk of developing dementia-- activating strategic, spatial, and memory parts of the brain.

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Join us for the next 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. Add a touch of sparkle to your life - it's easy! Learn to create a memory wire bracelet at these locations:

Tippecanoe Library
3912 S. Howell Avenue
Monday, September 28, 2009


Atkinson Library
1960 W. Atkinson Ave
Monday, October 19th, 2009

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African-American Family History

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African American woman from Library of Congress photo archivesGenealogy can be challenging under the best of circumstances. However, few areas of American genealogical research pose as much of a challenge as the search for African-American families.

Joe Williams, President of the Milwaukee African-American Genealogical Society, looks to help out with that issue by exploring strategies for discovering your African-American ancestors in various periods of history.

He will cover topics such as where and how to begin, how to interview family and family friends and what to look for in your home, how to search the census, death records, indexes, how to search transition records from slavery to freedom, how to search records for slaves, and other indexes and records that will be useful to the search.

Registration is encouraged. Please call 414-286-3098 to do so.

This session is being offered at Martin Luther King Library on Saturdays, October 3 & 24, November 7 & 28, December 5 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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After 2 years, NOW@MPL continues to go strong and be one of the best sources on up to date Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee County Information. Also, it is one of the only resources to publicly comment on MPL's programs, events, ideas, policies, and other Milwaukee Public Library content.

We would LOVE to hear your comments and feedback. NOW@MPL is for you, the people and patrons of Milwaukee Public Library. Feel free to state your mind and opinions.

Thanks for sticking with us for 2+ years! We hope to be a part of Milwaukee's Virtual Community for a long time!

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AskAway with MPL

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Need answers? AskAway! This week MPL is celebrating the amazing AskAway reference service!

AskAway is a virtual library reference service staffed by professionals around the clock from around the world. AskAway is there when you need information or help with research, using databases, or searching the Web, etc.


You can chat online with a librarian 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting Or to access AskAway from the MPL home page, click on "AskAway" in the right hand column.

AskAway is a free statewide cooperative reference service of Wisconsin libraries made possible by the library and a grant administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Information about Swine Flu

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With school starting and the winter months looming, the City of Milwaukee Health Department is closely monitoring the Milwaukee swine flu situation. Please visit the City of Milwaukee Health Department web site for key facts about H1N1 flu (also en Español) in Milwaukee. There is info for parents and caregivers, some travel advisories, and what to do if you get flu-like symptoms.

Bevan K. Baker,
City of Milwaukee
of Health

For local free and low-cost clinics offering H1N1 influenza testing, click here.

For additional links on the subject of Swine Flu, check out the Health Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th?

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15).

Sept. 15 was selected as the start of the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Now is the time to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean!

Check out these books to learn more about Hispanic culture.

Everything you need to know about Latino history Heroes, Lovers, and Others: the story of Latinos in Hollywood Wachale: poetry and prose about growing up Latino in America Americanos: Latino life in the United States

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Senior Resources for Wisconsin Residents

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As the Baby Boomer generation marches toward retirement age, the need for information on senior resources continues to increase. The purpose of Senior Resources is to provide the most accurate and comprehensive online information on services available to older adults in the state of Wisconsin.
For additional databases and links on this subject, check out the Seniors Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.

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Milwaukee Ukulele Festival display

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Central Library is hosting a display in anticipation of the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at The Coffee House, 631 N. 19th St.

The display features ukulele-related items on loan from Lil' Rev, a local and national touring performer and music educator. The display is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

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Language of Conservation @ MPL

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MPL and the Milwaukee County Zoo have been selected by the national literary center Poets House to take part in their Language of Conservation program. The initiative's goal is to deepen public awareness of environmental issues through poetry, and is supported by a $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, promoted by the American Library Association.

This partnership between poetry and conservation began at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, when poetry was successfully incorporated into the wildlife exhibits. Conservationists found that poetry installations made zoo visitors more aware of the impact humans have on ecosystems.


Poet Pattiann Rogers will visit MPL on Thursday, September 24 at
6:00 p.m. to read some of the poems being considered for installation at the Zoo. Library Director Paula Kiely and Zoo Director Charles Wikenhauser will also talk about the project at this event to be held in Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St.

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EPA - Where You Live Community Profiles

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pollution.jpgResearch environmental information about your community using the EPA - Where You Live Community Profiles website. Find out detailed information about hazardous waste, air quality and facility compliance. Enter your zip code and choose from five databases from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.
For additional databases and links on this subject, check out the Science and Technology Category from the Recommended Links section of the Milwaukee Public Library home page.

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September 26th 2009; 10am to 7pm
Milwaukee County Research Park

Crisis, or Opportunity?
An economic crisis can bring out the best in us, but why go it alone? Instead, come to the Startup Accelerator, September 26th, 10am to 7pm at the Milwaukee County Research Park, 10437 West Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. More details on the website

• Connect with others, make new friends
• Brainstorm ideas, learn and develop
• Use your expertise to help others
• Find a fresh exciting direction for yourself, your business or project
• Work past obstacles and achieve, achieve, achieve

Register online at:

Additional Sponsors welcome!
Sign up by September 10th to get a free T-shirt
Admission is free with a donation to the Hunger Task Force

For more information, on registration or sponsors click HERE. Or visit their webpage!!

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