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Have you been reading or listening to something great this summer? Let us know in the comments!Joy at the Milwaukee Publ...
07/16/2020

Have you been reading or listening to something great this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Joy at the Milwaukee Public Library Martin Luther King Branch has been listening to the audiobook of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, read by the author. Be prepared to experience a range of emotions as Trevor Noah shares his life lessons learned through stories of mischief, heartbreak, self-discovery, identity, abuse, religion, racism, social classism and more. His entertaining narrative highlights the importance of giving out fishing poles, thinking, fostering creative energy, speaking different languages and being versatile in daily situations.

Thursday, July 30 from 5-6 pm join us for a virtual session of the The History Buff Book Club. We'll discuss March: Book...
07/16/2020

Thursday, July 30 from 5-6 pm join us for a virtual session of the The History Buff Book Club. We'll discuss March: Book One, March: Book Two and March: Book Three, a graphic novel series written by civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, based on his life.

Due to an exposure to COVID-19, curbside service at Central Library Drive-Up is suspended until further notice. Curbside...
07/16/2020

Due to an exposure to COVID-19, curbside service at Central Library Drive-Up is suspended until further notice. Curbside service remains available at the Milwaukee Public Library Washington Park and Milwaukee Public Library Tippecanoe branches and Ready Reference phone (414-286-3011), email and chat services also remain available. Stay tuned to mpl.org for updates.

Hmmm...how to save for the future? It's not just about making coffee at home and putting money into a 401k! Learn How To...
07/15/2020

Hmmm...how to save for the future? It's not just about making coffee at home and putting money into a 401k! Learn How To Build A Stronger Financial Foundation on Tuesday, July 21 at noon with Tim Reid from Money Management Educators.

Wednesday, July 22 at 5 pm Ryan Thompson from Mention Marketing hosts Podcasting 101. Find out about starting a podcast,...
07/15/2020

Wednesday, July 22 at 5 pm Ryan Thompson from Mention Marketing hosts Podcasting 101. Find out about starting a podcast, the equipment needed and more. Bring your questions and let's get podcasting!

Ex Fabula, The Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee's Deaf community invite you to ReImagining Stories in ASL Workshop...
07/14/2020

Ex Fabula, The Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee's Deaf community invite you to ReImagining Stories in ASL Workshops! At this interactive workshop for the Deaf community, you will be guided by Ex Fabula coaches. Working in small groups, you'll learn effective storytelling skills, connect with other storytellers, and express yourself. You'll also learn about opportunities to share a story on stage at Wisconsin's second Deaf StorySlam on September 27th, 2020! Register online at: https://www.exfabula.org/tickets/

ReImagining Stories in ASL logo created by Lucas Baron (facebook.com/LucasBaron30).

Have you joined our adult summer reading program, Book by Book? There’s still time to sign up and share your summer read...
07/14/2020

Have you joined our adult summer reading program, Book by Book? There’s still time to sign up and share your summer reads! Read five books and you’re eligible to win a great prize pack. https://mpl.beanstack.org/reader365

Need ideas on what to read next? Stop by the MPL Book Chat virtual program on July 16th at 3 pm. Our library staff will share what you can read to complete Book by Book bonus challenges like Read the Rainbow! https://bit.ly/bookchatMPL

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
07/12/2020

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.

Note(s) to Self from poet and multidisciplinary artist Stacy Blint is this weeks Prompt Against Anxiety. Blint is  autho...
07/12/2020
Prompts Against Anxiety #13—from Stacy Blint

Note(s) to Self from poet and multidisciplinary artist Stacy Blint is this weeks Prompt Against Anxiety. Blint is author of Infinity Heart (Adjunct Press, 2019) and 13 Golden Hooks (Saint Earl Press). Her current projects include Disappearing Books and documentation of The Art Bunker, a site-specific work.

Each week Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center Inc share Prompts Against Anxiety. A different artist will share ideas for writing, creating, and sharing ideas based on a weekly theme. Sign up for the weekly prompts.

Looking back on what I’ve written over the last 90 days I found myself surprised by the quality of presence in the work that somehow inhabited the dissonance with kindness, generosity, tenacity, and determination. Understandably my energy level, attention, and writing practice had changed consider...

07/10/2020
Middle Grade First Chapter Friday

Today, for Middle Grade First Chapter Friday, Librarian Sarah reads from Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee - Author. Shayla attends a protest and then starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but the school forces her to choose between her education and her identity. If you want to read more...check it out digitally or order for curbside pickup! https://bit.ly/goodkindoftrouble

Searching for your next great read? In today's Middle Grade First Chapter Friday, hear a chapter from the next book that you will be unable to put down. Feat...

07/08/2020
ListenMKE Live

Please join Listen MKE at 1:30 p.m. on July 8 for a discussion with youth organizers on the frontlines of the movement pushing for black lives to matter. We will talk about the current protests and where we go from here.

The Milwaukee Road Archives webinar on Friday, July 17 at 1 pm will give an overview of holdings, with a focus on the tw...
07/08/2020

The Milwaukee Road Archives webinar on Friday, July 17 at 1 pm will give an overview of holdings, with a focus on the twelve series of the Corporate Records Collection. Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4565454161578332941 Learn about the materials in the Archives and take a quick look at other Special Collections held in the Humanities and Arts, Music and Recreation Departments of Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library.

The August 11th and November 3rd elections are right around the corner and there's still time to request an absentee bal...
07/07/2020

The August 11th and November 3rd elections are right around the corner and there's still time to request an absentee ballot. Absentee voting is reliable. If you have concerns about postal delivery, you can mail or use a City of Milwaukee Election Commission drop-off site to return your ballot. Visit mpl.org/vote for more information and drop-off site locations including various MPL neighborhood branches.

07/07/2020
Meet Author Matt de la Peña (Virtual Program)

We are a week away from our virtual visit, Meet Author Matt de la Peña, on Monday, July 13th at 2 p.m.! Enjoy a special message from the author, and don’t forget to email your questions for Matt de la Peña to [email protected]. Include your child’s first name in the email! Questions will be selected at random, and Matt De la Peña will share answers during the program! You'll also meet local hero and Milwaukee County Transit System Bus Driver, Shamika Anderson, who will lead a "Wheels on the Bus" sing-a-long. Register today at https://bit.ly/2C9QmYq.

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
07/05/2020

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.

Wednesday, July 15 from 6 - 7:30 pm News or Nonsense? is a fast-paced session, led by UWM journalism instructor Jane Ham...
07/02/2020

Wednesday, July 15 from 6 - 7:30 pm News or Nonsense? is a fast-paced session, led by UWM journalism instructor Jane Hampden Daley. This will help you identify what's news and what's not. In addition to some easy "tells," you'll learn some tools to help build "accuracy muscle" and share that knowledge with others. Registration required.

Join Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center Inc by participating in weekly Prompts Against Anxiety. E...
07/01/2020
Prompts Against Anxiety #12—from Bryon Cherry

Join Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center Inc by participating in weekly Prompts Against Anxiety. Each week an artist shares ideas for writing, creating, and inspiring ideas. This week's prompt is Embracing Confusion from poet and musician Bryon Cherry, author of Funeral Journey (The Quail Press, 2018) and Ruins, Ruminations, and Rituals (Anarcho Welfare, 2019). Check out ""Devotion and Love"" from his most recent album Until the Rainbows on Soundcloud.

Join us Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for a discussion of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (A Graphic Novel Adaptation...
07/01/2020

Join us Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for a discussion of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (A Graphic Novel Adaptation), available for free download on Hoopla Digital at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12474779.

Calling all kids! We have a special guest virtually joining us on Monday, July 13th at 2 p.m. Award-winning author Matt ...
06/30/2020

Calling all kids! We have a special guest virtually joining us on Monday, July 13th at 2 p.m. Award-winning author Matt de la Peña and librarian Miss Melanie will present a bilingual Spanish read aloud of 'Last Stop on Market Street'!

Here is where we need your help! Do you have a question for Matt De la Peña? Great! Email your question to [email protected]. Be sure to include child’s first name in the email! Questions will b​e selected at random, and Matt De la Peña will share answers during the program!

What's everyone reading? Tell us in the comments! Kim at the Atkinson Branch is on a romance journey this summer. She re...
06/30/2020

What's everyone reading? Tell us in the comments!

Kim at the Atkinson Branch is on a romance journey this summer. She recommends Indigo by Beverly Jenkins, a Historical Romance that takes place on the Underground Railroad in Michigan during the late 1850's.

The audio book edition of Indigo, along with many other titles by Beverly Jenkins, are immediately available for reading on hoopla digital with your Milwaukee Public Library card: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11162683

During these times, the job market is more competitive than ever. Monday, July 6 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm find out how to ma...
06/29/2020

During these times, the job market is more competitive than ever. Monday, July 6 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm find out how to make your resume work to your advantage by learning what employers look for in a resume and what style best markets your strengths. In this Job Readiness 101: Build Your Resume workshop, you'll be given the tools and knowledge to create a "ready to be typed" personal resume. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8052907131911712525

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
06/29/2020

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.

ICYMI - WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR Joy Powers spoke with Hermoine Bell-Henderson from the Milwaukee Public Library t...
06/26/2020
10 Books To Help You Learn More About Racism

ICYMI - WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR Joy Powers spoke with Hermoine Bell-Henderson from the Milwaukee Public Library this past Tuesday about 10 books that will teach adults and kids about racism, racial injustice, and how to be an ally. You can request materials from this list by:

• Using our Curbside Pickup service by calling 414-286-3011 or placing a hold on CountyCat and CountyCat mobile (visit mpl.org/stayconnected for more details).
• Borrowing digital copies from the Anti-Racism Reading List using Hoopla at https://bit.ly/3i8zIJ5.
• Watching Just Mercy (2019) now through June 30 without using your monthly Hoopla borrows at https://bit.ly/3dIhUBq.

Right now, many of us are engaging in conversations about race and systemic racism in the United States. In some ways, it’s a conversation our country has

Enjoy a 1 hour Chair Yoga class with adapted sitting and standing yoga postures, with light weights, breathing, and rela...
06/25/2020

Enjoy a 1 hour Chair Yoga class with adapted sitting and standing yoga postures, with light weights, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Thursdays, July 2- August 27 from 9- 10 am. Please join the program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at:
https://www.gotomeet.me/MilwaukeePublicLibraryWebinars/chairyoga

Funded by a gift from the estate of Naomi B. Strehlow.

Sign up for the Teen Summer Challenge (ages 13-18)!The future of storytelling is in your hands! Use storytelling as a to...
06/24/2020

Sign up for the Teen Summer Challenge (ages 13-18)!

The future of storytelling is in your hands! Use storytelling as a tool to speak your truth, make art, organize with your friends, excel in school, or even snag your dream job. Be a part of this digital and interactive summer long storytelling experience with the Milwaukee Public Library and Ex Fabula.

Attend free virtual workshops all summer long to hone your skills and prepare your story, then enter for a chance to perform at the end of summer StorySlam and win a cash prize! A panel of expert judges will determine the winners.

FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Attend as many as you like from July 16 to August 8.
Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
Thursdays, 5-8 pm
Saturdays, 11 am-2 pm
Advance registration is encouraged but not required

Learn more and sign up at: http://www.mpl.org/summerreading/teens/create.php

06/24/2020
Low Maintenance Landscaping and Managing Water Where it Falls with Melinda Myers

ICYMI - Melinda Myers shares strategies you can enlist to help protect our water as you plan, plant, and tend your landscape. Flooded streets, yards, and basements have all of us looking for ways to manage water in our landscape. Sustainable water use helps us grow beautiful gardens while reducing water pollution and protecting our home, gardens, and waterways.

Flooded streets, yards, and basements have all of us looking for ways to manage water in our landscape. Sustainable water use helps us grow beautiful gardens...

06/23/2020
No Small Matter

America’s early educators do some of the most important work for our country: Caring for and developing our next generation. Join The Office of Early Childhood Initiatives, housed at MPL, and No Small Matter for our Everyday Heroes: Child Care is No Small Matter event on Thursday, June 25th from 7-9 p.m. to say thank you to our providers and educators: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=680640899046599.

Teachers.

We hear you. We see you. And we are excited to share your stories.

Host a screening of No Small Matter - a film that is putting the experiences of early learning educators on the big screen: https://www.nosmallmatter.com/host

06/23/2020
Bookworm Trivia for Kids

Calling all kids and those young at heart! Give Bookworm Trivia a try on MPL's YouTube channel and test your knowledge of children's literature!

Calling all kids and those young at heart! Test your knowledge of children's literature!

Preserving Family Memories: Scan, Store and Share will be presented on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Our photo a...
06/23/2020

Preserving Family Memories: Scan, Store and Share will be presented on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Our photo albums, letters, and paper documents are a vital link to the past. This workshop will provide steps to help you scan your documents and photos, instruction on how to save these digital files, and free options that allow you to upload and share your photos online. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4651138002048023564

Anyone. Anywhere. Learn a language for free. Monday, June 29 from 11:30 - 12:30 pm join our virtual hands-on tour Learni...
06/22/2020

Anyone. Anywhere. Learn a language for free. Monday, June 29 from 11:30 - 12:30 pm join our virtual hands-on tour Learning with MPL: Mango Languages and find out how to get started. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/365946701
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 365-946-701

Stay connected with your Milwaukee Public Library! Check out what’s happening virtually this week. View our complete lis...
06/22/2020

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...
06/20/2020
Writing/Playing the Archive – Woodland Pattern

Join Milwaukee Public Library and Woodland Pattern Book Center by participating in weekly Prompts Against Anxiety. A different artist will share ideas for writing, creating, and inspiring ideas based on a weekly theme. Sign up for the weekly prompts.

This week's prompt is Writing/Playing the Archive from poet Jay Besemer, whose most recent books include Theories of Performance (The Lettered Streets Press, 2020) and The Ways of the Monster (KIN(D) Texts and Projects/The Operating System, 2018).

Prompt Against Anxiety #11 | from poet Jay Besemer, whose most recent books include Theories of Performance (The Lettered Streets Press, 2020) and The Ways of the Monster (KIN(D) Texts and Projects/The Operating System, 2018)

Lgbtq+ History Trivia Join us Friday, June 26 from 7-9 pm for a pub-style trivia contest all about LGBTQ+ History and po...
06/19/2020

Lgbtq+ History Trivia Join us Friday, June 26 from 7-9 pm for a pub-style trivia contest all about LGBTQ+ History and pop culture in celebration of Pride Month 2020!
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/MilwaukeePublicLibraryWebinars/lgbtq-history-trivia
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 324-750-605

Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration, which began in 1971, is one of the longest-running in the U.S. Here we share boo...
06/19/2020
Celebrate Juneteenth Day! · MPL

Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration, which began in 1971, is one of the longest-running in the U.S. Here we share books and resources for all.

Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration, which began in 1971, is one of the longest-running in the U.S.

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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 Martin Luther King 310 W. Locust St. 53212 Mill Road 6431 N. 76th St. 53223 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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