April 2013 Archives

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.jpegJoin in the discussion of The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Don't worry if you haven't started reading the book yet, since there's still time for you to get it from the library and read it. The Tippecanoe library book club meets every second Wednesday of the month, except December. New members are always welcome. No registration is required.

Library: Tippecanoe

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Time: 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Meet the 2013-2015 Milwaukee Poets Laureate

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poet_Jim Chapson.jpgpoet_Jeff Poniewaz.jpgJoin Milwaukee's newest poets laureate, James Chapson and Jeff Poniewaz, as we launch their term as Milwaukee Poets Laureate for 2013-2015:

Inaugural Poetry Event
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall -
733 N. Eighth Street

Read more about the poets in the Poet Laureate Announcement or on the Milwaukee Poet Laureate page of MPL's website, where you will find links to their publications in our library catalog and request books for check out. You may also read poems by each author below:
"Song of the Epiphyte" and 3 other poems, by James Chapson

"The Last Endagered Species Glass," by Jeff Poniewaz

Come Learn About House History at Central Library!

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An overview of Milwaukee house history resources available at the Central Library. Learn how to use library resources such as fire insurance atlases, city directories, census records, and city of Milwaukee tax rolls to research the history of a house. Presented by architectural historian Traci Schnell from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and by librarians from Humanities and from Art, Music and Recreation.

This program is free, but space is limited! Call 414-286-3011 to reserve your spot. Registration is required.

    Richard E. and Lucille Krug Rare Books Room
    Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
    Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    9:15-9:30 a.m. Sign-in
    9:30-9:50 a.m. Introduction in the Krug Rare Books Room.
    9:50-11:25 a.m. Tour of Central Library highlighting house history resources.

UFOs and Government at the Central Library

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The phenomenon of UFOs isn't just the subject of Milwaukee Public Library's extensive science fiction collection. We here at the library would like to invite you for a special presentation by local author Richard Thieme on his co-authored book UFOs and Government: An Historical Inquiry. Richard will be presenting all about the real government reaction to UFO sightings and incidents on Saturday, April 27th at 1:00 pm. Seating is limited, so please reserve a seat by either calling the library at 286-3011 or by registering online.

Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Central Library
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm. Presentation Will Last Approximately 1 Hour, followed by Q&A.

It's Money Smart Week @ The Library!

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green piggy bank.jpgDid you know that if you spend $6.00 a day less on fast food, you can save $2,190 dollars a year or $43,830 over 20 years? Learn more tips that can help you control your financial future at www.moneysmartweek.org visit any Milwaukee Public Library year-round to pick up a copy of the Money Smart Week Resource Guide.

ipday_icon.jpgApril 26th is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual property includes everything from inventions and literary and artistic works, to symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. Join us for one of our three programs to learn more about what Intellectual Property is and how to protect your personal and business creations.

Patent Searching 101
Thursday, April 25, 12-1 p.m.
Protect Your Product! This program will explain the seven-step strategy for conducting a patent search. The Milwaukee Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Understanding Intellectual Property
Friday, April 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
The Understanding Intellectual Property program will define the various types of intellectual property and explain how you can obtain protection for your creations.

Trademarks 101
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trademarks 101 is a crash-course in what you need to know about trademark protection in the United States. Learn what trademarks are, how they are protected and the process of conducting a federal trademark search.

No registration required. All programs held in the Krikelas Conference Room, 2nd floor. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Please contact the Central Library Business & Technology Department with questions at 414-286-3051.


Do You Know What's In Your Credit Report? Find Out!

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moneysmartweek2013.jpgIn celebration of Money Smart Week, select Milwaukee Public Library locations will host Do You Know What's In Your Credit Report? events. Library staff will show you how to get a free copy of your credit report. The library will provide a free printout of one credit report to each person. Please note your credit scores are not part of your credit report. No library card required.

To get your free credit report, be prepared to provide your:

    • Social Security Number
    • Birth Date
    • Address or addresses where you have lived for the past
    three years
    • Account numbers for utilities - gas/electric, cable,
    telephone etc.
    • Account numbers for any loans or revolving lines of credit

Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will be available to explain the report to you and provide additional information. Attend one of our Do You Know What's In Your Credit Report? events at the following dates and locations:

Monday, April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
Bay View Library

Tuesday, April 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Library

Tuesday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Forest Home Library

Wednesday, April 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Central Library
Computer Training Room, 2nd floor.

Wednesday, April 24, 5-6:30 p.m.
Zablocki Library

Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Center Street Library

Saturday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Atkinson Library

To learn more about Money Smart Week visit www.moneysmartweek.org.

Money Smart Week

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Thumbnail image for Money-Smart-Week.jpegMoney Smart Week® starts Saturday! Held April 20-27, 2013, this national financial literacy public awareness campaign is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and seeks to help individuals of all ages manage their personal finances. More than 100 free Money Smart Week® events will be hosted throughout Wisconsin on topics ranging from saving for college and managing student loan debt to budgeting and retirement. Find an event near you by visiting www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any Milwaukee Public Library year-round to pick up a copy of the Money Smart Week Resource Guide. Money Smart Week Milwaukee can also be found on Facebook.

89 Years of Crossword Puzzle Books!

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Although they had been appearing in magazines and newspapers since 1913, crossword puzzles had yet to be collected into a single volume and published on their own. In mid-April of 1924, a fledgling publishing company called Simon & Schuster took a gamble, publishing the very first book of crossword puzzles. Called, appropriately enough, "The Cross Word Puzzle Book" and sold with a pencil attached to it, the book was an instant hit and was responsible for launching the successful publishing company that is still around today.

Much like its parent company, the crossword puzzle has evolved. Aside from the puzzles themselves, you can find dictionaries (and other solving tools), as well as murder mysteries.

Check out books about crossword puzzles at your Milwaukee Public Library, but please, don't write in them. You'll spoil it for the next cruciverbalist.

A Pilgrimage Begins......

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"Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of March hath perced to the roote, and bathed every veyne in swich licour of which vertu engendred is the flour"

So begins the epic story The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. On this day in 1387, twenty-nine pilgrims set off to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket and decide to have a story-telling contest. What followed is one of the greatest works in the English language. The Canterbury Tales is considered to be a masterpiece of Medieval literature and has been a popular read for seven centuries. Pick up a copy of the Canterbury Tales or read more about Geoffrey Chaucer at your Milwaukee Public Library.

Art Nouveau: A New Style for a New Century

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Sarah Bernhard poster.jpgCome see the beautiful Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room and learn about the Art Nouveau movement from Professor Jim Slauson. Professor Slauson has taught Art and Design History and courses in the Humanities at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for more than 20 years. He will discuss the beautifully crafted commercial art that dominated the streets of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century and spread throughout all of Europe and the U.S.

Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Location: Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music and Recreation department at (414)286-3071 to register for the program.

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

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Rembrandt Peale portrait of Thomas Jefferson, 1800
"I cannot live without books" - Thomas Jefferson

While we here at Milwaukee Public Library haven't baked him a cake (as in all the amazing tomes in our collection we've not found one yet that tells us how to send baked goods to a former president who has been dead for nearly two hundred years), we do wish to celebrate this day, the 13th of April, as the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. Founding Father, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the man responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, these are just a small sampling from a sizable list of the man's great accomplishments.

In honor of the man's 270th birthday, you could always take a look at his own writings or any of the numerous books about him in our collection. If visual media is more your thing, we also happen to have more than a few nonfiction DVDs on him, as well. For the truly adventurous, there's always the 1776 musical, where you can see a singing, dancing, violin-playing Thomas Jefferson (alongside the rest of the Continental Congress). All of these are available through the Milwaukee Public Library collection, check them out today!

Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses

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Historic_Milwaukee_Public_Schoolhouses.jpgJoin local author Robert Tanzilo as he discusses his new book Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library, Meeting Room 1, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

It's no surprise we feel a connection to our schools, where we learn to read, write and forge social bonds of all kinds. They are potentially the scenes of our first crushes (and the second and third). They are where we learn to create ourselves. For more than a century, Milwaukee has taken its schoolhouses seriously, and it has a matchless variety of gorgeous landmarks to prove it.

Robert Tanzilo pays homage to some long-lost schools, salutes veteran survivors, and examines the roles they play in their neighborhoods. Learn a little about some remarkable Milwaukee architects and see what the future may hold for some of the city's most beloved old buildings.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and Boswell Book Company.

Street parking is free on Sundays at Central Library.

Researching Your Family Tree

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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 on Thursday, April 18th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Reservations are not required. Please call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 with any questions.

Researching Your Family Tree
Date: Thursday, 4/18/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas) / Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave

It's National Siblings Day

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Picture by Amy Roden

Today is National Siblings Day, a day set aside to celebrate and appreciate all brothers and sisters. The event was started by Claudia Evart and her nonprofit charity the Siblings Day Foundation, honoring her siblings who both died at young ages. So take the time today to give your own brothers or sisters a call or a hug and let them know how much they mean to you.

We here at the Milwaukee Public Library would also recommend checking out a book or two about siblings. There's all sorts of fiction about siblings. From The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt to the Milwaukee-set Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagan to classics such as Little Women and The Brothers Karamazov, you can find almost anything to meet your needs at the library. For those more interested in nonfiction, we have plenty of various selections for you to peruse from as well.

Kate.Atkinson.jpgDonate a book to the library and join nationally-acclaimed author of Case Histories Kate Atkinson for a book talk. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., 2nd Level

Boswell Book Company and the Milwaukee Public Library invite you to Fill the Shelves during Gallery Night in the Third Ward. Popular books from the Library's wish list will be available for purchase and donation to the library's collection. This is the only chance to donate books to be part of the library's collection. Donations will be recognized with a personalized bookplate.

Kate Atkinson will discuss her newest release Life After Life. This book is a thrilling, humorous, horrifying, inspiring, and philosophical contemplation of a life lived, for better or worse (and relived and relived...). Life After Life will be available for purchase at the event from Boswell Book Company.

For more information visit www.mpl.org or www.boswellbookcompany.com.

index_wmhs.gifLearn about a different aspect of the Milwaukee Public Library's Great Lakes Marine Collection each month. Of special interest to divers and genealogists, the program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Great Lakes history.

Treasures of the Great Lakes Marine Collection
Upcoming dates: Tuesdays, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A (Krikelas), Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

There is no registration required. Please call Ready Reference at 414.286.3011 with any questions.

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

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Photo by Adria Richards

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou has a long list of occupations and achievements, including civil rights activist, poet, dancer, producer and professor. She is perhaps best known for writing the autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is about the early years of her life. Published in 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970. According to the American Library Association, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the third most frequently challenged book from the years 1990-2000. Maya Angelou read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. The last poet to read at a president's inauguration was Robert Frost in 1961 for John F. Kennedy.

Find works by and about Maya Angelo at the Milwaukee Public Library.


"I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories."
- Washington Irving

It was 230 years ago that Washington Irving was born into this world. Most famous for his short stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Both found in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon), Irving became the first internationally acclaimed and best-selling American author. He also wrote many works of nonfiction, from biographies of George Washington to works about Spain. Irving himself even spent some time appointed as the United States Minister to Spain. An American original, and a literary pioneer to boot, it's easy to see why his writing is still relevant and loved today. So why not celebrate Mr. Irving's birthday right and pick up any of his numerous works at your local library?

EastLibraryCramerLibraryEnt-page-001.jpgLibrary Director Paula Kiely and the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees invite you to a presentation by the Project Team for the new East Branch. The presentation will include a preview of design concepts for the library space. Community feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Date: Wednesday April 10, 2013
Location: East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Teen Poetry Contest

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Do you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems online between April 1 and April 30.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Slam at Villard Square on Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL web page and Facebook pages!

Click here to submit your poem! Poems must be submitted between April 1 and April 30.

Contest Rules:
Must be between 10-18 years of age to participate. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can only win one prize in this contest. Entries must be typed and submitted online only. All submissions must be original works written by the young adult submitting the entry. Each individual may submit up to two entries. Entries may be edited for publication purposes.



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