Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The State of Older Americans and Saving

Are you financially prepared for retirement? Sadly, many are not.
  • In 2012, the average credit card debt among adults aged 65+ was $9,283 (Demos).
  • One-third of senior households has no money left over each month or is in debt after meeting essential expenses (Institute on Assets and Social Policy).
  • The share of Americans 65 and older in the labor force went from 12.1 percent in 1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010 (Census).
  • 60 percent of women over 65 across the country lack the incomes to meet basic expenses (Wider Opportunities for Women).
Click here to view tips to prepare to live debt free in retirement.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Financial Literacy Month


In an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits we are celebrating Financial Literacy Month! USA.gov has provided a wide range of resources to help develop your financial literacy skills, here are just a few:


Follow USA.gov for more financial information.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Books to Movies: May 2014

Spring break is here! That means it’s the perfect time to indulge in a little pleasure reading. If you’re struggling with which book to read I’ve compiled a list of ideas below. Don’t postpone, these books will hit the big screen in May!


Book: Spider-Man, graphic novel by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release Date:  May 2nd


Book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum
Film: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (cartoon)
Release Date: May 9th


Book: Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt 
Film: Devil's Knot
Release Date: May 9th


Book: Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco 

Film: Palo Alto
Release Date: May 9th


Book: The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Film: The Double
Release Date: May 9th


Book: God's Pocket by Pete Dexter 
Film: God's Pocket
Release Date: May 9th  


Book: X-Men, graphic novel by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Film: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release Date: May 23rd

Book: Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

Film: Tracks
Release Date: May 23rd

Book: Loosely based on Sleeping Beauty by Brothers Grimm
Film: Maleficent
Release Date: May 30th

Book: Aldrig Godnatt, graphic novel by Coco Moodysson
Film: We Are the Best! 
Release Date: May 30th


Book: Filth by Irvine Welsh
Film: Filth 
Release Date: May 30th


Which book will you be reading?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

File Your Taxes!


Federal tax returns must be filed by April 15th. Here’s a little information about filing, requesting an extension, checking your refund, and more:
File Your Taxes
Over 100 million people filed their taxes electronically last year. Electronic filing (e-file) makes filing your taxes easier, reduces the risk of error, and you’ll receive your refund faster. The IRS can help you find an authorized e-file provider in your area.
You can also file your federal tax return by mail. You can print forms and publications from the IRS website or find them at your local library. Before mailing them in, make sure to double check your math for errors. Visit the IRS for a list of the most common tax formsand instruction booklets for each form. The IRS has information about which form to use: the 1040-EZ, 1040A, or 1040.
Deadline to File and Requesting an Extension
April 15, 2014 is the due date for filing your federal individual income tax return for the 2013 calendar year. For other deadlines, review Publication 509 Tax Calendar (PDF).
If you cannot file by the deadline, you need to request an extension. There are electronic and paper options available to file an extension. Download the form and learn more about your options.
Check Your Refund
If you pay more money than you owe, the government will issue you a tax refund. If you expect a refund, visit Where's My Refund? to track it.
You can check on the status of your refund 24 hours after you e-file. If you filed a paper return, please allow 4 weeks before checking on the status.

Have more questions? Click here for more tax filing resources.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Books: April 2014

Spring is officially here, the days are longer, and it’s almost time for spring break. What a perfect excuse to squeeze in a little extra reading time. Here are some books that will successfully distract you from spring cleaning:

Week of April 1st
And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass, Julia
Genre: Fiction, Suspense
The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by Randy J. Taraborrelli
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw
Genre: Nonfiction, Social Science
I Just Graduated ... Now What?: Honest Advice for Navigating What Comes Next by Katherine Schwarzenegger
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Illusion: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: Fiction, Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: Fiction

Week of April 8th
Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian by Bob Saget
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography
Love Life by Rob Lowe
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
Genre: Fiction
It Ain't Over...Till It's over: Reinventing Your Life - and Realizing Your Dreams - Anytime, at Any Age by Marlo Thomas
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography

Week of April 15th
Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton
Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective
The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa 
Genre: Fiction, Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy
Players First: Success from the Inside Out by John Calipari
Genre: Nonfiction, Sports
Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes
Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

Week of April 22nd
Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
Genre: Fiction,  Suspense
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
Genre: Fiction
Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
Genre: Fiction, Suspense

Week of April 29th
Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography
Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen
Genre: Fiction, Suspense
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Genre: Fiction, Suspense
Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Genre: Fiction, Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy

What will you be reading this Spring?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Foto Friday

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library. #569

In this rare 1922 photograph, a group of 7th and 8th grade girls at Arcadia Grammar School pose in their cooking class, all wearing white headbands. Several of the students have been identified as (in no particular order): Virginia Stewart, Mildred Hoeppel, Eugenia Paine, Lucile Jefferies, Ruth Robey, Betty Smith, Fern Pierson, Florence Morris, and school employee Elvira McMillen. Do you recognize anyone?

Come into the Library and take a look at our varied collection of cookbooks and start cooking!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We Can! Parent Tip Sheets

Are you looking for ideas to help your family eat healthy, get active, and reduce screen time? Try using the helpful tips found in WeCan!’s parent tip sheets.

We Can! has developed a variety of useful, evidence-based materials and information to help families and communities reduce screen time. Resources include weight management tools, nutrition and healthy eating resources, physical activity ideas, and reducing screen time charts. Click here to access these and other resources. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Let’s be honest, weddings are expensive. However, the Library can help mitigate the cost of an expensive wedding. Here’s how:

  • Wedding books! We have books on organizing your wedding, wedding etiquette, wedding decorating, and so much more. Click on this link to see all the wedding related books we carry in the Library.
  • Wedding magazines are fun to browse, even when you’re not getting marries, but they are essential when you’re planning a wedding. Take a look at these wedding magazines available for you.
  • Dance DVDs- Don’t pay for expensive dance classes. Take home a dance learning DVD and learn, for free, at home. Before you know it you’ll be dancing up a storm!
Stop by the library and let us help you plan your wedding. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More National Nutrition Month Resources


In March 2013, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion launched the MyPlate On Campus initiative to help spread healthy eating messages to young adults during their college years. What makes MyPlate On Campus unique is that it not only empowers students to improve their own eating and physical activity habits, but also encourages them to bring their peers along for the ride.
The college environment can be hard to navigate and students may need a little help. Students are learning to manage a busy class schedule, make food decisions in all-you-can-eat settings, and live on their own for the first time. MyPlate On Campus shows young people how to build healthy habits with practical tips and tools.
Here are a few simple steps to stay healthy on campus.
  • In a dorm room, stock the mini-fridge.
  • Have a variety of pre-cut and pre-washed veggies on hand. Try carrots, peppers or sugar snap peas.
  • Hummus, salsa and nut butters used as dips make veggies even tastier.

In the dining hall, re-think your drink!
  • Americans drink about 400 calories everyday from sodas, cappuccinos, energy drinks, sports drinks, etc.
  • Drink water to manage your calorie intake.

Stay Active.
  • Vow to take the stairs to class instead of the elevator.
  • Join an intramural team.
  • Choose a fitness class as an elective.

For more healthy campus-living ideas, refer to the Mini-Fridge Makeover , Be Choosey in the Dining Hall and Stay Fit on Campus resources, from the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Sheets. These tip sheets can be placed on a refrigerator or bulletin board for a healthy reminder.
Students interested in promoting health and wellness to others in their campus communities are invited to sign up as a MyPlate On Campus Ambassador.
This partnership program is designed to motivate students to take on a leadership role at their school by teaching others about nutrition and physical activity. Ambassadors complete an online training and have access to a MyPlate On Campus Toolkit which helps them get started. The Toolkit contains resources specific to college students and offers tips for Ambassadors as well as the faculty/staff supporting them.
There are currently more than 1,700 Ambassadors taking action on campuses in all 50 states. Cooking demos, grocery store tours, and health fairs are just a few activities Ambassadors are using to spread MyPlate across their campuses.
In addition, Ambassadors are using SuperTracker, a free online tool that provides users with a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. SuperTracker allows Ambassadors and their peers to track their food choices, set activity goals, and monitor progress.
Follow MyPlate on Twitter @MyPlate and on Facebook to learn more about the MyPlate On Campus initiative.  For more information visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

National Nutrition Month!


Get your healthy eating habits back on track during National Nutrition Month!
After indulging in a long winter’s worth of comfort food, March is an ideal time for getting eating habits back on track. USA.gov is here to help you do just that in honor of March is National Nutrition.  Each week USA.gov will be sharing healthy eating tips, videos and other information you can use to make smart food choices and “enjoy the taste of eating right.”

·         Week 1- Discover nutrition tips for kids.
·         Week 2- Learn how to eat healthy while in college.
·         Week 3- Plan healthy meals for you and your family.
·         Week 4- Advice for eating healthy as you age.

For more information and resources click here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Books to Movies: April 2014

Daylight savings time equals one thing, more time to read! Here are some books that will help fill that extra hour and, next month, you can use that extra hour to go to the theater and watch the book's corresponding film.


Book: Captain America, graphic novel by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release Date:  April 4, 2014


Book: Joe by Larry Brown
Book Synopsis:  In Joe, an unfulfilled 50-year-old and a desperate 15-year-old team up and follow a twisting map to redemption--or ruin--in this "raw and gritty" Southern novel.
Film: Joe
Release Date: April 11, 2014


Book: Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo
Book Synopsis: Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Film: Heaven Is for Real
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Which book will you be reading? Although I won't be reading the Captain America graphic novel I'm sure looking forward to watching the movie!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

WiFi is free at the Library, did you know that? We've been working hard on improving our wireless signal and it’s paid off. Everyday hundreds of people log onto our wireless connection and enjoy free internet access. Don’t worry we won’t stop improving our connection; it’s a continuous work in progress. Stop by and check it out yourself. You can even access our WiFi from our lovely patio area. What a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy the day while getting a little work done at the same time!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

New Books: March 2014

The best part of working in a Library, besides all of our wonderful patrons, is seeing all the delightful new books that come in every month. Here is a list of new books you can look forward to for the month of March:

Week of March 3rd
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
Panic by Lauren Oliver 
Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany
You Are the Music: How Music Reveals What it Means to be Human by Victoria Williamson

Week of March 10th
Black Box by Cassia Leo
Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn
Hope Is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Off the Record by K.A. Linde


Week of March 17th
The Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman 
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald 



Week of March 24th
The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher
The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
Notorious by Allison Brennan 
Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents by Lisa Gitelman
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas



As a Veronica Mars fan I’m interested to see what they do with this new series based on the television show. I have high hopes and look forward to reading it. Share the books you are looking forward to reading in the comments below. 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Free Tax Return Preparation

It’s tax season! If you’re interested in free tax preparation services the IRS offers two programs:
VITA
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.
Find a VITA Site Near You
There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. You may find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887.

TCE
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
Find a TCE or AARP Tax-Aide Site Near You
A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program. To locate the nearest TCE site or AARP Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.


Click here for more information