January 2010 Archives

February Book Clubs

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Three of MPL's neighborhood libraries are offering book clubs next month. Check out the selections and join the discussion!

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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East Library
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.

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Bay View Library

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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And The Envelope, Please....

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Teens: we need your help to select the winner of the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award!*
2010 Nominees
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
King of the Screw-Ups by K.L. Going
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
Hero Type by Barry Lyga
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Response by Paul Volponi
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Here's how you can vote for your favorite title:
1. In Person: Get a MCTBA Ballot at your local public library. Vote and drop the ballot in a ballot box, or hand it to a librarian. You can also find the ballot here.
2. Online: Email your vote to waplteens@mcfls.org.
3. Snail Mail: Mail the MCTBA Ballot to the address listed on the back of the ballot.

Do you have other questions? Click here.

Votes need to be received by March 1, 2010, and the winning title will be announced April 1, 2010.

*The Milwaukee County Teen Book Award was started by Young Adult librarians in Milwaukee County public libraries to promote teen reading and literature by highlighting and awarding books published for teens of both quality and appeal. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues Megan Markiewicz, Katie Hubbard, Emily Alford, and Tiffany Wait for their enthusiasm and graphics.

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Alice in Wonderland.jpgThus begins Jabberwocky, one of the greatest nonsense poems in the English language. Its author was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, but the world has come to know him better as Lewis Carroll, creator of such memorable characters as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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Wagons of Milwaukee Businesses

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A US Mail wagon, from MPL's Wagons of Milwaukee Businesses collection.MPL has just unveiled its latest digital collection. Wagons of Milwaukee Businesses is a collection based on the photo album of the same name.

For this digital collection all 37 photos in the album were scanned, researched, and added to MPL's current stable of digital collections.

The Wagons of Milwaukee Businesses album came to the library from the estate of Theo. Habhegger, a Milwaukee manufacturer of short turn wagons. The album itself consists of 37 sepia-toned photographs of wagons, mostly belonging to various Milwaukee area businesses, from the early 20th century. The businesses represented by the wagons include dairies, groceries, florists, and more. These photos are a wonderful representation of an era of transportation before automobiles became commonplace in Milwaukee.

Check out this and other MPL digital collections.

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Drop-In Job Help!

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Need help creating a resume or filing out an online job application? Stop by one of our drop-in job help workshops! This program, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Foundation, provides assistance to individuals searching for jobs. A job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings and obtain a free e-mail account. Drop -in job help is available at:
Central Library : Tuesdays 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Atkinson Library: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Bay View Library: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library: Monday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King:Monday 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

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Help for Haiti - Give Smart!

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The massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 has dominated the news cycle for the past couple weeks. As reports come out about the massive devastation and loss of life, many Americans wish to assist monetarily to the relief effort. Unfortunately, as more people dig deep into their pockets to offer help, e-mail scams soliciting funds have also appeared. In order to ensure that your funds are going to a reputable charity, check out Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau's charity page. Charity Navigator rates charities and also provides a brief description of their services. The Better Business Bureau's charity site provides information about charities and also provides contact information for further inquiries or to file a complaint. If you receive an email that appears to be from a scammer, you can assist the FBI in closing down fraudulent operations by reporting the email to Internet Crime Complaint Center .

Ready Reference Historic Recipe File--Coconut Pear Crisp

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three pears.jpgFrom the August 28, 1968 edition of the Milwaukee Journal:

Coconut Pear Crisp

3 fresh pears
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
3 tablespoons honey

Pare, core and cut pears into large cubes. Place in eight inch pie plate. Blend granulated sugar, flour, ginger and salt. Sprinkle over pears, mixing very lightly. Combine remaining ingredients and spread over pears. Bake in 375 degree oven 25 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Makes five or six servings.

The Late Night Wars

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Are you Team Leno or Team

Milwaukee Public Library's links for movies, radio, and television is a great source for Hollywood news and buzz, listings, channel info, and the latest on current shows and cinema. These links will also lead you to radio stations on the internet, a portal for hundreds of free vintage radio shows for you to listen to online in mp3 format, and a site that keeps track of who is alive and who is dead in the world of celebrities---organized by television show, film, band, and other categories, such as sports.

For websites about other interesting topics, check out the MPL homepage under Recommended Links.

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The Eve of Saint Agnes

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Hare.jpg"St Agnes' Eve---Ah, bitter chill it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass..."

I recall my high school English teacher describing these lines, from John Keats' poem "The Eve of Saint Agnes," as the coldest words in the English language. Keats (1795 - 1821), a renowned poet of the Romantic period, based this poem on the January 20th eve of the feast of Saint Agnes and the superstition that a girl could see her future husband in a dream if she performed certain rites on that night. To check out more of John Keats' works, come to the Milwaukee Public Library.

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German newspaper sample and translation

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If you have any interest in genealogy and haven't already checked out Milwaukee's German Newspapers: an index of death notices and related items, you are in for a treat. This resource indexes many of Milwaukee's German Newspapers for items of genealogical interest.

Below is an image of a clipping, with the translation of the text below, from the Wisconsin Banner, one of the German newspapers that is indexed in Milwaukee's German Newspapers.

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Milwaukee's German newspapers: Rühl family inheritance, Nov 1853

1. Philipp Rühl
2. Reinhardt Rühl
3. George Rühl
4. Anne Margaretha, born Rühl, wife of Christoph Müller
5. Louise, born Rühl, wife of Philipp Baum, and
6. Christiane Margaretha, born Rühl, wife of Philipp Schneider, born in Massenheim, Hochheim, Duchy of Nassau; now living in the vicinity of Milwaukee, are requested to come into the office of the undersigned, where they will hear news about an inheritance.
Milwaukee, 1 November 1853
Wm. Finkler, Office: East Water Street, Nr. 215

Translated from the "Wisconsin Banner" (Milwaukee, Wis. weekly ed.), 09 Nov 1853, Special adverts., pg 3 col 3; indexed at the Milwaukee Public Library

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Tax forms @ MPL

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tax forms.jpgBeginning Tuesday, January 19, tax forms will be available at all Milwaukee Public Library locations.

Available forms include:

Federal: 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ

State: 1, 1A, WI-Z, and Homestead

Additional forms can also be downloaded and printed from the Web sites of the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

While the library doesn't provide tax service, there are several places around the area that offer free tax help. For more information, see this tax service flier from the Social Development Commission or the AARP Web site.

First used book sale of the year!

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The first used booksale of the year will be taking place Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library.
This sale features romance novels and cookbooks. So stock up on those romantic reads, or pick something up to cook your way into the heart of a loved one, just in time for Valentine's Day!

All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

Check out other upcoming used book sales!

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Horation Alger Jr.jpgHoratio Alger, Jr. was born on January 13, 1832. He wrote over 100 novels for boys, using his experiences helping orphans and runaways as fodder for his stories. Although his works are now considered by many to be formulaic and poorly written, his name has become almost synonymous with the idea of the classic rags to riches story. In fact, if you'd like to learn more about this iconic American author, you might like to check out From Rags to Riches; Horatio Alger, Jr. and the American Dream from the Milwaukee Public Library.

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Thursday, Audrey Niffenegger will visit MPL to talk about her new book entitled Her Fearful Symmetry. (Her debut book was The Time Travelers Wife.) Niffenegger's visit is sponsored by Boswell Book Company and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.
audrey.jpgBoswell will be offering a special price on Her Fearful Symmetry - $13.50 each - and Ms. Niffenegger will sign copies of them. Other books will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public:

Thursday, January 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St.

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125th Anniversary of Alice Paul's Birthday

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Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of women's rights leader Alice Paul's birthday! Born January 11, 1885, Alice Paul led the campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the nineteenth amendment in 1920. From equal suffrage to equal rights : Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party, 1910-1928 chronicles Paul's struggle to pass the nineteenth amendment as well as her work on the defunct Equal Rights Amendment. If watching a movie is more your style, check out Hilary Swank's portrayal of Alice Paul in Iron Jawed Angels. If either of these piques your curiosity about the history of women's rights activists, check out our library catalog for more options.

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New Digital Collection @ MPL

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MPL's latest digital collection is here! This new addition includes records from the library's Milwaukee Road Archives. The Milwaukee Road was also known as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, a line that formed in 1850 and was acquired by the Soo Line Railroad in 1985.milwaukee road.pngWhile the Milwaukee Road Archives contains corporate records, photographs, and drawings related to the railroad, the new digital collection offers information about its small collection of employee records.

In this initial stage, the digital collection includes indexes to the selection of employee records that are part of the physical Milwaukee Road Archives. The records themselves come from nine different collections of employee records. The dates covered by these collections range from 1817 through 1985.

While the records are by no means a comprehensive listing of every employee who ever worked for the Milwaukee Road, this digital collection is a great resource for researchers, historians, hobbyists and family genealogists with an interest in the railroad.

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A Day of Dreams and Service

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While other MPL locations will be closed in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, Martin Luther King Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Two programs are scheduled:

AKA Financial Literacy Program for Youth - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Upsilon Mu Omega chapter members and Wells Fargo Bank representatives will provide in-depth information about budgeting and spending plans for middle-schoolers, grades 6-8.

Writing to Transform - 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Author, coach and founder of Dream Keepers Rochelle Melander will teach teens how to use writing to make sense of their lives and capture their dreams.

"I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life...to love and serve humanity."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happy Birthday, Carl Sandburg

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Carl Sandburg.jpgOn January 6, 1878, Carl Sandburg, American author, editor and son of the Midwest, was born. Much of Sandburg's poetry focused on Chicago, a city he famously described as "Hog Butcher for the World...City of the Big Shoulders." He received Pulitzer Prizes for The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg and Abraham Lincoln: The War Years and was the author of the beloved Rootabaga Stories for children. (Does anyone else remember Pony Pony Huckabuck?) On the local front, Sandburg served as secretary to Milwaukee's Mayor Emil Seidel, the first Socialist mayor of a major city in the U.S. For more information about Seidel, check out MPL's Milwaukee Mayors Digital Collection.

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Computer class registration opens soon

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The Milwaukee Public Library's very popular series of computer classes is starting up again at the end of January. 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 January 11th, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. Starting at 10:00 a.m. the librarians at Ready Reference can register individuals over the phone at (414) 286-3011. Starting January 11th, registration can also be done via the internet from the Events Calendar.

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Keep Your New Year's Resolution at the Library

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If your New Year's resolution is to jump start a diet and exercise plan, let the library's collection of health-related books and DVDs guide you in the right direction. For the beginner, books such as The Mayo Clinic Fitness for Everybody and Walking: a complete guide to the complete exercise can show you how to get started. If you are unsure of what type of exercise program appeals to you, the library has a wide variety of exercise DVDs for you to sample. A DVD like Urban beat: Hip-hop workout is geared for those who like a fast-paced workout, while Dosha yoga with Hemalayaa may work for those of you who are looking for a bit of enlightenment with your exercise. Browse the entire collection of exercise DVDs on MPL's library catalog, and let the library help you keep your New Year's resolution!

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