February 2012 Archives

Make Way for March!

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The month of March is most commonly known as National Women's History Month but with only twelve months in a year, it will have to share with these holidays:
March is also known as National Peanut Month and March 1st is designated as Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Take this chance to learn some great peanut recipes at your library!

March is alsoHealthy snacks1.jpg home to National Nutrition Month. This campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making good food choices. Read about nutrition and healthy eating at your library!
Get crafting! March has also been designated National Craft Month. Check out some great craft books and dvds at your library and make sure to try one of these craft classes at your local library!

Soul of a Port.gifMeet Leah Dobkin and hear about the people and history of Milwaukee's Port. Settle in for an entertaining passage that includes a longshoreman's poetry, the Milwaukee Clipper's recipe for prime rib, a tugboat ghost story and much more with this fascinating look into the history of the Port of Milwaukee. The book will be available for purchase; a book signing follows the event.

Location: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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A History of Jazz in America

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'Howard McGhee - trumpet' photo (c) 2007, Tom Marcello - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

I crisscrossed with Monk
Wailed with Bud
Counted every star with Stitt
Sang "Don't Blame Me" with Sarah
Wore a flower like Billie
Screamed in the range of Dinah
& scatted "How High the Moon" with Ella Fitzgerald
as she blew roof off the Shrine Auditorium
Jazz at the Philharmonic

From Jazz Fan Looks Back by Jayne Cortez

Come listen to great jazz albums as we discuss the History of Jazz in America at the Villard Square Library. We may even have a special musical guest. Now is the time to visit the new Villard Square Branch if you haven't already, and the perfect chance to connect with other jazz fans!

Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th St.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Join us at Central library on March 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.to celebrate the birthday of beloved author and cartoonist Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss! The birthday celebration will include stories, music and birthday treats.
Library friends Browser, Library Lion, and The Cat in the Hat will be on hand to celebrate. This activity-packed event includes face painting, cookie decorating, singing, dancing, listening to silly stories and meeting real turtles and tortoises in the Yertle the Turtle swimming hole.
Don't miss out on all of the fun! Registration is not necessary. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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"The Human Soul Cannot Be Permanently Chained"

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dubois stamp.jpgThese words were spoken by civil rights activist W.E.B Du Bois whose 144th birthday would have been today. William Edward Bughardt Du Bois devoted his life to the study and advancement of the black race. Du Bois was the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), editor of The Crises magazine, and the author of over 30 books. His most famous work was The Souls of Black Folk which bought him international recognition. Learn more about W.E.B Du Bois at your Milwaukee Public Library.

The Birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Edna St Vincent Millay.jpgPoet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on February 22, 1892 to a mother who raised her three daughters on her own after asking her husband to leave the family home in 1899. Following her attendance at Vassar College, Millay moved to New York city, where she lived in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment and led a Bohemian lifestyle, very poor, very merry, and openly bisexual. While her works garned her a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and much approbation, a fair share of controversy followed her as well, from her frank descriptions of female sexuality and feminism to her protesting the execution of Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti . Millay died in 1950.

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picky eater.jpgIs your child a picky eater? Nutrition Educators from Milwaukee County UW-Extension will perform cooking demonstrations, share samples and provide recipes. While parents discuss eating strategies, children will enjoy listening to the book "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato" by Lauren Child, taste raw veggies with seasoned yogurt dip and be inducted into the Two Bite Club! Seating is limited. Registration is required; both adults and children must register. Please call ready reference at 414.286.3011 to register. Parents may attend with or without children. This program is supported by a grant from the Milwaukee Public Market.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Registration Ends: Monday February 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Contact Number: 414.286.3011

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Google is looking for curious, inspired and innovative students between the ages of 13-18 for the Google Science Fair 2012 online science competition. The competition challenges students to explore real-world questions through scientific investigation. Participating in the fair is your chance to engage with the scientific community, compete with peers from around the world and be eligible for life-changing prizes.

Submissions are due April 1, 2012. Check out Google's Science Fair 2012 website for information on submissions, judging, and prizes. There are also resources for educators interested in getting their students involved in the fair.

Everyone has a question. What's yours?

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"Everywhere the Glint of Gold"

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424px-The_Moment_Carter_Opens_the_Tomb.jpgFebruary 16 marks an important day in the history of archeology. It was on this day that after six years of searching and months of digging,Tutankhamun's burial chamber was finally opened. Howard Carter, the chief archeologist on the dig, described opening the tomb:

" I inserted the candle and peered in... at first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle to flicker. Presently, details of the room emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold - everywhere the glint of gold..."

Read more about Tutankhamun, Howard Carter, and the tomb discovery at your Milwaukee Public Library.

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Investigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. Held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room. Reservations are not required.

Location: Central Library Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas)
Date: Monday, February 20th, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Valentine's Day Fun at Milwaukee Public Library!

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'valentine' photo (c) 2007, julie - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Come to the library for fun Valentine's Day crafts, celebrations and Elephant and Piggie stories! Check out the Valentine's Day activities held at various Milwaukee Public Library locations below and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Glitter Heart Paintings
Make a special project for the one you love! Create a glitter heart painting for your Valentine and decorate a delicious heart cookie. For children ages 6-12.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Forest Home, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave

Valentine's Day Celebration
Make a creative card or craft this year for family and friends. We will supply the materials and snacks.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Atkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St.

Elephant and Piggie Valentine's Day Party
Did you know that Gerald and Piggie first met in February? Share the love and celebrate Valentine's Day Elephant and Piggie Style! Activities and crafts will be based on the books by Mo Willems.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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This Day in Black History

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Satchel_Paige.jpgOn this day in 1971, Leroy "Satchel "Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Satchel Paige was a pitcher in the Negro leagues as well as Major League Baseball. Paige began his career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts and ended his career in 1966 playing for the Peninsula Grays. He was the seventh Negro league player to be inducted into Major League Baseball. Read more about Satchel Paige at your Milwaukee Public Library.

The Birthday of Jules Verne

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Jules Verne caricature.jpgJules Verne, the author sometimes referred to as the father of science fiction, was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. Although his works were written before the invention of the airplane, they predicted not only planes, but television, guided missiles and space satellites.

Verne's novels brimmed with adventure and memorable characters. There was mad Captain Nemo of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, tooling around the ocean in his submarine, the Nautilus. And how about the dashing Phileas Fogg, travelling Around the World in Eighty Days? Several of Verne's works have been turned into movies, and, in fact the new film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, owes a debt to not one, but two, of his novels; Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mysterious Island.

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Gluten Free stamp.jpgLinda Kramer from the Gluten Free Trading Post will present easy, gluten-free recipes that have both kid and adult appeal. Families can learn how to make gluten-free pancakes, pizza and even macaroni and cheese. Sample these recipes at the end of the program. For adults and children ages 4 and older accompanied by an adult. Registration for both adults and children is required. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

Library: Bay View
Date: Saturday February 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Life-Sized Candy Land at Milwaukee Public Library

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candyland.jpgCome play the classic game Candy Land with a new twist -- you are the game piece!
Get ready to be transported into the land of gumdrops and lollypops. Be sure to bring the whole family! No registration required. For more information call 414.286.3011

Saturday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m.
Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Monday, Feb. 27, 6-7 p.m.
Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

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Were you lucky enough to receive an eReader, Kindle or iPad for Christmas this year and you need to know how to borrow downloadable media? Or maybe you would like to know how to borrow downloadable media for your home PC or Mac? If so, come to East library on February 18 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an informative workshop on how to borrow downloadable media through the library.

This event is open to adults and teens. No registration is required. For more information, please call (414)286-3011.

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Fascinating February Facts

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Most people know that February brings us Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and the least number of days of any of the months.

And, notably, February is designated as National Black History Month.

But, did you know that February is also American Heart Month? National Children's Dental Health Month? National Bird-Feeding Month?

These and more facts can be found in the library reference book Chase's Calendar of Events.


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