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Please join us Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. for the Grand Reopening!

All Milwaukee Public Library Locations Closed...

Sunday, Dec. 20, Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. Sunday, Dec. 27, Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 for New Year's.

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Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration

The Milwaukee Public Library Foundation annually recognizes community leaders and their lasting impact on literacy with the Benjamin Franklin Award. The October event celebrates the philanthropic efforts of our esteemed honorees with an elegant dinner reception at Central Library set among millions of books and historic collections. Proceeds from this event strengthen the resources of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, enabling it to support and enhance the library collections, technology, programming and facilities.

For sponsorship information, please call (414) 286-3784, or email

Spring Literary Luncheon

Guests were delighted to meet and have copies of The Dream Lover signed by Elizabeth Berg on May 14, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club. The event was the biggest stop on Berg's book tour, and she enjoyed sharing her writing experiences with the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and other luncheon guests.

Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame pays tribute to a spectrum of literary talents – novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced by their life and experiences in Wisconsin. The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library sponsors the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame reception when a new name is added.

Milwaukee Poet Laureate

2015-2017 Poet Laureate: Matt Cook will help to promote poetry throughout Milwaukee.

“The Poet Laureate project seeks to foster a greater appreciation and understanding within the community of the reading and writing of poetry,” said Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Past President Marsha Huff. “With the support of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, we can offer this valuable program.”