Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Money for School

Planning to attend college in September? Check out the website of Federal Student Aid (an office of the U.S. Department of Education). It's the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation, providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Federal Budget

President Obama released his proposed 2016 budget this week.  You can read all about it in the papers but there's no substitute for examining it yourself!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Books to Movies: March 2015

Spring is just around the corner and so are these adapted films coming to the big screen this month!

Book: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Film: In the Heart of the Sea
Release Date: March 13th 

Book: Cinderella (Traditional European Folk Tale)
Film: Cinderella
Release Date: March 13th

Book: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Film: Insurgent
Release Date: March 20th

Book: The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette
Film: The Gunman
Release Date: March 20th

Book: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Film: Home
Release Date: March 27th

I am excited to see the latest version live action version of Cinderella.   The animated Disney film is a classic, it will be interesting to see how Disney changes the story for the new version.  Do you have a favorite version of the movie? 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Books to Movies: February 2015

February is a short month, but there are plenty of movies based on books coming out. Here’s what hitting the screen in February:


Book: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
Film: Love, Rosie
Release Date: February 6th

Book: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Film: Seventh Son
Release Date: February 6th

Book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Film: Fifty Shades of Grey
Release Date: February 13th

Book: The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Release Date: February 13th

Book: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Film: The DUFF
Release Date: February 20th

Book: Serena by Ron Rash
Film: Serena
Release Date: February 26th

Which do you usually enjoy more?  The book or the movie?  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tax Forms

The IRS announced on January 9, 2015 that they will no longer be distributing most paper tax forms to libraries or other outlets.  The Arcadia Library will only have paper versions of forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, as well as California forms 540, 540A, and 540NR.  To obtain copies of other needed federal forms, instructions, or publications please select one of the following options:

· Order forms over the telephone (delivered via U.S. mail):

Forms ordered online or by telephone will automatically include relevant instructions.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip #10

If your New Year’s resolution involves spending more time with your family, the Library can help with that! The Library hosts a variety of family friendly events throughout the year.
Story time is a great family activity. We have story times for ages 4 months- 7 years.  Our Winter Story time sessions run from January 13th -February 18th with sign-ups on Saturday, January 10th. Contact the Children’s Department for more information, (626) 821-5566. Keep in mind, story time take place all year long so if you can’t make this round of story time try again in March for our Spring Session.

We also have a ton of other family activities, take a look at our website for current activities.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 9

Another common New Year’s Resolution is to quit smoking. Have you made this resolution for 2015? If so, the Library offers resources which can help you reach your goal. We have books that can help you achieve this goal because, let’s face it, it’s no easy task. Let this be the year you quit smoking!
Looking for more resources? Check these out:
Do you know of any other resources? Share them in the comments!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 8

Does your New Year’s Resolution involve deepening your appreciation for music? Or maybe you’ve resolved to attend more concerts? Let us help you achieve that goal!
The Library hosts a series of Kaleidoscope concerts in our Auditorium four times a year. Our next concert is Spiritual Virtuosity scheduled for February 4, 2015. Spiritual Virtuosity will host Ernest Chausson with blended intimacy and brilliance in his Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. Haydn's Lark Quartet will add a pristine classical charm. 
Another concert is scheduled for May 20, 2015, Slavic style Borodin and Dvorak quartets. Expect to enjoy bold beautiful melodies and rich, atmospheric harmonies from two string quartets by masters from Eastern Europe.
Both concerts begin at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Following the program you are invited to meet and speak with the musicians.
Not your cup of tea? Another musical option would be to browse our large collection of varied musical CDs. Come in and see what’s available to you!

Friday, January 09, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 7

Is learning something new on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Let us help you with that!

The Library offers computer classes on a variety of subjects that can jump start your technological knowledge. Our schedule is available online. Not ready for a class or advanced class? We also provide one on one computer tutoring, if that’s better suited to your needs. Call (626) 821-5571 for schedule availability. 

Or if your resolution involves learning a new skill (maybe knitting, sewing, gardening, or any other hobby) come into the library and browse our selection of carefully selected books. We probably have just what you are looking for. If we don’t, let us know. Recommendations are gladly accepted.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 6

If you’ve resolved to get healthy this New Year check out our large selection of health and fitness books. These books will get you started down a healthier path. Whether its weight loss, better sleep habits, or exercise we have the book for you. As always, audio books and DVDs on these topics are also available. Come in, explore our Library, and take home some of our carefully selected materials!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Rental Assistance

Photo courtesy of  turkeychik, Flickr
Los Angeles was recently awarded the distinction of being the least affordable rental market in the United States.  Here are a few resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that might help to ease the pain:
  • Privately owned subsidized housing - HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low income tenants.  Click here to search for affordable apartments.
  • Public housing - affordable apartments for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.  To apply, contact a public housing agency.
  • Housing choice voucher program - find your own place and use the voucher to pay all or part of the rent. To apply, contact a public housing agency.
Need advice?  Contact a housing counseling agency or call toll-free 800-569-4287.

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 5

Many people resolve to get out of debt for the New Year. How can the Library help with that? Come in and check out our large selection of personal finance books, DVDs, and audio books. Click here to browse our collection.

You could also consider augmenting your income. Take an inventory of your personal skills, e.g. homework tutoring, technology guru, dog walking, gardening, etc. and make a flyer to advertise your services. Flyers can be submitted to the Circulation Desk for posting on our bulletin board. Contact the Circulation Desk (626) 821-5571 for flyer requirements.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 4

If your New Year’s resolution involves giving back to your community, the Library can help with that! Often we make a resolution to donate our time and effort where they might be appreciated but, as it often happens, life gets in the way. Don’t let that happen this year! Here are ways you can make a difference in your local neighborhood:

If none of these opportunities seems quite right take a look at this Helping Hands Brochure for a list of private, county, and city volunteer opportunities in the Arcadia area.

Did we leave something off this list? If so share below.

Monday, January 05, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Tip # 3

Image courtesy of Kait Marie, Flickr. 

Many people begin the New Year with a goal to read more, as you can probably guess the Library can help with that! We have a large collection of materials specifically selected with you in mind.
We offer access to books for children, teens, and adults. We carry fiction and nonfiction books, large print, paperbacks, new books, and even eBooks for your eBook reader or tablet. Our materials can be found in four different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.

Did you know the Library offers access to eBooks? Need help understanding and downloading  eBooks? Call 626.821.5569 to sign-up for an individual consultation with a librarian. Don’t hesitate, we are here to help.

If reading traditional books isn’t your strong point, try our audio books (which can help with long commutes), Playaway devices, graphic novels, and magazines. Need group support to continue with this goal? Join our Book Discussion Group for monthly reading and lively discussion. This month we are reading The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. Read the book and join our discussion on Tuesday, January 27th @10am or Thursday, January 22nd @7pm.
We have something for everyone. Stop by to see what’s available today!