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EastLibraryCramerLibraryEnt-page-001.jpgLibrary Director Paula Kiely and the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees invite you to a presentation by the Project Team for the new East Branch. The presentation will include a preview of design concepts for the library space. Community feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Date: Wednesday April 10, 2013
Location: East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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Keep up-to-date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library's Shoutbomb text messaging service!
  • Receive text notices about items available to pick up, items due soon and overdue items.
  • Send a text to request a renewal and receive a text back with the result of your request.
  • Send an ISBN to check whether a book is on the shelf at a nearby CountyCat library.
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To use this service, you will need to be able to send and receive text messages on your phone and have a messaging plan with your mobile service provider (your text messaging rates may apply). You will also need your library card number and PIN.

That's it!

To sign up for this text messaging service and to get more details, click here and use the online form or text "SIGNUP" to countycat@shoutbomb.com to get started.


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Wisconsin_state_flag.pngToday is the day of the recall election. Your vote will help determine who will be the Governor of our fair state. If you didn't get the chance to vote early, there is still plenty of time to make your voice heard today. To see where your polling place is, enter your address into the Wisconsin Voter Public Access' search form. If you need any other information regarding the election, and any requirements for same day voter registration, look at the City of Milwaukee Election Commission's website. Now you should have everything you need to make your voice heard. Make sure you tell your friends!


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Use Your Kindle to Check Out Library eBooks!

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KindleGraphicNowAvailable.gifKindle users rejoice! Now you too can take advantage of the library's eBook collection. Early last week Amazon announced Kindle users can now borrow Kindle eBooks from over 11,000 libraries across the United States. Milwaukee Public Library users have access to Kindle eBooks through the Digital Download Center. Accessing Kindle eBooks is as easy as entering your library card number and PIN (personal identification number).

Check out Amazon's Help and FAQ page for more information on Kindle eBook lending and don't forget to visit Wisconsin's Digital Download Center to begin checking out library Kindle eBooks. Happy Reading!


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Laptops Available @ MPL

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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.

Think you know everything there is to know about the Milwaukee Public Library? Make sure you're taking advantage of these five MPL offerings.


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1. Regardless of your residency or card-holding status you can call MPL's Ready Reference service at 414-286-3011. This service is offered Monday-Tuesday from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Librarians will answer non-research, factual questions that don't take more than 3-5 minutes to answer.

2. During the hours above you can also ask questions through instant message or text and an MPL librarian will answer them.

3. MPL has a number of digital collections and we're working on more. Collections include Milwaukee Historic Photos, Milwaukee Leaders, Remember When and more.

4. MPL is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library. This means we maintain a large collection of patent and trademark materials, including copies of patents granted all the way back to the 1800s. We also offer patent classes.

5. Using our CountyCat catalog you can access links and RSS feeds to new materials divided by subject, genre and format. You can always find the link to new materials on the CountyCat home page under the More Information heading. Click here to check it out.


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Milwaukee Justice Center

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Do you need legal forms or guidance related to divorce, child custody, child support, landlord/tenant disputes, name changes, or small claims? The new website of the Milwaukee Justice Center may be able to help. The Milwaukee Bar Association and the Marquette University Law School have formed a partnership to provide services to low-income people who need to represent themselves in court. Legal advice is not provided, but their extensive guides should help people navigate Milwaukee County's court system on their own. In addition, volunteer staff are available in Room G9 of the County Courthouse. They also host free, walk-in legal clinics for civil cases:

Family Law Clinic:

Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Small Claims & Foreclosure Clinic:

Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Submitted by Jacki @ MPL Central.



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