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!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mental Health

Currently, with the sad passing of Robin Williams, the topic of mental health is on the mind of many people. As Buzz Aldrin wrote on Twitter, “The loss of Robin Williams is tragic. Like him, I and many veterans also suffer from depression. All Americans should awaken to this.”
Let’s not ignore the importance of mental health. Stop by the Library for books, magazines, and other resources on the topic.
Additional resources have been made available by the U.S. Government, take a look:

Remember, if you or somebody else is in emotional distress, or if you’re concerned about suicide, you can call: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). For emergency help, you can always dial 9-1-1.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Questions and Answers on Ebola

Turn on the news and you inevitably hear about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. You are probably wondering how it might affect you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared an overview of Ebola frequently asked questions. Here is what they have to say:

The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness.  It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire.  CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?
On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?
CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process -- from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS. 

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?
On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

For more information follow this link.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Books to Movies: August 2014

Summer is coming to an end. Cheer up with a good book, followed by a movie. Here’s a list of books that will be translated into film next month:

Book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Film: Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (limited release)
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Book: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Film: Before I Go to Sleep
Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited release)

Book: Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane
Film: The Drop
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Book: A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
Film: A Walk among the Tombstones
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
Film: Hector and the Search for Happiness (limited)
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Film: The Maze Runner
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: This is where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Film: This is where I Leave You
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Book: Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Film: The Boxtrolls
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Book: Good People by Marcus Sakey
Film: Good People (limited release)
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Book: The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
Film: The Two Faces of January (limited release)
Release Date:  September 26, 2014

Read the book and then watch the movie. Tell us which you enjoyed more!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Prevent Eye Damage: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation

During the summer everyone, or almost everyone, remembers to put on a little sunblock, it prevents skin burns and cancer. But what about protecting your eyes? Many people are not aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. With increased levels of UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface, largely due to stratospheric ozone layer depletion, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes. Read this publication from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation to learn about preventing UV Radiation eye damage. 

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Books: August 2014

Summer is winding down and school’s about to restart. That means you are either ready to party because you kids are going back to school or mourning your return to school. I have the perfect solution for either scenario, either celebrate or grieve with a good back. Here’s a list of new books to get you started:
Week of August 4th
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay
Genre: Nonfiction, Feminism, Short Stories
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong
Genre: Nonfiction
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green
Genre: Nonfiction, Teaching, Education
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Women’s fiction
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young adult, Horror, Paranormal
Week of August 11th
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson 
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Food
Henna House by Nomi Eve
Genre: Fiction,
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
Genre: Gothic, Mystery, Fantasy
Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour by James A. Grymes
Genre: Nonfiction, Music, History
Week of August 18th
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters
Genre: Adult fiction, Romance
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Genre: Historical fiction
XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America's Love Life by Sarah Varney
Genre: Nonfiction, Health
Week of August 25th
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Genre: Childrens, Poetry
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty by Kim P.  Werker
Genre: Nonfiction

Enjoy one or all of these books!

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Autism affects 1 in 68 children. had published a pamphlet for parents with autistic children. This guide is intended to help parents understand what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, recognize common signs and symptoms, and find the resources they need. Click here to learnmore about the disorder, its symptoms and some treatment options.

The Library also carries a variety of resources on the topic. Click here to browse our collection. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Don’t Pay, It’s Free @ Your Library

Sometimes we forget the magnitude of resources available through a Library. Sometimes we get caught up in just doing something that we forget to stop and consider how a library or librarian might help. Here’s an example: planning a vacation. Now I know what you probably do when planning a vacation, you Google it. I don’t blame you, I do the same. However, you don’t have to stop there, instead drop by the library and see what books or DVDs we have on the topic. We might surprise you with our collection of resources. We have a whole section of travel guidebook and a large collection of DVDs that will take your vacation planning to the next level. These resources are updated regularly and they are from authoritative sources, which you can’t always find online. Just as an example, click here to browse our resources on travel to Hawaii.
Don’t have time to stop by the library? Can’t blame you! Take a peek at our eBooks. We carry eBooks on a variety of topics, including travel guides. Click here for access to our eBooks.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Tell us! We buy books with you in mind, if we don’t carry something our patrons are looking for we try to remedy that ASAP. However, we’ll never know unless you tell us. So stop by the library and fill out a purchase recommendation form or just talk to a librarian, remember we are here to help.
Happy travels!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Foto Friday

The summer of 1967 is often referred to as the “Summer of Love.” What started off as a hippie counterculture movement in San Francisco quickly spread to other parts of the country, like here in Arcadia. The basic defining principle of the hippie era was the belief that humans are free to do whatever they want as long as they remain socially responsible. Hippies espoused the ideals of peace and love. They organized “love-ins,” like the one shown here, to join with others to express universal love.

Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library (#1013). Photograph by Milton Bell of Monrovia.

This photograph, taken by Milton Bell of Monrovia on June 4, 1967, shows a large group of people gathered at a “love-in” at Arcadia County Park. Prominent in the center of the group are a young woman and man wearing non-traditional clothing, while others wear the bold floral and paisley patterns that emerged as the fashion motif of the hippie generation. Individuals playing the tambourine and the conga and bongo drums provide a groovy backdrop to a photograph that truly captures the pulse of that day. Can’t you just smell the incense and peppermint?