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New printers for MPL.jpgBig changes are ahead at your local library! Beginning the last week of March into early April all Milwaukee Public Libraries will have new and improved printers & copiers! What does this mean for you?

  • Color printing available at every Milwaukee Public Library location!
  • Convenient printing from tablets, smartphones, other mobile devices and laptops!
  • Money is added to your library account instead of the library card!

As we transition to the new printers and copiers do not large amounts of money to your library card unless you are certain you will spend it by the week of March 24th.

For Central Library users, be sure to spend all money on your account by Monday, March 24th . We'll share more information as it becomes available. Have questions? Contact our Ready Reference department at (414) 286-3011.

Storytime @ Central Cancelled Today

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frost on window.jpgDue to extreme weather conditions, Central Library's preschool story time is cancelled for Tuesday, January 7th. All City of Milwaukee Public Libraries will open at noon today, and will close early at 6 PM. Please join us next week, January 14th, for our regularly scheduled story time at 10:30 AM. Child care centers are welcome. Stay warm today!

Ben Franklin statue.jpgThe Central Library will close to the general public at 3:00 PM this Thursday, October 24th in preparation for the Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration later that evening. The Ready Reference line will be unaffected by the closure, and will remain available to the public until 6 PM. All neighborhood libraries will remain open for their regular hours.

Ben Franklin statue.jpgToday is your last chance to reserve your spot at the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation's 25th-annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration dinner to be held Thursday, October 24 at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., starting at 5:15 p.m. This year's honorees are Mark and Debbie Attanasio.
Patron tickets are $250 each, individual tickets are $100 and Friends of MPL members are $85. To make your reservation, please call 414-286-3784 or email today, October 15th.
"The philanthropic and outreach work of the Attanasios, both here in Milwaukee and across the country, particularly the emphasis on education, personifies the ideals the Milwaukee Public Library holds as fundamental to the health and well-being of our community," said Milwaukee Public Library director Paula Kiely. "Both Brewers Community Foundation and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, with generous support of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, have enabled literacy programs throughout Milwaukee. "
The award celebration will include remarks by Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Public Library Director Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library Foundation board chair Arthur Harrington and the honorees, as well as "A Taste of Central Library," an elegant dinner reception featuring a menu of literary-inspired delicacies in a beautiful Neo-Renaissance setting and surrounded by millions of books and historic collections.
Proceeds from this event strengthen the resources of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, enabling it to support and enhance the library collections, technology, programming and facilities. For reservations, please call (414) 286-3784, or email

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More Chairs From East Library Available At Auction

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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

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

East Library Furniture Auction Update

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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


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