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October 23, 2013

Central Library To Close Early For Benjamin Franklin Awards Dinner

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.

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 15, 2013

Countdown to 25th-annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration honoring Mark and Debbie Attanasio: Reservations due Today

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

More information is available at

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 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 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

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.

May 22, 2013

Say Hello to Zinio

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

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

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

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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July 19, 2011

Stay Cool at the Milwaukee Public Library!

Due to the extreme heat forcasted in the Milwaukee area this week all Milwaukee Public Library locations are designated "Cool Spots," places where people trying to cope with the excessive heat can visit to cool off and relax. The only exception is Tippecanoe branch library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., which is closed until further notice due to an HVAC malfunction.

Extended hours for all 13 MPL locations are as follows:

Central Library downtown: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, July 19-22

All MPL neighborhood branches: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, July 19-22

Click here for a complete list of library locations in the city of Milwaukee.

sprinkler.jpgCheck out the CDC's Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather feature for tips on staying healthy during the heat wave!

July 18, 2011

Foreign Language Books Are on Sale at the Bookseller!

For a limited time, all Foreign Language books are 10¢ at the Bookseller Used Book Store at the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Beginning to advanced language lovers and learners can find bilingual dictionaries, reference works, language instruction books, dual-language story books, or full-length novels from a selection in many different foreign languages.
The Bookseller sells used, new and collectible books and media, and is operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Come browse the best book bargains in Milwaukee! Children's books are 25¢, paperbacks are 50¢, hard cover books are $1, and other premium books are priced as marked. All proceeds benefit Milwaukee Public Library.

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June 17, 2011

There's Still Time to Be a SUPER READER!

If you haven't signed up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader program, there is still plenty of time to join. Just come in to any Milwaukee Public Library and pick up a folder to track the number of minutes you read or someone reads to you. As soon as you sign up, you receive a coupon for a FREE 5" mini sub at Cousin's Subs. The more minutes you read, the more prizes you earn. In addition to the Super Reader program, all Milwaukee Public Libraries are hosting free, fun activities.

If you're a teen between the ages of 13-18, there's even a summer reading program for you! You could win a $25 gift card. Sign up today!

For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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March 25, 2011

William Powell Jones @ MPL

William_P_Jones.jpgOn Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall, William Powell Jones will be the featured speaker for the fourth Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture. Jones is the author of the award winning book The tribe of Black Ulysses : African American lumber workers in the Jim Crow south, and professor at UW-Madison in the history department. He will discuss the building of the labor movement among workers in the public and private sectors, the current struggle, and its role in defending the existence of a middle class in the United States. Professor Jones has participated in the movement to protect the labor rights of tens of thousands of public employees in Wisconsin. The doors will open at 6:30 for this event. For more information, call (414)286-3011.

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June 25, 2010

MPL 2009 Annual Report is out

The Milwaukee Public Library's Annual Report for 2009 has been released.
Posing with the new library card.
Check out the report to see the Library's mission and vision, statistics on the library, the direction that the library is headed, and other information on MPL. Also see the contributions and support that have been offered to the library by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, and other donors.

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June 22, 2010

Summer Hours Start July 1


Library hours for most branches will change on July 1st. Be sure to check your library's hours before you visit! Here are the MPL hours for July and August:

Central Library
Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Drive-Through (Closing for renovation in early July - watch for more details)

Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room & Art, Music & Recreation Room
Mon.-Tues., 12-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Libraries

Center Street
Mon.-Tues., 1-8:30 p.m.
Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Atkinson | Bay View | East | Mill Road | Zablocki
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, CLOSED
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capitol | Forest Home | M.L. King | Tippecanoe | Villard Avenue | Washington Park
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, CLOSED

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June 15, 2010

Get Event Alerts From MPL

email2.jpg Want to stay informed about all the latest programs and events at the library? It's easy!
Sign up to receive emails about upcoming library events, author visits, and other exciting MPL happenings. With this free and convenient service, you will receive an email about once a week highlighting all the library has to offer. Sign up today!

Remember, you can also keep up with MPL through Facebook and Twitter!

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April 15, 2010

Spring Literary Luncheon Featuring Sue Miller

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library will hold this year's Spring Literary Luncheon Wednesday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Sue Miller, best-selling author of The Lake Shore Limited, will be featured at the luncheon. Book Sales, a book signing and a raffle will be held at 11:00a.m. Lunch will be held from 12:00p.m., followed by the program and the Friends of the Library meeting. All of the proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. For ticket information, you can either call 414-286-8720 or email

Reservations must be made by April 19. Seating is limited, so sign up soon!

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March 12, 2010

Many additions to Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection

Schlitz Palm Garden in downtown Milwaukee
In 2009, the Milwaukee Public Library applied for and received an LSTA Grant to aid in the digitization of 2,900 photos of business and industry in the City of Milwaukee.

The project is taking place this year, and to date, 606 photos have been added to the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection, to bring the total number of photos available in that collection up to 1,785 (as of today).

The areas that are complete include:
Beer Gardens

Areas that are currently being worked on are:
General Business & Industry photos in the letters A and M.
The project is moving along well, so make sure to keep checking back as more images are being added weekly and sometimes daily.

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March 10, 2010

Grand Opening of M Cafe Library

MCafeYou're Invited To
Milwaukee Public Library
March 10th, 2010
Come Celebrate With US!

Mocais M Cafe at Cathedral Square has expanded! Plan to stop by our newest location for great coffee and all your favorite bites at the Milwaukee Public Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. We are located off the main entrance rotunda in the Bookseller.

We invite you to join us, our customers and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public library at the "Grand Opening" kick-off on March 10th, 2010.

The day will feature a ribbon cutting, free tastings, chair massages and door prizes throughout. Cafe hours 10am-4pm.

Mocais Cafe' is a minority women owned business that has " Catered to the business professional" in the downtown and Milwaukee area for over 8 years. We have a reputation for "fresh & fabulous food" and friendly and attentive service. In these difficult times we are proud to have been invited to the library, expanding our customer base and creating additional jobs.

We hope you can be a part of this special day for MOCAIS M Cafe & The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

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December 11, 2009

Library Hours for 2010

new library hours.gif
Milwaukee Public Library hours will be changing for 2010. Be sure to check out the MPL Web site to see the new hours for your favorite branch! You will also find information on library holiday closings and furlough days. Remember that the new hours take effect on December 27, 2009!

October 26, 2009

A New Way To Support The Library

Roundy's We Care Program will contribute a portion of your Pick 'n Save grocery bill to support Milwaukee Public Library.

To contribute, visit the customer service desk and ask for Milwaukee Public Library, code #512225 as your charity of choice. Then use your Pick 'n Save Advantage Card at check out each time you shop. You'll be supporting MPL's vital programs and services for our community----- and for that we thank you.

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July 10, 2009

New Online Library Card Registration!

Don't have a Milwaukee Public Library card? Now you can get the process started online!


Start by filling out the online form found on CountyCat, the catalog of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. Once you have done this successfully, you will be able to place up to 5 requests for materials online. When you are ready to check out the materials, you will need to go to your local library to finish the registration process. Please bring two forms of identification with you.

Here are a few things to remember about this new process:

---Online registration is for new library cardholders only; If you all ready have a library card, you do not need to use this form.

---Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to complete the registration process.

---You will need to complete your registration within 30 days of filling out your online form.

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April 7, 2009

Are You Listening?

Playaway is an easy-to-use player all in one small unit. When you check out a Playaway, all you have to do is press play to start listening immediately – there is no need for a separate player. You provide your own AAA batteries and earbuds/headphones.


Each Playaway contains an entire book regardless of length (up to 80 hours!) and weighs only 2 ounces. They also come with an automatic bookmark function that remembers where you left off.

Originally introduced in 2008 (thanks to the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library), they were available for a one week loan period. All Playaways may now be checked out for three weeks. (Patrons with a “New Borrower” status will have a 3-week waiting period before they are able to check out these items.)

You can find them in the library catalog here.

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February 25, 2009

Deputy Library Director, Sandra Melcher, to Retire

After 25 years of distinguished service with the Milwaukee Public Library, Deputy Library Director Sandra Melcher will retire at the end of February. Sandra has been a champion of library service, stressing quality customer care, setting high standards, embracing service to young adults, and promoting the library as a catalyst for economic development. While her work with neighborhood libraries and extension services has been the hallmark of her career with MPL, the many partnerships she developed helped to expand our capacity to serve and extended our reach to new audiences.


The staff and the community will greatly miss everything she has whole heartily done for the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee. If you wish to thank Sandra for her outstanding service, or want to share a pleasant moment you have had during her service, please add your comments to this entry. She will truly appreciate any kind words for her next great adventure of retirement! Thank you so much Sandra, you will be missed!!

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February 2, 2009

Black History Month @ MPL

In keeping with Black History Month the Milwaukee Public Library has put together a chronology of important people, events and resources of African-American history. The chronology starts on January 15th, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and will extend through the month of February.
The King Library at the dedication of the library's Peace Pole in 1988.

So far the chronology includes such events as the birth of African-American actor James Earl Jones, the swearing in of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States, and the death of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

Each entry contains factual information on the events and people featured, and many entries include links to further information or books on the topic.

Be sure to check the chronology out on a daily basis!

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December 10, 2008

Sandra Melcher on WHAD FM 90.7

Deputy Library Director Sandra Melcher was interviewed for Wisconsin Public Radio on how the economic downturn has affected MPL usage – both circulation and patron counts are up. The interview aired Friday, Nov. 28 on WHAD FM 90.7. Audio and description below.

Troubled Economy Spurs Library Use
11/28/08 Reported by Kristen Durst

In tough economic times, library use goes up as people look for cheap entertainment and access to more resources. And that's changing the role of your local librarian.....

Click here to listen to audio clip!! (RealPlayer needed)
Run Time: 1:24

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