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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.



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.

hold list.JPGEast Library's eBook club will also meet at its normal time tonight, 6pm-7pm, so bring in your new device and get checking out digital media!


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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Help us spread the word! The Milwaukee Public Library recently released a Request For Qualifications for an exterior public art project at the new East Branch. Artist portfolios are due December 9th!

From the request:

The entrance to the new library will be on Cramer Street, just north of North Avenue. A unique triangular shaped piazza provides opportunities for creative work that invites artists to explore the nature of literature, community and culture. Viewed as a "canvas" for artistic interpretation, we envision adding art that activates the space so visitors' experiences begin before entering the building. We are seeking an inspiring and creative work that reflects on the ideas of community, literature, story, and learning. The work should invite discussion and interactions by those who live, work, and play in this unique part of our city. We imagine the piece as a beacon for the library and for all it offers and represents.


You can view the complete document here.

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)

Be Part of the Art at East Library!

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Milwaukeeans, help inspire artist Santiago Cucullu's art installation at the New East Library.  The artist asks interested individuals to submit a short description of a significant life event that occurred near an MPL location, including the notable geographical landmarks where the event occurred.  You can share your unique Milwaukee story (500 words or less) and photos on MPL's Facebook event page or drop your story and photos off in person at Temporary East Library.  If you haven't visited before, the Temporary Library faces Greenwich Avenue and is located right next door to Stone Fox Salon. Submissions may also be sent via mail to us at 2430 N Murray Ave, Attention: Public Art or email at  The submission deadline is Sunday, November 24th.

See full proposals for the two public art installations commissioned for the new East Library, by local artists Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin, on our East Library webpage.

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!




East Library Groundbreaking Invite.jpgJoin Library Director Paula Kiely along with Mayor Barrett, Alderman Kovac and other dignitaries as we break ground on this new project. The festivities will begin at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30th at the site of the project. The address is 1910 East North Avenue. There will be a celebration after the groundbreaking at Two Bucks Bar and Grill located at 2321 North Murray Avenue. If you'd like to attend, kindly RSVP to Chris Romano at through Monday, July 29th. We hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM Location: 1910 East North Ave (the former site of East Library)

Please RSVP to through Monday, July 29th.


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I Closed East Library Celebration!

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east.pngYou're invited! The East Library will be having a closing celebration on Saturday, June 22, which is the last day the old East building will be open to the public. The celebration will last all day, 10am to 5pm. Artists Working in Education [] will be helping us create a scrapbook of memories of the old East Library, and we need your input! You can also come get an "I Closed East Library" magnet (while supplies last), meet Browser the Library Lion, and more.
Bring your camera or other photo-taking device for a photo booth! Take a picture with East Library mementos, upload it to our Facebook Event page (coming soon) or post it to Twitter, and show us the photo on your device to get a FREE pass to the Milwaukee Art Museum (while supplies last).
Check out our flier for the I Closed East Library Celebration.

As a reminder, the East Library will be closed from June 23-June 30, and we will re-open at our temporary location at 2430 N. Murray Ave. on July 1, 2013. We hope to see you at the closing celebration and at the temporary library!

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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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