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1 Calendar of Events For the Milwaukee Public Library January-April, 2018 Parenting Sessions...p. 2 Registration information...p. 2 Family events Martin Luther King Day...p. 3 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss...p. 4 Play and Learn...p. 6 s at...p. 9 Story Times...p. 16 Programas en español Para familias...p. 7 Children ages 6 12 Teacher in the Library...p. 11 Reading, Writing & Crafts...pp S.T.E.A.M & Spring Break...p Tweens (children ages 8 12) Afternoons for Tweens...p..p 10 Children ages 0 5 Story Times...p. 17 Child care teachers Continuing Education...pp in Spanish...p. 19 Library locations and hours...p. 20

2 A Message From the City Librarian and Mayor mpl.org The beginning of the year brings opportunities for starting fresh and setting resolutions for yourself and your family. If you have resolved to spend more quality time with your family, visit the Milwaukee Public Library to find out how the library can support that goal free of charge - with our classes, events, and collections. Take the library home with you by checking out books, music and movies! Ask your librarian to recommend a great family read aloud, check out CDs for a Friday night family dance party, or let your kids pick out their favorite DVDs for a movie night. You can also visit the library online at www. mpl.org to download e-books, audiobooks, and music. This calendar is filled with events and classes that are great for making meaningful family memories. The Martin Luther King branch will be open on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Martin Luther King Day and many libraries will recognize Black History Month with special programming. Libraries will celebrate Dr. Seuss, provide opportunities for parents and children to play and learn together, and to learn new things. We ll see you at the library. Program Registration Information Programs that require registration will note that in the description. There are three ways to register: 1) By phone call ) In person see any librarian, or 3) Online at mpl.org. Use the Events, Programs and Classes Calendar under RESOURCES to search for your class or program and fill out the registration information. Photography at Milwaukee Public Library Programs For program promotion purposes, from time to time photographs may be taken of participants. If you do not wish to have your child s photo taken, please notify the photographer and/or librarian. For Parents Guided Discussion Groups, Herzfeld Activity Center Registration required. Topic: Disobedience Strategies will be discussed for developing a plan to prevent and manage disobedience, while teaching your child about limits. Friday, Jan 12, 9:30 am-11 am Positive Parenting Receive FREE parenting support at drop-in coaching sessions or guided discussion groups provided by The Parenting Network. Learn strategies that really work! Drop-In Parent Coaching Sessions If you have a child/children ages 2-12 and are looking for support on a specific issue or parenting challenge, attend a Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) coaching session. You and your coach will develop an individualized parenting plan that includes practical strategies to help you and your family succeed. To secure your time call ahead: Parent Helpline, 414/ Walk-ins welcome. Washington Park Wednesdays, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, 3-6 pm 2 Topic: Bedtime Routines The skills children need for good bedtime routines are discussed, and the strategies that encourage children to stay in their own bed throughout the night are shared. Friday, Feb 9, 9:30 am-11 am Topic: Fighting and Aggression Discuss the skills children need to get along with others, along with creating a plan to manage aggressive behavior. Friday, Mar 9, 9:30 am-11 am Topic: Shopping with Children Develop individualized plans to manage your children s difficult behaviors that occasionally occur in public. Friday, Apr 13, 9:30-11 am

3 For Families Martin Luther King Day 2018 The Martin Luther King Branch is open from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Entertainment and activities for the whole family will be featured throughout the day. Enjoy a morning of hands-on activities and stay for an afternoon of live entertainment! 9 am-12 pm Activities for all ages including: African American Book Jacket Bingo Button Making Community Art Project with Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) Craft Stations 12:00-12:25 pm The King Drumming Group signals the start of the live performances and introduces Mayor Tom Barrett to kick off the celebration. 12:25-12:55 pm Signature Dance Company 1:15-2 pm Christopher s Project 2:15-2:30 pm Spoken Word: Kavon Cortez Jones 2:30-2:45 pm Trivia Contest 3-3:30 pm Ina Onilu Drum and Dance Ensemble 3:30-4:30 pm Peace Cookies Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream Listen to stories, explore the life of Dr. King, and create your own I Have a Dream mobile to take home. Tuesday, Jan 9, 4-5 pm Black History Month Book Jacket Bingo Test your knowledge of African American children s literature and win prizes with this fun game of Bingo. Tuesday, Feb 6, 4-5 pm Tuesday, Feb 20, 5-6 pm Wednesday, Feb 21, 3:30-4:30 pm Wednesday, Feb 28, 4-5 pm A History of Jazz in America Celebrate Black History Month with jazz enthusiast Carol V. Johnson and the music of jazz greats like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis, as well as great singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughn. See classic vinyl jazz albums, listen to live music, and enjoy light refreshments. Wednesday, Feb 7, 5-6 pm Tuesday, Feb 13, 4:30-5:30 pm Mind, Body and Soul Line Dancers Mind, Body and Soul Dancers provide step-by-step instructions to Urban Line Dances like The Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, and Cupid Shuffle. Bring the family to get fit and have fun! Monday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30 pm Black History Month Read-In Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs invites families to listen to heartfelt stories. Craft and light refreshments included. Martin Luther King Wednesday, Feb 21, 5:30-7 pm African American Inventors Red means stop and green means go. Learn about Garret Morgan who invented the traffic light in 1923 and other ingenious African American inventors. Monday, Feb 26, 4:30-5:30 pm Black History Month Jeopardy Test your knowledge of African American History and win prizes! Tuesday, Feb 27, 4-5 pm Pottery Poetry Get inspired by the history of Dave the Potter, an artist, poet and slave who carved poems into his pottery. Create your own work of art. Tuesday, Feb 27, 4-5 pm 3

4 For Families Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Generations have enjoyed the delightfully silly, rhyming books of Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss. Celebrate this beloved author s birthday with stories, music, birthday treats and more. Library Kick-Off Celebration, Mar 3, 10 am-1 pm Join Browser, the Library Lion, and the Cat in the Hat as they check out these festivities: Face painting Reel in a good time at the Red Fish, Blue Fish pond Play Seuss s socks matching games Hear silly stories in our story nook Meet live turtles and tortoises in the Yertle the Turtle Pond Create Seuss-inspired art with Artists Working in Education Decorate a cookie and take it home to eat Enjoy singing, dancing and acting out stories at the reading steps Reading Step Entertainment in the children s room: 10-10:45 am Kick up your heels with the fun and lively music of local group Fox and Branch! 11-11:45 am Laugh out loud as nationally known family entertainer Chris Fascione brings children s stories to life with his high-spirited and innovative performance :45 pm Enjoy more family fun with Fox and Branch! 11 am-1 pm Boing! Bam! Boom! Poetry Writing Workshop Try your hand at writing poems that use words that sound just like the noises they are describing (that s called onomatopoeia)! We ll read some famous onomatopoeia poems and write our own. Princess of Magic This Magicienne is not your ordinary princess! Marvel and laugh during this interactive magic show that celebrates Dr. Seuss s birthday with a magical twist. Tuesday, Mar 6, 6-6:45 pm, Mar 10, 2-2:45 pm Branch Library Celebrations Kidsplay presents Thing Three and Thing Four In The Cat in the Hat we meet Thing One and Thing Two. In Kidsplay s show we meet Thing Three and Thing Four. Come along as these two misfit Things journey into the world of Seuss, exploring rhyme and rhythm, and the general wacky absurdity that makes Dr. Seuss so wonderful! Monday, Mar 12, 5:30-6:15 pm Wednesday, Mar 7, 5-5:45 pm Tuesday, Mar 6, 4-4:45 pm 4 Ms. Kim s Amazing Animals Interact with live animals from small mammals to reptiles! Tuesday, Mar 13, 6-6:45 pm Wednesday, Mar 14, 6-6:45 pm, Mar 17, 2-2:45 pm Tuesday, Mar 6, 6-6:45 pm Washington Park Monday, Mar 12, 4-4:45 pm Magician Rick Allen Join Mr. Rick for a magical birthday celebration. You may even be chosen to be suspended mid-air! Martin Luther King Monday, Mar 5, 5:30-6:15 pm

5 Big Box Build What s better than playing with a cardboard box? Building with dozens of them! This creative cardboard challenge will unleash the imagination. Tuesday, Jan 2, 1:30-3:30 pm For Families Winter Bird Watching Learn what birds you can see in Milwaukee all year round. Create different types of bird feeders to hang outside your home and start birdwatching. Tuesday, Jan 9, 5:30-6:30 pm Birthday Bash New year, new you! Let s celebrate a year s worth of birthdays to come with fun and games and a story time and craft inspired by When s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano. Monday, Jan 8, 6-7 pm Come as You Are Yoga Join Kate Frkovich from Smile Yoga for a family yoga program. All ages and abilities welcome! No equipment needed. s, Jan 13, 27, 11 am-12 pm After School Valentine s Crafternoon Create a special Valentine s Day card or another cupid-inspired craft. Learn about St. Valentine and the history of Valentine s Day. Tuesday, Feb 6, 4-5 pm Tuesday, Feb 13, 4-5 pm Tuesday, Feb 13, 4-5 pm Wednesday, Feb 14, 3-4 pm Happy Hearts Cookie Decorating Decorate a cookie to celebrate Valentine s Day. Share your cookie with a friend or loved one, or just eat it yourself. Cookie decorating for children and teens; all supplies will be provided. Thursday, Feb 1, 4-5 pm Valentine s Day Story Times for Families on page 16 Giant Candy Land Play a life-sized version of the popular board game and enjoy sweet treats and fun for the whole family!, Feb 10, 1-4 pm Pinkalicious Celebrate the pinkest holiday of them all! Read Pinkalicious books by Elizabeth and Victoria Kahn, play Valentine s Day bingo and create valentines. Washington Park Tuesday, Feb 13, 4:30-5:30 pm Kindness Rocks Express yourself and make a difference! Decorate a rock with a design, quote, or simple message to make someone s day during Random Acts of Kindness Week. Rocks, markers, and paints will be provided. Wednesday, Feb 14, 3:30-5 pm 5

6 For Families Play and Learn Join us for imaginative play for families with young children. Each program is designed as a fun family outing that incorporates the development of early literacy skills through play. Learn how important talking, singing, reading, and having fun together is to the growth of your child. Bring your imagination! Pizza Parlor Grab your apron and get ready to work at the pizza parlor. Practice making yummy pizzas, taking orders, and delivering your delicious creations to eager customers. Martin Luther King Friday, Jan 26, am Dinosaur Dig Learn about dinosaurs and paleontologists through stories and play. Pretend to be a paleontologist at a dig site, see how long a real brachiosaurus was, make your own fossil, and more., Feb 24, 10:30-11:30 am Veterinarian Pretend to be a veterinarian by checking temperatures, updating shots, and performing necessary treatment for our animal friends. Wednesday, Feb 28, 6-7 pm Down on the Farm Let s all work the farm together, because many hands make light work. We ll pretend to plant, care for, and harvest our produce, then sell our wares to our customers., Mar 24, am Construction Site Pack up the tools and get ready to plan and build with blocks at the construction site., Mar 31, 10:30-11:30 am Post Office Create a card, letter or package and take turns setting up routes, delivering and receiving mail. Develop literacy skills during this fun-filled, hands-on interactive hour of stories and play., Apr 7, am A Celebration of Arabic Culture Celebrate Children s Day/Book Day with the Milwaukee Muslim Women s Coalition as they explore Arabic culture through activities, story, music and fun. Monday, Apr 30, 6-7 pm 6 Children s Day/Book Day Enjoy a bilingual story time in Spanish and English. Read, sing and have fun together in the library. Monday, Apr 30, 6-7 pm

7 For Families/Para Familias Juega y aprende Acompáñenos para disfrutar de juegos imaginarios para familias con niños pequeños. Cada programa está diseñado para ser un escape familiar y divertido que incorpora el desarrollo de las destrezas de alfabetización temprana a través del juego. Aprenda la importancia de hablar, cantar, leer y divertirse juntos para el crecimiento de su hijo. Traiga la imaginación! Es un programa gratuito y no se requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños al programa. Por la mañana La pizzería Ponte el delantal y prepárate para trabajar en la pizzería. Túrnate preparando las pizzas, tomando las órdenes de los clientes y entregando la comida a los clientes hambrientos. viernes 5 de enero, 10:30-11:30 am El veterinario Juega a ser un veterinario tomando la temperatura, administrando las vacunas y brindando el tratamiento médico necesario para nuestros amigos los animales. viernes 2 de febrero, 10:30-11:30 am En la granja! Trabajemos juntos en la granja porque el trabajo compartido es más divertido. Juguemos a ser granjeros y sembremos, cuidemos, y cosechemos nuestros productos agrícolas. Después, vendamos las frutas y verduras a nuestros clientes. viernes 2 de marzo, 10:30-11:30 am Ir a acampar Imagínate ir de excursión a la naturaleza, cantar canciones de campamento y asar malvaviscos en una fogata. Luego, armamos las tiendas de campaña y compartimos historias de campamento. viernes 6 de abril, 10:30-11:30 am Por la tarde La excavación de dinosaurios Aprende sobre los dinosaurios y los paleontólogos a través de los libros y juega a ser un paleontólogo en un sitio de excavación! miércoles 17 de enero, 6-7 pm La florería Ayuda a los clientes, arregla las flores, opera la caja registradora y solicita la información necesaria para los pedidos de los clientes. Hay mucho que hacer en nuestra florería concurrida! miércoles 21 de febrero, 6-7 pm La obra de construcción Recoge las herramientas y prepara los planos para la construcción porque vamos a construir con bloques en nuestra obra de construcción. miércoles 21 de marzo, 6-7 pm El consultorio médico Nuestros amigos imaginarios están un poco enfermos. Es hora de visitar ita al médico! Juega a ser un médico y examina a los pacientes, haz un diagnóstico, administra las vacunas y ayúdales a sentirse mejor. Si deseas, lleva tu propia muñeca al consultorio médico. miércoles 18 de abril, 6-7 pm El día de los niños/el día de los libros Disfruten de una hora de cuentos en español e inglés. Lean, canten y se diviertan juntos en la biblioteca. lunes 30 de abril, 6-7 pm 7

8 National Puppy Day Celebrate National Puppy Day with a puppy-themed story time! Make a craft and enjoy a puppy treat. Tuesday, Mar pm For Families Yoga for Families OmTown Yoga instructor Pamela Miller integrates literacy skills like a love of reading with other life skills. No equipment necessary. All ages welcome with an accompanying adult. Monday, Apr 16, 6-7 pm Let s Celebrate Earth Day We ll start with some stories and end with a beautiful, useful craft project made from recycled materials that you can display at home! Washington Park Tuesday, Apr 17, 4:30-5:30 pm Tuesday, Apr 17, 6-7 pm Wednesday, Apr 25, 4-5 pm WALL-E s Earth Day Get inspired for Earth Day with a recycled robot craft, followed by a showing of Disney s WALL-E. Sponsored by a grant from the Dutton Foundation., Apr 21, 1:30-4 pm Women s History Month Book Jacket Bingo Play bingo and win prizes based on children s books about inspiring women who changed the world! Wednesday, Mar 7, 3:30-4:30 pm Wednesday, Mar 21, 4-5 pm Harriet Led the Way Celebrate Harriet Tubman Day and Women s History Month with a special art project about the Underground Railroad to freedom. Monday, Mar 5, 4:30-5:30 pm Florentine Opera Presents A Busy Bee The opera A Busy Bee is composed by Ruben Piirainen and is based on the book of the same title by SHARP Literacy. It tells the story of Bella, a young, self-conscious honeybee who, with the encouragement of her friends, continues to try, try, try until she finds her place in the hive. Along the journey, audiences learn many scientific facts about bees while also being exposed to musical inspirations that span from Gilbert and Sullivan to contemporary pop/rap. 8 Tuesday, Mar 27, 10:30-11:15 am

9 s at Family programs every at 10:30 am in the Library Betty Brinn Children s Room. Designed for families to play and learn together. Jan 6 Wisconsin Conservatory Music Appreciation Sing, listen and play rhythm instruments while moving to music. Jan 13 S.T.E.A.M. Story Time Help your little one explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math at S.T.E.A.M. story time. We ll read books and discover new concepts through experimentation. Jan 20 Jim Thompson: Peanut of Blind Faith Farm Hear the true story about Peanut, a lamb born with a visual impairment. Written by a Wisconsin children s author. Jan 27 Milwaukee Youth Theater: Jungle Book Join the cast of Milwaukee Youth Theater s Jungle Book for a free preview performance. Meet Mowgli and all of his animal friends. Join us at Lincoln Center of the Arts on Friday, February 9th for the full-length performance! Feb 3 Wisconsin Conservatory Music Appreciation See Jan. 6 Feb 10 French Immersion Bilingual Story Time Listen to stories told in French and English and learn French words and songs. Feb 17 Elephant and Piggie Party Join us as we read our favorite Elephant & Piggie stories and participate in a variety of games, activities, and crafts based on our favorite animal duo! Feb 24 Dinosaur Dig Learn about dinosaurs and paleontologists through stories and play. Pretend to be a paleontologist at a dig site, see how long a real brachiosaurus was, make your own fossil, and more! Mar 3 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! See page 4 for details. Special time, 10 am-1 pm Mar 10 Wisconsin Conservatory Music Appreciation See Jan. 6 Mar 17 Sunset Playhouse: Caps for Sale Adapted from the classic tale by Esphyr Slobodkina, our story goes behind the scenes to weave the tale of a cap peddler s life, some monkeys and their monkey business. Mar 24 Women s History Month Story Time Enjoy stories, songs, and activities celebrating extraordinary, history making women. Mar 31 Construction Site Pack up the tools and get ready to plan and build with blocks at the construction site. Apr 7 Wisconsin Conservatory Music Appreciation See Jan. 6 Apr 14 First Stage: Judy Moody and Stink and the Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt When the Moody family drops anchor on Artichoke Island, they meet Cap n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they re not the only salty dogs lookin for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Apr 21 Milwaukee Youth Theater: The Princess and the Pea Join the cast of Milwaukee Youth Theater s The Princess and the Pea for a free preview performance. This production will be set in a modern day celebrity kingdom. Enjoy scenes from the play and a few participatory theater games to engage audience members of all ages. Join us at Lincoln Center of the Arts on April 26, 27, and May 4 for full-length performances. Apr 28 S.T.E.A.M. Story Time Help your little one explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math at S.T.E.A.M. story time. We ll read books and discover new concepts through experimentation. Parking Options for Library. There is metered parking around. Meters are free after 6 pm and on and Sunday; however, time limits are enforced at all times. For additional parking near Library, go to 9

10 Afternoons at for Tweens Special activities designed for children age Join us each afternoon for something fun. Jan 6, 2-3 pm LEGO Club We ll provide the LEGO bricks, you provide the creativity! Join other LEGO brick enthusiasts and see what you can create from the bottom up. Jan 13, 2-3 pm Storytelling and Book Creation with Milwaukee PBS Discover your inner author and illustrator with Milwaukee PBS! Learn the basics of storytelling with hands-on activities and continue the fun with a craft to take home. Learn details on how to enter your original book in this year s Milwaukee PBS KIDS Young Writers Contest. Jan 20, 2-3 pm Optical Illusions Optical illusions teach us how our eyes and brain work together to see. Create a few of your own to test your friends. Jan 27, 2-3:30 pm Chess Club Open play chess for all levels. Feb 3, 2-3 pm Wisconsin Conservatory Suzuki Strings Performance Students from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Suzuki Strings program will perform at the library. Feb 10, 2-3 pm Milwaukee Public Museum s Digging Up Discoveries Enter the mind of an archaeologist! Learn what clues scientists use when analyzing artifacts and what found objects can tell us about a culture. Participants will examine real artifacts from MPM s education collection and come up with their own hypotheses about who used them and why. Feb 17, 2-3 pm Milwaukee Public Museum s Dinosaur Hunt Join us on a trip back in time to the Mesozoic Era, where we ll learn all about dinosaurs and the scientists who study them! Participants will have an opportunity to handle real dinosaur fossils and explore what s inside a paleontologist s toolkit. Feb 24, 2-3 pm Milwaukee Public Museum s Mummies Mania Explore the mysteries of mummies as we learn how and why Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead. Participants will get a chance to help in the mummification process of a life-sized model. Mar 3 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! See page 4 for details. Special time, 10 am-1 pm Mar 10, 17, 24, 31, 2-3:30 pm Art Workshop with Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) Be creative, try new art techniques, and have fun expressing your artistic point of view! Be inspired by a read aloud and then working on imaginative art activities. Participants have an opportunity to be creative, try new techniques and have fun expressing their artistic point of view. Everyone gets to take home their creations and families are encouraged to come and make art together! Apr 7, 2-3:30 pm Chess Club Open play chess for all levels. Apr 14, 2-3 pm DIY Terrarium Workshop Put your green thumb to work and make your own terrarium to take home! Registration required. Apr 21, 2-3 pm Graphic Novel Book Club: Roller Girl Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is the story of a 5th grader s summer spent at Roller Derby Camp. Talk about it with other fans of the book, roller derby, and comics! Apr 28, May 5, 2-3 pm Graphic Novel Workshop If you ever wanted to write and illustrate a graphic novel, comic or zine, here s your chance! Plan, write and draw a story of your own creation with help from our staff. Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops. Parking Options for Library. There is metered parking around. Meters are free after 6 pm and on and Sunday; however, time limits are enforced at all times. For additional parking near Library, go to 10

11 Teacher in the Library For Ages 6-12 Teachers are available after school at selected libraries to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with homework help, academic support and encouragement. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Teacher in the Library resumes Monday, January 8, Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 pm; Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm Mill Road (bilingual/spanish) Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 4-6:30 pm; Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm M.L. King Washington Park Teachers will help students: focus use appropriate learning strategies find the best resources for completing their homework assignments find books appropriate for their reading level Teachers will help parents: learn ways to help their children at home with school assignments by answering questions they have regarding their child s homework (bilingual Spanish teacher available) Martin Luther King Mill Road Washington Park Winter Fun Winter Fun Movie Matinees Enjoy popcorn and drinks while enjoying family movie favorites at the Branch. Sponsored by a grant from the Dutton Foundation. s, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, 2-4 pm National Sticker Day Celebrate National Sticker Day by making your own sticker book and stickers. Tuesday, Jan 9, 4-5 pm Winter Cookie Making Warm up by baking! Learn how to make a simple cookie recipe in the Makerspace Community Kitchen. Tuesday, Jan 16, 4-5 pm Make Your Own Bracelet Create a cool bead bracelet for yourself and a friend. Thursday, Jan 18, 4-5 pm 11

12 For Ages 6-12 Paws to Read Read out loud to a cuddly canine! Say hello, give a pet, or read a selection of good books to furry friends provided by The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Great for reluctant readers. Held on the last Monday of the month from January through April from 5-6 pm. Monday, Jan 29, 5-6 pm Monday, Feb 26, *Time Change: 5:30-6:30 pm* Monday, Mar 26, 5-6 pm Monday, Apr 30, 5-6 pm s, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, 1-2 pm Kids Comic Book Club Do you like reading or drawing comics? Whether you re a fan of superheroes or Smile, join us once a month for snacks, reading recommendations, and fun comics-based projects. Bring a favorite comic or graphic novel to share. Tuesdays, Jan 16, Feb 6, Mar 13, Apr 10, 6:30-7:30 pm Storytelling and Book Creation with Milwaukee PBS Discover your inner author and illustrator with Milwaukee PBS! Learn the basics of storytelling with hands-on activities and continue the fun with a craft to take home. Learn details on how to enter your original book in this year s Milwaukee PBS KIDS Young Writers Contest., Jan 13, 2-3 pm Martin Luther King Wednesday, Jan 24, 5:30-6:30 pm Tuesday, Jan 30, 4-5 pm, Jan 27, 1-2 pm Reading, Writing & Dream Keepers Writing Circle Poetry! Magnetic Poetry Calling all young writers (ages 9-13)! Use this opportunity to work on your writing project and share it with other young writers. Students will spend the first part of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the second half of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to listen for key story elements and give helpful feedback. Tuesdays, Jan 2, 16, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17, 4-5:30 pm Mondays, Jan 8, 22, Feb 12, 26, Mar 12, 26, Apr 9, 23, 4:30-6 pm Create your own portable, magnetic words to arrange into playful poems. Monday, Apr 16, 4:30-5:30 pm Poem in My Pocket April is National Poetry Month and April 27 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Help spread the joy of poetry. Read about various styles of poems with the book A Kick in the Head. Write your own three-line poem called a Haiku. Snacks will be provided. Tuesday, Apr 17, 4-5 pm Write a Poem and Create a Display Piece Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem and matting your masterpiece. Wednesday, Apr 18, 3:30-4:30 pm Author, Author! Make your own book or journal from scratch on World Book Day. Monday, Apr 23, 4:30-5:30 pm 12

13 For Ages 6-12 Art Workshops Presented by Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.) A drop-in program designed for children in grades K5-5th grade, although older siblings are welcome. Each visit begins with an A.W.E. artist reading aloud a story or two and then discussing the book or illustrator. Participants will then work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or artist theme for the day. This is a great opportunity to be creative, try new techniques and have fun expressing your artistic point of view. Everyone gets to take home their creations. Families are encouraged to attend and make art together. This program is collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Library and Artists Working in Education, Inc. Mondays, May 7, 14, 21, Jun 4, 4-5:30 pm Thursdays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 22, 4-5:30 pm Tuesdays, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, 5-6:30 pm Wednesdays, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, 4-5:30 pm s, Mar 10, 17, 24, 31, 2-3:30 pm Fridays, Mar 16, 23, Apr 6, 13, 3:30-5 pm Martin Luther King Mondays, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 4:30-6 pm Wednesdays, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, 4-5:30 pm Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 6-7:30 pm Mondays, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, 5-6:30 pm Washington Park Tuesdays, Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 20, 4:30-6 pm s, Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 2:30-4 pm Bubblewrap Art Get creative with recycled material. Paint with bubblewrap or make three-dimensional art. Tuesday, Apr 3, 4-5 pm National Scrabble Day Challenge your friend to a game of Scrabble to celebrate National Scrabble Day. Play Words With Friends in real life! Wednesday, Apr 11, 4-5 pm Peeps Diorama Contest Build a book-inspired scene using marshmallow Peeps! Materials will be provided during the workshop sessions and finished creations are due at or Branch Libraries by March 30. Vote for the PEEPles Choice Award at the library or online at mpl.org through April 6. Tuesday, Mar 20, 5:30-7 pm Tuesday, Mar 27, 1:30-3:30 pm Vote for Peeps at mpl.org! 13

14 For Ages 6-12 S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) After School Tech Time Make it, break it, tinker with it, and take it! Explore S.T.E.A.M. concepts with fun, hands-on projects. Thursdays, Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, 3:30-4:30 pm Wii U Wednesdays Have fun after school with the Wii U, board games, and snacks. Wednesdays, Jan 24, Feb 21 and Apr 4, 3:30-5 pm Urban Ecology Center Young Scientists Club Join the Young Scientists Club as we explore topics related to science and make a craft! Washington Park Tuesdays, Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17, 4:30-5:30 pm After School Science Fun Make homemade Bath Fizzies in our new makerspace, Studio M! Create fragrant and moisturizing Fizzies to make your bath extra fun and relaxing, or give them to someone special as a gift. Tuesday, Feb 13, 5-6 pm LEGO Ninjago Design your own Ninjago hero and high-tech mech. Monday, Jan 8, 4:30-5:30 pm LEGOFest Calling all LEGO brick enthusiasts! There s lots of fun happening at the LEGOFest celebration, including face painting, a LEGO derby, and time to play and build with LEGO bricks. Special guests from the Kenosha LEGO Users Group (KLUG) will join us. Friday, Mar 9, 1-5 pm, Mar 10, 11 am-3 pm LEGOFest fun also at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave. Friday, Mar 9, 1-5 pm, Mar 10, 11 am-3 pm 14 LEGO Bricks Snap Circuits for the Whole Family Learn about electronics and play with snap circuits. Create circuitry to power a fan or a speaker! Tuesday, Feb 20, 6-7 pm Use building blocks with snaps and littlebits to build different electrical and electronic circuits. For children ages 7 and up. Parents encouraged to attend. Wednesday, Mar 28, 6-7 pm er Egg Coloring and Drop Color er eggs, then construct an egg holder for your masterpieces and drop them over the balcony to see how they fare! Tuesday, Mar 6, 4-5 pm Kids Code: Video Games Level up with videogame style coding! Learn the basics of game design and make your own game. Tuesday, Mar 20, 4:30-5:30 pm Build with LEGO Bricks Get the creativity flowing using LEGO bricks. Join others and see what you can create together. This activity helps to develop 21st century skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. Mondays, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, 4-5 pm Tuesday, Jan 23, 4-5 pm Thursday, Mar 29, 2-3 pm Wednesdays, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, 3:30-4:30 pm Martin Luther King Friday, Mar 9, 1-2 pm s, Jan 13, Mar 10, Apr 14, 10-11:30 am Thursdays, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, 4-5 pm Tuesdays, Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, 4-5 pm

15 Spring Break For Ages 6-12 S.T.E.A.M. at the Library Stop by Branch to explore different activities inspired by S.T.E.A.M. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Monday, Mar 26, 2-3 pm Wednesday, Mar 28, 2-3 pm Hour of Code Ever wonder what makes that computer game run? Take a fun look at computer science and learn problem-solving skills and creativity through the Hour of Code website. For children ages 8 and up. Parents encouraged to attend. Monday, Mar 26, 4-5 pm Kids Can Cook Interested in cooking? Find out first-hand what cooking is all about. Discover kid-friendly recipes, learn about nutrition and try out a bunch of new foods. Tuesday, Mar 27, 2-3 pm Snap Circuits for the Whole Family Use building blocks with snaps and littlebits to build different electrical and electronic circuits. For children ages 7 and up. Parents encouraged to attend. Wednesday, Mar 28, 6-7 pm Build with LEGO Bricks Get the creativity flowing using LEGO bricks. Join others and see what you can create together. This activity helps to develop 21st century skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. Thursday, Mar 29, 2-3 pm Tuesday, Mar 27, 4-5 pm Rube Goldberg Mania Explore the domino effect and make a complicated machine do a simple task. Get inspired by the new book Rube Goldberg s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day written by Jennifer George, Rube s granddaughter, and illustrated by Wisconsin native Ed Steckley. Spring Break 2018 is Engineering Week at the Library Engineering Challenge See what you can build using only clothes pins, binder clips, craft sticks and rubber bands. Monday, Mar 26, 1-2 pm Thursday, Mar 29, 1-2 pm Monday, Apr 30, 4-5 pm LEGO WeDo Robotics Program your own robot! Use LEGO bricks and LEGO WeDo software to improve your coding and tech skills. Tuesday, Mar 27, 1-2 pm Marble Run Help create tracks out of various household items for marbles to wind and twist through! Wednesday, Mar 28, 1-2 pm Rube Goldberg Mania Explore the domino effect and make a complicated machine do a simple task. Thursday, Mar 29, 1-2 pm 15

16 Family Story Times Jim Thompson: Peanut of Blind Faith Farm Hear the true story about Peanut, a lamb born with a visual impairment., Jan 20, 10:30-11:15 am, Feb 3, 10:30-11:15 am Winter Story Time Celebrate the season with winter-themed books and art. Tuesday, Jan 23, 6-7 pm Valentine s Day Story Time Hear stories, sing songs, and learn new fingerplays related to Valentine s Day. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. For the evening story times, children are invited to wear their pajamas so they are ready to be tucked into bed when they get home. Martin Luther King Friday, Feb 9, 11-11:30 am, Feb 10, 10:30-11:30 am Monday, Feb 12, 6-7 pm Tuesday, Feb 13, 6-7 pm Fun with Library Friends Story Time Enjoy listening to the hijinks of Amelia Bedelia, Elephant and Piggie, and other library favorites! Then create artwork celebrating friendship., Apr 7, 10:30-11:30 am Firefighter Story Time Join us for story time with the Milwaukee Fire Department. Meet MFD firefighters and learn about their uniforms and equipment., Apr 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 16 Play Dough Palooza Join the play dough party! Explore and create together as a family. Bring your creativity and we will provide play dough in a variety of scents, sparkles, and colors. Toys and tools will also be available. All ages welcome with an accompanying adult., Apr 21, am

17 Playgroup with Stories A 20-minute story time for children and their parents or guardian is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys. Story time includes plenty of fingerplays, songs, or other participatory activities that help children learn important literacy skills. 10:30-11:30 am Every Thursday for children ages 2 and under with a parent or guardian. 9:30-11 am Every Wednesday for children ages 2 and under with a parent or guardian :30 am Every Thursday for children ages 2 and under with a parent or guardian. 10:30-11:30 am Every Thursday for children ages 1 to 4 with a parent or guardian. 10:30-11:30 am Every Thursday for children ages 1 to 4 with a parent or guardian. 10:30-11:30 am Every Thursday for children ages 1 to 4 with a parent or guardian. 10:30-11:30 am Every Thursday for children ages 1 to 4 with a parent or guardian. Preschool Story Time Preschoolers are invited for fun stories, songs, and fingerplays all designed to help them develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read. Child care centers are welcome. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 am Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 am Thursdays, 10-10:30 am Mondays, 4-4:45 pm; No story time Jan. 15. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 am Martin Luther King Thursdays, 10-10:30 am Washington Park Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 am Story Times for Ages 0-5 Pajama Story Time Families with young children are invited to come dressed in your coziest PJs and bring a stuffed animal friend for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to develop early literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Mondays, 6:30-7 pm No story time Jan. 15. Week of the Young Child Corduroy s Stuffed Animal Sleepover Corduroy is celebrating his 50th birthday! Bring your favorite stuffed animal along for stories and a treat. Your toy will get to stay overnight in the library for a sleepover, and when you pick them up the next day you ll get to see all the fun they had! Tuesday, Apr 17, 6-7 pm Messy Toddler Time Explore your senses with a variety of fun and messy sensory-stimulating activities. For children ages 2-3 and their grown-ups. Friday, Apr 20, 10-11:30 am Play Dough Palooza Join the play dough party! Explore and create together as a family. Bring your creativity and we will provide play dough in a variety of scents, sparkles, and colors. Toys and tools will also be available. All ages welcome with an accompanying adult., Apr 21, am 17

18 Tier For Child Care Providers MPL offers free continuing education Tier 2 child care provider workshops as approved by the Wisconsin Registry. More information is available in person from the workshop presenters. Please have your Registry ID number handy for submission. Registration required; call or register online at Registration opens about one month prior to the workshop, see below for exact dates. Adults only; no children, no exceptions. Check in begins 10 minutes prior to class start time so workshop can begin as scheduled. To receive credit, attendees must arrive on time. Please bring your Registry card or have your Registry ID number for submission at the workshop. The Six Skills for Early Literacy Learn the six skills that all children need in order to be prepared to learn how to read when they enter school. Leave with fun ways to expand lessons with books to include the skills. This workshop is the foundation for other provider workshops, and we recommend you attend this first. Continuing Education: 3.0 hours (Registration begins Jan 2), Jan 20, 10:30 am-1:30 pm (Registration begins Mar 5), Mar 24, 10:30 am-1:30 pm Tier 2 Start Right, Finish Bright: Building Foundations in Your Infant & Toddler Classroom Learn how to create an optimal environment for healthy brain development in babies and toddlers. Find out how important healthy attachment is, what social-emotional development is, and how these are the foundation for all future learning. Leave with a list of great books and activities that promote early literacy skills. Continuing Education: 3.0 hours *This workshop is specifically geared to those who teach children from birth-36 months old. (Registration begins Jan 22), Feb 10, 10:30 am-1:30 pm Washington Park (Registration begins Mar 26), Apr 14, 10:30 am-1:30 pm Tier 2 Dialogic Reading: What it is and How to Use it Effectively with Young Children Dialogic reading is an effective way to read with young children that will build their early literacy skills. Learn what it is and effective strategies to use during your read alouds. Continuing Education: 2.0 hours (Registration begins Feb 5), Feb 24, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Tier 1 18

19 Letter Knowledge College: Teaching the Alphabet Tier 2 Learn different ways to help children recognize the differences between how letters look, their names, and their sounds all while having fun! Includes materials for you to make an activity ity for use in your classroom. Continuing Education: 2.0 hours, Community Room 1 (Registration begins Feb 19), Mar 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Tier 2 Let s Give Them Something to Talk About: Developing Narrative Skills in Children Narrative Skills refers to a child s ability to tell stories and describe things. Learn the importance of narrative skills and we ll have fun exploring books o that help develop this skill. Continuing Education: 2.0 hours (Registration begins Apr 2), Apr 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm For Child Care Providers Talleres gratuitos para los proveedores de cuidado infantil en español Se requiere una inscripción previa; llame al (414) (inglés) o al (414) (español), o inscríbase en línea en La inscripción comienza un mes antes de la fecha del taller. No se permite asistir con niños. Se pasa lista 10 minutos antes de que comience el taller para que se pueda empezar a tiempo. El crédito se da a los participantes que sean puntuales. Por favor, traiga su número o tarjeta de identificación de The Registry. El colegio del abecedario: enseñando el alfabeto Nivel 2 Nivel 2 Durante este taller, usted tendrá la oportunidad de explorar maneras divertidas para presentar el conocimiento de letras a los niños de 0-5 años. Aprenda maneras en que puede ayudar a los niños a reconocer las diferencias entre la apariencia de las letras, sus nombres y sonidos mientras se divierten. ie Recibirá materiales para preparar una actividad que puede utilizar en el aula. Educación continua: 2.0 horas (El 16 de enero comienza inscripción) sábado 3 de febrero, 10:30 am-12:30 pm La alfabetización y el juego El trabajo de los niños se basa en el juego el cual se convierte en un momento agradable a para pasar con ellos. Descubra métodos en que usted pueda ayudar a guiarles en el aprendizaje con actividades divertidas que están diseñadas para fomentar el desarrollo de la alfabetización temprana a través del juego. Educación continua: 2.0 horas (El 3 de abril comienza la inscripción) sábado 21 de abril, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 19

20 Visit Your Milwaukee Public Library Today! 814 W. Wisconsin Ave Monday 12-8 pm Tuesday 9 am-8 pm Wednesday-Friday 9 am-6 pm 9 am-5 pm Sundays (Oct.-April) 1-5 pm (Closed May-Sept.) 1960 W. Ave Mon., Tues., Wed pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave Monday 10 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 3969 N. 74th St Mon., Tues., Wed. Thursday & Friday Sundays (Oct.-April) (Closed May-Sept.) 12-8 pm 10 am-6 pm 1-5 pm 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave Monday 9 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 2320 N. Cramer St Monday 10 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 906 W. Historic Mitchell St Mon., Tues., Wed pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm Martin Luther King 310 W. Locust St Mon., Tues., Wed pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm Mill Road 6431 N. 76th St Mon., Tues., Wed. Thursday & Friday 12-8 pm 10 am-6 pm 3912 S. Howell Ave Mon., Tues., Wed pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 5190 N. 35th St Monday 10 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm Washington Park 2121 N. Sherman Blvd Monday 10 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave Monday 10 am-8 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 12-8 pm Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm Sundays (Oct.-April) 1-5 pm (Closed May-Sept.) MPL Express at Silver Spring 5550 N. 64th St Open 24/7 Check out print materials Request CDs and DVDs for pick up Return your library materials. Library card and PIN required. Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library 813 W. Wells St Phone: or (within Wisconsin) Open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Closed and Sunday. For programs and events for adults, including computer and job classes, genealogy, small business and author and book club events, please go to the library s events calendar at mpl.org. Library hours may vary and are subject to change; call to confirm. Classes and activities are subject to change or cancellation; visit the library s webpage at mpl.org for up-to-date information. All libraries will be closed on the following days: Monday, January 1, 2018: New Year Holiday Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Day Please note: M.L. King Branch will be open 9 am-5 pm Friday, March 30: Good Friday Sunday, April 1: er Sunday Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. For additional information or to request services contact the Library Director s Office at (414) , (FAX), or mail to Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI Attn: Accommodation Request. Read~Learn~Connect mpl.org

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