Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Heatstroke

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. Safercar.gov 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:

Risks
  • 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.

Consequences
  • 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. USA.gov 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?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Foto Friday

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library. #844

Otto P. Petersen was a prominent restaurateur in Arcadia. He bought The Pines Coffee Shop in 1929, which had previously been called Odette's. He also purchased The Derby Tavern (as it was then called) in 1936. His son William O. Petersen and George Woolf, the triumphant Seabiscuit jockey, purchased The Derby from Otto in 1938. The following year George Woolf purchased William’s share. When Otto P. Petersen passed away, all the businesses in Arcadia honored him by closing for one hour during his funeral services on December 7, 1948.
This photograph shows the front view of The Pines Coffee Shop, circa 1937. It was located at the Drive-In Market area at the southwest corner of Huntington and First Avenue, where the Washington Mutual Bank (formerly Home Savings) now stands. Otto’s air-conditioned restaurant, at this prime downtown location, certainly must have been a popular eatery in Arcadia.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Allergies

Ahhh Summer is here! Breathe in the beautiful scents of summer… that is, breathe in if you’re not already sneezing away. Take a look at this informative article on summer pollens by USA.gov:

Pollen is the main trigger of allergies in the summer. Pollen allergies can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing and itchiness in the nose, eyes and throat.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, about 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergy, commonly known as hay fever.
Follow these tips to prevent or treat this type of allergies.
Allergy prevention
  • Limit your outdoor activities in the mornings, a time when pollen levels are at their highest.
  • Take a shower and change clothes at home if you were outdoors. This will help clear out any pollen left on your hair, body and clothing.
  • Avoid hanging your clothes to dry outdoors.
  • Keep your home and car windows closed on sunny, windy days. If possible, use air conditioning.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn or sweeping the deck or patio too often.

Allergy medicine
Certain medicines may help alleviate symptoms of allergies or allergic rhinitis. Talk to your doctor about the right allergy medications for you. 
Some common allergy medications include:
  • Nasal and oral decongestants
  • Antihistamines in pill, syrup, or drop form
  • Nasal sprays, with or without corticosteroid

Allergy tests
If your symptoms are too difficult to manage with medication, your doctor can perform a skin allergy test to get a more accurate diagnosis. Based on the results, the doctor will prescribe the proper course of treatment.



Looking for more resources on the topic? Take a look at these books available at the Arcadia Public Library. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Consumer Action Handbook

We are all consumers, we all need to protect ourselves from dishonest companies and fraud. Watch this video and then order the 2014 Consumer Action Handbook. You'll be glad you did!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Summer fun at the library for FREE! What more can you ask for?
We have a Summer Reading Program for all ages. Join our Summer Reading Program (SRP), read a book, earn a prize or a raffle ticket to win a BIGGER prize! What are you waiting for? Here's a little information to get you started:
Online sign-ups begin Sunday, June 15th.
Program runs form June 26th- August 2nd.

Wild for Books
Baby -3rd grade
Read or be read to at least one hour per week.
Record your hours using the Library's SRP database.
Visit the Library's Children's Room weekly  to receive fun prizes

Beastly Readers
4th-8th grade
Read at least one hour per week.
Record your hours using the Library's SRP database.
Complete one brief book report each week using the SRP database and earn entries into the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the program.

Paw to Read for Teens
9th-12th grade
Read and write brief  book reports
Submit one or more book reports weekly to be entered into the weekly prize drawings ($50 gift cards) and the Grand Prize drawing (Kindle Fire HD) at the end of the program.

Paw to Read for Adults
18 years and over
Read and write brief  book reports
Submit one or more book reports weekly to be entered into the weekly prize drawings ($50 gift cards) and the Grand Prize drawing (Kindle Fire HD) at the end of the program.

Join us, read, and win!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Home Improvements and Repairs

Summer is here and with it comes “summer projects.” Here is some advice from USA.gov: Home improvements and repairs can cost thousands of dollars and are the subject of frequent consumer complaints. If you need work done on your home, keep these things in mind when selecting a contractor:

The Rule of 3
Get at least three written estimates. Insist the contractors come to your home to evaluate what needs to be done. Be sure the estimates are based on the same work so that you can make meaningful comparisons.
Complaints
Check contractor complaint records. Your state or local consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau can provide this information.
Licensed
Make sure the contractor meets licensing and registration requirements. Your state or local consumer protection agency can help you find out what these requirements are.
Permits
Contact your local building inspection department to check for permit and inspection requirements. 
Be wary if the contractor asks you to get the permit; it could mean the firm is not licensed.
Insured
Be sure your contractor is insured. They should have personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation insurance for workers and subcontractors. Also check with your insurance company to find out if you are covered for any injury or damage that might occur.
Written Contract
Insist on a written contract that states exactly what work will be done, the quality of materials that will be used, warranties, timetables, the names of any subcontractors, the total price of the job, and the schedule of payments.
Be especially cautious if the contractor:
  • Comes door-to-door or seeks you out;
  • Just happens to have material left over from a recent job;
  • Offers you discounts for finding other customers;
  • Quotes a price that’s out of line with other estimates;
  • Pressures you for an immediate decision;
  • Offers an unusually long guarantee;
  • Can only be reached by leaving messages with an answering service;
  • Drives an unmarked van;
  • Has out-of state license plates; or
  • Asks you to pay for the entire job up front.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Books to Movies: July 2014

Summer break is finally here! Read these books this month, before they hit the big screen next month:


Book: Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool
Film: Deliver Us from Evil
Release Date: July 2, 2014

Book: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Film: A Long Way Down
Release Date: July 11, 2014

Book: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
Film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 11, 2014

Book: Mood Indigo by Boris Van
Film: Mood Indigo
Release Date: July 18, 2014

Book: A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre
Film: A Most Wanted Man
Release Date: July 25, 2014

Which film will you be watching?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Air Quality and Your Health

Have you ever noticed that often weather reports indicate the current Air Quality Index (AQI)? Do you understand the significance of these AQI values? 

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. 
Click here to discover more information regarding AQI, including:
  • How Does the AQI Work?
  • Understanding the AQI
  • AQI colors


So if you are planning outdoor activities, check your local Air Quality Index. Poor air quality can affect your health.

Monday, June 02, 2014

New Books: June 2014

Summer is here and it’s time for some summer reading! Here are some books you can look forward to reading:
Released June 3rd

China Dolls by Lisa See
Genre: Historical Fiction
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Genre: Horror
A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

Release June 10th

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman
Genre: Animals, Nonfiction
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir, Politics, Nonfiction
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Release June 17th

Rouges by George R.R. Martin
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy
Shattered by Kevin Hearne
Genre: Fantasy,
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
Genre: Graphic novel, Historical Fiction

Release Date: June 24th

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Target by Mike Shepherd
Genre: Science Fiction
Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour 
Genre: Fantasy, Romance


Which book will you be reading during the hot days of June? Personally, I’m really looking forward to Shattered by Kevin Hearne!