July 2011 Archives

Great Weather Resource

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NOAA weather map
Did last week's heat wave catch you by surprise? To avoid this in the future keep up with the weather using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website (NOAA, for short). It's easy to type in your city or zip code and get 7-day forecasts, radar and satellite images and detailed lists of hazardous weather conditions.

NOAA has a lot of other information on its website, so it's worth poking around. Highlights include archived weather information, all-time climate extremes data and weather safety tips.



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noir.jpgExperience "film noir" and enter an underworld of crooked cops, smooth-talking con men, and sultry femme fatales at the Centennial Hall program, Detectives Dames and the Dark World of Film Noir.

Monday, August 1, 6-8 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eight Street

Special guest speaker Jack Rhodes, Ph.D, author and retired professor of Miami University of Ohio, shares insights on the film genre as an art form, its statements on society, and the influence noir has had on the film industry. The 1945 noir classic Fallen Angel will be shown with commentary and discussion.

Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served.


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800px-ThankYouTree.jpgCentral Library is the site for regular "drop-in" sessions for those who knit and crochet. All ages and abilities are welcome - bring your yarn, crafting ideas and questions. Come and enjoy camaraderie with others who share the love of a "good yarn".

Saturday, July 30 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, 1st Floor near the Media Room and Green Ideas area


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Tippecanoe Library is open!

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The HVAC system at Tippecanoe Library is repaired. We reopen Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m.

Tippecanoe Library and all other Milwaukee Public Library locations are designated "cool spots" and have extended hours through Friday, July 22. Central Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Neighborhood Libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Regular hours resume at all MPL locations on Saturday, July 23.


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Author Rick Melcher at Center Street Library

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Explore your potential with Rich Melcher as he leads participants on a journey from learning from mistakes to personal motivation and self-discovery. Melcher will speak on the experience of writing fiction and non-fiction. He will also examine the art of journal writing and poetry as forms of self-expression while helping participants create their own writing.

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Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 53210
Saturday, July 23, 1-2:30pm

The author will sell and sign copies of his book, A Work in Progress: Adventures in Pursuing the Code to Self-Discovery and answer questions from the audience about his writing. Center Street Library is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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Stay Cool at the Milwaukee Public Library!

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Due to the extreme heat forcasted in the Milwaukee area this week all Milwaukee Public Library locations are designated "Cool Spots," places where people trying to cope with the excessive heat can visit to cool off and relax. The only exception is Tippecanoe branch library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., which is closed until further notice due to an HVAC malfunction.

Extended hours for all 13 MPL locations are as follows:

Central Library downtown: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, July 19-22

All MPL neighborhood branches: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, July 19-22

Click here for a complete list of library locations in the city of Milwaukee.

sprinkler.jpgCheck out the CDC's Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather feature for tips on staying healthy during the heat wave!


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For a limited time, all Foreign Language books are 10¢ at the Bookseller Used Book Store at the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Beginning to advanced language lovers and learners can find bilingual dictionaries, reference works, language instruction books, dual-language story books, or full-length novels from a selection in many different foreign languages.
The Bookseller sells used, new and collectible books and media, and is operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Come browse the best book bargains in Milwaukee! Children's books are 25¢, paperbacks are 50¢, hard cover books are $1, and other premium books are priced as marked. All proceeds benefit Milwaukee Public Library.


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Looking for a job?

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The Milwaukee Public Library has numerous resources for job seekers:

  • Seven MPL locations offer drop-in job help. A job trainer specialist is available to help you complete online job applications, write a resume, search online job listings and obtain a free email account. For more information stop by any MPL location or call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011.

  • All MPL locations have materials you can check out to help with your job search. Central Library also has an area on the second floor with career and job reference books. These books can't be checked out, but you can use them in the library to find a lot of information. The book below is an example.


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  • When looking for a job, MPL's databases provide invaluable resources. For example, Access Video helps you explore careers, provides job searching tips and much more. There's also Career Cruising to help with career information and interest and aptitude self-quizzes. WISCareers and LearningExpress Library may be of help to job seekers too.
  • MPL also has a lot of great databases to help you research companies. Try ReferenceUSA, Business & Company Resource Center and Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Database to answer all sorts of questions. For example, you can research specific companies, find certain types of companies in particular areas and look up contact information.
  • And finally, MPL offers Job Seeker Help and Job Listing Sites.



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L'assassinat du citoyen Marat

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Death of Marat.jpgOn July 13, 1793, Charlotte Corday, a Royalist sympathizer, stabbed to death Jean Paul Marat, one of the most outspoken leaders of the French Revolution. Regarding Marat an an arch enemy of France, she planned to kill him at the Bastille Day parade on July 14. Those plans fell through when the festivities were canceled. On July 13, she gained an audience with Marat, who, due to a skin condition, was working in his bath. Corday pulled a knife and stabbed him; he died almost immediately. Corday waited calmly for the police to come and arrest her and was guillotined four days later.


On a cheerier, note, this year Milwaukee celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bastille Days, North America's largest outdoor French themed festival. From July 14 - July 17, come down to Cathedral Square to enjoy entertainment, food, and activities for children and adults.


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ecorner.jpgStanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner, or ECorner, is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning. ECorner offers over 2000 videos and podcasts from innovation leaders around the globe. Browse by catagories like Creativity and Innovation; Marketing and Sales; Leadership and Adversity; and Career and Life Balance, or search by most popular videos and speakers. Subscribe to ECorner's newsletter or iTunes feed to stay connected with new content. Check out one of ECorner's most popular videos below, The Factors to Improve Entrepreneurial Success.





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Come Meet Wisconsin Author, Ed Janus!

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Creating Dairyland Jacket.jpgMeet Ed Janus, author of Creating Dairyland: How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Inspired Our Conservation Ethic, and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin. In Creating Dairyland, journalist, oral historian, and former dairyman Ed Janus opens the pages of the fascinating story of Wisconsin dairy farming. He explores the profound idea that led to the remarkable "big bang" of dairying here a century and a half ago. He helps us understand why there are cows in Wisconsin, how farmers became responsible stewards of our resources, and how cows have paid them back for their efforts. Books provided by Boswell Book Company will be available for purchase after the discussion.

Location: Central Library Rare Books Room
Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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Mango Languages USB Drives

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mango.jpgMangousb_stick2.JPGIf you are a fan of Milwaukee Public Library's Mango Laguages database, or if you are looking for a fun and portable way to learn a foreign language, the library now offers Mango Languages in a convenient USB drive. The USB drives are available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. This interactive language instruction program uses Mango's Intuitive Language Construction and native speakers to teach vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and cultural nuances to first time language students. The USB drives are available for a three week loan period. Check the catalog for availability

Also, don't forget the Mango database, with 29 languages!



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A Cook's Journey to Japan

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Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month at Central Library by meeting Sarah Marx Feldner, author of A Cook's Journey to Japan. Feldner's book tells the story of the people and food of Japan.

At this program Sarah Marx Feldner will present a slide show and talk about her writing process. Books will be available for purchase. Samples for tasting will also be presented.

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.


For more information see our event calendar.



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Birthday of Frida Kahlo

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Golden Zither Schaum TorteCelebrate National Culinary Arts Month in a brand new way! MPL's newest digital collection comes from a familiar source for many long time patrons of the library's Ready Reference service. For many years, librarians clipped recipes from the newspaper and kept them on file at Ready Reference. These recipes allowed the librarians to answer various cooking questions before the heyday of the internet.

The new collection consists of recipes from local sources (mostly the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel) that were collected from through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. They include ethnic recipes, local favorite foods, and concoctions from area restaurants.

New recipes will continue to be added, so don't forget to check back.

Check out the Historic Recipe File and view a snapshot of Milwaukee's culinary history.


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