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Milwaukee Public Library Rarities and the Art of Collecting

Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library are invited for an exclusive evening in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library. Please join us Tuesday, March 10 for a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a pair of speakers at 6 p.m.



Navigating the Rare Book Trade
with Mary Khonke of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
Mary Khonke will discuss current trends in the market and how these trends affect valuations with highlighted examples of the results of recent auctions.


A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Two Unique Milwaukee Treasures
with Patricia DeFrain, Fine Arts and Rare Books Librarian
Selected viewing of the treasures of the Rare Books Room will include two unique Milwaukee works of great beauty and historical importance – A Book of Autographs and The Voices of Friends Concerning John Plankinton.

Space is limited and reservations are required with current Friends membership. Please call (414) 286-8720, or email

Save the Date -
Spring Literary Luncheon

Please save the date of Thursday, May 14 for the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Spring Literary Luncheon, featuring author Elizabeth Berg and her novel, The Dream Lover to be held at the Wisconsin Club. More information will follow in the March issue of The Reader.


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

2013-2015 Poets Laureate, James Chapson and the late Jeff Poniewaz 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.”