Reading suggestions for Summer Reading

kids ereading roomThis summer enjoy summer reading with Club Read at the Library! For some great reading suggestions, visit Hot Topics – Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens.

Beginner readers and kids in elementary grades don’t forget to use your own Kids eReading Room for more great suggestions.

Apps for Early Childhood Learning

apps for early child hood learningApps for Early Childhood Learning provides parents, teachers and librarians with a good overview on how to evaluate apps as well as providing a list of some of the highest rated apps for childhood learning.

This link along with other resources on apps for early child literacy can be found on the Hot Topic – Parenting – Apps for Early Literacy

1/3 of Americans Mixing Prescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements. Is this a good practice?

drugsOne in three Americans is mixing dietary supplements with prescription medications, according to new research and the risk for potential interactions between prescription medications and dietary supplements is significant.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers analyzed data on 9,950 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In this nationally representative sample of adults, 34.3 percent reported using dietary supplements and prescription medications together. Adults diagnosed with a medical condition were 2.5 times more likely to mix supplements with drugs than those without a medical condition.

The researchers found that multivitamins with added ingredients like ginkgo  were more commonly used than standard multivitamins. The researchers also found that multivitamins with added ingredients, antacids, and multivitamins that have added botanical ingredients were the most common dietary supplements to be used in conjunction with prescription medications. The most common prescription medication categories that were taken with dietary supplements were heart medications and hormone medications.

The authors concluded that dietary supplement use was highest among patients who have medical conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, liver conditions, heart conditions and diabetes. Prescription medication use was highest among patients with the same medical conditions. Patients who have been diagnosed with a medical condition should talk to their doctors about the dietary supplements that they are taking.

For information about potential drug-supplement interactions, please visit Natural Standard’s Advanced Interactions Checker.

  1. Farina EK, Austin KG, Lieberman HR. Concomitant Dietary Supplement and Prescription Medication Use Is Prevalent among US Adults with Doctor-Informed Medical Conditions. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Apr 4. View Abstract
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine.

Are you a grant writer? Looking for grants for your business or non-profit? This workshop is for you!

grant writingGrants Training in Las Vegas, NV
May 28-29, 2014

United Way of Southern Nevada and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Las Vegas, May 28-29, 2014. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
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Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that’s packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals.

Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.
Janet Darling
Grant Writing USA
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United Way of Southern Nevada
More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

Experience War Through Words

VanishedWhen you are young and Memorial Day rolls around, you are oblivious to what the extra day off of school and impromptu cookout means.  However, the older you get, the more you understand the actual signification of the holiday, to remember and honor those who have fallen in war. It is quite hard to imagine what it would be like going through such a horrendous experience. Perhaps that’s why we are so captivated by war memoirs, because those powerful words are the closest most of us will ever come to being faced with such fear and terror.

Every military experience is different and each new war book helps us to understand that. Here are a few from the eMedia Catalog to get you started.

Author James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in Flags of Our Fathers. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

Robert Leckie a young U.S. Marine fought in the Pacific during World War II and is the bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, has written a thrilling account of the battle for Iwo Jima and of the Americans who fought for every bloody inch of the island. He also presents the story of the Japanese commander and the men in his command and their desperate “last stand” defense of the island.

Newly released title Vanished, tells the story of  a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanishing over the Pacific islands of Palau in 1944, leaving a trail of mysteries. In this spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long.

And then there’s WAR by Sebastian Junger.  This critically acclaimed book details the Junger’s 14-month experience following a platoon in Afghanistan and aims to uncover the truths of war.

Will the average person ever really understand what it’s like to be dropped in a foreign land and told to fight for their life? The only real way to discover the truth is to experience it for yourself, and if not, read about it and honor the memory of those who so bravely fought for the country.

For additional resources on wars and the military visit Hot Topic – American History