October 2009 Archives

House History Program @ MPL

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It's back! MPL is pleased to present its semi-annual House History program, an overview of historical resources available at your Milwaukee Public Library.

Brinton House
On Saturday, November 14 at 9:15 a.m. at Central Library, join our librarians and an architectural historian from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. to learn how to use library resources such as fire insurance atlases, city directories and census records to research the history of a house.

While this program is free and open to the public, space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 414.286.3061 to register.

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Standard Songbook Program for Kids

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kids singing.jpgThe Standard Songbook program introduces children to music and musical theatre concepts through an interactive performance with Skylight Opera Theatre Artists. Children hear various songs from musicals and learn about concepts such as rhythm, tempo and melody by becoming "musical detectives." Recommended for children in grades 1-3. Child care groups with early elementary children welcome.

Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Central
Event Type: Special Events
Age Group: Children
Contact: Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room
Contact phone: 414-286-3091

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On October 28, 1965, construction was completed on Saint Louis's spectacular Gateway Arch. The 630-foot-high landmark was erected to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to highlight the city's role in the westward expansion that followed. To find out other events that have happened on specific days, check out the website This Day in History, which you can link to under the History category on the Milwaukee Public Library's Recommended Links page.

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Author talk with Jeffrey Krames

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The Unforced Error: Why Some Managers Get Promoted While Others Get EliminatedThe Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library present: Jeffrey A. Krames, the author of The Unforced Error: Why Some Managers Get Promoted While Others Get Eliminated, Inside Drucker's Brain and more.

As former publisher of a major business book company, Krames has personally edited and published more than 275 business books, including many award-winning, best-selling titles that include such business luminaries as Jack Welch, Michael Ovitz, Ross Perot, Bill Gates and more.

The event takes place November 3, 2009, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Business and Periodicals room on the second floor of the Central Library.

Coffee, juice and rolls will be served.

Boswell Book Company will be there to sell books.

Admission is $10. Please contact John Menzel for reservations at 414-908-0557 or jmenzel@bizjournals.com by October 28th.

This event is sponsored by: The Business Journal

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A New Way To Support The Library

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Roundy's We Care Program will contribute a portion of your Pick 'n Save grocery bill to support Milwaukee Public Library.

To contribute, visit the customer service desk and ask for Milwaukee Public Library, code #512225 as your charity of choice. Then use your Pick 'n Save Advantage Card at check out each time you shop. You'll be supporting MPL's vital programs and services for our community----- and for that we thank you.

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American FactFinder - Statistics Galore!

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Census.jpg The United States Federal Census is taken every ten years by the Department of Commerce. The Census Bureau is currently gearing up for the next Census tabulation slated to begin in 2010. This in-depth data provides statistics on population, housing, economics and geography for the United States. Census data is a gold mine of authoritative information for businessess, researchers, historians and anyone else interested in data. Before the advent of the electronic 2000 Census, people would rely on the dozens of paper indexes and tables that would slowly become available to the library. Looking for specific information was often difficult to find. Now with the American FactFinder, Census data is at your fingertips.

For other websites on different types of statistics, check out the Statistics Category on the MPL Homepage under Recommended Links.

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October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

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Adopting a dog can be good not only for the pooch, but for yourself. Research shows that having a pet can improve your health and happiness. October is a lovely time of year to take walks, and a canine companion will give you additional incentive to get going. Having a pet is a big commitment, and the Milwaukee Public Library has books, magazines, and videos that can help you learn more about dog ownership.

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Milwaukee's unique buildings

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The Milwaukee area has some pretty strange and unique buildings and homes within its city limits.

There is the home built to look like a boat on Cambridge Avenue, not far from the UW-Milwaukee campus.

Gustorf boat house, photo from MPL's Milwaukee's Historic Photos digital collection

There is also the pagoda-style former Wadham's gas station which still exists at the corner of 76th and Greenfield in West Allis.

Wadham's gas station, photo is from MPL's Milwaukee's Historic Photos digital collection.

What unique and strange buildings have you seen in the Milwaukee area?

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The Third Ward's Public Market will soon be home to a new mobile MPL Friends used book sale. Used children's books, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction will be scattered throughout the market and available for daily sale for the bargain price of $1.


Proceeds from these book sales will benefit Milwaukee Public Library. Support our library and this local market by browsing for bargain books this fall!

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Benjamin Franklin Award Celebration

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Please join us on Thursday, October 22 at Central Library for the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award Celebration.

This year the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation will honor Robert Mariano and Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. for their generous support of the Milwaukee Public Library and the MPL Foundation.

Benjamin Franklin
The Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration features a "Taste of Central Library," with a menu of literary inspired delicacies served in Art & Music, Science & Business, Humanities, and the Betty Brinn Children's Room. Proceeds from this event strengthen the resources of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, enabling it to support and enhance the library collections, technology, programming and facilities.

For tickets or more information on this event, please call (414) 286-3784, or email foundation@mpl.org.

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Stadiums of Pro Football

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Are you waxing nostalgic about the old County Stadium Packer Games? The Stadiums of Pro Football site includes stadiums of the NFC and AFC: current, past and future. The site has ticket information, seating charts, comparisons, and future Super Bowl sites. It's a gridiron lover's dream!

For other websites about Sports, investigate the Sports Category in the Reference Resources Links on the MPL homepage.

Build a Better Brain Through Book Jacket Bingo

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Did you know that getting together with friends and playing games is good for your brain health? Celebrate Teen Read Week by playing a special teen edition of Book Jacket Bingo with a Read Beyond Reality theme. It's your chance to have fun, win prizes and discover some out-of-this-world reads.

Capitol Library 3969 N. 76th St 414.286.3006 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.286.3091 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 414.286.3019 Thursday, Oct. 22 6 - 7 p.m.

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The National Book Awards would like your vote

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National Book FoundationOrganizers of the prestigious literary prize are asking the public to choose the best fiction winner in the awards' 60-year history.

The six finalists, announced by the National Book Foundation, are: The Stories of John Cheever, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, William Faulkner's Collected Stories, The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

You can borrow any or all of these books from the library. Click on the links above to check their availability.

Starting Monday, through Oct. 21, votes can be cast through the National Book Foundation website. Your email address will then be entered for a drawing to win two tickets to the 60th National Book Awards on November 18, 2009 and two nights in the Marriott Hotel Downtown, compliments of Marriott!

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Teens: Get Fine in '09

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Healthy Can Be Delicious.

Want to amaze your friends? Grow those fine bones without putting on the extra poundage? Learn how to cook yummy, scrumptious foods for you and your crew - with the vitamins and minerals your bodies need to have energy all day long.

Join author Alamelu Vairavan as she teaches you to prepare some wicked cool Tuna Masala for lunch wraps, sandwich filler, or after school snacks.

Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
Thursday, October 15
5:30pm - 6:30pm

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Ready Reference Historic Recipe File--Pumpkin Souffle

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With pumpkins popping up all over town, why not try a pumpkin recipe? Here is an easy recipe for Pumpkin Souffle from the Milwaukee Sentinel published on November 21, 1974.

Pumpkin Souffle

2 cups dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cloves
3 cups milk
6 egg yolks, beaten
1 cup pumpkin pie filling
6 egg whites

Stir together bread crumbs, raisins, sugar, spices and salt. Heat milk until bubbles form around edge of pan; blend one-fourth cup into egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture to remaining milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and mix in pie filling. Blend into bread crumb mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not until dry peaks form. Fold into bread mixture. Put into greased souffle dish (1 1/2 quarts). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 50 to 55 minutes until golden brown and firm to touch. Serve immediately. Makes six to eight servings.

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Information Overload!.jpgPresident Obama has proclaimed October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. In our time of twenty-four hour television news and Internet content, the skills necessary to find and evaluate authoritative information is more critical than ever before. The MPL home page is a good place to start for finding credible information. So if you find yourself overwhelmed by information overload, contact your local Milwaukee Public Library for tips on how to separate the facts from the fiction.

Build a Better Brain Through Art

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Think about art and what comes to your mind? Finger-painting? Going to the
Milwaukee Art Museum? Sketching and doodling? Art can be fun, creative, and relaxing. It's also a good way to help you build a better brain. Come to the Villard Library to explore various styles of art, from abstraction to realism, with artist Jeanette Wright-Claus on Saturdays through November 6 from 10:30 - 12:30. Learn about famous artists and discover the artist in you. For ages 6-12. Call 286-3079 to register.

Got Homework?

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Can't figure out that math problem? Baffled about how to help your child do homework? Our volunteers can help!

MPL is offering Homework Help sessions at six locations from October through May. Volunteers provide FREE help with reading, math, writing, spelling and science. Hours are generally weeknights, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave. 414.286.3068

Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 414.286.3090

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.286.3091

Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home 414.286.3083

Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust 414.286. 3098

Villard Avenue Library, 3310 W. Villard 414.286.3079


Adult volunteers are needed at libraries to mentor and work with students in grades 1-6. If you have at least two hours per week to help a student, please contact one of the libraries above and ask for details and a volunteer application, or go to www.mpl.org/file/volunteer.htm.

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October Book Clubs @ MPL

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This is the month to celebrate your love of books! Check out what our October book clubs are reading and join the discussion. Plus there are many great literary events around the city that are part of the Milwaukee Book Festival, October 9th-19th!

Central Library
Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Vampire stories--any and all of them!
Twilight, perhaps?


Tippecanoe Library
Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicky Myron


East Library
Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
The Monk by Matthew Lewis

The Monk

Bay View Library
Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Montana 1948

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Starting Today - Review and Tag Books on CountyCat!

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The Milwaukee County Federated Library System is pleased to bring social networking to the CountyCat Catalog. As of October 1st, content from LibraryThing for Libraries is now available from CountyCat. This means means that you can read other patron's reviews of library items as well as post your own reviews. Another exciting enhancement is the addition of the "You May Also Like" function which lists other similar titles you may find interesting. Moreover, other editions of the title as well as tag clouds complete the greatly enhanced CountyCat record. So take a look at the new Library 2.0 version of CountyCat!


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