May 2013 Archives

The March on Washington, August, 1963

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MarchonWashington1963.pngOn August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders led a crowed of over 200,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. After a diverse collection of performers and speakers, the highlight of the event came when Dr. King delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, urging America to "make real the promises of democracy."

Were you at the March on Washington? Did you hear Dr. King share his "dreams" for our nation? We want to hear from you. Tell us your memories, describe the scene, tell us how you got to Washington, tell us how it changed your life.

The Library will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech this August with an exhibit and event. Share your story, photos and memorabilia with us. We may even ask you to be a part of our program. Send an email to and include "March 50" in the subject line of your e-mail.

DigitalCamera.jpgAre you curious about digital photography? Join us for Say Cheese! to take photographs of the library and learn how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos and manage your collection of digital photos.

The class will be offered at several Milwaukee Public Library locations, starting June 3 and running through June 26. You do not need your own digital camera to take the class, but you can bring your own if you would like.

Registration is required. You can register online, or by calling Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Happy Birthday Wisconsin!

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Flag_of_Wisconsin_svg.png On this day in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the union. How much do you know about your state's history? These fun facts might surprise you:

Wisconsin earned the nickname "Badger State," not because of its proliferation of badgers, but because of its miners who burrowed into the hills for shelter rather than build houses.

Milk (not beer!) is Wisconsin's actual state beverage

Wisconsin's state flower is the Wood Vilet but you can't pick it- it's illegal!

Sheboygan is known as the "Bratwurst Capital" of the world.

The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.

The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.

Nearly 21 million gallons of ice cream are consumed by Wisconsinites each year.

The Republican Party was established in 1854 in Ripon when Alvan Bovay convened a meeting to create a new political party that would defend against the expansion of slavery.

Want to learn more Wisconsin history? Check out some books about our great state at your Milwaukee Public Library!

Updates from East Library

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Noticed the shelves are a little empty at the East Library? That's because we're moving! At the end of June, the current East Library will be closed, and construction will begin on a brand-new East Library. During construction, the East Library will be located at its temporary location at 2430 N Murray.
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We have extremely limited space at the temporary location, so many of our items will be housed at Central during construction. Here you can see our CD shelves before and after we cleaned them out. It's eerie to see so much empty space at the library, but our librarians are always happy to order books and media from other branches for you if you don't find what you're looking for on our shelves.

More updates on the East Library to come! Be sure to check out our website to see images of what the new library might look like once it's done.

Submitted by Sophie @ East

Happy World Turtle Day!

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Photo by Brocken Inaglory

May 23 is World Turtle Day. The first World Turtle Day was celebrated in 2000. The event was founded by the American Tortoise Rescue organization. The goal of of World Turtle Day is increase respect and build knowledge of turtles and tortoises. Whether you are interested in them as pets, looking for a good children's book or film, or just want to learn more about one of the world's oldest reptile groups, your Milwaukee Public Library is happy to help.

Say Hello to Zinio

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logo_zinio.jpgToday marks the debut of a whole new way for you to access some of your favorite magazines through the Milwaukee Public Library. We are excited to announce the library's subscription to Zinio Digital Magazines where you'll be able to access full color digital copies of exciting new and popular magazine titles.

To access Zinio, click this link to go to the Milwaukee County Federated Library System info page for the service. There you'll find links to the various Zinio apps, a step-by-step guide to setting up your Zinio account, a helpful video guide to setting up your account, a full list of the hundred-plus magazine titles you'll be able access, and even a list of answers to some common questions about using the new service.

So why try Zinio? Well there are more than a few great features. For one, you'll be able to access dozens of magazine titles from the comfort of your home (assuming you have a library card in good standing). There's no waiting list for these titles, either. You'll get instant, permanent access to any magazine you check out. Some of these titles even have added levels of interactivity and content that you can't get from a normal print magazine (National Geographic is a great example of this). So what are you waiting for? Get your accounts all created and start reading some digital magazines from Milwaukee Public Library via Zinio Digital Magazines!

Let Your Garden Grow!

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garden.jpgIt's that time of year again! The rain is gone(somewhat), the sun is out, and your garden is ready to be planted! Lucky for you the library has several resources to get your garden growing right.

Interested in growing vegetables? Read up on vegetable gardening in one of these great books.

Want to get a flower garden growing? Learn how with these books!

Looking for tips on urban gardening? Get tips and tricks with these great reads!

Looking for some inspiration? Check out our Historic Photo Collection for cool examples of Victory Gardens.

Happy Planting!

MPL will be closed for Memorial Day weekend

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Golden_Gate_National_Cemetery_mound_Memorial_Day_2008_medium-sized_US_flag.JPGAll Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, May 24, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee employees.

In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 for the observance of Memorial Day.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Eighty-Four Years of Oscar!

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Photo by Wikimedia Commons member Yo Shi

The very first Academy Awards, or Oscars, was held on this day in 1929 at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood, California. Back then it was a much simpler affair than the hours-long, star-studded spectacular that we are familiar with today. The day started with a private brunch for about 270 people. Fifteen statues were presented that day, although the winners had been announced months earlier. There was a post-awards party at the Mayfair Hotel, where tickets sold for five dollars.

Learn more about the history of the Academy Awards at your Milwaukee Public Library!

Mickey's Big Debut

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From the collection of The Walt Disney Family Museum

On this day in 1928 Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in a Disney short called Plane Crazy. Although the cartoon failed to pick up a distributer, Mickey gained enormous success later that year in the short film Steamboat Willie. Since his debut, Mickey Mouse has starred in over thirty films and four televison shows. Learn more about Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Company at your Milwaukee Public Library

House of Stone book jacket.jpegIf you're looking for a book discussion this month, come join the East Library Book Club in its temporary location at the Martin Luther King Library, while East Library is under construction. This month, the group will discuss House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid. Reserve your copy at the library today, because they're moving fast.

Library: Martin Luther King Library

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time: 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Patent Searching 101 and Patent News!

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Google's design patent USD680152 S1

As a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Milwaukee Public Library offers monthly drop-in classes explaining the patent search process, the very first step in preparing your patent application. A business librarian will explain the patent search steps and share recent changes in the U.S. patent system, including the move to a First to File (FTF) system and new micro-entity fees, which reduce certain fees by up to 75% to qualified applicants.

Read more about the new fees here.

The next Patent Searching 101 class is Thursday, May 23rd, 12-1 p.m.
Central Library, Krikelas Room (2nd Floor), No registration required.
Click here to see a complete listing of class dates.

Please contact our Business & Technology Department with questions, 414-286-3051.


index_brumder.gifHistorian John Eastberg will offer a look into the world of Milwaukee publisher George Brumder. Brumder, a 19th century immigrant to Wisconsin, had by 1910 become the nation's leading publisher of German-language literature. He was also an important figure in Milwaukee civic life and the city's German American community. Examples of books published by the Brumder company will be on display.

Library: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Please call 414.286-3071 to register.

Part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Series.

When you are out working in the yard or garden this spring, chances are you're going to come across a dandelion or two. Instead of pulling them and adding them to the compost pile, why not try one of the recipes located in the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe database?

If dandelions don't get your mouth watering, there are many other lip-smacking creations to be found. From delectable deserts like the fruit-filled Spring Fantasy, to the (surprisingly) meat-free Peter Rabbit and More Casserole, you can put your garden (and weeds) to good use with the Historic Recipe Collection.

PrideOfBaghdad.jpegIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Selections for this club are intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an account of U.S. soldiers encountering lions who had escaped from the Baghdad Zoo in the spring of 2003, Vaughan and Henrichon tell a story of four lions who are happy to be free but remain unsure what exactly to do with that freedom. The lions debate and philosophize as they wander the war-ravaged streets of Iraq's capital, recalling the loquacious livestock of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Check with a librarian to reserve your copies today!

Library: Washington Park Library

Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Time: 6:45 P.M. to 7: 45 P.M.

Today in History: The Hindenburg Disaster

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On May 6, 1937 the German airship Hindenburg caught fire above New Jersey and crashed to the ground resulting in 36 fatalities. The Hindenburg used the lighter though more flammable hydrogen as a lifting gas instead of helium. A spark is believed to have ignited the flames, though the origin of the spark has long been in question. Recently a team at the South West Research Institute in San Antonio, Tex. led by British scientist Jem Stansfield, identified static electricity as the most likely cause of the explosion.

Learn more about the Hindenburg disaster with one of the many book and newspaper resources available at Milwaukee Public Library.

Footage from Castle and Pathé coverage of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst. Also shots of the big ships over New York.


WALK INS ARE WELCOME for the House History program tomorrow at Central Library!

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. Registration has closed, but there is still space available, so...

WALK INS ARE WELCOME (up to the 60-person capacity of the event)!

    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.

May is Bike Month!

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Spring is finally here (kind of)! And with it, comes Bike Month, celebrated every May for the last 55 years. Your Milwaukee Public Library wants to help you get into gear after a long winter cooped up indoors. Before you break your bike out of storage, brush up on your cycling IQ by checking out what your library has to offer. Once on the road, you can challenge yourself by playing Bike Month Bingo.

To learn more about Bike Month and cycling in America, visit the League of American Bicyclists.

A Bit of Chicago in Milwaukee

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On this day in 1893, The World's Columbian Exposition (also known as the Chicago's World Fair) opened its doors to the public. The fair lasted from May 1st, 1893 until October 30th, 1893 and was visited by a total of 716,881 people. Although the fair was meant to be temporary, several of the fair's structures still exist including one right here in Milwaukee. The Pabst Trade Pavilion, which was designed by Otto Strack, was located inside the fair's Agricultural building. After the fair, Captain Frederick Pabst had the structure dismanteled and shipped to Milwaukee where it was attached to his Wisconisn Avenue mansion. You can learn more about the Chicago World's Fair and the Pabst mansion at your Milwaukee Public Library.


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