Then it was on to the basement where many of the federal depository titles are held (I've never seen so many
Bureau of Mines volumes) along with books on tape for the blind/etc.
That wouldn't be a nice view...
A little book elevator!
How convenient, a book drive through, and an added touch is the fire extinguisher with automatic sprinkler head
over the return pile (frighening!)
Books take space to store...for now!
Lots of tapes too
Here is a little server in the server room - most are for the catalogs, but others hold CD-ROM images since a big draw of
people visiting with children are the educational video games. The poor server room had an underpowered air conditioning unit
and I guess it gets really hot during the summer. No advanced fire protection either.
Lots more (really overpowered) computers to refresh the ones at this and other branches. Eventually they're trying to get
to a simpler computer, but the above mentioned educational video games need a bit of screen refresh/latency that might not be
possible in the current infrastructure. However, think of the savings in lease and electricity costs if even some of the
computers were moved over to modern terminals. Pricing for libraries on new computers is really low to keep them on mainstream
There goes the fiber to various Milwaukee Public Library branches!
Internet content filtering hardware
Anybody need a spare keyboard?
The next stop was the most behind the scenes - to the DOME above the atrium. This wonderfully decorated ceiling piece is sadly
rotting away (not in a public area though).
A view from the dome area along the roof of the building and downtown Milwaukee
The dome is a formidable and a bit sooty looking structure
They're using good old GE bulbs!
A panoramic view of the dome with artificial light on top of it with skylight above that
The blubs fit right through to the much nicer looking ceiling of the dome
Little walkway of the dome - don't want to be the guy changing light bulbs up here!
Steel structure supporting the dome
Nice spiral staircase down from the dome
A last peek from way up high
These eagles guard the atrium from the entrance side
Nice marble balusters along each floor around the atrium
You can't tell what the temperature is anymore, but the thermometer was made in Milwaukee
A panoramic view of the atrium of the Milwaukee Public Library
It's a Federal Depository, public access is guaranteed - a regional one in fact and there's only one other in Wisconsin (at UW Madison). It was designated a
Federal Depository in 1861 and the overall Milwaukee Public Library holds more than 1 million volumes (2.8 million as of 2007)
The outside of the library
And after that the next day we went to Madison, Wisconsin - here's the capitol
We went to see a live broadcast of the wonderful radio show Whad 'Ya Know?
We didn't try to get on the quiz or anything as a part of the show, but I did take this photo of mom and dad
next to a Wall Drug sign just for my friend Brad who lives there
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