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 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 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 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. (
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.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

New Books: October 2014

What’s new to read you ask? We've got you covered! Here’s an overview of a few books set to be published throughout the month:

Week of October 6th
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally
Genre: Nonfiction, Science
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Women’s fiction
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Genre: Children’s, Contemporary fiction
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Week of October 13th
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary fiction
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Genre: Children’s, Fantasy, Fairy tales
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Romance
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Holiday, Contemporary fiction

Week of October 20th
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll
Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction
Grace's Guide The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones 
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Week of October 27th
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Genre: Science fiction
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David López 
Genre: Graphic novel, Comic, Marvel,
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist
Genre: Nonfiction, History, True crime, Mystery
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Romance
Us by David Nicholls
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Romance,
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir

Depending on my mood I will be reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Which books do you plan on reading?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Election Information

We have the upcoming election on our mind, how about you?

It’s still not too late to register to vote! The last day to receive postmarked registration forms to vote in the November election is October 20th. Changed your name? Moved? Changing your party affiliation? Don’t forget, you will need to re-register as well. The Library has voter registration forms in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Stop by before October 20th!

Other resources available at the Library include:

The Easy Voter Guide by the League of Women Voters- This non-partisan publication will provide you with non-partisan information on the various propositions along with other election information. We have copies available for you to pick up or you can view it online here.

The California General Election Official Voter Information Guide- This guide offers an impartial analysis of the ballot measures and potential costs to taxpayers.  A copy can be found at the Adult Information Desk, with more copies to come in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.  Can’t wait? Click here to view and read the guide online.

Other resources and information, including online voter applications in multiple languages, can be found at the California Secretary of State website.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Santa Anita Assembly Center for the Japanese

Did you know that the Santa Anita Park Racetrack had to shut down for a period during World War II? The U.S. Army used the racetrack’s vast acreage for several months in 1942 as a temporary assembly center for Japanese and Japanese-American evacuees. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, enabling the War Department to start the evacuation of about 120,000 people of Japanese descent from the west coast. Two-thirds of the evacuees were American-born citizens. Fueled by the public’s fear, panic, wartime hysteria, and prejudices, the removal of the Japanese came swiftly, resulting in the loss of their civil rights, liberty, and property. Santa Anita Park was just one of several racetracks and fairgrounds used as assembly centers while permanent internment camps were still being built. The Santa Anita Assembly Center supported over 500 wooden barracks, a mess hall with 8,000 seats, latrines, showers, a hospital, laundry, post office, and canteen-all behind barbed wire and sentry towers. Over 18,000 internees processed at the Santa Anita Assembly Center were later moved to permanent internment camps in isolated areas of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, where they remained until the end of the war.
In this April, 1942 photograph acquired from the National Archives in Washington D.C., a doctor is checking the hands of internees as they line up near the Pacific Electric Railroad cars that brought them to the Santa Anita Assembly Center. Military personnel oversee this check-in procedure. Every individual was issued a metal tag with an identification number, which may be what the young girl in the checkered coat is displaying.

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library,   (# 667)
Ng, Franklin, Editor. “Assembly Centers” and “Japanese American internment.” Asian American Encyclopedia. 1995.
Exploring the Japanese American Internment. 21 April 2006. <>
Woods, Randy. “’Camp Santa Anita’ Reminder of Fear, Panic, Mood of War.” San Gabriel Valley Tribune. April 17, 1977.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kids and violence

In this world of bullying, violent video games, and music glorifying violent acts it’s hard to raise non-violent children. has written a blog post which provides some useful information regarding risk factors and parent resources. Here are some highlights:

At Home
From an early age, young people could be exposed to:
·         Violent behavior between parents
·         Severe punishments
·         Parents who are frequently absent or don’t pay attention to their children
·         Rejection or emotional distance from parents
·         A broken home

At School
Youth may exhibit behavioral problems such as:
·         Teasing or bullying other students
·         Skipping class
·         Exhibiting either aggressive or introverted behavior
·         Difficulty concentrating or exhibiting hyperactive behavior
·         Developing learning issues or failing classes

In Society
Young people could be considered violent if they:
·         Harass or provoke kids that are their same age or younger
·         Have been arrested before age 14 for committing a crime
·         Belong to a gang or other violent group
·         Take drugs or drink alcohol
·         Have been treated for psychological or emotional issues

Now that we know the warning signs, how do we prevent our children from growing up to be violent teens or adults? Here are some resources:

STRYVE is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national initiative helping families and communities prevent youth violence. is a collaboration among 18 government agencies that supports programs and services for the prevention of youth violence.

Find more resources at the Library, such as books for parents and children’s books which from violence, bullying, and aggressive behaviors.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ready to quit smoking and drinking?

Ready to quit smoking and drinking? Take a look at this helpful guide:

Smoking cigarettes or drinking too much alcohol can cause addiction and other serious health issues.
The risk of diseases associated with tobacco and alcohol increase for those who drink and smoke.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 443,000 people in the United States die of illnesses caused by tobacco each year. Meanwhile, about 88,000 die from alcohol-related illnesses.

Diseases caused by smoking tobacco
  • Smoking cigarettes can cause various types of cancer and chronic illnesses, including:
  • Strokes
  • Cataracts and blindness
  • Periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Chronic heart disease (high blood pressure)
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (difficulty breathing)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer of the larynx, stomach, trachea, lung, esophagus and others

Note: Even those who do not smoke, but are exposed to cigarettes and tobacco, can develop health problems caused by second-hand smoke.

Free resources and help centers to quit smoking
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a good resource for smokers, offering plans to quit smoking, self-help materials, and a helpline at 1-800-784-8669, or 1-800-332-8615 (TTY for the hearing impaired).
  • offers tips on how to quit smoking as well as pamphlets, information about medications and other advice. You can also subscribe to SmokefreeTXT to receive helpful messages on your phone.
  • The CDC also has information about community tobacco control programs, campaigns and events in your state.

Diseases caused by alcohol consumption
  • Drinking too much alcohol can cause:
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Cardiomyopathy (stretching of the heart muscle)
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol-induced hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreatic blood vessels)
  • A weak immune system
  • Cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast

Free resources and help centers to stop drinking

SMART Recovery helps young people and adults with alcohol or other addiction through group therapy sessions. You can attend in person or seek an online support group. Click here for more information. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Books to Movies: October 2014

There’s a lot to read this month, quite a few books will be converted into movies next month.

Book: Left Behind by Tim LaHaye
Film: Left Behind
Release Date: October 3rd

Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Film: Gone Girl
Release Date: October 3rd

Book: Addicted by Zane
Film: Addicted
Release Date: October 10th

Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Film: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Release Date: October 10th

Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Film: Dracula Untold
Release Date: October 10th

Book: Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou
Book: Dark Alliance by Gary Webb
Film: Kill the Messenger
Release Date: October 10th

Book: Men, Women & Children by Chad Kultgen
Film: Men, Women & Children
Release Date: October 17th

Book: You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen
Film: You’re Not You
Release Date: October 10th (limited release)

Book: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Film: The Best of Me
Release Date: October 17th

Book: The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe
Film: Stonehearst Asylum
Release Date: October 24th

Book: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Film: Before I Go to Sleep
Release Date: October 31st

Book: Horns by Joe Hill
Film: Horns
Release Date: October 31st  

Which book will you be sure to read? Having read Gone Girl and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I’m leaning towards reading Before I Go to Sleep

Thursday, September 04, 2014

New Books: September 2014

Looking for something to read? Here are some books scheduled to be published this month:

Week of September 1st
Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA by Morten Storm
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction,
Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Week of September 8th
Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches by Steve Harvey
Genre: Nonfiction,
Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction, Humor
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
Genre: Nonfiction, Science, Nature
Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness by Danielle Fishel
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir, Television, Nonfiction
Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Business by Shane Snow
Genre: Business, Nonfiction

Week of September 15th
The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Love Me Back: A Novel by Merritt Tierce
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel 
Genre: Business, Nonfiction

Week of September 22nd
Bowie: The Biography by Wendy Leigh
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary,
Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul M. Barrett 
Genre: Nonfiction, Politics
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel
Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting
The Simpsons Family History by Matt Groening
Genre: Nonfiction, Pop culture, Television

Week of September 29th
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr 
Genre: Nonfiction, Science
Goodhouse: A Novel by Peyton Marshall
Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction
The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller
Genre: Biography, Television, Women, Nonficiton
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Essays, Feminism
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing

Which book will you be reading? As someone who grew up watching Boy Meets World I can't help be read Danielle Fishel's Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Be Ready! September is National Preparedness Month

We all know it could happen, the BIG ONE, yet how many of us are prepared for an emergency? September is National Preparedness Month, a month-long reminder to prepare our family for an emergency. What should you do to prepare?
·        Get a Kit
Build an emergency kit, with basic disaster survival supplies, for your home, office, and car. What should be in your kit? Here’s a list from
·        Make a Plan
Make a plan with family and friends; plan where to meet in an emergency. Remember you may not all be together when an emergency strikes. Here’s some information on developing a family disasterplan.
·        Be Informed
Know where and how to access reliable information in an emergency. Local authorities will provide you with shelter and evacuation information. Stay abreast of information via websites, newspapers, radio, TV, and phone. Register with Ready America for more personalized resources and information.
·        Get Involved
Preparation can involve much more than building an emergency kit. Prepare by taking first aid and emergency response training classes. Visit Citizens Corps for class and training ideas.

Need more information and resources? Visit!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foto Friday

This week was back to school for most Arcadia students. Although we don’t see as many school buses trucking kids back and forth from home and school it was a common sight in the 1920s, as can be seen from the photo below:

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection,
Arcadia Public Library, #823

This 1924 photo above shows a close view of a school bus across which is painted: Arcadia City School. At the side near front of the bus is a man in a business suit (not Ralph Atkinson) adjusting a louvered window.  At left is a girl named Jean Hutchinson, with a beret on her head, about to get on the bus. This picture was taken on Bonita Street near her home.
The Arcadia Tribune ran a story featuring long-time bus driver Ralph Atkinson on December 10, 1959.
Ralph Atkinson knew what it took to be a good driver. He had been working for the Arcadia Unified School District for 8 years by 1959, when he celebrated a career milestone -- his 40th year of accident-free bus driving.
What was his secret to getting 600 Arcadia students to school safely everyday? He avoided accidents by never challenging another driver for the right of way and never speeding up the bus for impatient drivers behind him. These were certainly good, timeless safety guidelines.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Teens, are you ready for the SAT? The next test is scheduled for October 11th, are you studying? Don’t pay hundreds of dollars on test preparation agencies and books, let us help you prepare! Here’s an overview of the free resources we have available for you:
  • We have a varied collection of SAT test preparation books, both on the SAT and SAT subject tests. Click here to browse our entire collection.
  • Too busy to stop by the Library? Take a look at our online resources. Visit our Testing and Education Reference Center which offers test preparation tools for the SAT. They offer three online practice test, an online SAT course, SAT books, and a variety of other resources. Additionally, Live Homework Help is about to go live again. That means you can chat with an online tutor and find the help you need to answer those notoriously hard SAT questions. Remember, to access these resources you will need to enter your library card number, e.g. PARC000123456A.
  • How do you score well for the SAT test? Practice, practice, practice! If we have yet to impress you with our SAT resources I think we will now. The Library will be hosting a free, full-length practice SAT test on September 20, 2014 from 10am-2:30pm. Register with Deborah Marks at Questions? Call Mrs. Marks at 626.294.4801.

Stop by the Library and get started on your journey toward SAT success!