*Supported by generous gifts to the
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.
Ready to Read and Books2Go – Early Literacy services for Children, Childcare Providers and Families
*In its 12th year, Ready to Read serves 32 child care centers annually which reaches an average 690 children each month. In addition, the program has more than 1,000 child care centers registered as Books2Go members. The participants receive an ongoing supply of books from the library’s collection and educational support to encourage good teaching methods.
Summer Reading Program
*MPL enrolled 21,924 Super Readers, an 8.9% increase over 2011 and a 46% increase over 2008. In addition, the Library partnered with the Housing Authority to announce the first Super Reader Neighborhood at the Highland Homes.
Jobs, Education, Computers and Other Technologies
*The Library offered 1,462 computer and Drop-in Job Help classes with 7,629 attendees. 240 more programs were offered than in 2011. Labs were held at Central, Atkinson, Center Street, Forest Home, Mill Road, Tippecanoe and Washington Park. Drop-in Job Labs provide help with preparing a resumé for online submission, conducting online job searches, completing online job applications and obtaining an email address.
The library offered more than 5,000 free programs to adults and children with 119,000 attendees; a 37% increase over 2011. Of these, 782 programs were held at Central Library and 4,609 in neighborhood libraries or as outreach events. (This includes the Drop-in Job Labs.)
*In partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Company, the Library hosted a touring exhibit from the King Center in Atlanta called The King Center Imaging Project. The exhibit offered free access to thousands of Dr. King’s written works from letters to speeches and sermons.
Villard Square Branch
*Since its opening on October 15, 2011, Villard Square Branch has seen significant increases in patron counts, circulation and new library cards. In 2012, Villard’s patron count increased by 61%. Circulation increased by 65% over 2011, which translates to 63,792 additional items checked out. At the new facility, new library card holders increased 102% over last year. In all, the Villard Square Branch issued 2,184 new cards in addition to card renewals.