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Find a listing of the latest arrivals of books, audio and video items at the Wauwatosa Library, as well as information on upcoming events and staff suggestions for timely information you can use every day on the library's blog.

Under the Stars

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is one of the most popular nursery rhymes in the English language.  The melody comes from an old French song, “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman”, in which a young boy complains to his mother about his father’s high expectations.  The words are from an English poem by Jane Taylor called “The Star”.  Mozart wrote 12 variations on this tune. 

The stars have fascinated human beings since ancient times.  Families had little entertainment at night before the invention of candles and oil lamps.   Gazing at the stars and creating stories about them is a cross-cultural phenomenon.  Many myths explain the existence of constellations by telling us that the gods placed people in the sky to keep them safe or as a reward for exceptional behavior. 

Stories with star rewards existed long before school children hoped to see stars on their homework and test papers.  The good sister receives a golden star on her forehead in the Italian fairy tale, “The Colony of Cats”, from the Crimson Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang.  Two Hispanic versions, Little Gold Star retold by Robert D. San Souci and Estrellita de Oro/Little Gold Star retold by Joe Hayes, also have the good sister receiving a gold star on her forehead. 

The Wauwatosa Children’s Librarians will present an “Under the Stars Family Story Night” on Wednesday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 23rd from 6:30 – 7:00 pm at the Wauwatosa Public Library.   This program of stories and rhymes is most appropriate for families with children ages 3 and older.  For more information or to register, please call the Wauwatosa Children's Library at 414-471-8486.                 

New Releases


Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
by Temple Grandin

Corsair: a Novel of the Oregon Files
by Clive Cussler

Joker One: a Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership and Brotherhood
by Donovan Campbell

Last Dickens
by Matthew Pearl

Rich Bride, Poor Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide
by Sean Buckley

Triumph of Music
by T.C.W. Blanning

Universe in a Mirror; the Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It
by Robert Zimmerman

When March Went Mad: the Game that Transformed Basketball
by Seth Davis

Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type
by Helen E. Fisher

You Must Remember This: the Warner Bros. Story
by Richard Schickel


Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the WorldDewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron 

Heart and Soul
by Maeve Binchy

Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

Outliers: the Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Run for Your Life
by James Patterson

Music on CD 

Product DetailsMiddle Cyclone/ Neko Case 

Miles from India: a Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
(performed by various musicians)

/ Igor Stravinsky (performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin)
     Symphony in Three Movements; Symphony of Psalms: 1948 Revised Version; Symphony in C

Watchmen: Music from the Motion Picture

Way I See It
/ Raphael Saadiq


Product DetailsBottle Shock

Frozen River

Lucky Ones

Righteous Kill

What Just Happened

What's New?

Wauwatosa Library has just subscribed to, the online version of Consumer Reports!

This means that as a resident of Wauwatosa, you can now have access to the ratings, recommendations and articles found in Consumer Reports from your home or office for free.  Of course, the library will continue to subscribe to Consumer Reports magazine, the most trusted source for consumer information but now, you will have the convenience of being able to search for information from your personal computer when you need it. 

Like the magazine, provides unbiased reviews and ratings of thousands of products and services.  Searchable categories include cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, babies and kids, money, food and health.  In addition, you’ll find the latest consumer news, blogs, forums and video content. 

Click on the Consumer Reports link on the library’s website and log on with your library card number.

What Defines a Leader?

Courage, vision, determination, confidence, the ability to inspire-these are qualities that define a leader.  The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation will be recognizing and honoring individuals who have shown these qualities in work, school and community service in Wauwatosa at the Spring Leadership Luncheon.   

This year’s leadership awards will be given to six outstanding area high school students and the Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award will be presented to Jon Vice, Past President and CEO of Children’s Hospital.  The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Bob Woodward, award-winning journalist and best-selling author. 

Jon Vice provided nearly three decades of leadership to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, creating one of the country’s leading medical facilities for pediatric care.  Since becoming President and CEO in 1984, he has overseen the growth of 14 entities, including hospitals, clinics, a research center and a foundation.  Outreach efforts under his direction included school-based health care for Milwaukee’s most disadvantaged children, the Children’s Health Education Center and integration of the Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin.  Recently “retired,” Mr. Vice serves on several boards, including Children’s Miracle Network here and in the U.K., and has served on the Children’s Research Institute and Children’s Community Health Plan boards.  He has also joined the faculty of his alma mater, the University of Alabama-Birmingham. 

Bob Woodward
’s name has been synonymous with investigative journalism since winning the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.  His articles for the Washington Post on the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.  He has been called “the most celebrated journalist of our age.”  In addition to reporting, Woodward has authored or coauthored 14 bestselling books.  He has more #1 nonfiction bestsellers that any contemporary American author and three of his books have been made into movies.  His latest book, The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008, is the last in his series about the Bush administration.  

The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation invites you to join us for the Spring Leadership Luncheon, May 12th at 12:00 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Dr., in Wauwatosa.  Tickets are $40.00 and are available at the Library Information Desk.  All proceeds go to benefit the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation.           

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