December 2012 Archives

New Year's Holiday Hours

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'New Year's Eve Fireworks Finale' photo (c) 2010, Julia Folsom - license:

It's almost 2013! Have a fun and safe New Year's holiday and don't forget to visit your library in the new year.

Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Sunday, December 30th - Tuesday, January 1st. We will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd.

Skeins of Milwaukee This Saturday!

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'Happy Spider hand dye 2' photo (c) 2008, The Shopping Sherpa - license:

Bring your needles and/or hooks, your yarn and your enthusiasm to share and learn with others who knit and crochet. Central Library's fantastic collection of books and DVDs on the fine art of how to knit and crochet await you. Join us the last Saturday of each month (except May) in the area outside the Media Room of Central Library. There is free 2-hr. street parking on Saturdays.

Skeins of Milwaukee
Saturday, December 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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Library Holiday Hours and New Hours December 26th

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'HAPPY CHRISTMAS BOKEH! XXX WWW.SIMONKEEPING.CO.UK' photo (c) 2009, Simon 'Kelp' Keeping - license:'s that time of year again! Spend time with friends and family, eat more cookies than humanly possible and snuggle up against the cold with a good book. Normal library hours are in effect through Saturday.

The city of Milwaukee libraries will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, December 26th is the start of new library hours. See the complete schedule here:

8258122581(1).jpgTeens who haven't finished finding gifts for their friends and loved ones can come to Center Street Library for two events this week.

First, tonight teens can make beautiful origami ornaments to take along and use as holiday gifts. Materials will be supplied, and the program is free to attend, so all someone needs to attend is creativity and the willingness to learn a new skill. This program is tonight, Tuesday December 18th, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Teens in grades six through eight will have a chance to sip hot cocoa and wrap holiday gifts on Wednesday December 19th. The library will have supplies on hand to create some original last minute gifts too. This last minute gift program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM.

For all the kids looking for an opportunity to create some last minute gifts, check out the other times for the last minute gift programs here! Tippecanoe will offer this program too.

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Today in History: A Christmas Carol is Published

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Charles Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol, was first published on December 17, 1843. An immediate success, the initial first printing of 6,000 sold out by Christmas day. Dickens highlighted social injustices of his time, the plight of the poor and general indifference of the wealthy, and crafted a tale speaking to the need of charity to combat the inequities he saw and experienced. A Christmas Carol is now beloved by millions, and has spawned countless films and plays.

Check out Dickens' A Christmas Carol from your Milwaukee Public Library, or one of the many variations. Don't forget the always popular A Muppet Christmas Carol!

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Holiday Cookie Round-up Part 1

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Are you looking for great holiday cookie recipes? Look no further! The Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe File has got you covered! Try your hand at one of these great cookie recipes!

Want more great holiday recipes? Check out the Historic Recipe File today!

EastLibraryCramerLibraryEnt-page-001.jpgThe Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) will hold a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, December 11, on the new East Library design. This meeting will give the community an opportunity to provide input and ask questions about the design, programs and services, collections and artwork for the new East library branch. MPL is committed to providing the services patrons value most and invites residents to share their visions for the new East Library branch at the meeting or in writing. Ensuring the public is informed throughout the East Library development is a priority for Mayor Barrett and the MPL. Residents may also submit input in writing to the East Library staff until Friday, December 21.

Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Library: East Library
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Program begins at 6 PM)

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Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!

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Much Madness is divinest Sense - (620)

Much Madness is divinest Sense -
To a discerning Eye -
Much Sense - the starkest Madness -
'Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail -
Assent - and you are sane -
Demur - you're straightway dangerous -
And handled with a Chain -

American poet Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her work was published following her death in 1886. However, it wasn't until 1998 that Dickinson's work appeared in her original order complete with unusual punctuations and spellings. Emily Dickinson is regarded as one of the finest poets of the English language and is credited with developing a unique American poetic voice.

You can check out the complete works of Emily Dickinson at your Milwaukee Public Library, as well as biographies and literary criticism.

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Holiday Cookie Round-up Part 2

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CrispyGingerbreadCookies.jpgWhat would the holidays be without gingerbread? Fortunately for us, we will never have to find out. The Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe File has got all the gingerbread you could ever need.

Want more holiday recipes? Check out the Historic Recipe Collection today!

Photo of the Week

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getimage.jpgMilwaukee has always known how to celebrate the holiday season in style.This photo comes to us from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection. It depicts a Christmas celebration in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse in 1982 complete with fireworks, news vans and a gigantic tree. Want to see more holiday photos? Check out the Historic Photo Collection today!

Come Learn How To Use Facebook @ The Library!

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Facebook_icon.svg.pngFacebook has become a multi-generational phenomenon which has affected the social life and activity of people in exciting ways. Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world. Learn how to update and edit an account, connect with other Facebook users and much more! Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online. This program will be available at various times and locations. Click here to see if your neighborhood library is offering this free workshop.

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'Reading Devices' photo (c) 2005, Ronaldo Ferreira - license:
eReader? Smartphone? MP3 Player?

Attend this free, hands-on seminar to learn how to take advantage of everything your library has to offer for digital users.

Learn how to:

  • download books and audiobooks
  • access music
  • watch movies... FREE

Learn how to use your Milwaukee Public Library card and your digital device (with computer connecting cables, if needed) to become a downloading master!

Saturday, Dec. 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Second floor, Krikelas Room

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