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During How to Handle Uncertainty - Gen Gomlam Meditation/Talk on Wednesday, October 14 at 6m, Gen Kelsang Gomlam will sh...
10/07/2020

During How to Handle Uncertainty - Gen Gomlam Meditation/Talk on Wednesday, October 14 at 6m, Gen Kelsang Gomlam will share practical methods from Buddhist psychology to transform the increasing uncertainty and growing challenges of our times into fuel for spiritual growth and mental resilience. This wisdom will not only help us cope with things right now, but will give us courage and strength to sustain both ourselves and others in the future. Without a doubt, this is a teaching for our time!

10/07/2020
Listen MKE Live: Election 2020

The presidential election is just a month away. Watch our special Listen MKE Live at 12:30 p.m. on October 7 for information about what you need to do to make sure your voice is heard. Guests: Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library director and city librarian, and Claire Woodall-Vogg, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission

10/07/2020
One Minute Wednesday: Other Words for Home

Miss Jennifer hosts One Minute Wednesday, featuring Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. This powerful book is about a young, Syrian refugee trying to find her place in America while staying true to herself. Check it out: http://bit.ly/otherwordswarga

Miss Jennifer is here with this week's One Minute Wednesday to discuss "Other Words for Home". A powerful book about a young Syrian refugee trying to find he...

This month the Novel Ideas Book Club talks about Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. New members are always welcome - we h...
10/06/2020

This month the Novel Ideas Book Club talks about Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. New members are always welcome - we hope you can join our virtual discussion!

10/06/2020

The presidential election is just a month away. Watch our special Listen MKE Live at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 for information about what you need to do to make sure your voice is heard. Guests: Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library director and city librarian, and Claire Woodall-Vogg, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission

Technology Tuesdays continue on October 13 at 3 pm! This week we explore how to build a blog on the most popular online ...
10/06/2020

Technology Tuesdays continue on October 13 at 3 pm! This week we explore how to build a blog on the most popular online publishing platform Wordpress.com.

10/05/2020
Census deadline extended to October 31, 2020

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has recently been extended through Saturday, October 31st. Completing the Census, which consists of nine questions, takes minutes and can be done online by visiting www.My2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020.

Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in the House of Representatives, and more. As part of an American Library Association Library Census Equity mini-grant, MPL partnered with local artists to create murals on branch library locations to increase awareness of the Census. Four MPL Branches, located in Census tracts with the lowest current response rates, feature Census window messaging:

• Milwaukee Public Library Center Street Branch with artist Adwoa Asentu
• Milwaukee Public Library M.L. King Branch by artist Rozalia Singh
• Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch by artist Nicole Acosta
• Milwaukee Public Library Washington Park Branch by artist Audrey Moore

Visit www.2020census.gov for more information. #2020Census

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
10/04/2020

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete list of virtual programming at mpl.org/stayconnected.

Write On! our creative writing program offers prompts (like, write about someone you met only once and made an impressio...
10/02/2020

Write On! our creative writing program offers prompts (like, write about someone you met only once and made an impression) and timed writes. Plus you'll get two things a writer needs to get words out: a goal and a deadline. We hope you'll join us virtually on Oct 8, 22 or Nov 5, 19 - we'd love to write with you every time!

Is social distancing getting "ruff"? "Purr"haps virtual visits with some cute fur babies are th e cure! Join us Monday, ...
10/01/2020

Is social distancing getting "ruff"? "Purr"haps virtual visits with some cute fur babies are th e cure! Join us Monday, October 5 at 6:30 pm for Pandemic Pets, an evening of showing off and talking about every pet owner's favorite topic: their pets! According to the CDC, one benefit of pet ownership is decreased feelings of loneliness. Pets have also been shown to help lower stress, and improve immune systems, just what we need during a global pandemic. You're welcome even if you don't have a pet!

09/30/2020
Census Message Rohingya.mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!
It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is today, September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.
The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.
Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 pm is our Vegetarian Cookbook Club: Fall Harvest meeting. Join us virtually - new members w...
09/30/2020

Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 pm is our Vegetarian Cookbook Club: Fall Harvest meeting. Join us virtually - new members welcome. This month, share your favorite fall-inspired recipes and cookbooks. Check out a cookbook or two for inspiration and let the group know what worked for you.

This week, October 6 at 3 pm during Technology Tuesdays we explore how to stay connected to your neighbors through Nextd...
09/29/2020

This week, October 6 at 3 pm during Technology Tuesdays we explore how to stay connected to your neighbors through Nextdoor and Facebook groups so you can be aware of important updates in your community.

09/29/2020
Census Message Spanish.mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!
It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.
The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.
Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

09/28/2020
Census Message Arabic.mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!
It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.
The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.
Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

Friday, October 2 at 5:30 pm is Doors Open - Celebrating Central: A Brief History. The Milwaukee Public Library's Histor...
09/28/2020

Friday, October 2 at 5:30 pm is Doors Open - Celebrating Central: A Brief History. The Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Downtown Central Library is approaching its 125th anniversary. It has survived growth, additions, remodels and even pandemics as it continues to modernize to meet the Milwaukee areas' needs and support branch locations. Join us to see some 19th, 20th and 21st century images of the changes to public and staff spaces including some rarely seen areas.

09/27/2020
Census Message Karen .mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!
It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.
The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.
Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
09/27/2020

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete list of virtual programming at mpl.org/stayconnected.

09/26/2020
Census Message French.mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!
It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.
The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.
Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.
Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

Celebrate the richness of Hispanic Heritage with these great books for middle graders! These stories highlight Latinx wr...
09/26/2020
MPL Kids - Hispanic Heritage for Middle Graders

Celebrate the richness of Hispanic Heritage with these great books for middle graders! These stories highlight Latinx writers, illustrators, and characters. #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #KidsOfMPL

Come take a look at our Hispanic Heritage for Middle Graders booklist selection from our kids page!

These books, perfect for 6-9 year olds, show Latinx characters in various national and cultural contexts. They're great ...
09/25/2020
MPL Kids - Hispanic Heritage for Kids

These books, perfect for 6-9 year olds, show Latinx characters in various national and cultural contexts. They're great during Hispanic Heritage Month, but also any time of year. #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #KidsOfMPL

Come take a look at our Hispanic Heritage for Kids booklist selection from our kids page!

09/25/2020
Census Message Somali.mp4

Milwaukee Public Library has created a series of Census videos in multiple languages featuring local community members encouraging you to complete the Census and to Be Counted!

It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census! The deadline for this once-in a decade opportunity is September 30, 2020. Census data is used to determine federal funding of critical services, representation in Congress, and much more.

The census is the cornerstone of our democracy. Census data is used to determine funding for key federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, school lunch programs, Title 1 school funding, and other critical programs that directly impact our communities.

Census data also helps determine political power and representation in Congress as well as the implementation of crucial civil rights policies.

Self-responding to the census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. Self-response is quick, easy, and can be done by online or by phone.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with these great books for kids; suggested for those from birth to age 5! These stories high...
09/24/2020
MPL Kids - Hispanic Heritage for Young Children

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with these great books for kids; suggested for those from birth to age 5! These stories highlight Latinx writers, illustrators, and characters. #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #KidsOfMPL

Come take a look at our Hispanic Heritage for Young Children booklist selection from our kids page!

The 2nd Annual Deaf StorySlam is Sunday, September 27th at 1 pm. This free virtual event features local Deaf storyteller...
09/24/2020

The 2nd Annual Deaf StorySlam is Sunday, September 27th at 1 pm. This free virtual event features local Deaf storytellers sharing their true personal stories!
• Register: it’s free and easy! https://bit.ly/2Fsrey5
• Get ready: check out last year’s in-person Deaf StorySlam and learn what to expect from a StorySlam. https://youtu.be/C_zC3iwgpvs
• Raise your hands and wave: support our local Deaf community storytellers throughout the event by signing applause in American Sign Language (ASL). Raise your hands and wave!
Thank you to the Deaf Storytelling project funders: Bader Philanthropies; a Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant from the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office; UW-Milwaukee Deaf Awareness Week; and Ex Fabula members.

Technology Tuesdays continues September 29 at 3 pm with an overview of how LinkedIn--the internet's number one professio...
09/23/2020

Technology Tuesdays continues September 29 at 3 pm with an overview of how LinkedIn--the internet's number one professional networking website--allows you to create and promote workplace skills, experience, and successes.

09/22/2020
Simple Science: Eye Experiments

Inspired by the true life story of Dr. Patricia Bath, let’s experiment with our vision--testing both our depth perception and field of vision.

Take inspiration from the true life story of Dr. Patricia Bath, then experiment by vision--testing both your depth perception and field of vision.

Whether in boxes under the bed, or in the basement, many of us have family photographs and letters that are precious. A ...
09/22/2020

Whether in boxes under the bed, or in the basement, many of us have family photographs and letters that are precious. A Milwaukee Public Library archivist will share solutions to common challenges of preservation, specifically for photographs and letters on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 pm during the virtual program Preserving Family Memories : Preserve and Store.

Strings & Things continues through fall. We meet Wednesdays at 12:30 pm. Join other crafters for our casual, drop-in kni...
09/21/2020

Strings & Things continues through fall. We meet Wednesdays at 12:30 pm. Join other crafters for our casual, drop-in knitting and crochet circle from wherever you are. Show off your latest projects, ask for help if you're stuck, and chat. All crafts welcome!

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
09/20/2020

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete list of virtual programming at mpl.org/stayconnected.

Join Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center by participating in weekly Prompts Against Anxiety. A dif...
09/19/2020
Prompts Against Anxiety #21—from Derrick Harriell

Join Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center by participating in weekly Prompts Against Anxiety. A different artist will share thoughts on writing, creating, and sharing ideas based on a weekly theme. Sign up for the weekly prompts.
This week's prompt is Personification: A Social Justice Prompt from Derrick Harriell, author of Stripper in Wonderland, Cotton, and Ropes. Originally from Milwaukee, Harriell directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Mississippi.

Hip hop-lyricism and poetry can be seen interchangeably. Meaning, both artistic forms of expression are grounded in the use of similar sonic, lyrical, metaphorical, and metric ethos. In 1996, the rapper Nas released the song “I gave you power” on his classic album It Was Written. In the song, a...

We're kicking off Technology Tuesdays on September 22 at 3 pm! We'll delve into cutting the cord and exploring alternati...
09/18/2020

We're kicking off Technology Tuesdays on September 22 at 3 pm! We'll delve into cutting the cord and exploring alternatives to traditional cable television. In the following weeks we'll explore Building a Blog, Using Zoom for Holiday Gatherings and more.

The 2nd annual Deaf StorySlam is Sunday, September 27th! New tellers, fresh stories and all happening on a virtual platf...
09/18/2020

The 2nd annual Deaf StorySlam is Sunday, September 27th! New tellers, fresh stories and all happening on a virtual platform. This event is FREE and open to everyone. Time: 12:45pm entry, 1pm stories. Interpreters will be present.
Register today: https://bit.ly/2Fsrey5

Thank you to the Deaf Storytelling project funders: Bader Philanthropies; a Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant from the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office; University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Deaf Awareness Week; and Ex Fabula members.

Join us Thursday, September 24 at 5pm for our History Buff Book Club with Author Casey Cep. We'll discuss Furious Hours:...
09/17/2020

Join us Thursday, September 24 at 5pm for our History Buff Book Club with Author Casey Cep. We'll discuss Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. Harper Lee, famed author of To Kill a Mockingbird, spent years working on a true crime book based on the case of Alabama serial killer Reverend Willie Maxwell but the book never saw the light of day. Why? Dive into his story and hers with special guest and author Casey Cep at this session!

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Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is a public library system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It consists of a Central Library and 12 neighborhood branches, all of which are part of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. Milwaukee Public Library is the largest public library system in Wisconsin. Atkinson 1960 W. Atkinson Ave. 53209 Bay View 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 53207 Capitol 3969 N. 74th St. 53216 Center Street 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 53210 Central Library 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 53233 Drive-Up - Central Library 755 N. Eighth St. 53233 East 2320 N. Cramer St. 53211 Good Hope 7715 W. Good Hope Rd. 53223 Martin Luther King 310 W. Locust St. 53212 Mitchell Street 906 W. Historic Mitchell St. Tippecanoe 3912 S. Howell Ave. 53207 Villard Square 5190 N. 35th St. 53209 Washington Park 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. 53208 Zablocki 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. 53215 MPL Express at Silver Spring 5550 N. 64th St. 53218 24-hour Library Hours Hotline: (414) 286-3287

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