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Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.

Bay View Branch will be closed for a Staff Training Day

Thursday, August 23, 2018. Regular service will resume on Friday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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How to help your child become a Super Reader

Beginning May 14, 2018 visit any Milwaukee Public Library to sign-up and receive a folder to track the minutes you read or have someone read to you.
  • Children receive a yard sign or window cling to let the city know they are part of the Super Reader Squad and are reading to dodge the dreaded Mind Munchers!
  • Earn food coupons, free admission to fun places around town, and a free book for your home as you read.
  • Join us each week for special events and classes featuring magicians, live animals, pirates and more!
  • Additional tips for summer reading with your children can be found at PBS Parents.


Summer Reading makes a huge difference when children go back to school!

Children can lose up to 3 months in reading skills over the summer. This loss can add up, leaving some children years behind as they get older.

  • Children who read over the summer do better in school.
  • Children as young as infants should be read to by a parent or caregiver.
  • Children learn more when they do more, so our Summer Reading program has hundreds of free in-library events all summer.
  • Libraries have free books and computers for use and comfortable places to relax and read.
  • Library staff is dedicated to motivating children to read.

Resources you can download or print:

Upcoming Summer Childrens' Programs

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM
Juega y aprende at Zablocki

La granja: Trabajemos juntos en la granja porque el trabajo…

August 16, 2018
10:30 AM
Preschool Story Time at Bay View

Preschoolers are invited for fun stories, songs, and fingerplays all…

August 18, 2018
11:00 AM
Family Book Club at Bay View

Join us at the library for a kid-friendly book club!…

2:00 PM
Saturday Afternoons at Central for 'Tweens at Central

Space Exploration: Explore the science of space! Participate in hands-on activities…

August 20, 2018
4:00 PM
Build with LEGO Bricks at Bay View

Get the creativity flowing using LEGO bricks. Join others and…

August 23, 2018
10:30 AM
Hunger Next Door Story Time at Atkinson

Read, sing and play during a story time inspired by…

August 25, 2018
10:30 AM
Saturdays at Central at Central

Wisconsin Conservatory Music Appreciation: Sing, listen and play rhythm instruments while…

11:30 AM
Mitchell Street Branch: Gathering Art, Stories, and Place at Mitchell Street

Bring your family together to build community art at the…

2:00 PM
Saturday Afternoons at Central for 'Tweens at Central

Ebru Marbling Art: Learn how to marble and decorate paper using…

2:30 PM
Summer Sing-a-long Series at Tippecanoe

Moana: Be our guest for favorite family films! Come in…

August 30, 2018
10:30 AM
Preschool Story Time at Bay View

Preschoolers are invited for fun stories, songs, and fingerplays all…

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors:

Brewers Community Foundation
Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc.
Stella H. Jones Foundation
We Energies Foundation
Bader Philanthropies
Anon Charitable Trust
Gustav and Gladys Kindt Foundation
Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation

Special Thanks to Our Coupon Sponsors:

Thank you to our generous coupon sponsors for providing
free or reduced admission to great Milwaukee destinations!

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Cousins Subs
Festival City Symphony
First Stage Children's Theater
Milwaukee Ballet
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee County Parks
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Public Museum
Pettit National Ice Center
Pizza Hut
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Wisconsin State Fair