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The Great DVD-Genre-Sort Project @ Temp East

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What is a Library Team to do when CountyCat is down for the day? 

Special Projects! 

During our big system-wide upgrade yesterday, Temp East Library kept busy by beginning the monumental task of re-shelving our DVD collection into genres.

You may have noticed new codes appearing on our DVD labels:

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The example above is FOR, which stands for the Foreign Film genre.  DVDs in this category are filmed in languages other than English and/or countries outside of the United States.

The major benefit of genre-labeling and shelving will be easier browsing for all of you, our patrons.  Instead of doing complicated searches in the catalog, East Library staff will now be able to point sub-title lovers right to the Foreign Film section.  Hooray!

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Using many trucks and much arm muscle, the East team sorted and shelved the Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Foreign Films yesterday.

 As this project is "in progress" here at Temp East, we appreciate your patience as we continue to make changes.  Don't be afraid to ask for help locating your favorite film or TV show! 

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Stop by soon to start browsing our awesome DVD collection!





Friday Finds @ the East Branch: Notes!

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For our current installment of Friday Finds, we've got notes!

First, a very worn and weathered Brazilian bank note, which somehow found its way to the bottom of our book drop:

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And second, a tragic lament written on post-it note, found stuck to a DVD returned in the book drop. The DVD case was still locked when it was returned, so we're guessing that this patron was moved to transcribe their feelings upon realizing that they couldn't watch the movie they'd checked out without returning it to the library to be unlocked!

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Always remember to unlock your DVD cases!

East Branch Library Construction Update

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The back half of the library is finally starting to catch up to the impressive progress seen on the North Avenue side! Here's what the front of the library looks like now:

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You can see where the huge front windows will be installed, which will look in on our main seating area:

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The large opening seen here, surrounded by the purple material, is where the main entrance will be, on Cramer St. The entrance to the parking lot will be to the left of the entrance as pictured here:

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Here's the current view from behind, facing E Thomas Ave:

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And from the corner of Thomas Ave and Cramer St:

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More to come!



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

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.


East Library Public Art Project Update!

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Please join us as the four finalists for the new East Library's exterior public art project present their proposals at a public meeting being held on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall's Loos Room, 733 N Eighth Street. 

Ray Chi, Susan Falkman, Catherine Lottes, and Colin Matthes submitted projects tasked with activating the space outside the library and engaging visitors while reflecting the ideas of community, literature, story, and learning. 

To submit your own comments, please take this online survey after you check out each artists' proposal.

Ray Chi - Full Proposal

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Susan Falkman - Full Proposal

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Catherine Lottes - Full Proposal

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Colin Matthes - Full Proposal

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The public art project for the East Branch is funded in part by grants received from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund, Marvin W. Haesle Fund for the Arts and the Jean Hutchinson Fund, the Milwaukee Arts Board and from the sale of the former East Library Eames furnishings. The library has budgeted $25,000 for the external art work.



Friday Finds @East Library

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We find all sorts of things left inside of library books. The most common are just date due slips, but some are much more interesting -- odd bookmarks, old photos, shopping lists, letters. (Some are terrible, like chocolate bars, but we're trying to forget about those!) We'd like to start sharing some of the best finds on our blog!

For our first "Friday Find," here's a letter that was meant to be found. It came in an envelope with "Finders Keepers - Open Me!" written on the front, and this lovely note inside:


The website written at the bottom,, leads to a site that proclaims "The world needs more love letters." Thanks, A2, whoever you are!

For more curious finds, check out Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek. The author has compiled a fascinating collection, featuring finds much older than anything we're likely to find in a recently circulated library book!

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Check back on future Fridays for more!


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Temp East back in business!

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After an unexpected closure due to the extreme cold (and some frozen pipes), East Library is back to regular hours.  East Library will be open today 12pm-8pm. 

Couldn't make it to East the last two days?  Never fear!  Any held items with a final pickup day of Monday or Tuesday or still available, and will be here until we close at 8pm tonight.

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Famous pastime turns 100 today!

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 Happy Birthday Crossword Puzzle!  Today we salute your ability to trick our minds, stretch our vocabulary, and help us stave off boredom.256px-Mental_exercise_cartoon_-_journal_pmed_0020007_g001.png

Are you a pencil or a pen user?  Do you prefer the New York Times brain busters or People Magazine's pop culture run-down?  Puzzlers today have a plethora of choices, but it all began on December 21, 1913 when editor Arthur Wynne published a diamond shaped grid with numbered squares and clues in the New York World newspaper.  Read more about the history of Wynne's puzzle and how the New York Times editors reviled the puzzle as a "waste of time" in this wonderful article by the Washington Post.

East Library and all MPL branches can help you photocopy your puzzle of choice from one of our daily newspapers or help you find one of these gems that are available for checkout:

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Find more exciting titles by searching crossword puzzle in CountyCat.


So, if you know the joy of filling in those little white squares, take a moment to wish your puzzle a happy birthday today. 


(Image derived from "Mental exercise cartoon," Daniel Mietchen, CC BY 2.5

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