Thursday, October 08, 2015

Coping with Sight Loss

November 13 & 20, 10 am-12 noon

According to the Braille Institute, twenty-one percent of people age 65 and over report some form of vision impairment. This represents 7.3 million people.* Crowell Public Library is partnering with the Braille Institute in presenting two free seminars that will address all your questions related daily life with low vision. There are many causes of visual impairment and Braille Institute helps people of all ages overcome obstacles caused by low vision. They will offer the latest information on adapting to these visual changes and which assistive devices might be appropriate.

Sight loss can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy.
Practical day-to-day applications will be presented such as organizing and identifying money and marking and labeling household items. The importance of staying connected will also be explored: rediscovering the joy of reading, writing and communication. Attendees will learn about resources for getting around town, assistance with orientation and mobility. And all will be provided information on Braille Institute and low vision rehabilitation consultant appointments.

These free sessions will be held on two consecutive Friday mornings, November 13th and 20th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Barth Community Room.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Helping Hands for Hand-Held Devices

September 26 and October 24
2:00-3:30 pm

Electronically savvy students from San Marino High school will be available on two upcoming Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 pm at Crowell Public Library’s Thornton Room to help people figure out how to use their hand-held devices. People can sign up for any or both of the free sessions. Many people have iPods, Androids, tablets, iPhones, and other gadgets, but can’t figure out all of the features. The teen volunteers are familiar with many of the concepts behind these devices, so even if they haven’t used a particular gadget, they may be able to help a person figure out what to do.

This program was initiated by San Marino High School junior Chunbill (“Billy”) Liu who grew up surrounded by gadgets, but noticed there was a technology gap with people who did not have that advantage. Billy approached Librarian Rex Mayreis about closing this gap, while getting in some community services hours for himself and his friends, but has continued the program because there is such a need. The Los Angeles Times covered a session last year and posted a video about it at
If you are frustrated with online and telephone support options, come to Crowell Library and work with a living, breathing techie that will help you “bond” with your device. There’s nothing like one-on-one assistance to help solve problems and tackle sticky widgets.

To reserve your spot for this program, please call 626-300-0777, extension 579 as soon as possible. There are a limited number of teen volunteers, so slots will fill quickly.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LA Opera Talk: Moby Dick

Sunday, October 18th, 2:00 p.m.

This upcoming opera at the Music Center is based on Herman Melville's classic novel: a fanatical sea captain’s unrelenting obsession for revenge drives his entire crew into the face of death and destruction as they explore the vast and mysterious oceans in search of a monster. Jake Heggie’s sweeping, gorgeously detailed score for this Moby Dick has already taken its rightful place as a true contemporary masterpiece. Learn more about this thrilling production on Sunday, October 18th at Crowell Public Library with a fascinating audio visual program in the Library’s Barth Community Room. LA Opera Community Educator Sean Muhlstein will present the background on this stunning work, enhancing the richness of the opera experience for one and all. Sean is also a board member of the Opera League of Los Angeles and is eager to share his expertise with opera fans new and old.

Opera has something for everyone. It can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. It is literature, social studies, cultural diversity, multiple languages and most of all, it is exciting!

Come explore the world of opera through LA Opera’s education programs.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A Primer in Human Genomics for the Curious Non-Scientist

with USC Professor Hal Slavkin
Beginning Tuesday October 6, 12:30 - 2pm

If you’ve ever wondered what all this genome business is about, you won’t want to miss a single session of this upcoming free class brought to Crowell Library by USC’s Emeriti Center College: A Primer in Human Genomics for the Curious Non-Scientist. In six sessions, participants will explore evolution, healthcare and biotechnology, with a focus on the new personalized, precision healthcare options. Advances in human, animal, plant and microbial genomics is rapidly enhancing the understanding of genes, allowing innovations in designing new organisms for specific applications such as removal of hydrocarbons from sea water, and precise approaches to diagnosis and drug treatments. The mantra “faster, cheaper and better” is rapidly advancing genomics, especially with drug designs for specific individualized cancers.

Back in 2000 when the Human Genome Project completed its first draft, the effort took more than a decade at a cost of millions of dollars -- to just partially complete one person’s genome. By the end of 2013, the human genome was completed and the cost of sequencing was reduced to $1,000 per person’s genome within a 24 hour time period. How did that happen and what does this mean for the future?

These classes will be presented by Professor Hal Slavkin, Dean Emeritus, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, who retired in June 2014 after 46 years on the full-time faculty. During his academic career he served as Chair of Biochemistry, Dean of the School of Dentistry, and served as the Director for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International and American Associations of Dental Research, and the International Society of Developmental Biology. Professor Slavkin lives in Marina Del Rey.

Reserve your spot in class by calling the library at (626) 300-0777.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Three Secrets to a Healthy Life with Bernardo Perez III, D.C.

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.

Who doesn’t want to have more energy, better digestion, better quality of sleep, or maybe lose weight? Come to a free presentation, “Three Secrets to a Healthy Life.” Bernardo Perez III, DC will demonstrate ways to create a lifestyle that protects you from premature aging and illness. Nutrition, exercise and stress reduction are the keys to health and happiness. But according to a recent study, very few adults actually meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that only 3% of American adults got a perfect score on what the authors say are the four basic criteria for healthy living. Just 13.8% met three of the criteria; 34.2% met only two criteria. Women scored slightly better than men.*

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a foothold on health and happiness. Dr. Perez has presented a number of health-related programs at Crowell Library and is a popular and fun presenter. He is nationally board certified, California Board Certified and a member of the International Chiropractic Association. He attended the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles and was born and raised in southern California. Dr. Perez specializes in identifying and correcting brain and neurotransmitter imbalances. He is dedicated to helping people of all ages by applying knowledge and experience in rehabilitation so they can attain their optimal state of health and well-being.

Whether thirteen, thirty or beyond, everyone benefits from a healthy lifestyle. This program at Crowell Library will be an easy way to get started on that road, or to just fine-tune day-to-day health strategies.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Friends of Crowell Library: Meet the Authors!

Ken Oder: The Closing
Tuesday September 22nd 7:00 p.m.
Alice Simpson: Ballroom
Thursday, October 22nd 7:00 p.m.
Edward Larson: The Return George Washington
Thursday, November 12th 7:00 p.m.

The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Authors series continues this fall with writer Ken Oder who grew up in White Hall, Vir¬ginia, a farm town of about fifty peo¬ple near the Blue Ridge Moun¬tains. Although he moved to Los Ange¬les in 1975, prac¬ticing law and serving as an exec¬u¬tive, White Hall’s moun¬tains and its peo¬ple still come out in his stories. His latest, The Closing, was voted Number 1 Best-Selling Kindle Legal Thriller and Number 6 Best-Selling Kindle Mystery novel on The story begins when two men meet in the Virginia state penitentiary and discover they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back. Meet Ken Oder on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Barth Community Room.

Author Alice Simpson will talk about her latest title, Ballroom on Thursday, on October 22, also at 7:00pm. A novel told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a poignant story about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated and unhappy lives, if only for a few hours each Sunday evening, in a dilapidated Manhattan dance hall on the verge of closure. Kirkus Reviews wrote: “…Simpson is a master at creating realistic characters. Readers who enjoy seeing inside the hearts and minds of others will relish sharing the lives of Simpson’s creations.”

And on Thursday, November 12, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Edward Larson, will present insights into his latest book, The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789, an exacting and elegant look at the critically important, yet “forgotten” years in Washington’s distinguished life.
All programs are free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. With such wonderful Friends as these, the authors keep coming at Crowell Public Library!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Picture Tapping Workshop

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. and
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Parents, teens and even younger kids can learn a mind-body technique that might help them cope with anxiety, worry and stress on September 16th and 17th at Crowell Public Library. By intervening in the body's flight, fight or freeze response, this technique has been used to help students improve their test performance, help executives overcome their fear of public speaking, athletes improve their performance and hospital patients deal with pain and stress. Instructor Tee Ming Ooi uses a combination of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), neuro-linguistic programming and inner-child work that strives to intervene in the body's flight, fight or freeze response to thwart self-sabotaging patterns. Her mission is to help everyone reduce their stress levels naturally.
Participants in this two-part workshop will learn about mental and emotional first aid, how to acknowledge their emotions, change their physical state, direct their emotional release through “tapping,” and embrace a positive future while forgiving others and oneself.
Tee Ming Ooi has conducted workshops for parents and boy scouts and has provided online resources on various stress relief tools. She offers easy techniques that adults, teens and kids can use to shift from anxiety, stress, anger or frustration to more resourceful states of calm, peace and love. She is a “life coach” trained in several mind-body-emotion methods, who wishes to spread this knowledge so that many can experience increased peace and productivity.
Learn to how deal with anxiety, worry and stress naturally at this free workshop Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Crowell Public Library.