June 2011 Archives

Happy Fourth of July!

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Looking for fun, safe ways to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday? Here are some websites you don't want to miss.

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City of Milwaukee Fourth of July Commission
This site from the City of Milwaukee provides information on Fourth of July celebrations at Milwaukee Parks.

Fireworks Safety
All fireworks are illegal in the City of Milwaukee. Take a look at this fireworks safety information from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Milwaukee County Parks Fourth of July Celebrations List
The Milwaukee County Parks website offers information about Fourth of July festivities throughout Milwaukee County.

Sparky's Facebook Page
Check out Sparky's Facebook page. This City of Milwaukee Fireworks Task Force safety mascot has information about fireworks safety and local fireworks shows.

Don't forget the Milwaukee Public Library will be closed from
Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.

See the complete list of holiday hours for all of the libraries in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.



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New Displays at Central Library

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A special exhibit in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room display window highlights the library's rare books about Chinese art and travel, including several first-person travel books and the 1850's record of an American naval expedition to China. The display also feature a facsimile edition of Chinese colored woodcuts dating back to the Ming Dynasty and preserved by the Shih Chu Studio, as well as the beautifully bound oversize set Oriental Ceramic Art.

Another display in the second floor hallway offers glimpses of Milwaukee's local Chinese community which dates backs to the 1880's. In the Humanities department are materials from the Florence Hays archive. Hays was a Wisconsin librarian who worked in China from 1922-26. On display are artifacts, photos and journals from her travels throughout the country during that time.



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Invitation to World Literature is a free multimedia series introducing readers to thirteen pieces of literature from around the world. Developed under the guidance of Professor David Damrosch of Harvard University, a world-renowned expert on world literature, the series includes videos of author and critic discussions, excerpts and background information on the texts, and key discussion points, timelines, and slideshows.

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Explore Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things to experience the wealth of resources available on Invitation to World Literature. In addition to a basic timeline, background information and character overviews of The God of Small Things, there is a video explaining the role of caste in Indian society - an essential element of Roy's novel. The connections page provides citations for articles about Roy's work, as well as movies/popular interpretations/TV and music with similar characteristics.

In addition to being a must-see for literature lovers, this resources is especially well suited for students.


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Fourth_of_July,_1916_Childe_Hassam.jpgCome get your books and movies before the long holiday weekend! All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, July 1, a designated furlough day for all City of Milwaukee employees. In addition, the library will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 for observance of the Independence Day holiday.


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Pet Suitcase and Animal Safety

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As part of the summer reading program, Washington Park Library is offering a program on pet care for kids. On July 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. learn how to take care of your furry (and maybe not-so-furry) friends. Friends from the Wisconsin Humane Society will explain how to provide responsible animal care and how to safely interact with animals.

No registration is required. For more informaion call (414)286-3011.



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Summer Computer Classes

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It's time for MPL's summer session of free computer classes. Classes begin the week of July 11th and end the week of August 22nd.

Each library location will offer a series of seven classes including Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Internet Search Tools, Email Basics, Intro to Word Processing, Intro to Spreadsheets and Intro to PowerPoint.

To register, stop by any Milwaukee Public Library or call (414) 286-3011.



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Octavia Butler's Birthday

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Octavia Butler.jpgAuthor Octavia Butler, the first science fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, was born on June 22, 1947. Her works include Parable of the Sower, Wild Seed, and Kindred, a powerful and moving novel which uses the device of time travel to explore slavery in the United States. Butler died February 24, 2006.


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Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham

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Join us for a Milwaukee Public Library Evening Spotlight Series program, Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham, in the Richard and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:30-7:30pm
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Second Floor
Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at
(414) 286-3071 to register.

How did Increase Lapham come to be Wisconsin's first scientist? Martha Bergland presents this program about Lapham's early life--how he learned geology, botany and engineering with little formal schooling. Lapham worked on canals in New York, Kentucky, and Ohio before he came to Milwaukee at the age of 25. His family, his work and the men he worked with prepared him to be Wisconsin's first scientist.

Martha Bergland is the author of two novels from Graywolf Press, A Farm Under a Lake and Idle Curiosity. She is a regular contributor to Milwaukee Magazine. Bergland is currently writing a biography of Increase Lapham.


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Teen Knitting Program Starts Soon at Bay View

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knitted yarn.jpgAre you a teen who would love to knit, but don't know how? Come to the Bay View Library's free three-part class for beginning knitters. Learn how to cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off. Participants will learn how to knit a summer scarf. This program is for grades 6-12. Registration is required. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

Dates: June 22nd, June 29th, and July 6th
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Location: Bay View Library


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There's Still Time to Be a SUPER READER!

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If you haven't signed up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader program, there is still plenty of time to join. Just come in to any Milwaukee Public Library and pick up a folder to track the number of minutes you read or someone reads to you. As soon as you sign up, you receive a coupon for a FREE 5" mini sub at Cousin's Subs. The more minutes you read, the more prizes you earn. In addition to the Super Reader program, all Milwaukee Public Libraries are hosting free, fun activities.

If you're a teen between the ages of 13-18, there's even a summer reading program for you! You could win a $25 gift card. Sign up today!

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



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Get Your Pong On!

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Get ready for the 2011 U.S. Table Tennis Open! Table Tennis (also known as ping pong) is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. (Think of the championship scene in the movie Forrest Gump.)

This event will take place June 30-July 4 at the Frontier Airlines Center. It is expected to draw over 700 athletes from 25 different countries including: Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, China (Hong Kong), Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Wanna get in on some of the action? Purchase tickets or head to SPiN, Milwaukee's own ping pong club, to brush up on your skills!

Submitted by Maria @ MPL Central


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June 14 is Flag Day!

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On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of the national flag. The original flag consisted of thirteen stars and thirteen stripes representing our Founding colonies. It was President Woodrow Wilson who issued the first presidential proclamation establishing national Flag Day in 1916 and President Harry Truman in 1949 who signed legislation designating Flag Day as June 14 . The legislation also required an annual presidential proclamation. Read the 2011 presidential proclamation issued by President Obama here.

Learn How to Make Kanapkis at the Library!

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kanapki_z_szynka.jpgWhat's a kanapki? If you're interested in learning firsthand, come to the Zablocki library on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Enjoy a brief introduction to Polish Cooking followed by a demonstration of the making of the Polish appetizer Kanapki. Samples will be available for tasting at the conclusion of the program. Register in person at Zablocki Library or by calling 286-3011. The last day to register is Wednesday, June 22nd.


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Summer of CHINA

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This summer enjoy the Summer of CHINA series at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This series exhibits three thousand years of Chinese art and culture in five exhibitions. It runs from June 11 - September 11, 2011.


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One of the highlights is The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City. According to the Milwaukee Art Museum's website, "This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Museum visitors to see over ninety objects of ceremony and leisure from the interiors and cultural artifacts within the Forbidden City's Qianlong Garden. The Museum is one of only three in the world to showcase these exquisite objects, hidden away for centuries, and never before seen by the public."


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Hot Enough for You?

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Sheep in the shade.jpgAfter the cold and rainy weather of the past couple of months, it's a bit of a shock to be plunged into what feels like the dog days of summer. With temperatures and humidity having gotten this oppressively high, the Milwaukee Health Department has issued a heat advisory and reminds people that Milwaukee Public Library locations are designated "cool spots".


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Blekko: A New Way to Search

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Looking for a new way to search for information online? Try Blekko, a search engine featuring slashtag (/) searching. Slashtag categories are created by a group of initial users and guide searchers to trusted websites. For example, a Blekko search "headache/health" will return only health sites determined to be helpful by other users. Categories are rechecked with artificial intelligence software to ensure relevancy. Blekko sees slashtag searching as a way to bypass "junk" webpages and reach the most useful information quickly.

Blekko's examples of where slashtag searches come in handy include searches you can't do with keywords: global warming /conservative, ufos /paranormal, congress /humor and searches in categories that are otherwise heavily spammed: avoiding swine flu /health, iphone 4 reviews /techblogs, Aruba /travel.

Blekko's complete list of slashtags can be found here. You can also open an account with Blekko and create your own slashtags. The video below provides an overview of how to search using Blekko and information on the company's web search bill of rights , a document outlining their commitment to open search practices and user privacy.




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Join the Bay View Book Club this month!

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The Help by Stockett Jacket.jpgThere's still time to check out The Help by Kathryn Stockett from the library so you can join the discussion at the Bay View Book Club's June session. The book club meets this month on June 15th from 6:30 pm to 7:30pm.


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World Wide Knit in Public Day @ the Library

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Come to Central Library on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day! All ages and abilities are welcome. Enjoy the camaraderie of other knitters while sharing and learning helpful hints. Knitting stations will be set up throughout the library and in Meeting Room 1. No reservations are necessary to attend this all day event. Tea and light refreshments will be available in Meeting Room 1 from 9-11 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.

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


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Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak!

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Maurice Sendak, famous author and illustrator best known for Where the Wild Things Are, was born on June 10, 1928. From an early age Sendak wanted to be an illustrator, and his love of books was intiated by several health problems that confined him to bedrest. He became an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator with the publication of Where the Wild Things Are, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Sendak has won numerous other awards for his work, including the National Book Award and the National Medal for the Arts.
Tributary books have been written about him, and Where the Wild Things Are was made into a feature film in 2009



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Happy Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month.jpgJune is Great Outdoors Month and there are a lot of ways you can celebrate:

You can also come up with your own ideas and, of course, MPL has materials to help you on your way. Be safe and enjoy!



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