Beulah’s Birthday Book Drive

November 12 – December 12, 2021

In the second half of the 19th century, as migrants flooded to the Milwaukee area – particularly from Europe – many settled in the Bay View neighborhood as workers at the Milwaukee Iron Mill. One of the mill’s founders, Warren Brinton, built a home in Bay View with his wife Beulah. Located on South Superior Street, Beulah and Warren Brinton’s home quickly became a sort of community center where Beulah welcomed the families of these migrant workers for education, recreation, English language learning, and community building opportunities. In fact her extensive personal library would be the foundation for Bay View’s first public library!

It is with our neighborhood’s rich history and one of its founders’ strong connection to education in mind, that the Bay View Historical Society has chosen this holiday season to support the work of SHARP Literacy in fostering in students a love of learning in Milwaukee’s diverse communities. We are planning this book drive to take place in honor of Beulah Brinton’s birthday on December 12. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her birthday than by giving back to our community while promoting literacy and learning.

Visit one of Bay View’s partner bookstores (Lion’s ToothVoyageur Book Shop, and Bay View Books & Music) to purchase books from SHARP Literacy’s wish-list below, supporting their efforts to bring learning to life. Don’t have time to shop? Leave it to us by donating directly to Beulah’s Book Drive via our online shop and we will purchase the books for you!


  • Elmer & the Rainbow by David McKee (K3)
  • Pandamonia by Chris Owen (K4)
  • A Bad Seed by Jory John & Chris Oswald (K5)
  • Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen (1st grade)
  • Water by Frank Asch (2nd grade)
  • Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy (3rd grade)
  • Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland into a Home by Barb Rosenstock (4th grade)

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