A Celebration of Edith Wharton
Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library invites members to participate in a tour of “Edith Wharton’s New York City,” May 15-18, 2014, with an optional excursion to Wharton’s restored estate, The Mount, in western Massachusetts, May 19-20. Learn more about the itinerary and reservation information.
Spring Literary Luncheon featuring Elinor Lipman
Award-winning author Elinor Lipman premiered her novel, The View from Penthouse B, at the Spring Literary Luncheon. The event was hosted by Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library on Tuesday, April 23, at the Pfister Hotel. Lipman spoke about her work and signed copies of the novel, which luncheon guests received only a few days after its April release.
Special thanks to Boswell Book Company.
Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame
The Milwaukee Public Library’s Wisconsin
Writers Wall of Fame pays tribute to a spectrum of literary
talents – novelists, poets,
journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced
by their life and experiences in Wisconsin. The Friends of the Milwaukee
Public Library sponsor the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame reception when
a new name is added. Search the library's calendar
of events for Special
Author Events & Calendar
The Friends of the
Milwaukee Public Library present renowned authors throughout the year.
Milwaukee Public Library maintains a searchable calendar
of events listing
all of its activities. Search for Author/Storyteller events.
Used Book Sales
Book sales at Central Library and the neighborhood branches raise critical funds which are granted back to the library to purchase needed materials and support library programs. The Bookseller,
located in the Central Library, is open for browsing. Special weekend
Used Book Sales are held throughout the library system.
Tour Historic Central Library
The Milwaukee Public Library was founded in 1878. After several moves,
the Central Library was built in response to the need for more spacious
quarters. It opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1898. The original
structure is a combination of French and Italian Renaissance styles built
of Bedford limestone. Several additions help make up the block-long building
that stands today. Central Library has been designated a landmark by the
Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Both Milwaukee visitors and area residents interested in a taste of Milwaukee's
culture are invited to tour the past and present glory of the Central
Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. Free tours begin
at 1:30 p.m. each Saturday afternoon in the rotunda. Tours other times
are available by appointment. Sign language interpretation is also available
by appointment. Call 286-TOUR.
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