East Library Archives

October 10, 2013

More Chairs From East Library Available At Auction

Eames chairs for auction.jpgAttention all fans of mid-century design and also everyone who enjoys sitting down!

Another auction of the East Library's Charles and Ray Eames chairs will be held in Chicago on October 17th! Type "Milwaukee Public Library" into the search box at to view the lots currently at auction, which consist of 4-8 white chairs. You can also bid online and have them delivered!

Submitted by Margaret @ East

photo courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

October 3, 2013

Star Wars Reads Day @ Milwaukee Public Library!

Stop by the East Library on Saturday, October 5th, to check out a book for Star Wars Reads Day!

We even have some free bookmarks and posters for inquiring young Jedi!




Submitted by Margaret @ East

October 1, 2013

Audiobooks And Large Print Return To East Library

talking books.jpgWhen we moved the East Library into our temporary location, we didn't anticipate having any room for audiobooks or large print books. However, so many people expressed interest in these collections that we've decided to bring them back. We won't have as many as we did at the old East, but we do have some exciting audiobooks at East, including Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and many more.

Expect these collections to grow slowly in the coming weeks as we add new items to the shelves. You can find the audiobooks next to the magazines, and the large print books next to the holds pick-up shelf. As always, if you can't find what you're looking for, our librarians will be happy to help!

Submitted by Sophie and Beth @ East

September 4, 2013

Help Choose Art Installations For The New East Library

water colors.jpgInside the new building we will have two works of public art installed. Artists submitted their ideas in June, and there are now five finalists to choose from. These finalists will present their proposals at the Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall, Loos Room, 733 N. 8th St. on Thursday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, you can see their proposals at our website, and take our online survey to tell us which ones you like best. We want the community to have a voice in which art works are chosen, so let us know what you think!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

August 22, 2013

East Library Update

Laptop vending 8.21.13.jpgWE HAVE WIRELESS!

Our high-speed internet service has (finally) been installed! Many of our patrons have been waiting eagerly for our free Wi-Fi, which is now available to the public. You can now bring your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device, and connect to the internet for free at the East Library Temporary Location.

In addition, we have expanded our laptop services. Patrons can now use the internet on our laptops for up to two hours, and we have 18 laptops available for use. Stop by the library and try one out!

Submitted by Sophie @ East, photo courtesy of Margaret @ East

August 13, 2013

East Library Furniture Auction Update

Yellow Chair east library blog photo.jpgThe first East library furniture auction was a great success!
The net proceeds were a little over $10,000, and will be added to the library's public art fund.

(Just look at that beauty! So functional, so artistic! Of course they're selling well!)

Keep an eye out for the next auction on August 21st in Chicago. Contact Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for more info:

Submitted by Margaret @ East

July 26, 2013

Celebrate the Groundbreaking for East Library on Tuesday

East Library Groundbreaking Invite.jpgJoin Library Director Paula Kiely along with Mayor Barrett, Alderman Kovac and other dignitaries as we break ground on this new project. The festivities will begin at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30th at the site of the project. The address is 1910 East North Avenue. There will be a celebration after the groundbreaking at Two Bucks Bar and Grill located at 2321 North Murray Avenue. If you'd like to attend, kindly RSVP to Chris Romano at through Monday, July 29th. We hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 1910 East North Ave (the former site of East Library)

Please RSVP to through Monday, July 29th.

July 22, 2013

East Library Temporary Location: How to find us!

Having trouble finding the temporary location of the East Library? Here are some helpful tips! Although the official address of the temporary location is 2430 N. Murray Ave, the library itself faces Greenwich Ave, which we understand may be a little confusing. We are in the same building as the Murray Pantry, Huan Xi Chinese Restaurant, and the Stone Fox Salon, so if you see any of those businesses, you're in the right place. Look for us next to the salon, tucked in the corner of the parking lot.

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We are working to improve our signage, but for now you can look for our original "East Library" sign above the temporary space, which you can see in the photo above, taken from the corner of Murray and Greenwich. We also have a small temporary "Library" sign on Murray, directing people to our location.

East Temp Site Sign.jpgCome find us!
Submitted by Sophie @ East

July 19, 2013

Own a piece of the old East Library

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The old East Library chairs are being auctioned! For those interested in vintage Herman Miller Eames chairs and other furnishings, there will be an auction on Thursday, July 25, at 414 E. Mason St., the Milwaukee location of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. You can bid in person, over the phone, or online.

To see the items available, visit and click on "Milwaukee Summer Auction" on the right. The library furniture is lots 608 through 625. For more information, you can contact Margaret O'Neil at

This is only the first of four auctions at which library furniture will be available. The others are in Chicago on August 21, in Milwaukee on November 7, and a third date and location to be determined. The proceeds from the auctions will go towards public art projects for the new East Library.

July 16, 2013

East Library Construction Update

East construction 07-06-13 2.JPGWhile we're getting used to our temporary location, demolition of the old East Library site is already underway. There's a big hole where the back windows used to be, and the parking lot itself is a large pile of rubble.
The colorful stained glass panels, which were a distinctive feature of the old East Library, are in the process of being removed. The plan is to use them in the new East Library, so although the building itself will be shiny and new, there will be a unique piece of the old library incorporated into the design.
Once demolition is finished, the exciting part can begin--the construction of the new "Standard @ East Library" building and the library itself. We'll post more updates and photos as things develop!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

July 2, 2013

East's Temporary Location: Open for Business!

The temporary location of the East Library at 2430 N. Murray Ave. is open for business!

eastflex.jpgThe East Library staff worked hard over the last week to get our temporary space ready! It was a long week. Not only did we have to move the library books and DVDs, we also had to set up our office space, and organize everything from magazines to encyclopedias to staple removers. Our skilled trades staff worked hard as well, and the IT staff set up our computers and made sure everything works the way it should.

We had a great opening this morning. Mayor Tom Barrett officially unlocked the door, and he was our official first patron. Alderman Nik Kovac also attended the opening and checked out some books. Many members of the local media were there to document the event, so you may spot us on the evening news, or hear about us on public radio!

eastfillshelves.jpgThough the temporary space is much smaller than the old East Library, we've packed our shelves full of books, DVDs, and magazines for people to check out. In addition, we have re-opened East Library as a holds pick-up location, so we expect our holds shelf to get much bigger very soon. It's a small space, but we're proud of how it turned out, and we look forward to seeing our patrons use the temporary library.

Sophie @ East

June 17, 2013

I Closed East Library Celebration!

east.pngYou're invited! The East Library will be having a closing celebration on Saturday, June 22, which is the last day the old East building will be open to the public. The celebration will last all day, 10am to 5pm. Artists Working in Education [] will be helping us create a scrapbook of memories of the old East Library, and we need your input! You can also come get an "I Closed East Library" magnet (while supplies last), meet Browser the Library Lion, and more.

Bring your camera or other photo-taking device for a photo booth! Take a picture with East Library mementos, upload it to our Facebook Event page (coming soon) or post it to Twitter, and show us the photo on your device to get a FREE pass to the Milwaukee Art Museum (while supplies last).

Check out our flier for the I Closed East Library Celebration.

As a reminder, the East Library will be closed from June 23-June 30, and we will re-open at our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave. on July 1, 2013. We hope to see you at the closing celebration and at the temporary library!

Submitted by Sophie @ East

June 7, 2013

Holds Changes @ East Library

East Library 6.5.13 holdshelf1.JPGIn preparation for our move, the East Library will be making some changes to the way we handle holds. Starting on Monday, June 10, 2013, East will become unavailable to select in CountyCat as a pick-up location for holds.

What this means for you: If you placed a hold for pickup at East before June 10, and you receive a notification that it is ready for pickup, it will still be at East, and you still have five days to pick up your item. If there is something you want to request on or after that date, you will need to choose another library at which to pick it up. Here is a list of member libraries with a map.

On July 1, 2013, when we open the temporary East Library at 2430 N. Murray Ave, the holds system will go back to normal and East will once again be available to select in CountyCat as a pickup location. If you receive a notification that your items are ready for pick-up during the week that we are closed to the public (June 23 - June 30), they will be available starting July 1, after which you will still have the full five days to pick up your item.

Any questions? Ask us! The staff members at the East Library are happy to answer any questions you may have about the holds system or the move.

Submitted by Sophie @ East.

June 3, 2013

East Library Closing Dates

east before 6.jpg It's almost time! The East Library will be closing for one week while we transition to our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave. Our last day open will be Saturday, June 22, 2013, and we will open the Murray location on Monday, July 1, 2013. From June 23 through June 30, the East Library will be closed. During that time, library employees will be moving our collection to the temporary space. Stay tuned for more information on the move!

Submitted by Sophie @ East.

May 28, 2013

Updates from East Library

Noticed the shelves are a little empty at the East Library? That's because we're moving! At the end of June, the current East Library will be closed, and construction will begin on a brand-new East Library. During construction, the East Library will be located at its temporary location at 2430 N Murray.
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We have extremely limited space at the temporary location, so many of our items will be housed at Central during construction. Here you can see our CD shelves before and after we cleaned them out. It's eerie to see so much empty space at the library, but our librarians are always happy to order books and media from other branches for you if you don't find what you're looking for on our shelves.

More updates on the East Library to come! Be sure to check out our website to see images of what the new library might look like once it's done.

Submitted by Sophie @ East

May 14, 2013

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

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

Library: Martin Luther King Library

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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

April 2, 2013

Voice Your Opinion @ East Library's Public Meeting on Library Design.

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

January 8, 2013

East Library Book Club Meets @ King This Month!

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

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

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December 11, 2012

Share Your Opinions On the Design Of East Library Today!

EastLibraryCramerLibraryEnt-page-001.jpgThe Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) will hold a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, December 11, on the new East Library design. This meeting will give the community an opportunity to provide input and ask questions about the design, programs and services, collections and artwork for the new East library branch. MPL is committed to providing the services patrons value most and invites residents to share their visions for the new East Library branch at the meeting or in writing. Ensuring the public is informed throughout the East Library development is a priority for Mayor Barrett and the MPL. Residents may also submit input in writing to the East Library staff until Friday, December 21.

Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Library: East Library
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Program begins at 6 PM)

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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

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

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April 22, 2012

Learn More About Managing Your Investments!


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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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 19, 2012

Introduction to Ayurveda at East Library

Stressed by modern urban life?
Trying to lose weight? Searching for better health?


Use the power of Ayurveda to transcend ordinary limitations of disease and aging. This workshop will enable you to begin learning about your own constitution through lecture, Ayurvedi self-assessment, and informational handouts.

Join retired librarian and Ayurveda practitioner Susan Pack to learn about this 5,000-year-old system of natural healing which is enjoying a major resurgence throughout the world.

Introduction to Ayurveda
Saturday, March 24, 1-3 p.m.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave
Must be 15 years or older

Registration is preferred. To register, please call 286-3011 or register online.

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March 6, 2012

Read to Rover @ MPL

Have fun, make a new friend, and improve your reading! Students in grades 1-5 can read to a registered therapy dog for 25 minutes each week for four weeks. Children may bring in their own reading materials or select materials at the library. Readers who attend at least four sessions receive a certificate of accomplishment and a small gift upon completion. Sign up online or call 414-286-3011 for more details.

Library: East Library
Dates: March 8, March 15, March 22, and March 29
Time: 3:30 -5:30 p.m.

February 3, 2012

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device


Were you lucky enough to receive an eReader, Kindle or iPad for Christmas this year and you need to know how to borrow downloadable media? Or maybe you would like to know how to borrow downloadable media for your home PC or Mac? If so, come to East library on February 18 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an informative workshop on how to borrow downloadable media through the library.

This event is open to adults and teens. No registration is required. For more information, please call (414)286-3011.

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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 6, 2012

MPTV's Young Writers & Illustrators Workshop

It's that time of year for Milwaukee Public Television's Young Writers & Illustrator Workshop! The 2012 workshop will be held on January 14 from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the East Library. The workshop is designed to help children in grades 1 through 3 learn the basics of story construction while focusing on the importance of illustrations in telling the story. Children will be encouraged to create a story and enter it in MPTV's annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. This year the workshop will be conducted by art teacher Michele Bernau, and participants will view a DVD featuring books that have received awards in previous years.

Registration is required. Parents should register with their children. Call (414)286-3011 to register and for more information.

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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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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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August 8, 2011

Join the East Library's Book Club Discussion!

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

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May 13, 2011

Calling All Childcare Providers...


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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April 11, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week!

Austrian National Library.jpgNational Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. This year's theme is "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library®". MPL continues to "create its own story" this year by encouraging library customers to use the self checkout kiosks at all 12 neighborhood libraries by holding a raffle at weeks end. Each time an MPL customer uses the self checkout during the week for their library materials, they may complete a raffle entry form. A gift bag will be awarded to a lucky winner at each neighborhood library branch at the end of the week. The re-useable eco-friendly gift bag includes a complimentary membership to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, MPL postcards, a mug, flash drive, Bookworm print, and more. Following the first drawing, the 12 neighborhood winners will be eligible for an additional grand prize
drawing for a behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library.
NOTE: The raffle opportunity will not be offered at Central Library downtown, as the self checkout
option is not available at this time.

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February 28, 2011

The Library Has New and Improved Hours!

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Today MPL begins a schedule of expanded hours at four neighborhood libraries. Those libraries are:

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

The new hours for each of those locations is as follows.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Zablocki ONLY (October - April)

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February 25, 2011

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!


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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September 28, 2010

October Book Clubs

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

Tippecanoe Library

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

Song Yet Sung

East Library

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

Dreams from My Father

Bay View Library

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

Water for Elephants

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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

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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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

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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May 13, 2010

Self Checkout Arrives at MPL

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Sasha knows self-checkout is convenient. It's easy to use! It's fun!

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is a technology that was originally developed for the military during World War II, and has now encompassed all walks of life by making its foray into retail, medicine, education, fast food, the travel industry--- and now Milwaukee Public Library. Using RFID in libraries is just one use among many: in 2009 researchers at Bristol University successfully glued RFID microtransponders to live ants in order to study their behavior.

The new self-checkout stations (using RFID technology) are now "live" at East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.

Work continues at Central Library and libraries on the north side to implement RFID and self-checkout. MPL's south side locations will be converted when work at the north side locations is complete. Library services will not be interrupted during the conversion.

Stop in soon to try self-checkout. East Library staff members will be on hand and happy to help you.

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April 15, 2010

Ceramic Sculptures at East Library

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The artist beside her work. (All photos by Susan Pack.)

Come to East Library to enjoy seventeen clever and colorful ceramic sculptures on display by Milwaukee artist Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski. Rzezotarski 's pieces are characterized not only by her strong sense of the absurd and the humorous, but are drawn from literature and folklore, both traditional and contemporary.

"The Princess and the Pea"

Rzezotarski 's work has been displayed at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Cudahy Gallery, Uihlein Peters Gallery, and the Chicago Center for Ceramic Art. She is the proud new one-ninth owner (along with eight other Milwaukee artists) of The Fine Art Gallery.

"Street Accordionist, Krakow"

All nine artists are presenting an exhibition entitled "Awakening" during Gallery Night and Day on April 16th and 17th. More information about the exhibition is available by calling 414-688-2787. For more information about Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski and her work, click here.


"Pan Twardowski, The Polish Man In The Moon"

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March 2, 2009

Grow your own groceries!!!

Even though the weather doesn't support the notion that spring is just around the corner, it's time to start considering your garden.
Grow tomatoes or other vegetable with advice from Milwaukee Urban Gardens.
A backyard garden can be a great way of saving some money off your grocery bill. Of course, the produce doesn't get any fresher then when it's from your own back yard!

East Library is hosting the folks from Milwaukee Urban Gardens who will discuss issues related to gardening such as how to prepare your soil for planting and which crops will be most successful in your own backyard garden in their program called Grow Your Own Groceries.

Space is limited, so call the East Library (414) 286-3058 to register.

Grow Your Own Groceries
Saturday, March 28, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Library

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October 13, 2008

Book Group @ East Library

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


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

Be sure to check out our other MPL book clubs!

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