• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived special events
Aug 12 Saturday, August 12
1:00pm, Free


Join us for a book signing and celebration with Joan LoPresti (author) and Bob Danner (illustrator) of their new children's book, "What's the Big Idea"?


ABOUT THE BOOK

Wouldn't it be fun to read a book about how kids think using retro-like illustrations? What's the big idea? is meant to get young children thinking about where ideas come from and how we learn to place value on them. Each page is composed of opposite thoughts/actions that are very relatable to the actual lives of children. The illustrations are multicultural and the photo realistic settings are varied to help the reader identify with each situation. For added fun, key words in the text graphically represent what they mean. In addition, there's a guide for parents and teachers with extended enriching activities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With a BA in Elementary Education and a MEd in Education Administration, JOAN LOPRESTI is a retired Literacy Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools. She currently does consulting for schools and museums working with teachers on topics related to writing. Her work as an elementary writing teacher earned her the Excellence in Education Award for the Milwaukee Public Schools. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences. Besides authoring books, Joan writes curriculum on writing for both school districts and textbooks.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

BOB DANNER has been an artist inr esidence at schools in Wisconsin for over 40 years. Bob has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He has been an exhibiter in my art shows regionally and nationally, and has won numerous awards. Both a professional artist and a teacher educator, he has worked with thousands of children throughout hte state of Wisconsin. Currently, Bob is a resident artist in two Milwaukee Public Middle Schools with an art specialty focus.