October 2010 Archives

Dark Day in October

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Most of us remember the housing bubble bust in 2008 and the subsequent collapse of large financial enities that came to be termed "The Great Recession". But only those of a certain age remember the days of economic collapse that occurred during the month of October in 1929. On October 29, 1929, share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed, spiralling the country into a ten year economic slump known as the Great Depression. You can find similarities between the two crashes by watching the American Experience The Crash of 1929 . Also, see how the crash of 1929 and following depression changed our country's fundamental ideas about capitalism with The hellhound of Wall Street : how Ferdinand Pecora's investigation of the Great Crash forever changed American finance by Michael Perino.



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Milwaukee is a Top Walking City

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person walkingAccording to Prevention Magazine's annual survey with the American Podiatric Medical Association and Sperling's Best Places, Milwaukee ranks number 15 of the 25 best walking cities in the U.S. The survey points to the downtown RiverWalk as the reason Milwaukee did so well on the list.

To see how your own neighborhood ranks in terms of walkability check out the Walk Score Website. Type in your address to calculate your neighborhood's walking score and to view a list of places within walking distance.


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Green Roof Tours Through October

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green_logo.gifIf you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Green Roof of the Milwaukee Public Library's Central branch, you still have a couple of opportunities to do so before winter blusters in. The final public tours of the Autumn are scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th at 1:30 and Saturday, October 30th at 1:30.


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Digital Sanborn Atlases Now Available!

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MPL has great news for researchers, genealogists, house historians, and developers! You can now access Wisconsin Sanborn fire insurance atlases online.

The Sanborn Map Company was the primary publisher of American fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. Fire insurance maps detail buildings and their construction materials and were used to assess potential risk from fire and other hazards. But today these maps are a great source of historical and genealogical data.

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This ProQuest database contains Sanborn maps for more than 250 communities in Wisconsin. You can access this database from home with your City of Milwaukee library card, and the maps can be printed. This online collection for Milwaukee County is a great supplement to the print collection of Sanborn atlases in Central Library!

If you are unfamiliar with using the maps, be sure to check out the Help file and Frequently Asked Questions pages to get started.

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It's International Magic Week!

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This is a week to celebrate magic and the magicians who have created it. Maybe you would be interested in learning a card trick, or inventing a trick of your own. Have a look at the library's books on magic and wow your friends and family with party tricks at your next get together. International Magic Week includes the anniversary date of Harry Houdini's death on October 31st.


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Halloween Activities @ the Library!

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In addition to the usual trick-or-treat celebration throughout the City of Milwaukee, join in for all-ages Halloween fun at several of the branch libraries. For teens, Bay View library is hosting Scary Movie Night & Costume Party. For kids, there is the Halloween Spooktackular at Washington Park and Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., and Atkinson and Mill Road Library on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Halloween Spooktackular will feature spooky stories, scary games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged!

Also for kids is the Mad Science Halloween Celebration at Bay View Library on Wednesday October 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Zablocki on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Crazy mad scientists will cooking up some spooky experiements to share with you! Costumes are also encourages for this event! Stretch out the Halloween celebration a couple of days and join us for these fun-filled events!



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Don't just shed it, SHRED IT!

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This weekend the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is hosting a "Shredfest" in Milwaukee. You can show up with up to 3 boxes of personal documents and the BBB will shred them for you for free. You can also bring in your old cell phones, which will be wiped clean of all information and then recycled.

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What: BBB Secure Your ID Day - Shredfest!

Where: WaterStone Bank
10101 W. Greenfield Ave.
West Allis, WI
(Corner of 101st & Greenfield)

When: Saturday, October 23

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For additional information and advice on what you should shred check out the BBB Website.


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Research Your House @ MPL!

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Ever wondered about the history of your home? Has it always looked the way it does now? Have you thought about who used to live there, and what they did?

Brinton House2.jpgMPL is pleased to present our House History program on Saturday, November 13 at 9:30 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, historic photos, and census records to research the physical and social history of your home.

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

Please call 414.286.3061 to register.

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Happy Birthday Terry McMillan!

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On October 18th, 1951, Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan. She grew up the oldest in a family of five children and left home for California at age seventeen. In 1978, McMillan graduated from UC-Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in journalism and began pursuing a master's degree in film at Columbia University in New York the following year. McMillan's professor from UC-Berkeley, Ishmael Reed, had convinced her to pursue a career in writing. McMillan left Columbia University without completing her studies to join the Harlem Writer's Guild. McMillan's first novel Mama, was a semi autobiographical portrayal of a family of five children being raised by a single mother during the '60s and '70s. McMillan followed this first novel with bestsellers including Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Check out one of Terry McMillan's books at the library today!


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Teen Manga Drawing Contest

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Are you between the ages of 13 and 18? Do you love to draw manga? Then show off your talent by entering the Young Adult Manga Drawing Contest! October 24, 2010 marks the deadline to enter your original manga drawing. All submissions will be displayed and the winners of the contest will be announced during Anime & Manga Night at the Capitol Library on November 16. Winners will receive gift cards!


Entries must be original. All entries must be submitted with a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. You must be a Milwaukee County resident in order to participate. If you have any questions, call (414)286-3011 for more information.



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Keel of the Monitor laid today in 1861

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Inspirational Survival Stories

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NaGraNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo

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Have you always wanted to be a novelist or a graphic novelist? Well, abandon your excuses, sharpen your pencils and clear your schedule because now is the time.
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October is National Graphic Novel Writing Month (also known as NaGraNoWriMo). Even though we're halfway through the month there is still time for you to work on that graphic novel idea you've had tucked away for too long. The goal is to write a script for a graphic novel of at least 48 pages by October 31st.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel of any genre you choose by November 30th. If you're in need of inspiration, check out the list of published NaNoWriMo authors and the book by the founder of NaNoWriMo, No Plot? No Problem.


There isn't a prize for finishing your graphic novel or novel in a month, but do you really need one? This is an accomplishment that is its own reward (and includes bragging rights!).


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Ian Frazier @ MPL

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Another spectacular author is coming to MPL this month!
Travels in Siberia
Join us on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall when author Ian Frazier will be speaking about his dazzling Russian travelogue, Travels in Siberia.

In his latest work, he trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the forty-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs.

The program will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, in partnership with Boswell Book Company.


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Come join us for an evening with Nancy Pearl

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Invite your book club to an evening with Nancy Pearl and start a new list of must-reads. Pearl will be discussing her new book Book Lust to Go, highlighting books to read before you reach your travel destination. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Library: Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library
Date: 10/21/2010
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM


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Milwaukee Knits!

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Have you been knitting for years and would like to share your ideas and pieces with other knitters? Or are you just getting started and need some assistance and inspiration? Come to Milwaukee Knits at the Milwaukee Public Library. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. There will be demonstrations, a yarn swap, projects for every skill level, dicussions with master knitters, and, of course, refreshments and delightful conversation with other individuals devoted to knitting.

This event will take place throughout the Central library from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Limited supplies are available for participating knitters.



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Know a Talented Teen?

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Celebrating Teens.jpgNow that students are getting settled into the new school year I thought it would be a good time to highlight the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These awards are given every year by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which is a nonprofit organization with the mission of "identifying teenagers with artistic and literary talent." Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible and awards range from scholarships to recognition to exhibition and publication.

There are 30 different categories including comic art, drawing, fashion, film & animation, photography, jewelry, short story and video games. From what I can tell most of the deadlines are set for early next year, so there is time, but you need to go to their Website and put in your school's zip code to confirm your deadlines.

I would also like to mention how inspiring it is to look through the National Catalogs of the 2009 and 2010 award winners. After viewing the amazing work of so many of America's teens it's clear we are surrounded by very talented young people.


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ALA logo.gifOn October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the American Library Association was created. ALA's mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of libraries. It aims to make libraries accessible to everyone, to improve professional standards in the field of librarianship and to promote the distribution of books and other materials without censorship.



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Benjamin Franklin: the Modern Prometheus

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Benjamin_Franklin_by_Jean-Baptiste_Greuze.jpgJoin MPL on Monday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library's Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room for the latest program connected with the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibit. David J. Rhees, Executive Director of The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis will present Bejamin Franklin: the Modern Prometheus.

Franklin's invention of the lightning rod earned him a reputation as a "modern Prometheus" who stole God's thunder from the heavens. He also became America's first internationally famous scientist, known in France as the "electrical ambassador." Rhees will explore Franklin's pathbreaking electrical experiments and the role they played in secularizing public perceptions of nature and enhancing the image of the new republic.


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Money Smart Week is this week!

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Do you need to brush up on your financial literacy? Come participate in the free events available during Money Smart Week from October 2nd through October 9th. You can learn about the ins and outs of maintaining healthy credit, how to best use your checking account, and what to do if you want to buy a home or finance your college education. These events are supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as well as several businesses throughout the region and will provide unbiased information without any sales pitch. For more detailed event information, peruse the website.


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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

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The ASPCA declared the month of October adopt a shelter dog month. If you ever considered adopting a dog from the humane society or from a rescue, the library has books and DVDs about how to to help you choose a breed that works with your lifestyle, what to look for in a shelter dog, how to help your dog adjust to life with you, and how to train your new friend. If you already have all the animals you can handle, but like heartwarming stories about shelter animals finding good homes, the library has a variety of books and DVDs on that topic as well.


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