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Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20, 2014.

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Teen Poetry Contest

All Milwaukee youth, ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit an original poem now through April 30th! Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories.

Enter your poem online today!

Which Book Next?

Are you looking for a good book? Let us help! Simply tell us the last three books you've read and we'll suggest your next read(s) on Monday, May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Healthy Living

Learn healthy habits on Mondays in April at Zablocki Library. Registration is required.

April 14, 21, 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Resource | East

East Library Updates

During construction of the new East Branch, the library is temporarily relocated at 2430 N. Murray Ave.

Recent news about the East branch

Support MPL

Contributions made through tribute gifts are used by to purchase new books that will be read for many years to come.

Make a donation today

Art Deco

A 20th Century Machine Style for the Decorative Arts & Architecture. Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd floor.

Saturday, May 17, 2-4 p.m.

Teen Job Workshop

Have a productive Spring Break and learn about jobs for which you're qualified at Villard Square Branch.

April 14 and 17, 2-4 p.m.

Spread Library Love!

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19! Tell us why you love your library. #nlw2014 #LoveMyLibraryCard #IveBentoMPL

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National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week! April 13-19, 2014.

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Get A Library Card

Your library card is your gateway to a world of information! A library card is free to all City of Milwaukee residents and residents of municipalities that belong to the MCFLS.

Get your card today

2013 Favorites

Celebrate the New Year by taking a look at our favorite books and authors from 2013.

View the list

CountyCat Mobile

The all new CountyCat Mobile is a service for mobile devices that allows you to search the catalog, maintain your account and get information from the public libraries in the system while on the go.

Go mobile today
Event | Central

Shakespeare Here and Now

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now. The words of Shakespeare brought to life.

Saturday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.

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Events, Programs, and Classes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
9:30 AM
Play Group with Stories at Central

A 25-minute story time for children and their parents or…

9:30 AM
Desktop Publishing at Tippecanoe

Explore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has…

9:30 AM
Desktop Publishing at Zablocki

Explore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has…

10:00 AM
Desktop Publishing at Villard Square

Explore more of the amazing tools that Microsoft Word has…

1:00 PM
Spring Break @ Central at Central

Book Jacket Bingo Play Bingo using popular book jacket cards.…

2:00 PM
Poetry & Art at Martin Luther King

Bring out your creative side by making art projects inspired…

2:00 PM
Kids Club: Games, Crafts & Snacks at Tippecanoe

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to weekly interactive programs at…

2:30 PM
Basic Skills at Washington Park

FREE Basic Skills Classes for anyone who needs help: learning…

3:00 PM
Games and Crafts Extravaganza at Tippecanoe

Enjoy Spring Break with games, crafts and snacks. For ages…

3:30 PM
Drop-In Tutoring for Adults at Washington Park

Drop-in tutors are available to help you prepare for a…

4:30 PM
Drop-In Tutoring for Adults at Central

Drop-in tutors are available to help you prepare for a…

5:30 PM
Hopping Around the Frog Pond at Villard Square

Families with young children are invited to our Frog Pond!…

6:00 PM
Play and Learn at Zablocki at Zablocki

Camping PRESENTED IN SPANISH. Go on a pretend nature hike,…

6:00 PM
After School Art Workshop at Tippecanoe

A drop-in workshop designed for children in grades K5-5th, although…

6:00 PM
Ice Cream Challenge at Tippecanoe

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream!…