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 the 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, an air garden, outdoor natural furnishings, water conservation features, portable planters, trees, projection technology, raised flower and vegetable beds. 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 and cultural food classes and exchange activities, and a unique StoryWalk installation.
Green Shares Environmental Program
The recent renovation of Milwaukee Public Library neighborhood branches have 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 Share collection, discussion groups, tours, field trips, and DIY workshops for kids, adults, schools and businesses.