8:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Library Represents Today in Time Capsule for People of Tomorrow

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson speaks with East Library's Harper Robison and Beth Gabriel.

Libraries are known to be a treasure-trove of information new and old. Although the role the library plays in today’s society is shifting, Milwaukee Public Libraries are currently building a new library for the East Side.

Opening in November, the library’s construction is at a point where the librarians could put something in the walls. The librarians of the East Library decided to put a time capsule in the walls. The time capsule was placed in the wall on Friday June 20th  , including a jump drive, a library card, and a copy of 50 Shades of Grey.

“We moved out of our old building and we had a lot of really cool funky stuff that we got rid of and sold to get ready to move and I thought  ‘aw, we lost all of that stuff,’” says Beth Gabriel. “But really, what you really want your time capsule to be a snapshot of your life right now.”

Harper Robison, a Circulation Assistant, and Beth Gabriel, a Reference Assistant, joined Lake Effect’s Eleanor Peterson by phone.