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National Library Week

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2024

Free Family Photos:

Ready, set, library! National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, and Milwaukee Public Library encourages everyone in the community to visit the library to take part in the festivities and explore all the library has to offer.

Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue our passions through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. Milwaukee Public Library offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources.

No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, raising a family, or settling into retirement—Milwaukee Public Library offers the resources and support you need and an inclusive and supportive community where you will feel welcome.

So, get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with others this National Library Week. Milwaukee Public Library is there for you, all the way to the finish line.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

Free Family Photos at MPL

Your Milwaukee Public Library invites you and your families to have a FREE family photo taken in celebration of National Library Week! Families and individuals can capture this moment in time with their loved ones. Photos will be taken at the following library locations:

Reservations are required. Please note the following for photos:

Each family will receive:

  • A 7-8-minute photo session with a professional photographer.
  • A digital copy of their family portrait.

Please Keep in Mind:

  • Space is limited and will go fast - reserve your session ASAP!
  • Limited to one registration per group.
  • There is a minimum of two and a max of six people (immediate family) for your photo session.
  • Please arrive 5-7 minutes early for your appointment.
  • No library card is required.
  • Photos are for personal use only. Please refrain from bringing props, logos, or other items for promotional purposes.
  • Each photo session is 7-8 minutes long. The registrant will be emailed 2-3 photos before the end of April.
  • If you're unable to attend, please cancel your appointment to allow another family to have your time slot.

Milwaukee Central Library

Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.* -

Schedule your photo appointment HERE (Registration opens on Tuesday, 4/2):

*Please note there will be a break between 12:30 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Appointments at the Central Library are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy the following programs at the Central Library while visiting:

Tippecanoe Branch

Tuesday, April 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. - Schedule your photo appointment HERE (Registration opens on Tuesday, 4/2).

Enjoy the following programs at the East Branch while visiting:

  • Spin our National Library Week Prize Wheel for a chance to win MPL Merch while supplies last.

East Branch

Wednesday, April 10 from 3-5:30 p.m. - Registration is FULL 

Enjoy the following programs at the Tippecanoe Branch while visiting:

  • Spin our National Library Week Prize Wheel for a chance to win MPL Merch while supplies last.

MPL Online Merch Store

Visit our Online Merch Store!

A portion of your purchase will support the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and their funding of the Hotspot Lending Program as a digital equity initiative offered through the library.