August 2013 Archives

Happy Birthday, Ingrid Bergman

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Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915. She lost her mother when she was 3 years old, and her father passed away when she was 12. He had owned a photography shop, and had encouraged his daughter's artistic talents.

Bergman spent her teen years with her uncle, and began to appear as an extra in Swedish films. Her first speaking role came in 1935, and in 1936 she was in the film Intermezzo, which caught the attention of the powerful American film producer David O. Selzick. He convinced her to come to Hollywood and remake the film for American audiences.

Bergman would continue to appear in films for the next five decades. During her career, she won three Oscars, two Emmys (including one for her portrayal of Milwaukee's Golda Meir) and a Tony. She died in 1982 on her 67th birthday after a seven year struggle with cancer.

During her lifetime, Ingrid Bergman made over 50 films, including this blogger's all-time favorite, Casablanca. Many of her movies are available for check-out at your Milwaukee Public Library.

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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marchonwashcrowd.jpgFifty years ago, some 250,000 men and women banded together for the fight against injustice and prejudice. Fifty years ago, they gathered on Washington DC, by the busloads from Harlem and Alabama, by plane, and train, and automobile from all across the nation. Fifty years ago, they marched under the banner of Jobs and Freedom, united for equality. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream with the gathered crowd and the entire world.

The immediate effect of the march resonated in the subsequent passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in the following two years. The lasting effect continues to this day, as the struggle for civil rights, equality, and freedom for all did not end in the sixties. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, there are some events today at the Martin Luther King library.

From 2:00-3:00 pm there will be a "Make Your Own Dream Bracelet" activity for children seven and up. String glass beads on a memory wire while making special wishes to the world!

From 6:00-7:00 pm there is a, "I Have a Dream" Open Mic Night, an all-ages event where patrons can perform a song, music piece, dance routine, share some thoughts, or read a poem to express their dream or to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. In addition, guest speaker Nancy Torphy, a participant of the March on Washington, will discuss her memories of attending the March. All ages are welcome to attend this family event. Performers can sign up with a librarian on the day of the event.

Healthy Eating @ Center Street Library

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Are you interested in eating healthfully but unsure where to start? Join us for a series of discussions to increase your skills and knowledge! Sharon Roberts, nutritional educator with the Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension, will lead us through a four-week exploration of nutritious food choices and show us how to make grocery dollars count.

If you are looking to increase your healthy food choices, stop by the Center Street Library for one or all of these interesting discussions. Open to up to twenty adults. No registration required.

Library: Center Street, 2727 W Fond du Lac Ave.
Time: 6-7pm

    Monday, September 9 -- What Makes a Meal?
    Monday, September 16 -- Budgeting Food Dollars
    Monday, September 23 -- Making a Grocery Shopping List
    Monday, September 30 -- Food's Safe: So Am I

East Library Update

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Laptop vending 8.21.13.jpgWE HAVE WIRELESS!

Our high-speed internet service has (finally) been installed! Many of our patrons have been waiting eagerly for our free Wi-Fi, which is now available to the public. You can now bring your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device, and connect to the internet for free at the East Library Temporary Location.

In addition, we have expanded our laptop services. Patrons can now use the internet on our laptops for up to two hours, and we have 18 laptops available for use. Stop by the library and try one out!

Submitted by Sophie @ East, photo courtesy of Margaret @ East

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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Photo from Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, August 30, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee employees.

In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2 for the observance of Labor Day.

Milwaukee Public Libraries will re-open with their normal hours on Tuesday, September 3.

While we are closed, feel free to explore our online databases, which are available even when the library is closed.


Abraham Lincoln statue at N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. and E. Mason St. bridge over the Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Railway tracks, Labor Day. Found in the Library of Congress Digital Archives

monalisa.jpgToday marks the 102nd anniversary of one of the most famous art thefts of all time. The Mona Lisa, the portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci known throughout the world over for her enigmatic expression, disappeared off the walls of The Louvre in France. For almost two years, it was a complete mystery, with high-profile suspects such as painter Pablo Picasso and poet Guillaume Apollinaire being questioned by the authorities. The whole situation remained a mystery until the painting turned up in Italy, with a mustachioed man trying to sell the painting to an antiques dealer. The mustachioed man was Vincento Peruggia, a man who would claim he had stolen the painting in order to return it to its 'home', Italy.

But how did he pull such a feat off? Had he a crack team of criminals, each with their own specialty and peculiar quirk, like an old-timey Ocean's 11? It was nothing hardly so Hollywood or glamorous. Peruggia was a former Louvre employee; he had simply hidden overnight in a closet in his old work uniform, knowing that the museum was closed the next day. He then took the painting off the wall and into a stairway, where he cut the canvas from the frame, hid it under his coat, and walked out. He didn't even have to dodge any security lasers or dangle off the edge of a cliff.

So if your interest has been piqued, why not check out our books on art theft? Or perhaps you'd like to learn more about the Mona Lisa or maybe even Leonardo da Vinci? Or perhaps you'd really just like to read another account of the theft of the Mona Lisa? All that and more are available from your local library location.

Put Your Best Foot Forward In Your Career Path

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man walking forward with shadows.jpgDiscover clever ways to increase your effectiveness in your career search as well as in the workplace. Through hands-on activities you will increase your value as an employee by strengthening soft skills such as: interpersonal communication, interview preparation, and professionalism.

Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Washington Park

This program is free, and open to the public. No registration is required.

Patent Searching 101 at Central Library!

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selden.gifProtect Your Product! Central Library Business Librarians will explain the seven-step strategy for conducting a patent search in a free program offered once a month. The Milwaukee Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While librarians cannot do a patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by following PTRC guidelines.

Patent Searching 101
Thursday, August 22, 12-1 p.m.
2A, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
No registration required.
Questions? Contact the Business and Technology department at 286-3051.

Digital Photography at Milwaukee Public Library

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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 August 17th and running through August 24th. 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!

East Library Furniture Auction Update

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Yellow Chair east library blog photo.jpgThe first East library furniture auction was a great success!
The net proceeds were a little over $10,000, and will be added to the library's public art fund.

(Just look at that beauty! So functional, so artistic! Of course they're selling well!)

Keep an eye out for the next auction on August 21st in Chicago. Contact Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for more info:

Submitted by Margaret @ East

'Max the Brown Tabby Cat with Books' photo (c) 2011, Found Animals Foundation - license:
Have fun, make a new friend, and improve your reading! Students in grades 1-5 read to a registered therapy cat. Children may bring in their own reading materials or select materials at the library. Registration required; application forms are available online at

Drop-ins welcome if space allows.

Words With Whiskers
Tuesday, August 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave

20130516023855!March_on_washington_Aug_28_1963.jpgThe following events will be held in August to commemorate Dr. King's dream of living in a country where all people are treated equally, and no longer "judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character." [Event flyer in PDF format]

"I Have a Dream" Speech and the March on Washington Display
August 7 to September 11
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Mozart's Grove

Central Library will have a display of historic photos, newspaper clippings, books and other archival material celebrating the anniversary.

"I Have a Dream" Intergenerational Mini-March
Tuesday August 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th Street

Calling all children, elders and everyone in-between! Come together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that featured Dr. King's famous speech, "I Have a Dream." Listen to an inspiring story and create signs to carry in a mini-march through the Villard Square Branch. We will reenact the speech and have a special take-home project to help your family keep the dream alive.

Wednesday, August 28
Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Make Your Own "Dream Bracelet," 2-3 p.m.

String glass beads on a memory wire while making special wishes to the world. For ages 7 and older.

"I Have a Dream" Open Mic Night, 6-7 p.m.
Patrons can perform a song, music piece, dance routine, share some thoughts, or read a poem to express their dream or to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. In addition, guest speaker Nancy Torphy, a participant of the March on Washington, will discuss her memories of attending the March. All ages are welcome to attend this family event. Performers can sign up with a librarian on the day of the event. *Free books will be given away while supplies last.
This is a family event. No use of profanity or explicit acts are allowed. Please limit your performance to 3-5 minutes or less. A CD player will be available for use.

Photo display at Martin Luther King Library
August 12 - September 12

Martin Luther King Library will also have a display from August 12 - September 12 of Martin Luther King photos from his visits to Wisconsin and Milwaukee - including a 1963 visit to the Milwaukee Auditorium. This display is made available in partnership with the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum. The Milwaukee Journal is the original owner of the photos.

8/26 Healthy Eating @ Center Street

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Desktop Publishing at Milwaukee Public Library

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Explore more of the amazing tools Microsoft Word has to offer by learning to use templates, make labels and stationery, create invitations, and make flyers with tear off tabs from scratch. Sponsored by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

This class is offered at several Milwaukee Public Library locations, so chances are there is a class near you. They will be held next week, on several different days, begining Monday, August 12th and ending August 20th.

Registration is required. You can register by calling Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 or by clicking the picture above and registering online.

african american women with natural hair.jpgThinking about going from a relaxer to a natural hair style? Are you overwhelmed with selecting the right hair products for the texture of your hair? If so, this free program is for you! Presenter Kanika Ward founded the group "Natural Hair Milwaukee". She is also the primary organizer of Milwaukee's Natural Hair Care Expo and a licensed esthetician. Ms. Ward will be sharing tips and advice, performing hair care demonstrations, and encouraging discussion about the beauty and management of African-American hair.

Library: Martin Luther King Library
Date: Monday, August 12th, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

womens_small_business_cov.jpgSmall Business Resources 101 is a free monthly program offered by Milwaukee Public Library's Business & Technology Department. Learn how to find the right information to help you start your own business. Interested in learning how to write a business plan? Not sure how to get your market research started? Then this is the class for you! Business librarians will cover must-use print and electronic resources that will help you get your business started (or keep it growing!). This program is offered monthly and no registration is required.

Small Business Resources 101
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Central Library, Krikelas Room (2A)
12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Historic Milwaukee Voter Lists

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Milwaukee_Central_Library_Mar10.jpgThe Milwaukee Public Library added 285 microfilm reels of City of Milwaukee Poll Lists of registered voters from 1888 to 2001 to its collection. They are organized by election date, aldermanic ward (1888-1971)/aldermanic district (1972- ) and precinct (1888-1971)/ward (1972- ). Unfortunately, they are not searchable by name, but by aldermanic ward/district and precinct/ward. It can help researchers, students and history buffs discover the changing ethnic demographics of Milwaukee's aldermanic wards/districts and precincts/wards through the decades.

The Central Library's Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room has some aldermanic ward/district and precinct/ward maps. The Poll Lists microfilm reels are shelved in the microfilm area of the Periodicals Room on the 2nd floor of the Central Library.

Submitted by Van Lingle Mungo

Wisconsin State Fair

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Fest.Statefair.Post1960.003.jpgIt's that time again! The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins August 1st and runs through August 11th. Go ahead and grab a cream puff while you read a little about the history of the Wisconsin State Fair.

The very first State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851. During the mid to late 1800's, the fair was hosted at numerous different locations, including Madison, Fond du Lac, Watertown and Milwaukee. It's been held at the current site in West Allis since 1892.

Since it's foundation, the Fair has only been canceled five times. It was not held in 1861 through 1863 because of the Civil War. It was next canceled in 1893 due to anticipated loss of attendance because the World Fair was being held in Chicago that year. The last cancellation came in 1945, when the Office of War Transportation requested it due to events occurring in World War II.

The photo above is a picture of the pig and cow fair mascots from the 1982 Wisconsin State Fair. To see more historic photos, visit the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection.


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