A Message from the Executive Director

We know this is a difficult time for many of you as information is changing rapidly. Though we are unsure of what lies ahead in the coming weeks or months, we can assure you we remain committed to supporting the library throughout this challenging time, and we recognize the world will be different from this experience.

The Foundation team is safe and working remotely from home, we are available via phone or email should you need us at any time. To ensure a quick response, questions can be emailed to Foundation@mpl.org and will be answered ASAP.

For the most up to date information on the status of the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) closures, please visit MPL’s website. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also has information about library closures and service priorities in response to COVID-19.

This is an excellent time for library card holders to engage in FREE skills training. Visit MPL.org and search Gale Courses for the extensive catalog.

Because of your generous support of the MPL Foundation, our community has access to these outstanding online materials that are crucial in a time like this when we are forced to change and adapt to a new normal. Even with the stress and anxiety and unprecedented challenges that we are facing with this pandemic, we can be grateful for the many opportunities we have to remain connected through the library’s digital resources.

MPL contains the works of many great minds, one of whom is Abraham Lincoln who said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”

Please be well, and mindful to take care of yourselves.


Ryan E. Daniels
MPL Foundation Executive Director