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Ask Cathy Markwiese About Jeopardy! ... but not just yet

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on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Libraries in the News
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Milwaukee--Milwaukee Public Library's own Cathy Markwiese (Database Maintenance) will be appearing on Jeopardy! the week of July 25th. But don’t ask her about it just yet. Cathy is under contractual obligation not to discuss how she did until after her appearance. But be sure to tune in the week of July 25th to see for yourself.Cathy took the online test for Jeopardy! in January of 2010. “I had just finished chemotherapy and was feeling kind of broken,” Cathy said. “I wanted to do something that would make me feel like myself again.”After completing the online quiz, Cathy was invited to Chicago in August to compete with other finalists before being chosen to appear on the program. “I met some really amazing people,” Cathy said. “The whole experience was really kind of mind-blowing for me.”So what’s it like onstage at Jeopardy!? The show only records on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  A week’s worth...
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  • Cathy Sansone says #
    Congratulations, Cathy! It takes me back to Father Loehr's class!
  • Jamie says #
    Very cool ! Good for you, Cathy!
  • Anonymous says #
    You go, Cathy!So proud of you!Svetlana Foley

Milwaukee Public Library's Green Roof Wins Mayor's Design Award

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on Sunday, July 03, 2011 in Libraries in the News
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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Public Library’s green roof, high atop Central Library in downtown Milwaukee, has won another award – a Mayor Tom Barrett Design Award. The green roof was recognized in an awards ceremony on May 25, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.The Mayor’s annual design awards recognize design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee. A project is selected for its contribution to the character of its surroundings, adding value to its neighborhood, and contributing to the urban fabric. MPL’s green roof was entered in the Spaces and Places category.Library Director Paula A. Kiely accepted the award on behalf of MPL and the team that worked on the green roof design, construction, and ongoing updates and maintenance. The architect for the project is HGA Architects, and the contractor is F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. The Mayor’s Design Award is the latest public recognition for Central’s...

Audrey Barbakoff, Milwaukee Public Library, Receives FTRF Conable Conference Scholarship

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on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Libraries in the News
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CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce that Audrey Barbakoff, a reference librarian with the Milwaukee Public Library, is the fourth recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship.  The Conable Scholarship will provide for Barbakoff’s expenses to attend the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.As part of the scholarship, Barbakoff will attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member and present a report about her experiences and thoughts.  She will be recognized at the FTRF Annual Member Reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 in room 354 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.Barbakoff holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, which she received in 2010.  In her capacity at the Milwaukee...

Milwaukee Public Library Breaks Ground on New Neighborhood Library

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on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Groundbreaking for the new Milwaukee Public Library at Villard Square took place on September 17 at the corner of N. 35th St. and Villard Avenue.  The Villard Square project is a mixed-use development that will include the new MPL branch on the first floor of the building, with 47 apartment homes on three stories above for families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.  The grand opening of the new library is scheduled for Fall 2011.The new library will replace an aging, energy-inefficient building located 1-1/2 blocks away at 3310 W. Villard Ave.  The new Villard Square Library will cover 12,871 square feet, and will include 50 desktop and laptop computers for library customers, community meeting and study rooms, children’s and teen areas, and self-checkout stations.  An on-site parking lot for 32 cars is part of the plan.  Local architectural firm Engberg Anderson is the interior architect.MPL’s partners in...

ALA recognizes Milwaukee Public Library's Computer Training Website

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on Monday, October 04, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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The American Library Association’s Learning Round Table contributor Sarah Houghton-Jan recently recognized the Milwaukee Public Library’s computer training web page and printable handouts as a top 5 source for information professionals to use as reference sources for library customers.  To read more about what makes MPL’s content a winner go to http://alalearning.org/2010/09/25/5-library-sources-for-quick-computer-training/....