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Black Cinema Film Series - Strange Fruit

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Photo by William P. Gottlieb

In collaboration with Blk-Art, History & Culture, the Washington Park Library will present a Fall and Winter Film Series. Award-winning documentaries highlighting African American history and achievement will be presented with discussion sessions. Screenings are free and open to the public. The presentation is intended for adult audiences. No registration is required.

Strange Fruit is an examination of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. It reviews the historical events, contexts and incidents of racial hatred that the song's title represents. The film also follows the underlying problem of racism that continues into contemporary culture.

WHERE: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 18th, 6:00PM to 7:45PM

"Strange Fruit", sung by Billie Holiday, can be downloaded for free through Freegal Music, available to all adults who have a valid library card from Milwaukee Public Library (residents of the city of Milwaukee only).

gavel.jpgThe Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, located in Room G10-1 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, offers free access to HeinOnLine on all three of its public computers. Additionally, if you are an attorney or government employee, you have free access to HeinOnLine through your Milwaukee Legal Resource Center library card.

This class will enable you to learn about the materials available through the HeinOnLine database which provides access to:
• full-text law reviews and bar journals,
• selected primary federal law,
• congressional and federal agency documents, and
• sources of federal legislative history.

This database is too good to miss! Learn about HeinOnLine and how you may access this subscription service for free at the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center or anywhere you may need it.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM
Location: Meeting Room 1 in Central Library

Registration is required, and space is limited. Please call the Ready Reference Line at (414)286-3011 to register. This is a demonstration class. One CLE credit is pending for attorneys.

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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Photo from Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, August 30, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee employees.

In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2 for the observance of Labor Day.

Milwaukee Public Libraries will re-open with their normal hours on Tuesday, September 3.

While we are closed, feel free to explore our online databases, which are available even when the library is closed.


Abraham Lincoln statue at N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. and E. Mason St. bridge over the Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Railway tracks, Labor Day. Found in the Library of Congress Digital Archives

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.

Say Hello to Zinio

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logo_zinio.jpgToday marks the debut of a whole new way for you to access some of your favorite magazines through the Milwaukee Public Library. We are excited to announce the library's subscription to Zinio Digital Magazines where you'll be able to access full color digital copies of exciting new and popular magazine titles.

To access Zinio, click this link to go to the Milwaukee County Federated Library System info page for the service. There you'll find links to the various Zinio apps, a step-by-step guide to setting up your Zinio account, a helpful video guide to setting up your account, a full list of the hundred-plus magazine titles you'll be able access, and even a list of answers to some common questions about using the new service.

So why try Zinio? Well there are more than a few great features. For one, you'll be able to access dozens of magazine titles from the comfort of your home (assuming you have a library card in good standing). There's no waiting list for these titles, either. You'll get instant, permanent access to any magazine you check out. Some of these titles even have added levels of interactivity and content that you can't get from a normal print magazine (National Geographic is a great example of this). So what are you waiting for? Get your accounts all created and start reading some digital magazines from Milwaukee Public Library via Zinio Digital Magazines!

It's Rhubarb Season!

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N_Astrup-Rabarbra.jpgAre you craving rhubarb? MPL's Historic Recipe File contains 17 recipes using this love it or hate it crop. If you're looking to use up your harvest or don't know what to do with rhubarb from your neighbor or CSA, try some new (old!) recipes. You might want to try rhubarb tea or bread or cake or cobbler or torte or cheesecake or flameri.
Bebop-A-Reebop Rhubarb!

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Goof-Proof Personal Finance From LearningExpress

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Wouldn't it be nice to have your own personal financial planner to show you how to spend your money, where to find savings, and maybe even find a way to create a nest egg? Goof-Proof Personal Finance can teach you how to take control of your financial future without the expense of a financial planner. Goof-Proof Personal Finance is free through Milwaukee Public Library's LearningExpress database. Learn how to take control of your financial future with 44 manageable and easy-to-understand lessons. Some of the topic covered in the lessons include:

* Monitoring spending habits and getting organized for saving
* Managing bills and gaining control of large debts
* Securing home equity loans and mortgages, plus refinancing strategies
* Investing for the future and understanding retirement plans
* Budgeting, saving, and spending wisely on a wedding
* Financing a college tuition and learning about education savings plans

The LearningExpress Library database is available for use through City of Milwaukee libraries and and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.

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