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Golden Zither Schaum TorteCelebrate National Culinary Arts Month in a brand new way! MPL's newest digital collection comes from a familiar source for many long time patrons of the library's Ready Reference service. For many years, librarians clipped recipes from the newspaper and kept them on file at Ready Reference. These recipes allowed the librarians to answer various cooking questions before the heyday of the internet.

The new collection consists of recipes from local sources (mostly the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel) that were collected from through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. They include ethnic recipes, local favorite foods, and concoctions from area restaurants.

New recipes will continue to be added, so don't forget to check back.

Check out the Historic Recipe File and view a snapshot of Milwaukee's culinary history.

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Get answers to your reference questions via MPL's new text messaging reference service! Text questions from your phone to 414-939-0829 and connect with a librarian at the Milwaukee Public Library.

This new service is available during the following hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!


With MPL's new Instant Messaging (IM) service, it's easier than ever to connect with the Milwaukee Public Library! You can IM the Milwaukee Public Library simply by typing your question into the chat box on the "IM the Library" page.

The new IM service is available:

Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. -8 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!

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New CountyCat mobile app!

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If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you are in luck!
New CountyCat app
Access to MPL's online catalog CountyCat is now available through the CountyCat app. The app is available for free from the App Store or iTunes, simply search for CountyCat.

The app allows you to search the catalog for availability, place holds, and check the hours and locations of all Milwaukee County public libraries.

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King Went Live This Week

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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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Digital Collections @ MPL blog

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A new blog has been added to MPL's family of blogs. The Digital Collections @ MPL blog has been created to act as a resource describing and featuring MPL's digital collections.

New additions to existing collections will be featured, as well as the addition of new collections. Tips, tricks, and tools for using the collection will also be discussed. The blog will be updated as events warrant, so there may be a number of additions over a short period.

Check out MPL's newest blog, for one of MPL's newest features! Don't forget to sign up for the RSS feed of this blog to follow the latest developments as they happen.

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While MPL's digital collections continue to grow, the majority of the photos that will be included in these collections still only exist in physical form.

At this date, the photos in the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection number somewhere around 950 images. Currently, the estimated size of the Historic Photo Archives is closer to 50,000 images, so the Historic Photos digital collection represents a very small percentage of the photos available.

The remaining, non-digitized portion of the collection is available for viewing. The Historic Photo Collection Subject Index is arranged by subject headings and sub-headings. The sub-headings break down the major subject headings and give a specific idea of what is held in the collection. Each sub-heading refers to a specific folder or area of one of the many collections included in the Historic Photo Archives.

Each folder may contain one to a few hundred images.

The subject heading index can be found with the rest of the Finding Tools for MPL's special collections and unique resources.

For more questions about the Historic Photo Archives, call the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061. Questions can also be addressed through MPL's Ask?Away email service.

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