September 2011 Archives

Chess for Kids

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Chess pieces.jpgGet a beginner's chess lesson at the Central Library Herzfeld Room and then try an hour of "open play" with a teacher on hand to assist with questions and strategy. Ages 8-12

Saturday, October 1
1 - 3 pm

Saturday, November 19
1 - 3 pm

Saturday, December 17
1 - 3 pm

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Manga Drawing Contest!

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Enjoy Manga? Ever dream of becoming a mangaka (manga artist)? Now is your chance! Show off your talent by entering your favorite original manga drawing in Milwaukee Public Library's Manga Drawing Contest! The contest is for teens age 13-18 who live in Milwaukee County. Each individual can submit 2 entries at any Milwaukee Public Library between September 24 - October 24 to be eligible for prizes. ya_manga_photo3.gif

Judges Category:
1st Place-$50 Gift card
2nd Place-$30 Gift Card
3rd Place-$20 Gift Card

People's Choice:
1st Place-$25 Gift card
2nd Place-$20 Gift Card
3rd Place-$15 Gift Card

The People's Choice prizes will be awarded at the Manga and Anime Night at MPL's Central Library on Tuesday, November 15th, from 5-7 p.m.

Complete the contest entry form, available here, to enter the contest or speak to a librarian to get a copy of the form.

Sponsored by the MPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB), funded by Best Buy.

Contest rules:
Must be between 13-18 years of age to participate. Limit of 2 entries per person. Entries must be original and submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Submissions cannot be traced or copied from another artist's work. There is no guarantee that submissions will be returned. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can win only one prize in this contest.

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Comic Books Are Not Just for Kids Anymore

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Join other lovers of graphic novels at Washington Park Library's book club for adults. This month's selection is Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka & J.H. Williams, III. This book is recommended for mature readers only.

Tuesday, October 11 - 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

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Get Ready for Harvest Fest!

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scarecrow_7.jpg Come to Central Library on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for Harvest Fest! Entertainment includes the Chickadees at 10:00 a.m., The Spoon Man at 11:00 a.m. and Truly Remarkable Loon at 12:00 p.m. There will also be pumpkins, cider, story time, face painting, and visits from special guests Browser the Library Lion and the Penworthy Bear.

If you can't make this Saturday's Harvest Fest, come to one of the neighborhood library's Harvest Fest celebrations!

Martin Luther King Library Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Atkinson Library
Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sing and dance with Fox and Branch

East Library Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Tippecanoe Library Monday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Capitol Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Washington Park Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Featuring story time, "Pin the Hat on the Scarecrow," crafts, apple cider and snacks.

Center Street Library Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

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doors open milwaukee.jpgFor the first time ever, Doors Open Milwaukee presents an opportunity to see the inner workings of notable locations throughout the metro area. Free and open to the public, participants can choose to go through the buildings on self-guided tours or take one of the many in-depth tours given by expert guides.

The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library will have behind-the-scene mini guided tours running on the quarter hour, with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. This is your chance to see the top of Central Library's dome, the millions of books stored in the library's tiers, and the beautiful Old Board Room!


  • Rotunda Dome: Climb the stairs to the top of the dome for fun facts and architectural features. Take the Wisconsin Avenue rotunda elevator to the 3rd floor to meet the tour guide.

  • 4th Floor Attic: Learn about the Milwaukee Public Museum's history in the Central Library. Tours begin at the public elevators outside of the Betty Brinn Children's Room.

  • Old Board Room: See the beautiful hand-carved fireplace and other fabulous features. Tours begin outside the Bookseller Used Book Store and M Cafe.

  • 3 T: Learn about the basement tiers, the millions of books they hold, and the Drive-Up service. Tours begin at the Information Service Desk, 1st floor, near Wells Street Entrance.

Don't forget to check out our booklist on local architecture and see a listing of the free Doors Open Milwaukee history talks at Centennial Hall here:

We look forward to opening our doors to you! Visit for more information on Doors Open Milwaukee and for more information on the Milwaukee Public Library.

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500px-Computer_n_screen_svg.pngBeginning today, the library has open registration for our free computer classes. If you or someone you know has struggled with the basics of internet searching, setting up web based email, or using the Microsoft Office suite, please take advantage of the library's numerous locations that offer free classes for beginners. Enrollment is limited, and registration is already in progress. Call the library's Ready Reference hotline at (414) 286-3011 to register today!

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Happy Birthday Curious George!

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On September 16, 1898, Hans Augusto Reyersbach, better known as H.A. Rey, was born in Hamburg, Germany. Together with his wife, Margaret, H.A. Rey created several children's book. However, they were best known as the creators of the Curious George series.
Come to the Central Library Children's Room tomorrow, September 17 at 10:30 a.m., to celebrate Curious George's birthday. This hour- long celebration will include stories, movies, crafts, and a special appearance by Curious George!

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You're Invited to a Party! An Elephant and Piggie Party!

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Make it an Elephant and Piggie night by coming to Tippecanoe's Elephant and Piggie party on Monday, September 19th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Mo Willems' lovable duo are favorites of both kids and adults. The party will include Elephant and Piggie stories, activities and crafts. No registration required. Can't wait until Monday? Pick up some of these Elephant and Piggie favorites at your local library before the party! Click on the book covers for more information.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave
Monday, September 19th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Looking for a Good Book? Let Us Help!

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banner_whichbooknext_091411.gifOn Wednesday, September 14th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., leave a post on Milwaukee Public Library's Facebook wall. Simply tell us the last three books you've read and we'll suggest your next read(s). "Like" us on Facebook today and then join us and your friends on Wednesday, September 14th for MPL's first Which Book Next event.

Become a fan of our Facebook Page here!

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Kids Can Learn Internet Safety at the Library

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child using computer.pngIf you can't always be there to accompany your children when they're surfing the internet, maybe they should learn some internet safety. Kids can learn some web savviness at the library. They'll learn easy ways to safely explore the World Wide Web. Kids who participate earn their S.T.A.R.S. (Safety Training and Responsible Surfing) Certificate to become a Web Star! For ages 6-12.

Forest Home Library:
Monday, September 12 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Mill Road Library:
Tuesday, September 13 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Washington Park Library:
Thursday, September 15 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Library:
Monday, September 19 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Center Street Library:
Tuesday, September 20 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Atkinson Library:
Wednesday, September 21 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Open House @ Your Library

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Posing with the new library card.
Beginning on September 12, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting open houses. Families can meet library staff while browsing the library's collection of DVDs, CDs and books. Your child can enjoy a snack while making a library card wallet! Come to your local library to see what we have to offer for education and entertainment!

Zablocki Monday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tippecanoe Monday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mill Road Monday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Forest Home Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

M.L. King Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Center Street Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bay View Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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9/11 Commemoration

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On Friday, September 9, the city of Milwaukee will begin a weekend of remembrance to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, the first responders who risked their lives on that day and the members of the armed forces who continue to risk their lives to protect us. We will also pay special tribute to fallen service members.

Please join Mayor Tom Barrett from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m. at Red Arrow Park (920 N Water Street) to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Mayor Barrett will be joined by Milwaukee's first-responders, members of the armed services, the Milwaukee Police American Legion Post 415 and the Milwaukee Firefighters American Legion Post 426.

Active and Retired Military service members are encouraged to attend in uniform.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the City Hall Rotunda -200 E. Wells St.

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Introduction to Genealogy at Washington Park Library

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branch_washington.jpgJoe Williams of the African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee will present a program on the basics of genealogy and how to get started doing genealogical research. This general introduction will be applicable to people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, September 10, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Explore strategies for discovering your ancestors and hear how to:

• Begin your search
• Interview family and family friends and learn what to look for in your home
• Search the census, death records, and indexes
• Discover other useful records and indexes to search

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