March 2008 Archives

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Does it take more muscles to frown than to smile?


The saying that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile has seemingly been around forever. In fact, the saying has been around for so long that no one seems to be able to figure out exactly what its origins are.

Further muddying the waters on this question is the fact that there seems to be a lot of disagreement as to the numbers of muscles it takes to smile or to frown. The number of muscles to smile ranges anywhere from four to 20, while the number of muscles to frown ranges from 20 to 100.

Some of these numbers can not be true. For example, an article from Psychology Today states that there are 44 muscles in the face. Other sources list up to 53 muscles in the face. Either way, it means that it would be impossible to use 100 muscles to frown.

Some light has been shed on the entire quandary by Dr. David H. Song, a plastic surgeon as well as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals. As someone whose livelihood is wrapped up in the reconstruction of faces, he knows about facial muscles.

It is his contention that when counting all the muscles it takes to smile and all the muscles it takes to frown, that it actually takes one more muscle to smile than it does to frown. He lists 12 muscles to smile, but only 11 muscles to frown.


Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 and looking for a great job opportunity?
If so, check out Earn & Learn. This City of Milwaukee Department of City Development program provides great opportunities for you to develop your job skills. You can gain valuable work experience and earn money by working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.

You can participate in the program in three different ways:

Community Work Experience Program
Summer Youth Internship Program
Private Sector Job Connection

Application deadlines are coming up, so be sure to fill out your online application soon!

March is National Craft Month

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Did you know that March is National Craft Month? According to the January 8th, 2008 edition of Business Week, craft supply sales reached an all time high of 31 billion dollars in 2007.
The library has a large collection of materials on crafting. If you're interested in learning how to knit, crochet, needlepoint, quilt or dozens of other crafts, visit your local library and find lots of information to get started. Are you a seasoned crafter? The library has books on advanced skills, too. So get in touch with your creative side and come to the library where every month is craft month.

Teen Poetry Contest

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Teen Poetry Contest @ MPL
Go to any library and pick up an entry form to submit your poem with.
Entries must be returned between April 1st and April 19th.

Prizes include:

$50 Gift Certificate -- 1st prize
$25 Gift Certificate -- 2nd prize
$10 Gift Certificate -- 3rd prize

For more details visit any of your local libraries.

Support preservation at MPL!

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The Milwaukee Public Library has applied for a small grant to pay for the purchase of equipment for the preservation and digitization of some of the library's more unique materials.

Above is an example of one of our unique materials. It is a World War II U.S. Navy recruiting poster. It is just one of many unique items in the Milwaukee Public Library's possession.

The grant is called the Hometown Helper grant, and it allows non-profit organizations the opportunity to apply for a (relatively) small sum of money to be spent on equipment of all sorts. If our application is accepted, it will allow us to make digital copies of large items, such as maps, posters, and large format photographs for which we have no way of copying in house at this time. Making these copies will help the library preserve the items, and will allow us to make them more accessible to the public.

The Hometown Helper grant allows members of the public to leave messages of support for the various projects. Help MPL by leaving your message of support!

Teen Violence Prevention: This is My Story

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This is My Story: Violence in My World
Thursday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

This is the first program in a Teen Violence Prevention Series sponsored by MPL and the MPL Teen Advisory Board. Hosted by Dasha Kelly of Still Waters Collective, members of the community will share stories, poems, and other forms of spoken-word art reflecting on how violence has affected our lives. Those who have lost their lives to violence will be remembered. Journals for self-reflection will be distributed.

Website of the Week - dMarie Time Capsule

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dMarie Time Capsule is a useful website for providing highlights of a particular day and year from 1800 to the current day. Included are top news headlines, popular songs, toys and books. Find out what may have been on television that day as well as which notable figures celebrate a birthday on that day. The user can choose the quick page option or the advanced page option. The advanced page option enables the user to create personal headlines. This site could greatly assist with homework assignments, birthday celebrations, scrapbooking projects and more.

Tom Olson is the acquisitions librarian for the Milwaukee Public Library. He is frequently a guest on WUWM's Lake Effect in which he recommends new books.

House History registration now open

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If you've ever wondered about the history behind your home, you may want to attend the Milwaukee Public Library's House History program. This extremely popular program will be running again Saturday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

( The T.A. Chapman Residence used to be at 1038 N. Cass St.)

This program is an introduction to the Central Library's resources that are extremely useful for determining the history of a house or property. Resources that will be explored are the Milwaukee city directories, the fire insurance atlases, the tax rolls, and much more.

The program is especially helpful for residents of the City of Milwaukee, as the resources focus on the city. Residents of Milwaukee area suburbs will find less information than those in the city.

Advance registration is required. To register, call the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061.

Big Read Reception @ Central Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library for a celebration of the 2008 Big Read program featuring Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. The reception will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall.

The reception will feature music from the Banjo Barons Ragtime Band Trio, as well as original poetry from the poetry contest. Come view entries from the photography contest based on the Get Caught Reading theme, and sample entries from the tea cake contest. The celebration is also an opportunity to network with our grant partners and share ideas for the next NEA Big Read grant application.

We hope to see you there!

Website of the Week

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Spring is finally creeping into Milwaukee and along with the weather, the housing market will soon be heating up. A really interesting website for researching homes is It provides comprehensive information on individual homes with charts and data about taxes and valuation as well as aerial views of the home and neighborhood. Look at homes locally or nationally. Whether you're interested in buying or selling a home or you just want to see what's out there, Zillow is a powerful tool.

Registering to vote for the April 1st Election ends at 5 pm March 12th.
Remember you can register at any library for the April 1st Election and find out your polling location too

Milwaukee Public Library in top 10

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Nancy Pearl, NPR book commentator and author of the books Book Lust, More Book Lust as well as other books of recommendations about great reading materials has placed the Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library in her list of top 10 libraries, as reported by USA Today.


About the Central Library she says:
"Two things that make a visit here most unforgettable are the grand staircase and the domed rotunda that separates the building's east and west wings... the library has all the bells and whistles that today's modern users expect, yet it still gives the impression of being a cherished old friend." The article lists her favorite public libraries.

Learn more about the Central Library

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about Milwaukee's Central Library?


Thousands of individuals visit the Central Library on a daily basis. Many of them never get to learn about so much of the history behind this venerable building.

Every Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m., there is a free docent-led tour of the Central Library run by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Tours are available at other times by appointment. If you have any questions regarding the tours, just call (414) 286-TOUR.

Your Weekly Reference Question

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Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time 2008 - Sunday March 9th

Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005, beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time will begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November. In spring, clocks are advanced from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. In fall, clocks are set back from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. Recent and future dates are as follows:

2005 – spring ahead on April 3rd, fall back on October 30th
2006 – spring ahead on April 2nd, fall back on October 29th
2007 – spring ahead on March 11th, fall back on November 4th
2008 – spring ahead on March 9th, fall back on November 2nd
2009 – spring ahead on March 8th, fall back on November 1st

A Visit With Lucy Anne Hurston

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As part of the Big Read celebration, Milwaukee Public Library presents "A Visit With Lucy Anne Hurston" on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Central Library's Centennial Hall. Lucy Anne Hurston, the niece of Zora Neale Hurston, will be discussing and signing her book, Speak, So You Can Speak Again , a biography of Zora.

Be sure to check out more Big Read events throughout the area!


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