August 2011 Archives

Fast Facts About Wisconsin Libraries

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'Sparta Public Library' photo (c) 2004, rochelle hartman - license:
Libraries are an essential part of thriving communities. Check out these facts about Wisconsin's libraries!
  • Six out of ten state residents are registered library users. These library users made over 35 million visits to Wisconsin public libraries in 2010. Season attendance for Brewer home games in 2010 was 2.8 million.
  • The average number of user visits per week to Wisconsin public libraries is 676,000. Season attendance at Packer home games is about 566,000.
  • Over 65 million items were circulated by Wisconsin's public libraries in 2010. Wisconsin ranks 8th in per capita circulation nationally.
  • Over 98% of Wisconsin public libraries help people access and use employment resources, including help with job searches, creating resumes, and submitting employment applications.
  • On average, 1.25 million items are checked out of Wisconsin public libraries each week. More than one-third of these circulations are children's materials.
  • Programs provided by public libraries and directed toward children had attendance of over 1.6 million. Summer library program attendance for children and young adults was nearly 500,000.

Want to learn more? See all the facts on the Wisconsin Deparment of Public Instruction (DPI) website.

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The Library Is Closed for Labor Day Weekend.

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labordaystamp.PNGMake sure you visit the library to pick up your books and movies before Labor Day weekend. Check out an audiobook for any end of summer road trips you might take over the long weekend. But plan your library visit in advance because all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, September 2, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee employees. In addition, the library will be closed Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 for the observance of Labor Day.

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The Day Women Won the Right to Vote

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On August 26, 1920, the nineteenth amendment, permitting women the right to vote, became law. Suffrage for women was first proposed during the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in 1848. The nineteenth amendment was endorsed by the United States Senate on June 4, 1919, and sent to the states for ratification. Wisconsin was one of the first states to ratify the amendment.
The Library of Congress's American Memory has a large collection of resources relating to women's fight to gain the vote. Milwaukee Public Library also has a variety of material available.

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Bee in pollen.jpgI received a call at Ready Reference this morning from someone asking about the pollen count for the next four days. If you're ever wondering about this, a good source to check is At the site, you can put in your zip code and get a four day allergy forecast. Unfortunately, the next few days' counts are very high, topping out Saturday at a whopping 11.3 (a level of 9.7 to 12 is considered high). Fortunately, the website also has allergy information and news.

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Find the Newest Materials at MPL with RSS Feeds

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rss.jpg Looking for Milwaukee Public Library's newest fiction titles? Want a complete list of our new graphic novels, cookbooks or DVDs? Then check out the Links and RSS Feeds to New Material page in our catalog, CountyCat, for a listing of new materials by genre, format, or subject.
Receive updated lists on new materials automatically by subscribing to RSS feeds with your RSS reader. Not familiar with RSS (Real Simple Syndication)? Read this article on for an overview of RSS and how to use RSS feeds.

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GreenWalkway.jpgBeginning on August 27, the library will offer Saturday tours of the Central Library's green roof at 10 a.m. instead of 1:30 p.m. If you haven't seen our green roof, you can take advantage of these free tours to see what the library is doing to reduce its carbon footprint as well as enjoy this unique view of Milwaukee's skyline. Those people who have already been on the tour will appreciate seeing how it has grown in the summer months.

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All Kids can be Web S.T.A.R.S.!

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More than ever, kids rely on the internet to provide access to information for research, homework help, and entertainment. You can help ensure that your child is safely surfing for kid-friendly and computer-safe content by having them attend Web S.T.A.R.S.(Safety Training and Responsible Surfing). This class teaches kids ages 6-12 how to safely navigate the World Wide Web.

Classes will be offered throughout the month of September.

Forest Home - September 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Mill Road - September 13, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Washington Park - September 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King - September 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Center Street - September 20, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Atkinson - September 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

There is no need to register for these classes. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

Irish Fest Starts Today!

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Irish Fest LogoThe Milwaukee Irish Fest runs from today until Sunday, August 21. This year's festival showcases the counties of Derry and Donegal. Throughout the festival grounds there are highlights of the culture, heritage, and music of these two counties.

Take a look at the Irish Fest website for additional information on everything from ticket discounts to food to schedules and more.

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Davy - Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier!

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Davy Crockett.jpg"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee" and reputed to have killed himself a "b'ar" when he was only three, the legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett was born on August 17, 1786. He fought in the Creek Indian War, served in the Tennessee legislature and the United States House of Representatives, and died helping defend the Alamo in the fight to help Texas win independence from Mexico. Partly due to being a backwoods brag who liked to tell tale tales about himself, Crockett has been immortalized in songs, books, television programs and movies.

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Philip Levine Named U.S. Poet Laureate

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On August 10th the Library of Congress announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the 18th Poet Laureate. Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. After graduating from Wayne State University, Levine worked a number of industrial jobs, including the night shift at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle factory. He is a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Check out the Library of Congress' Philip Levine Web Guide for more information on the new Poet Laureate. Click here to view a complete list of Philip Levine's work available at the Milwaukee Public Library.

Here Levine reads "Bell Isle, 1949".

"Belle Isle, 1949" from They Feed They Lion and The Names of the Lost by Philip Levine, copyright ©1999 by Philip Levine.

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Come to Patents 101 at the Library!

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US_Patent_2951719.pngDo you have a great idea that you'd like to patent, but don't know where to start? The first thing you'll need to do is search to make sure that you're the first to patent the idea. If you'd like to learn more about how to start, come to the library's Patents 101 program. A Central Library Business Librarian will explain the seven-step strategy for doing a patent search in this free program. The Milwaukee Public Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Depository. While librarians cannot do a patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by using USPTO guidelines.

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Milwaukee Child Health Week August 12-19

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Save a space in your calendar for upcoming events surrounding this year's Child Health Week! The 11th Annual Back-to-School Family Health Fairs will be held the week of August 12-19. Backpack and school supplies will be given out to qualifying children at some of the events, and a variety of health check-ups given at all of the events to help get children ready for the new school year.
Click here for a complete list of health fairs held throughout the city.

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Volunteer at MPL

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The Milwaukee Public Library currently needs 2-3 enthusiastic volunteers to help provide tours of Central Library's green roof. Tours are offered every Saturday from mid-April through October at 1:30 p.m. Training will be provided.

If you're interested in this opportunity fill out a volunteer application. For more information and additional volunteer positions go to MPL's Volunteer at the Library webpage.

And to those of you who already donate your time, talent and skills to MPL, thank you!

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You can help support the new MPL Villard Square Branch by clicking on the link below. Your support through the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation will help to provide enhancements to the new library that will encourage and influence library patrons, particularly young people to see the library as a welcoming place for positive activity. If donating online, simply include "Villard" under the special instructions. Thank you for your support!

Double your gift!
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation has received funds to match dollar for dollar donations supporting the new library up to a total of $100,000.
Donate Now!

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Join the East Library's Book Club Discussion!

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SmallWonder.jpgIt's not too late to start reading for the discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder. This collection of essays will inspire an examination of your relationship with the world around you and should spark some great conversation. Reserve your copy of the book today. Then come to East Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16th and share your thoughts with fellow readers.

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Laptops Available @ MPL

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Six Milwaukee Public Library branches now have laptops available for library cardholders to check out and use in the building. Technology specialists will be available at each of the branches to provide training and assistance for laptops and desktop computers. The laptops are available at:

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Villard Avenue Library, 3310 W. Villard Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Four of these libraries, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Villard Avenue, and Washington Park, offer bi-lingual computer assistance for Spanish speakers.

Funding for this program is provided by Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant which was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding also improves the free broadband Internet service at all 13 MPL locations.

This program is available only to library customers with a valid library card. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

'Baby Pot-bellied Pig race' photo (c) 2006, Brent Moore - license:'s that time of year again! The Wisconsin State Fair starts today and runs through August 14. Take a look at the Wisconsin State Fair website for more information about admission, deals, entertainment, food and more.

And don't miss all of the new events and new food, including bacon sundaes, deep fried butter and deep fried beer with cheddar cheese dipping sauce.

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Declaration of Independence Signed

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faulkner_declaration.jpgOn August 2, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was engrossed on parchment and signed by fifty-six state delegates. Delegates signed the document by state location, from northernmost New Hampshire to southernmost Georgia. Five delegates signed on a later date and some, due to a lack of space, were never able to sign the document. Add your name to signers of the Declaration of Independence by signing a (virtual) copy at the National Archives website!

Check out these resources for more information on the Declaration of Independence:

  • The official, signed Declaration of Independence can be viewed at, along with more information on how the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted.

  • The Declaration mural by Barry Faulkner (pictured above) is located in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives building in Washington D.C. See who is pictured in the mural and learn about the restoration process here.

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ice cream cone.pngHave you always been bored with chocolate and vanilla? Do you wish you could create your own custom flavor? Well, head to the library for one of the Ice Cream Challenges. If you love ice cream, this is the event for you. Compete against other teams by designing your own ice cream flavor. Bring your friends and we'll supply the goodies.

Forest Home Library: Tuesday, August 2nd, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Villard Library: Tuesday, August 9th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Atkinson Library: Wednesday, August 10th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library: Monday, August 15th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mill Road Library: Monday, August 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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