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South Milwaukee Library April events

The Friends of the Library are having their spring book sale on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 9:30 to 3.  Great bargains!

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 10th.  We will reopen on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Culver's is sponsoring a drawing contest contest in celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18.  The theme is "worlds connect@Your Library"  The contest is open to  children 11 and under.    Children are encouraged to draw characters from a book they have enjoyed. Children may pick up their drawing sheets in the Youth Room of the library.  Every child who completes a darawing will receive a "Be our guest" coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culvers.  In addition their name will be entered into a random drawing to win additional prizes.  The contest will run from April 1 thru April 30, 2009.

The Libary's Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM.  If you enjoy talking about books and join them.  They meet at 1 pm in the library board room.  Call the adult reference desk to find out what they are reading this month.

Celebrate Natioal Library Week April 12 thru the 18th.  The Library Board is having their family fun night featuring Glen Gerard the magician.  The Library Board will be holding their ice cream social at the same time.  The events start at 6 pm and run until 7:45 pm.  Therre will also be crafts for the children as well.

The Library will be holding classes for the novice on the Internet and E-Mail on Tuesday, April 14th or Thursday, April 16th.  The class is limited to 8 people per session.  The class runs from 1 pm to 3:30.  Call the adult reference desk at 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

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April events at the South Milwaukee Library

  The Friends of the Library are having their spring book sale on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 9:30 to 3.  Great bargains!

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 10th.  We will reopen on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Culver's is sponsoring a drawing contest contest in celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18.  The theme is "worlds connect@Your Library"  The contest is open to  children 11 and under.    Children are encouraged to draw characters from a book they have enjoyed. Children may pick up their drawing sheets in the Youth Room of the library.  Every child who completes a darawing will receive a "Be our guest" coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culvers.  In addition their name will be entered into a random drawing to win additional prizes.  The contest will run from April 1 thru April 30, 

 Celebrate Natioal Library Week April 12 thru the 18th.  The Library Board is having their family fun night featuring Glen Gerard the magician.  The Library Board will be holding their ice cream social at the same time.  The events start at 6 pm and run until 7:45 pm.  Therre will also be crafts for the children as well.

The Library will be holding classes for the novice on the Internet and E-Mail on Tuesday, April 14th or Thursday, April 16th.  The class is limited to 8 people per session.  The class runs from 1 pm to 3:30.  Call the adult reference desk at 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

We the People Bookshelf collection coming soon!

The Brown Deer Library has received the We the People Bookshelf through a national grant project.  The library was one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected to receive a We the People Bookshelf grant, which provided free hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “Picturing America,” Spanish translations of three of the titles and two bonus titles to participating libraries.  The grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.  

 

The We the People Bookshelf on “Picturing America” contains the following books: 

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Don't Flush Those Meds!

Environmental Health, Water Quality

It has long been thought that flushing unused prescription or over-the-counter medications down the toilet was relatively harmless.  This is no longer the case.  Technology has improved and small amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are now detectable in the nation's water supply.  Unfortunately, water treatment facilities are not able to remove these substances from the water and everyone has some exposure.  The potential risk to human health is unknown and the issue is being researched.

At present, there are no known human health effects from low-level exposure.  However, several areas of concern include a possible cumulative effect of long-term exposure, the possibility that these compounds may react differently from their intended purpose when they are introduced into the environment, and increased resistance to antibiotics.  A special scenario such as fetal exposure to low levels of medications that a mother would ordinarily be avoiding requires more investigation.  

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Turkey butt!

Muskego

“Where can I get a job that pays me to walk around with an expensive camera all day long?” asked Muskego Elementary School’s portrait photographer last week as I watched him work.
God bless the man — he does something I’m not sure I could.
“Saaaay, STINKY BOYS!” he shouted out as a confused 5-year-old sat in front of his spring-themed backdrop.
Still no smile.
“Saaaay, MONKEY!”
Nope, no smile.
“Mom, come over here and get your daughter to smile for me,” he said.
“TURKEY BUTT!” yelled kindergartner Zanie Tsopelas’ mom from behind the camera.
“Now THERE’S the smile I’ve been looking for,” he said as his camera clicked.
This difference between this man and me is this: His job is to capture you at your best. My job is to capture you as you.
Photojournalists want the real moment. Real moments are storytellers. And never forget — a picture is a thousand words.

 

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Free program on first-time homebuyer tax credit

Join us for a free program on the first-time homebuyer tax credit!

 

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Frienemies

Franklin, Muskego

Softball and I are frienemies. A mixture of friends ... and enemies.

When I was younger, my parents decided I needed to join an organized sport. I was pretty shy when I was little, so the thought of playing on a team was a bit terrifying. But I agreed — afterall, it couldn't be worse than swimming lessons.

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In My Garden: Family Storytime May 6, 2009

In My Garden Family Storytime

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Sick of fiction? Try a biography!

Sick of reading fiction? Try one of our new biographies! There are dozens upon dozens of interesting biographies that have just come out for readers of all ages.

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Testing A Kickstart to Motherhood

Now, Brookfield, Zeke

 

Today is my first blog so I better make this good!

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Testing 2 A Kickstart to Motherhood

Now, Brookfield, Zeke

 

Today is my first blog so I better make this good!

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A 53-second Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt, Franklin, Muskego

Easter egg hunts. Those darn things are over before they even start.
You don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.
This past Saturday, the first egg hunt I had on my schedule was Franklin’s, held at Lions Legend Park, directly behind the library and City Hall.
One trick I’ve learned over the past couple years is to stick with the younger kids … as in … under 3 years old. When kids get to be 7 or 8, they’re bigger, faster and stronger. They show no mercy to a poor little newspaper photographer who just needs a good picture.
They’re in it for the candy, not the fame.
So, I headed on over to the tennis courts, where only the younger children were allowed.
Yup, there’s really no “hiding” an egg on a tennis court …



And, I waited. 9:55 a.m. 9:56. 9:57. I turned on my camera, adjusted the exposure, eyed up a few cute kids, and prayed my pick wouldn’t turn into a crier.
To show you just how fast these eggs disappear, I’m going to post a few screen shots from my computer’s desktop. If you notice in the photo below, you’ll see a time stamp on the first frame I shot as the kids were let loose: 9:03:15. (It should say 10:03:15, but I still haven’t changed the time in my camera to daylight savings.)

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Deadline for Friends' Plant Sale Approaching Soon!

Mark your calendars! The deadline for the 12th annual Friends of the Brown Deer Library plant sale will soon be here!

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Earth Day is April 22

Environmental Health

Earth Day is April 22 and everyone should take a moment to appreciate what we have and think what we can do to help protect it.  It should be clear that human health is directly related to the health of the planet and we all share responsibility for our planet.  Even small actions by individuals will add up to make a difference.  After all, can anyone imagine what life would be like without clean air, clean water, no source of energy, not enough food, or an environment free from toxins? 

Earth Day was started by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and the first event was held on April 22, 1970.  Senator Nelson wanted to spotlight environmental issues in the political process and wanted to create more public awareness about the need to protect the environment.  He obviously was a man of great vision and could see that we could not continue to neglect and abuse our planet without serious negative effects.  Just open any newspaper and you will likely find some news on climate change, polluted air and water affecting our health, dangerous chemicals in our environment, and so on.  There is need for much improvement.

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Seventh Annual "Pancakes with Mom"

Crime Stoppers

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers is hosting it's Seventh Annual Pancakes With Mom on Sunday May 10, 2009 at the Muellner Building in Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut in the City of Wauwatosa. They will be serving from 8:00am until 12:00pm and everything on the menu is all you can eat including pancakes, Klement's sausage, fresh fruit and Starbucks Coffee as well as other items.

Advance tickets are still available at the Little Red Book located at 7603 W. State Street in Wauwatosa; $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 3 and older. You may also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event. In addition to free door prizes we will be holding a raffle for some very nice items. All proceeds will benefit the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers and allow them to pay cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests for crimes committed in Wauwatosa.

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I swear, I'm working.

There are days when I feel guilty. Really, really guilty.
November/December/January … not so much guilt. April/May/June … lots of guilt. My professional guilt seems to directly coincide with the weather.
If I’m out risking my life and limbs in the world’s worst blizzard, searching for a feature photo, cubicle jobs seem like a darn good deal.
But, when it reaches 70 degrees for the first time this year and I’m walking on a nature trail, camera in hand, there are times when I feel like I should hide. What if some poor office guy in the building across the river sees me through his window as he’s crunching numbers and staring down the clock? Hopefully he likes air conditioning. (And, most likely, a big paycheck.)
Last week Thursday — by far, the nicest day this year — I was asked to head out to Deer Creek Sanctuary, New Berlin, and look for some people using the nature trail. The New Berlin Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission has recommended the trail be named for the late Paul Gihring, a former member of the commission and the city’s Plan Commission.
Poor me.
I walked the trail for about a half hour, without a person in sight. I listened to the animals along the river and in the woods. I took a few useless snaps of the water and the trees. We’ll put those in my, “Photography is Art” book, to be published in the year, Two-thousand-Never.
And, I stood there … waiting, hoping, praying that someone would run into my frame. As journalists, we need a person. Pictures of shadows and flowers are not acceptable, no matter how pretty they may be.
Photographers often fantasize about what would make their photo just perfect. Better light, endless emotion, a plane landing in my very own backyard ... you name it. I’m not sure if I thought a kayaker was going to come down this tiny creek in New Berlin or what, but I knew something had to happen. And soon. The guilt was overwhelming — I could almost feel my summer tan kicking in.
Suddenly, out of pure silence, I heard a few kids coming down the trail. Great, I thought. As I lifted my camera, a runner whizzed past me. Then, a lady passed, walking her dog. And as I approached the kids, a man on a bike zipped by. It was almost laughable — I had waited all this time, and within 60 seconds, the photo gods dropped four different groups of people, right into my lap.
I ended up snapping a few pictures of the kids with my long lens before they noticed I was there. The best moments come when no one sees you. As the kids walked through the woods, I waited for two of them to be right in between the branches. I snapped about three frames before the little boy heard my camera click. Then, he started waving. When the waving starts, the photo opp is over. But, I already had what I needed.


Nikon D3, 155 mm, 320 ISO, f2.8, 1/2500, Manual
"This (trail) is a treasure," said Lou Serchen (not pictured), the mother of Margaret Serchen, pictured above walking with Simon Smrecek along the trail at Deer Creek Sanctuary, New Berlin, Thursday, April 16, 2009. "Right now, we're here because the frogs are here," Serchen said, explaining this time of year is when the frogs are most active. The New Berlin Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission has recommended the trail be named for the late Paul Gihring, a former member of the commission and the city's Plan Commission. Gihring died suddenly last fall.


Of course, after I snap a picture, I approach the parents to make sure it’s OK if their children are in the paper. Most of the time, they agree. The mothers of these two children were a perfect find. I was able to get a few quotes to add to the cutline of my photo. These two families truly love this area of New Berlin, and I was happy to be able to help shed some light on one of our city's hidden treasures.
When I came in to work this morning, I found out this story and photo won't run in this week's paper, due to space restrictions because of low advertising. Journalism is hurting these days, my friends, and it has been ever since our best buddy, The Internet, came along. This story and photo will be online, only. Was it worth it, I asked? Yes, it was. The story will still be told, even if it's to a much smaller audience. But it is a sign of the times — it's my hope that people will realize what role local journalism plays in our society, before it's far too late.

South Milwaukee Public News

The Friends of the Library will be having their Monday morning book sale on May 4, 2009 from 9:30-11.  Great bargains!

On May 12th from 6 - 8 PM the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, the South Milwaukee Public Library, and the South Milwaukee Public Schools will sponsor a program in celebration of children's book week.  The theme this year is "Dive Into Reading".  Parents and children are invited to meet children's authors and illustrators who bring children's books to life.  Meet authors Janet Halfmann who wrote "LITTLE SKINK"S TAIL and Gibbs Davis who wrote WACKIET WHITE HOUSE PETS.  Children's book illustrators include Carol Schwartz who illustrated FIREFLIES and Jeff Miracola who illustrated WELCOME TO MONSTER ISLE.  A fun evening of stories and artwork.  Children will be able to ask questions of the authors and illustrators.  Thre will be refreshments and prizes given away during the evening.  Everyone welcomed.  Registration NOT required.  Call 768-8195 for more information.

Check out the library's collection of gardening and lawn care books.  With the warm weather around the corner, it is time to begin thinking about the outdoors.

Time to start planning your vacation.  Check out the library's travel collection.

The library will be closed for Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25th.

Hey kids!  Summer reading program starts on Monday, June 15th.   



 

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The biggest almost-caught fish ever

Tommy Olszewski III knows how to fish.
He’s got the clothes, he’s got the boots, he’s got his pole, and he knows exactly where to stand.
Last weekend I headed out to Muskego County Park for a kids’ fishing clinic, put on by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Luck was on my side, and I found something a bit unexpected.
There he was. My new best friend, Tommy: A 10-year-old boy dressed head to toe in camouflage, standing on a fallen tree, at least 20 feet off the shoreline. He was working his hardest to catch the fish swimming in the shade of the tree branches. This kid knows where to look, I thought.



He got a few bites, but his patience was wearing a bit thin. Eventually, Tommy decided to ditch the tree branch, reel in his line, and literally try to catch the fish with his bare hands.

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Swine Flu

While there is no need to panic with the recent developments concerning the swine flu, everyone should certainly pay attention.  This is a very good time to review your family's plan for emergencies and to practice basic, common sense disease prevention habits.  It is still too early to predict the path this particular outbreak will take but developments are changing daily.  Stay informed through reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and tune in to state and local authorities for developments closer to home.  Call us at the Health Department (414-371-2980) if you have questions or concerns. 

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular flu symptoms and include sudden onset of fever, cough, sore throat, runny or congested nose.  Some people may also have diarrhea and vomiting.  If you are sick with flu-like symptoms and have had possible exposure through travel to Mexico or where there are known cases or contact with a confirmed case, STAY HOME and call your doctor.  If you do see the doctor, it will take a lab test to confirm swine flu infection.  If someone in your family is ill with flu-like symptoms, limit your exposure as much as possible and stay home yourself.  People are infectious to others for a day before they have symptoms as well as throughout the course of the illness.  Even if you had a flu shot this year, you are not protected against the swine flu as this is a new virus that has developed.  You cannot get swine flu from eating pork. 

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Parents Who Host, Lose The Most / Conversations With The Mayor

Safety, Tosa United, Underage Alcohol

On Thursday April 30th, 6:00 PM at the Muellner Building in Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut, a panel moderated by Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier will address underage drinking issues, focusing mainly on parents hosting underage alcohol parties. The timing for this panel presentation is not by accident as proms and graduations are fast approaching and that is why Tosa United has made the efforts to organize this event.

Besides the Mayor the panel will consist of Mr. Tom Swittle, Associate Prinicpal at Wauwatosa East, Rebecca Huenink of Tosa United, Jeanette Kowaliak, MPH, of the Wauwatosa Health Department and yours truly, Officer Don Semega of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

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