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The Doerr Library has a trial subscription to ProQuest's US Major Dailies database through May 20th, 2018. This database provides full-text access to major U.S. daily newspapers including The Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Our current newspaper databases cannot provide us the full-text content to most of these papers. Please give this a try and let me know if you think this is something we should have at MUHS.

Yesterday we lost two very influential women, Barbara Bush and Vel Phillips. Barbara Bush was the wife of President George H. W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush. During her tenure as First Lady, she led the charge to increase literacy. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a charity that encourages reading and writing in low-income households. Since 1989, the foundation has partnered with local organizations and raised more than $110 million to create and expand literacy programs across the country. Vel Phillips was an influential civil rights leader and judge in Milwaukee. She was Milwaukee's first female to sit on its City Council and the first African-American woman to graduate from UW-Madison's Law School. She marched alongside Fr. Groppi and was a champion of fair housing law reforms.

Both women left their mark on society. For more information on these great women, check out the following links.

Barbara Bush

Vel Phillips

Calling all poets! During the month of April, the library is giving away a candy bar for a Haiku. Send Mrs. O'Hara your creation via email ( or drop off your poem at the library's information desk. We will add your Haiku to our growing collection of delightful poems.

What is a Haiku? A Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

Let that inner poet out and write a Haiku today!

This month's Guys Read Book Club book is Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King. While the topic of the book is disturbing, this book engaged me from page one. I enjoyed the author's use of two storylines to unfold the story of a young man coping with the pain of sever bullying. All of the characters rang true to me including the protagonist's withdrawn father who was unable to connect with his son. A. S. King is a up-and-coming author and her books are receiving a lot of critical acclaim.

Join us on Tuesday, April 24th during the activity period in the library's conference room for our book discussion of Everybody Sees the Ants and some treats.

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