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May 14, 2013

The East Library Book Club Meets @ King Library in May.

House of Stone book jacket.jpegIf you're looking for a book discussion this month, come join the East Library Book Club in its temporary location at the Martin Luther King Library, while East Library is under construction. This month, the group will discuss House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid. Reserve your copy at the library today, because they're moving fast.

Library: Martin Luther King Library

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time: 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.

May 7, 2013

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore.

PrideOfBaghdad.jpegIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Selections for this club are intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an account of U.S. soldiers encountering lions who had escaped from the Baghdad Zoo in the spring of 2003, Vaughan and Henrichon tell a story of four lions who are happy to be free but remain unsure what exactly to do with that freedom. The lions debate and philosophize as they wander the war-ravaged streets of Iraq's capital, recalling the loquacious livestock of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Check with a librarian to reserve your copies today!

Library: Washington Park Library

Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Time: 6:45 P.M. to 7: 45 P.M.

February 12, 2013

The Known World Book Discussion February 19

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Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a discussion of the novel The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room I
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor — William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation — as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend estate, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave "speculators" sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.

An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians — and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.


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January 31, 2013

Black History Month Book Club at Central Library

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Join us as we celebrate Black History Month
with discussions on Tom Burrell's provocative book,
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
and Edward P. Jones's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
The Known World.

Book: Brainwashed by Tom Burrell
Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2B, 2nd floor
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Book: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room I
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.


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January 8, 2013

East Library Book Club Meets @ King This Month!

Cloud Atlas Book Cover.jpgCome to the East Library Book Club this month! Until further notice, the book club will be meeting at Martin Luther King Library during East Library construction. This month, the East Library Book Club discusses Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. There is still time to check it out from the library. New members are always welcome to the club, and there is no registration required.

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library 310 W. Locust St.


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November 13, 2012

Come Hear Which Books Make Great Gifts!

Gift-wraping.jpgHear about the best books 2012 has to offer for gift-giving. Suggestions from Milwaukee Public Library librarians Tom Olson and Jacki Potratz will make holiday gift-giving a breeze. This is your chance to ask questions before you buy. Many genres, including children's and young adult recommendations, will be presented. All books on display at the program will be available for checkout. This program is open to the public and is also part of the MPL docents' ongoing enrichment training. For more information, please call (414) 286-8720, or email Friends@mpl.org.

Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1


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August 21, 2012

Come Read Shakespeare Aloud in the Library!

Taming_of_the_Shrew.jpgJoin us Saturday, August 25th to take your part in a round robin reading of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Take part as a reader or a groundling as you wish. BYOB: Bring your own copy of the Bard. Library copies will also be available to use.

Date: Saturday August 25, 2012
Time: 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.
Location: Central Library's Oriental Room
Other Information: Future readings will take place on: October 27 - Macbeth.


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March 6, 2012

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore!

Smile Graphic Novel.jpgIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club.

This month's selection is Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not-so-friendly.

If this sounds appealing, come try out MPL's adult book club dedicated to graphic novels.

Location: Washington Park Library
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Time: 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM


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January 31, 2012

Join Tippecanoe Library's Book Discussion!

Last Lecture.jpg It's not too late to get your copy of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch from the library and start reading. Come to the Tippecanoe Library's discussion of The Last Lecture on Wednesday, February 8th and join the discussion of this life affirming story of a computer science professor, Randy Pausch, who treats every day as precious since his diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Date: 2/8/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Library: Tippecanoe
Other Information: Free! New members welcome. The book group will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month (except December).
Contact Number: 414.286.3011



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October 3, 2011

Join the discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

immortallifeofhenriettalacks.jpgPart detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot will be discussed at several libraries. Henrietta Lacks, a young black mother, died from an aggressive cancer in the early 1950s. Without her knowledge, her diseased cells were harvested. These cells proved to be inexplicably immortal and became known as HeLa. HeLa cells were reproduced, bought and sold countless times and contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The discussions are sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. No registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: East

Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
Start Time: 6:30 PM
Library: Central

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Mill Road

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Bay View

Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Center Street

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Washington Park


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September 26, 2011

Comic Books Are Not Just for Kids Anymore

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Join other lovers of graphic novels at Washington Park Library's book club for adults. This month's selection is Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka & J.H. Williams, III. This book is recommended for mature readers only.

Tuesday, October 11 - 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.


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August 8, 2011

Join the East Library's Book Club Discussion!

SmallWonder.jpgIt's not too late to start reading for the discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder. This collection of essays will inspire an examination of your relationship with the world around you and should spark some great conversation. Reserve your copy of the book today. Then come to East Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16th and share your thoughts with fellow readers.


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June 6, 2011

Join the Bay View Book Club this month!

The Help by Stockett Jacket.jpgThere's still time to check out The Help by Kathryn Stockett from the library so you can join the discussion at the Bay View Book Club's June session. The book club meets this month on June 15th from 6:30 pm to 7:30pm.


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February 21, 2011

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids!

DaysGoneByegraphicnovel.jpg If you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. Read the "continuing story of survival horror" that inspired the recent hit TV show on AMC. We will discuss Vol. 1, but feel free to read as much of the series as you can before the meeting. The MPL has several collections of this Eisner Award-winning comic.


Date: March 8, 2011
Time: 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Location: Washington Park Library


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January 10, 2011

Bay View Book Club for Adults

Crossing to Safety.jpgIt's not too late to start reading for the upcoming discussion of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. This novel set in Depression Era Wisconsin follows the lives of two very different couples and their friendship. This session of the Bay View book club for adults will be on Wednesday, January 19th from 6:30 to 7:30pm.


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November 29, 2010

Comic Books are Not Just for Kids Anymore!

SupermanWhateverHappenedtoTheManofTomorrow.jpgIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is a Superman potpourri. This includes Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? The Deluxe Edition by Alan Moore, and All-Star Superman Vols. 1 & 2 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely.

Library: Washington Park
Date: 12/14/10
Start Time: 6:45 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM


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September 27, 2010

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore

V for Vendatta jacket.jpg If you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+).

Date: 10/12/2010
Start Time: 6:45 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM
Library: Washington Park
This month's selection is V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd.
Just in time for the 5th of November!


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September 28, 2010

October Book Clubs

Check out what our neighborhood library book clubs are reading in October and join the discussion!

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, October 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Song Yet Sung by James McBride


Song Yet Sung

East Library

Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama


Dreams from My Father


Bay View Library

Wednesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


Water for Elephants


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July 27, 2010

August Book Clubs

Book clubs will be held on Monday evenings in August to accommodate MPL's summer hours. Check out what our neighborhood libraries will be reading and discussing!

East Library

Monday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Tippecanoe Library

Monday, August 9 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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Bay View Library

Monday, August 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows


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June 9, 2010

Book Club - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Girl with Dragon Tattoo.jpgHave you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Listened to the audiobook? Seen the movie? Join us at the Tippecanoe Library from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9th to discuss this fascinating novel. The first in the Millenium Trilogy, this book was written by Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson, who died at the age of 50 before the publication of this phenomenally successful series of books.


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May 19, 2010

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude

The civility solution.jpgRudeness can put a real damper on your day. Nobody likes being ignored by a sales clerk, honked at by an impatient driver, or being disrespected by someone talking loudly on a cell phone. In The Civility Solution, author P.M. Forni writes about the importance of civility in today's busy world and suggests ways to deal with rudeness in more than one hundred different situations.

Join your friends and neighbors to discuss this book at the Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


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May 25, 2010

June Book Clubs

Summer weather is here! When you go out to enjoy the sun, take along one of these great reads and then join the discussion at one of MPL's branch libraries.

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, June 9 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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East Library

Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Bay View Library

Wednesday, June 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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April 27, 2010

May Book Clubs

Here's what our neighborhood library book clubs will be reading in May!

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, May 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

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East Library

Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Eclipse
by Richard North Patterson

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Bay View Library

Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People are Rude
by P.M. Forni

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March 31, 2010

April Book Clubs

Check out what our Neighborhood Library Book Clubs are reading in April:

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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East Library

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

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Bay View Library

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Uniform Justice by Donna Leon


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February 26, 2010

March Book Clubs

To celebrate the Big Read many MPL libraries will be holding book clubs to discuss The Call of the Wild by Jack London.


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Monday, March 8
1:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King

Tuesday, March 9
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Central

Tuesday, March 9
6:30 p.m.
Atkinson

Wednesday, March 10
5:30 p.m.
Zablocki

Wednesday, March 10
6:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe

Tuesday, March 16
6:30 p.m.
East

Wednesday, March 17
6:00 p.m.
Capitol

Monday, March 22
6:00 p.m.
Villard Avenue

Monday, March 23
6:30 p.m.
Forest Home

Saturday, March 27
1:00 p.m.
Mill Road

Wednesday, March 31
6:30 p.m.
Bay View

Also, the Bay View Library book club will be discussing The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder and the Makings of a Great President by Julie M. Fenster on Wednesday, March 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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February 9, 2010

Big Read - Jack London's Call of the Wild

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MPL is once again participating in The Big Read program. The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. It brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

In 2010 Milwaukee will be reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

Events have been scheduled at all Milwaukee Public Libraries and are being planned by additional community partners. The kickoff for The Big Read will be at the Centennial Hall of the Central Library, February 26th starting at 11:00 a.m. MPL is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Museum for the kickoff.

To learn more about the kickoff and other events related to The Big Read, check out MPL's website.


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January 29, 2010

February Book Clubs

Three of MPL's neighborhood libraries are offering book clubs next month. Check out the selections and join the discussion!


Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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East Library
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.

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Bay View Library

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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December 2, 2009

Bess and Harry's Excellent Adventure

In the summer of 1953, Harry and Bess Truman took a road trip, just the two of them, from Missouri to the East Coast and back again. Enjoy a slice of life with the ex-president as he and his wife hit the road to enjoy America.

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What: Discussion of the book Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip

When: Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Central

Location: Krug Rare Books Room

Come join us for a lively book discussions in the comfortable surroundings of the Central Library Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The book will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

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October 2, 2009

October Book Clubs @ MPL

This is the month to celebrate your love of books! Check out what our October book clubs are reading and join the discussion. Plus there are many great literary events around the city that are part of the Milwaukee Book Festival, October 9th-19th!

Central Library
Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Vampire stories--any and all of them!
Twilight, perhaps?

Twilight


Tippecanoe Library
Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicky Myron

Dewey

East Library
Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
The Monk by Matthew Lewis

The Monk

Bay View Library
Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Montana 1948

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August 31, 2009

September Book Clubs @ MPL

In addition to King Library's discussion of Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow on September 22, several other MPL branch libraries are having September book clubs. Check out what they are reading and join the discussion!

Tippecanoe Library
Wednesday, September 9th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Playing for Pizza
Playing for pizza by John Grisham


East Library
Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m.
All This Hell
All this hell: U.S. nurses imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee.


Bay View Library
Wednesday, September 16th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garlic and Sapphires
Garlic and sapphires: the secret life of a critic in disguise by Ruth Reichl.

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July 31, 2009

August Book Clubs @ MPL

Looking for a good summer read?

Check out what MPL's book clubs are reading this month, and join us for the discussions!

Tuesday, August 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Central Library
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye


Wednesday, August 12th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe Library
The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak

The Turk and My Mother


Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
East Library
Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean

Dead Man Walking


Wednesday, August 19th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bay View Library
Into the Wild by John Krakauer

Into the Wild

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July 9, 2009

Book Discussion at Central Library - In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Join us for the Central Library Book Discussion on Tuesday, July 14th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The book to be discussed is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.

Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Central Library Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The books will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

Bill Bryson is the author of A Walk in the Woods and The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid who offers his wry wit and oddball observations while traveling through the “bush” and modern cities of Australia. Sometimes a travel book, sometimes a social history and always entertaining, Bill Bryson shares his exploration of Australia with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense of humor. Whether walking the streets of Sydney or trekking through the Australian Outback, this travel adventure is entertaining, informative and at times, downright funny!

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February 26, 2009

Overbooked : A Resource for Omnivorous Readers

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Wondering what to read next? Are you a fan of a certain genres and would like suggestions on other enticing titles? The Overbooked website is chock full of lists, starred reviews and all kinds of other readers advisory hints for finding the next good read. It is a non-profit site maintained by enthusiasts just like yourself.

So check out Overbooked before you curl up with your next good book and the library will be glad to help you track down a copy.

For other sites about the book world, check out the Literature & Publishing Category under Recommended Links on the MPL Homepage.

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December 3, 2008

East Library Book Club

The 2009 East Book Club list is posted below. A physical copy is available at East Library.

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East Library
1910 E. North Ave
414-286-3058

East Book Club
Tuesdays 7pm - Meeting Room

Selections for 2009

Jan. 20: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Feb. 17: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Mar. 17: Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
Apr. 21: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
May 19: Birdman of Alcatraz by Robert Stroud
Jun. 16: The Film Club by David Gilmour
Jul. 21: 11 Days in December by Stanley Weintraub
Aug. 18: Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean
Sep. 15: All This Hell by Evelyn Monahan
Oct. 20: The Monk by Matthew Lewis
Nov. 17: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Dec. 15 : English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


December 2, 2008

King Book Club

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After her "stand-in mother" Rosaleen insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins her on a journey to South Carolina where the duo are taken in by three African American bee-keeping sisters. Have you seen the movie? Visit King Library next Monday afternoon or evening and talk about it! Find a copy of the book or sound recording here.

October 28, 2008

King Book Club

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Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust Street

Monday, November 10
6:30 - 7:30 p.m


The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Winter Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s
most powerful drug czars, uses her own smarts to stay on
top after her father’s empire is threatened by a drug war.

Read the book and discuss it with other library patrons
while you enjoy some refreshments!

October 13, 2008

Book Group @ East Library

Celebrate National Book Reading Group Month by joining fellow readers at East Library for a discussion of Emily Yellin's Our Mothers' War. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

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"Rosie the Riveter wasn't the only American woman contributing to the World War II effort; others were spies, nurses, prostitutes, entertainers, pilots, baseball players, politicians, and prisoners of war. After her mother died, author Yellin found a diary and hundreds of letters she'd written while she was a Red Cross nurse in the Pacific. Yellin, a journalist, uses her mother's story as an anchor for a larger narrative which shows that many of the conflicts American society wrestles with today--such as work and family, pay inequities, sexual harassment--have their roots in women's experiences during World War II." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Be sure to check out our other MPL book clubs!

August 25, 2008

Central Library Book Discussion

Come and discuss Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe at the Central Library Book Group.
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This is the latest book to be discussed in this book group that is moderated by Central librarians. As a special treat, the book discussion takes place in the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The book is a starting point for the discussion, and reading it in advance is not required.

If, however, you are interested in the book about Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria, falling from grace in the tribal world as aggressive European missionaries arrive in his village, make sure to check out the additional information that is available about the book.

The book discussion takes place at the Central Library Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.

June 17, 2008

Book Clubs for Summer

Looking to meet great people and have thought provoking discussions on your favorite books?
One way to beat the heat this summer is to participate in the many book clubs that are held at Milwaukee Public Library locations. Here are some upcoming dates and locations to remember

Atkinson Library | 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., 286-3068
As announced.
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Bay View Library | 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 286-3019
First and third Thursdays, 1 p.m. | Great Books Series
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East Library | 1910 E. North Ave., 286-3058
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
June 17 --- Carter Beates the Devil by Glen Gold
July 15 --- Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Aug. 19 --- The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Sept. 16 --- Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
Oct. 21 --- Our Mothers' War by Emily Yellin
Nov. 18 --- The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Dec. 16 --- Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

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Tippecanoe Library | 3912 S. Howell Ave., 286-3085
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
July 9 --- Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Aug. 13 --- A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Sept. 10 --- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Oct. 8 --- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Nov. 12 --- Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

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Zablocki Library | 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave., 286-3055
Thursdays, 11 a.m.
June 26 --- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
July 24 --- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Aug. 28 --- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Sept. 25 --- Atonement by Ian McEwan
Oct. 23 --- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov. 20 --- P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

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Central Library Book Discussion | Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 286-3000
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Central Library Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The books will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.
July 8 --- Blood Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
Aug. 12 --- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

June 5, 2008

Central Library Book Discussion: Mission Song by John LeCarre

Follow the exploits of an interpreter involved with espionage in the African Congo in John LeCarre's Mission Song.
Join the monthly book discussion next Tuesday, June 10th at the Central Library. A Librarian will moderate the discussion in the comfortable surroundings of the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The book will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

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May 8, 2008

Central Library Book Discussion - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Please join us at the MPL Central Library on Tuesday, May 13th at 7 pm for a discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried : a work of fiction. However, prior reading of this book is not necessary to join in the discussion. Tell the group about your experiences in the military or discuss the impact of military service on your family. Any and all contributions are welcome!
The Vietnam War experiences of the author are told in this outstanding work of fiction. This novel was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the acclaim is well deserved. The book is not a novel in the traditional sense, or a collection of short stories and not quite a memoir.

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April 7, 2008

A Novel Idea

The Senator's Wife: A Novel by Sue Miller
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Two unconventional women, neighbors in adjacent New England townhouses--Meri Fowler, pregnant, newly married, and discovering the gap between reality and expectation, and Delia Naughton, wife of a notoriously unfaithful liberal senator--confront the costs and challenges of love.

February 4, 2008

Central Library Book Discussion: A Lesson Before Dying

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines is an engrossing and vividly written tale of segregation and prejudice, hope and enlightenment in the fictional town of Bayonne, Louisiana in the late 1940's. The novel explores relationships between family, community, race and differing educational and social backgrounds. Jefferson, a poor plantation worker, is convicted of a murder he did not commit, and the ripples from this conviction have a profound effect on many people throughout the entire community. This truly human story packs a powerful emotional wallop and is highly recommended.

The Central Library is hosting a book discussion about A Lesson Before Dying on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. For a list of all book discussions offered by the Milwaukee Public Library, check out MPL's Website.

- Submitted by Dan @ MPL Central


January 6, 2008

Book Discussion @ Central Library

The first Central Library book discussion of 2008 takes place Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. A librarian will moderate a discussion of Ian McEwan's Saturday, the tale of a single day in a London surgeon's life when a minor car accident forebodes major consequences. Saturday will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is not required. We hope to see you there!

November 19, 2007

A Novel Idea

Run: A Novel by Ann Patchett

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What makes a family? Think your family has secrets? In this novel, which spans 24 hours see how choices made in seconds can affect others for a lifetime. Former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle has 3 sons; Sullivan, 33, and African American Tip, 21, and Teddy, 20, brothers adopted 20 years earlier. On a snowy night Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming SUV by a woman who is hit and severely injured. She is the boys' birth mother and, along with her 11-year-old daughter Kenya has been watching the boys for years. Become part of their lives as the story progresses and issues of race, religion and duty are explored.

November 12, 2007

Book clubs galore

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Do you like reading? Do you like chatting? Do you like chatting about books? If you said yes to these questions, then MPL has just the thing for you.

Every month, many Book Clubs meet at six different libraries and each book club is reading and discussing a different book. So take a look at what is coming up, and join a book club today!

October 25, 2007

Check out the Book Club Kits

Did you know that Milwaukee Public Library has book club kits available for check out? Each kit has multiple paperback copies of the chosen title, a discussion guide, suggestions for starting a book club and information about the author. All in one convenient kit! Originating at the East Library, kits are also available at the Washington Park Library, Mill Road Library, Zablocki Library and Tippecanoe Library.

There are over 40 kits in circulation. To see what titles are available, check the online County catalog using the title Adult Book Club Kit.

The subtitles will be the titles of the books that are available.

You provide the book group, location and refreshments and the library's book kit will provide the rest.

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October 6, 2007

Book Discussion @ Central Library!

Did you know that Central Library has a book discussion group?

Librarians moderate lively book discussions each month in the comfortable surroundings of the Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The books will be a starting point for exchanging ideas on themes, events and characters; reading the book in advance is NOT required.

On Tuesday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Rumspringa; to be or not to be Amish by Tom Shachtman. Beginning at age 16, Amish youth are encouraged to participate in activities normally forbidden by their tradition before committing to Amish life. Shachtman describes the impact of this time of life on both teens and the Amish community.

Come join us!

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