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16 Monday

First Stage presents Welcome to Bronzeville: The Wisconsin Cycle, First Stage's new play development initiative honoring the local history and heritage of Wisconsin, presents this play set in 1957 about a young African American man struggling to find his place in his home and community. This play is suggested for families with young people ages 8 and up.

Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

3:30 p.m.

Pay what you choose performance in honor of Martin Luther King Day

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Martin Luther King Day Celebration: Join the celebration all day with live entertainment and crafts for the whole family featuring Afro-Brazilian Percussion, Ex Fabula Fellows, the Kevin Hayden Band, Signature Dance Company, button making, and peace cookies. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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17 Tuesday

Celebrate National Hat Day: We will read great hat stories, make silly hat crafts, and have a hat snack. Don't forget to wear your favorite hat!

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee

5 to 6 p.m.

Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St., Milwaukee

5 to 6 p.m.

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Preschool Story Time at Central Library: Preschoolers are invited for fun stories, songs and finger plays designed to help them develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read. Child care centers are welcome.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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Wii U Gaming: Melt your winter blues with gaming at the library! Enjoy Wii U games, rated E for Everyone.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

4 to 5 p.m.

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18 Wednesday

Celebrate National Hat Day: See January 17 listing for description.

Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th St., Milwaukee

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Lost Art Night: Letter Writing at Tippecanoe: There is nothing quite like getting a letter in the mail. Come to the Tippecanoe Branch Library and make someone’s day by writing them a letter. Fun letter writing materials will be provided like stamps, paint and mixed media collage to create a unique sentiment for your special correspondent, or bring your own!

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Playgroup with Stories at Central Library: A 20-minute story time for children and their parent or guardian is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys. For children ages 2 and under, with a parent or guardian

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

9:30 to 11 a.m.

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19 Thursday

Pete the Cat Party: Celebrating Pete the Cat with his stories and activities

Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

6:30 to 7 p.m.

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Playgroup with Stories: See January 18 listing for description.

Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

East Library, 2320 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Preschool Story Time: See January 17 listing for description.

Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St., Milwaukee

10 to 10:30 a.m.

Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee

10 to 10:30 a.m.

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20 Friday

Friday Night Fun Flick: Watch a family-friendly movie on our big screen! Bring your blankets and pillows and relax while watching a movie. Feel free to bring your own refreshments.

Oak Creek Public Library, 8040 S. 6th St., Oak Creek

6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

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No-School Movie: Join us in watching a new-release “no-school” movie!

Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., Hales Corners

2 to 4 p.m.

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Play Date with Art: Great Big Brushstrokes: It’s never too early to learn to love art! Drop in and make art together, in this monthly program designed especially for our youngest visitors – ages five and under (with an adult). Stop by and sing along during Singing Time at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee

10 a.m. to noon

Free with museum admission

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Playgroup with Stories at Tippecanoe Library: See January 18 listing for description.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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