Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Library Going All Digital!

LVCCLD to go all digital
"eBooks are the wave of the future."

Due to ongoing budget constraints, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will be removing all paper books from their shelves starting tomorrow.

"There are just too many problems with them," says a highly placed Very Important Person in the Library District. "They're expensive, they take up a lot of space, and, let's face it, do you really want to read any book that someone else has touched?"

Another Library VIP, speaking anonymously, said "We think the library users will love it, once they get used to it. It'll be a big change, but once people realize they'll never have another late fee, we think they'll thank us!"

One problem with having no paper books is, what happens to children's storytimes? With no picture books to read to kids, storytimes will be boring.

The great news is that the Library found a stash of Teddy Ruxpin dolls, in a long overlooked store room.

"We have enough Teddy Ruxpin dolls for every library, so storytimes will happen without any interruption. Some far-sighted librarian, back in the 1980s, bought a ton of these. He must have known how great eBooks would be!"

The Library realized that not every library user has a computer or eReader. While most people do, the Library has set up a process where anyone without an eReader can visit a library, and a staff person will read them any book they want, out loud.

"We know it will use a lot of staff time, but we'll have so much more time, now that we don't have to keep putting all those books back on the shelves!"

The Library will start removing all the books on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
That's after today, April 1, 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Movie Tuesday

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 7 April 2015:

The Book of Negroes
A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, this recounts the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who survives in a world in which everything seems to be against her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa then sold into slavery in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before finally securing her freedom in England.
The Immigrant
Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.
Lego - Legends of Chima: Quest for the Legend Beast Season 2 Part 1
With Mount Cavora and the Chi imperiled, leaders from the eight main battling tribes of Chima have to join forces on a mission into the outlands to find the Legend Beasts. These ancient creatures offer the only hope of saving Cavora and its Chi. But our heroes soon learn the Beasts have been captured by mysterious new Tribes of Scorpions, Spiders, and Bats.
Manhattan Season 1
Set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science; the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The series follows the project's brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
A Most Violent Year
The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city's history.
Simon Wiesenthal Film Collection
Includes
Genocide;
Long Way Home;
Liberation;
Echoes That Remain;
Unlikely Heroes;
In Search Of Peace;
Ever Again;
I Have Never Forgotten You;
Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny;
It Is No Dream;
The Prime Minister: Part I and II.
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Based on the classic novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" comes the newest adaptation of this timeless tale. Tom Sawyer has nothing but pranks and mischief on his mind, but luckily his fearless friend Huck Finn loves adventure as much as he does. When the daring duo witness trouble in a graveyard, Tom and Huck are thrown head-first into adventure, putting their courage to the test!
UFC 181 & 182 - Hendricks vs Lawler II / Jones vs Cormier
At UFC 181, top contender Robbie "Ruthless" Lawler takes on current Welterweight Champion Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks in a rematch of their first fight at UFC 171. The Lightweight Championship bout will also be co-featured on this card with current champion Anthony Pettis defending his title against Gilbert Melendez. At UFC 182, Jon Jones, current Light Heavyweight Champion, will defend his title against Daniel Cormier.
Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Interstellar with 1534 requests.

Imitation Game had 1433 requests,
Wild had 1033 requests,
Wild Card had 431 requests,
Veep - The Complete Third Season had 102 requests,
Out of the Dark had 73 requests,
Silicon Valley - Season 1 had 67 requests,
3 Nights in the Desert had 36 requests,
Building Wonders had 21 requests,
Language Matters with Bob Hollman had 21 requests,
The Circle had 13 requests,
Putin's Way had 13 requests, and
Conducting Hope and Cyber Seniors had 0 requests.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Update

What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 28 March 2015 through Friday 3 April 2015:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)
    Saturday 3/28/2015:
Centennial Hills Library: United Blood Services Blood Drive
Enterprise Library: Learn Hawaii's Dance, the Hula
Mesquite Library: How to Download eMedia
Sahara West Library: Meet the Artist in Residence: Linda Alterwitz
Summerlin Library: Scrapbook Workshop
West Charleston Library: A Passion For Orchids: Live Orchid Show and Lectures
West Las Vegas Library: More Than a Step: A Solo Suite Featuring Peter Chu
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance
    Sunday 3/29/2015:
Clark County Library: Introduction to Computers
Laughlin Library: For Teens: Teen Tech Club
Las Vegas Library: Computer Talk
Las Vegas Library: Adventures In Job Hunting
Sahara West Library: Mindfulness and Insight Meditation
Whitney Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio Open Lab
Windmill Library: Music Club
    Monday 3/30/2015:
Laughlin Library: For Teens: Teen Tech Club
Windmill Library: Family Game Night
    Tuesday 3/31/2015:
Centennial Hills Library: Job Skills for Students Workshop
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Spotlight on Gregory Peck - Cape Fear
Clark County Library: For Teens: Special Spring Break Edition of Teen Tuesday
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
West Charleston Library: Medicare Information Session
Windmill Library: Zumba Dance Fitness
    Wednesday 4/1/2015: Happy April Fools Day!
Clark County Library: Savvy Seniors Scam Prevention Series: Healthcare Scams
Las Vegas Library: For Teens: Punk Rocks
Summerlin Library: For Teens: Teen Makerspace Lab
Spring Valley Library: English as a Second Language
    Thursday 4/2/2015:
Clark County Library: Drama de la Pasion: Jesus de Nazaret
Clark County Library: AARP Tax Assistance
Clark County Library: Las Vegas Stories: How Jay Sarno’s Wild Life Changed Las Vegas
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
Sahara West Library: Discovering Italy - A Cultural Perspective
    Friday 4/3/2015:
Clark County Library: Drama de la Pasion: Jesus de Nazaret
Rainbow Library: For Teens: Teen Fridays
Spring Valley Library: English Conversation Group
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance
Whitney Library: For Teens: Teen Fun Friday

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Movie Tuesday

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 31 March 2015:

3 Nights in the Desert
What could have been? What might have been? Reunions can be exciting, frustrating, exhilarating, nostalgic, a life given over to practicality while another chases lost dreams. Set against the majestic landscape of the desert, three estranged friends and former bandmates 'celebrate' turning 30, carrying their hopes and unresolved wounds, their intertwined romantic baggage, in this funny and poignant look at lost loves, forgotten dreams and missed opportunity.
Building Wonders
In Building Wonders, Nova presents three groundbreaking shows that investigate engineering mysteries of the ancient world with the help of dramatic hands-on experiments. Modern architects use medieval tools to examine the Lost City of Petra in the middle of Jordan's desert, the vast Roman Coliseum, and Turkey's 1,500 year-old cathedral dome, Hagia Sophia.

The Circle
Zurich: 1958. A bashful teacher and a German cabaret artist get to know one another in the Swiss underground organization called 'Der Kreis.' As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organization for gay emancipation.
Conducting Hope
A documentary about the one and only men's prison choir to ever perform outside the prison walls, the East Hills Singers.
Cyber Seniors
A humorous and heartwarming story focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.
Imitation Game
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.
Interstellar
With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Language Matters with Bob Hollman
A two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? It is filmed around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where 400 Aboriginal people speak ten different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where a group of Hawaiian activists are fighting to save their native tongue.
Out of the Dark
A couple and their daughter moves to Colombia to take over a family business, only to realize their new home is haunted by children whose death was caused by a horrible accident over twenty years ago.
Putin's Way
Frontline investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.
Silicon Valley - Season 1
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
Veep - The Complete Third Season
Season three begins with Selina, eying a promotion, courting Iowa caucus voters at a signing for her new book, 'Some New Beginnings.' Soon, Selina and her staff, are back in D.C. for Mike's wedding, learn that Secretary of Defense Maddox is resigning; setting Selina up for a possible run in the presidential primaries against Maddox and her nemesis, war-vet Danny Chung.
Wild
A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
Wild Card
A bodyguard goes after the sadistic thug who beat his friend, only to find that the object of his wrath is the son of a powerful mob boss.
Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Into the Woods with 1126 requests.

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies had 692 requests,
Song One had 187 requests,
Marvel Knights - Wolverine vs Sabretooth - Reborn had 91 requests,
A Stranger in Paradise had 38 requests,
Fast n/'Loud: Most Furious had 26 requests, 
Pokemon Black & White Adventures in Unova Set 2 had 25 requests,
Street Outlaws had 19 requests,
Sinkholes - Buried Alive had 17 requests,
Best Seller had 15 requests,
Gunned Down had 13 requests,
A Path Appears had 11 requests,
Sunken Ship Rescue had 9 requests,
1913: Seeds of Conflict had 2 requests,
Before You Know It had 1 request, and
What's Up NASA? 3.2015 Edition had 0 requests,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekend Update

What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 21 March 2015 through Friday 27 March 2015:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)
    Saturday 3/21/2015:
Centennial Hills Library: For Teens: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Enterprise Library: Learn Hawaii's Dance, the Hula
Mesquite Library: International Movie Matinee
Summerlin Library: Book Chat Cafe
Sunrise Library: For Teens: Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament
Spring Valley Library: For Teens: Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament
Sahara West Library: The Path to Mobilizing People with James Hsu
West Las Vegas Library: For Teens: Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance
    Sunday 3/22/2015:
Clark County Library: Introduction to Computers
Clark County Library: Las Vegas Brass Band Spring Concert
Las Vegas Library: For Teens: Teen Anime Club
Las Vegas Library: Computer Talk
Las Vegas Library: Adventures In Job Hunting
Sahara West Library: Mindfulness and Insight Meditation
West Las Vegas Library: Job Search
    Monday 3/23/2015:
Clark County Library: Medicare Information Session
Sahara West Library: Longevitology - Energy Healing
West Charleston Library: AARP Tax Assistance
    Tuesday 3/24/2015:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Spotlight on Gregory Peck - To Kill a Mockingbird
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
Mesquite Library: Microsoft Excel Basics
Spring Valley Library: Guitar for Amateurs
Windmill Library: Zumba Dance Fitness
    Wednesday 3/25/2015:
Clark County Library: Munch & Mingle Brown Bag Networking Lunch for Nonprofits
Clark County Library: Information Session: College Savings Programs in Nevada
Rainbow Library: Information Session: College Savings Programs in Nevada
West Charleston Library: Starting a Business 102
West Las Vegas Library: Nevada Partners, Inc. Prospective Homebuyer Orientation 10:15 a.m.
West Las Vegas Library: Nevada Partners, Inc. Prospective Homebuyer Orientation 2:45 p.m.
Windmill Library: eMedia Downloading 101
    Thursday 3/26/2015:
Clark County Library: Business 101: Intellectual Properties - Using Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
Clark County Library: AARP Tax Assistance
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
Summerlin Library: Practicing Your eMedia Downloading Skills
Sahara West Library: Introduction to the Internet
Sahara West Library: Sahara West Book Discussion Group
Windmill Library: Shakespeare Rocks!
    Friday 3/27/2015:
Rainbow Library: For Teens: Club Otaku
Spring Valley Library: English as a Second Language
Spring Valley Library: English Conversation Group
Whitney Library: For Teens: Teen Fun Friday
West Las Vegas Library: A Solo Suite Featuring Peter Chu
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Movie Tuesday

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 24 March 2015:

1913: Seeds of Conflict
It examines a critical yet overlooked moment of transformation in Palestine, long before the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate period usually considered the matchstick for today's ongoing struggles. It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews living there could imagine the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century.
Fast 'n' Loud: Most Furious
At the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas, they build 'em fast and loud. Searching the far-flung corners of Texas and beyond, motor mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufman resurrect forgotten relics in hopes of turning rust buckets into buckets of gold.
Gunned Down
Frontline investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America. With firsthand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Gunned Down examines why, despite the national trauma over gun violence, Washington hasn't acted.
The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies
The epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. The dragon Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women, and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo attempts to make him see reason.
Into the Woods
A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Marvel Knights - Wolverine vs Sabretooth - Reborn
These sworn foes have been locked in an endless grudge match that goes back longer than either can remember-or even imagine. The key to victory is eons old, and it's certain to rock their world. Think you've seen Marvel's fiercest go toe-to-toe before? Those were just warm-ups!
A Path Appears
A follow-up film to the critically acclaimed and critically discussed Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and will focus on violence against women across the Americas.
Pokemon Black & White Adventures in Unova Set 2
Our heroes prepare to enjoy the next chapter of their exciting adventures as Ash decides to return home to the Kanto region, and Iris and Cilan join him for an exciting cruise through the Decolore Islands! As our heroes journey from island to island, they meet new friends, new challenges, and even new Pokemon, as well as the occasional run-in with Team Rocket. And finally, a visit to Pallet Town to see family and friends shows just how enduring Ash's dreams really are!
Sinkholes - Buried Alive
Sinkholes have swallowed highways, apartment buildings, horses, camels, and even golfers with monster-size holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of dramatic collapses, and following scientists as they explore the underlying forces behind these natural disasters, Nova travels the globe to investigate what it's like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.
Song One
A romantic drama set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene. After Franny's musician brother Henry is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence.
Street Outlaws
Buckle up and hang on for this white-knuckle ride into the world of illegal street racing. On the midnight highways of America, there's a firestorm brewing as highway hustlers race for the top spot on the street.
Sunken Ship Rescue
Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 people. Joining a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock, they will attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.
What's Up NASA? 3.2015 Edition
Get ready for exciting up-to-the-minute video of what's happening at NASA. Whether it is the latest launch, mission, or new discovery, this video brings an incredible picture and sound! Each month, this video magazine will bring the thrill of space exploration to all!
Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Theory of Everything with 1192 requests.

Exodus - Gods and Kings had 1060 requests,
Dumb and Dumber To had 908 requests,
Penguins of Madagascar had 704 requests,
Annie had 696 requests,
Top Five had 345 requests,
Halo - Nightfall had 134 requests,
The Physician had 119 requests,
Song of the Sea had 114 requests,
The End of Days had 69 requests,
UFC - Best of 2014 had 42 requests,
Bleach Uncut - Set 24 had 25 requests,
The Divine Move had 22 requests,
Gold Rush South America had 16 requests,
When Sharks Attack had 13 requests, and
Big Bang Machine had 7 requests.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekend Update

What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 14 March 2015 through Friday 20 March 2015:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)
    Saturday 3/14/2015:
Clark County Library: United Blood Services Blood Drive
Clark County Library: Saturday Movie Matinee: Gone Girl
Clark County Library: Spring Fling Book Fair
Enterprise Library: Learn Hawaii's Dance, The Hula
Sahara West Library: For Teens: Anime Fest
Sahara West Library: Meet the Artist in Residence: Linda Alterwitz
Summerlin Library: For Teens: Bubble Magnets
Summerlin Library: Downloading eBooks to Your Tablet
West Las Vegas Library: Acting for Film Workshops
West Las Vegas Library: Chess Club
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance
    Sunday 3/15/2015:
Clark County Library: Music with the Classic Touch: Orquestra Futura
Las Vegas Library: Computer Talk
Las Vegas Library: Adventures in Job Hunting
Spring Valley Library: Spring Valley Library Book Club
Sahara West Library: Exploring Your Family's History - Genealogy Series
Sahara West Library: Guitar Basics 101
Sahara West Library: Mindfulness and Insight Meditation
Sahara West Library: The Desert Hearts Romance Readers Book Club
West Charleston Library: Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation
West Las Vegas Library: Job Search
    Monday 3/16/2015:
Spring Valley Library: Guitar for Amateurs
Sahara West Library: Yoga Flexibility and Balance Class
West Charleston Library: AARP Tax Assistance
    Tuesday 3/17/2015:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Spotlight on Gregory Peck - On the Beach
Clark County Library: Laws Pertaining to Nevada Nonprofits
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
Mesquite Library: How to Download eMedia
Summerlin Library: Fiber Arts Workshop
Windmill Library: Zumba Dance Fitness
    Wednesday 3/18/2015:
Clark County Library: Stress Management For The Caregiver
Mesquite Library: eMail Basics
Summerlin Library: For Teens: Teen Makerspace Lab
Sahara West Library: Launching a Leadership Revolution
West Charleston Library: Senior Law Series: The Basics of Landlord Tenant Law
West Las Vegas Library: Nevada Partners, Inc. Prospective Homebuyer Orientation 10:15 a.m.
West Las Vegas Library: Nevada Partners, Inc. Prospective Homebuyer Orientation 2:45 p.m.
    Thursday 3/19/2015:
Clark County Library: AARP Tax Assistance
Enterprise Library: For Teens: TechArt Studio: Learn to DJ
West Las Vegas Library: Social Media 101
    Friday 3/20/2015:
Centennial Hills Library: For Teens: Teen Book Chats
Rainbow Library: For Teens: Teen Fridays
Spring Valley Library: English Conversation Group
West Charleston Library: Crystal Trio in Concert
Whitney Library: For Teens: Teen Fun Friday
Whitney Library: AARP Tax Assistance