Tuesday, August 27, 2019

UPDATE. Milwaukee Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2018

Milwaukee Public Library in the news:
The Milwaukee Public Library is hosting a rap battle, with the winner getting $1,000 in cash.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/21/2019)
As part of the Milwaukee Public Library's "Library Loud Days" series, the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., is hosting the MPL Live Rap Battle — with the winner getting $1,000 in cash. They'll also get to perform on WYMS-FM (88.9)'s "414Live." Second place will win $500.
Downtown Milwaukee's newest co-working space is at the Central Library -- and it's free. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/11/2019)
Milwaukee's Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., is converting 3,800 square feet on its second floor into work space for people who work remotely, students, artists and others.   
That space, set to open in October, will include WiFi, conference rooms and other services typically found in co-working offices, said Joan Johnson, library deputy director. 
When a library called Milwaukee's main library home.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/9/2019)
When the museum team returned to Milwaukee, Sim lived in the building now housing the Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. (Until the early 1960s, the Milwaukee Public Museum was in the same building.) 
A lion house was built for Sim on the museum's roof. The house on the roof was designed to be a place for Sim to get fresh air and exercise, but the lion preferred spending time with humans in their offices on the fourth floor.

Plan to convert Milwaukee's historic Garfield Theatre to library, apartments proceeding despite concerns.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/4/2019)
The Library Board's Building and Development Committee voted Thursday to seek more information before deciding whether to recommend the proposal to the full board. 
Some committee members expressed concerns about the $2.1 million cost estimate for the library's part of the project. 
That amounts to around $132 per square foot, compared with $127 and $54 per square foot at two other newer library branch developments, said Sam McGovern-Rowen, who oversees library construction projects. 
And the cost could rise if there are additional environmental cleanup expenses.
Plan to convert Milwaukee's historic former Garfield Theatre to library dropped over cost concerns.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/2/2019)

Related post:
Madison Public Library. (8/26/2019)

10/5/2018 update starts here.

Milwaukee Public Library in the news:
Milwaukee Public Library opens kiosks in an effort to boost voter registration in the city.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/21/2018)
Delayed library/apartment development on Milwaukee's northwest side getting more time.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/25/2018)
Milwaukee Public Library's first Drag Queen Story Hour is set to take place July 14.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/14/2018)

10/29/2017 update starts here.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (109/2017)

8/11/2016 update starts here.

Recent MPL news:
Four Milwaukee Public Library branches extend hours.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/9/2016)
Milwaukee Public Library kicks off Library Loud Days series.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/28/2016)

Original 7/25/2015 post starts here.

Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Related reading:
Milwaukee Public Library sets goal to enroll 25,000 youth in reading program.  (Fox6, 5/18/2015)

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