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The parking lot at the MPL Zablocki Branch will be closed for a construction project. The front entrance on Oklahoma Ave. will remain open and curbside service is available. Learn more.

Center Street Parking Lot Closed as of Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The parking lot at the MPL Center Street Branch will be closed for a construction project.
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For Older Adults

Resources for Older Adults

MPL offers programs and services for today’s older adults that are designed for a wide variety of interests. Inspiration starts here – we help people read, learn and connect at every age.

Through the library's website, you're able to access a large number of resources that provide helpful information and entertainment. Below are links most often requested by older adults. At the bottom of this page is a list of current library programs that may be of interest to you.

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Books, Magazines, and Music

Large Print Books
The library has a large selection of popular titles in large print.

Looking for an enjoyable listen? Check out an audiobook on CD.

eBooks and Music
On this page you'll find links to a large selection of e-books, audiobooks, music and video for use with a wide variety of portable devices, PCs and Macs including Wisconsin's Digital Library, CountyCat, hoopla, and Freegal.

Featured Title:

The Backyard Birdwatcher's Bible: The History of Birds, Practical Birdwatching and Identification, Understanding and Attracting Birds, Bird-friendly Gardens and Bird-inspired Art by Christopher M. Perrins
This is a beautiful book! While not comprehensive in the birds that it covers, it identifies and describes the ones you’re most likely to see while you’re sitting in your backyard this summer. It also includes tips on beginning your birdwatching journey, a short history of birdwatching, small projects you can make for your birds, and there’s a section on birds used in art through history. 

Featured Video:
Learn how to request and use the Book Cart in CountyCat by viewing this video created by the Milwaukee County Federated Library System


MPL 60+ programming is funded in part by gifts from Naomi B. Strehlow and St. John’s on the Lake.

Book Clubs
This is the place to find MPL book clubs, book club kits, and new titles.

Technology Tuesdays
View these short videos on the library's YouTube page to learn about a variety of technology topics ranging from how to use your PC, iPad, or laptop to social media information, curbside delivery, online family gatherings, online learning, and everything in between.

How To with MPL
This playlist on the library's YouTube channel not only includes Technology Tuesday programming, it also includes how to use your library card, library databases, and visiting the library during COVID.

Older Adult Program Playlist
A new playlist has been added to the library's YouTube account that will include videos of library programs that may be of interest to older adults. 


COVID Portal
The library's COVID Portal includes information on the pandemic, vaccines, basic needs, health and wellness and more.

Education and Outreach Services
The library provides outreach services that extend beyond the traditional library building into the Milwaukee community.

Gale Courses
Take a 6-week class on a wide variety of topics ranging from starting a small business to improving homeschooling skills to assisting aging parents. Every course is offered each month. Available for free to all library cardholders in Milwaukee County.

Genealogical Research
Start your family research here. The library has many resources available online for you to begin. For further help from librarians, please place a request by chat, text, phone or email at Ask MPL.

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of cooperating libraries.  WTBBL  circulates audiobooks, brailled materials, and playback equipment provided by the federal government to Wisconsin residents who cannot read standard print.

Your Library Card
Your library card is your gateway to a world of information! Don't have a card? Need to renew yours? Here's all you need to know about your card.

Helpful Agency Websites

Below are links to agency websites frequently recommended by Milwaukee Public Library librarians.
AARP - the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. 
LoveThyNeighbor - the site provides resources for older adults who want to stay in their home as they age. 
Medicare - The official government website.
Milwaukee County Department of Aging (includes links to local Senior Centers)
Serving Older Adults of Southeastern Wisconsin - A nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of older adults by providing programming to improve their health and well-being as well as a means for community engagement and socialization.
Social Security Administration - The official government website.

Recommended Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
Financial caregiving: Resources for those who help an older relative or friend manage their money.
Housing decisions: Help for those considering a reverse mortgage as well as current reverse mortgage borrowers.
Planning for retirement: Information on the factors that influence when to claim Social Security.
Online and mobile banking tips: A few tips to help older adults get started since bank and credit union hours may be limited.
Elder financial exploitation: Resources to help older adults and their caregivers prevent, avoid and report scams, fraud and other forms of financial exploitation.


Upcoming Events

June 28, 2021
July 8, 2021
6:00 PM
History of Milwaukee Parks at Virtual

Register in advance here:  After registering,…

July 12, 2021
5:30 PM
Outdoor Chess Club at All Locations

Bring your love of strategy for Outdoor Chess Club! Meet…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: The Couple Next Door at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of Shari Lapena's debut novel 

July 13, 2021
6:00 PM
Book Chat with guest author Jenna L. Kashou at Virtual

Need something to read? Join librarians from the Milwaukee Public…

July 20, 2021
2:00 PM
Job Readiness 101: Ageism in the Workplace- How to Accentuate the Positive at Virtual

Click here to register:  After registering, you will receive an email…

July 24, 2021
2:00 PM
Colors of Myanmar at Virtual

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July 26, 2021
5:30 PM
Outdoor Chess Club at All Locations

Bring your love of strategy for Outdoor Chess Club! Meet…

6:00 PM
Climate Action Book Club: Our History Is the Future at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of Our History Is the…

July 29, 2021
August 9, 2021
5:30 PM
Outdoor Chess Club at All Locations

Bring your love of strategy for Outdoor Chess Club! Meet…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: Tell The Wolves I'm Home at Virtual

For our August book club, please join us for a…