April 2011 Archives

American Association of Milwaukee Brewers, 1902-1952

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Join a meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research at the Central Library's Centennial Hall Loos Room on May 7 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be about the American Association of Milwaukee Brewers who played in Milwaukee from 1902 until 1952 at Borchert Field. Displays will include vintage uniforms, equipment, pennants and photos. There will be a panel discussion with Bob Buege, Dennis Pajot, Bill Topitzes, Bert Thiel and Johnny Logan.

For more information, call (414) 286-3011.



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Tomorrow's Royal Wedding

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crownSince the announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton last November we've heard a lot about preparations for the Royal Wedding. Well, the time is finally here. The wedding will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. London time/5 a.m. Milwaukee time at Westminster Abbey. You can access the official Royal Wedding website where there are numerous details, including ceremonial timings, an interactive map of the Royal Wedding Procession and the official wedding program.

And in the unlikely event you can't find the Royal Wedding on your television (or telly) you can find it on your computer on the Royal Channel Live Stream. They will stream the wedding live tomorrow with coverage starting at 4 a.m. Milwaukee time.


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Take Your Child to Work Day - Thursday, April 28

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Take Your Child to Work Day 2011.jpgThe theme for this year's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is "Invent the Future." This is the 19th anniversary of the organization that sets aside a day each year when parents are encouraged to bring their children with them to their workplace as a way to create bonds between the worlds of work, home, family and community. The official website of the program has lots of cool features, including a dream calculator quiz for kids and activity guides for adults planning events for the day.


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2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

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pulitzer.jpgThe 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced last week. Since 1917 the Pulitzer Prize has honored excellence in journalism and the arts. This year's winners include Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood for Explanatory Reporting. Congratulations to all!

Check out the following Pulitzer Prize winning titles from 2011 available at the Milwaukee Public Library.

A complete listing of the awards, along with biographical information on award winners, is available on the Pulitzer Prize website. For a history of the Pulitzer Prizes and Joseph Pulitzer click here.


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Learn to digitize your photos

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The Milwaukee Public LIbrary presents Virtual Memories: Organizing and Digitizing Your Photos on Saturday, May 7th, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. This program is aimed at those who are scanning their home photos to preserve their old memories or using their digital camera to capture new memories.
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The library's Digital Projects Librarian will share tips and tricks about the basics of wrangling your digital image files into some semblance of order, also covered will be best practices for scanning physical images. Additionally the basics of photo editing and posting photos online using free services from the internet will be discussed.

This program is an informational session, not a hands-on workshop.

Virtual Memories: Organizing and Digitizing Your Photos
Date: 5/7/2011
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Library: Central
Location: Meeting Room 1



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Research Your House @ MPL

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HouseMPL is pleased to present our House History program on Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 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, tax rolls 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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Now that you've paid your taxes....

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United_States_one_dollar_bill,_obverse.jpgIf you're wondering where your federal taxes are spent, have a look at the White House's 2010 tax receipt. You can get a specific breakdown of how much of your money is spent on different programs based on the dollar amount you paid in taxes for 2010. You can see how much goes to agricultural subsidies, Medicare, disaster relief, defense, and scientific research. There's even some accounting done for the amount spent to offer certain tax credits and deductions.


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Get answers to your reference questions via MPL's new text messaging reference service! Text questions from your phone to 414-939-0829 and connect with a librarian at the Milwaukee Public Library.

This new service is available during the following hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!

Empress of the Blues

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BessieSmith.jpg Bessie Smith, also known as "The Empress of the blues", was born on April 15. There is conflicting census information about the year of her birth. The 1900 census states Smith was born that year, but the 1910 census states she was born in 1894, which is the year used by her family. The daughter of a part-time laborer and preacher, Bessie had lost her father, mother and a brother by the time she was nine years old. Bessie turned to street performance in order to earn money for the remainder of her family. Bessie sang and danced while her brother played the guitar. She eventually became the biggest headliner for the Theater Owners Booking Association, the vaudville circuit for African American performers.
Pay tribute to the empress by checking out CDs and listening to her rich voice, reading about her tragic life, or watching her perfomances.


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Sidney Poitier Wins the Oscar for Best Actor

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Sidney Poitier.jpgOn April 13, 1964, at the 36th annual Academy Awards ceremony, Sidney Poitier became the first African-american to win an Oscar for Best Actor. In the film Lilies of the Field, Poitier portrays an unemployed construction worker who is hired by a group of Eastern European nuns to help them build a chapel in the desert.

In 1967, Poitier was the top box office star of the year, due to the success of his films To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Born in Miami to parents from the Bahamas, Poitier has served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan since 1997.


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50th Anniversary of the First Human Space Flight

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On April 12, 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space in the Vostok spacecraft. The spaceflight, known as "Vostok 1", also marks the first manned earth orbital mission making Gagarin was the first human to experience weightlessness for more than a few seconds. The spaceflight lasted 108 minutes from the time of launch to landing. Learn more about Yuri Gagarin's mission and celebrate this amazing milestone with Yuri's Night: World Space Party.

Exactly twenty years later, on April 12, 1981, the United States celebrated the inaugural launch of a new spacecraft, the Space Shuttle. The Space Shuttle marked the beginning of a new era in spaceflights by being the first reusable spacecraft.


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Celebrate National Library Week!

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Austrian National Library.jpgNational Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. This year's theme is "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library®". MPL continues to "create its own story" this year by encouraging library customers to use the self checkout kiosks at all 12 neighborhood libraries by holding a raffle at weeks end. Each time an MPL customer uses the self checkout during the week for their library materials, they may complete a raffle entry form. A gift bag will be awarded to a lucky winner at each neighborhood library branch at the end of the week. The re-useable eco-friendly gift bag includes a complimentary membership to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, MPL postcards, a mug, flash drive, Bookworm print, and more. Following the first drawing, the 12 neighborhood winners will be eligible for an additional grand prize
drawing for a behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library.
NOTE: The raffle opportunity will not be offered at Central Library downtown, as the self checkout
option is not available at this time.


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Spring Fling Dance Party!

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Not sure how your kids are going to entertain themselves during spring break? Have them show off their dance moves at the Spring Fling Dance Party featuring Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Just Dance!. Atkinson library will host on Monday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. and Villard library will host on Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m.
This event is for kids ages 6 to 12. For more information, or if you have any questions, call (414)286-3011.



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Groovin'

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There is nothing like a nice thick platter in the morning. A platter of vinyl, that is! MPL's Central Library offers a unique and eclectic collection of vinyl lp (long playing) records for you to enjoy. So why not dust off that old turntable and groove all day and all of the night to old Kinks records, or laugh along while Spike Jones lampoons a few classic songs.

It may tickle your fancy to contemplate the poetry of Dylan Thomas or Robert Frost as they recite their own works. Feel the warmth and power of Beethoven or Verdi as you explore the extensive classical record collection available only at the Central Library.

Records can be checked out for three weeks so that gives you plenty of time to dig deep into the grooves of a classic record. Pops and hisses aside, many audiophiles believe that digital music has never really surpassed the warmth and sound of an analog recording pressed on vinyl and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree. Besides records, the Central Library also offers a huge selection of music on compact disc and even many concerts on DVD, so stop in and start groovin'!

Submitted by Dan@Central


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2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001 a space odyssey hal.pngApril 6, 1968 marked the debut of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Co-written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, the movie became a landmark in film history. To generations that have grown up on fast-paced, special effects laden space dramas, "2001" may seem ponderously slow, but as someone who saw it back in the day, I can attest to its incredible impact at the time. From the sublime soundtrack to the evocative cinematograpy, the film delivered quite a punch. The first section, "The Dawn of Man" concludes with a stunning visual effect that catapults early man millions of years into the future. And who, having seen the movie, can ever forget HAL?


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The Prose and Poetry of Place: August Derleth and Aldo Leopold
Saturday, April 9th from 2-3 p.m.
Central Library Krug Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd Floor

Leopold.jpgAldo Leopold, father of the land ethic and the ecological movement, wrote in a lyrical prose style of his appreciation for the natural environment.

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August Derleth, prolific Wisconsin author, captured a lifetime of intimacy with the Wisconsin landscape in his nature poetry and essays. Both found their home in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Join us for a program exploring the writings of these two renowned Wisconsin authors.

This program will be presented by James P. Roberts, poet and Past President of the August Derleth Society and Professor Stanley A. Temple, Senior Fellow and Science Advisor at the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

The Poetry and Prose of Place is a Language of Conservation Program. 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.

Photo of Aldo Leopold curtesy of USFS. August Derleth photo from the Historic Portrait Collection / Milwaukee Public Library.


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green_walkway_lg.jpgIf you haven't already had the pleasure of visiting the Milwaukee Public Library's Green Roof, join us for the seasonal re-opening. The tour begins on Saturday, April 16th at 1:30 p.m. and will meet in the Central Library's rotunda. A Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District staff person will host tables in the Green Ideas area with informational displays on downspout disconnection, rain barrels, and rain gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. You can also tour the roof on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.


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Teen Poetry Contest!

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April is poetry month! If you are between the ages of 10-18, and love to write poetry, enter your poem in Milwaukee Public Library's poetry contest! You can submit your poem with an entry form at any Milwaukee Public Library or online. Entries will be accepted from March 28 until April 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, 16-18. The 1st place prize for all age groups is a $50.00 gift card. The 2nd place prize for all age groups is a $25.00 gift card, and the 3rd place prize for all age groups is a $15.00 gift card.
The winners will be announced during the Teen Poetry Slam at Atkinson Library on May 11. For more information, or for questions about the rules, call (414)286-3011.
This program is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by
the Helen Bader Foundation and Best Buy.


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