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Welcome back GPL blog readers! 

The Library is prepping for our summer programs.  However, the Library has a number of events going on before summer as well.  Please read about some of the events from mid-May to the end of the month 

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Readiness Review for upcoming Milwaukee Career Expo to take place at Greenfield Library on May 15

Those interested in attending the Milwaukee Career Expo on May 22 at State Fair Park will have the opportunity to secure an admission ticket for the event when they attend a Readiness Review session on Thursday, May 15, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at the Greenfield Library.  If you’re seeking a job and are interested in connecting with employers at the Milwaukee Career Expo, the first step is to register at and complete a Job Match Profile and Self Assessment Survey.  Then, bring a printed copy of your resume and Self Assessment Survey to the Readiness Review session at the Greenfield Library.  Department of Workforce Development staff will be on hand to help you prepare for the Career Expo. For more information about the Career Expo, call 888-258-9966 (jobseeker prompt). 

NEW at the Greenfield Library!   Family Game Night!

Tuesday, May 20, will be the library’s first Family Game Night.  We’ll meet in the Community Room from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to enjoy an evening full of fun family games.  We have games for you to borrow, but please feel free to bring your own games from home.  Popcorn will be served!  We look forward to seeing you and your family.  Future Family Game Nights are scheduled for June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21.

History Book Club Gets Salty May 27

Did you know that over time salt has served as currency, influenced the creation of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, and inspired revolutions?  Salt is not just a necessary commodity for life: it is also a historical one.  Greenfield Library’s History Book Club will discuss Mark Kurlansky’s Salt: A World History on May 27 in the Library’s Community Room at 7pm.  Learn how such an ordinary substance has affected your world and its history.  Call (414-321-9595 x104) or visit Greenfield Library Reference to get the book or acquire it online at

Folk Singer Craig Siemsen to Perform at Greenfield Library May 29th

 If you love the music from a past, simpler era, you will love this show.  Craig Siemsen performs his “Over the Rainbow” show May 29th, at 6:30PM, in the Greenfield Library Community Room.  The show features popular songs, along with stories and humor and the music ranges from the down times of the Depression and the 1930s through the changing times of the 1960s.  Standards, country, folk and his own personal compositions are featured. Come and enjoy some no-frills American music Thursday, May 29 at this free Greenfield Library program. 

It’s a Garden Party in the Greenfield Library Children’s Garden on Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 – 3:00 PM

If you’ve never been to the lovely Greenfield Library Children’s Garden, stop by on Saturday, May 31, and join us as we unveil some fun, new garden enhancements that the children will enjoy.  AT 11:00 AM, all participants will have an opportunity to make a pinecone birdfeeder and to paint a ceramic garden marker for the Children’s Garden or their own garden.  This free children’s project will be presented by the Boerner Botanical Gardens’ Youth Outreach Coordinator.   We’ll also be selling plants for your garden or patio!   All proceeds will go towards maintenance of the Children’s Garden.  The Children’s Garden is tucked away on the north side of the library and is accessible from the west side of the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website or call the library at (414) 321-9595 X104. 

In the Stacks: Lewis and Clark Expedition 

On May 14, 1804, 210 years ago this week, Captain Meriwether Lewis and friend and Second Lieutenant William Clark departed from Camp Dubois in present-day Illinois and began their historic journey exploring the West via the Missouri River and eventually encountering the Pacific Ocean.  Their perilous journey lasted over two years until September 1806.  The purpose of the journey was to explore and map the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, find a practical route across the land, and establish an American presence in the territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it. 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition established relationships with two dozen Indian nations, without whose help the expedition would have risked starvation during the harsh winters and become hopelessly lost in the Rocky Mountains.  The help from Shoshone guide Sacagawea was instrumental in translation between tribes and the success of Lewis and Clark. 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition gained an understanding of the geography of the Northwest and produced the first accurate maps of the area.  The expedition also documented natural resources and plants that had been previously unknown to Euro-Americans.  The brave efforts of these men and their crew made westward expansion possible and safer for potential settlers. 

Explore some of Greenfield Library’s selections related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition: 


The Essential Lewis and Clark – ed. Landon Y. Jones     978.02 ESS 

In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark – Gerald S. Snyder     978 SNY (Ask at Desk) 

Lewis and Clark Road Trips: Exploring the Trail Across America – Kira Gale     917.3 GAL 

Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes – ed. Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.     978 JOS 

Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition – Ella E. Clark     BIO SACAGAWEA (Ask at Desk) 

The Saga of Lewis & Clark: Into the Unchartered West – Thomas Schmidt     978 SCH 


American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition – Laurence Pringle     J BIO YORK 

The Back of Beyond: A Story About Lewis and Clark – Andy Russell Bowen     J 978.02 BOW 

How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark – Rosalyn Schanzer     J 978.02 SCH 

I Am Sacagawea – Grace Norwich     J BIO SACAGAWEA 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition – Christin Ditchfield     E 978 DIT 

Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities – Janis Herbert     J 978.02 HER 

Lewis and Clark: From Ocean to Ocean – Harold Faber     J 978.02 FAB 

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – Christine A. Fitz-Gerald     J 973.2 FIT 

A Picture Book of Sacagawea – David Adler     E BIO SACAGAWEA 

Sacagawea – Liselotte Erdrich     E BIO SACAGAWEA 

Sacagawea: Westward with Lewis and Clark – Alana White     J BIO SACAGAWEA 

The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark – Della Rowland     J BIO SACAJAWEA 

The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition – R. Conrad Stein     J 978.02 STE 

Who Was Sacagawea? – Dennis B. Fradin     J BIO SACAGAWEA 


Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West      DVD 978.02 LEW 

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery     DVD 978.02 LEW 

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Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at Greenfield Library soon.

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