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Now that it's March, more and more people are starting to come to the library with questions about filing taxes and obtaining tax forms. San Juan Island Library staff cannot provide tax advice or interpret tax instructions; however, staff can help you download forms from the Internet and show you to our collection of reference and circulating books and other resources that can help with tax preparation assistance.

One of our most popular questions is whether or not we carry IRS tax forms. The answer is "yes", the Library provides copies of some of the most frequently used forms. They’re very popular and we do run out of forms periodically. Beth has already reordered forms for us a couple times this year.

The Library also carries IRS Reproducible Tax Forms for photocopying. IRS forms and publications are available online at http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html. Print and copy fees are .10 cents/page.

Every year we update certain tax related publications, such as the J.K. Lasser series. The Library has a variety of books available. Here are some of our most recent additions:

1. J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes, 2012

2. J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax, 2012

3. Deduct it!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes by Stephen Fishman, c2012

4. 475 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-employed Individuals by Bernard Kamoroff, c2011

5. Small Business Taxes Made Easy, 2nd ed. By Eva Rosenberg, c2011

6. Tax Savvy for Small Business by Frederick W. Daily, c2011

7. Working for Yourself; Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers and Consultants by Stephen Fishman, c2011

8. Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide by Stephen Fishman, c2011

Marjorie Harrison

Library Director

mharrison@sjlib.org

San Juan Island Library www.sjlib.org

360.378.2798

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COLUMN NUMBER FIVE

Avatar_DavidBentley So far this week, I’ve written four columns. They were preachy and did not inspire me or anyone else. It is always quite easy to point out what is wrong with the world. It is far more difficult to find a glimmer of hope that people can latch onto and feel as if there is a way they can make a difference. So in my despair, I informed my editor that I would miss deadline. Then I shut down the computer and went for a walk.

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YOUR HEART IS YOUR POWER PLANT

Avatar_MarkWEarnhart Your heart IS your power plant. Many people suffer every day from vague symptoms such as low energy, brain fog, chronic muscle pain or joint discomfort.

Your heart works day and night to bring oxygen and nutrients to literally every cell in the body and to remove the toxic waste, especially your brain cells. It is the engine that is powering every aspect of body function.

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CHANGING THE WORLD

Avatar_DavidBentley I was trying to finish handouts for the annual meeting at work so that I could pack my bags for a weekend men’s retreat. Naturally, nothing was working out. Reports and documents that I needed were missing or late. Instead of doing a simple printing job, I found myself involved in a mystery worthy of Ellery Queen. On top of everything else, my cough was getting worse and my energy seemed to moving in the opposite direction of my frustration at about an even pace.

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And to Think That He Inspired a Nation of Readers

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March is many things to different people. It's madness for college basketball fans, Girl Scout cookie season, and a month of remembrance of women's history. It’s also the birthday month of one of America's most beloved authors, Theodor Seuss Geisel, more widely known as Dr. Seuss. As any Dr. Seuss reader might tell you, there’s something special about Theodor Geisel's stories and illustrations: They are imaginative, quirky, unique, inspiring, and timeless.

 

This March is especially exciting for Seuss book fans as it marks the release of the new Lorax movie, adapted from the classic environmental cautionary tale of the same name, and 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s first published children’s book,  And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

To honor the man who inspired a nation or readers (and dreamers), the San Juan Island Library will co-sponsor a Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss, who penned more than 50 stories for print and television. Though officially his birthday is March 2, we will celebrate at the library on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 3:15-4:15 PM.

All are welcome to come enjoy this free public event that will feature a reader theater-style story with Dr. Seuss-inspired characters, delicious cake provided by Cake Junkies, and fun craft making. Books to encourage reading and literacy building will be given out courtesy of the San Juan Island Early Learning Consortium.

Welcome March 2012, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, and Happy Reading San Juan Islanders,

Melina Lagios

We ask that people attending the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party try to carpool, or please park in our library parking lot or make use of street parking so that we can accommodate everyone in attendance. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. For more information about the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party or other library programs, please contact us at 378-2798.

Melina Lagios

Assistant Director/Youth Services

mlagios@sjlib.org

San Juan Island Library www.sjlib.org

360.378.2798

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Apple Age

Avatar_IngridGabriel I'm getting to an age where I'm telling a few more "When I was young..." stories. The 60s, 70s and 80s are far enough in the past that they have ripened to the same antiquity that the Great Depression had for kids of my generation (and then some) and enough time has intervened to give me some material. The impact, however, in terms of, "My god, those were hard times," doesn't really carry the same gravitas in terms of pain and suffering.

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IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S ANOTHER

Avatar_DavidBentley It was raining when I walked downtown to get mail and eat lunch. My mailbox was empty, as was the post office. Few people were on the streets, and even fewer were in the stores. After lunch and a chat with the restaurant owner, I bought a few groceries and headed home. Suddenly the rain intensified, so I ducked under an awning to wait it out. That's when I noticed a 12-year-old trying to stay dry, too.

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Unearthing global collections

Avatar_SJILibrary During our big shifting process I unearthed some great collections that were hidden in the stacks near the old Reference area. We moved Reference to a more central location in the Library partially because there were many shelves not being used in the previous location, and also to make the collection more visible and centrally located.

Our Local Documents and Lifelong Learning collections were located in the Reference vicinity and these got moved to other areas. Now these two special collections are out in the open for people to see as they walk by and browse other collections. The atlas stand is also out in the open near Reference.

It's true what they say, "out of sight, out of mind." Within five minutes of moving the atlas stand a patron walked up and started looking at the atlas displayed on top.

Gaps started to appear in the Lifelong Learning section as people were seeing the titles and checking them out. I'm not sure many people have perused documents in our Local Documents collection since the move, although probably because we still need to organize and label it better. It's still a work in progress.

Now that I've revealed some real gems, I'd like to tell you a little bit about these special collections.

The Lifelong Learning collection includes a variety of different scholarly courses on a wide range of topics from publishers like The Great Courses and Modern Scholar. These courses come in a variety of formats including DVD, VHS, and audio. We've got courses in religious studies, European history, geology, literature, music, art, and much more. This collection is now located on the wood shelves near the computer workstations.

The Local Documents collection starts at the very beginning of Reference. It includes meeting minutes of local organizations, documents from San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor, and various other plans, assessments, and documents from local institutions and organizations.

Would you like to view the 1998-2010 Port of Friday Harbor General Plan? It's there. How about the 2011-2016 San Juan County Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas Plan? It's there, too. And what about the San Juan Island Library's meeting minutes? Oh yes, they're there too.

The atlas stand holds numerous atlases of assorted types. There's the 2012 Road Atlas of the United States, Canada, and Mexico and the 2011 Big Road Atlas of Europe.

For local information you'll want to look at the Totem Atlas of Island, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties or the Coastal Zone Atlas of Washington. There's also the Great Atlas of the Stars and the World Atlas of the Ocean.

Local documents and some atlases must be used in the Library. The courses in the Life Long Learning section are available for check out. I welcome you to browse our special collections and uncover these treasures for yourself.

Marjorie Harrison

Library Director

mharrison@sjlib.org

San Juan Island Library www.sjlib.org

360.378.2798

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OSTEOPOROSIS - WHO IS AT RISK?

Avatar_MarkWEarnhart According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans. In the U.S. today 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass (osteopenia) which is 55% of the people over 50 years of age. Of these, 80% are women and 20% are men. The function of bone is to create support and protection of the body, allow body movement, the formation of blood ( hematopoesis ) and mineral storage. Our bone is composed of 70% minerals (or calcium salts) which provide compressive strength and 30% osteoid (or protein matrix) which provides flexibility.

So what causes osteoporosis? Here of course, as in all disease there are many possible components. Here is a list of a few of the possible causes:

- chronic liver disease

- chronic kidney disease

- arthritis

- malabsorption disease (irritable bowel syndrome, chrones disease or low hydro-chloric acid)

- prolonged use of corticosteroids

- thin women with history of no periods and low body fat

- smokers, regular alcohol or caffeine drinkers

- family history

- depression - effects the hypothalamic-pituitary axis

- sedentary lifestyle or prolonged immobilization

- Nulliparous women (have not had a baby)

- heavy metal toxicity - chronic broad spectrum antibiotic use ( destroys normal intestinal flora leading to malabsorption of nutrients and decreased vitamin K production)

- peri-menopause and menopause (thus the 80% women to 20% men)

- low testosterone in men

Present treatment usually means taking calcium and estrogen therapy. Increased calcium intake by itself has been shown to increase bone mass slightly. Estrogen therapy has not been shown to increase bone mass but will stop it from progressing but at the price of an increased chance of uterine and breast cancer, strokes and heart attacks.

We favor a more holistic approach. You need to look at all of the factors just mentioned with the possibility of using health questionaires, muscle testing and lab testing including saliva tests for hormone balancing. Progesterone creams have been shown to increase bone density by 10% the first year of use and 3-5% each year after but you also need to look at digestive issues to see if your body can even absorb nutrients needed to restore and maintain bone health.

Bone density scores of -1.0 to -2.5 indicate osteopenia and scores of -2.5 or less indicate osteoporosis.

Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, vitamin K, zinc and protein intake are very important to bone health.

As a chiropractor, bone and joint health are of course important, but just as important is finding out the underlying cause of the osteopenia or osteoporosis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or go to our website at sanjuanholistichealthcare.com

Yours in Health,

Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.

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