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African American History with Clayborn Benson

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Clayborn Benson at a Kwanzaa celebration. Photo provided by Clayborn Benson

In celebration of Black History Month, Milwaukee Public Library is hosting several events at multiple library locations throughout the month of February. One of these events, African American History with Clayborn Benson will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at the Martin Luther King Library.

What impact did African Americans have on Wisconsin's inception as a state? What contributions did they make to the nation's Civil Rights struggle? What famous African American personalities have visited Wisconsin? Learn about African American migration patterns, how Wisconsin became a center of northern abolitionism, and how Wisconsin laws and policies shaped life for African Americans during African American Wisconsin History with Clayborn Benson. Historian Clayborn Benson is the founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum in Milwaukee and was an award-winning photojournalist at TODAY'S TMJ4 for 39 years.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. No reservations are necessary.

Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust St

Wednesday, February 12
6:00PM to 7:00PM

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 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

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Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Centennial Hall

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

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

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

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

6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture

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

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

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

Sheila Cochran
Chief Operating Officer/Secretary-Treasurer

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

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

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

Contact Information:
International Institute of Wisconsin
Phone: 414-225-6220

Meet the 2013-2015 Milwaukee Poets Laureate

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poet_Jim Chapson.jpgpoet_Jeff Poniewaz.jpgJoin Milwaukee's newest poets laureate, James Chapson and Jeff Poniewaz, as we launch their term as Milwaukee Poets Laureate for 2013-2015:

Inaugural Poetry Event
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall -
733 N. Eighth Street

Read more about the poets in the Poet Laureate Announcement or on the Milwaukee Poet Laureate page of MPL's website, where you will find links to their publications in our library catalog and request books for check out. You may also read poems by each author below:
"Song of the Epiphyte" and 3 other poems, by James Chapson

"The Last Endagered Species Glass," by Jeff Poniewaz

EastLibraryCramerLibraryEnt-page-001.jpgLibrary Director Paula Kiely and the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees invite you to a presentation by the Project Team for the new East Branch. The presentation will include a preview of design concepts for the library space. Community feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Date: Wednesday April 10, 2013
Location: East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


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