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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  Mint-ish in her box, Nancy comes complete with fun accessories like a Reference Desk, a book truck, and an awesomely outdated desktop PC.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 @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:

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The website written at the bottom, moreloveletters.com, 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!

 

Submitted by Sophie @East

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

eBook Club @East Library

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 Did you know that your Milwaukee Public Library card gives you access to thousands of free eBooks, electronic audiobooks, and digital magazines? Well it does, and it's awesome! If you'd like some assistance navigating these amazing resources, please visit your local library!

Beginning in December, East Library will have a staff member available every Wednesday evening to assist you in setting up your eReading device to utilize the library's collection. So bring in your Kindle, Nook, iPhone (etc!), and we'll have you borrowing eBooks in no time!

 For a complete list of dates, or to set up a reminder, see the library events calendar.

 

(Image derived from "EReading Devices," Per Palmkvist Knudsen, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Star Wars Reads Day @ Milwaukee Public Library!

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yodareads.jpg Stop by the East Library on Saturday, October 5th, to check out a book for Star Wars Reads Day!

We even have some free bookmarks and posters for inquiring young Jedi!

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East Library Book Club Meets @ King This Month!

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Cloud Atlas Book Cover.jpgCome to the East Library Book Club this month! Until further notice, the book club will be meeting at Martin Luther King Library during East Library construction. This month, the East Library Book Club discusses Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. There is still time to check it out from the library. New members are always welcome to the club, and there is no registration required.

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library 310 W. Locust St.

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