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Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16 for the Easter Holiday. All libraries open Saturday, April 15.

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Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation annually recognizes community leaders and their lasting impact on literacy with the Benjamin Franklin Award. The October event raises $600,000 annually and celebrates the philanthropic efforts of our esteemed honorees with an elegant dinner reception, or
'Taste of Central Library', set among millions of books and historic collections. Proceeds from this event strengthen the resources of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, enabling it to support and enhance library collections, technology, programming and facilities.

Spring Literary Luncheon

Friends of MPL welcomed New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld at the Wisconsin Club on Tuesday, May 3.
This annual gala event draws hundreds of Milwaukee’s most discerning literary enthusiasts. 

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 Past President Marsha Huff. “With the support of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, we can offer this valuable program.”