To me, libraries are an integral part of the fabric of a community — and they are many things to many people. Gone are the days of simply checking out books.
Today, a better question is, “What doesn’t a library do?”
So it is with the South Milwaukee Public Library, whose mission “is to enhance the quality of life in South Milwaukee in a welcoming and innovative environment that provides information and ideas for lifelong learning and literacy.”
I continue to be impressed with how library is bringing that mission to life.
See for yourself at a couple upcoming events …
- Tuesday, October 11: “Our Library: A History of the South Milwaukee Public Library.” Hear the story of how South Milwaukee’s library came to be and how it has adapted over the years to meet the needs of a growing and ever-changing city. The presentation will include rarely seen photographs and artifacts from the library’s past. 6 p.m. Details
- Monday, October 24: “Getting to Know South Milwaukee’s Digital History Archive.” This introductory class for researchers and history buffs will showcase South Milwaukee’s new and growing digital history archive, teaching users about the resources and how best to utilize them. Details
I especially love the local history work the library is doing. From archiving Bucyrus “Scoop” magazines, to city directories and government publications, to high school yearbooks, to old photos and scrapbooks, the work the library has done to tell our city’s history story is significant — and really impactful.
See its digitized collection here.
The library has also started a new quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will cover a variety of topics including upcoming events, a Library Director’s report, and updates on our local history collection.
Please subscribe here: smlibrary.org/newsletter
Check out the full library calendar here, which includes innovative activities like this …