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Library Closed in Observance of the King Holiday

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index_MLKing.gifAll City of Milwaukee Libraries will be closed Monday, January 20th, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Later that week, we hope that kids will join us in celebrating the accomplishments and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. with books, shared readings, and the creation of a dream chain. Refreshments will be served.

This program will be held at three neighborhood library locations on Wednesday, January 15th. The times for each program location are below.

Location: Martin Luther King Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Villard Square Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Atkinson Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public LIbrary

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Photo by Ben Franske

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours resume on Saturday, November 30th. Central, Capitol and Zablocki are open on Sunday, December 1st from 1pm to 5pm.

While we are closed, check out the Milwaukee Historic Recipe collection. It has several Thanksgiving-themed recipes.

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.

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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

Time for Fireworks!

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fireworks.png Fireworks have become staples of Fourth of July celebrations but their history goes back much farther. Fireworks were invented in China and although their exact date of invention is unclear, the earliest documentation of fireworks date back to the 7th century. Tonight, Milwaukee will continue its tradition of July 3rd fireworks with the US Bank Fireworks Extravaganza. This year's show will feature five tons of fireworks, with 5,000 igniters lighting more than 20,000 shells. The show starts at dusk (around 9:30) and will last for about an hour. Looking for more fireworks shows? Check out some the City of Milwaukee's Fourth of July Commission celebrations. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

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Photo by Dori, available through Wikimedia Commons.

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the observance of Independence Day. In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, July 5, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee Employees.

While we are closed, please check out some of our many digital collections, available online 24/7! We have photographs of past Milwaukee fireworks displays in our Historic Photo Collection, and even some Independence Day themed recipes available through our Historic Recipe Collection.

Normal library hours will resume Saturday, July 6.

Happy Juneteenth!

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Food at Milwaukee's 2011 Juneteenth Celebration, photo by Third Coast Daily
Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate when the slaves were first freed in Galveston, Texas. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, many slaves were still kept in parts of the South where there weren't enough Union forces to overcome the resistance for more than two years. It was on June 19th of 1865 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Though the holiday originates in Texas, Milwaukee has one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the world. Enjoy those festivities today and stop in at the MLK Library to get some books on your way home, maybe even some about Juneteenth itself!

MPL will be closed for Memorial Day weekend

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Golden_Gate_National_Cemetery_mound_Memorial_Day_2008_medium-sized_US_flag.JPGAll Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, May 24, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee employees.

In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 for the observance of Memorial Day.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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