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November 26, 2013

Skeins Of Milwaukee @ Central Library This Saturday

knit penguin.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 this Saturday for this wonderful opportunity to network with other crafters and make some progress on your knitting projects. There is free 2-hr. street parking on Saturdays.

Location: Mozart's Grove in Central Library (across from the media room)
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

November 19, 2013

Children's and Holiday Book Sale This Saturday @ Central

book sale.jpgTake advantage of incredible book bargains! Browse through a great selection of new and used children's books. 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. This book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Proceeds from sales benefit Milwaukee Public Library.

Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Friends members can enter 30 minutes early through 8th St. entrance with current membership card.)
Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1

October 29, 2013

Learn About Napoleon's Description de l'Egypte In Central Library's Rarities Collection

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.

October 28, 2013

Calling All Poetry Lovers! Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar Reading at Centennial Hall November 2!

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

October 22, 2013

Register Now For The Lunch & Learn Series: Apps for Children

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.

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

October 23, 2013

Central Library To Close Early For Benjamin Franklin Awards Dinner

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.

October 21, 2013

Have Health Insurance Questions? Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at MPL!

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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

October 15, 2013

Countdown to 25th-annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration honoring Mark and Debbie Attanasio: Reservations due Today

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

September 30, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month: Experience Ballet Folklorico at Central Library October 12th!

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.

August 19, 2013

Patent Searching 101 at Central Library!

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

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

August 5, 2013

Get Down to Business with Small Business Resources 101!

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

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

July 23, 2013

Skeins of Milwaukee In Mozart's Grove This Saturday

knitted elvis.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.

Library: Central
Location: Mozart's Grove
Date: Saturday July 27,2013
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

July 12, 2013

Were you at the March on Washington in 1963?

MarchonWashington1963.pngOn August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders led a crowed of over 200,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. After a diverse collection of performers and speakers, the highlight of the event came when Dr. King delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, urging America to "make real the promises of democracy."

Were you at the March on Washington? We want to hear from you. Tell us your memories, describe the scene, tell us how you got to Washington, tell us how it changed your life.

The Library will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech this August with an exhibit and event. Share your story, photos and memorabilia with us. We may even ask you to be a part of our program.

Send an email to webmaster@mpl.org and include "March 50" in the subject line of your e-mail. Or call (414) 286-3023 and leave a message mentioning the March along with your name and how best to reach you.

If you know someone who was at the March, please share this message with them and encourage them to share their story with the Milwaukee community!

July 15, 2013

Summer Reads Used Book Sale at Central Library!

'a year at the table (catch up) - day 178' photo (c) 2012, kate hiscock - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Take advantage of incredible book bargains and stock up on the best summer reads at the Used Book Sale on Saturday, July 20th from 9-4 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at Central Library.

Friends of Milwaukee Public Library 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.

July 8, 2013

5 Questions for Author Reyna Grande

1-Reyna-Grande.jpgAuthor Reyna Grande is visiting Central Library this Saturday for a special reading from her memoir, The Distance Between Us. To get to know her better, we asked Reyna 5 questions. A big thank you to Reyna for answering our questions!

1. What inspired you to become a writer?

Stories have always been a way for me to understand the world around me. When I was a little girl in Mexico, we didn't have a television, but we had a radio, and in the evenings I would listen to story time. Usually, the stories were fairy tales, and I remember how much those fairy tales helped me to make sense of what was going on around me. For example, while I was in Mexico as a little girl, my parents were in the U.S. working, trying to make enough money to build us a brick house in Mexico. For a long time I didn't understand why my parents were 2,000 miles away from me just because they wanted to build us a brick house. But then I heard the story of the Three Little Pigs in the radio one day, and I remember how much it impacted me. You see, the first two pigs that got eaten by the big, bad wolf were the ones that lived in shacks made of sticks, like the one I lived in. But the pig that survived the big, bad wolf was the one that lived in a brick house. It was then when I understood my parents' dream, and what that house actually meant for them.

I started writing when I was 13 years old, and I have never stopped writing since. Writing has been my salvation. Writing has been my way of expressing the way I feel about issues that are important to me, such as immigration. Through the stories I tell, I want to help others understand the world around them.

2. Can you tell us about your writing process? How do you approach writing a novel?

I am the kind of writer that doesn't have a routine. I write when I want to, whenever I want to, wherever I want to. Because I travel so much, I have learned to write just about anywhere at any time. I write at airports, airplanes, hotel rooms. I write when my kids are at school. I write when my kids are asleep. As a mother, it is hard to juggle my career with my family life but I do the best I can. The way I approach my novels is this: If I have an interesting character with an interesting premise, I start writing. I don't need to know how it's going to end. I don't need to know what the middle section is going to be. I just need to know what the basic idea is and I throw myself into the writing. I discover my characters as I go. And most of the time the idea I start out with isn't the final idea I end up writing about. I discover the story as I go along. Sometimes my character wants to go in another direction and I follow her. Because I am a perfectionist, I do many, many drafts of my book before I'm satisfied.

Even once the book is going through the publication process, I will still make changes, rewrite, cut and delete sentences, paragraphs, scenes, etc... When I write I give 100 percent of myself to my story. Which means that a lot of times I don't know what's going on in the "real" world because I am so immersed in the world that I am creating it's hard for me to pull out of it. That can be a good thing and a bad thing!

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

I like all kinds of books. but I especially love books with beautiful lyrical writing, such as The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, Caspian Rain by Gina B. Nahai, Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez, The Autobiography of my Mother by Jamaica Kincaid, A Country Called Home by Kim Barnes, among others.

4. Your first two books were works of fiction, but your most recent, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir. When and why did you decide to write The Distance Between Us? What was it like to write about your past?

My fiction is very autobiographical, but because it is fiction, it is easier to write. I write about very painful stuff, and in fiction I get to create a character to stand in for me, so when the writing gets tough, I tell myself, "this is happening to my character, not to me," and that helps me to break through that wall of pain. When I wrote the memoir, I obviously couldn't do that. I was writing about myself, and every time I sat down to write it was the equivalent of cutting my wrists opened and bleeding all over my computer. There were many times when I almost gave up on the memoir. But when I finished I felt so free, so liberated from all the emotional baggage I had been carrying inside me for years and years.

I decided to write The Distance Between Us because I wanted people who don't know much about immigration to see how complex immigration is and how it affects the entire family unit, not just the immigrants who come here but the family that stays behind. My story puts a human face on an issue that most of the time people see it only as political.

5. What's next for you?

I am writing a young adult novel and I'm a fourth of the way into a novel for adults. They both deal with the immigrant experience in a way, though that isn't the focus of the story. I would love to say what the books are about, but because my stories tend to change as I write them I won't know what they are really going to be about until I finish them!

July 1, 2013

Award Winning Author Reyna Grande Visits Central Library!

4-Reyna-Grande.jpgAward winning author and memoirist Reyna Grande will visit Central Library on Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 p.m. for a special reading from her recent memoir, The Distance Between Us, an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life.

Reyna's first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) is a National Book Circle Critics Award finalist.

You can see Reyna in the Mozart's Grove area (see the highlighted portion of the library floor plan below) of Central Library, Saturday, July 13th at 2 p.m.

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June 24, 2013

Rooftop Views with Green Roof Tours at Central Library!

GreenRoof.6.24.2013.jpgSummer is here and it's the perfect time to view the library's lovely Green Roof!
Green Roof tours take place Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 am, now through October, rain or shine. Just stop by the Rotunda at Central Library to meet your tour guide.

Tour guides will share how the roof was created, the amount of energy conserved, how the solar panels operate and the many plantings that make our Green Roof a beautiful space.

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Not able to make the tour times? Our website has tons of information about the Green Roof, along with a live webcam! Simply click here: http://www.mpl.org/file/green_tours.htm


Groups of 20 or more are asked to make special tour arrangements by calling 414-286-2797.

Happy Summer!

June 18, 2013

Learn How to Use WestlawNext @ Central Library

scales of justice.jpgThe Milwaukee Legal Resource Center will offer two classes on how to use WestlawNext. WestlawNext searches across multiple content sets by jurisdiction providing more comprehensive and more relevant search results. An Introductory course at 12:00 P.M. is followed by an Advanced course at 1:00 P.M.

Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1

Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Time(s): 12:00 P.M. to 12:50 P.M. Introductory Course

1:00 P.M. to 1:50 P.M. Advanced Course

Registration is required and limited. Call 286-3011 to register. This is not a hands-on class. Attorneys can earn one CLE credit for each course.

June 13, 2013

Science Café Series: Breast Cancer Screening & Preventive Health

Science-Cafe-for-post.jpgThere are many different types of breast cancer. Breast cancer can also even be diagnosed in males. What can you do to decrease your risk for breast cancer? When is it a good time to go for a screening or reach out to a health professional if you have a concern? Where can you go if you don't have a doctor or insurance? Everyone is welcome to join in the discussions! Speaker: Alonzo P. Walker, MD.

Contact: Mia DeFino
Contact Number: (414) 955-5754

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18th 6:00PM to 7:30PM
WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Meeting Room 1

Age Group(s): Adults, Young Adults (Teens)

Click here to learn more and register!

Science Cafés are a program of the Community Engagement Key Function of CTSI. Funding for this program comes from CTSI and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Intitiative Fund. Permission to use a library meeting room does not imply library endorsement of the aims, views, policies, or activities of any group or organization. Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request accommodations, contact us at (414) 955-5754 or mdefino@mcw.edu.

May 10, 2013

The Voice of Germania: George Brumder's Milwaukee

index_brumder.gifHistorian John Eastberg will offer a look into the world of Milwaukee publisher George Brumder. Brumder, a 19th century immigrant to Wisconsin, had by 1910 become the nation's leading publisher of German-language literature. He was also an important figure in Milwaukee civic life and the city's German American community. Examples of books published by the Brumder company will be on display.

Library: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Please call 414.286-3071 to register.

Part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Series.

May 3, 2013

Walk ins welcome for House History program Sat. 5/4!

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WALK INS ARE WELCOME for the House History program tomorrow at Central Library!

An 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. Registration has closed, but there is still space available, so...

WALK INS ARE WELCOME (up to the 60-person capacity of the event)!

    WHERE:
    Richard E. and Lucille Krug Rare Books Room
    Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
    WHEN:
    Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    9:15-9:30 a.m. Sign-in
    9:30-9:50 a.m. Introduction in the Krug Rare Books Room.
    9:50-11:25 a.m. Tour of Central Library highlighting house history resources.

April 11, 2013

Researching Your Family Tree

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Investigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. Held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room on Thursday, April 18th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Reservations are not required. Please call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 with any questions.

Researching Your Family Tree
Date: Thursday, 4/18/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas) / Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave


April 5, 2013

Discover Treasures of the Great Lakes Marine Collection

index_wmhs.gifLearn about a different aspect of the Milwaukee Public Library's Great Lakes Marine Collection each month. Of special interest to divers and genealogists, the program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Great Lakes history.

Treasures of the Great Lakes Marine Collection
Upcoming dates: Tuesdays, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A (Krikelas), Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

There is no registration required. Please call Ready Reference at 414.286.3011 with any questions.

April 12, 2013

Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses

Historic_Milwaukee_Public_Schoolhouses.jpgJoin local author Robert Tanzilo as he discusses his new book Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library, Meeting Room 1, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

It's no surprise we feel a connection to our schools, where we learn to read, write and forge social bonds of all kinds. They are potentially the scenes of our first crushes (and the second and third). They are where we learn to create ourselves. For more than a century, Milwaukee has taken its schoolhouses seriously, and it has a matchless variety of gorgeous landmarks to prove it.

Robert Tanzilo pays homage to some long-lost schools, salutes veteran survivors, and examines the roles they play in their neighborhoods. Learn a little about some remarkable Milwaukee architects and see what the future may hold for some of the city's most beloved old buildings.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and Boswell Book Company.

Street parking is free on Sundays at Central Library.

April 16, 2013

Art Nouveau: A New Style for a New Century

Sarah Bernhard poster.jpgCome see the beautiful Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room and learn about the Art Nouveau movement from Professor Jim Slauson. Professor Slauson has taught Art and Design History and courses in the Humanities at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for more than 20 years. He will discuss the beautifully crafted commercial art that dominated the streets of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century and spread throughout all of Europe and the U.S.

Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Location: Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music and Recreation department at (414)286-3071 to register for the program.

April 24, 2013

UFOs and Government at the Central Library

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The phenomenon of UFOs isn't just the subject of Milwaukee Public Library's extensive science fiction collection. We here at the library would like to invite you for a special presentation by local author Richard Thieme on his co-authored book UFOs and Government: An Historical Inquiry. Richard will be presenting all about the real government reaction to UFO sightings and incidents on Saturday, April 27th at 1:00 pm. Seating is limited, so please reserve a seat by either calling the library at 286-3011 or by registering online.

Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Central Library
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm. Presentation Will Last Approximately 1 Hour, followed by Q&A.

March 7, 2013

Gerald Geerlings and the Jewelled City at Central Library

GeraldGeerlings.jpgBorn in Milwaukee, Gerald Geerlings was a successful architect and writer, but also an artist who made evocative prints of American cities, depicting the skyscrapers that were the hallmark of American achievement. Among his most beautiful works are aquatints interpreting these architectural feats at night, dramatically lit against the dark sky. The Milwaukee Public Library's impressions of these dramatic prints will be discussed as examples of fine printmaking and as icons of American ambition. Presenter Andrew Stevens has been Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs in Madison at the University of Wisconsin's Chazen Museum since 1988. Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 286-3071 to register

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 2013; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Central Library

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 29, 2013

Come Join the Black History Month Read-In @ MPL!

Hurston_Hughes.jpgBring your family and friends to read aloud and share your favorite poems, biographies, and stories by African-American authors. We will have a wide selection of books from which to choose, in case you don't already have a favorite set aside to read from. This program will be available at various times and locations, starting with this Saturday's Read-In at Central Library, in Mozart's Grove across from the Media Room.

Central
Saturday, Feb. 2 and 23, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Center Street
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Capitol
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
5:00-7:45 p.m.

Mill Road
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
6:00-7:45 p.m.

Villard Square
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
6:30-7:30 p.m.


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January 15, 2013

Start Researching Your Family Tree @ The Library

Ahnentafel_Herzog_Ludwig.jpgInvestigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. This hour long class will be held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room. Reservations are not required, but you can call the Humanities desk at (414)286-3061 if you have any questions about the program.

Location: Central Library Krikelas Room
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


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January 7, 2013

Small Business Resources 101 @ Milwaukee Public Library!

small business resources 101.pngLooking to start your own business? Milwaukee Public Library can help! Our Business and Technology Department has free monthly drop-in sessions that will highlight resources that can help you write your business plan, conduct market research, and identify your best customers.

Small Business Resources 101
Thursday, January 10th, 12 - 1 p.m.
Central Library, Krikelas Room, 2nd Floor
No registration required.

If you can't make it this Thursday, the class will also be held the following Thursdays throughout the year:

February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12.

December 27, 2012

Skeins of Milwaukee This Saturday!

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Bring 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 (except May) in the area outside the Media Room of Central Library. There is free 2-hr. street parking on Saturdays.

Skeins of Milwaukee
Saturday, December 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.


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December 3, 2012

Let's Get Digital! Get Free Digital Stuff @ Your Milwaukee Public Library

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eReader? Smartphone? MP3 Player?

Attend this free, hands-on seminar to learn how to take advantage of everything your library has to offer for digital users.

Learn how to:

  • download books and audiobooks
  • access music
  • watch movies... FREE

Learn how to use your Milwaukee Public Library card and your digital device (with computer connecting cables, if needed) to become a downloading master!

Saturday, Dec. 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Second floor, Krikelas Room



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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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November 12, 2012

New Exhibit at Central Library! Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man For All Times

Lincoln Gilder Lehrman Institute.jpgOrganized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man of All Time is a national traveling exhibition that has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage. The exhibit features seven panels that display text, photos and graphics about the 16th president. The exhibit begins by discussing Lincoln's early life in Kentucky and then continues through his time in Springfield, as president, his assassination and finally his legacy. The exhibit also has two displays specifically devoted to slavery and the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times will run from Nov. 12- Dec. 12.

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Be sure to join us for a special program on Sunday, November 25th at 2 p.m!
Abraham Lincoln, presented by The West Side Soldiers Aid Society, Inc.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
No registration required.

Patricia Lynch, co-founder of the West Side Soldiers Aid Society, Inc. will speak about Milwaukee's connections to our 16th president. She is dance mistress of West Side Victorian Dancers, and author of Milwaukee's Soldiers Home. Learn about the threads connecting pioneering women and men to President Abraham Lincoln. Program begins in Mozart's Grove and then moves to Meeting Room I.


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November 5, 2012

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets This Saturday at Central!

Wisconsin Poets Calendar.jpgEnjoy a reading by members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets from their 2013 calendar! Copies of the calendar will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
Saturday, November 10th, 2 p.m.
Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.



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September 11, 2012

Come Meet Zane @ Centennial Hall This Wednesday!

index_zane.gifZane, bestselling author, editor and publisher of urban fiction, will talk about her latest book, Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3, the third installment in Zane's New York Times bestselling series. Zane is the author and editor of dozens of titles and is the publisher of Strebor Books. Her television series, Zane's Sex Chronicles, is broadcast on Cinemax and her bestselling novel, Addicted, has been adapted for a major motion picture. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family. Her popular website is www.eroticanoir.com.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Book sales and signing will follow the program. Parking meters are free after 6 p.m. Sponsored by Boswell Book Company. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Location: Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library


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September 10, 2012

Noche de Arte at Central Library!

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) Milwaukee Public Library is pleased to present local artists Diana Sanchez and Ishshah Sua Teran for a Night of Art / Noche de Arte on September 18th!

Noche de Arte
Tuesday, September 18th
5:30-7pm, Remarks by the artists at 6:00pm
Rare Books Room, Central Library 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Each artist will display a several examples of their work and discuss their artistic development and the meaning of the pieces. The art will be on display at Central Library until October 15.

Sanchez's work researches, through photography, the complexity of spaces where humans and animals meet. Teran's jewelry examines nature's models, systems, and elements.



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August 25, 2012

The King Center Imaging Project Comes to Central Library

KingCenter_pic1.jpgCome to the Central Library to see the Martin Luther King Jr. digital archives. Visitors will be able to see digital images of documents from Dr. King's correspondence, speeches and sermons and documents from other key figures from the Civil Rights Movement. Digital images of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, the Letter from Birmingham Jail, and his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech will also be on view . The exhibit runs from Monday, August 27th through Thursday, August 30th. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity at your Milwaukee Public Library.

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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August 20, 2012

Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Posters of the Russian Revolution, 1917-1929

In 1966 the Italian photographer Caio Garruba photographed 40 posters from the Lenin Library in Moscow. They were created between the years 1917 and 1929 and spanned a dozen years of revolution, economic turmoil and unrest in Russia. Many were designed by renowned Russian artists like El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko.

Facsimiles were created from the photographs and sold in portfolios by Grove Press in 1967. The set is accompanied by a booklet that translates the wording on the posters and identifies the artists. It is fascinating to browse through the posters and see the different styles of artwork and to be able to understand what they are communicating. One of my favorites is this Rodchenko poster, which was one of the first to use the technique of photomontage and calls for "Books Please - in all branches of knowledge."

PosterofRussianRevolution.jpgIf you are interested in viewing this set, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian

August 15, 2012

Treasures of the Rare Books Room: the Gerald Geerlings Collection

Gerald Geerlings was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1897. After working as a designer and architect for several firms in New York he opened his own architectural practice in 1926. He also wrote and illustrated numerous articles on domestic architecture for magazines such as House Beautiful. As an artist, he is best known for his lithographs and intaglio prints of the 1920s and 1930s.

The International Fine Print Dealers Association describes his work this way:
Geerlings' works are characterized by the following key characteristics: extensive detail that concedes to the complete design, a rich variety of tonal gradations and surface texture, and a spatial expressiveness. Invariably, all of the formal elements of a work are exquisitely balanced and coalesce through the mysterious quality of light that illuminates the scene.

The Rare Books Room is fortunate to have 24 of his art prints including these examples:
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If you are interested in viewing this set, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian

August 6, 2012

Treasures of the Rare Book Room: The Smallest Books in the World

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One of the most popular sets in the rare book collection is the 4 miniature volumes of Die kleinsten Bücher der Welt which translates to The Smallest Books in the World. These books were published in Germany in 1961. Each one measures 19 x 19 x 9 millimeters! The set comes packed in a special plastic case with tweezers for turning the pages and a magnifying glass to see the print.

One volume has the text of the Lord's Prayer. A second has the words "I Love You" in 9 different languages. The third has the text of the Olympic Oath and the fourth contains the Oath of Freedom.

If you are interested in viewing this rarity please call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian



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July 31, 2012

Come Listen To Keith Scott Play The Blues This Saturday!

Rhythm and Blues with Keith Scott.gifIn Mozart's Grove this Saturday, August 4th, we welcome Keith Scott for a concert. Singer, guitarist and songwriter Keith Scott has been a part of the Chicago blues scene since 1981. in addition to working with Johnny Littlejohn, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor and Hip Linkchain, Scott traveled the world as part of a distinguished lineup of the Jimmy Dawkins Blues Band in the 1980s and '90s. After honing his guitar style and familiarity with the stage behind Dawkins, Scott embarked on a solo career, presenting his trademark heavy blues in the highly amplified Dawkins' style, as well as forms reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix' Band of Gypsys and Johnny Winter. While still gigging with his rocking band, Scott has quieted things down on his most recent studio effort, the 10-song World Blues.

Location: Mozart's Grove near the Media Room in Central Library
Date: Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Time: 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.


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July 17, 2012

Come Listen To The Blues At Central Library This Saturday

Rhythm & Blues with the Dave Miller Duo.gifThis Saturday in Mozarts's Grove you can enjoy the rhythm and blues stylings of The Dave Miller Duo. The Dave Miller Duo is:
Dave Miller - a multiple genre harmonica player, vocalist, and guitarist. Miller was introduced to the harmonica at the age of 11 by his mentor, his late father. Other influences include: Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Billy Branch, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Wells.
Steve Goetsch - who has over 25 years experience in Milwaukee rock and blues bands. Goetsch plays a vintage 1968 Gibson ES 335 with strong blues influence and has patterned his personal sound after the styles of Albert King, Freddie King and B. B. King.

Location: Mozart's Grove in Central Library near the Media Room
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Time: 2 P.M. to 3 P.M.


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July 18, 2012

Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee

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Alan Magayne-Roshak and Gordy Simons photographed many downtown Milwaukee buildings before they vanished from our skyline. The buildings they documented include the majestic Chicago & North Western Railway Station, the stately Angus Smith House, and even commercial structures, like the 734 W. Wisconsin Ave. building.

Yance Marti from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. will present photos by Magayne-Roshak and Simons from his book Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee, and photos from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection. Registration is required. Please call 414.286.3011 to register. Parking meters are free (limit 2 hours) on weekends.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Centennial Hall Loos Room, 733 N. Eighth St.



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June 18, 2012

Register Now for Computer Classes @ Your Milwaukee Public Library!

kingcomputers.jpgRegistration begins today for Milwaukee Public Library's July-August 2012 Free Computer Classes! With knowledgeable instructors and hands-on experience MPL's computer classes are perfect for those with little to no computer experience as well as those looking to learn more about Microsoft Word and Excel by taking our Intermediate classes.
Space is limited so call 414-286-3011 today to reserve your seat. You can also register in person at any Milwaukee Public Library location or online at www.mpl.org.


Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Award 55-42B10549.


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June 12, 2012

More Than a Beer Baron: The Fascinating Life of Capt. Frederick Pabst

index_pabst.gifKnown for his famous Blue Ribbon beer, Frederick Pabst was a complex man who rose from humble beginnings in rural Germany to dine with the leaders of the American Gilded Age. Learn more about the brewing empire that put Milwaukee on the map, as well as Pabst's other pursuits which ranged from horse breeding to art collecting, and his many philanthropic endeavors. Materials in Milwaukee Public Library's Rare Books Collection showcase the various aspects of the Captain's legacy, especially his civic pride in acquiring one of the world's largest autograph albums for the benefit of his community. Join John Eastberg, author of The Pabst Mansion: An Illustrated History and Pabst Farms: The History of a Model Farm for this fascinating presentation on one of the most revered men in Milwaukee's history.

Location: Central Library's Krug Rare Books Room
Time: Saturday, June 16th, 2012 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Other Information: Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation
Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.


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June 8, 2012

Vanderbilt Cup Grand Auto Races of 1912

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Are you an auto racing enthusiast? 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prix races in Milwaukee. "Milwaukee's Speed Carnival" was an international road race run on country roads just northwest of Milwaukee's city limits.

Come celebrate this historic event with John Haydon, auto and racing enthusiast and author of Historic Road Racing in Milwaukee: The 1912 Vanderbilt Cup, Grand Prize and Related Road Races. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Krug Rare Books Room in the Central Public Library.

Seating is limited, please call 414.286.3011 to register.


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June 4, 2012

Watch the Transit of Venus from Central Library's Green Roof!

Venus_Transit_2012_at_Mauna_Loa_Hawaii_as_predicted_by_National_Solar_Observatory.jpgWatch the Transit of Venus with telescopes. Tomorrow, June 5th, the planet Venus will cross in front of the Sun for last time in 105 years! It's a rare, remarkable, and fascinating astronomical event! This event will take place on the Rooftop at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Gather at Meeting Room I. If completely cloudy, the event will move to the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.) where you will see stunning full dome animations of Venus, the transit, and live images from the worldwide web.

Location: Central Library's Rooftop (first meet in Meeting Rm 1)
Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 5:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
The Central Library will close for business at 8:00 P.M.

Other Information: Solar events need to be viewed safely! To see Venus in front of the Sun, you will need a telescope with a proper filter or special solar glasses. Such glasses can be purchased at the Milwaukee Public Museum Marketplace for $2.00. The Venus Transit starts at 5:04 p.m. Viewing ends in Milwaukee with the sunset at 8:26 p.m. (Venus will continue to cross the solar disk until 11:49 p.m.)


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May 19, 2012

Learn to Understand Your Best Friend at the Library Today!

MiniatureSchnauzer.jpgStruggling with your dog or puppy? Want to learn more about how they think? Come to the Central Library for tips and techniques on how to speak your dog's language. Join Kim Rinzel, MS, CPDT-KA, Training Manager at the Wisconsin Humane Society, for an educational program on dog behavior and training, problem prevention and problem solving. Don't worry if you don't have the money for obedience training. This program is free of charge and requires no registration. Please leave your canine friends at home, as this program is just for humans. Be sure to bring your questions!

Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Time: 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.


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April 24, 2012

Come Get a Free Copy of Your Credit Report at the Library

credit report.JPG Understanding your credit history is half the battle in improving your credit score. Attend this program during Money Smart Week and library staff will show you how to get a free copy of your credit. The library will provide a free printout of one credit report to each person who attends. 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

Library: Central
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Library: Center Street
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Start Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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April 22, 2012

Learn More About Managing Your Investments!

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Today marks the start of Money Smart Week, a public awareness initiative aimed at building financial knowledge for all ages. Throughout the week Milwaukee Public Library will offer programs and resources to encourage healthy personal financial practices.

Managing Your Investments: Making Value Line and Morningstar Work for You

Smart investing starts now! Learn how you can use stock and mutual fund research tools Value Line and Morningstar to help manage your investments and inform future investment decisions. This program will be held at three Milwaukee Public Library locations. No registration is required.

Monday, April 23rd, 6-7 p.m.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Tuesday, April 24th, 6-7 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, April 25th, 6-7 p.m.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave, Meeting Room

Value Line and Morningstar are subscription databases available inside all City of Milwaukee libraries and remotely to City of Milwaukee library card holders.



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July 16, 2012

Treasures of the Krug Rare Books Room: The Ring

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The Ring is an American boxing magazine that was first published in 1922 as a boxing and wrestling magazine. As the sporting legitimacy of professional wrestling came into question, The Ring shifted to becoming exclusively a boxing oriented publication and it is still being published today.

The Ring was first edited by hall-of-famer Nat Fleischer. It has perpetrated boxing scandals, helped make unknown fighters famous worldwide, and covered boxing's biggest events of all time. It is often referred to as "The Bible of Boxing."

The older issues are rare and because they were printed on paper that has deteriorated somewhat, the issues from February 1922 (the first issue) through January of 1953 are stored in the Krug Rare Books Room. If you would like to view them, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian



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July 9, 2012

Treasures of the Krug Rare Books Room: The Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpapers

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Most people are familiar with Wisconsin born Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect who became known for his leadership in the Prairie School movement of architecture. But did you know that in his later years he designed a line of commercial home furnishings?

In 1955, Frank Lloyd Wright developed the "Taliesin Ensemble," a line of furnishings for those that did not live in one of his homes. Partnerships were formed with 5 companies
1) Heritage Henredon - furniture
2) Karastan - rugs
3) The Martin-Senour Company - paints
4) Minic - Vases and
5) F. Schumacher & Co. - fabrics and wallpapers.
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The Krug Rare Books Room is fortunate to own some of the sample books and fabrics that were part of The Taliesen Line. The Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpapers is a one volume book containing fabric and wallpaper samples. There are an additional 22 folded pieces of fabric samples that accompany the book. The library also has Frank Lloyd Wright Selects the Taliesin Palette in Martin-Senour Paints sample book.

You may arrange to view the Taliesin Line materials by calling the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 and making an appointment with a member of the Rare Books team.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian



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July 2, 2012

Treasures of the Krug Rare Books Room: Ethiopian Magic Scroll

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When one thinks of a rare book collection, a picture of rows of old books comes to mind. And books are certainly a large part of the Krug Rare Books Collection at the Central Library. But the collection contains a few surprises and one of them is the Ethiopian magic scroll.

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The scroll measures about 194 x 10 cm. and is thought to date from about 1890. It is written in the Ge'ez language.

"Magic (or healing) scrolls usually are long, narrow vertical strips of parchment covered with handwritten texts - protective prayers, spell-casting formulas - decorated with drawn and painted images. Such scrolls were created, and still are, by traditional healers and diviners to generate live spiritual power in the material world. They were carried by the owner at all times." (Taken from "Ethiopian Magic Scrolls: Talismanic Art of Ethiopia," New York Times, May 19, 2011)

Viewing the Ethopian magic scroll may be arranged by calling the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 and making an appointment with a member of the Rare Books team.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.


Submitted by Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian



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April 10, 2012

See the Treasures of the Great Lakes Marine Collection

William H Donner receiving cargo in Milwaukee.jpgLearn about a different aspect of the Milwaukee Public Library's Great Lakes Marine Collection each month. Of special interest to divers and genealogists, the program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Great Lakes history. There is no registration required. Please call Ready Reference at 414.286.3011 with any questions.

Location: Central Library's Krikelas Rm. (Conference Room 2A)
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM


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March 28, 2012

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now At the Library - Forsooth!

hamlet and skull.jpgIf you enjoy Shakespeare's plays, consider a visit to the library, where the words of William Shakespeare will be brought to life by an actor from the Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee. There will be three one-hour, interactive programs in March at different MPL locations. Audience participation is encouraged. Don't worry if you don't have money to spend on theater tickets. Each event is free and no registration is required. Please contact Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 with any questions.

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Library: Bay View

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Library: Central


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March 30, 2012

Treasures of the Krug Rare Books Room: Rozkossen duchowjn modlitby

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A Mystery Solved

Last year I evaluated a gift book for addition to the Rare Books Room collection. It was written in a language that seemed Slavic but was not easily understandable. It seemed to be a religious book of some type since a few Latin words like Dei and Credo were decipherable.

To solve the mystery I scanned some pages from the book in color and sent them out to Slavic language scholars at several universities by e-mail attachment. Three of them got back to me and it was determined that the language was Old Czech and the book title could be translated Rozkossen duchowjn modlitby = Pleasant spiritual prayers. Mystery solved! The book is now part of the rare books collection and may be viewed by calling the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 286-3071 and making an appointment.

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To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.


Submitted by Patricia DeFrain - Rare Books Librarian

March 22, 2012

Treasures of the Krug Rare Books Room - Description de l'Egypte

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Description de l'Egypte

Napoleon's army occupied Egypt from 1798 to 1801. During that time the information for a comprehensive scientific description of Egypt and its history was gathered by over 160 civilian scholars and scientists who accompanied the expedition. The resulting series of publications first appeared in 1809 and grew to 23 volumes by the time the last one was published in 1829. It took the work of about 2000 artists and technicians to compile the entire work.

A set of Description de l'Egypte includes 3 volumes of elephant size plates that measure over a yard in length. The whole set is beautifully bound and impeccably illustrated with engravings and it forms an invaluable record of Egypt.

Viewing Description de l'Egypte may be arranged by calling the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 286-3071 and making an appointment with a member of the Rare Books team.

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To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain




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March 13, 2012

Come Learn about the British Arts and Crafts Movement in the Rare Books Room!

Arts and Crafts Program pic.gifJoin Professor Jim Slauson of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for a look at Central Library's Rarities Collection reflecting the British Arts and Crafts movement. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the Richard E and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, which is only open for special occasions. Seating is limited; Pleae call 286-3071 to register or ask any questions about the program.

Location: Central Library's Rare Books Room
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


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February 28, 2012

Come Hear a Reading of Soul of a Port: The History and Evolution of the Port of Milwaukee

Soul of a Port.gifMeet Leah Dobkin and hear about the people and history of Milwaukee's Port. Settle in for an entertaining passage that includes a longshoreman's poetry, the Milwaukee Clipper's recipe for prime rib, a tugboat ghost story and much more with this fascinating look into the history of the Port of Milwaukee. The book will be available for purchase; a book signing follows the event.

Location: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


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February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Join us at Central library on March 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.to celebrate the birthday of beloved author and cartoonist Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss! The birthday celebration will include stories, music and birthday treats.
Library friends Browser, Library Lion, and The Cat in the Hat will be on hand to celebrate. This activity-packed event includes face painting, cookie decorating, singing, dancing, listening to silly stories and meeting real turtles and tortoises in the Yertle the Turtle swimming hole.
Don't miss out on all of the fun! Registration is not necessary. For more information, call (414)286-3011.


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February 14, 2012

Come to the Central Library to Explore Your Family Tree

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Investigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. Held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room. Reservations are not required.

Location: Central Library Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas)
Date: Monday, February 20th, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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January 30, 2012

Black History Month Read-Ins at Milwaukee Public Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating Black History month by stopping by to hear stories by and about African Americans during our Black History Month Read-ins. Read-ins will occur throughout February at all of our locations. We hope to see you there!


Black History Month Read-In

February 1
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 6
Tippecanoe: 3-5 p.m.
Zablocki: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Atkinson: 4-6:30 p.m.
M.L. King: 4-6 p.m.
Mill Road: 4-7 p.m.

February 7
Villard Square: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Capitol: 4-7 p.m.

February 8
Center Street: 4-7 p.m.
East: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 11
Bay View: 12-4 p.m.

February 15
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 17
Central Library: 10 a.m.-12p.m.

February 21
Forest Home: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

February 22
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 29
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.


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January 10, 2012

Remember The Blizzard That Stopped Milwaukee COLD

PrintShopPrinter@milwaukee.gov_20111220_083441_Page_01.jpgIf you thought last February's Groundhog Day blizzard was bad, come and watch MPTV's I Remember Milwaukee episode on the 65th anniversary of the 1947 blizzard that stopped Milwaukee cold for days. If you lived through it, this will be a trip down memory lane and an opportunity to share your memories.

The Blizzard That Stopped Milwaukee COLD
2:00-3:00PM, Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Central Library Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Please call 286-3011 to register. Street parking is free on weekends.

The Central Library currently has a small display of 1947 blizzard photos and copies of The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel and LIFE in the middle of the 2nd floor hallway near the Frank Zeidler Humanities Room.

Submitted by Van Lingle Mungo


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January 3, 2012

Kids Can Sign Up for the Bucks Reading Challenge Today!

Bucks Reading Challenge.jpgTake the Bucks Reading Challenge! This statewide reading program starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Students in grades 3-10 can sign up at any Milwaukee Public Library. When you read 500 or more pages by Feb. 28th, you earn a voucher to mail in for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! (Parent or guardian must purchase a discounted ticket at the same time). When you read 750 pages or more by Feb. 28, you get the ticket and a chance to win an autographed Bucks basketball or be recognized on the court at halftime!

Anyone interested in finding out more information on the program can call the Central Library Children's Room at 286-3091 for more details, or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library location for information and to sign up.


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December 20, 2011

The Milwaukee Public Library Will Be Closed This Weekend

Snowy Xmas trees.jpgMake sure you come into your neighborhood library to grab any books you'll want to curl up with over the holiday weekend. All Milwaukee Public Library locations will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th, of 2011. We hope that you enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday weekend.


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December 13, 2011

Central Library Now Has Drop-In Tutoring for Adults!

pen on paper.jpgIf you need some help studying for an upcoming exam and don't want to pay for a tutor, let the library help you. Some neighborhood locations already offer drop-in tutoring services for adults. Now, Central Library joins the ranks. Tutors are available to help you study for tests like the GED, TOEFL, and the ASVAB, or to help you work on any other basic academic skills. The hours for Central Library's adult tutoring are as follows:

Mondays 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m. (beginning Jan 3, 2012)

If you'd like to take advantage of the tutoring, please visit the Information desk and someone can direct you to a tutor during available hours.


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February 17, 2011

Go Treasure Hunting in the Rare Books Room at the Central Library! Part 2

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The Rare Books Room is home to many older books - a few going back as far as the 15th century! In addition, the library also preserves contemporary books with local significance. In that spirit, the library owns a fairly complete collection of the Wisconsin Electric and Wisconsin Gas Company holiday cookbooks dating back to the 1930s - up to and including the WE Energies cookie cookbook for 2011. It is interesting to browse through them and see what recipes have survived over the years, as well as changes that were made to recipes during the World War II years when butter, milk and sugar were rationed. Anyone can view the collection to find a cherished recipe from the past or discover new delectable delights! Call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 286-3071 or 286-3011 to make an appointment.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain Rare Books Librarian



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January 17, 2012

Go Treasure Hunting in the Rare Books Room at the Central Library!

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The rarest, most special items in the holdings of the Milwaukee Public Library can be found in the Rare Books Room on the second floor of the Central Library. This beautiful space includes a climate controlled book area and a reception room. It was dedicated in 2001 in honor of Richard E. Krug, city librarian from 1941 to 1975 and his wife Lucile Krug, whose generosity endowed construction of the Room and continues funding for the Krug Educational Program series of lectures.

The Rare Books collection of more than 6,000 items includes pieces of special value, such as signed first editions, books and ephemera published before 1868, artist's books, maps, prints and other items of local historical or cultural significance.

Due to the uniqueness of materials in the Rare Books Room certain procedures are in place to request a viewing of materials in this special collection. Though all items are available for viewing, an appointment must be made in advance. Appointments can be made by calling the Art, Music and Recreation Dept at the Central Library by calling 286-3071 or 286-3011.

To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.
Future entries will highlight individual treasures found in the Rare Books Room. Fortunately, you can leave the treasure map at home as long as you can find the Central Library!

Submitted by Patricia DeFrain Rare Books Librarian


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November 15, 2011

Come to the Central Library's Holiday Book Sale Featuring New and Used Children's Books!

two stacks of books.pngIf you've never visited the Central Library's Bookseller, you may want to check it out this Saturday, November 19. There's a featured sale on holiday titles as well as new and used children's books. This book sale is sponsored by the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library. While you're browsing, buy a cup of coffee or try a sandwich, or the soup of the day from the library's in house cafe, M Cafe.

Location: Central Library
Date: 11/19/2011
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


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November 1, 2011

Novel, Necessary and Nourishing: Milwaukee's WPA Handicrafts Project

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Join us this Saturday, November 5th, for a look at Milwaukee's WPA Handicrafts Project in Novel, Necessary and Nourishing. The program is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series. Museum of Wisconsin Art Assistant Director Graeme Reid returns to discuss the WPA Milwaukee Handicraft Project which provided employment and creative opportunity to hundreds of Milwaukeeans from 1935 to the early 1940s. As a city with a strong manufacturing base, the Depression hit Milwaukee hard. Creative minds found ways to provide quality work experiences for residents that were used as models nationwide. Original sample books of textiles, drawings and more will be on display.

Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Saturday, November 5th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Reservations not required.

Graeme Reid has 17 years of experience in arts management/curatorial work. An experienced judge on a local, regional and national level and award-winning writer on the arts, he has taught art history and the humanities at Indiana State University and Purdue University and is a regular guest lecturer at various Wisconsin institutions.
Contact Milwaukee Public Library's Art, Music and Recreation Department at 286-3071 with questions.



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October 28, 2011

Author and Illustrator Lois Ehlert @ MPL

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Come to the Central Library on Wednesday, November 9, to see Lois Ehlert discuss her work as an author and illustrator and share how her art became an iconic part of the Central Library. Ehlert, the creator of such famous children's books as Nuts to you!, Color Zoo, and my personal favorite, Top Cat, designed the animal shapes inlaid into the floor in the Betty Brinn Children's room.

This program is open to the public and part of the MPL docents' ongoing enrichment program. A book signing follows the event.

For more information, please call (414)286-8720.



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October 17, 2011

Meet the USAF Midwest Woodwind Quintet at the Library!

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Please join us for a special one-hour performance by The Air Force Band of Mid-America Midwest Woodwind Quintet. This ensemble's performances include Renaissance and contemporary music, popular marches and patriotic songs. The performance will take place on the first floor of the library, across from the Media Room.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


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October 14, 2011

Medline Plus Training @ Central Library

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With the vast amount of medical information on the internet, people are more involved in making health care decisions than ever. However, finding accurate medical information on the internet can be challenging. Websites that look authoritative may have misinformation. In order to make the most informed choices for yourself and your loved ones, accurate medical information can be vital.

On Monday, October 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library on the 2nd floor computer training room, a representative from the National Library of Medicine will demonstrate how to use Medline Plus. Medline Plus is a free resource for high quality consumer health information.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (414)286-3011.



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October 18, 2011

Patents 101 at Milwaukee Public Library!

microscope2.jpgCalling all inventors! Are you interested in patenting your invention but don't know where to start? Then come to Milwaukee Public Library's free Patents 101: How to Do a Patent Search program! Patent searching is the first step in the patent application process; it ensures your invention is new and thus eligible for a patent. A librarian will explain the 7-step search process and talk about recent changes in patent law due to the America Invents Act of 2011.

Central Library - Krikelas Room, 2nd Floor
Monday, October 24th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
No registration required

The Milwaukee Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) and has a complete collection of tools to assist in patent searching. Get started on your patent search today with these books at your Milwaukee Public Library.


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October 10, 2011

Come See Central Library's Beautiful Rare Books Room!

RareBooksRoom.gifMeet the Rare Books Team at a special Open House and learn more about some of the one-of-a-kind books in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. On display will be library treasures including: The Autograph Book, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a selection of Audubon prints, The Charles Dickens novel "Our Mutual Friend" issued as a serial, the early years of The Ring boxing magazine, Wisconsin Electric Cookie books and more! Registration is not necessary. Call 414.286.3071 with questions.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Krug Rare Books Room on the 2nd floor of Central Library


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September 28, 2011

Chess for Kids

Chess pieces.jpgGet a beginner's chess lesson at the Central Library Herzfeld Room and then try an hour of "open play" with a teacher on hand to assist with questions and strategy. Ages 8-12

Saturday, October 1
1 - 3 pm

Saturday, November 19
1 - 3 pm

Saturday, December 17
1 - 3 pm



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September 23, 2011

Get Ready for Harvest Fest!

scarecrow_7.jpg Come to Central Library on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for Harvest Fest! Entertainment includes the Chickadees at 10:00 a.m., The Spoon Man at 11:00 a.m. and Truly Remarkable Loon at 12:00 p.m. There will also be pumpkins, cider, story time, face painting, and visits from special guests Browser the Library Lion and the Penworthy Bear.

If you can't make this Saturday's Harvest Fest, come to one of the neighborhood library's Harvest Fest celebrations!

Martin Luther King Library Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Atkinson Library
Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sing and dance with Fox and Branch

East Library Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Tippecanoe Library Monday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Capitol Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Washington Park Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Featuring story time, "Pin the Hat on the Scarecrow," crafts, apple cider and snacks.

Center Street Library Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.



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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 19, 2011

Register for free computer classes at the library today!

500px-Computer_n_screen_svg.pngBeginning today, the library has open registration for our free computer classes. If you or someone you know has struggled with the basics of internet searching, setting up web based email, or using the Microsoft Office suite, please take advantage of the library's numerous locations that offer free classes for beginners. Enrollment is limited, and registration is already in progress. Call the library's Ready Reference hotline at (414) 286-3011 to register today!


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September 20, 2011

Doors Open Milwaukee Featuring The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library

doors open milwaukee.jpgFor the first time ever, Doors Open Milwaukee presents an opportunity to see the inner workings of notable locations throughout the metro area. Free and open to the public, participants can choose to go through the buildings on self-guided tours or take one of the many in-depth tours given by expert guides.

The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library will have behind-the-scene mini guided tours running on the quarter hour, with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. This is your chance to see the top of Central Library's dome, the millions of books stored in the library's tiers, and the beautiful Old Board Room!

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  • Rotunda Dome: Climb the stairs to the top of the dome for fun facts and architectural features. Take the Wisconsin Avenue rotunda elevator to the 3rd floor to meet the tour guide.

  • 4th Floor Attic: Learn about the Milwaukee Public Museum's history in the Central Library. Tours begin at the public elevators outside of the Betty Brinn Children's Room.

  • Old Board Room: See the beautiful hand-carved fireplace and other fabulous features. Tours begin outside the Bookseller Used Book Store and M Cafe.

  • 3 T: Learn about the basement tiers, the millions of books they hold, and the Drive-Up service. Tours begin at the Information Service Desk, 1st floor, near Wells Street Entrance.


Don't forget to check out our booklist on local architecture and see a listing of the free Doors Open Milwaukee history talks at Centennial Hall here: http://www.mpl.org/file/doorsopen_index.html

We look forward to opening our doors to you! Visit http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/ for more information on Doors Open Milwaukee and www.mpl.org for more information on the Milwaukee Public Library.


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September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Curious George!

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On September 16, 1898, Hans Augusto Reyersbach, better known as H.A. Rey, was born in Hamburg, Germany. Together with his wife, Margaret, H.A. Rey created several children's book. However, they were best known as the creators of the Curious George series.
Come to the Central Library Children's Room tomorrow, September 17 at 10:30 a.m., to celebrate Curious George's birthday. This hour- long celebration will include stories, movies, crafts, and a special appearance by Curious George!



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August 22, 2011

New Hours for the Library's Green Roof Tours on Saturdays

GreenWalkway.jpgBeginning on August 27, the library will offer Saturday tours of the Central Library's green roof at 10 a.m. instead of 1:30 p.m. If you haven't seen our green roof, you can take advantage of these free tours to see what the library is doing to reduce its carbon footprint as well as enjoy this unique view of Milwaukee's skyline. Those people who have already been on the tour will appreciate seeing how it has grown in the summer months.


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August 11, 2011

Volunteer at MPL

The Milwaukee Public Library currently needs 2-3 enthusiastic volunteers to help provide tours of Central Library's green roof. Tours are offered every Saturday from mid-April through October at 1:30 p.m. Training will be provided.


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If you're interested in this opportunity fill out a volunteer application. For more information and additional volunteer positions go to MPL's Volunteer at the Library webpage.

And to those of you who already donate your time, talent and skills to MPL, thank you!


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August 15, 2011

Come to Patents 101 at the Library!

US_Patent_2951719.pngDo you have a great idea that you'd like to patent, but don't know where to start? The first thing you'll need to do is search to make sure that you're the first to patent the idea. If you'd like to learn more about how to start, come to the library's Patents 101 program. A Central Library Business Librarian will explain the seven-step strategy for doing a patent search in this free program. The Milwaukee Public Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Depository. While librarians cannot do a patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by using USPTO guidelines.


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July 25, 2011

Skeins of Milwaukee Returns to Central Library!

800px-ThankYouTree.jpgCentral Library is the site for regular "drop-in" sessions for those who knit and crochet. All ages and abilities are welcome - bring your yarn, crafting ideas and questions. Come and enjoy camaraderie with others who share the love of a "good yarn".

Saturday, July 30 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, 1st Floor near the Media Room and Green Ideas area


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July 8, 2011

Mango Languages USB Drives

mango.jpgMangousb_stick2.JPGIf you are a fan of Milwaukee Public Library's Mango Laguages database, or if you are looking for a fun and portable way to learn a foreign language, the library now offers Mango Languages in a convenient USB drive. The USB drives are available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. This interactive language instruction program uses Mango's Intuitive Language Construction and native speakers to teach vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and cultural nuances to first time language students. The USB drives are available for a three week loan period. Check the catalog for availability

Also, don't forget the Mango database, with 29 languages!



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July 7, 2011

A Cook's Journey to Japan

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Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month at Central Library by meeting Sarah Marx Feldner, author of A Cook's Journey to Japan. Feldner's book tells the story of the people and food of Japan.

At this program Sarah Marx Feldner will present a slide show and talk about her writing process. Books will be available for purchase. Samples for tasting will also be presented.

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.


For more information see our event calendar.



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June 21, 2011

Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham

Join us for a Milwaukee Public Library Evening Spotlight Series program, Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham, in the Richard and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:30-7:30pm
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Second Floor
Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at
(414) 286-3071 to register.

How did Increase Lapham come to be Wisconsin's first scientist? Martha Bergland presents this program about Lapham's early life--how he learned geology, botany and engineering with little formal schooling. Lapham worked on canals in New York, Kentucky, and Ohio before he came to Milwaukee at the age of 25. His family, his work and the men he worked with prepared him to be Wisconsin's first scientist.

Martha Bergland is the author of two novels from Graywolf Press, A Farm Under a Lake and Idle Curiosity. She is a regular contributor to Milwaukee Magazine. Bergland is currently writing a biography of Increase Lapham.


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June 3, 2011

World Wide Knit in Public Day @ the Library

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Come to Central Library on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day! All ages and abilities are welcome. Enjoy the camaraderie of other knitters while sharing and learning helpful hints. Knitting stations will be set up throughout the library and in Meeting Room 1. No reservations are necessary to attend this all day event. Tea and light refreshments will be available in Meeting Room 1 from 9-11 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.

For more information, call (414)286-3011.


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May 16, 2011

Have a Haiku Moment at the Library!

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Have fun learning to write this traditional Japenese poetic form, popular in our language and culture. Attend this informative program by Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America.

Location: Krug Rare Books Room
located on the second floor of Central Library

Date: 5/21/2011

Start Time: 2:00 PM

End Time: 3:00 PM


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May 13, 2011

Calling All Childcare Providers...

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If you haven't registered for any of Milwaukee Public Library's free continuing education classes for childcare providers, there is still time! Center Street Library will host Letter Knowledge College on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Central Library will host the next set of classes, Rhymers will be Readers, on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

East Library will hold Let's Give Them Something to Talk About on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m.

All attendees earn 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for attending any of these classes. If you have any questions, or would like to register, call (414)286-3011.



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May 9, 2011

Learn about the art of Shi Zhu Zhai


index_spotlight.gifThe prints of Shi Zhu Zhai Studio that were created in the Ming Dynasty beginning in 1619 in China are still influential to this day. Learn more about this art with Professor Ying Wang. Part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Education Series. Seating is limited; please call 286-3071 to register.

Date: May 16, 2011
Location: Krug Rare Books Room on the Second Floor of Central Library
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

April 29, 2011

American Association of Milwaukee Brewers, 1902-1952

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Join a meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research at the Central Library's Centennial Hall Loos Room on May 7 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be about the American Association of Milwaukee Brewers who played in Milwaukee from 1902 until 1952 at Borchert Field. Displays will include vintage uniforms, equipment, pennants and photos. There will be a panel discussion with Bob Buege, Dennis Pajot, Bill Topitzes, Bert Thiel and Johnny Logan.

For more information, call (414) 286-3011.



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April 21, 2011

Learn to digitize your photos

The Milwaukee Public LIbrary presents Virtual Memories: Organizing and Digitizing Your Photos on Saturday, May 7th, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. This program is aimed at those who are scanning their home photos to preserve their old memories or using their digital camera to capture new memories.
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The library's Digital Projects Librarian will share tips and tricks about the basics of wrangling your digital image files into some semblance of order, also covered will be best practices for scanning physical images. Additionally the basics of photo editing and posting photos online using free services from the internet will be discussed.

This program is an informational session, not a hands-on workshop.

Virtual Memories: Organizing and Digitizing Your Photos
Date: 5/7/2011
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Library: Central
Location: Meeting Room 1



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April 20, 2011

Research Your House @ MPL

HouseMPL is pleased to present our House History program on Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Central Library. Join our librarians and an architectural historian from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. to learn how to use library resources such as fire insurance atlases, city directories, historic photos, tax rolls and census records to research the physical and social history of your home.

While this program is free and open to the public, space is limited and advance registration is required.

Please call 414.286.3061 to register.


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April 4, 2011

Tours of the Green Roof will resume next week!

green_walkway_lg.jpgIf you haven't already had the pleasure of visiting the Milwaukee Public Library's Green Roof, join us for the seasonal re-opening. The tour begins on Saturday, April 16th at 1:30 p.m. and will meet in the Central Library's rotunda. A Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District staff person will host tables in the Green Ideas area with informational displays on downspout disconnection, rain barrels, and rain gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. You can also tour the roof on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.


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March 29, 2011

Aldo Leopold Book Discussion at Central Library

Join us at the Central Library Krug Rare Books Room for a book discussion on Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac.This collection of essays has informed and changed the environmental movement and stimulated a widespread interest in ecology as a science. Join us for a discussion of Leopold's work as well as our environment in general. A responsible relationship between people and the land they inhabit becomes more important everyday. What ideas do you have to inspire change?

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Tuesday, April 5th from 6-7 p.m.
Central Library Krug Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

This event is a Language of Conservation Program. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Photo curtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation




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March 25, 2011

William Powell Jones @ MPL

William_P_Jones.jpgOn Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall, William Powell Jones will be the featured speaker for the fourth Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture. Jones is the author of the award winning book The tribe of Black Ulysses : African American lumber workers in the Jim Crow south, and professor at UW-Madison in the history department. He will discuss the building of the labor movement among workers in the public and private sectors, the current struggle, and its role in defending the existence of a middle class in the United States. Professor Jones has participated in the movement to protect the labor rights of tens of thousands of public employees in Wisconsin. The doors will open at 6:30 for this event. For more information, call (414)286-3011.



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April 7, 2011

Groovin'

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There is nothing like a nice thick platter in the morning. A platter of vinyl, that is! MPL's Central Library offers a unique and eclectic collection of vinyl lp (long playing) records for you to enjoy. So why not dust off that old turntable and groove all day and all of the night to old Kinks records, or laugh along while Spike Jones lampoons a few classic songs.

It may tickle your fancy to contemplate the poetry of Dylan Thomas or Robert Frost as they recite their own works. Feel the warmth and power of Beethoven or Verdi as you explore the extensive classical record collection available only at the Central Library.

Records can be checked out for three weeks so that gives you plenty of time to dig deep into the grooves of a classic record. Pops and hisses aside, many audiophiles believe that digital music has never really surpassed the warmth and sound of an analog recording pressed on vinyl and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree. Besides records, the Central Library also offers a huge selection of music on compact disc and even many concerts on DVD, so stop in and start groovin'!

Submitted by Dan@Central


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April 5, 2011

The Prose and Poetry of Place: August Derleth and Aldo Leopold

The Prose and Poetry of Place: August Derleth and Aldo Leopold
Saturday, April 9th from 2-3 p.m.
Central Library Krug Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd Floor

Leopold.jpgAldo Leopold, father of the land ethic and the ecological movement, wrote in a lyrical prose style of his appreciation for the natural environment.

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August Derleth, prolific Wisconsin author, captured a lifetime of intimacy with the Wisconsin landscape in his nature poetry and essays. Both found their home in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Join us for a program exploring the writings of these two renowned Wisconsin authors.

This program will be presented by James P. Roberts, poet and Past President of the August Derleth Society and Professor Stanley A. Temple, Senior Fellow and Science Advisor at the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

The Poetry and Prose of Place is a Language of Conservation Program. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Photo of Aldo Leopold curtesy of USFS. August Derleth photo from the Historic Portrait Collection / Milwaukee Public Library.


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March 18, 2011

Teen Video Game Tournament @ Central Library

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On Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m., the Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Super Smash Brothers Video Game Tournament and Video Game dance-off at the Central Library. Show off your gaming skills and your moves! Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in each tournament. In order to be eligible for prizes, contestants must register. Registration and open play will occur for the first 30 minutes of the event. This event is sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation and Best Buy.

For more information, call (414)286-3011.



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March 7, 2011

Used Book Sale This Weekend!

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Come to the Bookseller in Central Library, and take advantage of our spring cleaning sale. Books will be half off and all proceeds will benefit the library. While you're there, be sure to have some coffee and a treat from the M cafe. Check out their menu ahead of time.

Location: Central Library Bookseller
Date: March 12th
Time: 9am - 4pm



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February 25, 2011

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

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Come to Central Library on March 5 to celebrate the 107th birthday of Theodor Geisel - more commonly known as Dr. Seuss! Join Browser the library lion and the Cat in the Hat for music, games and fun! Reel in a good time at the fish pond, meet REAL turtles and take part in silly stories.
Cookie hats will be available to decorate and eat, and have your face painted. Chris Fascione will provide live entertainment at 10:00 a.m. and noon, while Kidsplay will play at 11:00 a.m.
The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m.

The celebration continues throughout the month at the neighborhood libraries!

Atkinson - featuring Fox and Branch
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Bay View - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Capitol - featuring Kidsplay
Monday, March 14, 6-6:45 p.m.

Center Street - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 19, 2-2:45 p.m.

East - featuring LaBak the Magician
Monday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Forest Home - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 15, 6-6:45 p.m.

Martin Luther King - featuring LaBak the Magician
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Mill Road - featuring Fox and Branch
Monday, March 7, 4-4:45 p.m.

Tippecanoe - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Villard Avenue - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Washington Park - featuring Kidsplay
Tuesday, March 8, 6-6:45 p.m.

Zablocki - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 12, 1-1:45 p.m.



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February 14, 2011

Patents 101

Light_bulb_Edison_2.jpgHave you got a great idea that you'd love to patent? The first step will be to explore what's already been patented to make sure that you're the first to think of it. The Milwaukee Public Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Depository. While librarians cannot do a patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by using USPTO guidelines.

Date: February 28, 2011
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Central Library Computer Training Lab


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February 10, 2011

African American History Month

Dr. Carter G. WoodsonCelebrate African American History Month this February with the Milwaukee Public Library. Each day of February we will feature information about important people, events and resources of African-American history on the library's website.

We are also celebrating African American History Month through displays at Central Library. These include a display case containing one of Milwaukee artist and storyteller Gerald Wallace's walking sticks in the Art, Music and Recreation Department, a Civil Rights Movement display in the Humanities Department, an African-American inventors display in the Business Department and displays with books focusing on African-American history and culture in the Children's Room and in the main hallway on the first floor.

Pictured here is Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He launched the annual celebration of African-American history.


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February 22, 2011

Join Us for Women's Words: A Story Time for Adults

WWords.jpgStory times aren't just for kids anymore! Be transported to another time and place through live readings of engrossing short stories. In honor of Women's History Month, sit back and enjoy listening to stories by and about women in Women's Words: A Story Time for Adults. We'll begin with Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers. Bring a brown bag lunch or stop by M Cafe located inside the Bookseller!

Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Thursdays
March 3, 10, 17 &24
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Meeting Room I


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February 7, 2011

Learn about Dave the Potter at MPL.

Dave the Potter.jpgJoin Chicago poet and teacher Orron Kenyetta for a discussion on the life and art of David Drake, better known as "Dave the Potter", an African-American slave who created beautiful pottery with inscriptions of couplets of his dreams and aspirations. He did so in defiance of the laws and customs of his time. Attendees are encouraged to write a brief poem or statement about themselves following the discussion.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register at 414.286.3071. Attendees can choose between four dates and locations. They are as follows:

Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Saturday, February 12 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Central Library, Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor
Saturday, February 19 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St.
Monday, February 21 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Saturday, February 26 - 1:00-3:00 p.m.


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February 8, 2011

Treasures of Design from the Rare Books Collection

treasures.jpgDesign in the 21st century is everywhere. We text, we tweet, we surf, and we read, yet do we consider the design of the words or their layout? In Treasures of Design, Art historian Chris Szczesny-Adams will present the history of design in print (from Gutenberg to the 20th century) through the library's rare materials including Original Leaves from Famous Books, The Voices of Friends Concerning John Plankinton, and
Alphonse Mucha's poster Sarah Bernhardt.

Treasures of Design from the Rare Books Collection
Central Library - Krug Rare Books Room, Second Floor
Saturday, February 12 , 2-3 p.m.
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department
at (414) 286-3071 to register.

Art historian Chris Szczesny-Adams, Associate Professor at MIAD, received her doctorate from the University of Virginia, where she also attained a master's degree in architectural history and historic preservation. She has a master's degree in art
history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interests include 19th and 20th century architecture, art, and material culture.

Treasures of Design is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.



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December 14, 2010

Celebrating Milwaukee Public Transit

bus.jpgThe Milwaukee County Transit System is celebrating 150 years of public transit in Milwaukee.

The Central Library has a small display of photos, maps, weekly passes and other materials from our archives and collections on Rapid Transit interurbans (light rail), streetcars, trolleybuses, buses and the North Shore Line. It's located in the middle of the 2nd floor hallway near the Humanities Room.

Submitted by Van Lingle Mungo


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November 30, 2010

Earning Our Daily Bread: Poets & Their Day Jobs

Hand writing.jpgJoin MPL's Poet Laureate Brenda Cardenas for an afternoon discussion of poetry and poets on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Krug Rare Books Room of Central Library.

The program will feature a panel discussion with Frank Lima (New York poet & master chef), Nina Corwin (poet & psychotherapist), William Fuller (poet & trust officer), Sue Blaustein (poet & food safety inspector & union officer), and moderator Karl Gartung (poet & truck driver & Woodland Pattern co-founder).

These poets will discuss the relationship between a poet's day job and his/her poetry, writing career, and writing process. How might these elements affect one another? How might these poets' work lives enrich their poetry or detract from their inspiration?

This event is linked to a poetry reading by Frank Lima at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St., on Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m.


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November 16, 2010

MPL Used Book Sale

The holiday season is here, which means it's time to find gifts for family and friends! Come to Central Library on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to peruse MPL's used book sale. The sale will feature Holiday & Children's Books.
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Remember that Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library members may enter the sale 30 minutes before the general public with current membership card!


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November 2, 2010

Poems that Turn with the Seasons

Join MPL on Saturday, November 6th from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall for our latest poetry program, Poems that Turn with the Seasons.

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From haiku to ode, great poetry has always connected us with earth's cycles. This program will help you rediscover how poetry attunes us to the motions of our moving and vulnerable planet. Poet Annie Finch shares some of her favorite seasonal poems, along with tips for using poetic rhythm to align yourself with the changing year.

Annie Finch is author of the poetry collections Among the Goddesses, Calendars, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and Eve, reissued in Carnegie Mellon's Classic Contemporaries Poetry Series. Her other works include libretti; music, theater, and art collaborations; translation; and several anthologies and books on poetry. Winner of a Black Earth fellowship and the Robert Fitzgerald Award, she is Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.

This is a Language of Conservation program. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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October 27, 2010

Green Roof Tours Through October

green_logo.gifIf you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Green Roof of the Milwaukee Public Library's Central branch, you still have a couple of opportunities to do so before winter blusters in. The final public tours of the Autumn are scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th at 1:30 and Saturday, October 30th at 1:30.


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October 19, 2010

Research Your House @ MPL!

Ever wondered about the history of your home? Has it always looked the way it does now? Have you thought about who used to live there, and what they did?

Brinton House2.jpgMPL is pleased to present our House History program on Saturday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Central Library! Join our librarians and an architectural historian from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. to learn how to use library resources such as fire insurance atlases, city directories, historic photos, and census records to research the physical and social history of your home.

While this program is free and open to the public, space is limited and advance registration is required.

Please call 414.286.3061 to register.

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October 8, 2010

Milwaukee Knits!

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Have you been knitting for years and would like to share your ideas and pieces with other knitters? Or are you just getting started and need some assistance and inspiration? Come to Milwaukee Knits at the Milwaukee Public Library. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. There will be demonstrations, a yarn swap, projects for every skill level, dicussions with master knitters, and, of course, refreshments and delightful conversation with other individuals devoted to knitting.

This event will take place throughout the Central library from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Limited supplies are available for participating knitters.



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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

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Are you looking for enriching after school activities for your child or teen? The After-School Club can help! All branch libraries in the city of Milwaukee host after school activities such as crafts, games, arts, dramatic play, and more! The After-School Club offers separate session times for children and teens. Kids and teens can hang out with friends while engaging in fun activities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at (414) 286-3011.



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September 14, 2010

Earth Poets & Musicians @ MPL

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox with poetry and song!

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(In the photo from left: Harvey Taylor, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Jeff Poniewaz and Holly Haebig)

On Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Loos Room of Central Library's Centennial Hall, Earth Poets and Musicians will deliver an eco-empowering performance. Since 1988 the Earth Poets have been performing together in praise and defense of the natural world. With the addition in the past decade of two singer-musicians, they have added music and song to their celebration of our planet.

This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the Language of Conservation program series. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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August 31, 2010

March on Milwaukee Remembered

March on MilwaukeeOn Thursday, September 16th at 7:00p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall, join MPL and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the UWM Libraries' Archives Department 9th Annual Revisiting Our Past Local History Lecture.

Jack Dougherty, prize winning author of More than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee, will present "When Milwaukee's Civil Rights History Meets the Digital Era." Local civil rights activists Peggy Rozga and Vel Phillips will share remarks as well.

This event is also the launch of UWM's March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project.

This event is free and open to the public. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. For more information or to arrange for special needs, please call (414) 286-3021.


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August 30, 2010

Presenting Benjamin Franklin


BenFranklinDuplessis.jpg Join us at the Central Library for the dedication of the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World Traveling Exhibition. Mordecai Lee, Professor of Governmental Affairs at UWM will make brief opening remarks and invite the audience to view the exhibit.The dedication will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13th in Meeting Room One. This program is presented in connection with Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World on exhibit at the Central Library from September 8th to October 22nd, 2010.


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August 20, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Rare Books Room

Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926This Saturday, September 11th, join Professor Chris Szczesny-Adams in a discussion about Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright was a controversial and influential architect whose legacy is found both in the built environment and in his myriad of books, portfolios, and articles. Learn about his life and revolutionary aesthetic through the library's rare materials such as The Wasmuth Portfolio and the Taliesin Collection of Paints, Wallpapers and Textiles. Presented by Chris Szczesny-Adams.

Click here for the Frank Lloyd Wright program poster.

Architectural historian Chris Szczesny-Adams, Associate Professor at MIAD, received her doctorate from the University of Virginia where she also attained a master's degree in architectural history and historic preservation. She also has a master's degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interests include 19th and 20th century architecture, art, and material culture.

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.

Date: 9/11/2010
Start Time: 2:00 p.m.
End Time: 4:00 p.m.
Library: Central
Location: Krug Rare Books Room


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August 24, 2010

Milwaukee's Early Architecture

Milwaukee's Early Architecture.jpgJoin MPL on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to hear author Megan Daniels speak about her new book, Milwaukee's Early Architecture. The program will be held in Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.

History, ethnic roots and architectural trends all played a role in developing the variety of architecture in Milwaukee. Daniels tracks this development through the use of photographs from the collections of the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and the Milwaukee Public Library.

Books will be available for purchase and the author will autograph copies. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and Boswell Book Company.


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August 5, 2010

Researching Patent & Trademark Information

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office is offering a free seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators and legal professionals at Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth Street, on Wednesday, September 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The day's events will include:

*An overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets
*How to make the best use of the USPTO website
*Conducting a patent search, step by step
*Asking the right questions of invention promotion firms
*Conducting a trademark search, step by step

A prepaid box lunch will be available for $7.50 with your choice of turkey or hummus wrap, chips and a beverage, or you may opt to go out to eat.

To register, contact Judy Pinger, the MPL Business & Technology Coordinator, by phone at 414 - 286 - 3247 or by email at jeping@milwaukee.gov. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, August 31.

This program is presented in connection with Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World on exhibit at the Central Library from September 8 to October 22, 2010.


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July 29, 2010

Central Drive-Up Renovation Begins Aug. 1

On Saturday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m., Central Library drive-up services will close for renovation. The drive-up is located on N. 8th St. between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells St. on the east side of the library. The renovation is expected to be complete in the fall of 2010.

During the renovation, please return items to drop boxes located farther south on N. 8th, just north of Wisconsin Ave. For all other library services, please enter Central Library or use a neighborhood library if more convenient.

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Highlights of the renovation include adding an automated library materials handling system for returns, improving lighting and insulation to increase energy efficiency, adding digital signage, improving the exterior driveway, and improving ADA accessibility to Centennial Hall.


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July 16, 2010

Milwaukee Public Museum's time at MPL

The Milwaukee Public Library and the Milwaukee Public Museum shared a building for around 70 years. That building is the current Central Library building at 814 W Wisconsin Ave.
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At one time, a lion cub named Simba even lived in the building.

Check out this link to see photos of the library while the museum still had residence. You can also find out more about the lion who lived in the library and see a video of him as a cub.


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July 20, 2010

Community Blood Drive @ Central

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Did you know that every three seconds, someone in our community needs blood? Or that the BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only supplier of blood for local community hospitals, as well as 60% of the state? By donating blood, you can help save lives.

MPL and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin are teaming up to host a community blood drive at Central Library on Tuesday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, and you can register for your appointment online.

Never given blood before? Here's information on what to expect during your experience.

Remember that you will need to have a photo ID with you when you donate.


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July 9, 2010

Rare Books Room Open House

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The Treasures Within Are Out for the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series Open House!

Drop by the Central Library and meet the Rare Books Team at a special open house. Learn more about some of the treasures and one-of-a-kind books in our Rare Books Room. Some of the works on display will include the Autograph Book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499), the John James Audubon prints, and more! The program is free and open to the public - all ages are welcome.

Saturday, July 17 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Central Library Rare Books Room - 2nd floor


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July 6, 2010

Author Elizabeth Wright @ MPL

Dear Bob Dear Betty.jpgJoin the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library in welcoming author Elizabeth Wright to Centennial Hall on Thursday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m. Wright, the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, will speak about her book Dear Bob, Dear Betty --the love story of her parents which developed by correspondence during the Great Depression.

In 1932, Llewellyn Wright (Bob), Frank Lloyd Wright's youngest child, whose adolescence was marked by the public scandals surrounding his father's private life, is struggling to begin a private law practice in Chicago. Elizabeth Kehler (Betty), daughter of a Chicago artist, is working as an intake counselor at the Milwaukee Vocational School. Their fervent correspondence over a 10-month courtship is witty, sassy and poignant, as they grapple with their passionate feelings and try to create a financially stable marriage.

For more information, please call (414) 286-8720, or email Friends@mpl.org.


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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

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Now that summer is in full swing, are you scrambling for fun, educational activities for your children to participate in? Fortunately, Milwaukee Public Library has a summer activity calender to help you figure it all out! For young children, all branch libraries as well as Central host the Preschool Story Time. Children of all ages have a choice of several programs and activities, including performances, games, and other fun activities! All the libraries also have awesome activities for teens such as Wii gaming, Book Bingo, Teen Jeopardy, ice cream socials and more! So check out the calendar and take your kids to your favorite branch for summer fun!
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July 1, 2010

Central Library Drive-Through Renovation

Milwaukee Public Library has been working with Uihlein Wilson Architects to renovate the Central Library Drive-Through. There have been no significant changes to the Drive-Through since it was originally completed in 1956.
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The project will include improvements to the interior layout and functionality which include: an automated materials handling system, improvements to glazing and lighting to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs, and a new canopy (among other things). Construction is expected to begin early this month and reopening will occur in the fall.

Drive-Through service will be suspended during renovation.


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June 10, 2010

Favorite Books From Childhood

MPL children's librarian Karen Radtke will take a look back at popular children's books from 1900-1959 and discuss why were they in vogue. How did people get them? Are they valuable? How did MPL acquire such a large collection of them? Come to this program with childhood memories of reading books and series --- and feel free to bring a favorite book(s) from your youth!

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Central Library - Krug Rare Books Room - 2nd Floor
Saturday, June 19
2:00-4:00 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call 414.286.3071 to reserve your spot.



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June 7, 2010

Jellyfish to Giraffes, Bullfrogs to Butterflies to Bears

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On June 21, the poet-in-residence for the Language of Conservation program, Pattiann Rogers, will read poems highlighting the earth and its wide variety of life in meadowlands and grasslands, deserts, seas, marshes, jungles and forests. A reception including light refreshments will begin at at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library on the second floor. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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April 29, 2010

The Heartbeat of the Earth

For over thirty years, Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies, and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions.
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He is the author of more than 70 books for children and adults. The best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.

Join Bruchac as he recites poems, tells traditional Native tales, and discusses how poetry helps us see and be in nature:

Saturday, May 8
2:00pm
Centennial Hall
Central Library

This program is part of the Language of Conservation series, an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, and made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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April 23, 2010

Don't leave Grandma in the attic!

19th century tintype photograph of a manOn May 11th, the Milwaukee Public Library and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works are proud to present the program: Don't Leave Grandma in the Attic!, a presentation on the preservation, display, storage, and repair of photographic materials.

Debra Hess Norris, the Chair and Professor of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware and Photographic Conservator will be on hand to discuss the care and treatment of photographs.
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Debra Hess Norris is the author of many book chapters and articles on the care and preservation of photos and is an authority on how to best treat them, whether they are 19th century daguerrotypes or contemporary color prints.

Seating is limited and reservations may be made by calling the Central Library's Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

Date: May 11th, 2010
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 7:30 p.m.
Library: Central
Location: Krug Rare Books Room



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March 19, 2010

The Persistence of Place: The art and Milwaukee memories of Thomas Rose

Image from Thomas Rose's book 1018 West Scott StreetIn the latest Rare Books Room Educational Series, visual artist Thomas Rose presents on his limited edition books that are owned by MPL.

In this presentation, he discusses his unique creative process and the technical challenges that went into the creation of the book Time Frames. The book uses a unique combination of a hinged metal bindings and pages that are turned alternately.

The artist will also discuss his book 1018 West Scott Street, which explores the effect of his childhood home in Milwaukee upon his emotional and psychological development.

Thomas Rose's multi-media works, books, architectural collaborations, and projects for public and private spaces are found worldwide.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Contact the Art, Music, & Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071.

Date: April 4th, 2010
Start Time: 1:30 p.m.
End Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Krug Rare Books Room


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March 23, 2010

Cardenas Named New Poet Laureate

MPL is happy to announce that Milwaukee's poet laureate for 2010-2011 is Brenda Cardenas. The poet laureate serves a two-year term promoting poetry
at library and community events.
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Cardenas earned her Bachelor's degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Poetry from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at UWM, where she teaches poetry writing, literature, and Latino/a Studies.

Cardenas' latest full-length book of poetry, Boomerang, was published by Bilingual Review Press in November 2009. Her chapbook entitled From the Tongues of Brick and Stone was released in 2005. Cardenas also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Her poem "Song" was made into an animated film in the Poetry Everywhere series sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Ms. Cardenas will be inducted as poet laureate at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 20 in Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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April 5, 2010

Spring Break @ Central!

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Are you unsure of what to do to fill your child's time during spring break? Join us in the Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room April 6-9 for games, crafts and a movie during spring break! Tuesday, April 6 is Book Jacket Bingo, Wednesday, April 7 is Game Day, featuring the Wii and classic board games, Thursday, April 8 is DIY Craft Day, and Friday, April 9 is Movie Day, featuring Ratatouille. Advanced registration is not required for any of these events. Call (414)296-3011 if you have any questions.



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March 5, 2010

Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

The Language of Conservation program at MPL is pleased to host the screening of the award-winning film Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker. The film, by Cathy Cook, won the Jury Award at the 2009 Wisconsin Film Festival.
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The film will be introduced by Karl Gartung, poet and co-founder of the Woodland Pattern Book Center, and will be screened in the Krug Rare Books Room.

Lorine Niedecker was a poet, and was born on the Black Hawk Island near Fort Atkinson. She spent much of her life in rural isolation, and her poetry reflects this isolation.

The film is a documentary of Lorine Niedecker's life and poetry that takes its cues from Ms. Niedecker's poetry.

Date: 3-27-2010
Start Time: 2:00 p.m.
End Time: 3:00 p.m.
Library: Central
Location: Krug Rare Books Room



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March 10, 2010

Grand Opening of M Cafe Library

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GRAND OPENING EVENT
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March 10th, 2010
Come Celebrate With US!


Mocais M Cafe at Cathedral Square has expanded! Plan to stop by our newest location for great coffee and all your favorite bites at the Milwaukee Public Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. We are located off the main entrance rotunda in the Bookseller.

We invite you to join us, our customers and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public library at the "Grand Opening" kick-off on March 10th, 2010.

The day will feature a ribbon cutting, free tastings, chair massages and door prizes throughout. Cafe hours 10am-4pm.

Mocais Cafe' is a minority women owned business that has " Catered to the business professional" in the downtown and Milwaukee area for over 8 years. We have a reputation for "fresh & fabulous food" and friendly and attentive service. In these difficult times we are proud to have been invited to the library, expanding our customer base and creating additional jobs.

We hope you can be a part of this special day for MOCAIS M Cafe & The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

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March 2, 2010

Edible Book Workshop @ Central

On Saturday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m. in Central Library's Herzfeld Activity Center join MPL and Woodland Pattern Book Center for an afternoon of book making! This workshop is for adults and children ages ten and older (limit two children per adult).

edible books.jpgAn edible book is designed to encourage new ways of thinking about literature by creating books out of food. Come try your hand at making a few simple edible books with local bookmaker Sharon Van Ruiswyk.

After this edible book warm-up you will be ready to compete in the Edible Book Show at Woodland Pattern Book Center on Sunday, March 28! For inspiration, check out last year's winners.

To register for this program, please contact Woodland Pattern Book Center at (414) 263-5001. There is a $7 materials fee for this workshop.


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March 9, 2010

Author John Nichols @ MPL

On Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall, the Milwaukee Public Library will offer the latest program in the Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture Series.

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The featured speaker is John Nichols, co-author of The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.

Nichols is a political writer for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He contributes to The Progressive and In These Times and is the associate editor of Madison's daily paper, the Capital Times. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.



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March 1, 2010

Get Your Game On @ The Library!

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Calling all teens ages 13-18! Stop into one of your participating neighborhood libraries on selected dates in March for the Super Smash Brothers Gaming Tournament. This gaming tournament is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation. Teens can choose to compete at Bay View, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Mill Road for a chance to qualify for the finals at Central Library. Test your gaming skills for a chance to win bragging rights as well as prizes! Snacks will be provided, so come on over to get your game on!


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February 19, 2010

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Help MPL celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories, music, birthday
treats, games and crafts.

Join us for the kick off event at Central on Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m!

dr.seuss2.pngBe sure to check out:

--the Red Fish, Blue Fish pond
--exciting and interesting stories in our story nook
--Yertle the Turtle cookie decorating
--the Seuss-inspired art station with Artists Working in Education.
--our Cat in the Hat face painting artists
--Browser, the library lion, Penworthy Bear, and the Cat in the Hat

Also, you can sing and dance along with musician Ken Baron (30-minute shows at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00).

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Nationally known family entertainer Chris Fascione will bring children's stories to life with his high-spirited and innovative performances (30-minute shows at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30).

MPL's neighborhood libraries will be hosting Dr. Seuss celebrations throughout the month of March. Come join in the fun!

February 21, 2010

Patents 101 @ the Library

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On Monday, February 22, the Central Library is offering the monthly Patents 101 class in the Krikelas Room on the second floor. During the Patents 101 class, a Business Librarian will explain the seven-step strategy for doing a patent search. Learning how to navigate the United States Patent and Trademark Office website is the first step to protecting your idea. The Patents 101 class is held from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. You can contact the Business and Technology desk at (414)286-3051 if you have any further questions.


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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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February 7, 2010

Quilting Bee in the Style of Gee's Bend Quilters

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For the month of February, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting an arts and crafts program inspired by the women of Gee's Bend and their famous quilts. Children will create their own quilt pattern using cut paper and other art supplies while they learn about these famous women and the historical significance of their quilts. This program is for children ages 5-12. Advanced registration is not necessary. Children and their parents may simply come into any of the participating libraries to create works of art based on the beautiful quilts of Gee's Bend.


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January 25, 2010

Drop-In Job Help!

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Need help creating a resume or filing out an online job application? Stop by one of our drop-in job help workshops! This program, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Foundation, provides assistance to individuals searching for jobs. A job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings and obtain a free e-mail account. Drop -in job help is available at:
Central Library : Tuesdays 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Atkinson Library: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Bay View Library: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library: Monday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King:Monday 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.


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January 14, 2010

First used book sale of the year!

The first used booksale of the year will be taking place Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library.
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This sale features romance novels and cookbooks. So stock up on those romantic reads, or pick something up to cook your way into the heart of a loved one, just in time for Valentine's Day!

All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

Check out other upcoming used book sales!



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December 17, 2009

Saturdays at Central Holiday Concert

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Come join us this Saturday, December 19, at the Central Library's Betty Brinn Children's Room for family friendly holiday fun! Featuring Ken Baron, this holiday concert includes interactive singing and dancing. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m. Come join us for lively holiday entertainment!

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January 12, 2010

Niffenegger Visit and Book Signing At Central Library

Thursday, Audrey Niffenegger will visit MPL to talk about her new book entitled Her Fearful Symmetry. (Her debut book was The Time Travelers Wife.) Niffenegger's visit is sponsored by Boswell Book Company and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.
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The event is free and open to the public:

Thursday, January 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St.


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December 9, 2009

Starting a Small Business

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When: Monday, December 14th, 1:30 - 2:30

Where: Central Library, Second Floor Computer Lab

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December 1, 2009

New cafe at the Central Library

MCafeAs of Tuesday, December 1st the M Café has opened for business in the Bookseller used book store in Central Library.

Stop by for a hot or cold drink and a meal or snack. To see what all is available, check out the menu. The Central Library is the second location for the M Café - for a sneak peek at its location on Cathedral Square, go to www.mcafeonline.com.

M Café hours are:
Mondays - Fridays
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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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November 23, 2009

Original Raskin Drawings on Display

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Ellen Ermingard Raskin was born in Milwaukee and received the Newbery Medal for her 1978 book, The Westing Game.

Eleven original Ellen Raskin drawings from her book Nothing Ever Happens On My Block were recently loaned from Central Library to the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The James Watrous Gallery is located in the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison. The gallery is highlighting the work of some of Wisconsin's most accomplished children's book illustrators.

Raskin's original drawings are normally housed in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library and will be on display in Madison until December 9, 2009.


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November 30, 2009

Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel in the forest? Recall that house of gingerbread belonging to the child-devouring witch? hansgret_rackh[1].jpg Create a miniature gingerbread house with your own children and then display it--or eat it!

(Witches not included.)


Martin Luther King Library
Wednesday, December 2, 5:30-6:30pm


Central Library
Saturday, December 5, 10:30-11:30am
Call 286-3091 to register.



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November 10, 2009

Holiday and Children's Book Sale

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Check out the great deals on books this November!

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library are holding their Holiday and Children's Book Sale on Saturday, November 21st. The sale will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and will be held at the Central Library.

For more information on book sales in 2009 and 2010, check out the Used Book Sales page on MPL's website.


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October 29, 2009

Standard Songbook Program for Kids

kids singing.jpgThe Standard Songbook program introduces children to music and musical theatre concepts through an interactive performance with Skylight Opera Theatre Artists. Children hear various songs from musicals and learn about concepts such as rhythm, tempo and melody by becoming "musical detectives." Recommended for children in grades 1-3. Child care groups with early elementary children welcome.

Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Central
Event Type: Special Events
Age Group: Children
Contact: Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room
Contact phone: 414-286-3091

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November 4, 2009

College Jam

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Hey, Teens! Do you have any questions about college? Come to the Central Library on Saturday, November 7th between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Or, drop in at the Atkinson Library on Wednesday, November 11th between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Bring your questions...and leave with answers.

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October 27, 2009

Author talk with Jeffrey Krames

The Unforced Error: Why Some Managers Get Promoted While Others Get EliminatedThe Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library present: Jeffrey A. Krames, the author of The Unforced Error: Why Some Managers Get Promoted While Others Get Eliminated, Inside Drucker's Brain and more.

As former publisher of a major business book company, Krames has personally edited and published more than 275 business books, including many award-winning, best-selling titles that include such business luminaries as Jack Welch, Michael Ovitz, Ross Perot, Bill Gates and more.

The event takes place November 3, 2009, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Business and Periodicals room on the second floor of the Central Library.

Coffee, juice and rolls will be served.

Boswell Book Company will be there to sell books.

Admission is $10. Please contact John Menzel for reservations at 414-908-0557 or jmenzel@bizjournals.com by October 28th.

This event is sponsored by: The Business Journal

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October 14, 2009

Build a Better Brain Through Book Jacket Bingo

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Did you know that getting together with friends and playing games is good for your brain health? Celebrate Teen Read Week by playing a special teen edition of Book Jacket Bingo with a Read Beyond Reality theme. It's your chance to have fun, win prizes and discover some out-of-this-world reads.

Capitol Library 3969 N. 76th St 414.286.3006 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.286.3091 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 414.286.3019 Thursday, Oct. 22 6 - 7 p.m.

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September 25, 2009

John James Audubon Program

Join MPL for the next program of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series!

On Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Rare Book Room, art historian Jeff Jara will present a selection of Audubon mammal prints. These prints are part of MPL's Rare Books Room collection and were published from 1854 to 1855.

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Following an illustrated lecture on Audubon's art and the historical context in which he worked, the actual prints will be displayed. These rare color plates depict North American viviparous quadrupeds in stunning detail, often in their natural habitats.

Please call 286-3071 to register.

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September 8, 2009

Milwaukee Ukulele Festival display

Central Library is hosting a display in anticipation of the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at The Coffee House, 631 N. 19th St.
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The display features ukulele-related items on loan from Lil' Rev, a local and national touring performer and music educator. The display is free and open to the public during normal library hours.


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August 25, 2009

Increase Lapham Rare Books Room program

Because of popular demand, the Central Library's Art, Music & Recreation Department is reprising its extremely well-attended Increase Lapham program this September.
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Once again, this program will feature the portrayal of Increase Lapham by historian Rob Nurre. A true renaissance man, Increase Lapham was involved in many facets of life in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He wrote the first book published in the state, and created many Wisconsin and Milwaukee maps which assisted immigrant in learning about their new home. Lapham guided the creation of school libraries, helped form the Milwaukee Young Men's Association, was a founder of the National Weather Service, and served as Wisconsin State Geologist.

The program is Saturday, September 12th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Rare Books Room. Seating is limited, so call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.

Don't forget to check out the exhibit of artifacts by and related to Lapham in the Rare Books Room windows.


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August 10, 2009

New Wisconsin Artists Index

MPL's Wisconsin Artists Index contains over 2300 citations and was compiled by librarians who indexed over 40 books about Wisconsin art and artists. The citations are arranged by artist in alphabetical order. Birth and death dates of artists are included when available (for identification purposes) and may sometimes be incomplete.

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All of the indexed books are available for use in the Central Library’s Art, Music & Recreation Reference Room. Duplicates of some of the materials may be available for check out at Central and for reference use or check out at your nearest neighborhood library. For additional information about the index or Wisconsin artists not listed there, please contact the Art, Music & Recreation Department by phone at 414-286-3071 or electronically through AskAway.



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July 13, 2009

Library Computers for People with Disabilities

Two computer workstations at Central Library provide access to library patrons with physical disabilities.
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The stations include software and assistive technology devices set up for magnifying print, controlling a cursor using slight finger movements, and print/ electronic material converted into text that can be read aloud.

If you are are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, have low vision, mobility limitations (including carpal tunnel and arthritis) or learning disabilities, you may sign up to use these computers at the Central Library Information Services Desk. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance by calling 414-286-3017. TDD: 286-3062. Valid identification is required at the time of use.


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June 30, 2009

ComedySportz World Championship Celebration Show!

This year, ComedySportz Milwaukee is hosting the world Comedy League 2009 ComedySportz World Championship. The tournament runs from July 9th through July 11th, but you can see ComedySportz players from around the world at the Celebration Show on July 7th at the Central Library's Centennial Hall.
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Join these players for the ultimate interactive, improvised, family-friendly funny experience. You'll get to laugh, shout out suggestions, and perhaps even join in the fun onstage!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall



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May 21, 2009

Rhymers will be Readers!

What's all the excitement about rhyme? Why is rhyming so important? To find out, come to the free Rhymers will be Readers workshop from MPL's Ready to Read with Books2Go program for child care providers.

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Rhyming is part of phonological awareness, which is one of the most important early literacy skills. Research suggests that children who start school with this skill in place tend to have an easier time learning to read. The best time to help children develop this skill is before they start formal schooling.

During this interactive workshop, you will learn about phonological awareness and how to help children develop this skill through simple activities, games, and music. Learn how phonological awareness can be fostered throughout your day with minimal planning.

Registration is required this program, so please call (414) 286-8423 to sign up. Also, please remember this program is for adults only. Workshop attendees will earn 1.5 hours of continuing education credits.

This workshop will be held:

Wednesday, June 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Library

and repeated:

Saturday, June 20
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Central Library



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May 20, 2009

MPL's Central Library Approved for Green Roof Technology

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has approved Milwaukee Public Library for funding of the installation of a Green Roof.

What is a Green Roof? Click Here!
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Also, Central Library was successful in the application for additional funding to add an educational component to the Central Library green roof project. This funding allows the creation of a walkway and an education platform on the roof for tour groups, as well as informational kiosks inside the Central Library. This is great news for MPL, the city, and the environment!

More details to emerge!

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Web site

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May 15, 2009

Job Seeker Help @ MPL

Searching for a job? MPL has the resources to help you find a new career.

Job Search

Did you know that three MPL libraries offer free, drop-in job searching help?

During these sessions, a job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings, and obtain a free e-mail account.

Find these job sessions, funded by grants from the Miller Brewing Company and the Tellier Foundation, at the following locations:

Central Libary, Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Center Street Library, Tuesdays from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. & Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Forest Home Library, Mondays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Also, our newly updated Job Seeker Help web page is a great source for links and information about local job opportunites, resume tips, and additional locations for job and resume help in Milwaukee.

And don't forget about all the great books you can check out about resumes, cover letters, and job interviews!

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May 11, 2009

Increase Allen Lapham

Increase Lapham was an officer of the Milwaukee Young Men’s Association whose collection formed the nucleus of Milwaukee Public Library’s collection in 1878. He was also Wisconsin's first scientist as well as a self-educated naturalist, author and cartographer.

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“I Am Studying Wisconsin"
Central Library's Krug Rare Books Room
Saturday, June 6, 2009
2-4pm

Join former Wisconsin Land Records Manager Rob Nurre from Columbus, WI as he portrays Wisconsin's own Increase Lapham. (Nurre's dedicated study of Lapham led to the re-publication of The Antiquities of Wisconsin , Lapham’s seminal work which documents the Native American effigy mounds found throughout the state.)

Four Krug Rare Books Room window display cases will be filled with all manner of interesting items related to Lapham: pictures, rare books and maps that he produced--even some that are inscribed in his own hand.

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.
Part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

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April 17, 2009

100 Best Business Books Program

Join MPL on Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Central Library for a presentation from business book experts and authors Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Covert and Sattersten have spent years reading, evaluating and selling business books, becoming the most respected experts on the category. Together they’ve chosen the best business titles of all time and review them in one volume: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.

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Refreshments will be provided by The Capital Grille, and a copy of the book will be raffled off to attendees. Additional copies will be available for purchase from 800-CEO-READ. Advance registration recommended; please call 286-3572 to sign up.

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April 14, 2009

Walleye Warriors author talk

Each spring, when the ice clears, the Anishinabe harvest fish from the lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a tradition protected by treaties and reinforced by Federal Court rulings. However, for a number of years the spear fishermen were confronted with violence and racial epithets from local sports fishermen, resort owners and other white neighbors.
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Join Walleye Warriors author Rick Whaley, and Dave Denomie of the Bad River Chippewa and Milwaukee spokesperson for Witness for Non-Violence, as they explain how a multi-race and class alliance of Anishinabe, local residents, and activists defused these confrontations by witnessing and documenting them.

This program is offered in conjunction with the PBS Native American history series We Shall Remain to be broadcast in April and May. This May 9 program will take place before the final installment Wounded Knee, which describes the takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation and the beginning of the reassertion of political rights by the Indian nations.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Central Library



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April 6, 2009

Poetry under the dome

Meet local poets Rebecca Dunham, Judith Harway, Derrick Harriell, Angela Sorby, and Milwaukee's Poet Laureate Susan Firer at the Central Library. The poets will be reading selections from their works under Central's beautiful rotunda on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
A view of the dome from the floor at the Central Library's rotunda.

These local poets have all received honors and accolades for their poetry. In addition to Susan Firer being Milwaukee's Poet Laureate, Rebecca Dunham received the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize and is the author of The Miniature Room. Derrick Harriell has had poetry has published in the Cream City Review. Judith Harway's poems have earned her fellowships with the Wisconsin Arts Board and she is a faculty member of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Angela Sorby is the author of Bird Skin Coat and is also a recipient of the Brittingham Prize.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call (414) 286-8720 or send an email to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library to register for this event.


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March 24, 2009

Krug Rare Books Room Series Continues

MPL is the only library in Wisconsin to own a copy of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a romance by Francesco Colonna and a famous example of early printing. Join researcher Stefano Questioli for a program entitled “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili – A Hieroglyphic of the Renaissance”. Learn about the authorship, language and intent of this book – which translates to 'Poliphili’s Strife of Love in a Dream' – published in Venice in 1499.
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Saturday, March 28 – 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

This encore presentation features improved audio visuals and sound.
It is free but seating it limited. Call 414.286.3071 to register.

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March 23, 2009

House History program accepting registration

If you have ever wondered about the history of your home, you may want to attend the Milwaukee Public Library's House History program. This extremely popular program will be running again Saturday, April 18, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
The residence of Dr. George B. Miner. This photo is available from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection and in the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection, which is accessible from MPL's homepage www.mpl.org.
This program is intended as an introduction to resources at the Central Library that are extremely useful for determining the history of a house or property. Resources that will be explored include the Milwaukee city directories, the fire insurance atlases, the tax rolls, and much more.

The program is especially helpful for residents of the City of Milwaukee, as the resources focus on the city. Residents of Milwaukee area suburbs will find less information than those in the city, but search strategies and the types of resources available may offer insight into the types of resources that are available in those communities.

Advance registration is required. To register, call the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.


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March 16, 2009

Jane Austen lecture and tea

Come to a special presentation of "Tea with Jane Austen" at the Rare Books Room of the Central Library. Not only will tea be served, but costumed performers from the Milwaukee Rep's production of Pride and Prejudice will be on hand to model the fashions of the era.
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In addition to that, Marsha Huff (president of the Jane Austen Society of North America) will discuss Jane Austen's writing of Pride and Prejudice. Kim Wilson, the author of Tea with Jane Austen and In the Garden with Jane Austen, will discuss tea in the novel and the play.

Admission to the event is free. However, seating is limited and reservations are required, so call (414) 286-8720 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, March 21, 2009
1:30 PM
Central Library



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March 6, 2009

Used Book Sale @ Central Library

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The next Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library used book sale will be Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Central Library.

It will feature half-price books. Make sure to stop by for some great deals!

All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Milwaukee Public Library.


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February 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Join MPL as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss!
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The free kick-off celebration will be held at Central Library on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., where you will be able to:

* Create your own feathery-fun craft of Gertrude McFuzz.
* Enjoy exciting and interesting stories in our story nook.
* Decorate a Seuss cookie to eat or take home.
* Get your face painted like the Cat in the Hat.
* Hop and bop, sing and swing to the music of the Chickadees.
* Make an ocean-themed craft with the Milwaukee Public Museum.
* Have a “reeling” good time with a Seuss-inspired fishing pond.

Be sure to say hello to Browser, the Library Lion and the Cat in the Hat as they “check out” the festivities!

Dr. Seuss celebrations continue throughout the month of March at our neighborhood libraries.

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February 6, 2009

August Derleth: a centennial celebration

Join MPL for the latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series. On Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Rare Books Room, we will be celebrating the life and work of August Derleth with speaker David Schweitzer.

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Born in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1909, Derleth became a prolific author of hundreds of poems, short stories, novels, and biographies. In 1937, he and Donald Wandrei founded Arkham House, a publishing company that specializes in mystery and occult titles, including the works of their friend H.P. Lovecraft.

On February 28, David Schweitzer will interpret Derleth's keenly observed and beautifully written meditations on the natural world. Derleth family members and friends will be present and an exhibit of books by Arkham House authors will be displayed.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Call 286-3071 to register.


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January 30, 2009

First used book sale of 2009!

Books!

Next Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. will be the first used book sale of the year at Central Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, the sale will feature romance novels and cookbooks, but there will be many other great books available. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Milwaukee Public Library.

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January 27, 2009

Getting Down to Business

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Have you invented something fantastic? Does the prospect of getting it patented
overwhelm you? Are you starting your own business? In this crazy economy
it makes sense to gather all the information you can to plan and prepare properly.

Central Library is offering two free programs in February to help you with both:

"Starting A Small Business"
Monday, February 9
1:30pm-2:30pm
Central Library

Librarians will help you find the right information to start your own business.
Meet in Central Library's second floor computer lab to learn about print
and electronic resources for business planning.

"Patents 101"
Monday, February 23
1:30pm-2:30pm
Central Library

This program is offered monthly by librarians who will explain the
seven-step strategy for executing a patent search. Meet in
Central Library's second floor computer lab.

January 6, 2009

Bookseller & Coffee Shop Hours Change

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Effective this week Wednesday, hours will be changed to coincide with
Central Library's earlier closing time of 5:30 pm. Starting tomorrow, the
complete schedule of hours for the Bookseller and Perk & Peruse Coffee Shop
will be:

Monday and Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Incidentally, the Bookseller used book store could use some dedicated
volunteers to sort and shelve materials. If you're interested, please stop
in the store or call (414) 286-2142. Proceeds from the store support the library.

December 23, 2008

Milwaukee in Pictures

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All rights reserved © Milwaukee Public Library

The streetcar tracks are no longer there, but the holidays in downtown Milwaukee haven't changed all that much. This picture looks east from N. 3rd onto Wisconsin Avenue. The photograph was taken Nov. 30, 1942 and resides in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library.

Central Library’s photo archives include many collections. Take a look some of them here.

Photographs are retrieved by library staff. The materials may not be removed from the room, but reproductions may be available. Contact the Humanities Department with any questions at 414-286-3061.

Everyone at Milwaukee Public Library wishes you Happy Holidays and a great 2009.

November 10, 2008

Maritime Disasters of the Great Lakes displays

The Humanities Department at the Central Library is teaming up with the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society to put the spotlight on maritime disasters that took place on the Great Lakes. Each month a new shipwreck will be highlighted, and the previous months' shipwreck displays will be preserved for viewing.

Wreck of the HENRY CORT.

The display started in October with the wreck of the EMPRESS OF IRELAND. November's featured wreck is that of the EDMUND FITZGERALD, and December's will be of the wreck of the ROUSE SIMMONS, the Christmas Tree Ship.

The displays will be ongoing through the month of May; for as long as the Titanic Exhibit is up at the Milwaukee Public Museum

November 6, 2008

Used Book Sale @ Central Library

Looking for some great gift ideas now that the holiday season is just around the corner?

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Come to Central Library's book sale on Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The sale will feature holiday books as well as new and used children's books. This is the last Friends of Milwaukee Public Library book sale of 2008. Book sales will start again in February 2009.

October 17, 2008

House History Program @ Central Library

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? Have you been curious about what may have been on your property before your current home? Or who may have lived there before? MPL's House History Program can help you answer these questions and more!

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The program will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Central Library. Librarians will provide an overview of house history resources available at the library, including city directories, fire insurance atlases, tax rolls, newspaper indexes, etc. Most resources apply to homes located within the City of Milwaukee.

Advance registration is required; please call Central Library's Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061 to sign up.

October 7, 2008

The Life and Art of John James Audubon

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Wednesday, October 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
and repeated
Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm-4:00 p.m.

Art historian Jeff Jara will present a selection of Audubon bird prints from the Rare Books Room collection, published in London between 1827 and 1838. Following an illustrated lecture on Audubon’s art, methods, and the cultural and historical context in which he worked, the actual prints will be displayed. These rare color plates depict almost 500 North American bird species drawn life-size, often in their natural habitats.

Jeff Jara is an adjunct professor of art history at UW-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware, specializing in American art and folk art.

Please call the Central Library Art Department (286-3071) to register.

October 3, 2008

Get Smart About Credit @ MPL

As part of Money Smart Week Wisconsin (October 12-18, 2008), MPL is offering Get Smart About Credit Day.

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Library staff will show you how and where to get a free copy of your credit report. (Remember that your credit score is not part of your credit report!) You will receive a free printout of one report per person, and you can print reports from other credit reporting agencies for 15 cents per page. Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will be available to explain the report to you and provide additional information.

Get Smart About Credit Day is Thursday, October 16. Programs will be held at Central Library from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and at Center Street Library from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Call (414) 286-3051 (Central) or (414) 286-3090 (Center Street) to register and to find out what to bring with you.

*This program at MPL is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing @ your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.*

September 29, 2008

Author talk with Dale Van Atta

Dale Van Atta will be at the Central Library's Centennial Hall to discuss his book With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics.

From left to right: Melvin Laird, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dale Van Atta in 2001.

The first book ever to focus on Laird's legacy, this authorized biography reveals his central and often unrecognized role in managing the crisis of national identity sparked by the Vietnam War -and challenges, ethical and political, that confronted him along the way.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Located in the Loos Room.

This is part of the Get Political @ your Milwaukee Public Library series. No registration is necessary.

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Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

September 19, 2008

Contraptions: Poetry, Music, Dance

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Join MPL and Milwaukee's Poet Laureate Susan Firer for Contraptions, an evening of interart collaborations featuring music, poetry and dance! This free event will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Contraptions will highlight the talents of several local artists including Janet Lilly, Kelly Anderson, Rip Tenor, Jim Hazard, James Liddy, Derrick Harriel, Sigmund Snopek and Brenda Cardenas.

Here are just a few of the night's performances:

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Choreography: Janet Lilly – Music: John Tavener – Poetry: Susan Firer
Performance: Kelly Anderson

Suite: August’s Kettle Lake, every thing awhile, The Bright Waterfall of Angels
Poetry: Susan Firer – Music: Sigmund Snopek, composer and performer
Film: Susan Firer

Mama’s Gorsry List and Conjure Baby
Poetry: Derrick Harriell – Music: Tim Ricketts, bass guitar
Film: John Koethe

September 15, 2008

Author talk by Robert Booth Fowler

Robert Booth Fowler, the author of Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History will be in the Central Library to discuss his book as well as the 2000, 2004, and the upcoming elections.
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Mr. Fowler is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His book looks at the entire history of voting in Wisconsin from 1848 to present day. In his book, he explores various historic and current trends in the voting of ethnic and religious groups in Wisconsin. He also discusses the triumphs and failures of the two major parties as well as Wisconsin's third parties, such as the Socialists, the Progressives and others.

If you are interested in the electoral history of Wisconsin, come to this program at the Central Library on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

September 12, 2008

Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame Reception

Join us on Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Central Library as we honor the latest authors added to the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame. The wall, located in Central Library, was created in 1997 as a way of honoring authors – novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced by their life and experience in Wisconsin. This year's honorees are A. Manette Ansay and Margot Peters.

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Ansay was raised in Port Washington and studied at the University of Wisconsin. Her novels Vinegar Hill (an Oprah Book Club Selection), Midnight Champagne, Sister, River Angel, Blue Water, and short story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says, are all set in rural Wisconsin. She is also the author of Limbo, a memoir relating her struggle with the debilitating disease that changed the course of her life.

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Born in Wausau and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peters is the author of noted biographies Design for Living, a biography of Lunt and Fontanne, the Charlotte Bronte biography Unquiet Soul, as well as books on Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the Barrymores, and May Sarton.

September 8, 2008

Open house at the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

If you or a loved one is experiencing a decline in vision or mobility, or you would like to know where you can go to volunteer to help those with visual and mobility problems plan to attend the joint open house of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (WRLBPH) and the Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE).
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This is a great opportunity to find out about the operations of these two library services. There will be interactive tours of the WRLBPH where the Library of Congress digital talking book player will be demonstrated, plus Braille demonstrations, hands-on audio activities, in-depth NFB Newsline® demonstrations, tactile picture making and more!

Join us for great food, good company and interactive tours! Please enter through the Wells Street doors of the Central Library.

If you are planning to attend, please respond by September 16th. Call the WRLBPH at (414) 286-3045 or 1-800-242-8822. Respond by email at lbph@milwaukee.gov. Call ABLE at (414) 286-3039. Respond by email at info@ablenow.org.

The open house will be located in Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

September 5, 2008

John Gurda @ Central Library

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Join us for the final presentation in MPL's program series on the Menomonee River Valley!

Milwaukee author and historian John Gurda will be speaking at Central Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. His topic will be the Menomonee River Valley's rich past, in a presentation entitled, In the Beginning was the Valley: The History of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. This program is sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin.

(Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Neighborhoods Digital Collection, UWM Libraries)

September 3, 2008

Rarities at the library

If you've ever been in the Central Library, you may have noticed the beautiful and locked (most of the time) room on the second floor. This is the Richard E and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.
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If you're very lucky, you may even have been inside this room, and noticed the books locked away just the other side of the glass barrier. The rare books of MPL's collection lie on the other side of the glass.

The rare books collection, held in trust for the citizens of Milwaukee, includes over 7,000 items of special value, such as signed first editions, materials published before 1868, unique materials such as miniature books, and rare items of local historical and cultural significance.

Now, a complete list of these books are available through the library's catalog.

The books in Rarities can be viewed by appointment only through the Arts, Music and Recreation Department at the Central Library. They can be reached at (414) 286-3071 to make an appointment.

August 29, 2008

Get to Know the Menomonee Valley

The Milwaukee Public Library's focus on the Menomonee River Valley continues with another exciting program at Central Library.

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On Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library's first floor meeting room, the Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. will give a presentation on the history and current attractions of the Menomonee River Valley, as well answer any questions you may have. MVP is a group of businesses, neighborhood associations, and government agencies working to restore the Valley economically, ecologically, geographically, and culturally. For more information about MVP, check out www.renewthevalley.org.

While you are here, be sure to visit the Menomonee River exhibit on the second floor of the library!

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.

August 20, 2008

Homework Help

Homework Help is offered at the Central library and four neighborhood libraries for children in elementary school. Volunteers listen, guide and advise children with their homework needs. Hours are generally weeknights from 4 to 7 p.m. Please call the library for specific days and times. Adult volunteer mentors are needed October through May. If you have two hours per week to help, call one of these libraries and ask for details:

Atkinson 286-3068
Center Street 286-3090
Central 286-3091
Forest Home 286-3083
Martin Luther King 286-3098

August 18, 2008

Rare Books program

The latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series is the Susan Frackleton Program.

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The artwork of artist Susan Frackleton will be discussed by Lyn Korenic. Korenic completed her Ph. D. in Art History on the ceramic career of Susan Frackleton. As such she is the perfect authority to discuss the china painting, art pottery and illuminated manuscript work of Frackleton.

Frackleton's masterpiece The Voices of Friends Concerning John Plankinton will be available for viewing.

The program will run twice at the Central Library in the Rare Books Room. The first program is Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and the second is Saturday, September 13th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Seating is limited so registration is required. To register for the program, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071.

August 15, 2008

Author Visit - Eddee Daniel

On Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library, author Eddee Daniel will be speaking and signing copies of his latest book, Urban Wilderness.
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In this work, Daniel guides readers down the waterways of the Menomonee River watershed and reveals how preserving urban rivers is key to modern-day city life. Urban Wilderness charts the exemplary preservation efforts to rescue the river from pollution and neglect, ultimately showing how parks and nature preserves are crucial to the quality of life and economic success of a thriving city such as Milwaukee.

Mr. Daniel will discuss and show slides from his book, and copies will be available for purchase. While you are here, don't forget to check out the Menomonee River exhibit on the second floor of the library!

August 8, 2008

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili--A Rare Books Program

Come to Central Library on September 6th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the latest program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

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The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream) was published in Venice in 1499 by Aldus Manutius. With 171 woodcut illustrations it is considered by many scholars to be the most beautiful printed book of the Renaissance. MPL is the only library in Wisconsin to own a copy. Mysteries of authorship, language and intent surround this book which was featured prominently in the bestselling book The Rule of Four.

Italian researcher Stefano Questioli will speak about its plot, historical context, illustrations, and mysteries. Questioli, a former researcher at the Instituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Rome, is the artistic consultant at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.

Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at (414) 286-3071 to register.

July 21, 2008

Menomonee Valley exhibit

The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library presents the exhibit "Welcome to the Menomonee River Valley".

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This exhibit takes place on the second floor of the Central Library. It consists of many displays on the history of the Menomonee River Valley from before Milwaukee was a city, all the way up to the present day.

The exhibit includes materials about the Potawatomi before the arrival of Europeans in the Milwaukee area, materials on the Milwaukee Road shops that graced the valley before the Road went defunct, and much more.

The Menomonee River Valley is extremely important to the development of the City of Milwaukee, and this exhibit explores many of its different aspects.

July 14, 2008

Ditto Copy Service

Did you know that the Milwaukee Public Library has a copy service? It's called Ditto and it is based out of the Central Library.

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This service can be contacted by phone, mail, or by email to make requests of items to be copied for a small fee. Those items are then mailed, faxed, or made available for pick up at the Central Library.

Ditto is often used by people in search of specific patents, government information, obituaries and much more. This service can also be used in tandem with the reference services of the librarians at MPL. While Ditto will not do research to locate specifics of information, the librarians will be happy to aid you in your search to locate those specifics so that Ditto can make the information available to you.

July 11, 2008

Milwaukee Public Library Community Blood Drive

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Milwaukee Public Library and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin are sponsoring a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Central Library. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin supplies 100% of the blood to every community hospital in our area. The blood you donate will save lives right here in our community.

As a thank you for doing the extraordinary, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin has several giveaway offers. Donors will have the chance to win a $100 gas card, Milwaukee Brewers tickets, and possibly the grand prize of a behind-the-scenes Brewers experience!

Appointments are encouraged. Please bring a photo ID at the time of donation. To schedule an appointment, please contact Jeffrey Jeanpierre at BloodCenter of Wisconsin at 414-937-6113. Electronic sign up is available. Enter in Drive ID Number DRV0092056 for electronic sign up.

June 23, 2008

Come see the Amazing Acro-Cats!

The Amazing Acro-Cats will be at Centennial Hall at the Central Library Saturday, July 26th for three engagements.

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Come and be amazed by the acrobatic feats that these cats perform.

Tickets are $4.00 a person and will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on July 26th. Children who have reached Level 5 is the Super Reader summer reading program can earn coupons good for two free tickets to the Acro-Cats. Be sure to sign up for the Super Reader summer reading program to find out more on how to earn your free tickets.

The first show starts at 10:30 a.m., the second at 1:00 p.m., and the third at 3: 30 p.m.

June 16, 2008

Gallery of Central Library photos and information

The Milwaukee Public Library invites you to tour the Central Library via its new Central Library photo gallery.

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Each photo has additional information on the Central Library provided, and also serves as a link to more facts and services that the Central Library offers. The gallery takes you on a trip through the library and allows you to explore some of the different departments, services, and collections that are offered at the Central Library.

Of course, if you are interested in a more in-depth tour of the Central Library, weekly tours are available!

June 6, 2008

Anatomy of the Book

Wednesday, June 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Repeated Saturday, June 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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Join book creator JoAnna Poehlmann for this rare opportunity to experience her marvelous art up-close and hands-on. Learn how she creates her unique or limited edition artist books using handmade papers, found objects, Xerox, clay, wood, collage, stamps, stuffed animals, and even preserved insects, as well as more traditional media. Milwaukee native JoAnna Poehlmann's works are found in major collections around the world, including the Milwaukee Public Library's Krug Rare Books Room. Seating is limited; call 286-3071 to register.

June 2, 2008

Start a Small Business

Many people's dream is to be their own boss, but they don't know how to go about starting their own small business. The intrepid librarians of the Milwaukee Public Library are here to help!

Next Monday, the Central Library Business staff will go over the most useful print and electronic resources to help you start your own business.

The program starts at 1:30 p.m., and wraps up at 2:30 p.m. and will take place in the second floor computer training lab.

May 2, 2008

Spring Literary Luncheon With Louise Erdrich

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The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will hold their annual Spring Literary Luncheon on Monday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Club, located at 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. This year's event will feature award-winning author Louise Erdrich. She is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Medicine, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. On May 19, she will be signing copies and reading from her latest book, The Plague of Doves.

Reservations are required for this event. Each reservation includes an autographed hardcover copy of The Plague of Doves or a Schwartz Bookshops gift card of equal value. Please call 286-8720 for more information.

April 28, 2008

Meet children's authors Kevin Henkes and Lynne Rae Perkins

Noted children's authors Kevin Henkes and Lynne Rae Perkins will be at Centennial Hall this Monday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.

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Kevin Henkes won the 2005 Caldecott Medal with the book Kitten's First Full Moon. Lynne Rae Perkins won the Newbery Medal for her book Criss Cross.

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Kevin and Lynne will be discussing their books and will be available to sign them. Books will also be available for sale.

April 21, 2008

Search your own patents

The Central Library will be holding another one of its patent searching programs. The librarians from the Business & Technology will explain the strategies for doing a patent search that match the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) guidelines.

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This is a great way to see if something similar to your idea has already exists with USPTO. It's a crucial step in protecting your ideas.

Patents 101: How to do a Patent Search will be held this month on Monday, April 28th from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Central Library. For more information call (414) 286-3000.

April 10, 2008

Rare Books Programs on Wednesday, April 30th and May 3rd

Is it Art? Or Is it a Book?
The Dilemma of Artists Books in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 30, 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room

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Call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.

Books have been in our world for thousands of years, but the 21st century has brought the increasing use of computers to store information. Yet, we still have books and probably always will. Why? Because books offer a totally different experience than computers. Books no longer bear the full burden of information storage, so they are free to become something else. Artists have recognized that potential, and more and more artists are turning to the book as an art form.

Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, will discuss the challenges faced by the artists book, and talk about some of the ways books can function as art, and how artists books are wholly books and fully art.

This is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.

April 4, 2008

Meet New Poet Laureate Susan Firer

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On Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall, native Milwaukeean Susan Firer will be inducted as the city's Poet Laureate for 2008-09. Firer will read from her latest poetry collection, Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People, which includes new and selected poems from 1979 to 2007. Her other collections include The Laugh We Make When We Fall (2002), The Underground Communion Rail (1992), My Life With the Tsar and Other Poems (1979), and The Lives of Saints and Everything (1993), which won that year's Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Firer is an assistant professor in the English Department of UWM, where she teaches courses in creative writing and women's studies.

April 3, 2008

Used Book Sale - April 12th - Central Library

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Ten cents does not purchase a lot these days, but it will buy a pre-owned book at the Central Library Book Sale on Saturday, April 12th. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, plan to visit Meeting Room 1 anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and bring lots of dimes!

March 17, 2008

House History registration now open

If you've ever wondered about the history behind your home, you may want to attend the Milwaukee Public Library's House History program. This extremely popular program will be running again Saturday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

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( The T.A. Chapman Residence used to be at 1038 N. Cass St.)

This program is an introduction to the Central Library's resources that are extremely useful for determining the history of a house or property. Resources that will be explored are the Milwaukee city directories, the fire insurance atlases, the tax rolls, and much more.

The program is especially helpful for residents of the City of Milwaukee, as the resources focus on the city. Residents of Milwaukee area suburbs will find less information than those in the city.

Advance registration is required. To register, call the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

March 14, 2008

Big Read Reception @ Central Library

Join the Milwaukee Public Library for a celebration of the 2008 Big Read program featuring Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. The reception will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall.

The reception will feature music from the Banjo Barons Ragtime Band Trio, as well as original poetry from the poetry contest. Come view entries from the photography contest based on the Get Caught Reading theme, and sample entries from the tea cake contest. The celebration is also an opportunity to network with our grant partners and share ideas for the next NEA Big Read grant application.

We hope to see you there!

March 10, 2008

Milwaukee Public Library in top 10

Nancy Pearl, NPR book commentator and author of the books Book Lust, More Book Lust as well as other books of recommendations about great reading materials has placed the Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library in her list of top 10 libraries, as reported by USA Today.

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About the Central Library she says:
"Two things that make a visit here most unforgettable are the grand staircase and the domed rotunda that separates the building's east and west wings... the library has all the bells and whistles that today's modern users expect, yet it still gives the impression of being a cherished old friend." The article lists her favorite public libraries.

March 7, 2008

Learn more about the Central Library

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Milwaukee's Central Library?

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Thousands of individuals visit the Central Library on a daily basis. Many of them never get to learn about so much of the history behind this venerable building.

Every Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m., there is a free docent-led tour of the Central Library run by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Tours are available at other times by appointment. If you have any questions regarding the tours, just call (414) 286-TOUR.

March 3, 2008

A Visit With Lucy Anne Hurston

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As part of the Big Read celebration, Milwaukee Public Library presents "A Visit With Lucy Anne Hurston" on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall. Lucy Anne Hurston, the niece of Zora Neale Hurston, will be discussing and signing her book, Speak, So You Can Speak Again , a biography of Zora.

Be sure to check out more Big Read events throughout the area!

February 15, 2008

American Presidency Exhibit @ Central Library

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Central Library will host The American Presidency Traveling Exhibit from Saturday, February 16 through Monday, February 18. This museum-quality exhibit contains 80 objects from the two largest private presidential memorabilia collections in the country. Among some of the rare and unique items on display are campaign buttons, state dinner menus and seating arrangements, and an original key to the White House. MPL has supplemented this exhibit with items from its own collection, as well as donations from library patrons and friends.

Along with the exhibit, Jordan M. Wright, author of Campaigning for President, will be discussing and signing his book on Sunday, February 17 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Central Library's First Floor Meeting Room. Copies of his work will be available for purchase at the event.

**MPL is partnering with HarperCollins Publishing and FOX News to bring this exhibit to Milwaukee.**

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 30, 2008

The Big Read Kickoff @ Central Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the kickoff of The Big Read on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Central Library's rotunda.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read celebrates reading as an important part of American culture. As part of this program, Milwaukee will be joining communities around the U.S. in promoting the joy of books. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God has been selected as Milwaukee's community-wide novel.

MPL will work with community partners to sponsor events throughout the area, including a visit by the late author’s niece Lucy Hurston, book discussions, film screenings, library and museum exhibits, dance, and other theatrical performances. For a list of library and community events, check out MPL's Website.

December 12, 2007

Bookseller at Milwaukee Public Library

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Did you know that Central Library has a used book store and a cafe?
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Visit the Bookseller, a used book store selling used, new and collectible books and media, operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and located on the first floor of the Central Library. Hours vary Monday through Saturday - call 286-2142 for exact times. Proceeds from the sale of books are used to fund special projects for the Milwaukee Public Library.

The Bookseller features thousands of children's and adult books - both hardcover and paperback, old and new - which are on sale for 25 cents to $2. Inventory is constantly changing so come and take a look and, while you're there, enjoy a beverage from the No More ZZZ's Cafe housed in the same location.


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December 11, 2007

Jane Austen's 232nd birthday party success!

The staff of the Adult Programming Committee prepared a tea party to celebrate the 232nd birthday of Jane Austen. A beautiful display of the Milwaukee Public Library staff’s tea cups and related items was prepared to complement the celebration.

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Authors Victoria Hinshaw and Kim Wilson in the Rare Books Room.

Regency romance author Victoria Hinshaw and tea aficionado and author Kim Wilson gave talks about Jane Austen’s life, her books and the history of tea in England. A trivia quiz was distributed and the authors’ books were given as prizes. Several kinds of teas and cookies, some brought by generous participants, were enjoyed by all.

The event took place in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library on Saturday, December 8, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event was a great success with the 28 participants raving about the program and there were several requests that a similar program take place on an annual basis.

December 3, 2007

Mock Newbery and Caldecott Discussion

The Central Library will be holding its annual Mock Newbery and Caldecott Discussion in Centennial Hall Tuesday, December 11 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet with other adults and librarians to discuss the best children's books published in 2007.

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The Newbery Medal is named for John Newbery who was an 18th century publisher of children's books. It is awarded once a year by the Association for Library Service to Children. It was first awarded in 1922.

The Caldecott Medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th century English illustrator. It is also awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children. It was first awarded in 1938.

Registration is required, so go to our Events Calendar to do so.

Caroline Kennedy Book Signing

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Please join the Milwaukee Public Library and Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops in welcoming Caroline Kennedy to Central Library on Thursday, December 13. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Ms. Kennedy, editor of A Family Christmas, will be signing books in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. The Milwaukee Children's Choir will also be part of the evening's festivities. Tickets for the event are $32 and may be purchased at any Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop or online at www.schwartzbooks.com. One ticket includes admission to the event, an autographed copy of A Family Christmas and a $5 tax deductible contribution to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation. Tickets and additional books will be available at the event. We hope that you will be able to join us!

November 27, 2007

StoryCorps at Central Library

Since January 2007, MPL's Central Library has served as the first outpost location for StoryCorps, a nonprofit oral history project. StoryCorps' mission is "to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening."

During a StoryCorps session, participants share their life stories through a recorded interview. StoryCorps facilitators help interviewers decide what questions to ask and handle all the technical aspects of recording the memories of family members or friends. After the 40-minute session, participants receive a CD copy of the interview. With the participants' permission, one copy goes to the Library of Congress and one copy stays with MPL. A donation of $10 is suggested.

StoryCorps will be at Central Library until January 24, 2008. To learn more about StoryCorps and how to set up an interview, visit the StoryCorps Web site or call them toll-free at (800) 850-4406. Don't miss this great opportunity to share your story!

November 16, 2007

How to do a Patent Search

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You've a great idea for a new product-and now you need a patent! Central Library Business Librarians will explain the seven-step process for doing a patent search in a free program offered once a month.
The Milwaukee Public Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Depository Library. While librarians cannot do an actual patent search for you, these monthly programs will show you how to get started by following the USPTO guidelines.
Location is at the Central Library - Computer Lab, 2nd Floor
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Sessions meet every Fourth Monday of the month for one hour from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The next session is on Monday, November 26th, 2007.

The 2008 dates are:
January 28th
February 25th
March 24th
April 28th

November 4, 2007

Time to read with Curious George and friends

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The Children's Department is launching a new family reading program on November 10th called 'Time to Read with Curious George and Friends.' This program will encourage reading to and with your children. It's a great bonding experience, and it helps your children gain a lifetime love of reading.

We'll be kicking off 'Time to Read with Curious George and Friends' Saturday, Nov. 10, at Central Library, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with music in the main rotunda, tap dancing in the gray rotunda, a reading nook, learning stations, crafts and cookie decoration.

November 2, 2007

Life After High School College Fair

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Thinking about what you'll do once you graduate from high school? Are you considering going to college? Then check out this free event! The Life After High School College Fair is tomorrow, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall (733 N. Eighth Street). You will have a chance to learn about area colleges, including Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Concordia University and others. Don't miss it!

This event is funded by a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

October 22, 2007

Drop-In Job Help at Central Library

Need Help Getting a Job Online? A job trainer speicialist with help you learn how to:

-Complete online job applications
-Write a resume online
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Every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. -- No Appointment Necessary

Come to the Central Library's Computer Training Lab on the 2nd Floor.

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October 19, 2007

Is your family tree short a few branches?

Fill in some of those gaps on your family tree at the open lab for using Ancestry Library Edition, a powerful tool for genealogists.

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(Waldburg family tree)

The open labs take place on the following Saturdays: October 27, November 17, and December 15, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. This is a free service and it requires no advance registration. Simply go to the Central Library's computer lab, on the 2nd floor, and prepare to delve deeply into your family's history. A staff member will be on hand to answer questions about using this powerful database which gives you access to billions of names in almost as many different types of records.

Milwaukee Public Library also offers access to other Genealogy tools online. Additional questions may be answered by calling the dedicated staff at the Humanities desk at (414) 286-3061.

October 17, 2007

It's House History time again

Have you ever been curious about the story that your house has to tell? Whether you are a new house owner, or you've been living in your house for 30 years, the Central Library wants to help you discover your house's history, and the House History program is the perfect place to start.

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The program is being held at the Central Library on Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sign in starts at 9:15 a.m. in the First Floor Meeting Room. From there, you will tour the resources that the Central Library has to offer. You will learn how to use the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases, how to wrap your head around the many intricacies of the tax rolls, how to convert an address, and learn about the many other resources your library has to offer.

The House History program is best for Milwaukee residents, as the resources focus mainly on Milwaukee.

To sign up, contact the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

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!

September 24, 2007

Celebrate Fall at Harvest Fest!

Calling all families! Feel like kicking up your heels and singing along to some fiddlin' good music? Want to learn about bats, meet and greet live snakes, turtles and toads? How about pick out a pumpkin and decorate it to take home?

Then come to Harvest Fest at Central Library on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.!

Other activities include learning the secrets of making applesauce, decorating pumpkin cookies, fun crafts, games and more!

Here is a schedule of the day's events:

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sing along with Douglas Udell

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nature in the Parks Bat Presentation

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sing along with Fox and Branch

Check out the Children's Calendar for more information as well as a schedule of additional Harvest Fest celebrations at our neighborhood libraries.

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