Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mental Health

Currently, with the sad passing of Robin Williams, the topic of mental health is on the mind of many people. As Buzz Aldrin wrote on Twitter, “The loss of Robin Williams is tragic. Like him, I and many veterans also suffer from depression. All Americans should awaken to this.”
Let’s not ignore the importance of mental health. Stop by the Library for books, magazines, and other resources on the topic.
Additional resources have been made available by the U.S. Government, take a look:

Remember, if you or somebody else is in emotional distress, or if you’re concerned about suicide, you can call: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). For emergency help, you can always dial 9-1-1.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Questions and Answers on Ebola

Turn on the news and you inevitably hear about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. You are probably wondering how it might affect you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared an overview of Ebola frequently asked questions. Here is what they have to say:

The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness.  It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire.  CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?
On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?
CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process -- from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS. 

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?
On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

For more information follow this link.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Books to Movies: August 2014

Summer is coming to an end. Cheer up with a good book, followed by a movie. Here’s a list of books that will be translated into film next month:

Book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Film: Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (limited release)
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Book: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Film: Before I Go to Sleep
Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited release)

Book: Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane
Film: The Drop
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Book: A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
Film: A Walk among the Tombstones
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
Film: Hector and the Search for Happiness (limited)
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Film: The Maze Runner
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: This is where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Film: This is where I Leave You
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Film: The Boxtrolls
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Book: Good People by Marcus Sakey
Film: Good People (limited release)
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Book: The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
Film: The Two Faces of January (limited release)
Release Date:  September 26, 2014

Read the book and then watch the movie. Tell us which you enjoyed more!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Prevent Eye Damage: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation

During the summer everyone, or almost everyone, remembers to put on a little sunblock, it prevents skin burns and cancer. But what about protecting your eyes? Many people are not aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. With increased levels of UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface, largely due to stratospheric ozone layer depletion, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes. Read this publication from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation to learn about preventing UV Radiation eye damage. 

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Books: August 2014

Summer is winding down and school’s about to restart. That means you are either ready to party because you kids are going back to school or mourning your return to school. I have the perfect solution for either scenario, either celebrate or grieve with a good back. Here’s a list of new books to get you started:
Week of August 4th
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay
Genre: Nonfiction, Feminism, Short Stories
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong
Genre: Nonfiction
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green
Genre: Nonfiction, Teaching, Education
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Women’s fiction
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young adult, Horror, Paranormal
Week of August 11th
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson 
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Food
Henna House by Nomi Eve
Genre: Fiction,
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
Genre: Gothic, Mystery, Fantasy
Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour by James A. Grymes
Genre: Nonfiction, Music, History
Week of August 18th
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters
Genre: Adult fiction, Romance
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Genre: Historical fiction
XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America's Love Life by Sarah Varney
Genre: Nonfiction, Health
Week of August 25th
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Genre: Childrens, Poetry
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty by Kim P.  Werker
Genre: Nonfiction

Enjoy one or all of these books!

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Autism affects 1 in 68 children. had published a pamphlet for parents with autistic children. This guide is intended to help parents understand what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, recognize common signs and symptoms, and find the resources they need. Click here to learnmore about the disorder, its symptoms and some treatment options.

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Sometimes we forget the magnitude of resources available through a Library. Sometimes we get caught up in just doing something that we forget to stop and consider how a library or librarian might help. Here’s an example: planning a vacation. Now I know what you probably do when planning a vacation, you Google it. I don’t blame you, I do the same. However, you don’t have to stop there, instead drop by the library and see what books or DVDs we have on the topic. We might surprise you with our collection of resources. We have a whole section of travel guidebook and a large collection of DVDs that will take your vacation planning to the next level. These resources are updated regularly and they are from authoritative sources, which you can’t always find online. Just as an example, click here to browse our resources on travel to Hawaii.
Don’t have time to stop by the library? Can’t blame you! Take a peek at our eBooks. We carry eBooks on a variety of topics, including travel guides. Click here for access to our eBooks.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Tell us! We buy books with you in mind, if we don’t carry something our patrons are looking for we try to remedy that ASAP. However, we’ll never know unless you tell us. So stop by the library and fill out a purchase recommendation form or just talk to a librarian, remember we are here to help.
Happy travels!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Foto Friday

The summer of 1967 is often referred to as the “Summer of Love.” What started off as a hippie counterculture movement in San Francisco quickly spread to other parts of the country, like here in Arcadia. The basic defining principle of the hippie era was the belief that humans are free to do whatever they want as long as they remain socially responsible. Hippies espoused the ideals of peace and love. They organized “love-ins,” like the one shown here, to join with others to express universal love.

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library (#1013). Photograph by Milton Bell of Monrovia.

This photograph, taken by Milton Bell of Monrovia on June 4, 1967, shows a large group of people gathered at a “love-in” at Arcadia County Park. Prominent in the center of the group are a young woman and man wearing non-traditional clothing, while others wear the bold floral and paisley patterns that emerged as the fashion motif of the hippie generation. Individuals playing the tambourine and the conga and bongo drums provide a groovy backdrop to a photograph that truly captures the pulse of that day. Can’t you just smell the incense and peppermint? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


It's hot out, we are literally in the dog days of summer. One thing to be especially aware of during these hot summer days is the danger of heatstroke. Kids are especially susceptible to the heat, particularly when left in a hot car. just published a great article on the topic. Here is what they had to say about the risks and consequences of leaving kids in a hot car:

  • In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.

  • The heat-related death of a child.
  • Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500- and even imprisonment in some states.
  • Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids along in a hot car.
  • Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.

Prevention Tips
  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open. 
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place your child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at a childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front to back before walking away- always!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacation Tips

Preparing for your yearly summer vacation? Stop by the Library and browse our large array of travel guides. Books and DVDs on travel to all parts of the world are available for checkout. Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask a librarian for help accessing eBooks, books at other libraries, or recommending books to be added to our collection.
Once you’ve chosen your travel destination it’s time to prepare for the logistics of travel. Here are a few tips and tricks you may find helpful:
Mail stacking up is a good indicator to people that nobody is home. To be on the safe side, have your mail held at the post office until you return.
Check for travel alerts / warnings for your destination from the State Department. The world can be unstable, and sometimes dangerous for visitors in certain places. Make sure the risks are minimal wherever you are going.
Consider applying for a passport card instead of a traditional passport book. A passport card is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. It can be used for non-air travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Be careful online. Announcing your vacation via social media channels also tells people you aren’t home, and makes your house vulnerable.

Now you are all set for a fun, yet safe, summer vacation. Have fun!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Lately, I’ve come across a few library patrons who need help starting or restarting careers: teenagers who are looking for a job for the first time, people restarting their careers, and others who’ve never had a need to complete a resume or cover letter before. Instead of paying big money to have someone help with these concerns, stop by the Library we have free career resources available for you! Here are a few:

Books: We have a variety of books on different careers paths, successful interviews, polished resume and cover letters, even internships. Click here to browse our career books.

DVDs: Are you a visual learner? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at this DVD that will help prepare you for your next interview.

Can’t make it into the Library? We understand. We have a variety of resources available for you too! First of all, we have eBooks that are specific to careers. To see what’s available visit OverDrive, sign-in the upper right-hand corner with your library card number, and search by entering keywords such as career, or job, or employment.

Another wonderful resource provided to you, at no cost, is CareerTransitions Resource from Gale. This is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. Follow the link and then be prepared to enter your library card number in CAPS. Once you are in you will find step-by-step instructions for building a resume, writing a cover letter, exploring different job possibilities, and searching for jobs. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

Need more help? Stop by the Library and speak to a librarian, we are available for more personalized assistance. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Keep Your Home Free Of Summer Pests without Pesticides

Summer temperatures can be pleasant, but the warm weather is also attractive to insects and rodents. provides us with information on keeping our homes free of pests without pesticides:

This is the time of year when ants, roaches, mice and other pests make their way into your home, especially if they find the right living conditions. All they really need to get comfortable is water, food and a place where they can hide or reproduce.
You can fight these pests without pesticides if you follow these suggestions:

Restrict Access to Food Sources
  • Tightly close any food packaging, like boxes and bags of cookies, chips, cereals or candy, so that ants or roaches can’t get in.
  • Store items such as flour, sugar, rice or pasta in airtight bags or plastic containers.
  • Clean any food spills or stains off the countertop, floor, and other areas throughout the kitchen.
  • Do not let crumbs sit in pet dishes, as this can attract cockroaches, ants or rodents.
  • Remember to take out the kitchen trash frequently, preferably every night.

Limit Access to Sources of Water or Liquids
  • Try not to leave water drops or other liquids in the kitchen or anywhere else around the house. Roaches can’t live more than a week without water.
  • Wash and dry your dishes immediately after each meal.
  • Repair leaky faucets or pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, backyard and any other area of the house.
  • When gardening or watering plants, don’t leave puddles or excess water. Standing water encourages mosquito reproduction.
  • Open the bathroom window after bathing to clear out the steam; these tiny drops are drinking sources for cockroaches and other insects.

Limit Entry Access to Your Home
  • Seal cracks around pipes, doors and windows to stop insects from getting inside.
  • Repair holes or tears on screen doors and windows.
  • Close off the spaces underneath doors.
  • Before coming home from a shopping trip, make sure there are no roaches hiding inside bags or grocery boxes.
  • Throw away or recycle unwanted boxes or wrappers.
  • Put mouse traps inside and outside the home in areas where children or pets can’t access.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Books to Movies: July 2014

It’s time for summer blockbusters to hit the theater. Believe it or not, many of the most popular movies are based on books. Take a look at this list of books that are about to hit the big screen in July and choose a few to read. Remember, the book is always better!

Book: Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (graphic novel series)
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy 
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Book: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (graphic novel series) 
Film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release Date: August 8, 2014

Book: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Release Date: August 8, 2014

Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Film: The Giver
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Book: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Film: If I Stay
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Book: Sin City by Frank Miller (graphic novel series) 
Film: Sin City: A Dame to Kill
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Book: When the Game Stands Tall by Neil Hayes
Film: When the Game Stands Tall
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Book: There Are No Spies by Bill Granger
Film: The November Man
Release Date: August

Book: The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem
Film: The Congress
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited release)

Book: The Switch by Elmore Leonard
Film: Life of Crime
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited release)

Personally, I’m looking forward to reading and then watching Guardians of the Galaxy and The Giver. Which film are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New Books: July 2014

It’s time for some fun summer reading! Here are a few books which will be released throughout the month of July, choose your favorite from the list and get reading!
Week of July 1st
The City by Dean Koontz
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil
Genre: Fiction, Russian Culture
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Week of July 7th
California by Edan Lepucki
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Science Fiction
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thrope
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makki
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollmann
Genre: Short Stories
Power Play by Catherine Coulter
Genre: Suspense, Mystery

Week of July 14th
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Romance
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction, Memoir
Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen
Genre: Mystery
Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Week of July 21st
A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
Genre: Mystery, Animal, Thriller
Tom Clancy Support and Defend by Mark Greaney
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, War
Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime

Week of July 29th
Fast Track by Julie Garwood
Genre: Romance
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Children’s
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
Genre: Science Fiction, Comic- Superheroes

What will you be reading?