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Villard Square on Thursday, October 22 and Washington Park on Thursday, October 29.

Thursday, October 22

The Central Library will close early at 3 p.m.

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Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration

Please save the date for the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation's 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Honoring Mary Meehan, President of Alverno College
and Greg Oberland, President of Northwestern Mutual

For sponsorship information, please call (414) 286-3784, or email

Spring Literary Luncheon

Guests were delighted to meet and have copies of The Dream Lover signed by Elizabeth Berg on May 14, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club. The event was the biggest stop on Berg's book tour, and she enjoyed sharing her writing experiences with the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and other luncheon guests.

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 sponsors the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame reception when a new name is added.

Milwaukee Poet Laureate

2015-2017 Poet Laureate: Matt Cook will help to promote poetry throughout Milwaukee.

“The Poet Laureate project seeks to foster a greater appreciation and understanding within the community of the reading and writing of poetry,” said Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library President Marsha Huff. “With the support of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, we can offer this valuable program.”