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The Central branch of Milwaukee's public library system doesn't just offer research help for city residents. Built from Bedford limestone in a style meant to evoke the Renaissance, the block-long building projects a grandeur fitting for the over-a-century-old institution of learning. In addition to its architectural style, the branch plays host to various community and educational events, as well as a selection of paintings by Wisconsin women, and a rare book collection. The Central Library is a designated Milwaukee Landmark and remains one of the largest buildings in the city.

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The Central branch of the Milwaukee Library has served the city since 1898, but its most interesting patron had to be escorted out because of a bowling ball injury. In 1929, a lion named Simba lived in the building's Taxidermy Department (the library shared the space with the Milwaukee Public Museum at the time), and was seen frequently playing with a wooden bowling ball on the building's roof.

Unfortunately, no big cats stalk the halls of the library's central branch today, but the Milwaukee Public Library offers free tours of the historic landmark every day at 11 am, or by appointment. The building also offers tours of its eco-friendly green roof project, but only during the warmer months.

Cover photo by Freekee and available in the Public Domain. The photo was sourced from Wikipedia.

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