• 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
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived special events
Aug 12 Saturday, August 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can


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.