February 2014 Archives


Bay View Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday this Tuesday March 4th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for the magic of Rick Allen and stay to make your own One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish cookie.  Lots of Seuss fun can be had at all the City of Milwaukee libraries in the coming weeks:  http://www.mpl.org/file/kids_seuss_index.htm

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 This week for story time we will be heading to the jungle.  Join us for stories and songs about scary tigers, loud lions and cheeky monkeys. Story time takes place every Thursday at 10:30. Ages 2-4

Teacher in the Library- A teacher is available to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with homework help, academic support and encouragement. Mondays -Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m (when M.P.S. is in session).








Have you met Nancy @ East Library?

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Have you noticed East Library's unofficial mascot?  Before the move to Temporary East Library, our mascot lived a quiet life in the staff workroom.  Now she is prominently displayed for all to see!  This of course leads to one of our most frequently received questions, "is that really a Librarian Action figure?"  Why yes, yes it is!

IMG_Nancy Pearl 1.jpgBehold the Deluxe Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure!  Mint-ish in her box, Nancy comes complete with fun accessories like a Reference Desk, a book truck, and an awesomely outdated desktop PC.  According to her bio, Nancy's weapon of choice is the Dewey Decimal System and her mission is to promote and celebrate the written word. 

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Thumbnail image for book lust.jpgNot only is Nancy an action figure, she is also a real working librarian!  In fact, you may have already listened to her book recommendation segments on the radio or read one of her many books.  She is famous for her "Rule of Fifty."  If you don't love that book after fifty pages, move on!  Life is too short to read things you don't like.

Of course, the second question we get about Nancy is "where can I buy one?!"  Unfortunately as far as we know, she is no longer being produced.  If you do find one on the second-hand market, please bring your Nancy in to say hello!

Learn more about Nancy Pearl on her website

IMG_1360.JPGIt look like March will be coming in like a lion and we are hoping that means it will go out like a lamb so this week's story time craft will be this adorable paper plate lamb.  We will also be sharing stories and songs about all our favorite farm animals. Story time takes place every Thursday at 10:30. Ages 2-4

This Tuesday's Kids Club- Board Game Night!  4:00- 5:30.

Teacher in the Library- A teacher is available to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with homework help, academic support and encouragement. Mondays -Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m (when M.P.S. is in session).



Historian Ron Winkler author of Milwaukee's Town of Lake will present a slide program on the history of the Town of Lake followed by a book signing at the Bay View Library on Monday February 24th at 6:00 p.m. The program will be repeated twice at the Tippecanoe Library on March 7th at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.

The Town of Lake was created in 1838 as one of Milwaukee County's seven townships. Its borders were Greenfield Avenue (north), College Avenue (south), Twenty-seventh Street (west), and Lake Michigan (east). Beginning in 1850 and ending in 1954, Lake passed out of existence piecemeal as its farmland was developed. Portions were claimed by the City of Milwaukee or incorporated to become Bay View, Cudahy, and St. Francis. The St. Francis Seminary and Convent, Cupertino tree on the lakefront, Lake Band, Lake Town Hall, Airway Theater, Lakeside Power Plant, Patrick Cudahy Company, Mitchell International Airport, Forest Home Cemetery, St. Josaphat's Basilica, Nunnemacher's Distillery, Grebe's Bakery, Gardetto's Bakery, New Coeln, and the Tippecanoe neighborhood with its landmark water tower are only a small part of what made Lake a unique area of Milwaukee County.

 Many of the pictures in Ron's book will bring back fond memories for anyone who grew up on the southeast side of Milwaukee. Having grown up two blocks from the Tippecanoe Library,  the cover of Milwaukee's Town of Lake, reminded me of Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, and Where the Wild Things Are.  Most people would see a firehouse but I see a place where my love of reading began.  The Tippecanoe Library began it's  existence in what was once the Town Of Lake Fire Department.  That building was torn down in 1968 to make way for the building that is now Tippecanoe Library, which opened in 1969.  While that building was being built, the library was relocated to the water tower in what was one of the longest periods of my young life.  For those of you who remember Gardetto's Bakery and the Lake Band the way I do, join us for  this trip down memory lane.

What's "vending" @ Bay View Library!?

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I bet you thought that vending machines were made only for snacks, sandwiches, and sodas.  Well you would be wrong!  Bay View Library now has a vending machine for, wait for it..., LAPTOP COMPUTERS.  You heard me right, computers from a vending machine. 

The Bay View Library vending machine holds 18 laptops.  They are available to patrons, age 8 and up, with a valid library card for use in the library.  Check out is for up to 3 hours per day (2 hours of actual usage time).  So, come on in and fill out a permission slip and you too can experience your wildest vending machine dream come true.  Yes, it can be wild at the library now and then.


Checking out a laptop is easy as one, two, three.


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Big moves going on @ the Bay View Library

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IMG_1356.JPG In the next couple of months, the non-fiction books at the Bay View Library will be moving.  The movement is part of an ongoing project to separate our children's non-fiction from our adult non-fiction.  Since the Bay View Library opened in 1993, we have had an "integrated" collection.  That means all non-fiction books of a certain subject are shelved together by Dewey Decimal number regardless of age level.  Integrated collections were created so that adults with lower reading levels would be able to easily find information.  But since children's books are less numerous and harder to spot, this has made it more difficult for kids to find books written for them.

So the Bay View Library will be pulling the children's books and placing them temporarily on book trucks.  Once we have pulled all the children's books we will then relocate them to shelves to be placed where the adult fiction paperback racks are now so that they will be close to the children's area.  This project means a lot of moving and shifting of books, shelves and whole sections of the collection.  So if some of your favorite books are no longer where you saw them last, please come to the Information desk and we will be happy to help you locate them!

The Tippecanoe branch has already undergone this process and eventually all MPL branches with integrated collections will be making the change.



bird craft.jpgStory time this week will be for the birds.  Get ready for warmer weather and the return of our feathered friends by sharing stories, songs and finger rhymes about birds. Stay after to create your own bird picture!  Story time takes place every Thursday at 10:30. Ages 2-4

Some of the books we will be sharing:


There is no afterschool club this Tuesday.  Mrs. Millie will return next week with Board Game Night!

Teacher in the Library- A teacher is available to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with homework help, academic support and encouragement.  Mondays -Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m (when M.P.S. is in session).



Bay View Library's Amazing Teacher in the Library!

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mrs karen.jpgThe Bay View Library is one of many Milwaukee Public Library branches that is home to a program called Teacher in the Library.  Teacher in the Library makes teachers available for homework help at the library after school. What makes Bay View's Teacher in the Library program extra special is our teacher, Mrs. Karen.  As you can see from the photo above Karen will do almost anything to make learning fun. No she doesn't dress like a bunny every day (this picture was taken on Halloween).   Most days she can be found working with kids from K to 8th grade. Karen likes to refer to the children's area as her one room school house.  Kids  flock to Bay View to get help with their homework, reading recommendations or to just sit and play educational games with Mrs. Karen. 

Teacher in the Library is available at the Atkinson, Bay View, Capitol, Center Street, Forest Home, King, Mill Road, and Washington Park branches. Hours are: Mondays-Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m on any day MPS is open.

Visit Bay View Staff @ the Bay View Winter Blast

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blast visorStaff from the Bay View Library will be on hand at this year's Bay View Winter Blast. The Blast takes place Sunday, February 16 from 12-4 at the South Shore Park Pavilion.  Come visit us at our booth and make your own luau visor to help chase away the cold. While you are there, you can also pick up information about all the happenings at your local libraries.

The Winter Blast is a great way to catch up with your neighbors in the middle of winter. The luau-themed festivities are awesome, too: a Hawaiian shirt contest, hula hoop and limbo contests, spam carving and face-painting. A tiki photo booth will be available for you and your friends and family to take memorable tiki-themed photos.  Live music, delicious food from local restaurants, face-painting, contests, and booths from numerous community and neighborhood groups are just a part of what to expect at Winter Blast. See you there!



Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher by Paul Hoffman will be discussed  on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Bay View Library.  The Bay View Library Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 PM.  Frequently the members choose stories that are historical and appeal to local interest.   Books are held in advance for participants at the circulation desk at Bay View Library.  New members are welcome!

Friday Finds: Randomness

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Welcome to Friday Finds, where we post some of the random things we find between the pages of returned books. Because it's Friday, whoo!

This little scrap seems to be a cutout from a furniture catalog:


...a somewhat expensive furniture catalog. Found in An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.

Next we have a card depicting the illustrious career of golfer J.C. Snead:

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Maybe this was a hot item for trading in 1981. Check out those khakis! We aren't sure exactly which book this one fell out of, but hopefully it was something fashion-forward :)

East Library Concept vs Construction

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The new East Library is really starting to take shape! How do you think it compares to these architect renderings of the final building?

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Renderings from East Library architects Engberg Anderson.


Want to celebrate the pinkest holiday of them all in the pinkest way possible?   Attend Bay View Library's Pinkalicious Valentine's Day Party.  Hear some Pinkalicious stories and create your own handmade valentines.  Pink attire is encouraged!  Ages 3-7.  February 11th, 5:30 p.m.


This week's story time will also have a Valentine flavor.  Bring your little ones for special Valentine stories and songs and then stay to make Valentines for the whole family.  Story time takes place every Thursday at 10:30.  Ages 2-4

This could be your Lucky Day at Bay View Library!

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The Invention of Wings.jpgYour favorite author's brand new book may be waiting for you on Bay View Library's bookshelves! 

Referred to as a "Lucky Day Collection" by some libraries, popular, high-demand adult and young adult books are being cataloged as "Not Holdable", which means that these copies can only be checked out by the lucky patrons who visit the library and find them on our shelves. 

So come visit us at the Bay View Library, and see if luck is on your side today.

As luck would have it, Sue Monk Kidd will be speaking at Centennial Hall on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  Just don't have her sign our library copy! (wink)

Count the Gargoyles at the Bay View Library!

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Welcome to Bay View Library's first entry on the @ Your MPL Branch blog.  If you have been to Bay View, you may have noticed our collection of gargoyles located throughout the library.  The gargoyles first began to take up residence at the library's opening twenty years ago.  One of the staff at that time, inspired by the library's soaring ceilings, began to bring in small gargoyles to place in the nooks and crannies of the library.  Throughout the years, the library collection has grown.  To reward those of you who have found your way to our blog, we are having a contest.  The first five readers who come to the Information Desk at Bay View Library and tell the reference staff exactly how many gargoyles we have will receive a prize.  Only one prize will be awarded per family.  Hope you enjoy our blog and see you soon at the Bay View Library.  Happy gargoyle hunting!

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