September 2013 Archives

Ballet_Folklorico.JPGGet ready for an experience unlike any other! Ballet Folklorico is once again bringing the dances of Mexico to Central Library in a performance celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Escamilla Entertainment's Ballet Folklorico brings to audiences of all ages enriching perspectives of Mexican culture, featuring dances and dress from Mexico's diverse culture and even a world champion trick roper!

Ballet Folklorico
Saturday, October 12th, 2-3p.m.
Central Library, Shoenleber Reading Room (1st Floor)
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Questions? Contact Ready Reference at 286-3011.

The Worlds of the Ghazal event Sunday 10/6

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Join us for The Worlds of the Ghazal with Dr. Syed Akbar Hyder and a performance by Kiran Ahluwalia...

Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m.
Central Library, Centennial Hall
733 N. 8th Street

Composed in sets of two-line verses, the ghazal has long been favored by poets from the Arabic Golden Age to the Ottoman courts to the contemporary English-speaking world. Dr. Syed Akbar Hyder offers a brief history of this form and close, thoughtful readings of work by two Urdu masters--Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) and Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869)--which demonstrate the beauty of the form. This lecture is followed by a performance by Juno award-winning Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and her accompanist Rez Abbasi, who bring contemporary stylings to this timeless work.

This event is part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World program series.

Hidden Treasures at Milwaukee Public Library

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Photo by daveparker, found at Wikimedia Commons

Discover a variety of creative and simple story time props that can be made using recyclable materials and items you have on hand to develop early literacy skills. Bring your camera!

This is a free continuing education class for child care providers, worth 1.5 credit hours. Registration is required. Adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to class start time so workshop can begin as scheduled. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time.

This class is being held at Central Library (814 W. Wisconsin Ave) on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:00PM to 7:30PM and Saturday, October 5th from 10:30AM to 12:00PM.

You can register online, or by calling (414)286-3011. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mendez v. Westminster

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A 1941 segregated school for children of Mexican descent, photo by the USDA

"The equal protection of the laws' pertaining to the public school system in California is not provided by furnishing in separate schools the same technical facilities, text books and courses of instruction to children of Mexican ancestry that are available to the other public school children regardless of their ancestry. A paramount requisite in the American system of public education is social equality. It must be open to all children by unified school association regardless of lineage."

-Federal District Judge, Paul J. McCormick, from Mendez v. Westminister School Dist. of Orange County, 64 F.Supp. 544 (D.C.CAL. 1946).

Seven years before Brown v. the Board of Education, there was Mendez v. Westminster. This 1946 case that went all the way to the Supreme Court started with five Mexican American Fathers: Thomas Estrada, William Guzman, Gonzalo Mendez, Frank Palomino, and Lorenzo Ramirez. Their complaint was simple; children of Mexican descent were unfairly being segregated into 'schools for Mexicans' in several school districts in Orange County. The argument for the case was that this segregation constituted a violation of the equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, as the students were being discriminated against due to their ancestry.

As you can see from the quote above, the district judge ruled that it indeed was a violation of the 14th amendment, which would have been highly resonant in terms of segregation cases. Sadly, this was not to set a precedent that would do away with all school segregation (That would have to wait until Brown v. the Board of Education, mentioned previously). Instead, when appealed to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the nation instead ruled that the segregation of Mexican and Mexican-Americans wasn't allowed because California law only allowed Mongolians, Chinese, and Japanese people to be segregated. Thankfully it wasn't long until 1947, when California passed law that did away with all educational segregation in the state. The nation, however, would still have longer to wait for educational equality.

If you're looking for more information on this little-known but important case, check out this NPR story, or this link to information from the National Park Service. The Texas Bar has also put together an excellent site for information about the case.

Fondy Farmers Market blog post.jpgDuring September, the Center Street Library hosted a series of lectures on nutrition and healthy shopping. This month, learn how to use whole food ingredients in your own kitchen! Join us as we welcome Young Kim, Fondy Farmer's Market Executive Director, for a cooking demonstration.

Young will prepare a delicious side dish and provide samples and recipes to attendees. Young will also answer questions about the Fondy Farmer's Market offerings and how to use WIC, QUEST, and SFMNP to get healthy, local food. Come enjoy a snack and win a chance at a Fondy gift card! No registration necessary.

Library: Center Street Library
Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month: Milwaukee's Spanish Newspapers

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Explore Wisconsin and Milwaukee's history through the eyes of one of our city's many Spanish newspapers! Milwaukee Public Library has several Spanish papers covering the 1960s-90s, as well as current titles. The image above is taken from La Guardia, a bilingual newspaper with a focus on the Chicano led labor movement.

Some of the other Spanish newspapers in the library's collection include the Spanish Journal, known as "La voz hispania de Wisconsin," and El Conquistador.

These and other historic Milwaukee newspapers can be accessed in the Periodicals Department, 2nd Floor of the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Questions about the Spanish newspapers? Call our Periodicals department at 414-286-3073.

Zeidler Lecture program - Thursday September 26

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MarchonWashington1963.pngThe Struggle for Civil & Economic Rights: 50 Years after the March on Washington
7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013
CENTENNIAL HALL, Milwaukee Public Library
733 North 8th Street
(Free and Open to the Public)

A lively Q&A interchange led by James Causey,
Editorial writer and Columnist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, featuring:

Sheila Cochran
Chief Operating Officer/Secretary-Treasurer
MILWAUKEE AREA LABOR COUNCIL

Rev. Joseph E. Ellwanger, ELCA & MICAH
As a Pastor, he worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, Past President, Amer. Baptist Churches, USA
Ordained by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, she participated in the 50th Anniversary March in Washington, D.C.

The 6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture celebrates the life, ideals and work of one of Milwaukee's greatest public servants, who served as Mayor of the city from 1948 to 1960. It was Mayor Zeidler's belief that America's urban centers like the City of Milwaukee are the best places to advance human progress.

Contact Information:
International Institute of Wisconsin
Phone: 414-225-6220
Email: gshellman@aol.com

10 Cent Used Book Sale September 21st

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The Bookseller, located within the Central Library, is holding a 10 cent used book sale on Saturday, September 21st. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Friends 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. The sale will be held in Meeting Room 1, across the hall from the Bookseller and Cafe. Proceeds from sales benefit Milwaukee Public Library.

If you miss the sale on Saturday, don't worry. You can still find excellent deals at the Bookseller year-round. Children's books are 25-cents, paperbacks 50-cents, hard covers $1, and premium books are priced as marked. Call 286-2142 for hours.

Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library 10 Cent Used Book Sale
Where: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53233
When: Saturday, September 21 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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Image Courtesy of the the VOCES Oral History Project, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.

The VOCES project was started in 1999 by University of Texas professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. Her goal was to document the stories of the Latino experience in World War II, a subject that had previously been mostly ignored by the majority of historians. Now having interviewed over 500 men and women (and recently expanded to include stories of the Korean and Vietnam wars), this project is one of the premier sources for primary accounts of American Latino history. While the actual tapes and archives are located in Texas, there is an excellent website (click here!) that provides many different first-hand accounts of these experiences. Definitely worth the browsing time and more, so why not click over and read about a unique bit of American History today?

Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Centennial Hall

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canaries in the coal mine.gifTo kick off Banned Books Week, the UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies and UWM's Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library to host a presentation by Barbara Jones, Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom.

Barbara Jones is the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. She has been active for 25 years in the field of intellectual freedom issues.

Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Centennial Hall (Please note that Central Library is closed at this time.)

This event has advance registration. To register for this program, please click here to access the SOIS web page to begin your registration.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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September 15- October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! Join Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the cultures of Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Spanish-speaking regions and countries of Central and South America with events and diplays throughout our libraries.

This Saturday, September 21st come to the Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., for a full day of fun activities!

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Bilingual Story Time
Join us for a fun, interactive bilingual story time that includes stories, songs and a craft, plus a special churro treat!
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1-1:45 p.m.
Tania Alvarez - Miss Latina Wisconsin 2013
Miss Alvarez will present the story El Patito Feo/ The Ugly Duckling and share her experiences as Miss Latina Wisconsin. Express your individuality with an art activity following the story. (Suitable for children ages 6 and up.)

2:30-3 p.m.
Dance Academy of Mexico
Local dancers will present lively traditional Mexican dances. Fun for all ages!

On every Monday and Wednesday throughout Hispanic Heritage Month a different event, individual or resource will be highlighted on the Now @MPL.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

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poeticvoices.gifThe Milwaukee Public Library is proud to be one of six public library systems in the nation to participate in Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative in cooperation with Poets House, City Lore, and the American Library Association. NEH developed Bridging Cultures to engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World offers an 18-panel traveling exhibit and related programming that use scholarly interpretation and performance of oral and literary Muslim poetic traditions. It highlights these traditions from four major language areas — Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu — and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the United States, providing new ways for Americans to discover how poetry plays a central role in the intellectual, spiritual, social and political aspects of these cultures.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at 6 p.m. in Central Library's Mozart's Grove. Milwaukee Poet Laureate Jim Chapson will offer brief remarks, and the exhibit will be available for viewing.

A series of programs will be presented between September 24th and November 17th at several MPL and partner locations. For details, see the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World page on MPL's website or download the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World events flyer (PDF).

Mad Science Presents : Mischievous Magnets!

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magnet_ed_nose.jpgExplore magnetic fields and the properties of magnets. Join Mad Science and their team of scientists for an interactive and hands-on workshop. Learn about scientific concepts and practices all while having fun. Each workshop is an hour and includes a take-home object.

This program is intended for kids in grades 1-6.

When: Wednesday, September 18th, from 6:15-7:15pm.
Where: Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 286-3011, or register online.

110 Years of The Milwaukee Mile

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Milwaukee-Mile.jpg110 years ago today, the first race sped across the historic local track known as The Milwaukee Mile. The Milwaukee Mile holds the distinction of being the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, and it is located right on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Not only has it hosted a plethora of famous racers over the years, from Barney Oldfield to Mario Andretti to Danica Patrick, but also the field in the middle of the mile-long track used to host the Green Bay Packers from 1934-1951. This little bit of local history continues to be active to this day, with races held every year. While racing season has mostly wound down for the year, keep an eye on the track's website for announcements for next year's exciting speed-and-asphalt events.

For those wanting to look more into the exciting history, our Arts, Music, and Recreation room at the downtown Central Library location actually has programs from old Milwaukee Mile races available for reference use. Not to mention material on other racing-related topics for research and check-out available at most library locations. Stop in today!

old newspapers.jpgIn collaboration with Blk-Art, History & Culture, the Washington Park Library will present a Fall Film Series. Award-winning documentaries highlighting African American history and achievement will be presented with discussion sessions. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Tomorrow's screening will be of the film The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. This film presents a history of African-American newspapers and journalism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. It tells of the struggles against censorship and discrimination and for freedom of the press, with commentary by historians, journalists, and photojournalists.

Location: Washington Park Library
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM

state cap.jpgThe Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, located in Room G10-1 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and the Milwaukee Public Library are offering a free research class that will explore the Wisconsin Legislature's website. During this one-hour overview you will learn how to:

• track legislative activity
• locate bills and acts
• find committee information
• search the online Wisconsin Statutes

You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service and where to find the web sites and publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies.

When:
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 12-12:50 p.m.
Meeting Room 1, Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Register for the class by calling the library at 414.286.3011. Registration is required and space is limited. This is a demonstration class. 1 CLE credit is pending for attorneys.

Presented by the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center and the Milwaukee Public Library.

6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture

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The Struggle for Civil & Economic Rights:
50 Years after the March on Washington

7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013
CENTENNIAL HALL, Milwaukee Public Library
733 North 8th Street
(Free and Open to the Public)

A lively Q&A interchange led by James Causey,
Editorial writer and Columnist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, featuring:

Sheila Cochran
Chief Operating Officer/Secretary-Treasurer
MILWAUKEE AREA LABOR COUNCIL

Rev. Joseph E. Ellwanger, ELCA & MICAH
As a Pastor, he worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, Past President, Amer. Baptist Churches, USA
Ordained by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, she participated in the 50th Anniversary March in Washington, D.C.

The 6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture celebrates the life, ideals and work of one of Milwaukee's greatest public servants, who served as Mayor of the city from 1948 to 1960. It was Mayor Zeidler's belief that America's urban centers like the City of Milwaukee are the best places to advance human progress.

Contact Information:
International Institute of Wisconsin
Phone: 414-225-6220
Email: gshellman@aol.com

Using Books to Encourage Positive Behavior

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ChildrenPlaying.jpgDealing with young children's challenging behaviors by starting with books encourages children to behave appropriately! Explore books and activities that can be used to help redirect children's behavior and address topics such as anger, sharing, and friendship.

This is a free continuing education class for child care providers, worth 1.5 credit hours. Registration required. Adults only; no children, no exceptions.

You can register online, or by calling (414)286-3011. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

water colors.jpgInside the new building we will have two works of public art installed. Artists submitted their ideas in June, and there are now five finalists to choose from. These finalists will present their proposals at the Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall, Loos Room, 733 N. 8th St. on Thursday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, you can see their proposals at our website, and take our online survey to tell us which ones you like best. We want the community to have a voice in which art works are chosen, so let us know what you think!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

Join the Bay View Kinnickinnic Knitters

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knitted elvis.jpgCome to Bay View Library for a knitting circle dedicated to expanding knitting skills through the participation of knitters of all experience levels. Bring any knitting project along the first Wednesday of the month for conversation and camaraderie among knitters. Tap into the knitting resources the library has to offer.

Library: Bay View Library
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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