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Valentine Fun Family Storytime, Wednesday, February 4th

Valentine Fun Family Storytime

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


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"He was covered in blood"

School stabbing.

The minute I heard the words, I knew it wasn't going to be an average day.

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Want to learn more about helping the environment?

Like playing online games? Want to learn more about helping the environment?

Jorian Clarke from will be here on Tuesday, Feburary 24th at 7:00 pm to show you how!

Jorian Clarke will be providing a demonstration for kids and their parents on how to create an energy-efficient playhouse on During the demonstration parents will hear how playing games on translates into behaviors that save energy dollars at home! 

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Go Red for Women

Friday, February 6, is Go Red for Women day.  This is a day set aside to highlight that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and that women can do much to reverse the trend.  Everyone, women (and men, too!) can take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.  These diseases are largely preventable and need not take much more effort than living a healthier lifestyle, day by day. 

There are multiple risk factors for heart disease that can be controlled or treated:

  • High Cholesterol -- High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and it has no symptoms.  This is why it is so important to be tested and learn what your cholesterol numbers are and do something to lower them if that is indicated.
  • High Blood Pressure -- High blood pressure (hypertension) makes the heart work harder than it normally would and it, too, usually has no symptoms.  Over the course of a lifetime, this extra work places a lot of strain on the heart.  Everyone should have their blood pressure checked and understand what the numbers mean.  Blood pressure less than 120/80 is recommended for all adults, regardless of age.
  • Stop Smoking -- Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S.  Fortunately, when someone does stop smoking, the body starts to repair itself in the first twenty minutes.  Reducing risk for many types of cancer is a bonus! 
  • Get Physically Active -- Inactive people are much more likely to develop heart disease.  So get off the couch and find activities you like to do and do them for 30 minutes a day for most days of the week.  Something as simple as walking can provide incredible benefits and is an excellent place to start.  Once you get going, get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.  This really is not as difficult as you might think.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight -- If you are carrying extra pounds around, you are placing extra burden on all your body's systems from your heart to your joints to your lungs.  So get yourself and family on track to a healthy weight -- you would not regret it. Combining better nutrition with increased activity will help you reach a weight loss goal and will help keep your cholesterol and blood pressure within normal limits.
  • Prevent Diabetes -- Type 2 diabetes is related to lifestyle and is largely preventable.  People with diabetes have a greater chance of developing heart disease or having a stroke.  Those with diabetes should do all they can to control it and those at risk should do what they can to prevent it; i.e., lose weight and increase activity.
  • Stress -- We all know that stress is a part of life so it is very beneficial to learn how to manage it.  Too much stress over a long period of time can contribute to health problems in some people.  Activity, weight management, adequate sleep, and not smoking all help reduce stress. 

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Tosa's Night Out

Tosa's Night Out, Wauwatosa PD

On behalf of the Wauwatosa Police Department and Wauwatosa Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee (NWSC) I am happy to report that planning has already begun for “Tosa’s Night Out” this August. Our 2009 event will be Wauwatosa’s 15th year of celebrating the Night Out message.  Our TNO 2009 planning team is intent on making this year our best ever. We have already committed to making several subtle changes for the better; including more family activities and improved food and refreshment logistics. There is one other very important change that has occurred that I would like to bring to your attention. The date for TNO 2009 has returned to the FIRST Tuesday in August.  TNO 2009 has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Fax Scam

Crime Prevention, Scam

An employee of the City received a fax at work that was seen for what it is, a scam. The heading is "Charity Foudation" and originates from Mother Helena Daline. The fax goes on to explain she is a childless widow on her deathbed and is looking for someone to manage her nearly ten million dollar estate once she passes and promises one million dollars if you are willing to help.

It goes on to state that should you be willing to help to contact her attorney, who by the way does not return my calls or emails. Should you receive such a fax, please disregard it and just throw it away.

Decorate a Heart Shaped Cookie, February 14th, 1:00 - 3:00

Decorate a Heart Shaped Cookie


Saturday, February 14th

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Next Adult Book Club - Eat, Pray, Love

February 18th, 2009
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Leader: Kelley
Title: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The celebrated author of The Last American Man creates an irresistable, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of wordly pleasure and spiritual devotion. A memoir of self-discovery. Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment. It is also about the adventures that can transpire when a woman stops trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. This is a story certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Adult 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 Adult Book Club. Then read the book and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you here!

Tosa Crime Stoppers Go To The Web

Crime Prevention, Crime Stoppers

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers are proud to announce that they have found their way onto the web! Although the web site is still being fine tuned and still has some test and example areas up we invite you to take a look. Please visit and take a look around. Stop back every week and watch as we continue to add useful information.

The Crime Stoppers are hoping that this web site will evolve into a great crime prevention / crime solving tool all in an effort to help maintain Wauwatosa's reputation as a great community to live, do business and raise a family in!

The Brown Deer Library is now on Facebook!

Have a Facebook account? Then check out the Brown Deer Public Library's page! You can check out upcoming events, news, and much more!

Lincoln Born 200 Years Ago Today...

Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it." -

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I don't wanna grow up ...

Hales Corners, New Berlin

Kids ... the bread and butter of community photojournalism.

Here are a few quick photos from this past week. The first photo of the little boy on the balance beam was an educated guess. I held my camera below the beam, took a test shot for lighting conditions, set my camera to the proper exposure and focus settings, and fired away. Any questions about the content of this photo can be directed toward me ... but the question regarding why he's wearing a karate uniform in a gymnastics class should be brought up to his mother. :)

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South Milwaukee Public Library news for February 23, 2009

The library has state and federal tax forms available.  You can also access them from the library's website,  Click on to "reference links".  From there you can access the Internal Revenue and Wisconsin lDepartment of Revenue sites for downloable forms.  We do not have tax assistance available.

The South Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club has donated several books on amateur radio to the Library for their circulating collection.

The Potisk Chiropractic and Wellness Center will present a program on Monday, February 9th at 6:30 pm.  Dr. Drew Neville will present a program on "Natural approaches to the treatment and prevention of lower back pain".  The Doctor will be available for free personal consultation after the talk as time permits.  The program runs about 45 minutes and is free.  Call 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

The Library is selling the Christmas ornament featuring the old Carnegie library building.  The South Milwaukee Association of Commerce selects a historical site each year to feature on the ornament.  This year they are featuring the library in honor of the library's 110 anniversary.

A special thanks to  Barbara Vey and the romance and mystery writers who presented a great program on writing romance novels.  Check out the display of romance novels on the first floor.

Think spring!  Never to early to start planning your garden.  Check out the library's collection on flower and vegetable gardening.

Hey Kids!  Still time to register for the Milwaukee Bucks reading challenge.  You have until Monday, February 23rd to read 500 pages in order to win a voucher to a Milwaukee Bucks game.


Theft of Wallets From Purses

Crime Prevention, Theft

Recently there has been some thefts of wallets from purses. The thefts seem to be taking place in local restaurants when attention is turned away from the purse and it is left hanging on the back of chair or stool. Often the theft is not noticed until after the thieves have already made purchases with credit or debit cards.

Please remember to keep your purse not only close to you but within your direct line of sight at all times; it only takes a matter of a few seconds for someone to reach into your purse and take your wallet or other items. Leaving a purse hanging on the back of a chair, in the shopping cart while looking away at items to purchase or anywhere that has you take your eyes off of it is asking to be the victim of this type of crime.

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Flap Your Wings: Stories About Birds - Family Storytime, March 4th

Flap Your Wings: Stories About Birds


Family Storytime


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Mark your calendars! KidsCom here on Tuesday!

Like playing online games? Want to learn more about helping the environment?

Jorian Clarke from will be here on Tuesday, Feburary 24th at 7:00 pm to show you how!

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Can I go in the little boys room?


Show me a man in a skirt and I'll show you my camera.

Princess Reinke, I mean, PRINCIPAL Reinke, of Robinwood Elementary School, Franklin, swallowed his masculinity last week and put on a homemade pink skirt, white high heels, pink fuzzy gloves, tiny flowers and plenty of fringe. Reinke promised the students he'd dress up as a fairy princess if the school raised $3,000 for Second Harvest of Wisconsin.

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Next Adult Book Club - Songs Without Words

March 18th, 2009
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Leader: Mary
Title: Songs Without Words by Ann Packer
Ann Packer takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Expertly, with the keen introspection and psychological nuance that are her hallmarks, she explores what happens when there are inequities between friends and when the hard-won balances of a long relationship are disturbed, perhaps irreparably, by a harrowing crisis.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Adult 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 Adult Book Club. Then read the book and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you here!

Women's Heart Health

February is "Heart" month and even though it's almost over, heart health is a timely topic every day of the year.  Despite all the information

South Milwaukee Library March happenings

The Friends of the Library will be holding their Monday morning book sale on Monday, March 2nd from 9:30-11.  Great bargains! 

Spring story time will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at 10:30 am.  Registration for story time will begin on Monday, March 16, 2009.  You may register in person or call 768-8195, ext 3.

The Thursday afternoon book club will meet on Thursday, March 12 at 1:00 PM.  Stop in and meet the members and find out what they are reading.  Great way to spend an afternoon talking about books.

First day of spring starts on March 20th.  Time to start planning your gardens.  Check out the library's collection of gardening books.  Oh, an by the way, Sunday, March 8th day light savings time starts.  Spring can't be too far away.

We are starting to plan our classes for March and April.  We will be doing classes on how to use the library online catalog and databases.  We will also do an internet training class.  Watch for the details.

We have state and federal tax forms. 

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