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Friends' Family Fun Halloween Show!

Join us at the Brown Deer Public Library on Thursday October 30th at 7:00 pm for a free night of magic and fun!

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Those aren't pumpkins ... they're Jack-O'-Lanterns!

Franklin, Muskego

Mmmmmm ... it smells like fall! Every year, I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and gutting out my Jack-O'-Lantern. Last year, I used my pumpkin's stem as a nose and totally beat my boyfriend in a pumpkin-carving contest (shhhh, it's never a "contest" unless I win) ...


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Cell Phone Usage

Cell Phone, Safety

Do you have a cell phone? Just about everyone uses them to communicate with one another. One glaring problem that we face is the call fading out, which is usually due to people being on the move. While the cell phone's purpose is to allow people mobility, there are many times when 911 operators or other rescue and safety operators cannot get the required information to send help or even call you back should you just be leaving a message for some basic service. Following are some suggestions that may help avoid this problem. When calling stop moving and give your message and do not move until you have completed your call and the information needed has been shared; if you are just leaving a message for a return call we recomment that you stop moving and give the information and a call back number twice, going slowly. This should ease the communication process and allow us to provide you with better service. 

Fall Storytime Sessions for Ages 3, 4 and 5 Begin October 7th, 9th and 10th

 "Fall Fun" Storytimes


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If it's October, Central golf, tennis teams headed for state

Brook Central, GOLF, TENNIS

Brookfield Central's girls golf coach Brian Scrobel and girls tennis coach Dave Steinbach pretty much block off the first two weeks of the month of October. Why?  Because the Lady Lancers are heading to state once again this year.

You see, this is the 13th straight season the girls have gone to state for tennis and 7th in a row for the golfers.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer, Mammogram

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 17th is National Mammography Day.  If you are age 40 or older, it is recommended that you have a mammogram every year.  While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer.  Mammograms typically find cancer at an earlier stage when it is more treatable.  Regular screening could lead to many more lives being saved.  However, despite the advantages of having regular mammograms, some women are still not getting screened.  The month of October can be used as an incentive or reminder to schedule your annual mammogram or encourage someone you love to get screened. 

Mammograms are also recommended for women younger than age 40 if they have additional risk factors.  For example, if you have a mother, sister, or daughter who has had breast cancer, you would have higher risk for the disease and should be screened appropriately. 

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Annual Trick or Treat Safety Blog


Please take a few minutes to review the list of safety tips and then discuss them with your trick or treaters.

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes
  • Costumes should be loose fitting to allow for warmer clothes underneath
  • Costumes shoud not be so long that they are a tripping hazard
  • Masks can obstruct a child's vision. Use face make up instead
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings as well as large eye holes
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light colored or reflective
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision
  • Walk don't run from house to house
  • Do not cross yards
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street
  • Walk on the left side of the road. Face traffic if there are no sidewalks
  • Give your trick or treat bunch a meal or snack before going out
  • Have at least one adult go with the children, more if the group is larger
  • Trick or treat in areas where there are a lot of people around
  • Trick or treat folks should avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots
  • Always check your child's candy before allowing them to eat
  • And of course, ensure your trick or treat bunch is having fun

Did I miss something? If so, contact me at

Happenings at the South Milwaukee Library

The South Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, Inc. is holding its annual wine tasting on Friday, October 17, 2008 fro 7 – 9:30 PM at the Library.  Tickets are $20 per person.  They are available at Parkway Floral, M&I Bank South Milwaukee, the circulation desk at the library.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door on Friday evening.

Stop in and put in your bid on items that are on display for the silent auction.  The auction will run through Friday, October 24th.  Bidding will close at 3 PM on the 24th.

The library will be holding its Halloween family fun night on Tuesday evening, October 21 from 6 PM to 7:45 PM.  See Glen the magician perform his Halloween magic show.  There will be crafts for the kids as well as cookies and punch.

Need costume ideas for Halloween.  Check out the library’s collection of books on costumes and Halloween party ideas.

Tosa QB's Lancers veer and conference tourneys

Brook Central, Brookfield, football, SOCCER, Tosa East, Tosa West

Despite the fact the Wauwatosa East (3-4) and West (0-7) football teams have a combined record of 3-11 with two games left to play, it's not the fault of the squad's respective junior quarterbacks that the locals are struggling.

On the contrary.

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Turkey Time! Family Storytime--Wednesday November 5th

Turkey Time!

Family Storytime


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GMC grid title within Lancers' reach

Brook Central, Brook East, Brookfield, cross country, football

Brookfield Central couldn't have drawn a nicer script for the final game of the football season.

Many people figured the Lancers chances of winning the title were slim and none when they dominated Marquette, but made five turnovers and lost, 10-6, a few weeks back. That left The Hilltoppers and West Allis Hale on top of the pack.

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Video Cameras For Commercial Security

Safety, Security

Recently a robbery took place in the City where a photograph of the suspect was published via the media and a suspect arrested that same night. Of course the judicial system will have to determine if the right person was arrested, but the fact that one picture produced some immediate feedback from the public is truly amazing. I am often asked about the use of security cameras and here is a clear example of how well they can work. Many times the threat of being recorded is a deterrent; but if not a deterrent and the criminal still commits a crime it can be a huge tool in solving the crime.

The key however is to have extremely good equipment. Although I am not an expert in security systems I do have some basic ideas as to what works best. Digital versus tape recording is very superior in quality and allows for non blurred still prints to be captured. Also important is to have a color camera versus a black and white and given your use and needs maybe low lighting issues need to be addressed.

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Reporting Suspicious Activity, Persons or Vehicles

Block Watch, Crime Prevention, Suspicious

Recently the Wauwatosa Block Watch Program welcomed it's 600th organized block watch and a great web story was written by TosNOW staff that can be read by following this link -

Officer Leist and I spend alot of time conducting Block Watch and other community meetings and as he mentioned in his story regarding the 600th Block Watch we always encounter people "Afraid to bother the Police". As I have mentioned in past blogs having a person ignore or rationalize suspicious behavior is very frustrating for the Police. Often when investigating a crime we find that a suspicious person and/or vehicle was observed in the area but no call was made to the Police and if a call was made it may have prevented the crime or resulted in an arrest of the "Bad guy".

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Friends' Family Halloween Show This Thursday!

Remember to join us this Thursday October 30th at 7:00 pm for a free night of magic and fun!

Magician and Illusionist Glen Gerard will be performing family-oriented comedy and magic, with festive Halloween theme tricks.

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Next Adult Book Club - Loving Frank

Join us on November 19th from 7:00-8:00 PM for our next adult book club.

We will be reading "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Book Club at the reference desk, and check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk. A number of copies of the book have been set aside just for the Book Club. Then read the book by November 19th, and come ready to have a lively discussion.

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Teen Book Challenge!

Help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18) by taking part in our Teen Book Challenge!

Read at least one age-appropriate book between October 13th and November 11th. Then write a short summary about the book, including anything you found interesting/liked/disliked about the book. Turn in your summary, and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $10 Borders gift card!

BONUS: You can earn extra entries for every book you read and write a summary for!!!

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It's Auction Time!

Come One! Come All! It's the annual Fall Goods & Services Auction from the Friends of the Brown Deer Public Library!

The Auction this year will be held on Thursday evening, November 13th at 6:30 pm, with a preview at 6:00 pm. There are lots of items, from sports events tickets, overnight hotel stays, restaurant certificates, to home decor items, china and crystal, collectibles, children's toys, books, crafts. And don't forget those special Library Friends Muffins!

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Brown Deer Public Library.

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Don't Forget to Get a Flu Shot

Flu, Immunizations

There is still time to protect yourself from the flu and the North Shore Health Department has scheduled two additional clinics to help you out.

The first clinic is on Nov. 4, Election Day, so that it will be possible to protect your health after you cast your vote.  Just visit the Health Department in the Brown Deer Village Hall at 4800 W. Green Brook Drive anytime from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  No appointment is necessary.

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South Milwaukee Library news notes

Thank you to everyone who attended the Library Foundation’s wine tasting on October 17th.  It was very successful.  Mark your calendars for October 16, 2009 for their annual wine tasting.

The South Milwaukee Public Library Foundation would like to thank everyone who bid on the silent auction items.  A special thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction.

The fall story time will begin on Tuesday, November 11.  The story time is at 10:30 am.  Call 768-8195 ext. 3 to register or register in person in the youth room. Never too early to think about Christmas decorations, entertainment ideas or for those special gifts that can you make.  Check out the library collection of books for ideas to make the holidays special.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving and on Friday, November 28.  The Library will be open on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Starting in January, 2009, the library will open every day, including Saturdays, at 9 AM.  Check out the library’s web site at for our calendar of events, hours, and our on line book club.

Be sure to vote on November 4th!

Friends' Family Fun Halloween Show a Magical Time!

Over 105 people attended our Friends' Family Fun Halloween Show last night, to experience the comedy and magic of magician Glen Gerard. Audience members were awed and amazed at Glen's magical expertise, and laughed at his jokes and wit. Many children also came in costume, showing off their Halloween spirit; we had Harry Potter, Spiderman, an astronaut, a fairy princess, and many others taking part in the magic show fun.

Our next event is our Friends of the Brown Deer Library Auction, which is next Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 pm.

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