January 2012 Archives

Join Tippecanoe Library's Book Discussion!

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Last Lecture.jpg It's not too late to get your copy of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch from the library and start reading. Come to the Tippecanoe Library's discussion of The Last Lecture on Wednesday, February 8th and join the discussion of this life affirming story of a computer science professor, Randy Pausch, who treats every day as precious since his diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Date: 2/8/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Library: Tippecanoe
Other Information: Free! New members welcome. The book group will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month (except December).
Contact Number: 414.286.3011



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Black History Month Read-Ins at Milwaukee Public Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating Black History month by stopping by to hear stories by and about African Americans during our Black History Month Read-ins. Read-ins will occur throughout February at all of our locations. We hope to see you there!


Black History Month Read-In

February 1
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 6
Tippecanoe: 3-5 p.m.
Zablocki: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Atkinson: 4-6:30 p.m.
M.L. King: 4-6 p.m.
Mill Road: 4-7 p.m.

February 7
Villard Square: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Capitol: 4-7 p.m.

February 8
Center Street: 4-7 p.m.
East: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 11
Bay View: 12-4 p.m.

February 15
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 17
Central Library: 10 a.m.-12p.m.

February 21
Forest Home: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

February 22
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 29
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.


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Hobby & Cookbook Used Book Sale

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Need a little inspiration to occupy the months of winter? Stop by the Friend's of Milwaukee Public Library Hobby & Cookbook Used Book Sale on February 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Books are availabe starting at $1.00, and all proceeds will go to the Milwaukee Public Library.
This event will be held at the Milwaukee Public Market, located at 400 N. Water St. Parking is adjacent to the building. Friends members may enter the sale 30 minutes before the general public with current membership card.
Browse the selection of books, check out the offerings of various food vedors offering unique and locally made goods, and perhaps come away with inspiration for that night's dinner!

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



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Which Book Next? MPL Facebook Event

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Are you looking for a good book? Let us help! Leave a post on Milwaukee Public Library's Facebook wall telling us the last three books you've read and we'll suggest your next read. "Like" us on Facebook today and then join us along with your friends on Wednesday, January 25th for Which Book Next?

Which Book Next?
Wednesday, January 25
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
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Happy Chinese New Year!

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Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! Today is the New Lunar Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. It marks the first day of the lunar calendar, and is an event celebrated in China, East Asia and communities across the world. Each new year is assigned one of the twelve Chinese zodiac symbols and 2012 marks the year of the dragon, the fifth animal of the zodiac. Learn more about the Chinese New Year at your Milwaukee Public Library by attending one of the celebrations listed below. We hope your new year is full of peace, good luck and happiness!

Chinese New Year Family Celebrations
You and your family are invited to sample traditional foods, learn about Chinese culture and make a craft.

Atkinson Library
1960 W. Atkinson Ave
Monday 1/23, 6-7p.m.

Mill Road
6431 N. 76th St.
Monday 1/23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Villard Square
5190 N. 35th St
Tuesday 1/24, 6-7 p.m.

Capitol Library
3969 N. 74th St.
Tuesday 1/24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


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January Inauguration Day

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January 20, 1937 was the first time the presidential inauguration was held in January. Franklin D. Roosevelt first inauguration was held on March 4, 1933. The constitution originally set the March inauguration date to allow enough time after Election Day to ensure a smooth transistion. However, with advances in communication and transportation, inauguration day was moved up to January 20 with the passage of the 20th amendment in 1933.

Fascinated by this fact? Learn how the modern office of the president was shaped through book and documentaries.



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The rarest, most special items in the holdings of the Milwaukee Public Library can be found in the Rare Books Room on the second floor of the Central Library. This beautiful space includes a climate controlled book area and a reception room. It was dedicated in 2001 in honor of Richard E. Krug, city librarian from 1941 to 1975 and his wife Lucile Krug, whose generosity endowed construction of the Room and continues funding for the Krug Educational Program series of lectures.

The Rare Books collection of more than 6,000 items includes pieces of special value, such as signed first editions, books and ephemera published before 1868, artist's books, maps, prints and other items of local historical or cultural significance.

Due to the uniqueness of materials in the Rare Books Room certain procedures are in place to request a viewing of materials in this special collection. Though all items are available for viewing, an appointment must be made in advance. Appointments can be made by calling the Art, Music and Recreation Dept at the Central Library by calling 286-3071 or 286-3011.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.
Future entries will highlight individual treasures found in the Rare Books Room. Fortunately, you can leave the treasure map at home as long as you can find the Central Library!

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain Rare Books Librarian


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PrintShopPrinter@milwaukee.gov_20111220_083441_Page_01.jpgIf you thought last February's Groundhog Day blizzard was bad, come and watch MPTV's I Remember Milwaukee episode on the 65th anniversary of the 1947 blizzard that stopped Milwaukee cold for days. If you lived through it, this will be a trip down memory lane and an opportunity to share your memories.

The Blizzard That Stopped Milwaukee COLD
2:00-3:00PM, Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Central Library Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Please call 286-3011 to register. Street parking is free on weekends.

The Central Library currently has a small display of 1947 blizzard photos and copies of The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel and LIFE in the middle of the 2nd floor hallway near the Frank Zeidler Humanities Room.

Submitted by Van Lingle Mungo


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Explore Treasures of the Bodleian Library

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Qur'an.jpgQur'an from the Kingdom of Mysore. Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford .

The University of Oxford Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and home to some of the rarest and most beautiful books and manuscripts from around the world. With millions of items in the library's collection, the "treasures" of the Bodleian are sights to be seen. The Treasures of the Bodleian Library was a 2011 exhibit which has now been transformed into an online catalog with items such as the lyric poems of Sappho; Marco Polo's Travels; The Bhagavadgita; J.R.R. Tolkien's Conversation With Smaug; the Magna Carta; and William Shakespeare's First Folio.

Explore the treasures with interactive features such as podcasts (readings from texts in the original language and English) and videos of experts. Don't forget to cast your vote for the book or manuscript you think should be permanently included in the Bodleian's list of treasures.


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MPTV's Young Writers & Illustrators Workshop

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It's that time of year for Milwaukee Public Television's Young Writers & Illustrator Workshop! The 2012 workshop will be held on January 14 from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the East Library. The workshop is designed to help children in grades 1 through 3 learn the basics of story construction while focusing on the importance of illustrations in telling the story. Children will be encouraged to create a story and enter it in MPTV's annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. This year the workshop will be conducted by art teacher Michele Bernau, and participants will view a DVD featuring books that have received awards in previous years.

Registration is required. Parents should register with their children. Call (414)286-3011 to register and for more information.



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Bucks Reading Challenge.jpgTake the Bucks Reading Challenge! This statewide reading program starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Students in grades 3-10 can sign up at any Milwaukee Public Library. When you read 500 or more pages by Feb. 28th, you earn a voucher to mail in for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! (Parent or guardian must purchase a discounted ticket at the same time). When you read 750 pages or more by Feb. 28, you get the ticket and a chance to win an autographed Bucks basketball or be recognized on the court at halftime!

Anyone interested in finding out more information on the program can call the Central Library Children's Room at 286-3091 for more details, or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library location for information and to sign up.


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