• 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

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Archived special events
Aug 12 Saturday, August 12
11:00am,


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.