November 2011 Archives

Healthy_vegan_snack.jpgA key to weight management is understanding what constitutes a healthy snack. Some snack food manufacturers may claim their products are healthy, but it takes some thought and training to see through any false claims. The next session of Villard Square Branch's Wellness Series is "Healthy Snacks: You be the Judge." There you'll learn how to choose healthy snacks, especially as you enter the holiday season. Knowing how to maintain a healthy weight through this season of decadence makes it easier in the new year. This program is presented in partnership between the Milwaukee Public Library and WiseWoman.

Date: 12/5/2011
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Library: Villard Square Branch

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DIY Snowglobes at Tippecanoe Library

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'Snowglobe Light 01' photo (c) 2007, Click Five Princess - license:
Celebrate the Holiday season by making your own snowglobe! Bring your own objects to display or pick from materials supplied by the library. Ages 12-18. Registration required; call 286-3011 or register online.

DIY Snowglobes, Ages: 12-18
Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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TraditionalThanksgiving.jpgAll Milwaukee Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 26. Central, Capitol, and Zablocki will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

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'Thanksgiving Table 2010' photo (c) 2010, Adam Baker - license:
Wow your Thanksgiving guests this year with recipes from famous Americans! has a list of American Recipes representing the great diversity of our country. In addition to the must tries from the Famous Americans Recipe Collection, the site also has Healthy Recipes, Kids' Recipes, Wild Game Recipes and more!

Here's Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge recipe:

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tall can evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
  • 12 ounces German-sweet chocolate
  • 1 pint marshmallow cream
  • 2 cups nutmeats
Boil the sugar, salt, butter, evaporated milk together for six minutes.
Put chocolate bits and German chocolate, marshmallow cream and nutmeats in a bowl. Pour the boiling syrup over the ingredients. Beat until chocolate is all melted, then pour in pan. Let stand a few hours before cutting.

Remember it is better the second day. Store in tin box. Enjoy!

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To-Kill-a-Mockingbird.jpgJoin us for the 1962 critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film "To Kill a Mockingbird." The film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a role for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Saturday, November 19, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library, 733 N. Eighth Street

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. The Big Read in Milwaukee will focus on Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird.

For a complete list of Big Read programs click here.

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two stacks of books.pngIf you've never visited the Central Library's Bookseller, you may want to check it out this Saturday, November 19. There's a featured sale on holiday titles as well as new and used children's books. This book sale is sponsored by the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library. While you're browsing, buy a cup of coffee or try a sandwich, or the soup of the day from the library's in house cafe, M Cafe.

Location: Central Library
Date: 11/19/2011
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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You're Invited to A Fancy Nancy Tea Party!

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Put on your fanciest attire and come to Tippecanoe Library for a very special Fancy Nancy Tea Party! Our special evening will include tea and snacks with Fancy Nancy. Learn the fancy way to have tea, participate in fancy activities and listen to a Fancy Nancy story.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Monday, November 21, 2011, 6-7 pm
Ages 4-8, Parents may also attend
Registration required, call 286-3011 or register online

Get ready for the fancy tea party with the library's collection Fancy Nancy books!

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pen and paper.pngJoin us for a four-week study of crafting a short story. We will focus on the basic elements of writing, including character, setting and plot, and explore creative ways to spark story-starting ideas. Our finished works will be shared at the Teen Story Slam in December. Registration required to receive a writing journal. Register online or by calling (414)286-3011. Please note that attendees must be between the ages of 10 years and 18 years old to participate.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Dates: 11/8/2011, 11/15/2011, 11/22/2011, 11/29/2011
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

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Make Your Own Hardware Jewelry at Bay View Library!

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hardwarebracelet.jpgYou're unique and your jewelry should be too! Come to the Bay View library for our teen Hardware Jewelry program and learn how to create cute, edgy and fashionable jewelry out of hardware store finds. You'll learn how to make a necklace out of washers or design your own accessory out of every day objects.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:00 -7:00 pm
Ages: Teens (12-18)
Materials provided and no registration required!

The picture above is from Alternacrafts, a craft book dedicated to the quirky and unusual. Check it out today, along with the library's many other handicraft titles!

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It's NaNoWriMo Time Again!

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Writing utensils by Dullaert.jpg
November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, the world's largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and completing their novel by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes; in fact entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them.

Fun stuff on the website includes pep talk e-mails from such authors as Audrey Niffenegger and Chris Cleave, downloadable web badges, and nanotoons. Forums include an all ages online coffee shop in which participants can share their thoughts and "NaNoWriMo Stole My Soul," a clubhouse for "novelists in distress."

On your marks...get set...start writing!

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Join us this Saturday, November 5th, for a look at Milwaukee's WPA Handicrafts Project in Novel, Necessary and Nourishing. The program is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series. Museum of Wisconsin Art Assistant Director Graeme Reid returns to discuss the WPA Milwaukee Handicraft Project which provided employment and creative opportunity to hundreds of Milwaukeeans from 1935 to the early 1940s. As a city with a strong manufacturing base, the Depression hit Milwaukee hard. Creative minds found ways to provide quality work experiences for residents that were used as models nationwide. Original sample books of textiles, drawings and more will be on display.

Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Saturday, November 5th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Reservations not required.

Graeme Reid has 17 years of experience in arts management/curatorial work. An experienced judge on a local, regional and national level and award-winning writer on the arts, he has taught art history and the humanities at Indiana State University and Purdue University and is a regular guest lecturer at various Wisconsin institutions.
Contact Milwaukee Public Library's Art, Music and Recreation Department at 286-3071 with questions.

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