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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 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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April 17, 2012

Learn How to Grow Your Own Groceries this Saturday at Zablocki Library!

Tomato_plant_01.jpgHave you ever wished you could grow your own food, but wondered how to start? Come to the library to learn some great tips for starting your own vegetable garden. This backyard gardening course will teach you how to design, plant and care for a productive vegetable garden.

By growing food at home, individuals and families:

- Save money
- Eat healthier
- Avoid commerical food safety scares.

Library: Zablocki Library
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

There are still openings for this weekend's session, but space is limited. Please register online at or call Ready Reference at 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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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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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 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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June 13, 2011

Learn How to Make Kanapkis at the Library!

kanapki_z_szynka.jpgWhat's a kanapki? If you're interested in learning firsthand, come to the Zablocki library on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Enjoy a brief introduction to Polish Cooking followed by a demonstration of the making of the Polish appetizer Kanapki. Samples will be available for tasting at the conclusion of the program. Register in person at Zablocki Library or by calling 286-3011. The last day to register is Wednesday, June 22nd.

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May 31, 2011

Story Time with the String Academy of Wisconsin!

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Join members of the String Academy at Zablocki Library as they read The Story of Ferdinand with violin accompaniment by faculty from the academy. Participants will learn about the instruments used for the story time and have the opportunity to hold and play a few of few instruments as well! No registration required. Hope to see you there!

Date: Monday, June 6, 2011
Time: 10:30-11:15 am
Location: Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

See event details on the Milwaukee Public Library's events calendar.

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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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March 21, 2011

Learn How to Grow Your Own Groceries!

Hrushikesh_kulkarni_vegetables.jpgThis backyard gardening course will teach you how to design, plant and care for a productive vegetable garden. By growing food at home, individuals and families save money, eat healthier and avoid commercial food safety scares. Space is limited. Please call 286-3011 to register.

Location: Zablocki
Date: April 2nd, 2011
Time: 10am to noon

Location: Capitol
Date: April 20th, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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 25, 2011

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!


Come to Central Library on March 5 to celebrate the 107th birthday of Theodor Geisel - more commonly known as Dr. Seuss! Join Browser the library lion and the Cat in the Hat for music, games and fun! Reel in a good time at the fish pond, meet REAL turtles and take part in silly stories.
Cookie hats will be available to decorate and eat, and have your face painted. Chris Fascione will provide live entertainment at 10:00 a.m. and noon, while Kidsplay will play at 11:00 a.m.
The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m.

The celebration continues throughout the month at the neighborhood libraries!

Atkinson - featuring Fox and Branch
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Bay View - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Capitol - featuring Kidsplay
Monday, March 14, 6-6:45 p.m.

Center Street - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 19, 2-2:45 p.m.

East - featuring LaBak the Magician
Monday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Forest Home - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 15, 6-6:45 p.m.

Martin Luther King - featuring LaBak the Magician
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Mill Road - featuring Fox and Branch
Monday, March 7, 4-4:45 p.m.

Tippecanoe - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Villard Avenue - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Washington Park - featuring Kidsplay
Tuesday, March 8, 6-6:45 p.m.

Zablocki - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 12, 1-1:45 p.m.

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February 7, 2011

Learn about Dave the Potter at MPL.

Dave the Potter.jpgJoin Chicago poet and teacher Orron Kenyetta for a discussion on the life and art of David Drake, better known as "Dave the Potter", an African-American slave who created beautiful pottery with inscriptions of couplets of his dreams and aspirations. He did so in defiance of the laws and customs of his time. Attendees are encouraged to write a brief poem or statement about themselves following the discussion.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register at 414.286.3071. Attendees can choose between four dates and locations. They are as follows:

Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Saturday, February 12 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Central Library, Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor
Saturday, February 19 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St.
Monday, February 21 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Saturday, February 26 - 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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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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August 11, 2010

Wii Gaming for Teens

Wii.pngShow off your Wii gaming skills and join us for some snacks during these waning days of summer.

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!

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 30, 2008

Story Times @ Zablocki and Forest Home Libraries

Zablocki Family Story Times
Introduce preschoolers to books and reading at our interactive story times featuring stories, crafts, songs, and fun for children ages 2 -5 and their parents or caregiver. Call 286-3055 to register. Special story times for child care centers; call to schedule.

Tuesdays, June 3 – July 29 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Story Time
Preschoolers are invited to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. There are no story times the week of June 30 – July 4th. Child care centers are welcome.

Forest Home
Thursdays, June 5 – July 31, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Wednesdays, June 4 – August 27, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Horas de cuentos bilingües para niños preescolares
Los niños preescolares están bienvenidos a 45 minutos de cuentos, canciones, juegos con los deditos y manualidades. No hay horas de cuentos durante la semana del 30 de junio hasta el 4 de julio. Se extiende también la invitación a las guarderías.

Forest Home
Los jueves, el 5 de junio al 31 de julio 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Los miercoles, el 4 de junio al 27 de agosto 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

January 22, 2008

Bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Storytime

Preschoolers are invited to 45 minutes
of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.
Child care centers are welcome.

Forest Home Library
Thursdays, December thru February,
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Zablocki Library
Wednesdays, January 9 thru May 14,
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Horas de cuentos bilingües para niños preescolares

Los niños preescolares están bienvenidos
a 45 minutos de cuentos, canciones y
juegos con los deditos, seguidos por 15
minutos de manualidades. Se extiende
también la invitación a los centros

Forest Home Library
Los jueves de diciembre a febrero,
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Zablocki Library
Los miércoles del 9 de enero al
14 de mayo, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

October 15, 2007

Fit to a T program at Zablocki Library

Zablocki Library on Monday, October 22, 2007 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fit to a T is a bone health and osteoporosis education program for men and women of all
ages presented by Ann Perry, Physical Therapist and Sue Coenen, Outreach Librarian at
the Zablocki Library on Monday, October 22, 2007 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

During this session, we will cover topics such as: why is bone health important, what is osteoporosis, who is at risk for developing osteoporosis, what are the symptoms and warning signs; how is it diagnosed and treated, how do you avoid developing osteoporosis, and where can you learn more?

You’ll receive a packet of information, including a brochure produced by the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade that covers the main points presented during this session, as well as a Calcium Calculator, and a Risk Assessment tool you can take home and go through on your own and share with family and friends. You will also have a copy of the “People’s Piece” a brochure produced by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, and a bibliography produced by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the library.

Sponsored by the:
Bone and Joint Decade 2002-2011 and National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Zablocki Library

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