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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 will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout on Friday, May 5 at the Wisconsin Club. This annual gala event draws hundreds of Milwaukee’s most discerning literary enthusiasts in support of the library. Learn more and register at

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

Roberto Harrison Named 2017-2019 Milwaukee Poet Laureate. Harrison 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 Barbara Franczyk. “With the support of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, we can offer this valuable program.”