June 2013 Archives

FairviewMausoleum.jpgFairview Mausoleum was constructed by George L. Thomas in 1912 and existed until 1996. Located at 6316 Fairview Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fairview served as a community mausoleum. In 1952, the owners filed for bankruptcy and the mausoleum fell into disrepair. The photograph above shows the main entrance in 1984.

The mausoleum, originally constructed of black granite, was neglected for years and continued to deteriorate until it was finally condemned in 1996, shortly after the City of Milwaukee took over grounds operations. All 1,000 human remains were transferred from Fairview Mausoleum to the Brett Funeral Home and re-interred in the Graceland Cemetery between December 1996 and May 1997. Although Fairview Mausoleum no longer exists, a pair of large stone pillars placed in Section 11 of the Graceland Cemetery mark the new resting place of those formerly interred at "Fairview Mausoleum".

The City of Milwaukee Archives, located at Milwaukee Public Library, hold the records from the Department of City Development's work related to the Fairview Mausoleum in 1996-1997. These alphabetically arranged folders include photographs of caskets or urns along with paperwork listing the name of the deceased, a description of the coffin or urn and its condition, and notes relating to items of clothing or jewelry exposed by the exhumation process. Genealogists and local historians may be interested in viewing the list of the names included in the Fairview Mausoleum finding aid, which has recently been published online in MPL's Special Collections Finder digital collection.

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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Photo by Dori, available through Wikimedia Commons.

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the observance of Independence Day. In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, July 5, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee Employees.

While we are closed, please check out some of our many digital collections, available online 24/7! We have photographs of past Milwaukee fireworks displays in our Historic Photo Collection, and even some Independence Day themed recipes available through our Historic Recipe Collection.

Normal library hours will resume Saturday, July 6.

It's the First Day of Summerfest!

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summerfest.jpgNow entering its 45th year, Summerfest has become an enduring Milwaukee tradition. Dubbed "The Largest Music Festival in the World" (certified by the Guinness World Records), the first Summerfest occured in July 1968 and headlined with Bob Hope. Since then, the festival has hosted thousands of performers from The Doors to Janet Jackson. Want a glimpse of Summerfest in its infancy? Take a look at the Historic Photo Collection for more classic Summerfest photos. Enjoy the show!


Math concepts are a part of literacy. Discover books and activities that deal with early math concepts and ways to use those books to help children build a foundation for math skills. Child care providers can earn 1.5 continuing education education credit hours by attending this free workshop. This workshop is for adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to class time. This workshops begins on time. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time.

East cropped direcror mayor and alderman.jpgThe East Library Closing Celebration on Saturday was a big hit! Several of our regulars and some new faces stopped by to eat cookies, share memories for the East Library scrapbook, look through our display of past photos from the library, and even check out some books. Browser the Library Lion was here, the Summer Soulstice was in full swing, and a good time was had by all.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and 3rd District Alderman Nik Kovac came by, and posed with Library Director Paula Kiely for a photo. Many patrons took photos using our signs as props, and you can see the gallery on our Facebook event page.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, to Artists Working in Education and Laura Gorzek, and of course to all our patrons. We hope to see you at our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave, which opens on Monday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m.

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Submitted by Sophie @ East

GreenRoof.6.24.2013.jpgSummer is here and it's the perfect time to view the library's lovely Green Roof!
Green Roof tours take place Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 am, now through October, rain or shine. Just stop by the Rotunda at Central Library to meet your tour guide.

Tour guides will share how the roof was created, the amount of energy conserved, how the solar panels operate and the many plantings that make our Green Roof a beautiful space.

Not able to make the tour times? Our website has tons of information about the Green Roof, along with a live webcam! Simply click here: http://www.mpl.org/file/green_tours.htm

Groups of 20 or more are asked to make special tour arrangements by calling 414-286-2797.

Happy Summer!

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WPA Poster. Image available online from the Library of Congress.

On Wednesday, June 26th and Saturday, June 28th Milwaukee Public library is offering a free class entitled Math Literacy. By taking this class, you can receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credit.

Math concepts are a part of literacy. Discover books and activities that deal with early math concepts and ways to use those books to help children build a foundation for math skills. Registration required; call 286-3011 or register online. Adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to class time. Workshops begin on time. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time. Registration for each class closes the day before that class, so be sure to sign up before then.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 27th from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE: Washington Park library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd (Sherman & Lisbon)

Happy Juneteenth!

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Food at Milwaukee's 2011 Juneteenth Celebration, photo by Third Coast Daily
Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate when the slaves were first freed in Galveston, Texas. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, many slaves were still kept in parts of the South where there weren't enough Union forces to overcome the resistance for more than two years. It was on June 19th of 1865 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Though the holiday originates in Texas, Milwaukee has one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the world. Enjoy those festivities today and stop in at the MLK Library to get some books on your way home, maybe even some about Juneteenth itself!

scales of justice.jpgThe Milwaukee Legal Resource Center will offer two classes on how to use WestlawNext. WestlawNext searches across multiple content sets by jurisdiction providing more comprehensive and more relevant search results. An Introductory course at 12:00 P.M. is followed by an Advanced course at 1:00 P.M.

Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1

Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Time(s): 12:00 P.M. to 12:50 P.M. Introductory Course

1:00 P.M. to 1:50 P.M. Advanced Course

Registration is required and limited. Call 286-3011 to register. This is not a hands-on class. Attorneys can earn one CLE credit for each course.

I Closed East Library Celebration!

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east.pngYou're invited! The East Library will be having a closing celebration on Saturday, June 22, which is the last day the old East building will be open to the public. The celebration will last all day, 10am to 5pm. Artists Working in Education [http://www.awe-inc.org/] will be helping us create a scrapbook of memories of the old East Library, and we need your input! You can also come get an "I Closed East Library" magnet (while supplies last), meet Browser the Library Lion, and more.

Bring your camera or other photo-taking device for a photo booth! Take a picture with East Library mementos, upload it to our Facebook Event page (coming soon) or post it to Twitter, and show us the photo on your device to get a FREE pass to the Milwaukee Art Museum (while supplies last).

Check out our flier for the I Closed East Library Celebration.

As a reminder, the East Library will be closed from June 23-June 30, and we will re-open at our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave. on July 1, 2013. We hope to see you at the closing celebration and at the temporary library!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

Baseball in the Attic

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Photo by Ian Ransley Design on Flickr

Milwaukee Public Library invites you to join Michael Osacky, vintage baseball card and sports memorabilia expert, on Saturday, June 22 in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at the downtown Central Library. Mr. Osacky will present a talk on collecting baseball memorabilia and what gives an item value. Participants are welcome to bring in one item of pre-1970 memorabilia for Mr. Osacky to use as examples of how the appraisal process works. Registration is required, so please contact the library at 286-3011 to reserve your space. Just remember to leave the peanuts and Cracker Jacks at home!

Library: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Please call 414.286-3011 to register.

Were you at the March on Washington? 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 webmaster@mpl.org and include "March 50" in the subject line of your e-mail. Or call (414) 286-3023 and leave a message mentioning the March along with your name and how best to reach you.

Science-Cafe-for-post.jpgThere are many different types of breast cancer. Breast cancer can also even be diagnosed in males. What can you do to decrease your risk for breast cancer? When is it a good time to go for a screening or reach out to a health professional if you have a concern? Where can you go if you don't have a doctor or insurance? Everyone is welcome to join in the discussions! Speaker: Alonzo P. Walker, MD.

Contact: Mia DeFino
Contact Number: (414) 955-5754

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18th 6:00PM to 7:30PM
WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Meeting Room 1

Age Group(s): Adults, Young Adults (Teens)

Click here to learn more and register!

Science Cafés are a program of the Community Engagement Key Function of CTSI. Funding for this program comes from CTSI and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Intitiative Fund. Permission to use a library meeting room does not imply library endorsement of the aims, views, policies, or activities of any group or organization. Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request accommodations, contact us at (414) 955-5754 or mdefino@mcw.edu.

Today is Loving Day

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Picture by wajakemek | rashdanothman on Flickr.

On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court passed down a unanimous decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, declaring finally that anti-miscegenation laws are unconstitutional. The case was brought to the court by Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple who had married in Washington, DC but lived in Central Point, Virginia. In what seems unthinkable now, police actually raided their home at night to arrest them simply for being married. Convicted of felony charges, they had the courage to take their case to court and helped the fight against blatant racial discrimination in state laws. You can learn more about the case from resources at your local library!

In honor of both this landmark decision and Mildred and Richard themselves, this day is now celebrated as Loving Day by many across our nation, to educate about the history of interracial relationships in order to fight prejudice and also build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity.

child reading.jpgphoto © 2007 Ruth L , Flickr

Call or click now to register for Let's Give Them Something to Talk About: Developing Narrative Skills in Children. By attending this free class at the library, child care providers can earn 1.5 continuing education credit hours, while learning important skills to get the children they care for ready to read. Narrative Skills refer to a child's ability to tell stories and describe things. This is one of the six skills for early literacy. Learn how important narrative skills are and explore books that help develop this skill.

Registration required; call 286-3011 or register online. This workshop is for adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to class time. Workshops begin on time. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time. For a list of more upcoming workshops for child care providers, as well as free programs for children and teens, please see the children's programming calendar.

Library: Capitol Library

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

National Small Business Week June 17-21!

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SBW.logo.2013.pngThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Small Business Association's National Small Business Week! National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Milwaukee Public Library offers free workshops on resources that assist small business owners in consumer research, business plan writing, and more!

Free Workshops

Small Business Resources 101, Thursday, June 13, 12-1 p.m. Central Library Conference Room 2A
Learn how to find the right information to help you start your own business. Central Library Business staff will offer a free short program on the most useful print and electronic resources for small business planning.
No registration required.

DemographicsNow Database Training

Monday, June 17, 6-7:30 p.m. andTuesday, June 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Conference Room 1
DemographicsNow is a comprehensive business and residential research tool that provides users with access to highly detailed demographic data. It is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and so much more.
To register, click the links above or call 414-286-3011.

Business Insights Essentials
Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Central Library, Conference Room 1
Business Insights Essentials allows you to easily research companies, industries and business topics. Find detailed industry reports that will help you write your business plan.
To register, click the links above or call 414-286-3011.

Holds Changes @ East Library

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East Library 6.5.13 holdshelf1.JPGIn preparation for our move, the East Library will be making some changes to the way we handle holds. Starting on Monday, June 10, 2013, East will become unavailable to select in CountyCat as a pick-up location for holds.

What this means for you: If you placed a hold for pickup at East before June 10, and you receive a notification that it is ready for pickup, it will still be at East, and you still have five days to pick up your item. If there is something you want to request on or after that date, you will need to choose another library at which to pick it up. Here is a list of member libraries with a map.

On July 1, 2013, when we open the temporary East Library at 2430 N. Murray Ave, the holds system will go back to normal and East will once again be available to select in CountyCat as a pickup location. If you receive a notification that your items are ready for pick-up during the week that we are closed to the public (June 23 - June 30), they will be available starting July 1, after which you will still have the full five days to pick up your item.

Any questions? Ask us! The staff members at the East Library are happy to answer any questions you may have about the holds system or the move.

Submitted by Sophie @ East.

69th Anniversary of D-Day

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Normandy_Invasion,_June_1944.jpg One of the most famous events in World War II happened on this day 69 years ago. In what would come to be known as D-Day, on June 6th, 1944 over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The Normandy landings consisted of two phases. The first phase was the deployment of airborne troops and equipment just after midnight, some distance inland of the beaches. Their mission was to cause confusion among the German troops, prevent counter-attacks on the Allied troops that would be coming by sea, and to prevent the flanking of Allied positions on two of the beaches. The second phase consisted of troops, tanks and other equipment coming in by sea, covering an area of coast 50 miles long which was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold, and Sword.

Learn more about the campaign in Normandy and D-Day by visiting your Milwaukee Public Library, or online through the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It's Summer! Drink Up!

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Now that the temperature is getting up there, are you looking for ways to cool off? The Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe File has got you covered! Try your hand at some of these great summer drink recipes:

In the mood for a coffee drink? Try making a Caf au Lait Cooler or a Coffee Valencia

Looking for something fruity? Try a Kiwifruit Crush, Limeade Raspberry Drink, or a Strawberry Pineapple Cooler

For those of you who want something a little more...adult, try your hand at one of these cool creations:

Fruit lover? Try making a Pineapple Salad Cocktail, Tahitian Iceberg Antifreeze or a Peach Sangria

Looking for a little ice cream action? Try the Peach Old Fashioned or a Quick Chocolate Fizz

Look for more great summer drinks in the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe Collection!

desktop publishing flier.gifExplore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has to offer at one of Milwaukee Public Library's free computer classes.

Learn how to use templates, practice creating an invitation, and make a flyer with tear off tabs from scratch. This class will also provide instruction on how to make labels and stationery.

This class is available on multiple dates at various neighborhood library locations. Check our web calendar for availability.

Registration is required; call (414)286-3011 for assistance from Ready Reference or register online.

East Library Closing Dates

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east before 6.jpg It's almost time! The East Library will be closing for one week while we transition to our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave. Our last day open will be Saturday, June 22, 2013, and we will open the Murray location on Monday, July 1, 2013. From June 23 through June 30, the East Library will be closed. During that time, library employees will be moving our collection to the temporary space. Stay tuned for more information on the move!

Submitted by Sophie @ East.


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