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MPL Branch History: Martin Luther King

By Paul Wellington on Jan 4, 2022 12:00 AM

Preceded by several branches on Milwaukee's north side, the Martin Luther King Branch, originally named the Locust Library, opened in 1971. The Locust Library was renamed the Martin Luther King Library in 1973. In 2014, MPL began the process of replacing the dated M.L. King Branch. Moody Nolan has been selected to design the new library, which holds an expected completion in 2023.

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National Write a Business Plan Month

By Aniyah Stubblefield on Dec 3, 2021 12:00 AM

National Write a Business Plan Month is an excellent opportunity to start your business plan. Business plans are great for growth predictions and can quickly turn into a five-year plan for you and your entrepreneurship goals. Learn how the Milwaukee Public Library can help!

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Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Mark Catesby

By Sarah Finn on Nov 19, 2021 12:00 AM

Milwaukee Public Library's Krug Rare Books Room holds a 1771 edition of Mark Catesby's "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands. Catesby." Learn more about the famous English naturalist, explorer, and artist and his work in the field of North American natural history.

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MPL Branch History: Villard Square

By Paul Wellington on Nov 5, 2021 12:00 AM

Villard Square is the second branch featured in the MPL Branch History series. In 1898, Wisconsin Free Library Commission librarian Miss L. E. Stearns presented the village of North Milwaukee with a plan to establish its own library. Shortly after her visit, the library opened in what is believed to be the home of librarian Anna Grace Godfrey and her parents.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Aniyah Stubblefield on Oct 19, 2021 12:00 AM

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month. Domestic Violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Since domestic violence doesn’t discriminate; people of various backgrounds can be a victim or perpetrator. Learn more about the signs of abuse, local resources, and materials available at your…

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MPL Branch History: East Branch

By Paul Wellington on Oct 1, 2021 12:00 AM

Learn about the history of Milwaukee Public Library's twelve branch libraries! This is the first in a series of blogs that will feature the architectural history of MPL branch libraries, beginning with the East Branch. The library opened on February 8, 1909 inside the Plymouth Congregational Church's former reading room. Read more about the history of this popular branch.

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Doors Open to Historic Milwaukee

By Sarah Finn on Sep 15, 2021 12:00 AM

Doors Open offers an opportunity to explore Milwaukee’s architectural history, and the Milwaukee Public Library’s "Remember When" Collection provides another. From 1963 through 1994 library staff collaborated with The Milwaukee Journal by creating a newspaper feature titled “Remember When…” published in the Green Sheet. Take a journey back to read about some of its historical highlights.

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From Warner to MSO, A Palace Fit for Movies and Orchestra

By MPL Staff on Sep 1, 2021 12:00 AM

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has moved into their new home, the former Warner Theatre, which has been renamed the Bradley Symphony Center. Learn about the history of the iconic Warner Theatre as Milwaukee celebrates the grand opening of the Bradley Symphony Center.

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