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George Yep: Milwaukee's First Chinese American Lawyer

By Dan Lee on May 18, 2022 12:00 AM

George Yep earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 after distinguished service in World War II. He returned to Milwaukee to hang his shingle in the Plankinton Arcade. The Milwaukee Journal reported he was the first Chinese American lawyer in Milwaukee. Read more about this amazing individual.

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MPL Branch History: Bay View

By Paul Wellington on May 3, 2022 12:00 AM

The beginning of Bay View Library is attributed to Beulah Brinton who welcomed the community into her personal lending library in the 1870s. The current branch opened in 1993 in the wedge-shaped site at 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The building is characterized by a curved roof and expansive windows, allowing ample natural light to illuminate the collections and spaces. Read more about it!

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Green Initiatives at MPL

By Derek Reilly on Apr 18, 2022 12:00 PM

The Milwaukee Public Library has become a leader in eco-friendly initiatives for the city in many ways. While some of the library's green initiatives have been around for decades, others are brand new. Read about the advancements MPL has made throughout the past 20 years and its "green plans" for the future.

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Autism Acceptance Month

By MPL Staff on Apr 11, 2022 12:01 AM

April is Autism Acceptance Month, a time to celebrate differences as we work to build an inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. “If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.” Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor and Autism Advocate. Learn more about Autism with help from this booklist.

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1950 Census Goes Live

By Dan Lee on Apr 1, 2022 12:00 AM

The National Archives released 1950 Census Schedules on April 1, 2022. The census includes an artificial intelligence/optical character recognition name index that helps researchers find free genealogical information on family members and famous people. This information is kept confidential for 72 years following each decennial census.

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Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Botanical Illustrations

By Sarah Finn on Mar 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room houses treasures that have been accumulating since the library's founding in 1878. Celebrate the coming of spring with a stroll through some of the varied and colorful botanical illustrations from the library's Rare Books Room collection.

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MPL Branch History: Mitchell Street

By Paul Wellington on Mar 7, 2022 12:00 AM

The South Side and Lincoln Libraries preceded the Forest Home Library which opened in 1966. Forest Home was replaced by the Mitchell Street Branch in 2017. The branch opened as a mixed-use development and contains a wealth of architectural details which now lend a unique charm to this two-story branch library serving the south side.

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