April 2010 Archives

Villard Avenue LibraryMPL will be hosting a public meeting discussing the new Villard Square Library development on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the current Villard Avenue Library.

Engberg Anderson Architects, the architectural firm working on the library floor plan will start with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Those attending the meeting will be able to discuss the plans and give their own input.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Date: May 3rd, 2010
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
End Time: 7:30 p.m.
Library: Villard Avenue

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The Heartbeat of the Earth

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For over thirty years, Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies, and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions.
He is the author of more than 70 books for children and adults. The best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.

Join Bruchac as he recites poems, tells traditional Native tales, and discusses how poetry helps us see and be in nature:

Saturday, May 8
Centennial Hall
Central Library

This program is part of the Language of Conservation series, an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, and made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

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HMS Bounty 3.jpgThe legendary Mutiny on the Bounty occurred aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789. This event has been commemorated in several books and films, with such heartthrobs as Clark Gable and Marlon Brando portraying Fletcher Christian, who led the mutiny against commanding officer William Bligh. After setting Captain Bligh and most of those loyal to him afloat in a small boat, the mutineers settled, some in Tahiti and others on Pitcairn Island, where descendants of theirs still live.

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May Book Clubs

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Here's what our neighborhood library book clubs will be reading in May!

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, May 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

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East Library

Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

by Richard North Patterson


Bay View Library

Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People are Rude
by P.M. Forni

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Teen Poetry Slam!

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Are you a teen that loves to write poetry? Or do you simply love the rhythm and flow of a particular poem and wish to share it with the world? Aspiring teen poets are encouraged to attend the 2010 Teen Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, at the Washington Park Library on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

You can give a dramatic preformance of your original work or the work of someone that inspires you. The first 40 performers will receive a prize, and the winners of the Young Adult Poetry Contest will be announced at this event.

If you have any questions, or need more information, you can call 286-3011.

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Don't leave Grandma in the attic!

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19th century tintype photograph of a manOn May 11th, the Milwaukee Public Library and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works are proud to present the program: Don't Leave Grandma in the Attic!, a presentation on the preservation, display, storage, and repair of photographic materials.

Debra Hess Norris, the Chair and Professor of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware and Photographic Conservator will be on hand to discuss the care and treatment of photographs.
Don't Leave Grandma in the Attic! poster

Debra Hess Norris is the author of many book chapters and articles on the care and preservation of photos and is an authority on how to best treat them, whether they are 19th century daguerrotypes or contemporary color prints.

Seating is limited and reservations may be made by calling the Central Library's Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

Date: May 11th, 2010
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 7:30 p.m.
Library: Central
Location: Krug Rare Books Room

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Read to Dexter the Cat!

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Martin Luther King Library

Mondays, May 3, 10, 17, and 24

Session 1: 5:30-5:55 p.m.
Session 2: 6:15-6:40 p.m.
Session 3: 7:00-7:25 p.m.

Have fun, make a new friend, and improve your reading! Students in grades 1-5 read to a certified therapy cat for 25 minutes each week for four weeks. Children may bring in their own reading materials or select materials at the library. Attendance each week is required.
Readers receive a certificate of accomplishment, a book and a small gift upon completion.

Registration is required by April 26; please stop in at King Library or call 286-3098.

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Pink Moon

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Charlotte Bronte.pngQueen Elizabeth II 2.jpgCharlotte Bronte, famed 19th century English novelist, and Elizabeth II, reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, were both born on April 21, the former in 1816; the latter in 1926. Bronte, best known for her novel Jane Eyre, was the eldest of three literary sisters. To read more about this iconic writer, check out Unquiet Soul by Wisconsin author Margot Peters. Although we may wish both Bronte and the Queen a happy birthday on April 21, the official celebration for Elizabeth II is held each year in the UK on a weekend in June for the practical reason that the weather then is more likely to cooperate for a public party. This year, the festivities are scheduled for Saturday, June 12.

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Used Book Sale Coming Soon!

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The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will be holding a used book sale on Saturday, May 1, 2010. This 10-cent sale will take place at Central Library from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

booksale.jpgProceeds from the book sale will benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Remember that Friends members may enter the sale 30 minutes before the general public with their current membership card!

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Spring Literary Luncheon Featuring Sue Miller

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The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will hold this year's Spring Literary Luncheon Wednesday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Sue Miller, best-selling author of The Lake Shore Limited, will be featured at the luncheon. Book Sales, a book signing and a raffle will be held at 11:00a.m. Lunch will be held from 12:00p.m., followed by the program and the Friends of the Library meeting. All of the proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. For ticket information, you can either call 414-286-8720 or email friends@mpl.org.

Reservations must be made by April 19. Seating is limited, so sign up soon!

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The artist beside her work. (All photos by Susan Pack.)

Come to East Library to enjoy seventeen clever and colorful ceramic sculptures on display by Milwaukee artist Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski. Rzezotarski 's pieces are characterized not only by her strong sense of the absurd and the humorous, but are drawn from literature and folklore, both traditional and contemporary.

"The Princess and the Pea"

Rzezotarski 's work has been displayed at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Cudahy Gallery, Uihlein Peters Gallery, and the Chicago Center for Ceramic Art. She is the proud new one-ninth owner (along with eight other Milwaukee artists) of The Fine Art Gallery.

"Street Accordionist, Krakow"

All nine artists are presenting an exhibition entitled "Awakening" during Gallery Night and Day on April 16th and 17th. More information about the exhibition is available by calling 414-688-2787. For more information about Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski and her work, click here.


"Pan Twardowski, The Polish Man In The Moon"

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Webster's Dictionary publication anniversary

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Webster's Dictionary.pngOn April 14, 1828, Noah Webster, a Yale-educated lawyer, first published his American Dictionary of the English Language. This dictionary was one of the first to include distinctly American words. To find out more about some of these more than 10,000 "Americanisms," check out Websterisms : a collection of words and definitions set forth by the founding father of American English .

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Earn & Learn Program for Young Adults

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Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 and looking for a great job opportunity?
If so, consider taking part in the Earn & Learn program.

Earn&LearnThis City of Milwaukee Department of City Development program provides great opportunities for you to develop your job skills. You can gain valuable work experience and earn money by working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.

You can participate in the program in two different ways:

Community Work Experience Program
Private Sector Job Connection

Applications are due May 7, so be sure to fill out your application soon!

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National Library Worker's Day!

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library_book_shelf.jpgTomorrow, Tuesday, April 13th is National Library Worker's Day. According to the American Library Association, National Library Worker's Day..." for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers." National Library Worker's Day was created by a ALA resolution in 2003 to be honored as part of National Library Week.
The day's theme is "Libraries Work Because We Do!". Particularly in today's economic climate, libraries employees provide invaluable services to assist the community with job searching, internet use, and financial literacy. Comment cards are available at all locations. You can even nominate your favorite library employee to Submit a Star!

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Ralph Nader comes to Centennial Hall

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Ralph Nader, three-time presidential candidate and best-selling author, will give a short talk followed immediately by a book signing at the Central Library's Centennial Hall, Sunday, April 25th.
Ralph Nader, speaking at BYU's Alternate Commencement
His newest book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! is a vivid fictional account that asks "What if several of America's wealthiest individuals decided it was time to work for the collective good?"
>Poster for Ralph Nader's April 25 Author Talk

Ralph Nader was named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history.

Date: Sunday. April 25th 2010
Start Time: 1:30 p.m.
End Time: 2:30 p.m.
Library: Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and the Boswell Book Company.

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April 11-17 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers nationwide. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The library story isn't new, but it is one that continually changes. During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources--- from computers to books, DVDs and CDs, for help with a job hunt or health information. The average annual cost to the taxpayer for access to this wide range of resources is about $31, the cost of one hardcover book. In good times or bad, libraries are a great value.
NewLibraryChampions%28LowRes%29.jpgLibraries are at the heart of their communities, and we'd like you to share your MPL success story. Tell us how the Milwaukee Public Library helps you or your family by leaving a comment below.

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Lady Sings the Birthday Blues

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Billie Holiday.jpgApril 7th marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday, considered by many to have been the greatest jazz singer ever recorded. She was born Eleanora Fagan in 1915, and despite having had no formal musical training, developed a sophisticated, evocative style, well suited to such songs as "God Bless the Child" and "Strange Fruit." To find out more about the fabulous Lady Day, come to the Milwaukee Public Library.

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Workshops for Childcare Providers

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Ready to Read.jpgThe Ready to Read with Books2Go program is offering two free workshops to childcare providers this month. Pre-registration required since class sizes are limited. Call 286-8423 to register.

Wonderful Words!: Developing Vocabulary
The research is clear that the more words a child hears the stronger their vocabulary becomes. And a strong vocabulary means stronger reading skills. This session will focus on understanding why an enriched vocabulary is essential and how to help children develop their vocabulary through fun age-appropriate activities. 1.5 hours of continuing education earned by attending this workshop.

Saturday, April 17
10-11:30 a.m.
Zablocki Library

Childcare Providers and the Library
The library has many resources to assist child care providers with curriculum planning, but sometimes knowing how and where to find those resources can be a challenge! During this hands-on session, child care providers will learn about resources at the library that can be used to enhance their curriculum and planning. Learn how to search the library catalog, locate library materials and plan activities using these resources. Leave this session 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. 2 ½ hours of continuing education earned by attending.

Saturday, April 24
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Center Street Library

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Spring Break @ Central!

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Are you unsure of what to do to fill your child's time during spring break? Join us in the Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room April 6-9 for games, crafts and a movie during spring break! Tuesday, April 6 is Book Jacket Bingo, Wednesday, April 7 is Game Day, featuring the Wii and classic board games, Thursday, April 8 is DIY Craft Day, and Friday, April 9 is Movie Day, featuring Ratatouille. Advanced registration is not required for any of these events. Call (414)296-3011 if you have any questions.

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shoes.jpgAre you interested in expressing yourself or sharpening your writing skills? If you love to write or perform poetry, this is the workshop for you! Anyone ages 6-17 is welcome to attend.

King Library will be hosting three youth poetry workshops:
Monday, April 12 (5-6 pm)
Monday, April 19 (5-6 pm)
Monday, April 26 (5-6 pm)

Children will write and then recite their own poetry with the help of a facilitator.
Registration is required-- please call 414-286-3098 to sign up.

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