Job Expo @ Your Milwaukee Public Library

June 22, 2017
MPL’s First Annual Job Expo
Attend this job expo for unemployed and underemployed Milwaukeeans. Connect with high-quality opportunities and employers. Special employment opportunities available for ex-offenders, limited English-speakers, and teens. In-person registration begins the day of the Expo at 9:45 a.m. See a full list of participating employers online at
Thursday, June 22, 10 am-2 pm
Central, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
13th – Documentary Viewing
Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary documentary is a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from activists, politicians, historians and formerly incarcerated women and men in a work of grand historical synthesis of the 13th Amendment regarding slavery in the United States.
Saturday, June 24, 12-2 pm
East, 2320 N. Cramer St.

Monday, June 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
Center Street, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 pm
Washington Park, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Wednesday, June 28, 5:30-7:30 pm
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St.

Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-7:30 pm
Forest Home, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.

Monday, Aug. 7, 6-8 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

A Nation Divided: Pro-Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Antebellum America
Before the Northern and Southern states took up arms against each other, abolitionists and proslavery factions waged battle through the printed word. Join Reggie Jackson from America’s Black Holocaust Museum as he explains the development and tactics used by pro- and anti-slavery advocates during the most turbulent time in American history.  A selection of original documents, treatises, and newspapers from both sides of the debate will be on display including issues from William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator. Reggie Jackson is the Head Griot and Historian for the America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
Saturday, June 24, 2-4 pm
Central, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Hands-on Wisconsin History
The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) brings local history to life during this interactive program. WHS educators will share artifacts from different periods of history and help us dig deep into the story of Wisconsin. How do our lives compare to those of the people who lived in Wisconsin hundreds of years ago? Be a historian for a day!
Atkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson – Tuesday, June 27, 2-3 pm
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. – Saturday, July 1, 2-3 pm
Capitol, 3969 N. 74th St. – Tuesday, July 18, 2-3 pm
Center St., 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. – Monday, July 10, 2-3 pm
Central, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. – Saturday, July 15, 2-3 pm
East, 2320 N. Cramer St. – Friday, July 7, 2-3 pm
Forest Home, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.- Thurs., July 6, 2-3 pm
M.L. King, 310 W. Locust St. – Thursday, June 29, 2-3 pm
Mill Road, 6431 N. 76th St. – Monday, June 26, 2-3 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave. – Tuesday, July 25, 2-3 pm
Villard Square, 5190 n. 35th St. – Tuesday, July 11, 2-3 pm
Washington Park, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.- Wed., July 5, 2-3 pm
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. – Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2-3 pm
Black Cinema Film Series
In collaboration with Blk-Art, History & Culture, Washington Park Branch presents award-winning documentaries highlighting African-American history and achievement. Screenings are free and open to the public and followed by group discussion. Community Room doors open at 5:30 p.m. for light refreshments and socializing, films start at 6:00 p.m. Featuring: 13th An in-depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 pm
Washington Park, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Book to Art Club
Engage with popular literature in a hands-on, imaginative way at the East Branch Library!  Each month the Book to Art Club will read a selected novel then work on an art project inspired by the story. June: The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Please register online or by calling414.286.3011.
Tuesday, June 27, 6-7 pm
East, 2320 N. Cramer St.
History Buff Book Club
Join the discussion of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott.
Thursday, June 29, 5-6 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee County Libraries Partner with Hoopla Digital to Give Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, Music, and More
Beginning Monday, June 12, and for a limited time, library card holders in Milwaukee County can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit  to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios and record companies—for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Each card holder can check out up to six titles each month during the summer trial of hoopla. No need to return anything; borrowed items are automatically removed from devices.

“We’re excited to offer this for county residents,” said Bruce Gay, director of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. “People in Milwaukee are now able to download a great selection of audiobooks, movies, comics, TV shows and music. The partnership among the public libraries in Milwaukee County continues to help people get materials they want and need—this time in downloadable formats.”

Milwaukee Public Library cardholders can learn more about hoopla and access the database by visiting Milwaukee Public Library’s Database page.

Sign up for Summer Reading!
May 15-August 26

Milwaukee Public Library wants your children to read this summer! Create a daily habit of reading and help your children avoid the summer slide. Super Readers can track minutes in a Super Reader folder or online. Earn free admission to fun places around town. Receive a yard sign or window cling for signing up. Join us each week for free special events. Learn more about Summer Reading at
May 15-August 26
Teens can sign up for the Teen Summer Challenge in person at any MPL location or online. Earn prizes by doing fun activities both in and outside of the library. Track points on paper or online at New this year: Join the Book Trailer Competition Challenge! Learn more about the MPL Teen Summer Challenge at
ZIP MKE runs June 6-30

28 Zip Codes, 1 City. ZIP MKE is a unique photographic exhibit, originally an online gallery, celebrating the beauty and diversity, not the divisions, of Milwaukee. Photographs come from residents in every zip code displaying Milwaukee’s strong community spirit. Online gallery can be viewed:
Read more about the ZIP MKE exhibit in Urban Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
East, 2320 N. Cramer St.
Coming Soon…Saturday Matinees
Bring the family for movie day! Watch family friendly movies. Popcorn will be served. Movie titles will be listed online one week before the event on the library’s online calendar of events.
Saturday, July 1, 1-3 pm
M.L. King, 310 W. Locust St.

Bay View Kinnickinnic Knitters
A knitting circle dedicated to expanding skills through the participation of knitters of all experience levels.  Bring any knitting project the first Wednesday of the month for conversation and camaraderie among knitters.  Tap into knitting resources the library has to offer.
Wednesday, July 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Second Saturday Summer Knitting Group
Bring your knitting needles or crochet hook and join us for open yarn group. Coffee provided, as well as some limited supplies for new learners.
Saturday, July 8, 10-11:30 am
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St.

Creating Rich Compost with Compost Crusader: How to Make Compost in Your Backyard
Are you a gardener that wants to make their own compost or do you just want to take your recycling habits to the next level?  Compost Crusader will walk you through how to make a compost pile that you will love and your neighbors will never know about.
Saturday, July 8, 12:30-2 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Creating Rich Compost with Compost Crusader: How to “Green” Your Business, Apartment or Condo Complex
Whether you are a business owner or employee, you can help make your business more sustainable. Compost Crusader can help you achieve your landfill diversion goals through a curbside compost program that will pick up your food scraps – including cooked meat, dairy, bread, and pastas – and transport everything to a DNR certified compost facility where it gets recycled into a nutrient rich compost.
Saturday, July 8, 2-3 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Discovery Lunches
Discovery Lunches are one-hour programs that invite you to explore and connect with fellow learners. Please call 414-286-3011 or stop by any Milwaukee Public Library to register. A light lunch is provided.
Writing to Transform Your Life & Expand Creativity. Journaling improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity, supports you in achieving your goals, and increases your longevity. Learn easy exercises from positive psychology and narrative therapy that will help you access memories, improve wellness, and explore creativity with author, speaker, and certified professional coach Rochelle Melander.
Tuesday, July 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
Center Street, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Exploring Stories thru Book Art. Explore, create, and share at this Discovery Lunch devoted to the love of stories and books. Share your favorite books and why they have left an impact. Create a piece of art using old books as a keepsake.
Tuesday, July 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

 Thinking Money Exhibition Kickoff
Learn about money through this exhibition sponsored by FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association that includes special activities for families like a visual scavenger hunt, Money Smart photo booth, and credit challenge. Enjoy a treat, check out a book about money and get a prize while supplies last.
Tuesday, July 11, 2-3 pm
Central, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Creative Writing Group
Want to write more, but need inspiration, time, a reason, or support from others who understand the struggle to fill the blank page? Join librarian Ruth Gaba for this creative writing gathering. The hands-on workshop will provide prompts and encouragement for putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Ruth Gaba is a 12 time NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) winner and experienced creative writing teacher.
Tuesday, July 11, 4:30-6 pm
M.L. King, 310 W. Locust St.

 A Celebration of Henry David Thoreau
Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday by exploring his influence on current simplicity movements and civil disobedience. Participants will be invited to read some of Thoreau’s journal entries and write their own observations of a scene from nature with illustrated journaling. Rev. Joyce Palmer, Asst. Minister at Unitarian Universalist Church will facilitate.
Wednesday, July 12, 6-7:30 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

 Bibliophile Book Club
Extra discussion time for Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
Thursday, July 13, 5-6 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

June Reader
Happy Birthday, Browser!
Music from the Backyard and Front Porch
Ready to Read
Invitation to Friends and Donors: New Book Releases
Summer Used Book Sale
Spring Literary Luncheon Success
Meet the Author: Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)
Read it online
Summer Calendar of Events

The summer library calendar of events, activities and classes for babies, preschoolers, grade-schoolers, families and childcare is available online and at your Milwaukee Public Library.

Teen Summer Challenge

Earn prizes by doing fun activities both in and outside of the library this summer! Track points online at, or track on the space provided in the Teen Summer Challenge booklet available online and at your library which also contains a list of events, programs and activities for teens this summer. It’s #MPLTeenSummerChallenge!

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