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Milwaukee Public Library Recommends Development Partner for Mill Road Library
At a library meeting last night, the Milwaukee Public Library’s (MPL) Building and Development Committee (Committee) voted to recommend a development partner for the redevelopment of the Mill Road library, 6431 N. 76th St., to the Library Board of Trustees for approval on Tuesday, December 16th at 4:30 pm. 

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners

Taking the first step towards identifying potential real estate development partners to build mixed-use buildings featuring a library on the first level, Milwaukee Public Library is asking real estate developers to submit information on current and potential projects that could be compatible with a library near four neighborhood libraries slated for replacement.

Milwaukee Public Library Hires Sam McGovern-Rowen to Manage Library Development Project
Library Director Paula Kiely announces Sam McGovern-Rowen will join the Milwaukee Public Library to oversee the $21.5 million library branch redevelopment program.

Milwaukee Public Library’s Tippecanoe Branch Undergoing Full-Scale Renovation
Architectural Firm Engberg Anderson Selected for Project
Tippecanoe Library, a branch of the Milwaukee Public Library system, is slated for a makeover later this year.  In his 2014 budget, Mayor Tom Barrett prioritized redevelopment of the library branch system in a multi-year building and renovation program with an investment of $21.5 million over five to seven years. 

Exterior Public Art Finalists 
The Milwaukee Public Library announced the finalists selected to present design concepts for a public art commission to be installed outside of the new East
Branch which will open in late 2014. The creative work is tasked with activating the space outside the library and engaging visitors while reflecting the ideas of community, literature, story and learning.

Public Art Commission at Milwaukee Public Library Engages Community
Artist Santiago Cucullu Invites Milwaukeeans to Share Their Stories 
Santiago Cucullu, one of two local artists recently selected to create public art installations in the new East Branch, is seeking public participation in his commission. He wants to know what architectural features around Milwaukee Libraries are inherent parts of your story. Milwaukee residents of all ages are encouraged to share stories about key events in their lives that occurred near one of MPL’s branch libraries. The stories and images will inspire a series of murals inside the library that are based on geographical features surrounding MPL locations.

Artists Chosen for Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Public Art Project
Local Artists Awarded Two Commissions for Internal Public Art Works

Milwaukee Public Library Announces Poets Laureate During National Poetry Month

Poets Jim Chapson and Jeff Poniewaz Selected to Serve from 2013-2015.

Check out Ebooks at the Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Public Library will be ready to meet the demand for ebooks after the holidays. In January of 2012, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) saw over 12,500 new ebook users. 

Media Alert: Mayor Tom Barrett Announces New Library Service 
Freegal will bring 65 million free song downloads each year to City of Milwaukee library card holders.

Message Attracts Worldwide Attention
Thanks to the generosity of Lamar Companies, the Milwaukee Public Library has captured the interest of bibliophiles the world over through the promotion of three billboard ads. Lamar prepared the ads for the Library and is running them on their digital billboards throughout Milwaukee County at no cost.

Milwaukee Public Library Needs Adult Tutors
Adult volunteers are needed to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult learners at the Milwaukee Public Library. The volunteers will provide tutoring for Milwaukee residents ages 18 and older who want to upgrade their basic math and reading skills, and for adults working toward completing their GED or studying English as a second language.