Milwaukee Public Library Pocket Park
A 2,200 square foot unused alley located on the south side of the new Mitchell Street library is primed for a top-to-bottom makeover to create a pocket park, beginning with excavation of the concrete pavement and installation of native landscaping to create a year-round outdoor destination with features that will include innovative lighting, natural furnishings, water conservation features, portable planters, outdoor dining and community gardens. The pocket park will be an oasis designed to enhance all library visitors’ appreciation of the natural environment and will also host a variety of storytelling festivals, educational workshops, literacy events, interactive light and sound experiences, a farmer’s market, outdoor family movie nights, environment and conservation educational programs, culinary classes and other family-focused activities.
Green Home Environmental Program
The ongoing renovation of Milwaukee Public Library neighborhood branches has been influenced by our community’s desire for green infrastructure and environmental programming to reflect their appreciation for our natural environment. In response, several eco-friendly features have been incorporated into the outdoor designs that expand green spaces, improve storm water quality, reduce storm water runoff and protect the ecological health of the area. Milwaukee Public Library holds a key role in educating and informing citizens about issues affecting our precious freshwater resources today and tomorrow with free access to green information through our Green Home collection, discussion groups, tours, field trips, and DIY workshops for kids, adults, schools and businesses.