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help wanted.jpgStudents in education, library science or related fields are encouraged to apply for Americorps Summer VISTA opportunities in the Education and Outreach Department at the Milwaukee Public Library. We are seeking one VISTA to work with school age outreach, and one VISTA to work with child care outreach. VISTAs at MPL gain valuable career experience working closely with library staff and educators at sites throughout the community and at Milwaukee Public Library locations.

To apply with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction visit:

To visit the Jobs page at the Milwaukee Public Library website, which includes a flyer with general information about the Summer VISTA program, including dates, compensation and general qualification requirements:

Please share with qualified students and others in your networks who would be interested in this opportunity.

Lunch & Learn: Great Apps for All Ages

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lunch and learn april 2014.gifDo your children play games on an electronic device? Learn about free, entertaining, educational and age-appropriate apps for children and teens. Bring your device to load some of them.
Group presentation from 12:10-12:20 p.m. Then we'll be breaking into small, hands-on groups.
We'll provide subs from Cousins Subs, chips and water. Feel free to bring additional munchies if you'd like. Doors open at noon. Lunch will be available starting at noon. Registration required. You can register online or by calling Ready Reference at (414)286-3011.
Thank you to Cousins Subs for providing the sandwiches for our Lunch and Learn series.

WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M.

Fondy Farmers Market blog post.jpgDuring September, the Center Street Library hosted a series of lectures on nutrition and healthy shopping. This month, learn how to use whole food ingredients in your own kitchen! Join us as we welcome Young Kim, Fondy Farmer's Market Executive Director, for a cooking demonstration.

Young will prepare a delicious side dish and provide samples and recipes to attendees. Young will also answer questions about the Fondy Farmer's Market offerings and how to use WIC, QUEST, and SFMNP to get healthy, local food. Come enjoy a snack and win a chance at a Fondy gift card! No registration necessary.

Library: Center Street Library
Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Check Out Oxford Islamic Studies Online

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online.jpgRamadan just began this Monday, July 8th. If you would like to explore this tradition and much more about Islamic culture in a new way, try logging in to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. See beautiful photos of the art and architecture of the Arab world, gain a deeper understanding of the various denominations, use a map to learn more about current international events or find out for yourself what the Qur'an really says. A nice feature is the timeline, which puts over 1,000 events in Islamic history in context with landmarks of world history. Log in to this website and many more through the MPL website by clicking on "Research Resources," and "All Library Databases."

It's Money Smart Week @ The Library!

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green piggy bank.jpgDid you know that if you spend $6.00 a day less on fast food, you can save $2,190 dollars a year or $43,830 over 20 years? Learn more tips that can help you control your financial future at visit any Milwaukee Public Library year-round to pick up a copy of the Money Smart Week Resource Guide.

Come Hear Which Books Make Great Gifts!

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Gift-wraping.jpgHear about the best books 2012 has to offer for gift-giving. Suggestions from Milwaukee Public Library librarians Tom Olson and Jacki Potratz will make holiday gift-giving a breeze. This is your chance to ask questions before you buy. Many genres, including children's and young adult recommendations, will be presented. All books on display at the program will be available for checkout. This program is open to the public and is also part of the MPL docents' ongoing enrichment training. For more information, please call (414) 286-8720, or email

Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Location: Central Library's Meeting Room 1

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Credit-cards.jpgAre you curious about how your credit history affects your purchasing power? Come find out this Saturday, November 3rd, at the Atkinson Library. Lynette Jarreau from BMO Harris Bank will present Your Credit, Your Home, & Your Future. She will answer questions on how your credit report affects you and your ability to purchase a home. This program is free and no registration is required.

Location: Atkinson Library
Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Time: 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.

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