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.

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)
Sources:
Ng, Franklin, Editor. “Assembly Centers” and “Japanese American internment.” Asian American Encyclopedia. 1995.
Exploring the Japanese American Internment. 21 April 2006. <http://www.asianamericanmedia.org/jainternment/ww2/index.html>
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. USA.gov 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.

FindYouthInfo.gov 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).
  • Smokefree.gov 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.