July 2013 Archives

East Library Groundbreaking Invite.jpgJoin Library Director Paula Kiely along with Mayor Barrett, Alderman Kovac and other dignitaries as we break ground on this new project. The festivities will begin at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30th at the site of the project. The address is 1910 East North Avenue. There will be a celebration after the groundbreaking at Two Bucks Bar and Grill located at 2321 North Murray Avenue. If you'd like to attend, kindly RSVP to Chris Romano at chris@hsi-properties.com through Monday, July 29th. We hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 1910 East North Ave (the former site of East Library)

Please RSVP to chris@hsi-properties.com through Monday, July 29th.

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On July 26, 1948, President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment. Executive Order 9980 instituted fair employment practices in the civilian agencies of the federal government. Executive Order 9981, above, required "equality of treatment and opportunity" in the armed forces. When asked whether "equality of treatment" meant integration, Truman answered "yes."

In November 1947, black labor leader A. Philip Randolph and his colleague Grant Reynolds had founded the Committee Against Jim Crow in Military Service and Training, which became known as the League for Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to the Draft. Randolph and Reynolds' goal was to convince President Truman and Congress to end segregation in the U.S. armed forces. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March 1948, Randolph declared, "This time Negroes will not take a Jim Crow draft lying down." Unless segregation and discrimination were banned, he warned, "I personally will advise Negroes to refuse to fight as slaves for a democracy they cannot possess and cannot enjoy."

Randolph and Reynolds kept up the pressure throughout the next few months, sending letters to President Truman and organizing demonstrations in front of the White House. In a picket line in front of the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that July, Randolph carried a sign that read, "Prison Is Better Than Jim Crow Service." Randolph and Reynold's actions, along with pressure from liberal whites, prompted President Truman to issue the above executive orders.

Read more about African Americans' history of service in the armed forces today at your Milwaukee Public Library.

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On July 25, 1946 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis played their first act together at Atlantic City's 500 Club. The pair had met the previous year. Martin performed as a singer, while Lewis had a comedy act. When a singer failed to show up, Martin suggested that Lewis take his place.

The now famous duo's first performance together bombed. Afterwards, they decided to revamp the whole act. They found success performing a mixture of slapstick and vaudeville, improvising their way through most of the second performance. They played in east coast night clubs for several years before landing a radio show with NBC in 1949 that ran until 1953. During the late 1940's and early 1950's the pair performed together on TV and in movies, before Martin decided to leave the act in 1956.

After their split, Martin's acting and singing careers took off, and he became a member of the famous "Rat Pack", which included legends like Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Lewis continued to find success in making comedy films.

To learn more about Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, visit your Milwaukee Public Library!

knitted elvis.jpgBring 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 (with the exception of holidays). There is free 2-hr. street parking on Saturdays.

Library: Central
Location: Mozart's Grove
Date: Saturday July 27,2013
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Happy Birthday Alexandre Dumas!

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On this day in 1802, Alexandre Dumas, the French historical novelist was born. Dumas is best known for his novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. His novels have been translated into over 100 languages and adapted into over 200 films.

East Library Temporary Location: How to find us!

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Having trouble finding the temporary location of the East Library? Here are some helpful tips! Although the official address of the temporary location is 2430 N. Murray Ave, the library itself faces Greenwich Ave, which we understand may be a little confusing. We are in the same building as the Murray Pantry, Huan Xi Chinese Restaurant, and the Stone Fox Salon, so if you see any of those businesses, you're in the right place. Look for us next to the salon, tucked in the corner of the parking lot.

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We are working to improve our signage, but for now you can look for our original "East Library" sign above the temporary space, which you can see in the photo above, taken from the corner of Murray and Greenwich. We also have a small temporary "Library" sign on Murray, directing people to our location.

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Submitted by Sophie @ East

Own a piece of the old East Library

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The old East Library chairs are being auctioned! For those interested in vintage Herman Miller Eames chairs and other furnishings, there will be an auction on Thursday, July 25, at 414 E. Mason St., the Milwaukee location of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. You can bid in person, over the phone, or online.

To see the items available, visit http://www.lesliehindman.com/ and click on "Milwaukee Summer Auction" on the right. The library furniture is lots 608 through 625. For more information, you can contact Margaret O'Neil at margaretoneil@lesliehindman.com.

This is only the first of four auctions at which library furniture will be available. The others are in Chicago on August 21, in Milwaukee on November 7, and a third date and location to be determined. The proceeds from the auctions will go towards public art projects for the new East Library.

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1848 photo of Elizabeth Cady Stanton with her sons, Daniel and Henry

On July 19-20, 1848, a convention concerning the rights of women, called by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was held at Seneca Falls, NY. The issues discussed included voting, property rights and divorce. The convention drafted a "Declaration of Sentiments" that paraphrased the Declaration of Independence, addressing man instead of King George, and called for women's "immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States." This convention was the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S. The most controversial issue was Stanton's demand for women's right to vote. It would be 70+ years before that demand was realized, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave U.S. women the vote.

Mandela Day @ Milwaukee Public Library

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International Mandela Day was founded after Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebration. Held on his birthday, Mandela Day encourages everyone to give 67 minutes of their time to honor the 67 years Mandela spent fighting for civil rights.

If you don't know where to start, your Milwaukee Public Library can help. We have books on community leadership and neighborhood improvement available for check-out. For other ideas and to see what the rest of the world is doing, you can visit the official Mandela Day website. You can also stop by the Central library's Centennial Hall at 12pm for today's special event.

A Historic Way to Beat The Heat

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untitled.pngWith the temperature hitting 90+ degrees this week, you will need a quick way to beat the heat. Why not cool off with one of our historic shake or ice cream recipes?

In the mood for something fruity? Try making a Cranapple Shake , Strawberry Pineapple Cooler, Bananna Split Float or a Mixed Fruit Breeze

Want something chocolate flavored? Try the Chocolate Bombe Spectacular or the Quick Chocolate Fizz

Feeling a little ambitious? Try making your own ice cream at home with these great recipes:
Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Mint Ice Cream

Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

As always, you can find more cold treats in the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe Collection. Stay Cool!

East Library Construction Update

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East construction 07-06-13 2.JPGWhile we're getting used to our temporary location, demolition of the old East Library site is already underway. There's a big hole where the back windows used to be, and the parking lot itself is a large pile of rubble.
The colorful stained glass panels, which were a distinctive feature of the old East Library, are in the process of being removed. The plan is to use them in the new East Library, so although the building itself will be shiny and new, there will be a unique piece of the old library incorporated into the design.
Once demolition is finished, the exciting part can begin--the construction of the new "Standard @ East Library" building and the library itself. We'll post more updates and photos as things develop!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

Summer Reads Used Book Sale at Central Library!

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'a year at the table (catch up) - day 178' photo (c) 2012, kate hiscock - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Take advantage of incredible book bargains and stock up on the best summer reads at the Used Book Sale on Saturday, July 20th from 9-4 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at Central Library.

Friends of Milwaukee Public Library members may enter sales 30 minutes before the general public with a current membership card. Please use the 8th Street entrance and present your card.

Were you at the March on Washington in 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? 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.

If you know someone who was at the March, please share this message with them and encourage them to share their story with the Milwaukee community!

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Photo from the Bain Collection at the Library of Congress

99 years ago today, the Sultan of Swat made his Major League debut, not in his familiar Yankee pinstripes, but as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. On July 11, 1914 Ruth pitched seven innings, leading the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. He stayed in the Boston system until 1919, when his contract was sold just after Christmas to the New York Yankees. Ruth played as an outfielder for the Yankees from 1920 until 1934.

Ruth has a career batting average of .342, with 714 home runs and 2,873 RBIs. He made two All-Star appearances, was a 12 time American League home run champion, and a six time AL RBI champion. To learn more about the Bambino, visit your Milwaukee Public Library.

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

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Tesla_circa_1890_jpeg.jpegOn this day in 1856, famed inventor, Nikola Tesla was born. Tesla was most known for his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Tesla held over 300 patents in over 26 countries and his showmanship gained him worldwide notoriety. Although his inventions made him world famous, he died bankrupt in 1943. Read more about Nikola Tesla at your Milwaukee Public Library.

Check Out Oxford Islamic Studies Online

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online.jpgRamadan just began this Monday, July 8th. If you would like to explore this tradition and much more about Islamic culture in a new way, try logging in to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. See beautiful photos of the art and architecture of the Arab world, gain a deeper understanding of the various denominations, use a map to learn more about current international events or find out for yourself what the Qur'an really says. A nice feature is the timeline, which puts over 1,000 events in Islamic history in context with landmarks of world history. Log in to this website and many more through the MPL website by clicking on "Research Resources," and "All Library Databases."

5 Questions for Author Reyna Grande

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1-Reyna-Grande.jpgAuthor Reyna Grande is visiting Central Library this Saturday for a special reading from her memoir, The Distance Between Us. To get to know her better, we asked Reyna 5 questions. A big thank you to Reyna for answering our questions!

1. What inspired you to become a writer?

Stories have always been a way for me to understand the world around me. When I was a little girl in Mexico, we didn't have a television, but we had a radio, and in the evenings I would listen to story time. Usually, the stories were fairy tales, and I remember how much those fairy tales helped me to make sense of what was going on around me. For example, while I was in Mexico as a little girl, my parents were in the U.S. working, trying to make enough money to build us a brick house in Mexico. For a long time I didn't understand why my parents were 2,000 miles away from me just because they wanted to build us a brick house. But then I heard the story of the Three Little Pigs in the radio one day, and I remember how much it impacted me. You see, the first two pigs that got eaten by the big, bad wolf were the ones that lived in shacks made of sticks, like the one I lived in. But the pig that survived the big, bad wolf was the one that lived in a brick house. It was then when I understood my parents' dream, and what that house actually meant for them.

I started writing when I was 13 years old, and I have never stopped writing since. Writing has been my salvation. Writing has been my way of expressing the way I feel about issues that are important to me, such as immigration. Through the stories I tell, I want to help others understand the world around them.

2. Can you tell us about your writing process? How do you approach writing a novel?

I am the kind of writer that doesn't have a routine. I write when I want to, whenever I want to, wherever I want to. Because I travel so much, I have learned to write just about anywhere at any time. I write at airports, airplanes, hotel rooms. I write when my kids are at school. I write when my kids are asleep. As a mother, it is hard to juggle my career with my family life but I do the best I can. The way I approach my novels is this: If I have an interesting character with an interesting premise, I start writing. I don't need to know how it's going to end. I don't need to know what the middle section is going to be. I just need to know what the basic idea is and I throw myself into the writing. I discover my characters as I go. And most of the time the idea I start out with isn't the final idea I end up writing about. I discover the story as I go along. Sometimes my character wants to go in another direction and I follow her. Because I am a perfectionist, I do many, many drafts of my book before I'm satisfied.

Even once the book is going through the publication process, I will still make changes, rewrite, cut and delete sentences, paragraphs, scenes, etc... When I write I give 100 percent of myself to my story. Which means that a lot of times I don't know what's going on in the "real" world because I am so immersed in the world that I am creating it's hard for me to pull out of it. That can be a good thing and a bad thing!

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

I like all kinds of books. but I especially love books with beautiful lyrical writing, such as The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, Caspian Rain by Gina B. Nahai, Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez, The Autobiography of my Mother by Jamaica Kincaid, A Country Called Home by Kim Barnes, among others.

4. Your first two books were works of fiction, but your most recent, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir. When and why did you decide to write The Distance Between Us? What was it like to write about your past?

My fiction is very autobiographical, but because it is fiction, it is easier to write. I write about very painful stuff, and in fiction I get to create a character to stand in for me, so when the writing gets tough, I tell myself, "this is happening to my character, not to me," and that helps me to break through that wall of pain. When I wrote the memoir, I obviously couldn't do that. I was writing about myself, and every time I sat down to write it was the equivalent of cutting my wrists opened and bleeding all over my computer. There were many times when I almost gave up on the memoir. But when I finished I felt so free, so liberated from all the emotional baggage I had been carrying inside me for years and years.

I decided to write The Distance Between Us because I wanted people who don't know much about immigration to see how complex immigration is and how it affects the entire family unit, not just the immigrants who come here but the family that stays behind. My story puts a human face on an issue that most of the time people see it only as political.

5. What's next for you?

I am writing a young adult novel and I'm a fourth of the way into a novel for adults. They both deal with the immigrant experience in a way, though that isn't the focus of the story. I would love to say what the books are about, but because my stories tend to change as I write them I won't know what they are really going to be about until I finish them!

Time for Fireworks!

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fireworks.png Fireworks have become staples of Fourth of July celebrations but their history goes back much farther. Fireworks were invented in China and although their exact date of invention is unclear, the earliest documentation of fireworks date back to the 7th century. Tonight, Milwaukee will continue its tradition of July 3rd fireworks with the US Bank Fireworks Extravaganza. This year's show will feature five tons of fireworks, with 5,000 igniters lighting more than 20,000 shells. The show starts at dusk (around 9:30) and will last for about an hour. Looking for more fireworks shows? Check out some the City of Milwaukee's Fourth of July Commission celebrations. Have a safe and happy holiday!

The temporary location of the East Library at 2430 N. Murray Ave. is open for business!

eastflex.jpgThe East Library staff worked hard over the last week to get our temporary space ready! It was a long week. Not only did we have to move the library books and DVDs, we also had to set up our office space, and organize everything from magazines to encyclopedias to staple removers. Our skilled trades staff worked hard as well, and the IT staff set up our computers and made sure everything works the way it should.

We had a great opening this morning. Mayor Tom Barrett officially unlocked the door, and he was our official first patron. Alderman Nik Kovac also attended the opening and checked out some books. Many members of the local media were there to document the event, so you may spot us on the evening news, or hear about us on public radio!

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Sophie @ East

4-Reyna-Grande.jpgAward winning author and memoirist Reyna Grande will visit Central Library on Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 p.m. for a special reading from her recent memoir, The Distance Between Us, an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life.

Reyna's first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) is a National Book Circle Critics Award finalist.

You can see Reyna in the Mozart's Grove area (see the highlighted portion of the library floor plan below) of Central Library, Saturday, July 13th at 2 p.m.

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