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November 14, 2013

Black Cinema Film Series - Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle

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Pullman Porter helping a woman with her bags, c. 1880

In collaboration with Blk-Art, History & Culture, the Washington Park Library will present a Fall Film Series. Award-winning documentaries highlighting African American history and achievement will be presented with discussion sessions. Screenings are free and open to the public. This presentation is intended for an adult audience.

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle discusses the struggle of black Pullman Porters to unionize, even though rebuked by white organized labor, and the eventual formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters under A. Philip Randolph. It also explores the impact of this group on the American civil rights movement.

Where: Washington Park Library - 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
When: Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm

September 10, 2013

Come To The Black Cinema Film Series @ Washington Park

old newspapers.jpgIn collaboration with Blk-Art, History & Culture, the Washington Park Library will present a Fall Film Series. Award-winning documentaries highlighting African American history and achievement will be presented with discussion sessions. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Tomorrow's screening will be of the film The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. This film presents a history of African-American newspapers and journalism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. It tells of the struggles against censorship and discrimination and for freedom of the press, with commentary by historians, journalists, and photojournalists.

Location: Washington Park Library
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM

August 20, 2013

Put Your Best Foot Forward In Your Career Path

man walking forward with shadows.jpgDiscover clever ways to increase your effectiveness in your career search as well as in the workplace. Through hands-on activities you will increase your value as an employee by strengthening soft skills such as: interpersonal communication, interview preparation, and professionalism.

Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Washington Park

This program is free, and open to the public. No registration is required.

June 20, 2013

Continuing Education : Math Literacy at Milwaukee Public Library

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WPA Poster. Image available online from the Library of Congress.

On Wednesday, June 26th and Saturday, June 28th Milwaukee Public library is offering a free class entitled Math Literacy. By taking this class, you can receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credit.

Math concepts are a part of literacy. Discover books and activities that deal with early math concepts and ways to use those books to help children build a foundation for math skills. Registration required; call 286-3011 or register online. Adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to class time. Workshops begin on time. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time. Registration for each class closes the day before that class, so be sure to sign up before then.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 27th from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE: Washington Park library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd (Sherman & Lisbon)

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.

May 7, 2013

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore.

PrideOfBaghdad.jpegIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Selections for this club are intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an account of U.S. soldiers encountering lions who had escaped from the Baghdad Zoo in the spring of 2003, Vaughan and Henrichon tell a story of four lions who are happy to be free but remain unsure what exactly to do with that freedom. The lions debate and philosophize as they wander the war-ravaged streets of Iraq's capital, recalling the loquacious livestock of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Check with a librarian to reserve your copies today!

Library: Washington Park Library

Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Time: 6:45 P.M. to 7: 45 P.M.

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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November 26, 2012

Black Cinema Film Series: A Man Named Pearl

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In collaboration with Blk-Art, History and Culture, Washington Park Library presents the Black Cinema Film Series. These interesting, inspiring films are thoughtful explorations of the impact of motivated individuals upon history. Join us this Wednesday for A Man Named Pearl. Enjoy the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, who transformed his once-average yard into a wondrous garden. His upbeat message speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person with a vision can achieve. A topiary demonstration will take place during the program.

A Man Named Pearl
Wednesday, November 28th
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., No Registration Required
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.


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October 23, 2012

Come see Sisters of Selma @ Washington Park Library!

SELMA_TO_MONTGOMERY_MARCH_for_the_RIGHT_TO_VOTE.JPGIn collaboration with Blk-Art, History and Culture, Washington Park Library will continue the Black Cinema Film Series. These interesting, inspiring films are thoughtful explorations of the impact of motivated individuals upon history. Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change. A look back at 1965 and the unsung soldiers of the voting rights marches. Catholic nuns from across the country answered Martin Luther King's call to join the protests in Selma, Alabama. Hear their story and learn how the experience changed them forever.

Library: Washington Park
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Other Information:
The traveling exhibit, Sisters of Freedom, African American Women Moving Us Forward, will be on display for one day only at Washington Park Library on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The exhibit consists of several panels presenting women from the 1800s to today.


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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 www.mpl.org.


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


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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 www.mpl.org


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May 1, 2012

Come to the Library to Connect With Your Link to Good Health!

YourLinkto Health.gifHave you heard conflicting information about what's good for your health and you're confused about what to believe? Visit the Washington Park Library and learn to separate fact from fiction when accessing online health information. Staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries will present the best online health resources and explain how to use them effectively. This program is open to all agencies, public and private, as well as community members. This program is free and no registration is required.

Library: Washington Park
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


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April 22, 2012

Learn More About Managing Your Investments!

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Today marks the start of Money Smart Week, a public awareness initiative aimed at building financial knowledge for all ages. Throughout the week Milwaukee Public Library will offer programs and resources to encourage healthy personal financial practices.

Managing Your Investments: Making Value Line and Morningstar Work for You

Smart investing starts now! Learn how you can use stock and mutual fund research tools Value Line and Morningstar to help manage your investments and inform future investment decisions. This program will be held at three Milwaukee Public Library locations. No registration is required.

Monday, April 23rd, 6-7 p.m.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Tuesday, April 24th, 6-7 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, April 25th, 6-7 p.m.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave, Meeting Room

Value Line and Morningstar are subscription databases available inside all City of Milwaukee libraries and remotely to City of Milwaukee library card holders.



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April 13, 2012

Smoothie Challenge!

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If you're a teen that missed the opportunity to participate in Bay View library's Smoothie Challenge, don't despair! This event will also be held at Tippecanoe and Washington Park on Monday, April 16, Center Steet on Wednesday, April 18, and Atkinson on Monday, April 30.
Compete against other teams by creating your own healthy and delicious smoothie. Bring your friends and we'll supply the fresh ingredients. This event is free and registration is not required.

For more information call (414)286-3011.



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March 6, 2012

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore!

Smile Graphic Novel.jpgIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club.

This month's selection is Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not-so-friendly.

If this sounds appealing, come try out MPL's adult book club dedicated to graphic novels.

Location: Washington Park Library
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Time: 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM


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February 6, 2012

Life-Sized Candy Land at Milwaukee Public Library

candyland.jpgCome play the classic game Candy Land with a new twist -- you are the game piece!
Get ready to be transported into the land of gumdrops and lollypops. Be sure to bring the whole family! No registration required. For more information call 414.286.3011

Saturday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m.
Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Monday, Feb. 27, 6-7 p.m.
Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.


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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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December 6, 2011

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore

Pedro and Me Jacket.jpgIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that are read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers. This month's selection is Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick. In this powerful and captivating graphic novel, Winick, a professional cartoonist and cast member of MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco, pays tribute to his Real World
housemate and friend Pedro Zamora, an AIDS activist and educator who died of the disease in 1994.

Date: 12/13/2011
Time: 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Washington Park Library



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October 24, 2011

Celebrate Halloween at Milwaukee Public Library!

jack'o'lanterns.pngAre you looking for a safe place to celebrate Halloween in your neighborhood? Look no further than your local library. The Milwaukee Public Library will host programs to celebrate the week of Halloween. Some programs will be for children and others for teens, so make sure you check one out.


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September 23, 2011

Get Ready for Harvest Fest!

scarecrow_7.jpg Come to Central Library on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for Harvest Fest! Entertainment includes the Chickadees at 10:00 a.m., The Spoon Man at 11:00 a.m. and Truly Remarkable Loon at 12:00 p.m. There will also be pumpkins, cider, story time, face painting, and visits from special guests Browser the Library Lion and the Penworthy Bear.

If you can't make this Saturday's Harvest Fest, come to one of the neighborhood library's Harvest Fest celebrations!

Martin Luther King Library Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Atkinson Library
Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sing and dance with Fox and Branch

East Library Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Tippecanoe Library Monday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Capitol Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.

Washington Park Library Tuesday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Featuring story time, "Pin the Hat on the Scarecrow," crafts, apple cider and snacks.

Center Street Library Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Hoffer's Animal Adventure, crafts and snacks.



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October 3, 2011

Join the discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

immortallifeofhenriettalacks.jpgPart detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot will be discussed at several libraries. Henrietta Lacks, a young black mother, died from an aggressive cancer in the early 1950s. Without her knowledge, her diseased cells were harvested. These cells proved to be inexplicably immortal and became known as HeLa. HeLa cells were reproduced, bought and sold countless times and contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The discussions are sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. No registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: East

Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
Start Time: 6:30 PM
Library: Central

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Mill Road

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Bay View

Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Center Street

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Washington Park


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September 26, 2011

Comic Books Are Not Just for Kids Anymore

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Join other lovers of graphic novels at Washington Park Library's book club for adults. This month's selection is Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka & J.H. Williams, III. This book is recommended for mature readers only.

Tuesday, October 11 - 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.


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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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September 9, 2011

Open House @ Your Library

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Beginning on September 12, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting open houses. Families can meet library staff while browsing the library's collection of DVDs, CDs and books. Your child can enjoy a snack while making a library card wallet! Come to your local library to see what we have to offer for education and entertainment!

Zablocki Monday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tippecanoe Monday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mill Road Monday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Forest Home Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

M.L. King Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Center Street Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bay View Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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September 6, 2011

Introduction to Genealogy at Washington Park Library

branch_washington.jpgJoe Williams of the African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee will present a program on the basics of genealogy and how to get started doing genealogical research. This general introduction will be applicable to people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, September 10, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Explore strategies for discovering your ancestors and hear how to:

• Begin your search
• Interview family and family friends and learn what to look for in your home
• Search the census, death records, and indexes
• Discover other useful records and indexes to search


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August 19, 2011

All Kids can be Web S.T.A.R.S.!

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More than ever, kids rely on the internet to provide access to information for research, homework help, and entertainment. You can help ensure that your child is safely surfing for kid-friendly and computer-safe content by having them attend Web S.T.A.R.S.(Safety Training and Responsible Surfing). This class teaches kids ages 6-12 how to safely navigate the World Wide Web.

Classes will be offered throughout the month of September.

Forest Home - September 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Mill Road - September 13, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Washington Park - September 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King - September 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Center Street - September 20, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Atkinson - September 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

There is no need to register for these classes. For more information, call (414)286-3011.


August 5, 2011

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.

June 24, 2011

Pet Suitcase and Animal Safety

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As part of the summer reading program, Washington Park Library is offering a program on pet care for kids. On July 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. learn how to take care of your furry (and maybe not-so-furry) friends. Friends from the Wisconsin Humane Society will explain how to provide responsible animal care and how to safely interact with animals.

No registration is required. For more informaion call (414)286-3011.



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May 25, 2011

Money Camp

Money Camp 2011.gifDon't let your 6th - 8th graders miss Money Camp for Kids! The camp is free, and will take place June 20-24, at the Washington Park Library. Kids will be introduced to the concept of responsible money management over the course of five days of fun presentations and field trips.

Due to the library's closing for the Memorial Day weekend, the last day to sign up will be Thursday, May 26.

This program is being brought to you by Upsilon Mu Omega.


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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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February 28, 2011

The Library Has New and Improved Hours!

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Today MPL begins a schedule of expanded hours at four neighborhood libraries. Those libraries are:

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

The new hours for each of those locations is as follows.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Zablocki ONLY (October - April)


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February 21, 2011

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids!

DaysGoneByegraphicnovel.jpg If you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. Read the "continuing story of survival horror" that inspired the recent hit TV show on AMC. We will discuss Vol. 1, but feel free to read as much of the series as you can before the meeting. The MPL has several collections of this Eisner Award-winning comic.


Date: March 8, 2011
Time: 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Location: Washington Park Library


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December 6, 2010

Drop in adult tutoring at Washington Park

Bookstand_with_book.jpgFor those who need help brushing up on their skills for an upcoming exam, drop in tutoring is now available three times a week at Washington Park library. Tutors are available on a first come first served basis at the following times: Mondays 2-4pm, Tuesdays 2-6pm, and Wednesdays 5-7pm. Those wanting more long term and intensive tutoring should consider contacting the library's literacy hotline to begin the process of signing up for one on one tutoring with a trained volunteer. The number for the literacy hotline is (414)286-3117.


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November 29, 2010

Comic Books are Not Just for Kids Anymore!

SupermanWhateverHappenedtoTheManofTomorrow.jpgIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is a Superman potpourri. This includes Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? The Deluxe Edition by Alan Moore, and All-Star Superman Vols. 1 & 2 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely.

Library: Washington Park
Date: 12/14/10
Start Time: 6:45 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM


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October 22, 2010

Halloween Activities @ the Library!

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In addition to the usual trick-or-treat celebration throughout the City of Milwaukee, join in for all-ages Halloween fun at several of the branch libraries. For teens, Bay View library is hosting Scary Movie Night & Costume Party. For kids, there is the Halloween Spooktackular at Washington Park and Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., and Atkinson and Mill Road Library on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Halloween Spooktackular will feature spooky stories, scary games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged!

Also for kids is the Mad Science Halloween Celebration at Bay View Library on Wednesday October 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Zablocki on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Crazy mad scientists will cooking up some spooky experiements to share with you! Costumes are also encourages for this event! Stretch out the Halloween celebration a couple of days and join us for these fun-filled events!



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September 27, 2010

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore

V for Vendatta jacket.jpg If you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+).

Date: 10/12/2010
Start Time: 6:45 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM
Library: Washington Park
This month's selection is V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd.
Just in time for the 5th of November!


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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

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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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August 11, 2010

Wii Gaming for Teens

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Zablocki Thursday, August 12, 2-3 p.m.

Washington Park Monday, August 23, 6-7 p.m.



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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

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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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May 20, 2010

AKA Money Camp for Kids

Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
June 21-25, 2010
1:00pm-5:00pm
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Members of Upsilon Mu Omega are joining with the Milwaukee Public Library to sponsor the AKA Money Camp for Kids. Middle school students can participate in such diverse activities as financial workshops and field trips that allow them to see the inner workings of local Milwaukee businesses. The week will culminate with the campers developing presentation skills and presenting projects. After graduating from the AKA Money Camp, students will be encouraged to open or add to their own savings account.


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You can find a camp application at your neighborhood library or by clicking here. More information about the program can be found here or by calling Erica Teague at (414) 803-2618. Registration ends May 30.


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April 26, 2010

Teen Poetry Slam!

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Are you a teen that loves to write poetry? Or do you simply love the rhythm and flow of a particular poem and wish to share it with the world? Aspiring teen poets are encouraged to attend the 2010 Teen Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, at the Washington Park Library on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

You can give a dramatic preformance of your original work or the work of someone that inspires you. The first 40 performers will receive a prize, and the winners of the Young Adult Poetry Contest will be announced at this event.


If you have any questions, or need more information, you can call 286-3011.



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February 7, 2010

Quilting Bee in the Style of Gee's Bend Quilters

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For the month of February, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting an arts and crafts program inspired by the women of Gee's Bend and their famous quilts. Children will create their own quilt pattern using cut paper and other art supplies while they learn about these famous women and the historical significance of their quilts. This program is for children ages 5-12. Advanced registration is not necessary. Children and their parents may simply come into any of the participating libraries to create works of art based on the beautiful quilts of Gee's Bend.


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July 24, 2009

Cooking Tips @ Washington Park Library

Back by popular demand, renowned local cookbook author Alamelu Vairavan will share South Indian cooking tips for creating healthy and delicious meals!

Join us at Washington Park Library on Wednesday, July 29 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for her cooking demonstration. You will even be able to sample of her delicious creations!

Space is limited, so please call 286-3066 to register.

Alamelu Vairavan's cookbook, Healthy South Indian Cooking, will be available for purchase at this program.
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This free program is part of MPL's Fit for Life series, a national program of Libraries for the Future, made possible by generous support from MetLife Foundation.

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July 17, 2009

The Pride and Passion

"Pride and Passion: The African American Experience in Baseball"
Traveling Exhibit July 24-Sept.4
Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Come and experience this national traveling exhibit which chronicles the remarkable history of baseball's Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players. The multi-panel exhibit is free and features photographs, team rosters, scorecards and other baseball memorabilia. The exhibition is based upon a permanent exhibition of the same name on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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All related events listed below are free and open to the public. For more information about the programs, call Washington Park Library at 286-3066 or Center Street Library at 286-3090.

Opening Day Event
Washington Park Library
Friday, July 24 - 1p.m.
Join Mayor Barrett, enjoy the exhibit, and have some light refreshments.

Saturday, July 25--all day
Washington Park Library
Kids--make your own pennant!

Tuesday, July 28 - 1-2pm
Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Make a baseball pennant while waiting your turn to play Wii Sports.




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April 27, 2009

Money Camp For Kids

The very successful Money Camp Program for Kids is being presented again this summer. MPL is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to present this great program at the Washington Park Library. Sponsored by Upsilon Mu Omega, this weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-8 will take place June 22-26 from 12:30pm to 5:00 p.m.

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Students will learn how to open a bank account, listen to presentations on finance, banking, and the stock market, and take fun field trips.

In order to register for this free program, fill out the application and Emergency Contact Form and mail them to:

Upsilon Mu Omega
c/o Money Camp
PO BOX 510426
Milwaukee, WI 53203


Please register by May 30. For more information contact: Erica Teague (414) 803-2618.

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March 17, 2009

Building A New Tomorrow

The Buddha advised that he who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
I would quibble with that bromide by adding that the Buddha never had pals who had the good luck to work in the heavenly Bay View or Washington Park Libraries.

Former City Librarian Kate Huston (uncompromising in her aesthetic and a champion of forward-thinking architecture) had the good sense to hire Milwaukee’s own genius-architect Joy Peot-Shields to design both buildings. You hardly have to be a blind acolyte of contemporary design to appreciate what Ms. Peot-Shields accomplished with an ugly, neglected little corner on Kinnickinnic Avenue in 1993:
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Bay View Library was designed to resemble a lantern of learning atop a hill.
When you enter this little gem with it’s southern and western walls of glass, you can feel your body inhale the natural elements, like sitting in a forest clearing on a warm summer evening.

Washington Park Library overlooks Washington Park at the busy intersection of N. Sherman Blvd., W. Lloyd St. and W. Lisbon Ave. and smiles at the old-world Revolutionary War hero Frederick William von Steuben on the boulevard. The building’s high-tech energy conservation system (including radiant in-floor heating and geothermal heat pumps) is uber-cool. The glassy, double-canopied entrance wraps around the northern corner and the inside atrium sports an enormous steel and glass sculpture by artist Steve Feren. The work is entitled “Megaphor” which is a nod to the megaphone and information transmission. I think it looks like a rocket ship. See what you think:
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It’s Women’s History Month, and Milwaukee owes Ms. Huston and Ms. Peot-Shields an enormous debt of gratitude. If you’re a New Urbanist looking for yeasty, cutting edge-intellectual culture and lovely green architecture rising from the ashes of the old city, drop by both of these treasures. Go inside and meet dear Christopher, Enid, Mike and Tony, Lisa, Opal and Kenya, Ashley, and the lovely Irene. Tell those lucky-ducks I say hello.


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December 22, 2008

Facts are Fun! @ Washington Park Library

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Facts are Fun!, the next Ready to Read free continuing education workshop for childcare providers, will be held on January 20, 2009 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Washington Park Library.

Non-fiction or factual books are not just for school-aged children, but for any child who needs a question answered, an idea explained, or an interest expanded. Informational books also introduce children to important concepts and vocabulary. During this session, explore great non-fiction books and how those books can be used to add fun and interest to the classroom.

Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education for participating in this workshop.

Registration began December 20; call 286-8423 to sign-up.

November 14, 2008

Learning Basic Skills @ Washington Park Library

Do you or someone you know need a little help with some of life's basic skills?

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Washington Park Library will be holding a Basic Skills class on Wednesday, November 26 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Topics to be covered include learning how to take the bus, making change, looking up a phone number, making a phone call, using a dictionary, telling time, or getting started with the basics of reading.

October 10, 2008

Hidden Treasures: Creative & Simple Story Time Props

Calling all child care providers! You don’t have to break the bank to create great props that will enhance your story times and make books come alive!

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During this Hidden Treasures session you will learn about a variety of simple props that can be made using recyclable materials and items you have on hand. Learn how story time props help engage children and develop the Six Skills for Early Literacy. Leave with a new prop for your story times and lots of great new ideas. You can earn 1.5 hours continuing education by attending this workshop.

Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Advanced registration is required; call 286-8423 to sign up.

May 16, 2008

Money Camp for Kids

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Washington Park Library will be hosting the 2008 Money Camp for Kids! Sponsored by Upsilon Mu Omega, this weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-8 will take place June 16th-20th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students will learn how to open a bank account, listen to presentations on finance, banking, and the stock market, and take fun field trips.

In order to register for this free program, fill out an application and Emergency Contact Form and mail them to:

Upsilon Mu Omega
c/o Money Camp
P.O. Box 510426
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Please register by May 30. Questions? Contact: Tammi Summers (414) 313-5907

March 22, 2008

Teen Violence Prevention: This is My Story

This is My Story: Violence in My World
Thursday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

This is the first program in a Teen Violence Prevention Series sponsored by MPL and the MPL Teen Advisory Board. Hosted by Dasha Kelly of Still Waters Collective, members of the community will share stories, poems, and other forms of spoken-word art reflecting on how violence has affected our lives. Those who have lost their lives to violence will be remembered. Journals for self-reflection will be distributed.

February 6, 2008

New Workshop

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!:
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Developing Narrative Skills in Children
Narrative Skills refers to a child’s ability to tell stories and describe
things. A child’s ability to use narrative skills will have a lifelong
impact in many areas–including math! During this fun-filled
hands-on session participants will learn what “narrative skills”
means and explore books that help develop these skills.
Participants will leave with simple activities and techniques
to help children build narrative skills. Earn 1.5 credit hours
by attending this training session.

Washington Park Library
Thursday, February 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

January 10, 2008

Tutoring for adults

Do you have a work or school related test coming up, and you're not sure how to prepare for it? Are you having problems understanding an assignment or completing your homework?

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Washington Park Library is pleased to offer an on-site adult tutor on Tuesdays, from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, just a desire to learn. Feel free to drop in at those times for help.

October 17, 2007

Don't forget to check out ComedySportz @ Washington Park Library!

What: Sit back, laugh, and be entertained by the funniest people in town! Or take the opportunity to stand up and make people laugh during this interactive improv comedy performance suitable for all ages. The entire show is fueled by audience suggestions and participation.

When: Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

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