Thursday, June 13, 2019

Virtual Dementia Tour



 Discover the realities of living with dementia


Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.



Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have been identified as one of the most significant healthcare issues facing our nation.  Alzheimer’s is an emotional journey.  It can be difficult to fully comprehend the challenges that a loved one battles every day, but the virtual dementia tour can help. Taking participants from the beginning to late stages of the disease process, this experience helps one discover the overwhelming effects of trying to perform everyday tasks for a person living with memory loss. Come to Crowell Library on Thursday, July 11 and experience this eye-opening tour that encompasses tasks and exercises essential for professionals and caregivers.

The virtual dementia tour is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia.  The VDT combines scholarly resources with a patented simulation toolkit that enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association project that between 12 and 16 million people will suffer from dementia by the year 2050. There is no cure and symptom management is minimal at best. This fact makes it crucial for everyone to take responsibility for the management of dementia. As more and more people are diagnosed with dementia, and a greater percentage of the that population chooses to remain at home, greater challenges will face families as well as law enforcement, community groups and businesses to understand and react properly to those with dementia.  When dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual.

Zoila Castellanos has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. She started her career as a CNA where she found her passion in eldercare. She then decided to pursue higher education and completed her LVN program. Zoila has experience in both assisted living and memory care. She has partnered with the City of San Marino to create a dementia friendly community, and is committed to change the world in how people with dementia are treated. The Virtual Dementia Tour is another step toward that mission, providing a model for other cities to follow.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Andre Giraldo: Solo Guitar Music

Sunday, June 30, 2:00 pm

Come to Crowell Public Library on Sunday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. for a relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable hour of lyrical solo guitar music performed by Andre Giraldo.  His song selection will include works by Heitor Villa Lobos from Brazil, Nikita Koshkin from Russia and Jorge Morel from Argentina.  There is something for everyone from the serious classical music aficionado to the causal listener, and it will also be a great opportunity to expose children to a live music experience in a casual environment. 

Andre believes in the power of music to transcend boundaries and enrich the lives of those who engage with it, and his goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible and connect with audiences.  The solo project ties into his goal of trying to spread culture and arts engagement with the community using the library system as the focal point for information and culture. He has performed extensively both as a soloist and chamber musician at guitar societies and various libraries and around the area including Sierra Madre, San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Cerritos, and Santa Monica.

Andre Giraldo is a Los Angeles-based guitarist who performs widely both as a soloist and as a member of The Artisan Guitar Ensemble, a guitar trio formed during his time studying at Cal State Fullerton.   He has performed in master classes for Roland Dyens, Pavel Steidl, Martha Masters and many others and has studied privately with John Dearman, and Richard Turner and David Grimes.  He received his B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from CSUF.  But Andre believes that the best classroom is the stage itself, and continually seeks the opportunity to perform in order to reach new levels as a musician.

Come learn about the composers and their music and stay after to chat with the performer or ask any questions you may have!  All are invited and we hope to see you here for this special event. 



Making Space, Clutter Free with Tracy McCubbin


Saturday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.

If you’ve been profusely thanking various household items and still can’t let them go, it may be the issue is deeper than you think. While KonMari works for some, it doesn’t approach how to declutter when you suffer from one of the seven emotional clutter blocks explained in a new book, Making Space, Clutter Free, by Tracy McCubbin.  Tracy’s insight on the emotional reasons Americans can’t clean up their acts for good are just what they need to stop sweeping the emotional mess under the rug.

On Saturday, June 22, Tracy will return for the fourth time to Crowell Public Library where patrons have experienced quite an emotional wallop as she navigates them through the reasons behind the clutter.  Dubbed by The Toronto Sun, the “high-profile clutter exorcist,” and “clutter whisperer,Tracy will reveal how to crack the code to less clutter for each personality type:  think Myers-Briggs test for your closet.  Tracy translates what your mess has to say about you and what you need in your life right now.  Once you’ve purged your clutter, a new system needs to take over to
make sure the clutter doesn’t reappear six months later. Tracy will share her tools of the trade and reveal secrets to keeping the clutter to a minimum year round.

For over ten years and through thousands of clients, dClutterfly, Tracy’s company, has been Los Angeles’ premier organizing and decluttering business. Tracy is a regularly featured expert on Hallmark's Home & Family, has a column on MindBodyGreen, and has regular declutter segments on Fox 5 and ABC Eyewitness News, KTLA Morning Show, KCAL9, and Good Day Sacramento. She and her company have also been featured in Real Simple, Women's Day and ShopSmart.

When not decluttering, she is the proud Co-Executive Director of OneKid OneWorld, a non-profit building strong educational foundations for children in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and Central America.  Tracy lives in Los Angeles and knows where her keys are.