October 2013 Archives

Invasion of the Tripods!

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75 years ago, something crashed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey. A cylindrical meteorite, it seemed, until it unscrewed itself to reveal it was none other than a rocketship, having launched itself straight from Mars. The invasion of Earth had begun!

At least, that was what was happening as part of the infamous radio broadcast of Orson Welles' dramatization of H.G. Wells' story War of the Worlds. The program's conceit was that it was in the style of a genuine radio news broadcast, which was incredibly effective in spurring fear in the hearts of its listeners. There were many people so convinced by the program's efforts to sound like a real radio news story that they believed it to actually be happening. While this reaction has become something of a modern legend, it seems that mostly people were scared enough to call their local police (but not do anything else, like set houses on fire or start shooting at planes in terror). Though stories tell of a more widespread panic, but this may have been slander on the part of newspapers to try and defame their competition on the radio.

So with the 75th anniversary upon us, why not check out a recording of that excellent program? Or perhaps take a look at the original book? Or, for those more visually attuned, there's the Tom Cruise movie from a few years ago. All of them are excellent options for this Halloween Eve. Remember, the truth is out there.

Sphinx-DescriptionEgypte.jpgIn 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte conceived a plan to occupy Egypt and sent a team of scholars to gather data which resulted in a monumental set of volumes known as Description de l'Egypte. Join us for an informative lecture with Bruce Precourt on this amazing collection, highlighting its creation and impact. This lecture will be hosted in the beautiful Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room and gives attendees an opportunity to see this lovely gem of a room up close.

Location: Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Space is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Room at 414 286-3071 to register.

Poets from around the state who have poems featured in the Wisconsin Poets' 2014 Calendar will read their poems, starting with January and continuing through the year.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is an organization of people who are interested in poetry, who write poetry, and/or who are willing to work to make Wisconsin poetry-conscious and conscious of its own poets; the organization is formed exclusively for literary and scientific purposes.
Copies of the calendar will be available for sale at the event.

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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar Reading
Saturday, November 2nd, 2-3:pp p.m.
Loos Room in Centennial Hall, Central Library
733 N. Eighth Street, Milwaukee, WI

House History

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househistoryNov2013.gifAn 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.

Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf

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poeticvoices_diouf.gif Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Sunday, November 3 at 1 p.m.
Marquette University, Varsity Theatre
1326 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane A. Diouf of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South, may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur'an and the call to prayer in West Africa. She plays early blues recordings side by side with African recordings of the call to prayer and invites audiences to catch the similarities.

Islam and the Blues is part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit and program series. The 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.

Listen to this fascinating podcast of the Sept. 24 program "The Song of the Reed: Rumi with Dr. Jawid Mojaddedi and a performance by Amir Vahab."

Ben Franklin statue.jpgThe Central Library will close to the general public at 3:00 PM this Thursday, October 24th in preparation for the Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration later that evening. The Ready Reference line will be unaffected by the closure, and will remain available to the public until 6 PM. All neighborhood libraries will remain open for their regular hours.

child on computer.jpgJoin us over your lunch hour to learn new things to make you a better parent. We'll provide subs from Cousins Subs, chips and water. Learn about free entertaining, educational and age-appropriate apps for children. Doors open at noon. Free lunch available starting at noon. Registration required; call 286-3011. Thank you to Cousins Subs for providing the lunches for our Lunch and Learn series.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Nov. 20: Best Children's and Teen Books of 2013
Dec. 11: Free Online Music and Magazines

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Have health insurance questions? Certified counselors from the Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP)are available every Wednesday to help! Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace sessions held every Wednesday from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library to get assistance.

Enrollment Labs
Wednesdays from 3-5:30 p.m.
October 2, 2013 - March 26, 2014
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Computer Training Room, 2nd floor

Unleash Your Inner Wilde Thing

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wildeman.jpgUnsurprisingly, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde is not with us today to celebrate his 159th birthday (and if he were, given such an extreme elderly age chances are he'd not be very much fun at a party and couldn't even eat any of the cake). This isn't to say that the celebrated playwright, author, and poet was normally boring at social events when he was alive; he was far from it, in fact. Snappy and fabulous in his dress sense and wit, Wilde was quite the character in his time. His life was tragically cut short at the age of 46, unjust imprisonment and disease having left him destitute. But rather than make this day about sadness, why not instead make it a celebration? So put on your favorite frilly shirt, paint a Picture of Dorian Gray, debate the real Importance of Being Earnest, and make sure no one thinks you're a Woman of No Importance.

Ben Franklin statue.jpgToday is your last chance to reserve your spot at the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation's 25th-annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration dinner to be held Thursday, October 24 at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., starting at 5:15 p.m. This year's honorees are Mark and Debbie Attanasio.
Patron tickets are $250 each, individual tickets are $100 and Friends of MPL members are $85. To make your reservation, please call 414-286-3784 or email foundation@mpl.org today, October 15th.
"The philanthropic and outreach work of the Attanasios, both here in Milwaukee and across the country, particularly the emphasis on education, personifies the ideals the Milwaukee Public Library holds as fundamental to the health and well-being of our community," said Milwaukee Public Library director Paula Kiely. "Both Brewers Community Foundation and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, with generous support of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, have enabled literacy programs throughout Milwaukee. "
The award celebration will include remarks by Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Public Library Director Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library Foundation board chair Arthur Harrington and the honorees, as well as "A Taste of Central Library," an elegant dinner reception featuring a menu of literary-inspired delicacies in a beautiful Neo-Renaissance setting and surrounded by millions of books and historic collections.
Proceeds from this event strengthen the resources of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, enabling it to support and enhance the library collections, technology, programming and facilities. For reservations, please call (414) 286-3784, or email foundation@mpl.org.

More information is available at http://mpl.org/file/found_benfranklin.html

Explore the truly amazing Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) digital collection presented through the University of Miami Libraries. This collection is a compilation of digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries. While covering a wide range of topics including anti-communism, literary manuscripts, and refugee records, the collection has particularly strong theater and playwright focus.
The Alberto del Pozo Orichas Collection is a person favorite, featuring a series of drawing depicting orichas (spirit deities) from the Afro-Cuban Santería religion.

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Ochumare by Alberto del Pozo, from University of Miami Digital Collections

Enjoy these unique digital collections while learning more about Cuba's fascinating history!

An Evening with Caryl Stern

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Stern book jacket.jpegJoin us for An Evening with Caryl Stern, in conversation with Mitch Teich:

Thursday, Oct. 17
7 p.m.
Centennial Hall
733 N. Eighth Street
Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will discuss her new book, I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children, with Mitch Teich of WUWM's Lake Effect.

Stern draws on her travels around the world, offering memorable stories that present powerful and sometimes counter-intuitive lessons about life. I Believe in Zero reflects her--and UNICEF's--mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths of children under the age of five from 19,000 each day to zero.

A book signing follows. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and Boswell Book Company.

More Chairs From East Library Available At Auction

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Eames chairs for auction.jpgAttention all fans of mid-century design and also everyone who enjoys sitting down!

Another auction of the East Library's Charles and Ray Eames chairs will be held in Chicago on October 17th! Type "Milwaukee Public Library" into the search box at http://www.lesliehindman.com/ to view the lots currently at auction, which consist of 4-8 white chairs. You can also bid online and have them delivered!

Submitted by Margaret @ East

photo courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers


Performers at the Smithsonian's Fiesta Musical, photo by The National Zoo.

While the physical museums and National Zoo run by the Smithsonian Institute might currently be closed down thanks to the Government Shutdown, their websites are still up and fully accessible. With Hispanic Heritage Month coming to a close soon, why not take a look at all these different online galleries and resources that the Smithsonian have put together on various topics?

¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art is a website put together to celebrate the work of Latino American artists and to educate others in the traditions and influences of these artists. The site is filled to the brim with pictures, biographical entries, video interviews and more for artists such as María Castagliola and Pepón Osorio.

To supplement that, also check out the Arte Latino gallery, which has 73 different artworks you can view online, and learn a bit about each piece as well.

The Museum of American History also has a nice web presence for its Mexican America artifacts, another great gallery full of pictures and a wealth of information to delve into.

Finally, for those who want to listen as well as see, there is the Folksways page for Hispanic Heritage Month, which gathers information and audio on all sorts of different Latino musical genres. You can easily lose an afternoon or more going through everything the Smithsonian has to offer. If you don't have a home computer to look at it all, remember that computer access is available at your local library branch. Stop in today!

1562.jpgIn 1562 Spanish cartographer Diego Gutiérrez created the largest, most complete print map of the Americas. Gutierrez used data collected by Spain during its explorations. The map included information on the people, settlements, and environment from the tip of South America to Labrador on the east cost. Gutiérrez's map was the largest engraved map of America to that time.

The Library of Congress' American Memory: Discovery and Exploration project includes a special presentation on the 1592 Map of the Americas, as well as images from the map's engravings.

Persepolis book discussion on October 7th

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Persepolis.jpegJoin us for a book discussion featuring Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi...

Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m.
Central Library, Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane's child's-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

The Persepolis book discussion is part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World event series accompanying the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World traveling exhibit, which is on display at Central Library through November.

Star Wars Reads Day @ Milwaukee Public Library!

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Stop by the East Library on Saturday, October 5th, to check out a book for Star Wars Reads Day!

We even have some free bookmarks and posters for inquiring young Jedi!




Submitted by Margaret @ East


Carlos Fuentes at the 1987 Miami Book Fair, photo courtesy of Miami Dade College Archives

The 1960s and 70s in Latin American countries were marked by political unrest and tumult (thanks in no small part to the meddling of other world powers). This did, however, also increase the amount of attention these countries receive overall, which played an important role in what became known as the 'Latin American Boom'. This Boom was a period where Latin American literature, poetry, and criticism flourished and gained international renown that writers from the area had not previously received.

The works of the Boom are marked by many similar trends, though the most famous is that of magical realism. While there isn't a rock-solid definition of what constitutes magical realism, there's no doubt that Gabriel García Márquez (most famous of the Boom authors) is one of its most iconic writers. Specifically, it is his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude that is so exemplary of this literary genre, with its melding of the real and the fantastic. Of course, it is not just magical realism that defines the writers of the Latin American Boom, and many more authors are key figures of this period: Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa are of equal import, and all of whom have books available in the library system.

The lasting effect of the Boom was to open Latin American authors to ongoing opportunities for success on an international level. Of particular note are the post-Boom female authors who emerged (as sadly the attention of Boom period was upon solely male authors): Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, and Elena Poniatowska among others.

So what better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to check out some of these Latin American authors? Just click any of the included links, we've got tons of books for you to read!

talking books.jpgWhen we moved the East Library into our temporary location, we didn't anticipate having any room for audiobooks or large print books. However, so many people expressed interest in these collections that we've decided to bring them back. We won't have as many as we did at the old East, but we do have some exciting audiobooks at East, including Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and many more.

Expect these collections to grow slowly in the coming weeks as we add new items to the shelves. You can find the audiobooks next to the magazines, and the large print books next to the holds pick-up shelf. As always, if you can't find what you're looking for, our librarians will be happy to help!

Submitted by Sophie and Beth @ East


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