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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!



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.



East Library Construction Update

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Undeterred by the bitter cold, construction of the new East Branch Library moves heroically forward! Here are the latest photos:

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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.

East Library Construction Progress

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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.

New East construction going up up up!

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Check out the latest progress on the construction of the new East Library!

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We'll be updating the construction timeline photo album regularly. Check it out here!

Help Choose Art Installations For The New East Library

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water colors.jpgInside the new building we will have two works of public art installed. Artists submitted their ideas in June, and there are now five finalists to choose from. These finalists will present their proposals at the Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall, Loos Room, 733 N. 8th St. on Thursday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, you can see their proposals at our website, and take our online survey to tell us which ones you like best. We want the community to have a voice in which art works are chosen, so let us know what you think!

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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.


Originally posted by Anna @ Central

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