June 2010 Archives

Have a Safe and Happy July 4th

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Fireworks Milwaukee.jpgWhether you are barbecuing or boating, swimming or sunning, travelling or tenting, you can find safety tips for the Fourth of July weekend at usa.gov. At this website, you can also find fun facts about July 4, ways to help your country, and American recipes (including everything from Diabetes recipes from the National Institutes of Health to Mrs. Truman's Mac & Cheese). Access to usa.gov is available via the Milwaukee Public Library website's recommended Federal Government links.


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Used Book Sale @ Bay View

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booksale2.jpgBay View Library will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, and all proceeds benefit the library.

Friends members may enter the sale 30 minutes before the general public with current membership card.


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Summer fun @ the library!

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Now that summer is in full swing, are you scrambling for fun, educational activities for your children to participate in? Fortunately, Milwaukee Public Library has a summer activity calender to help you figure it all out! For young children, all branch libraries as well as Central host the Preschool Story Time. Children of all ages have a choice of several programs and activities, including performances, games, and other fun activities! All the libraries also have awesome activities for teens such as Wii gaming, Book Bingo, Teen Jeopardy, ice cream socials and more! So check out the calendar and take your kids to your favorite branch for summer fun!
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MPL 2009 Annual Report is out

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The Milwaukee Public Library's Annual Report for 2009 has been released.
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Check out the report to see the Library's mission and vision, statistics on the library, the direction that the library is headed, and other information on MPL. Also see the contributions and support that have been offered to the library by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, and other donors.


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Soundzabound!

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Soundzabound is a collection of royalty free music and sound effects that are copyright compliant, content safe, and royalty free for use in student projects and other school productions. Access to the complete Soundzabound collection can be found on MPL's website .

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The downloadable MP3 files are available for Microsoft Windows, Apple, as well as other platforms. The files can be used for podcasts, videos, digital storytelling or any type of multimedia production. You can select by artist, category, run times, or title. For tutorials on how to use Soundzabound audio, click on "Community" - "Licensed Users" - "Tutorials" on the Soundzabound site.

Soundzabound is provided as part of Wisconsin's BadgerLink program.



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Wilma Rudolph's Inspirational Accomplishments

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Wilma Rudolph.jpgWilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, two months early and weighing just over four pounds. As a child, she contracted polio, and it was feared that she might never walk again. She kept moving any way she could, hopping around her home, to the outhouse in the backyard, and on Sundays, to church. Twice a month, her mother, who had 21 other children, took Wilma by bus to the nearest hospital that would treat black patients, fifty miles away in Nashville. Wilma began to walk again, and after years of hard work and dedication, made it to the 1960 Summer Olympics where she made history by becoming the first woman to win three gold medals at the same Olympic games. For a moving tribute to this great athlete, who died in 1994, check out Kathleen Krull's Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman, an ALA Notable Children's Book of 1997.


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Summer Hours Start July 1

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Library hours for most branches will change on July 1st. Be sure to check your library's hours before you visit! Here are the MPL hours for July and August:

Central Library
Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Drive-Through (Closing for renovation in early July - watch for more details)

Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room & Art, Music & Recreation Room
Mon.-Tues., 12-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Libraries

Center Street
Mon.-Tues., 1-8:30 p.m.
Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Atkinson | Bay View | East | Mill Road | Zablocki
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, CLOSED
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Capitol | Forest Home | M.L. King | Tippecanoe | Villard Avenue | Washington Park
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, CLOSED



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Join WMHS for Edelweiss cruise

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The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society will be cruising Milwaukee on the EDELWEISS next Saturday, June 26th from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
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This would be a great way to spend the afternoon, slowly cruising downstream and into the inner harbor, seeing Milwaukee from a different angle while hearing some of its history from Port of Milwaukee Director Eric Reinelt.

Seating is limited, and at $15.00 the price is right so reserve your spot today. Call (414) 286-3074 for reservation information and other questions. No tickets will be mailed and the reservation list will be checked at boarding. Snacks will be provided and there will be a cash bar on board.


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King Went Live This Week

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The new self-checkout stations (using RFID technology) are now "live" at King Library.

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Anthony tries self-checkout for the first time.

Now@MPL Blogger: Anthony, how old are you?
Anthony: Eleven years old.
Now@MPL Blogger: What do you think about the new self-checkout system?
Anthony: It's awesome! I love it!
Now@MPL Blogger: Any problems?
Anthony: No problems. Just read the screen is all.
Now@MPL Blogger: Do you think anyone could do it?
Anthony: Yes I do. Even old people like you could do it!
(Grins.)

There you have it. Stop in at King Library--we're right off the freeway. King is convenient and the staff will be happy to show you self checkout and all the other wonders of the library.
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Get Event Alerts From MPL

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email2.jpg Want to stay informed about all the latest programs and events at the library? It's easy!
Sign up to receive emails about upcoming library events, author visits, and other exciting MPL happenings. With this free and convenient service, you will receive an email about once a week highlighting all the library has to offer. Sign up today!

Remember, you can also keep up with MPL through Facebook and Twitter!


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June 14th is Flag Day

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Flag Day commemorates the day the Second Continental Congress of 1777 adopted the United States flag. June 14th was officially declared Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Although not an official federal holiday, Flag Day is celebrated all over the United States with a variety of parades and parties. Celebrate Flag Day by reading Marla R. Miller's new book Betsy Ross and the Making of America, or any of the myriad books the library has about the history of the United States flag.


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MPL children's librarian Karen Radtke will take a look back at popular children's books from 1900-1959 and discuss why were they in vogue. How did people get them? Are they valuable? How did MPL acquire such a large collection of them? Come to this program with childhood memories of reading books and series --- and feel free to bring a favorite book(s) from your youth!

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Central Library - Krug Rare Books Room - 2nd Floor
Saturday, June 19
2:00-4:00 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call 414.286.3071 to reserve your spot.



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Book Club - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Girl with Dragon Tattoo.jpgHave you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Listened to the audiobook? Seen the movie? Join us at the Tippecanoe Library from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9th to discuss this fascinating novel. The first in the Millenium Trilogy, this book was written by Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson, who died at the age of 50 before the publication of this phenomenally successful series of books.


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Summer Computer Classes

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computer1.pngMPL's summer session of free computer classes begins the week of July 12.

Every library location will offer a series of seven classes that includes Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Internet Search Tools, Email Basics, Intro to Word Processing, Intro to Spreadsheets, and Intro to Power Point.

Registration begins Monday, June 21. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.


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On June 21, the poet-in-residence for the Language of Conservation program, Pattiann Rogers, will read poems highlighting the earth and its wide variety of life in meadowlands and grasslands, deserts, seas, marshes, jungles and forests. A reception including light refreshments will begin at at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library on the second floor. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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Teens.pngThe Milwaukee Public Library has a great opportunity for young adults entering grades 8-12 to join its Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

Being a Teen Advisory Board member is a great way to:
- Get involved in the community
- Gain volunteer hours
- Meet new friends
- Learn about and work on leadership skills
- Be a part of a team and have fun!

Register online by clicking on 'Teen Scene' and then 'Teen Advisory Board' at www.mpl.org.

Registration for the 2010-2011 TAB team is open from May 17th to July 31st.

To qualify for TAB membership you should be entering grades 8-12 for the 2010-2011 school year; have a grade point average of at least 2.5; have a good school attendance record; be able to attend a three hour meeting once a month; commit to volunteering and be interested in reading, teen programs, and libraries.


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Half price book sale @ the Bookseller

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The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will be holding a special used book sale this week. Everything will be half off, with the exception of premium-priced items. The event will take place at the Central Library Bookseller Used Book Store on Friday June 4th and Saturday June 5th, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.

For more information, go to www.mpl.org/file/found_sales.htm . Thanks for supporting the Friends and MPL!


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June Workshops for Childcare Providers

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Two different workshops for childcare providers will be offered this month. These FREE workshops are sponsored by MPL's Ready to Read with Books2Go program. Call 286-8423 to register. Ready to Read.jpgLetter Knowledge College: Teaching the Alphabet
The Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children have identified Six Skills all children need to be prepared to learn to read when they enter school. Letter Knowledge is one of the six skills. During this workshop you will explore fun ways to expose children ages 0-5 to this skill. This workshop will delve into ways to help children recognize the differences between how letters look, their names, and their sounds---all while having fun! This workshop includes a practical make and take. Earn 1.5 hours continuing education by attending.

Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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Saturday, June 19 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Central Library

Child Care Providers and The Library: A Partnership that Works for YOU

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. Earn 2 ½ hours of continuing education by attending.

Saturday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Central Library


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