April 2014 Archives

Come To Zablocki's Book Club For Adults

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End of Your Life Book Club.jpgJoin a book discussion of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe at Zablocki Library. There's still plenty of time to start reading for the book club, with plenty of copies available for checkout at the library. In this life affirming story, the author recounts his mother's life, recalling how they discussed books during the final stages of her last illness and describing how this activity furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: Zablocki Library

Book a Business Librarian!

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Have a business question? Ask an expert! During the week of May 12 -16, you can work one-on-one with Milwaukee Public Library business librarians as they guide you through the library's business resources. Business librarians can help you get started on your business plan, identify your best customers and competitors, give tips on creating marketing materials, and more! Register for a 30-minute session online or by calling 414.286.3051.

Remember When...Everyone Read the Green Sheet?

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Remember When...Everyone Read the Green Sheet?
2:00 PM on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Centennial Hall
733 N. Eighth Street
Click on the link above or call 414.286.3011 to register.

Street parking is free on Saturday, but time limits apply.

20 years ago, The Milwaukee Journal ended its most popular section and a Milwaukee institution, the Green Sheet. Dan Chabot, its final editor (1981-1994) will discuss its history and share memories of beloved columnists Ione Quinby Griggs (I.Q.G.) and Gerald "Slightly Kloss-eyed" Kloss, the funnies (comic strips), "Remember When..." photos from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection, "Your letter from home" and more.

Stop in at Central Library to see two related displays, on view now until the end of May:

  1. Green Sheet display, Mozart's Grove, 1st floor
  2. Peach Sheet display, Periodicals Department, 2nd floor

Award-winning author Shauna Singh Baldwin will be the featured speaker at the Spring Literary Luncheon, hosted by Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Baldwin will discuss her latest novel, The Selector of Souls, and visit with guests as she signs books. Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio, will introduce Baldwin at the luncheon.

Baldwin's writing explores universal themes through elegantly realized characters. The Selector of Souls, set in India in the 1990s, draws on a mélange of cultures and religions. It chronicles the histories of scores of characters, reaching back to the conflicts of the 1947 Partition and post-colonial era and forward to the precarious lives of girls and women in modern-day India. Last year the novel received the Anne Powers Fiction Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

Baldwin's second novel, The Tiger Claw, was a finalist for the prestigious Giller Prize of Canada. Set in Occupied Paris during the Second World War, it is inspired by the true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Sufi Muslim who worked as a secret agent for the Allies. It has been optioned for film.

Literary luncheon guests will receive their choice of The Selector of Souls or The Tiger Claw, provided by Boswell Book Company. Boswell will bring additional titles for purchase. The gala event will be held on Thursday, May 8, at the beautiful Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue. Book sales and signing will be from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. The lunch and program will be from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM.

For reservations to the Spring Literary Luncheon, please see the enclosed invitation in a copy of the April Milwaukee Reader, email friends@mpl.org, or call (414) 286-8720. The deadline for reservation is May 2nd.

Contributed by Marsha Huff, President, Friends Board of Directors


Photograph from "Remember When...E.T. Mix helped design Milwaukee?"

Have you ever wondered about the history of the house you live in? When it was built? Who lived there before you did? How it has changed over the years? Join MPL librarians from the Humanities and Art, Music and Recreation Departments and local architectural historian Traci Schnell for a two-hour tour of house history resources at Central Library.

House History at Central
9:30 AM on Saturday, May 3, 2014
The class will begin in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room on the second floor of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

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. With librarians from Humanities and from Art, Music and Recreation, and with local architectural historian Traci Schnell.

Please call 414.286.3011 to register. Space is limited.

Skeins of Milwaukee at Central

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knit bunny.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.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2014

Time: 1:30 P.M.

Location: Mozart's Grove, near the Media Room on the first floor of Central Library

John Muir

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Today is the birthday of John Muir, the world-renowned naturalist and author with ties to Wisconsin. Born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland, he moved to Wisconsin with his family at age 11. He grew up on his family's farm near Portage and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His keen interest in botany, piqued at the UW, led him to begin hiking throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. He collected plants and seeds for further study. He even walked from Indiana to Florida, a 1000-mile hike. Later, he ventured out to California where his study and exploration of the natural surroundings were instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park. In 1892 he would found the Sierra Club, one of the most revered environmental protection organizations in the world. He passed away in 1914 at the age of 76.

MPL has a number of great resources on John Muir, including his own writings, books about him, and articles from dozens of publications. And now that the weather's getting nicer, be sure to plan a hike along the John Muir Trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest!

Job Man : My 25 Years in Professional Wrestling

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Chris Multerer, aka Chris Curtis, wrestled The Crusher, Hulk Hogan, Mad Dog Vachon, Jesse Ventura, Andre the Giant, Greg Gagne and many other main event wrestlers. Now he wrangles pen to paper in a book about his life in the ring. Meet Chris Multerer and Larry Widen, co-author and local historian, for this behind-the-scenes look at pro wrestling. A question-and-answer period and book signing follows the event. Books will be available for purchase from Boswell Book Company.

Seating is limited; call 286-3011 or go online to register. There is no fee to attend this event.

WHERE: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
WHEN: Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

To Be! Shakespeare Here And Now

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shakespeare character.pngThe words of William Shakespeare will be brought to life by an actor from the Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee in a one-hour, interactive program. Audience participation is encouraged. Choose from three dates and locations for this fabulous program.

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Villard Square Branch

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bay View Library

Welcome to the NEW MPL.org!

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Today is the official unveiling of the new MPL.org website! Designed by the local web design firm Byte Studios, our new site offers the same resources and amenities you've always enjoyed with a sleek, up-to-date look and feel.

You'll find the latest news of goings-on at Central Library and all of the branches, important phone numbers, and our social media feeds right on the front page. Links along the top of the page make finding frequently-used information a snap. Spend some time exploring the new page and be surprised at what you might find!


John Gurda, historian


When: Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Loos Room, Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library
788 N. 8th Street (entrance on 8th Street, not through the main library)
This event is free and open to the public.

MPTV says:
"In each episode of AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN, historian John Gurda shares the history of each featured community. Some stories take longer to tell than the few minutes he has in each episode, so we've devoted the final episode of this season to John Gurda! This preview features 30 minutes of this hour-long special.

In this final episode, Gurda covers 6 topics: the Milwaukee River, Norskedalen, the Manhattan Project of WWII in West Allis, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin's two Basilicas, and Three Bridges Park in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. Who knew history could be so interesting?

Currently in its 3rd season, Emmy-award winning AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN highlights 13 communicities throughout Wisconsin. Each episode features the unique qualities of one community, and McGivern goes behind the scenes to talk with employers, residents and other people familiar with the locale to discover how they live, work and play.

"The Gurda Hour" episode airs on Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10.

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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All city of Milwaukee Libraries will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20th in observance of the Easter holiday. Many libraries will be open on Saturday, April 19th. The following libraries will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00PM on Saturday:

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
East Library, 2430 N. Murray Ave.
Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th St.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Additionally, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, April 19th.

slavery-by-another-name-cover.pngJoin the Milwaukee Public Library and America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) for films and discussions on the past, present and future of civil rights in America. The Created Equal Film Series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.

Slavery by Another Name

It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.

Join us Tuesday, April 15th at 5:15 p.m. at Villard Square for the film followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Robert Smith of ABHM.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative and in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

help wanted.jpgStudents in education, library science or related fields are encouraged to apply for Americorps Summer VISTA opportunities in the Education and Outreach Department at the Milwaukee Public Library. We are seeking one VISTA to work with school age outreach, and one VISTA to work with child care outreach. VISTAs at MPL gain valuable career experience working closely with library staff and educators at sites throughout the community and at Milwaukee Public Library locations.

To apply with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction visit:

To visit the Jobs page at the Milwaukee Public Library website, which includes a flyer with general information about the Summer VISTA program, including dates, compensation and general qualification requirements:

Please share with qualified students and others in your networks who would be interested in this opportunity.

Money Smart Week 2014!

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Welcome to Money Smart Week 2014! This nationwide awareness campaign, begun by the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, promotes financial literacy and is supported by thousands of institutions, including libraries, banks and schools.

MPL will be hosting the following events this week:

Get a FREE Copy of Your Credit Report!

@Bay View, Monday April 7th, 5:30-7:30 PM
@King, Tuesday April 8th, 5:30-7:30 PM
@Capitol, Thursday April 10th, 4-6 PM
@Central, Friday April 11th, 10 AM- 12 PM

Learn how to get free copies of your credit report from all of the major credit companies. Knowing your credit standing is important not only if you want to buy a house or a car, but also to help protect yourself against fraud.

Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will be available to explain the report to you and provide additional information.

To get your free credit report, be prepared to provide your:
• Social Security Number
• Birth Date
• Address or addresses where you have lived for the past three years
• Account numbers for utilities - gas/electric, cable, telephone etc.
• Account numbers for any loans or revolving lines of credit.

Understanding your Credit

@ King, Wednesday April 9th, 6-7 PM

This event is hosted by two mortgage experts, brokers Lynette Jarreau and Illiya Blakley. They will discuss how bad credit affects your life, how to repair your credit and how to understand your credit report.

You are cordially invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of the EDMUND FITZGERALD Ship Model Display!

Date: Saturday April 12, 2014
Time: Ceremony at 10:00 A.M
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room, Second Floor, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Reception to follow in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

RSVP by April 7, 2014
to wmhs@wmhs.org or (414) 286-3074

This model was originally given to Edmund Fitzgerald by the employees of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company on his 65th birthday, March 1, 1960. It was bequeathed to the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society by his son, Edmund B. Fitzgerald, upon his passing in 2013.

The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and Milwaukee Public Library cordially invite you to attend this unveiling ceremony.

Bring Your Own Device!

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Photo by Per Palmkvist Knudsen

Learn how to set up your iPad, Kindle, Nook or tablet to download free eBooks, audiobooks and magazines available to you as a Milwaukee Public Library card holder. Please bring your Milwaukee Public Library card and all passwords.

No registration is required, and all ages are welcome. Sessions will be held at both Central and East Libraries on a regular basis.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
Every second Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

East Library, 2430 N. Murray Ave
Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

International Children's Book Day!

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445px-Constantin_Hansen_1836_-_HC_Andersen.jpgToday, April 2nd, marks the anniversary of one of the most beloved, classic author of children's stories: Hans Christian Andersen. In honor of the greatest Dane of them all, International Children's Book Day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. So why not stop by a library today to check out our collection of children's books both old and new. It might make you yearn for your youth, or perhaps let that frenetic bundle of kinetic energy known as your child discover a whole new world of possibilities.

And speaking of Hans Christian Andersen, why not stop by the Central Library's Betty Brinn Children's Room to check out our gorgeous and historical stained glass window of the prolific author of fairy tales?

Lunch & Learn: Great Apps for All Ages

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lunch and learn april 2014.gifDo your children play games on an electronic device? Learn about free, entertaining, educational and age-appropriate apps for children and teens. Bring your device to load some of them.
Group presentation from 12:10-12:20 p.m. Then we'll be breaking into small, hands-on groups.
We'll provide subs from Cousins Subs, chips and water. Feel free to bring additional munchies if you'd like. Doors open at noon. Lunch will be available starting at noon. Registration required. You can register online or by calling Ready Reference at (414)286-3011.
Thank you to Cousins Subs for providing the sandwiches for our Lunch and Learn series.

WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M.


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