Villard Library Archives

June 4, 2013

Learn Desktop Publishing @ Your Neighborhood Library.

desktop publishing flier.gifExplore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has to offer at one of Milwaukee Public Library's free computer classes.

Learn how to use templates, practice creating an invitation, and make a flyer with tear off tabs from scratch. This class will also provide instruction on how to make labels and stationery.

This class is available on multiple dates at various neighborhood library locations. Check our web calendar for availability.

Registration is required; call (414)286-3011 for assistance from Ready Reference or register online.

January 29, 2013

Come Join the Black History Month Read-In @ MPL!

Hurston_Hughes.jpgBring your family and friends to read aloud and share your favorite poems, biographies, and stories by African-American authors. We will have a wide selection of books from which to choose, in case you don't already have a favorite set aside to read from. This program will be available at various times and locations, starting with this Saturday's Read-In at Central Library, in Mozart's Grove across from the Media Room.

Saturday, Feb. 2 and 23, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Center Street
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
5:00-7:45 p.m.

Mill Road
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
6:00-7:45 p.m.

Villard Square
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
6:30-7:30 p.m.

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December 4, 2012

Come Learn How To Use Facebook @ The Library!

Facebook_icon.svg.pngFacebook has become a multi-generational phenomenon which has affected the social life and activity of people in exciting ways. Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world. Learn how to update and edit an account, connect with other Facebook users and much more! Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online. This program will be available at various times and locations. Click here to see if your neighborhood library is offering this free workshop.

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November 27, 2012

Come Learn How To Use A Digital Camera @ The Library!

Photographer.jpgAre you curious about digital photography? Join us for Say Cheese! to take photographs of the library and learn how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos and manage your collection of digital photos. Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online. Click here to see when classes are available.

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June 18, 2012

Register Now for Computer Classes @ Your Milwaukee Public Library!

kingcomputers.jpgRegistration begins today for Milwaukee Public Library's July-August 2012 Free Computer Classes! With knowledgeable instructors and hands-on experience MPL's computer classes are perfect for those with little to no computer experience as well as those looking to learn more about Microsoft Word and Excel by taking our Intermediate classes.
Space is limited so call 414-286-3011 today to reserve your seat. You can also register in person at any Milwaukee Public Library location or online at

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Award 55-42B10549.

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June 11, 2012

Coupons 101: How to Start Saving Money

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Ready to start saving? Join Ann Heinzel and Betsy Seip-Price from and learn from the pros! In Coupons 101 you'll learn about the different types of coupons, how to use them to get the most for your money and how store coupon policies can save you money.

Monday, June 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St
No registration required.

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May 21, 2012

Say Cheese! Digital Photography Classes at Milwaukee Public Library

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Curious about digital photography? Take photographs of the library while learning how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos, and manage collections of digital photos.

Classes are held the following dates and times:

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Regristration begins today, May 21st, and ends June 11th. Don't wait, register now!
Call (414) 286-3011, or sign up online at

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May 14, 2012

Performance Poetry and Spoken Work Showcase at Villard!

poetrywordle.pngNeeded: Aspiring poets and performers! Give an original or not-so-original poem a dramatic flair! Join the MPL Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase and show off your talent for bringing words, stories and poems to life during this open-mic showcase. Help us celebrate the end of poetry month and "rap" up our Poetry Contest as we announce the winners and share their poems at this event!

Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch
5190 N. 35th St.
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February 27, 2012

A History of Jazz in America

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I crisscrossed with Monk
Wailed with Bud
Counted every star with Stitt
Sang "Don't Blame Me" with Sarah
Wore a flower like Billie
Screamed in the range of Dinah
& scatted "How High the Moon" with Ella Fitzgerald
as she blew roof off the Shrine Auditorium
Jazz at the Philharmonic

From Jazz Fan Looks Back by Jayne Cortez

Come listen to great jazz albums as we discuss the History of Jazz in America at the Villard Square Library. We may even have a special musical guest. Now is the time to visit the new Villard Square Branch if you haven't already, and the perfect chance to connect with other jazz fans!

Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th St.

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February 21, 2012

Help for Parents of Picky Eaters is at Villard Square Library!

picky eater.jpgIs your child a picky eater? Nutrition Educators from Milwaukee County UW-Extension will perform cooking demonstrations, share samples and provide recipes. While parents discuss eating strategies, children will enjoy listening to the book "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato" by Lauren Child, taste raw veggies with seasoned yogurt dip and be inducted into the Two Bite Club! Seating is limited. Registration is required; both adults and children must register. Please call ready reference at 414.286.3011 to register. Parents may attend with or without children. This program is supported by a grant from the Milwaukee Public Market.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Registration Ends: Monday February 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Contact Number: 414.286.3011

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February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Fun at Milwaukee Public Library!

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Come to the library for fun Valentine's Day crafts, celebrations and Elephant and Piggie stories! Check out the Valentine's Day activities held at various Milwaukee Public Library locations below and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Glitter Heart Paintings
Make a special project for the one you love! Create a glitter heart painting for your Valentine and decorate a delicious heart cookie. For children ages 6-12.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Forest Home, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave

Valentine's Day Celebration
Make a creative card or craft this year for family and friends. We will supply the materials and snacks.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Atkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St.

Elephant and Piggie Valentine's Day Party
Did you know that Gerald and Piggie first met in February? Share the love and celebrate Valentine's Day Elephant and Piggie Style! Activities and crafts will be based on the books by Mo Willems.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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January 30, 2012

Black History Month Read-Ins at Milwaukee Public Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating Black History month by stopping by to hear stories by and about African Americans during our Black History Month Read-ins. Read-ins will occur throughout February at all of our locations. We hope to see you there!

Black History Month Read-In

February 1
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 6
Tippecanoe: 3-5 p.m.
Zablocki: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Atkinson: 4-6:30 p.m.
M.L. King: 4-6 p.m.
Mill Road: 4-7 p.m.

February 7
Villard Square: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Capitol: 4-7 p.m.

February 8
Center Street: 4-7 p.m.
East: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 11
Bay View: 12-4 p.m.

February 15
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 17
Central Library: 10 a.m.-12p.m.

February 21
Forest Home: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

February 22
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 29
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

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January 3, 2012

Kids Can Sign Up for the Bucks Reading Challenge Today!

Bucks Reading Challenge.jpgTake the Bucks Reading Challenge! This statewide reading program starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Students in grades 3-10 can sign up at any Milwaukee Public Library. When you read 500 or more pages by Feb. 28th, you earn a voucher to mail in for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! (Parent or guardian must purchase a discounted ticket at the same time). When you read 750 pages or more by Feb. 28, you get the ticket and a chance to win an autographed Bucks basketball or be recognized on the court at halftime!

Anyone interested in finding out more information on the program can call the Central Library Children's Room at 286-3091 for more details, or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library location for information and to sign up.

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December 27, 2011

Register for Milwaukee Public Library's After School Art Workshop

child's painting in blue window frame.jpgAre your kids looking for something fun to do after the holidays? Are they in K5 through fifth grade? Then sign them up for the After School Art Workshop! Each session will begin with an artist reading a story or two aloud and then dicussing the book or illustrator. Participants will get to work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or artistic theme for the day. This is a great opportunity for kids to be creative, try new techniques and have fun expressing their artistic points of view. Everyone gets to take their creations home. Families are encouraged to attend and make art together! This program is a collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Library and Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.). Choose your preferred location and register for a complete four day series at the library, online or by calling 286-3011.

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December 20, 2011

The Milwaukee Public Library Will Be Closed This Weekend

Snowy Xmas trees.jpgMake sure you come into your neighborhood library to grab any books you'll want to curl up with over the holiday weekend. All Milwaukee Public Library locations will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th, of 2011. We hope that you enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday weekend.

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November 29, 2011

Come to Villard Library to Learn About Healthy Snacking

Healthy_vegan_snack.jpgA key to weight management is understanding what constitutes a healthy snack. Some snack food manufacturers may claim their products are healthy, but it takes some thought and training to see through any false claims. The next session of Villard Square Branch's Wellness Series is "Healthy Snacks: You be the Judge." There you'll learn how to choose healthy snacks, especially as you enter the holiday season. Knowing how to maintain a healthy weight through this season of decadence makes it easier in the new year. This program is presented in partnership between the Milwaukee Public Library and WiseWoman.

Date: 12/5/2011
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Library: Villard Square Branch

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November 8, 2011

Free Writing Workshop for Teens at Villard Square Library!

pen and paper.pngJoin us for a four-week study of crafting a short story. We will focus on the basic elements of writing, including character, setting and plot, and explore creative ways to spark story-starting ideas. Our finished works will be shared at the Teen Story Slam in December. Registration required to receive a writing journal. Register online or by calling (414)286-3011. Please note that attendees must be between the ages of 10 years and 18 years old to participate.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Dates: 11/8/2011, 11/15/2011, 11/22/2011, 11/29/2011
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

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October 31, 2011

Try T'ai Chi at the New Villard Square Library!

Tai_Chi_Chuan.jpgImprove your balance, center your mind, maybe even lower your blood pressure with T'ai Chi. Joni us for this positive, energy-filled start to each weekend. Tim Duehring studies and teaches Chen style T'ai Chi and welcomes anyone who wants to learn. Beginners are always welcome! This class is available most Saturdays in 2011. Please check our calendar for specific dates. Call Ready Reference with any questions at (414) 286-3011.

Library: Villard Square Branch
Intended audience: Adults
Day: Saturdays
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 10:00 AM

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October 7, 2011

Get Ready For Winter!


Although winter seems far away with the wonderful weather we are having this week, we all know that blustery days are right around the corner. Learn how make your home into a cozy nest impervious to cold and high energy bills by attending the Home Repair program at the new Villard Square on October 19 at 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This program, presented by the Neighborhood Development Improvement Corporation, Department of City Development, will show you how to increase your home energy effiency before winter arrives. You can also find out what funds are available for insulation and home repairs.

No registration is required. For more information about this program, call (414)286-3011

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September 19, 2011

Register for free computer classes at the library today!

500px-Computer_n_screen_svg.pngBeginning today, the library has open registration for our free computer classes. If you or someone you know has struggled with the basics of internet searching, setting up web based email, or using the Microsoft Office suite, please take advantage of the library's numerous locations that offer free classes for beginners. Enrollment is limited, and registration is already in progress. Call the library's Ready Reference hotline at (414) 286-3011 to register today!

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August 9, 2011

Help Support Milwaukee Public Library Villard Square Branch!

You can help support the new MPL Villard Square Branch by clicking on the link below. Your support through the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation will help to provide enhancements to the new library that will encourage and influence library patrons, particularly young people to see the library as a welcoming place for positive activity. If donating online, simply include "Villard" under the special instructions. Thank you for your support!

Double your gift!
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation has received funds to match dollar for dollar donations supporting the new library up to a total of $100,000.
Donate Now!

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August 5, 2011

Laptops Available @ MPL

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.

August 1, 2011

Teens, Create Your Own Ice Cream Flavor at the Library!

ice cream cone.pngHave you always been bored with chocolate and vanilla? Do you wish you could create your own custom flavor? Well, head to the library for one of the Ice Cream Challenges. If you love ice cream, this is the event for you. Compete against other teams by designing your own ice cream flavor. Bring your friends and we'll supply the goodies.

Forest Home Library: Tuesday, August 2nd, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Villard Library: Tuesday, August 9th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Atkinson Library: Wednesday, August 10th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tippecanoe Library: Monday, August 15th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mill Road Library: Monday, August 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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April 11, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week!

Austrian National Library.jpgNational Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. This year's theme is "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library®". MPL continues to "create its own story" this year by encouraging library customers to use the self checkout kiosks at all 12 neighborhood libraries by holding a raffle at weeks end. Each time an MPL customer uses the self checkout during the week for their library materials, they may complete a raffle entry form. A gift bag will be awarded to a lucky winner at each neighborhood library branch at the end of the week. The re-useable eco-friendly gift bag includes a complimentary membership to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, MPL postcards, a mug, flash drive, Bookworm print, and more. Following the first drawing, the 12 neighborhood winners will be eligible for an additional grand prize
drawing for a behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library.
NOTE: The raffle opportunity will not be offered at Central Library downtown, as the self checkout
option is not available at this time.

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April 8, 2011

Spring Fling Dance Party!

Not sure how your kids are going to entertain themselves during spring break? Have them show off their dance moves at the Spring Fling Dance Party featuring Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Just Dance!. Atkinson library will host on Monday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. and Villard library will host on Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m.
This event is for kids ages 6 to 12. For more information, or if you have any questions, call (414)286-3011.

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November 5, 2010

Teacher in the Library!

Would you like your child to have more assistance with their schoolwork? Milwaukee Public Library currently runs a program called Teacher in the Library. Certified teachers are available after school at selected libraries to help both children and their parents with academic support and encouragement. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the library's calendar of events to see when and where the Teacher in the Library program will be available for you!

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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

Are you looking for enriching after school activities for your child or teen? The After-School Club can help! All branch libraries in the city of Milwaukee host after school activities such as crafts, games, arts, dramatic play, and more! The After-School Club offers separate session times for children and teens. Kids and teens can hang out with friends while engaging in fun activities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at (414) 286-3011.

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September 20, 2010

(Just for kids!) Creative Dreams Art Workshop 2010


Come to Villard Library and explore various styles of art with artist Jeanette Wright-Claus. This six-week, hands-on course will cover abstraction to realism. Learn about famous artists and discover the artist in you.

Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
and November 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Attendee must be between the ages of 6 Years and 14 Years old.

Registration required; call 286-3011 to register.

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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

Now that summer is in full swing, are you scrambling for fun, educational activities for your children to participate in? Fortunately, Milwaukee Public Library has a summer activity calender to help you figure it all out! For young children, all branch libraries as well as Central host the Preschool Story Time. Children of all ages have a choice of several programs and activities, including performances, games, and other fun activities! All the libraries also have awesome activities for teens such as Wii gaming, Book Bingo, Teen Jeopardy, ice cream socials and more! So check out the calendar and take your kids to your favorite branch for summer fun!

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April 30, 2010

Public meeting for Villard Square Library Project - May 3rd

Villard Avenue LibraryMPL will be hosting a public meeting discussing the new Villard Square Library development on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the current Villard Avenue Library.

Engberg Anderson Architects, the architectural firm working on the library floor plan will start with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Those attending the meeting will be able to discuss the plans and give their own input.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Date: May 3rd, 2010
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
End Time: 7:30 p.m.
Library: Villard Avenue

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November 16, 2009

Children's Art Exhibit at Villard Library

Villard exhibit 001.jpg Artist and Villard Library patron Jeanette Wright-Claus was inspired by an episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2000 during which Oprah encouraged viewers to follow spirit by pursuing their passion. Ms. Wright-Claus began to create portraits, floral and abstract drawings and paintings. Soon Jeanette was exhibiting her art in many Milwaukee galleries.

With "Creative Dreams" workshops as her vehicle, Wright-Claus now aims to share positive creative change with children.

If you visit soon you'll be able to see the incredible paintings and pastels the Villard neighborhood children (ages 6-12) produced at their "Creative Dreams" art workshop this fall. They're on display at the library until Thanksgiving.

Villard Library is located at 3310 W. Villard Avenue.

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October 7, 2009

Build a Better Brain Through Art

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Think about art and what comes to your mind? Finger-painting? Going to the
Milwaukee Art Museum? Sketching and doodling? Art can be fun, creative, and relaxing. It's also a good way to help you build a better brain. Come to the Villard Library to explore various styles of art, from abstraction to realism, with artist Jeanette Wright-Claus on Saturdays through November 6 from 10:30 - 12:30. Learn about famous artists and discover the artist in you. For ages 6-12. Call 286-3079 to register.

February 18, 2008

Milwaukee's Bronzeville during the Harlem Renaissance


This Saturday, February 23 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., the author of Milwaukee's Bronzeville 1900-1950 will be giving a talk at the Villard Library. Paul H. Geenen will share a slide presentation that discusses the history and stories of Bronzeville, and explores the cultural achievements of African Americans of that time.

Bronzeville was an area that centered around Walnut Street, with the heart of the area between 3rd and 12th streets. In the time period between 1900 and 1950 the area was predominantly African-American. In the 1950s, the neighborhood disappeared after a majority of the buildings were razed to make way for the I-43 north-south freeway.

This program is part of the Milwaukee Public Library's Big Read celebration which features Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

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