King Library Archives

August 28, 2013

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

marchonwashcrowd.jpgFifty years ago, some 250,000 men and women banded together for the fight against injustice and prejudice. Fifty years ago, they gathered on Washington DC, by the busloads from Harlem and Alabama, by plane, and train, and automobile from all across the nation. Fifty years ago, they marched under the banner of Jobs and Freedom, united for equality. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream with the gathered crowd and the entire world.

The immediate effect of the march resonated in the subsequent passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in the following two years. The lasting effect continues to this day, as the struggle for civil rights, equality, and freedom for all did not end in the sixties. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, there are some events today at the Martin Luther King library.

From 2:00-3:00 pm there will be a "Make Your Own Dream Bracelet" activity for children seven and up. String glass beads on a memory wire while making special wishes to the world!

From 6:00-7:00 pm there is a, "I Have a Dream" Open Mic Night, an all-ages event where patrons can perform a song, music piece, dance routine, share some thoughts, or read a poem to express their dream or to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. In addition, guest speaker Nancy Torphy, a participant of the March on Washington, will discuss her memories of attending the March. All ages are welcome to attend this family event. Performers can sign up with a librarian on the day of the event.

August 6, 2013

Learn About Natural Hair Care for African Americans

african american women with natural hair.jpgThinking about going from a relaxer to a natural hair style? Are you overwhelmed with selecting the right hair products for the texture of your hair? If so, this free program is for you! Presenter Kanika Ward founded the group "Natural Hair Milwaukee". She is also the primary organizer of Milwaukee's Natural Hair Care Expo and a licensed esthetician. Ms. Ward will be sharing tips and advice, performing hair care demonstrations, and encouraging discussion about the beauty and management of African-American hair.

Library: Martin Luther King Library
Date: Monday, August 12th, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 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 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!

June 4, 2013

Learn Desktop Publishing @ Your Neighborhood Library.

desktop publishing flier.gifExplore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has to offer at one of Milwaukee Public Library's free computer classes.

Learn how to use templates, practice creating an invitation, and make a flyer with tear off tabs from scratch. This class will also provide instruction on how to make labels and stationery.

This class is available on multiple dates at various neighborhood library locations. Check our web calendar for availability.

Registration is required; call (414)286-3011 for assistance from Ready Reference or register online.

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.

January 30, 2013

Black Cinema Film Series: Sisters of Selma Bearing Witness for Change

Sisters-of-Selma-Bearing-Witness-for-Change.jpgIn collaboration with Blk-Art, History and Culture, M.L. King Library will host the Black Cinema Film Series showing - Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change. Watch the story of the unsung heroes of the voting rights marches. Learn how life changed when Catholic nuns from across the country responded to Martin Luther King's call to join the protests in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

Date: Monday, February 4th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.

Celebrate Black History Month @ your Milwaukee Public Library with activities for
adults, children and families.

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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 4, 2012

Come Learn How To Use Facebook @ The Library!

Facebook_icon.svg.pngFacebook has become a multi-generational phenomenon which has affected the social life and activity of people in exciting ways. Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world. Learn how to update and edit an account, connect with other Facebook users and much more! Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online. This program will be available at various times and locations. Click here to see if your neighborhood library is offering this free workshop.

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November 27, 2012

Come Learn How To Use A Digital Camera @ The Library!

Photographer.jpgAre you curious about digital photography? Join us for Say Cheese! to take photographs of the library and learn how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos and manage your collection of digital photos. Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online. Click here to see when classes are available.

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June 19, 2012

Happy Juneteenth Day!

emancipation-day.jpgToday we celebrate the day that the slaves were first freed in Galveston, Texas. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been officially in effect since January 1, 1863, many slaves were 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. Take a break from the heat since, even though there's no parking at MLK Library during the celebration, there is air conditioning!

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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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May 21, 2012

Say Cheese! Digital Photography Classes at Milwaukee Public Library

'My Camera' photo (c) 2006, Paul Reynolds - license:
Curious about digital photography? Take photographs of the library while learning how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos, and manage collections of digital photos.

Classes are held the following dates and times:

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Regristration begins today, May 21st, and ends June 11th. Don't wait, register now!
Call (414) 286-3011, or sign up online at

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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 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 27, 2011

Register for Milwaukee Public Library's After School Art Workshop

child's painting in blue window frame.jpgAre your kids looking for something fun to do after the holidays? Are they in K5 through fifth grade? Then sign them up for the After School Art Workshop! Each session will begin with an artist reading a story or two aloud and then dicussing the book or illustrator. Participants will get to work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or artistic theme for the day. This is a great opportunity for kids to be creative, try new techniques and have fun expressing their artistic points of view. Everyone gets to take their creations home. Families are encouraged to attend and make art together! This program is a collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Library and Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.). Choose your preferred location and register for a complete four day series at the library, online or by calling 286-3011.

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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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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 9, 2011

Open House @ Your Library

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Beginning on September 12, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting open houses. Families can meet library staff while browsing the library's collection of DVDs, CDs and books. Your child can enjoy a snack while making a library card wallet! Come to your local library to see what we have to offer for education and entertainment!

Zablocki Monday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tippecanoe Monday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mill Road Monday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Forest Home Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

M.L. King Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Center Street Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bay View Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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September 12, 2011

Kids Can Learn Internet Safety at the Library

child using computer.pngIf you can't always be there to accompany your children when they're surfing the internet, maybe they should learn some internet safety. Kids can learn some web savviness at the library. They'll learn easy ways to safely explore the World Wide Web. Kids who participate earn their S.T.A.R.S. (Safety Training and Responsible Surfing) Certificate to become a Web Star! For ages 6-12.

Forest Home Library:
Monday, September 12 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Mill Road Library:
Tuesday, September 13 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Washington Park Library:
Thursday, September 15 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Library:
Monday, September 19 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Center Street Library:
Tuesday, September 20 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Atkinson Library:
Wednesday, September 21 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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August 19, 2011

All Kids can be Web S.T.A.R.S.!

More than ever, kids rely on the internet to provide access to information for research, homework help, and entertainment. You can help ensure that your child is safely surfing for kid-friendly and computer-safe content by having them attend Web S.T.A.R.S.(Safety Training and Responsible Surfing). This class teaches kids ages 6-12 how to safely navigate the World Wide Web.

Classes will be offered throughout the month of September.

Forest Home - September 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Mill Road - September 13, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Washington Park - September 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King - September 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Center Street - September 20, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Atkinson - September 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

There is no need to register for these classes. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

August 5, 2011

Laptops Available @ MPL

Six Milwaukee Public Library branches now have laptops available for library cardholders to check out and use in the building. Technology specialists will be available at each of the branches to provide training and assistance for laptops and desktop computers. The laptops are available at:

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
Villard Avenue Library, 3310 W. Villard Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Four of these libraries, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Villard Avenue, and Washington Park, offer bi-lingual computer assistance for Spanish speakers.

Funding for this program is provided by Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant which was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding also improves the free broadband Internet service at all 13 MPL locations.

This program is available only to library customers with a valid library card. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

May 6, 2011

Remembering Bronzeville

Join Paul Geenen and special guest Rueben Harpole on May 16 at the Martin Luther King Library as they explore the rich history of Milwaukee's Bronzeville, a neighborhood situated in what is now the Harambee and North Division neighborhoods. Step back in time to the jazz era and enjoy a Bronzeville photo presentation while enjoying refreshments and reminiscing with other guests. Signed copies of Geenen's book, Milwaukee's Bronzeville, 1900-1950, will be available for purchase.

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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 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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January 12, 2011

Martin Luther King Holiday Hours

Martin Luther King Jr two.jpgThe Martin Luther King Library will be open on Monday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other Milwaukee Public libraries will be closed.

Special events taking place at the King Library that day include:

Teens Helping Teens -
Understanding the Foster Care System
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Donations of toiletries and school supplies will be welcomed. All will be donated to La Causa.
This program is being presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Upsilon Mu Omega Chapter

What's Your Dream?
1 to 3 p.m.
Help celebrate the memory and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sharing your dream on the library's "I Have a Dream" wall.
Sponsored by the MPL Teen Advisory Board, funded by the Helen Bader Foundation

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January 4, 2011

Free Art Activities with A.W.E. at Martin Luther King Library!

This January join Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) at the Martin Luther King Library for free art activities for children in grades K5-5. Kids and families will create unique art projects to take home. A.W.E. programs at the King Library are scheduled from 4:00-5:30pm for the following Wednesdays in January: 5, 12, 19, 26.
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Kids and families are welcome to attend one or all of the programs. Due to space limitations, kids must pre-register. Register at the library or online at or call (414) 286-3011. For more information about the activities, please call A.W.E. at (414) 933-3877.

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November 5, 2010

Teacher in the Library!

Would you like your child to have more assistance with their schoolwork? Milwaukee Public Library currently runs a program called Teacher in the Library. Certified teachers are available after school at selected libraries to help both children and their parents with academic support and encouragement. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the library's calendar of events to see when and where the Teacher in the Library program will be available for you!

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October 22, 2010

Halloween Activities @ the Library!

In addition to the usual trick-or-treat celebration throughout the City of Milwaukee, join in for all-ages Halloween fun at several of the branch libraries. For teens, Bay View library is hosting Scary Movie Night & Costume Party. For kids, there is the Halloween Spooktackular at Washington Park and Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., and Atkinson and Mill Road Library on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Halloween Spooktackular will feature spooky stories, scary games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged!

Also for kids is the Mad Science Halloween Celebration at Bay View Library on Wednesday October 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Zablocki on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Crazy mad scientists will cooking up some spooky experiements to share with you! Costumes are also encourages for this event! Stretch out the Halloween celebration a couple of days and join us for these fun-filled events!

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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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June 17, 2010

King Went Live This Week

The new self-checkout stations (using RFID technology) are now "live" at King Library.

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Anthony tries self-checkout for the first time.

Now@MPL Blogger: Anthony, how old are you?
Anthony: Eleven years old.
Now@MPL Blogger: What do you think about the new self-checkout system?
Anthony: It's awesome! I love it!
Now@MPL Blogger: Any problems?
Anthony: No problems. Just read the screen is all.
Now@MPL Blogger: Do you think anyone could do it?
Anthony: Yes I do. Even old people like you could do it!

There you have it. Stop in at King Library--we're right off the freeway. King is convenient and the staff will be happy to show you self checkout and all the other wonders of the library.
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April 22, 2010

Read to Dexter the Cat!

Martin Luther King Library

Mondays, May 3, 10, 17, and 24

Session 1: 5:30-5:55 p.m.
Session 2: 6:15-6:40 p.m.
Session 3: 7:00-7:25 p.m.

Have fun, make a new friend, and improve your reading! Students in grades 1-5 read to a certified therapy cat for 25 minutes each week for four weeks. Children may bring in their own reading materials or select materials at the library. Attendance each week is required.
Readers receive a certificate of accomplishment, a book and a small gift upon completion.

Registration is required by April 26; please stop in at King Library or call 286-3098.

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April 1, 2010

King Library Youth Poetry Workshop

shoes.jpgAre you interested in expressing yourself or sharpening your writing skills? If you love to write or perform poetry, this is the workshop for you! Anyone ages 6-17 is welcome to attend.

King Library will be hosting three youth poetry workshops:
Monday, April 12 (5-6 pm)
Monday, April 19 (5-6 pm)
Monday, April 26 (5-6 pm)

Children will write and then recite their own poetry with the help of a facilitator.
Registration is required-- please call 414-286-3098 to sign up.

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February 25, 2010

The Freewheelers

artfairatking.jpg It was King Library manager William Beaudot's visionary interest in 1973 that begat the Freewheelers, a neighborhood arts organization that represented about 30 artists of all ages and mediums---photographers, painters, silver workers, textile artists, and sculptors. Most of the group showed their work at King Library, amateurs rubbing shoulders with professionals. Initially debating the issue of color, the consortium decided to invite any artist who had roots in the community. The Freewheelers didn't have an office; all of the group's business and display scheduling was conducted through Beaudot---which included numerous one-person shows and an annual summer art fair at King Library.

Shows were often critiqued by Milwaukee Journal art critic James Auer, and the Freewheelers included two nationally-recognized artists: Frankie Cole, a photographer, and John W. Clark, a painter who garnered wide acclaim.

freewheelers.jpg Mrs. Venora McKinney (Beaudot's successor at King and MPL's Deputy City Librarian in the 1990's) is pictured second from the left in the front row of this 1980 Freewheeler photo. Do you recognize any of the artists in the photo? Are you in contact with any of the Freewheelers? If you are, we'd love to hear from you!

Both photos are property of the Milwaukee Public Library.

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March 1, 2010

Get Your Game On @ The Library!

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 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!

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 7, 2010

A Day of Dreams and Service

While other MPL locations will be closed in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, Martin Luther King Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Two programs are scheduled:

AKA Financial Literacy Program for Youth - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Upsilon Mu Omega chapter members and Wells Fargo Bank representatives will provide in-depth information about budgeting and spending plans for middle-schoolers, grades 6-8.

Writing to Transform - 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Author, coach and founder of Dream Keepers Rochelle Melander will teach teens how to use writing to make sense of their lives and capture their dreams.

"I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my love and serve humanity."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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December 14, 2009

The Bells of Christmas

Once upon a time, before cheese logs and 3G networks, can you remember eagerly anticipating the holidays? In the book The Bells of Christmas, award-winning author Virginia Hamilton tells the story of twelve-year-old Jason Bell as he waits impatiently for his visiting relatives to arrive in 1890 near the historic National Road in Ohio. Jason's Christmas Eve sky is Smurf-blue with no hint of snow--- and fair weather is the worst when your favorite cousin is hoping for a sleigh ride...But the holidays often bring wonderful surprises for everyone.

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Check the availability of The Bells of Christmas at your neighborhood library. See the wooden sculpture that was fashioned after the book cover at King Library. Read this story to your children and feel the warm lantern light of home.
Happy Holidays.

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December 7, 2009

Everyone Had A Smile and Some Frosting On Their Face

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King Library's "Build Your Own Gingerbread House" program on Wednesday, December 2 was a great success: 56 kids and 10 adults attended. Some made gingerbread houses, and some ate them (pre-construction) instead.

More terrific Milwaukee Public Library programs can be found by clicking on the Library Events category on the MPL website.

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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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Illustration by Arthur Rackham. 1909.

November 2, 2009

The Book Discussion Bogeyman

The American short story is alive and well.


On June 19, 1999, Stephen King was struck by a van while walking along a road near his home, sustaining injuries to his spine, hip, ribs, and right leg. One of his broken ribs punctured a lung, and he nearly died. His near-death experience shows its influence in Just After Sunset : 14 tales about obsession and compulsion, richly nuanced with multiple narrators.

King Library Book Discussion: Just After Sunset
310 W. Locust
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

King staff has reserved several copies of this book for your convenience.

Join us to discuss Just After Sunset while enjoying some refreshments with your neighbors.

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September 18, 2009

African-American Family History

African American woman from Library of Congress photo archivesGenealogy can be challenging under the best of circumstances. However, few areas of American genealogical research pose as much of a challenge as the search for African-American families.

Joe Williams, President of the Milwaukee African-American Genealogical Society, looks to help out with that issue by exploring strategies for discovering your African-American ancestors in various periods of history.

He will cover topics such as where and how to begin, how to interview family and family friends and what to look for in your home, how to search the census, death records, indexes, how to search transition records from slavery to freedom, how to search records for slaves, and other indexes and records that will be useful to the search.

Registration is encouraged. Please call 414-286-3098 to do so.

This session is being offered at Martin Luther King Library on Saturdays, October 3 & 24, November 7 & 28, December 5 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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August 30, 2009

Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow

King Library
310 W. Locust St.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This book is a brilliant debut from an important new voice in African American fiction, Dedra Johnson. Set in 1970's New Orleans, critics have drawn comparisons to Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Please join your friends and neighbors to discuss the book and enjoy some refreshments.

King Library staff have reserved several copies of this book for your convenience. Please call 286-3098.

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July 27, 2009

Two $500 Scholarships for 6th District Students

King Library is one of three scholarship application distribution sites for the second annual Freedom Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by Alderwoman Milele Coggs. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are also available online.


All essayists must be recent high school grads (2007-2009) who are residents of the
6th aldermanic district and have been accepted at a 2 or 4 year college for the fall of 2009.
Pick up an application to read contest rules and submission requirements.
All essays must be postmarked by August 6, 2009.

For more information, please contact Ms.Akuwa Dantzler at (414) 286-8640 or

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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 4, 2009

Back By Popular Demand!


King Library
310 W. Locust
(414) 286-3098
Saturday, May 9

Come to King this Saturday and share your thoughts (even if you don't have time to read the book) and have some refreshments with your neighbors. Call and we'll reserve a book (audio and large print are also available) for you.

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February 10, 2009

Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father was first published in 1995 after President Obama was elected the first
African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, but before his political career began.


Toni Morrison has called President Obama "a writer in my high esteem" and the book "quite extraordinary."

Please come to King Library (310 W. Locust) to discuss Dreams From My Father:
Saturday, February 14

If you haven't read the book, be our Valentine and join the conversation anyway.
Tell us what President Obama's life, presidency and vision mean to you, to
Milwaukee, and to America.

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February 3, 2009

African American Soldiers in The Civil War

Help celebrate Black History Month at King Library with members
of the Wisconsin 29th Regiment,
Company F, U.S. Colored Troops Civil War reenactment unit.

Saturday, February 7

Discuss the history of African American soldiers in the Civil War
with Jack Tomlinson. See and touch Civil War uniforms and
weaponry and discuss tactics. Learn how African-American
soldiers served the Union Army with honor and distinguished
themselves in many battles.

See you there!

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January 13, 2009

Celebrate With Us

King Library Open Monday, 1/19

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, King Library will be open
on Monday, January 19 from 9am to 5pm.

All other Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed January 19th.

Two programs are planned for the day. Read about them here.

While you're in King Library, please check out our artist's book created by
Amos Paul Kennedy which is on permanent display. Commissioned in
1997 for the renovation of King Library, the book contains quotes from
Dr. King and is approximately 10 to 12 feet in width when opened.
The handmade paper used for the pages comes from the leaves of
banana trees.

December 2, 2008

King Book Club


After her "stand-in mother" Rosaleen insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins her on a journey to South Carolina where the duo are taken in by three African American bee-keeping sisters. Have you seen the movie? Visit King Library next Monday afternoon or evening and talk about it! Find a copy of the book or sound recording here.

November 18, 2008

Get Smart About Credit Day


Wednesday, November 19th
Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust St.
2 - 4 p.m.
(414) 286-3098


Staff from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee will give a brief presentation and library staff will show you how and where to get a free copy of your credit report. You don’t need to have a library card. A printout of one report per person will be provided free of charge. 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 you have

October 28, 2008

King Book Club


Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust Street

Monday, November 10
6:30 - 7:30 p.m

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Winter Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s
most powerful drug czars, uses her own smarts to stay on
top after her father’s empire is threatened by a drug war.

Read the book and discuss it with other library patrons
while you enjoy some refreshments!

September 30, 2008

Need a job? Come to King Library!

Milwaukee Job Development staff will be on hand at King Library (310 W. Locust) throughout October to help you find employment:

Monday, October 6, 4:30pm-5:30pm
This session is aimed at the 16-21 year-old crowd focusing on job readiness. It’s time to start thinking about your first or next job.

Friday, October 10, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Make sure to bring your resume to this job strategy workshop that focuses on finding job openings and offers terrific resume tips.

Wednesday, October 15, 5:00pm-7:00pm
How do you get that great position you’ve always wanted? This session focuses on exactly where the best jobs can be found and how to get them.

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