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Attention Central Library Patrons – As of Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Due to street construction near the 8th St. entrance, please enter the building from Wisconsin Ave. or Wells St. Full street access is available on 9th St. headed North & South. Parking is limited on Wisconsin Ave.

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Help your child join the Super Reader Squad!

 
Beginning May 20, 2019 visit any Milwaukee Public Library to sign-up and receive a folder to track the minutes your Super Reader is reading.
  • 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.

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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
Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation, Inc. 

Upcoming Summer Childrens' Programs

June 10, 2019
5:30 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Washington Park

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6:00 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Tippecanoe

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June 11, 2019
6:00 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at East

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6:00 PM
Book by Book Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Martin Luther King

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June 12, 2019
5:00 PM
Book by Book Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Center Street

Why let kids have all the fun? Milwaukee Public Library…

June 13, 2019
4:00 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Capitol

Why let kids have all the fun? Milwaukee Public Library…

June 14, 2019
4:30 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Zablocki

Why let kids have all the fun? Milwaukee Public Library…

June 20, 2019
2:00 PM
Summer Read-in! at Center Street

Work on completing your Summer Reading Program activities! Everyone is…

June 24, 2019
12:30 PM
Jeremy Bryan of The Figureheads at Capitol

Be inspired by the beats, rhymes, and stories that encourage…

1:45 PM
Jeremy Bryan of The Figureheads at Capitol

Be inspired by the beats, rhymes, and stories that encourage…

2:00 PM
Miss Kim's Amazing Animals at Zablocki

Miss Kim encourages you to interact with live animals from…

2:00 PM
Illusionist Ardan James at Atkinson

Be prepared to be amazed - and laugh - at…

2:00 PM
Reach for the Moon with Mad Science at Bay View

Prove the wonders of space as Mad Science takes you…

June 25, 2019
2:00 PM
Miss Kim's Amazing Animals at Martin Luther King

Miss Kim encourages you to interact with live animals from…

2:00 PM
Fire and Ice with Mad Science at East

See impressive science experiments that include foggy dry ice storms…

June 26, 2019
2:00 PM
Miss Kim's Amazing Animals at Mitchell Street

Miss Kim encourages you to interact with live animals from…

2:00 PM
Reach for the Moon with Mad Science at Tippecanoe

Prove the wonders of space as Mad Science takes you…

2:00 PM
Jeremy Bryan of the Figureheads at Center Street

Be inspired by the beats, rhymes, and stories that encourage…

2:00 PM
Illusionist Ardan James at Washington Park

Be prepared to be amazed - and laugh - at…

6:00 PM
Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Celebration & Book Buffet at Villard Square

Why let kids have all the fun? Milwaukee Public Library…

June 27, 2019
2:00 PM
Amani's World at Villard Square

Have fun while learning through music and storytelling with Amani's…

2:00 PM
Reach for the Moon with Mad Science at Central

Prove the wonders of space as Mad Science takes you…

July 1, 2019
12:30 PM
Miss Kim's Amazing Animals at Capitol

1:45 PM
Miss Kim's Amazing Animals at Capitol

2:00 PM
Book Jacket Bingo at Zablocki

Play bingo adapted for young children based on contemporary children's…

2:00 PM
Amani's World at Atkinson

Have fun while learning through music and storytelling with Amani's…

2:00 PM
Beaks & Talons at Bay View

Which bird is fastest? Which has silent flight? Meet live…

July 2, 2019
2:00 PM
Owls: Designed for Darkness at East

Learn about these seldom-seen, silent-winged hunters! Schlitz Audubon's feathered raptors…

2:00 PM
Sky Stories with Wehr Nature Center at Martin Luther King

"Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!"…

July 3, 2019
2:00 PM
Magician Rick Allen - Beyond Belief at Tippecanoe

You'll gasp with amazement as Magician Rick makes things magically…




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 Art Museum
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