Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Starting a Business

Ever thought about starting your own business? If you have, there are free resources that can help you get started. You’ll find everything from financing options to learning how to legally establish your business.
Since people have lots of questions about getting started, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently launched a new online course for young entrepreneurs that introduces the basics of creating and financing a successful business. While this free course is designed for young entrepreneurs, it is suitable for anyone interested in opening their own small business. The course is also available in Spanish.
Financing and counseling
SBA not only helps you start your business with free online tools and courses but also has agreements with financial institutions to help facilitate loans to small businesses through small business development centers or SBDCs, that offer help in all aspects of business planning.
After deciding to start a business and taking courses to familiarize yourself with the basics, you could then find assistance in your area and sit down with a loan expert that will help you prepare a business plan for a bank loan.
If you have questions about these online learning tools or the courses offered, you can also get in touch with the SBA directly by emailing learning@sba.gov.
The Library also offers a wide variety of resources on the topic. Stop by and talk to a librarian for help!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library


The Library offers access to a variety of financial and investment resources at no cost to you!

·         Morningstar  
Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database designed to help you reach your investment goals. It’s a one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. Data is provided on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1500 exchange traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. It also provides reports on over 3500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments.
This resource can only be used by one patron at a time, so if it is not available when you attempt to login please try again at a later time.  Please also remember to click "End Session" when leaving the site to allow for maximum sharing of this resource.

·         Value Line
Value line provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles, and offers a family of no-load mutual funds. An unbiased and reliable authoritative resource provided in the Library. Stop by the Adult Information Desk for access.

·         Financial seminars
Dollars and Sense: Financial Planning and Investment Workshops
The Library, in partnership with Floe Financial Partners, an investment management firm located in Pasadena, will be offering a series of workshops designed to benefit your bottom line. All of these workshops are free and will be held at 6:30pm in the Cay Mortenson Auditorium. No registration is required.
Fundamentals of Investing I- January 20; 6:30pm
Learn the vital components of a plan which maps out accumulation and careful management of savings for your family’s financial goals.
Fundamentals of Investing II- March 17; 6:30pm
Learn a more detailed explanation of the most common issues one faces when managing investments during retirement and the most important concepts to be aware of to maximize income, while minimizing risk and taxes.
Mark your calendars for future sessions:
5/19/15: Fundamentals of Investing III
7/21/15: Minimizing the Risk of Identity Theft
9/15/15: Controlling Your Long-Term Care Costs
11/17/15: Charitable Giving
If you have questions please call us at 626-821-5569.

·         Financial investment books
The Library carries a large array of book on a multitude of financial topics. Click here for access to investment books or stop by the library, call (626.821.5569), or chat with us regarding different economic matters.

Is there something missing from this list, a resource you’d like to see at the Library? Let us know!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Avoid Winter Fires

The colder weather and the holidays call for a toasty fire, wouldn't you agree? Here are a few tips to safely heat your home during the winter:
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually (PDF), especially if it hasn’t been used in a long time.
  • Never use fuel burning appliances without proper ventilation. Burning fuel (coal, kerosene, or propane) can produce deadly fumes.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent sparks or embers from jumping out.
  • Avoid using electrical space heater in bathrooms or other areas where it can come in contact with water.
  • Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke detector. Check it on a monthly basis.
 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Books to Movies: January 2015

A new year is almost here and that means a whole new set of books to read before they hit the big screen! Here’s what hitting the screen in January:


Book: Women in Black by Susan Hill
Film: Women in Black 2, Angel of Death
Release Date: January 2nd

Book: All you Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (short story)
Film: Predestination
Release Date:  January 9th

Book: The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
Film: The World Made Straight
Release Date: January 9th

Book: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Film: Paddington
Release Date: January 16th

Book: The Humbling by Philip Roth
Film: The Humbling
Release Date: January 23rd

Book:  The Mortdecai Trilogy written by Kyril Bonfiglioli
Film: Mortdecai
Release Date: January 23rd

I’m looking forward to Paddington, just because I grew up reading Paddington books. Which movie will you be watching? Do you plan on reading the book before or after?




Monday, December 01, 2014

New Books: December 2014

With the holidays here it's easy to forget all about our "to-read" list, not that I'd blame you with all the shopping, cooking, and family time. Keep these titles in mind, in case you manage to sneak in a little reading time:

Week of December 1st

The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life by Dave Asprey
Genre: Nonfiction, Health, Nutrition
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Thrones by Thomas Asbridge 
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, History
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer by Norman Mailer
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir by Gerald Hughes, Frieda Hughes
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Week of December 8th

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary fiction, Romance
The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen 
Genre: Fiction
Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Week of December 15th

Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story Behind the Nazi Search for Europe's Buillon by George M. Taber
Genre: Nonfiction, History
Demon from Afar, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki
Genre: Manga
The Devil in Montmartre: A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris by Gary Inbinder
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Historical fiction

Week of December 22nd

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion by Gregg Levoy
Genre: Nonfiction
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor, Contemporary
Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing, Children’s

Week of December 29th

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary fiction
Goodnight Already! by Jory John 
Genre: Children’s, Picture books
The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel 
Genre: Women’s fiction
Saving Grace by Jane Green
Genre: Women’s fiction, Contemporary fiction, Mystery

 Which book caught your eye? 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is here! Here are some tips from USA.gov for holiday shopping:
Before going shopping
  • Set a budget that includes how much you’ll spend on gifts, decorations, and dinner menu ingredients.
  • Make a list of the things you really need and prioritize them, so you won’t need to do all your shopping in one day.
  • Research and choose stores and websites that carry the items you need.
  • Plan to use coupons and discounts to save money. Watch for deals at stores and on websites.

Shopping in stores
  • Consider all sales announcements at your stores to determine the best shopping time that will let you save money by getting special deals. 
  • When you’re out shopping and you have purchases in your car, be sure to keep your purchases out of sight so they’re not stolen.
  • Save all your receipts for exchanges or returns.

Shopping online
  • Use different web sites to compare prices on items you need.
  • Check the user comments on the purchases you’re making. You can read about the quality of the product, and whether the company has reliable shipping.
  • Be aware of the return policy and the shipping times.
  • Only buy items on trusted sites that will protect your personal information.
  • Save confirmation numbers and receipts in case you have issues with your order or you never receive your items.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Books to Movies: December 2014

Finding time to read during the holidays is no easy feat. Perhaps this list of books to movies will convince you to sneak in a little reading time. Here’s our list of December movies based off of books. Read them before they hit the big screen.

Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Film: Wild
Release Date: December 5th

Book: Book of Exodus, Bible
Film: Exodus: Gods and Kings
Release Date: December 12th

Book: The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
Film: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 
Release Date: December 17th

Book: Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray (comic strip)
Film: Annie
Release Date: December 19th

Book: Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
Film: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Release Date: December 19th

Book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Film: Unbroken
Release Date: December 25th


Which book will you be reading? Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand had been the best sellers list for years already, I think I’ll finally see what all the fuss is about before it hits the big screen at the of December. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. Don't think diabetes is a problem? Here are a few statistics on diabetes from the American Diabetes Association:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
See this worksheet the CDC has on American diabetes, just to see how rampant the diabetes problem is. National Diabetes Month is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management:
  • A is for: A1C test - a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.
  • B is for: Blood pressure - the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
  • C is for: cholesterol - there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels. 

Monitor your ABCs at your regular visit with your doctor, in order to prevent and/ or manage diabetes. Remember, diabetes can be treated with medication, exercise, and diet. Learn more by visiting these online and library resources:

Online resources

Library Resources
Don't let diabetes become a part of your story!

Monday, November 03, 2014

New Books: November 2014

My favorite part of November is sneaking in a little extra time for reading. We have a few days off this month and we aren’t yet into the frenzy of Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to catch up on our list of books to read. Here are a few more books to add to your reading list:

Week of November 3rd


Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Genre: Children’s, GLBT, Contemporary fiction
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
Genre: Nonfiction, Business, Psychology, Science
Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
A Map of Betrayal by Han Jin
Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter
Genre: Contemporary fiction

Week of November 10th

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-help, Autobiography, Music
 Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Revival by Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
Genre: Nonfiction, Spirituality, Religion, Essays

Week of November 17th

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert by Frank Herbert
Genre: Science fiction, Short stories
Original Sin by Jason Aaron
Genre: Graphic novel, Comics, Superheroes
Things Grak Hates by Peter J. Story
Genre: Fiction, Humor
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum
Genre: Nonfiction, Short stories

Week of November 24th

Damnation by Jean Johnson
Genre: Science fiction
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary fiction, Romance
Secret of a Thousand Beauties by Mingmei Yip
Genre: Historical fiction,  Romance, China
Symbiont by Mira Grant
Genre: Science fiction, Horror
Unraveling You by Jessica Sorensen
Genre: Contemporary fiction, New adult, Romance, Music


Which book/s will make it onto your reading list?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Health Insurance

Did you miss the last Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period? Need to make changes to your current health insurance plan? Open enrollment for 2015 coverage begins soon. Here are some dates, resources, and information you might find useful:


First of all, what is open enrollment? Open enrollment is the time when you can find a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or see if you can get help paying for coverage. If you want to make sure you’re covered in 2015, mark these 4 dates on your calendar:
  • November 15, 2014. This is your first day to apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
  • December 15, 2014. Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by December 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage.
  • December 31, 2014. The day all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st.
  • February 15, 2015. The last day you can enroll in 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.

Need more help? Take a look at these resources:
  • HealthCare.gov- This is a health insurance exchange website operated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. States that don’t offer their own health insurance marketplace make use of this website. Although the State of California does offer their own marketplace this website offers general information, definition, resources, etc. that you may find helpful.
  • CoveredCA.com- The health insurance marketplace for the State of California. California residents use this website to enroll in health insurance plans, as well as access California specific information and resources.

Still need more help? The Arcadia Public Library, in conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing Justice of Los Angeles, is offering one-on-one consultations with experts in Obamacare, Medi-Cal, and Covered California. Join us every Wednesday, 5-8pm for your information and enrollment needs. Please contact Teresa Ying for an appointment: tying@advancingjustice-la.org OR 213.241.0262.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sending Care Packages to Our Troops Overseas

The holidays are just around the corner. Often, when the holiday season hits we try to stop and think of how we can help others. Here’s an idea, how about sending care packages to our troops overseas? 

Here’s how:
United States Postal Service (USPS)
Send a care package to a loved one in the military using the United States Postal Service (USPS)
Check out the guidelines for international shipping and make sure the items you’re sending are permitted in the destination country.
Follow the instructions to send packages to military and diplomatic personnel. Include the recipient’s full name, unit number and military mail address with the Army or Air Force Post Office (APO), Fleet for Navy and Marines Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).
Use the internet to fill out a Customs Form to attach to the package.
Note: USPS doesn’t accept packages that are over 70 pounds. You can also check the country’s package weight limits.
For additional information about sending mail contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777.

United Service Organizations (USO)
Show your support through United Service Organizations (USO)
The USO is a nonprofit organization through which you can buy care packages of items (comfort foods, books, movies, etc.) or services such as phone calls home for troops overseas. You can also make tax-deductible donations to send the troops holiday gifts or to honor a loved military member.
Note: These packages and services are sent to troops in general rather than to individual service members.
If you have additional questions about the USO, contact the organization at 1-888-484-3876.

These care packages are sure to brighten the day of our troops who are away from home and loved ones during the holidays.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

National Bullying Prevention Month


It’s National Bullying Prevention Month. What does that mean to you? For us, here at the Arcadia Public Library, it means an opportunity to take a minute (or a blog post) to bring awareness and stand up to bullying.
A great resource, for parents, educators, and students, is StopBullying.gov. This website provides a multitude of resources concerning bullying, its effects on victims and bystanders, prevention tips, and help resources.  Here’s an overview of just some of the efforts being highlighted this month:

  • #StopBullying365 – All month long, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) will be using the hashtag #StopBullying365 to collect stories of how individuals and communities are taking action in bullying prevention. Join StopBullying.gov on Facebook andTwitter to learn more.
  • KnowBullying. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) new mobile app provides parents, caretakers, and teachers with important bullying prevention information, and can help get the conversation started between parents/caregivers and children about bullying in as little as 15 minutes a day.
  • Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts’ Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment. This video, developed collaboratively by ED, DOJ, and SAMHSA, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlines school districts’ federal obligations to respond to harassment.
  • Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved. This report summarizes findings from the Institute of Medicine Workshop held in April, 2014, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. More than 20 presenters shared research on how families, schools and communities can take effective action to stop bullying and reduce its harmful effects.
  • Internet Safety Two-Part Webinar Series – On October 30, 2014 from 2-3pm EDT, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center will host the first of a two-part webinar series. This series is a collaborative effort by DOJ, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Agriculture, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The first webinar will focus on internet safety and cyberbullying. The second webinar will occur in mid-November and focus on sexting and sextortion. Stay tuned to StopBullying.gov for more information!
  • Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention. Media coverage of social issues has a big impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, the entertainment creative community, and others who are developing content about bullying to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.

Here, at the Library, we also carry a large array of resources on the topic:

We encourage you to support the anti-bullying message and help children identify and deal with bullies!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Books to Movies: November 2014

There aren't a whole lot of books based on movies hitting the screen in November (at least compared to other months), yet there are some really good movies to look forward to. Take a look at the the list below and read the book before it hits the big screen next month!



Book: Big Hero 6 by  Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau
Film: Big Hero 6
Release Date: November 7th

Book:  Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking 
Film: The Theory of Everything
Release Date: November 7th

Book: The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
Film: The Homesman
Release Date: November 14th (limited release)

Book: Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari 
Film: Rosewater
Release Date: November 14th (limited release)

Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Release Date: November 21st

Book: Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Film:  The Imitation Game 
Release Date: November 21st


Which movie will you be watching? Do you plan on reading the book before watching the movie?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness of the often fatal disease. Early detection is the key. Although many people know of breast cancer, they avoid the steps that lead to early detection and that often mean the difference between life and death.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reminds us that other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.  If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. (http://tinyurl.com/m2v8zjx)
Worried about the cost? Follow this link to find access to free or low-cost mammograms.

The library also carries a variety of books on the topic. Click here to browse our collection.