Sundance to showcase local poets for National Poetry Month

Sundance Books logo 2012From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Sundance Books and Music will host a series of readings by local poets throughout the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month.


Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
Lindsay Wilson, June Saraceno, Roy A. Chávez, Laura Wetherington

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
William Wilborn, Ismael Santillanes, Tom Meschery, Barbara March

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
Ann Keniston, Steven Nightingale, Joe Crowley, Karen Terrey

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Emma Sepúlveda, Jared Stanley, Suzanne Roberts, Ursula Carlson

Sundance Books and Music is at 121 California Ave., Reno. Learn more about the poets at This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Libraries add spring food-for-fines drive

From a Washoe County news release

tcp9__Food for Fines mar 31_apr 28For four weeks this spring, you can get rid of overdue fines by helping those in need. The library system has added an additional food-for-fines drive to celebrate National Library Week in April and to recognize the fact that food banks are always in need as they feed the hungry in our community. You can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines from March 31 to April 28.

Patrons are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials.

Food barrels will be placed at libraries throughout Washoe County, and the food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. (Food taken to Incline Village Library will be donated to Project MANA.) Everyone is welcome to participate in this drive.

These food items are especially needed: Canned meats, fish and peanut butter; macaroni and cheese and pasta meals; powdered milk, baby formula and baby food; complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups; canned fruits, juice and vegetables; dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta.

The library system has delivered thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA in past drives.  Last November they collected over 8,000 pounds.  You can help them top that number this spring.

For more information about library hours, services and programs, please visit the library system online at

If you’re taking care of an older Nevadan, you need this book

From a University of Nevada Press news release

192The senior years can be daunting for spouses, children, other caregivers and seniors themselves. Too often a sudden crisis leaves a family unprepared and feeling helpless. Chronic illnesses and limited funds can present difficult and emotional choices regarding care or housing. Rules and resources vary from state to state. Everyone can use help from experienced professionals in understanding them.

A comprehensive guide to be published next week by the University of Nevada Press will provide some of this help. In The Essential Eldercare Handbook for Nevada, Kim Boyer, J.D., and Mary Shapiro, M.S.G., G.M.C., provide Nevada-specific information–medical, legal and financial–on the wide range of problems that arise during the elder years.

Case studies show how a typical family can cope with troubles such as failing health or financial cares and what options they have. This guide will help Nevada residents plan for their own senior years and take care of aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. The book includes

* Hard-to-find information for veterans and their families
* Updates on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act
* Suggested ways to protect financial assets and legal rights
* A community resource guide

Boyer and Shapiro are also coauthors of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers. Boyer, founder of the Boyer Law Group, is certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-approved National Elder Law Foundation. She practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, Medicaid and veterans planning. Shapiro has several decades’ experience as a gerontologist, counselor and educator. In 1992 she cofounded Senior Direction, a geriatric care-management company.

Praise for The Essential Eldercare Handbook for Nevada

“This is a must-have for the aging community, professional and lay-person, be they the older adult’s child or the older adult. It belongs on everyone’s book shelf!” — Phyllis Militello, assistant director (retired) at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Geriatric Education Center

“Boyer and Shapiro include wonderful and useful advice while encompassing all the new information necessitated by the Affordable Care Act. Family caregivers and gerontology professionals in Nevada will find this to be the essential guide to eldercare.” — Kenneth J. Doka, professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle and author of Counseling Individuals with Life Threatening Illness

$21.95 / paper / 200 pages / ISBN: 978-0-87417-941-5