Mitch Teich

On last week's Bubbler Talk, we visited the library at the Milwaukee County Zoo to learn whether visitors to the zoo, years ago, were really allowed to feed marshmallows to the polar bears (and other animals).  Turns out, the answer was yes.

But a question emerged from that story: Why the heck does the Milwaukee County Zoo have a library, anyway? 

Jill Fuller/Bridges Library System

February marks “Library Lovers” month -- book nerds everywhere, rejoice!

Scratch that – because it isn’t just readers who benefit from the services public libraries provide.

Even in our current digital age, library use is up around the country – thanks to programming that’s evolved to meet the needs of all different kinds of community members….particularly, students.

Difei Li, flickr

While we all may have forgotten or failed to return something to a library, Wisconsin's 381 public libraries are missing tons of unreturned materials. Now some legislators are advancing a bill that tells libraries they can use collection agencies and law enforcement in serious cases of overdue property.

Oneterry Aka Terry Kearney / Flickr

Milwaukee author Lauren Fox’s latest novel that came out over the summer is called Days of Awe, which she told Lake Effect about in a recent interview (included in audio below).

Ali Eminov

Since 2009, Little Free Libraries have grown from one in the front yard of a house in Wisconsin to over 25,000 little libraries in over 80 countries.

Todd Bol, from Hudson, built the first one six years ago as a memorial to his mother. Today, their popularity has soared far beyond the borders of Wisconsin. There are Little Free Libraries around the world.

It has been almost thirteen years since an invasive beetle revealed its metallic-green-shelled self to scientists outside Detroit. Since then, emerald ash borer (or EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees in Michigan alone and has moved on to 23 other states and two Canadian provinces.

Wisconsin isn't new to the list. EAB was first reported here back in August 1, 2008.

Over the years, WUWM has been checking in with scientists and foresters in our neck of the woods to learn how they deal with the threat of EAB.

Community reads are seemingly everywhere now.  They're a way to boost literacy efforts, spotlight some remarkable writing and even build community.

But the effort underway in Shorewood adds another couple of layers - supporting the state's literary tradition and bringing some local musicians into the fold.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Since the beginning of January, the Wisconsin Historical Society has taken our state history on the road, taking up residence at the Milwaukee Central Library through the end of the month.

S Bence

After sixteen months of construction and many more of planning, Milwaukee Public Library's new East Branch opens its doors to the public.

Erin Lorandos


Libraries hold millions of stories. They can be found in books, magazines, video, and online. But librarians know- and often tap- into another source of unique, lesser-known stories: their patrons.

Spat in Racine Over Removal of School Library Books

Jul 24, 2014

School librarians in Racine are upset because the district orchestrated the removal of thousands of books from school libraries.

Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Last month, librarians of Milwaukee Public Library's East Library put a time capsule in the wall of the new building so that a future generation can find artifacts about what was used in libraries when the library was built. Since then, construction workers of Stevens Construction have put up the dry wall, adding definition to the new library's interior.

Beth Gabriel

Libraries are known to be a treasure-trove of information new and old. Although the role the library plays in today’s society is shifting, Milwaukee Public Libraries are currently building a new library for the East Side.

Erin Lorandos

We have been featuring poetry throughout April, which is National Poetry Month.  Today we feature another Wisconsin poet, or at least a poet who is a Wisconsin native. 

Lorandos got her start in poetry when she was in middle school. Her teacher asked her class to imagine what it would be like if they were an inch tall. What would she see? What would she do? She used her imagination and was inspired to write poetry ever since.

Ann-Elise Henzl

People who use Milwaukee’s east side library will have to visit a temporary site for the next 15 months.