Thursday, January 31, 2013

Teens and Money - Really? Teens with Money?

Yes, teens need to learn about money so they can develop good habits early. This is a three-part series for teens and their parents.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Highlights of Extreme Couponing Workshop

After a popular demand, Extreme Couponing workshop returned this past Saturday to capture the attention of new attendees about ways to save money and time on grocery bills.  Nancy Miller shed light to save from old fashion newspaper clippings, digital coupons, coupon apps, to rain check strategies. 

Very practical and knowledgeable, Ms. Miller shared her personal story about Peach Flavored Propel Water and how she was able to purchase it on coupon price for months.   Here are the highlights of the event that include online resources mentioned during the workshop.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

A sitting Justice writing an autobiography is unusual enough, but the candor displayed for a difficult childhood (early onset diabetes) and a fierce determination to follow in the footsteps of role models she only saw on television, makes a gripping story. This book is currently in the new book area in the library lobby. Check it, and many other new titles for your enjoyment.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Technology for Non-Techies

If you're new to the wonderful array of gadgets and gizmos which make up our technology universe, and you'd like to know more, this is for you. Tech guru Alexis Newell de-mystifies technology and talks about finding good free resources on the Web.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova wrote a fascinating books called Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes. Using the science of memory, creativity and reasoning, the author uses that famous deductive duo Watson and Holmes to illustrate how to use our minds well. Seeing versus observing. Mindfulness versus mindlessness.  She talks about how we can wake up our brains to use them more effectively and we can all use a little dose of wakefulness yes?        

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Extreme Couponing

We know that coupons can save money, and we've all been dazzled by some friend who really knows how to work the coupon world. Well, you too can become an extreme couponer with Nancy Miller's help. She shows you how to take couponing to a whole new level.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Highlights from Be Smarter Homeowner Program

On Tuesday, Jan. 8th, we offered a program featuring Penny Spark of the Southern California Home Improvement Referral Services who shared some helpful tips on what to look for when hiring contractors to remodel an important asset, our home.  In addition, she talked about ensuring safety at home for seniors with a checklist for evaluation.  If you missed the program, here are the highlights of the program.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Make Your Brain Smarter, Younger and more Flexible

 We all know that exercising our bodies is a good thing so why do we stop at the neck? That's the question Sandra Bond Chapman asked herself when she founded the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas in Dallas. So she investigated and came up with the latest research done on the brain and then worked out a plan to keep the brain sharp.

"One lesson to embrace now and throughout your life is: the more you learn, the more you will be humbled by how little you know and have yet to learn. Think about thinking - not knowing." This statement flies in the face of the adage preached by parents and teachers for generations - "the more you know the better...." It is intriguing to consider intellectual curiosity more important than stored knowledge. What an eye opener.

And multitasking? Where does it rank? Not so high according to the author. Well, read all about it in her book, Make Your Brain Smarter. She gives tips for good brain health and exercise from cradle to grave.

You can find the book in the new book area in the lobby immediately to the left as you enter.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Job Seekers All-Day Event Revisited

To those of you who could not attend our Job Seekers All-Day Event this past Saturday, we wanted to share some of the highlights from the morning session.  At the start of the new year, many attendees found it helpful to jump start their job search with a motivated mindset.  Benjamin Brus of LA Works spoke about the seven secrets of maximum motivation highlighted on the slide.  He also mentioned the power of the pen to help a job seeker to land a job.  He instructed everyone to write down what they needed to do everyday, and then pursue doing the hardest thing first. 

Afterwards, a library tour was provided to the attendees that included our new job and career center with the online job resources accessible 24/7 with a library card.  If you have any questions about any of our services, please ask.  We are here to help you succeed. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Homeowners: Be Wary and Smart

Penny Spark urges all homeowners to protect themselves, their money and their biggest asset from unscrupulous contractors and dreaded outcomes. Yes, she's here to save you making rookie mistakes.

Get more facts about this FREE program and sign up by going to and click on the calendar. Walk-ins are always welcome.