Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Library Event – Out at the Movies

The Clark County Library Continues the summer movie series,“CineVegas from the Vault” at our libraries, with the feature film, “Happy Birthday, Harris Malden.”

When: Thursday, July 2, 7:00P.M.
Venue: Theater

The debut feature by the filmmakers known as Sweaty Robot is a playful yet poignant labor of love that offers a fresh take on friendship, loyalty and bushy mustaches. Harris Malden fakes his facial hair, and as far as he's concerned, nobody can tell. No one in the neighborhood, not even his best friend Paul or his brother Melvin, has the heart to tell Harris how ridiculous he looks with the thick, black lie about his lip. Everything is fine in Harris' world – until Paul brings an outsider to his 25th birthday party who immediately calls out Harris' hairy imposter, leaving the young man and his friends to deal with the fallout of his open secret. (2008, 80 min.)

Tuesday’s New DVD releases

Every Tuesday we get the newest DVD releases and you can request them! These titles are usually very popular, so be sure to get your requests in early! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. See the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for July 7th, 2009:

Knowing - Nicolas Cage. In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule but one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, Professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts every major disaster of the past 50 years. As John further unravels the documents chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional eventsthe last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve John and his son.

Push - Chris Evans. On the run from the Division, a dangerous government agency that uses people with psychic abilities to do their bidding, telekinetic Nick Gant and clairvoyant Cassie Holmes team up to find a third psychic who can help them destroy the organization.

The Unborn - Odette Yustman. Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in The Unborn. In this shocking supernatural thriller, a young woman, Casey (Yustman), is plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead.

This week's release with the most requests is 12 Rounds with 451 holds.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Book Review - Urban Fiction - July Feature Author, "Miasha"

Title: Secret Society
Author: Miasha
Genre: Urban Fiction

In her debut novel, Miasha take us on a ride that is truly unexpected. There are the twists and thrills of two characters that are not as they appear. Friends since high school, Celess and Trina use their exotic looks and charisma to set out on a journey to use wealthy men and along the way find themselves in situations that linger very close to death.

Why is this any different from the characters in any other urban novel where the author tries to fascinate us with the designer labels and bad storylines? Well after you learn the secret of the “Secret Society,” you will be as shocked as I was and you will find the storyline even more fascinating. The language is true to the lingo used in many urban novels, which makes it easy to follow and a very quick read.

Looking for a quick summer read? This is it. Very entertaining and truly unexpected! This book makes you question everything about sexual relationships between men and men and women and men. Anyone who is familiar with the tone and writings of any urban author writer may find this book enjoyable. The drama and unexpected twists keep the reader enthralled to the very end. Don’t forget to read the sequel,“Never Enough.”

Library Event – Out at the Movies

The Sunrise Library continues its “Out at the Movie” series with this showcase feature that helps celebrate GLBT during the month of June. “Kissing Jessica Stein” is a wonderful movie that shows what can happen when you are open to new things. This movie is for mature audiences, so no minors allowed.

Title: Kissing Jessica Stein
When: Tuesday, June 30th, 6:00pm
Where: Sunrise Library
Venue: Conference room

Kissing Jessica Stein is a laugh-out-loud comedy with a fresh take on sex and the single girl. After a dating spree from hell, Jessica happens upon an intriguing personal ad with one drawback - it is in the "women seeking women" section. On a whim, she answers it and meets Helen, a woman with whom she has instant chemistry. With conventional gender roles absent, the two women proceed to muddle through an earnest, but hilarious courtship, making up the rules - it blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love, and finds the funny, surprising and ultimately poignant overlap between the two. (2002, 98 min.)

Rated: R

Movie Review - Defiance

Well, I told you about my mom the history buff before in my review for Valkrie...this time I got to call her and say "Mom, you have to see this movie about the Polish Jews in World War II, you will love it!" Defiance was an amazing movie and I highly recommend it to you also!

Title: Defiance
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber
DVD Release Date: 6/02/09

This movie is based on the true story of the Bielski Brothers who formed the Bielski Partisans during World War II. Their parents had been killed by local police because they were Jewish. So the brothers fled together to the forest trying to escape the same sentence. As more and more families and towns were killed and destroyed, refugees started finding their way into the forest also, and the brothers took them in. They formed a community that lasted throughout the war, moving from place to place to flee the Germans. By the end of the war, over 1200 Jews had become part of this community. There is some dispute about the historical accuracy of the facts layed out in this movie, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The four brothers are played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, and George MacKay. Daniel Craig is, of course, best known as the newest James Bond, but he was able to slip into this role effortlessly and masterfully. The action and story were compelling and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie. I would recommend this movie, but just as any other "historical" movie, you have to do your own research for more accurate information.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Library Event - Out at the Movies

The Clark County Library Continues the summer movie series at our libraries.
"Hail the Conquering Hero" is featured as part of the Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou Movie Series: Great Directors - Preston Sturges

When: Tuesday, June 30th, 1:00pm
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Theater

Hail the Conquering Hero.

This is Preston Sturges' barrage at patriotism and small-town America.

Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith, who comes from a family of war heroes, is about to return home in disgrace after having been discharged from the service for chronic hay fever. In San Francisco, he falls in with six Marines, who persuade him to pose as a hero in order to please his mother but his plans go awry when the town decides to throw him a ticker-tape parade. (1944, 100 min.)

Library Event - Out at the Movies

The Enterprise Library is proud to present three movies as part of thethe movie series Out at the Movies. Several libraries have participated in this series all month, but the Enterprise library is giving you three great movies in one afternoon!

When: Monday, June 29th starting at 1:00pm
Where: Enterprise Libary
Venue: Conference Room

Movie Schedule:

1:00pm - Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Based on the smash hit New York show, this is a high-energy rock musical in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the story of Hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to America determined to find fame, fortune, and his "other half."

3:30pm - The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Terence Stamp is beautifully decked out as a regal old girl who calls herself Bernadette in this sentimental road picture set against the spectacular outback of Australia. Stamp is one of three drag queens that are accompanied by a down home Aussie named Bob as they travel halfway across the land down under in a bizarre look at an offbeat culture.

6:00pm - Transamerica. A born-again Christian named Bree gets the shock of her life when the son she never knew existed calls and tells her he's in jail. Bree—who's almost completed a series of sex-change operations—actually turns out to be Toby's father. The reluctant parent heads to New York to bail Toby out, and the two set out on a cross-country journey riddled with road bumps.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Book Review: Enchanted woods, fate and love.

Jenica is the second of her five sisters and the one they all turn to for advice. Her father is very ill and must go somewhere less frigid in order to survive the winter. This leaves Jenna and her sisters at the mercy of their tyrannical cousin, Cezar. At first things go well, but soon Jenna realizes that her household is no longer her own and the girls' visits to the other realm are in danger.

Title: Wildwood Dancing
Author: Juliet Marillier
Genre: Young Adult

Imagine being a young child and finding a portal that takes you into another world full of dancing and merriment, a world that fulfill your hearts greatest desires with the wave of a wand. This is the world the girls discover they can visit each full moon night and it becomes their blissful escape. Little do they know that this world and their passage into is part of the path fate has laid out for them. When Jenna was little she was playing down by the dead wash, a lake known as the lair of the infamous witch, Draguta, she had lost her cousin Costi, drowned by the witch. Jenna finds out that in fact Costi was not lost at all, simply unrecognizable in another form. After some difficulties Jenna soon finds out that her world is also strange place full of magic and love.

Author Read-Alikes: Tony DiTerlizzi, Melissa Marr, Laini Taylor

Friday, June 26, 2009

Library Event - Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater GLBT Peformance

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), a multi-cultural five-star American Dance Company dedicated to continuing the legacy of excellence in the arts, is helping us celebrate GLBT month by giving a performance at the West Las Vegas Library! Featured ballets include Fraternus and a new work, Black Widow.

When: Saturday, June 27 at 1:30pm
Where: West Las Vegas Library
Venue: Theatre

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), a Five Star American dance company dedicated to continuing the legacy of excellence premiered September 4, 2007. LVCDT brings forth strength, power and vision never seen before, under the artistic direction of Bernard H. Gaddis, founding artistic director, associate director Kevin C. Gibbs and their company of performance artists represent the elegance, grace, discipline and dignity of dance for all classes, all cultures and all walks of life.

This will be a very popular event, so be sure to arrive early! For more information, please call 507-3989. I can't wait to see this event!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Library Event - Killian's Angels

Rainbow Library is going to be jumping as they present the all female celtic band, Killian's Angels as part of their Moonlight, Movies and Music!

When: Friday, June 26th at 8:00pm
Where: Rainbow Library
Venue: Amphitheater

Killian's Angels have been based in Las Vegas since 2001 and recently won the Best of Las Vegas award for best local band in 2009. Their song, Celtic High Step (aka "The High Reels") is featured on the biggest selling video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto 4, with sales in excess of $7 million since its launch on April 29th.

Their name comes from Killian's Red Irish Lager and they have produced two CDs. Don't miss the beautifulp ballads with gorgeous harmonies, the ancient melodies reworked into infectious tunes, the rousing Irish instrumentals, and the rock and roll tuba.

Bring your picnic basket and lawn chair or blanket. Concession sales are available. Glass containers, alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted. Gate opens one hour before the performance. Free admission. Be sure to come early! I'll be seeing you there!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Graphic Novel Review- Mouse Guardian: Fall 1152

Title: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
Author: David Petersen
ISBN: 9781932386578
Genre: Graphic Novel

“We mice have little chance in this world, considering all the critters that eats us.”

In the fall of 1152, three top guardsmen of the Mouse Guard—Lieam, Kenzie, and Saxon—set out in search of a grain merchant gone missing. However, what starts out as a simple investigation uncovers a conspiracy to overthrow the Mouse Guard, the group responsible for protecting mouse society and its people and defending its towns and borders. Is it true that the mythical hero, the Black Axe, has returned to lead the rebellious uprising? Or is the truth even more incredible?

Mice with swords. An organization of mouse guardians. It makes perfect sense. Such tiny creatures would have to develop a society based on stealth and defense. So David Petersen’s tale of a mouse culture living in towns hidden away in rocks and trees feels believable, even as we see mice who have constructed buildings, wear clothes, and carry weapons. He also does a great job showing mice dealing with the threat of larger predators, making animals like crabs and snakes feel gigantic and overpowering.

Petersen uses a fairly minimal style in his writing, appropriate to what is a relatively straightforward story. Some authors overwhelm the reader, like they just want to show how much work they put into creating their world. Mouse Guard tells its readers just what they need to know to put things together themselves. While this doesn’t work 100% of the time—the shocking reveal of the villain’s true identity would have more impact if it was someone we had met before—it does give a genuine sense of experiencing the setting first-hand. By dropping hints and casual mentions of past events, they seem much more real than if characters had stopped the action in order to recite a history lesson.

What makes Mouse Guard truly wonderful, however, is the art. Through body language, lighting, and camera angle, Petersen makes each mouse a distinctive, expressive individual, despite their similar features. He creates such a detailed, realistic view of his world that mice with swords and clothes, building towns and cities, look perfectly natural. As if that weren’t enough, his storytelling is clear and direct, which is important in a story that relies as much on the art as it does the words.
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 is an enchanting story with beautiful artwork. Younger readers will love the animals and action, while teens and adults will get caught up in the political intrigue and world-building. This is only the first book in Petersen’s saga of the Mouse Guard, and will leave readers eager for the next installment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Meet the Authors - When The Handshake Is Mightier Than The Pen

Please join us at the Clark County Library for a Literary Open House!

When: Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30pm
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Jewel Box Theater

Authors often overlook the importance of networking to promote their books. By talking to other authors, editors, publishers, store owners, marketers and readers, you can make valuable contacts and obtain critical feedback to help make your book a success. Join us for an open house mixer event for a chance to network with the local literary community and library patrons.

Tuesday’s New DVD releases

Every Tuesday we get the newest DVD releases and you can request them! These titles are usually very popular, so be sure to get your requests in early! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. See the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

12 Rounds - John Cena. When New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multimillion-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal mastermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with 12 rounds of near-impossible puzzles and tasks that he must somehow complete to save the life of the woman he loves.

The Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience - The Jonas Brothers. Pop singing sensations the Jonas Brothers make their feature-film debut in this three-dimensional concert experience. From their beginnings on the Disney Channel to the enormous fame that came after the 2007 release of their self-titled debut album, the New Jersey natives have followed a similar path to other tween pop idols like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff. But unlike those two, the real-life brothers have mostly appeared as themselves, not adopting on-screen personae like Cyruss Hannah Montana. For a band so young, they take their music seriously and hold their fans dear. While theyve got producers working left and right to perfect their smooth look and sound, all three young men have a say in the bands creative direction.

Two Lovers - Gwyneth Paltrow. Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man, moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering under the watchful eye of his parents, Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision - between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love - or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him.

This week's release with the most requests is Confessions of a Shopaholic with 786 requests!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Workshop - Summer Financial Series

Please join us for another one of our Summer Financial workshops as the Clark County Library presents Recession-Proof Your Life: What You Need To Know About Buying A Car Today

When: Monday the 22nd of June at 7:00pm
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Large Conference Room

With car dealerships closing their doors due to economic strife, where can you go to buy a car nowadays? How safe is it to buy a used car online? What are the new laws and tax breaks concerning car purchases? Author and automotive entrepreneur Sarah Lee Marks will be here to help answer your questions about the automobile industry, how to negotiate the best deal, how women can overcome their insecurities when buying a car in what is still regarded as a male-dominated field, how to spot an Internet car selling scam and more. Books will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.

Book Review: The Yankee at the Seder

The Yankee at the Seder
Elka Weber

Any book that contains the line "Mother! There's a Yankee Jew outside!" is worth a read. This book is delightful, and worth more than a quick read.

Immediately after Lee surrendered at Appomattox, a young Jewish boy in Virginia was waiting for Seder to start, mourning the Yankee victory in the Civil War, and regretting that he won't ever be able to lead a heroic Confederate battalion to victory.

A Yankee corporal walks past, and asks if he could share the boy's matzoh (think "large cracker"). The boy numbly hands the matzoh to the enemy soldier, then runs inside shouting "Mother! There's a Yankee Jew outside!" The soldier explains he was on leave, to celebrate the holiday, and in the Jewish tradition, the mother invites the soldier to share their meal.

What follows is entertaining and enlightening. The characters all share a common heritage, but were reared in different traditions. The Southern family points out that Passover celebrates the Hebrew unwillingness to submit to an unjust government. The soldiers shows that Passover also illustrates the universal desire to be free of slavery.

I often have "Duh!" moments. I'm not Jewish, and I often find myself having cultural Duh! moments, and this was one. This books gently laid out the cultural differences and similarities, and helped me identify some of the moral issues both sides would be defending, during the Civil War. I love seeing both sides of issues.

The illustrations in this book were wonderful. The characters were all drawn in an appealing manner. I instinctively liked everyone in the book, regardless of which side of the War they supported.

It was amazing that everyone "won" in the book. No one remained angry or at odds with each other. There were points where they agreed to disagree, and the disputes were conducted with unfailing respect and gentleness. Even the disappointed young boy "won" in the end.

While there is some explanation of the Seder and Passover holidays, the author doesn't drag the explanation out. Even though I'm familiar with the holiday, from reading the All of a Kind Family series, I'm not sure someone who wasn't familiar with Jewish traditions would know enough to appreciate the nuances of the holiday. On the other hand, there's probably just enough for most people.

The book was based on actual events, and there was a brief history of the actual people and events involved, at the end of the book.

This is a wonderful book for all ages and all religions. The issues are universal, and the lesson is appropriate for everyone. And, it's just an incredibly nice book. It would be great around Easter and Passover, and for any discussion of the Civil war, or any discussion of the effects of disputes on families. Give it a try!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fratello Marionettes perform The Vaudeville Follies

As part of the Summer Reading Program - Be Creative at Your Library!, the LVCCLD is proud to present the Fratello Marionettes! They will be performing one of their many puppet shows, called The Vaudeville Follies.

Here is a little information about this talented pair from theFratello Marionettes website:

Kevin Menegus developed his unique style of puppetry while performing throughout the world. Kevin has studied with puppeteers Tony Urbano, Bob Baker, Randall Metz and Lewis Mahlmann.

After discovering puppetry in high school, Fred C. Riley III started his professional career at Tears of Joy Theatre where he studied hand puppets with Yang Feng. It was then on to Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts as a resident puppeteer.

This show will be performed 10 times at various libraries, so be sure to get to one of these funny shows! I know I sure will!


June 22, 2009 - Sandy Library 11a-12p
June 22, 2009 - Enterprise Library 3p-4p
June 22, 2009 - Las Vegas Library 6:30pm-7:30pm
June 23, 2009 - Clark County Library 10a-11a
June 23, 2009 - Sunrise Library 3p-4p
June 23, 2009 - Spring Valley Library 6:30p-7:30pm
June 26, 2009 - Summerlin Library 10:30a-11:30p
June 26, 2009 - Centennial Hills 1:30pm-2:30pm
June 26, 2009 - West Charleston Library 4p-5p
June 27, 2009 - Laughlin Library 10:30a-11:30am

Friday, June 19, 2009

Why are the libraries closed today?

All of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District libraries are closed today for Staff Development Day.

What happens if you have a book or video due on Friday, 19 June 2009? Don't worry. If you return your items on Saturday, 20 June 2009, you won't be assessed a fine.

Of course, the outside book drops will be open, so you can always drop your returns there.

When will we be back again? We'll be back as normal, Saturday morning the 20th, at 10 AM. We'll be all refreshed and energized. We'll see you Saturday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sheep herding and coal mining

The Mongolian film Khadak tells the story of Bagi, a young, reluctant shaman. The story appeals to me because of how it addresses the challenges of the modern world. While some of us in America feel shocked by the rapid changes in technology of recent decades, the transition in Khadak is instantaneous, from nomadic herding to industrial scale coal mining. So too, there are conflicting interpretations of Bagi’s visions that also epitomize some of the tensions inherent in modernization. The movie challenges the view that newer is always better.

The DVD jacket for Khadak labels the movie magical-realism, reminiscent of Federico Fellini. Khadak is inspiring, though probably not a happy film for most people.


I want to highlight this Mongolian movie as an example of some of the hundreds of foreign films the library makes available in over two dozen languages, from Armenian to Zulu. Not to worry, they are almost always subtitled in English.

Also, if you enjoy foreign films check out the long running NOTBAD (Nevadans Organized to Better Address Diversity) film series at Clark County Library Theater (Flamingo) on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Scarecrow

Title: The Scarecrow
Author: Michael Connelly
ISBN: 9780316166300
Genre: Hard Boiled Mystery

Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling return from the 1995 novel, The Poet. As laid off Los Angeles Times reporter Jack investigates the innocence of a 16-year-old accused murderer for his last story he discovers a link to a similar murder in Las Vegas. His research into the Las Vegas murder leads him to the state prison in Ely to interview the man who he believes has been setup and falsely imprisoned. On the way there he manages to convince his estranged lover and FBI agent Rachel of the connection between the two murders. Jack and Rachel join together to track down this killer- Jack for the final story of his career and Rachel to salvage hers. The Scarecrow’s genius hacking ability always keeps him several steps ahead of them and allows him to hunt Jack and Rachel.

Once again Michael Connelly proves that he is the premier mystery writer today. While an excellent novel, it doesn’t quite compare with his Harry Bosch series or The Poet. For those of you (myself included) who are devotees of Harry Bosch you don’t have long to wait for his next case. 9 Dragons will be published on October 13, 2009.

Read Alikes: T. Jefferson Parker, James Lee Burke, John Sandford, & Robert Crais

Tuesday’s New DVD releases

Every Tuesday we get the newest DVD releases and you can request them! These titles are usually very popular, so be sure to get your requests in early! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. See the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Isla Fisher. With dreams of writing for a top fashion magazine, shopping addict Rebecca begins working for a financial magazine released by the same publisher. As her career skyrockets, Rebecca struggles to pay off overwhelming bills and manage her love life. Teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Rebecca must start reevaluating her priorities.

Inkheart - Brendan Fraser. Based on the best-selling book by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart is a fantasy adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined. Mortimer Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud.

The Pink Panther 2 - Steve Martin. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus is forced to assign Inspector Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts.

This week's release with the most requests is Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail with 338 requests!

Workshop - Summer Financial Series

Please join us for workshops in both English and Spanish on how to Recession-Proof Your Life: Foreclosure Prevention. It's all over the news; people are losing their homes during these tough economic times. How did this happen and how can you prevent it from happening to you? Come to this free foreclosure prevention session by representatives from Neighborhood Housing Services Of Southern Nevada.

When: Wednesday, June 17th
English Session: 2pm
Spanish Session: 3pm
Where: Clark Count Library
Venue: Large Conference room

Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

The 2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards were announced at BEA, and our BookLetter List has been updated.The 2009 winners were:

Book Cover Visitor for Bear
By Becker, Bonny
Denton, Kady MacDonald
2008/02 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763628079 2009 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Picture Books

Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.…More

Book Cover
By Broach, Elise
Murphy, Kelly
2008/09 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805082708 BookPage Notable Title
2009 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers

In this follow-up to
Shakespeare’s Secret, Broach delivers a fast-paced mystery in which a young boy and a beetle attempt to pull off a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Illustrations. …More

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Online Book Discussion - 36 Yalta Boulevard

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific

Audio Book Discussions: 36 Yalta Boulevard, by Olen Steinhauer

Set in Eastern Europe in 1966, this is the tale of Brano Sev, who has been framed by a fellow spy. In order to redeem himself, he tracks a person of interest who has appeared in his childhood village. The reviewer in Booklist noted, "With its shifting perceptions, pervasive paranoia, and truly unpredictable plot, this will be savored by readers of well-crafted espionage ranging from Alan Furst to John le Carre." We'll be discussing the Blackstone Audio edition, narrated by Yuri Rasovsky.

Audio Book Discussions (ABD) are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, and 5:00 Pacific. These discussions are free and open to everyone, even those who haven't read the book, or read the book visually on paper or electronically.

Host: Unabridged: Downloadable Digital Audio Books for Print-Impaired Readers

Location: OPAL Auditorium

These discussions will be held in an OPAL online web conferencing room. First time users of OPAL can obtain information on how to get connected at the following URL:

A listing with links to all the upcoming free OPAL online events can be found at the following URL: http://www.opal-online.org/progschrono.htm

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Las Vegas International Children's Film Festival

In celebration of the Summer Reading program the Clark County Library is pleased to present the Las Vegas International Children's Film Festival!

When: Sunday, June 14 at 10:30am-5:30pm
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Theater

Presented by the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, this all-day event will showcase more than 60 short films from around the world-animation, live action and documentary-clustered in one-hour blocks for different age groups. For more information, call 507-3436.

Sunday, June 14
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Short films for all ages

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Short films for all ages

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Short films for ages 5 and older

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Short films for ages 5 and older

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Short films for ages 5 and older

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Short films for ages 8 and older

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Short films for ages 8 and older

Friday, June 12, 2009

Library Event - Frank Marino and Friends: A Tribute

Please join us as we continue to celebrate GLBT month by presenting Frank Marino and Friends: A Tribute!

When: Saturday, June 16th at 3:00pm
Where: West Charleston Library
Venue: Lecture Hall

Frank Marino has been a staple of Las Vegas entertainment since he joined the lengendary La Cage show at the Riviera in 1985. Today, Marino holds the title of Las Vegas’ longest running headliner.

Enjoy a bit of something for everyone featuring comedy, dance, female impersonators and much more! Mature content – for adult audiences only.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Library Event - Mama Mia! Sing Along Screening

The Rainbow Library is excited to present their annual Moonlight, Movies and Music starting off with a Sing Along Screening of Mama Mia! As part of the Out at the Movies series, and in celebration of GLBT month, this movie will be showing outside in the Amphitheater.

When: Friday, June 12th at 8:00pm
Where: Rainbow Library
Venue: Amphitheater

Mamma Mia! - An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter shes raised alone. For Sophies wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriendspractical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donnas past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBAs songs from Dancing Queen and S.O.S. to Money, Money, Money and Take a Chance on Me, Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

If you love to sing to Abba songs as much as I do, you cannot miss this event! It should be such a blast! Plus the movie is good, too!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is on DVD!

In November of 1988 the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) premiered on uhf station KTMA in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area of Minnesota. The basic premise is as follows: Joel Hodgeon was stranded on the Satellite of Love, a space station, by the maniacal Dr. Forrester. His reason, to see the affects bad movies would have on a subject over a period of time. To fend off loneliness Joel built his robot pals; Tom Servo, with a gumball machine head, and Crow, whose head resembles a hi-li scoop with squares cut into it.

The show is centered around him and the robots watching movies, making fun of plot holes, bad acting, and cheaply made special effects. While the movie plays you can see a silhouette of Joel and the robots as they sit in their theater. During movie intermissions we see them entertain themselves by re-enacting scenes from the movie. Dr. Forrester also breaks in to torture Joel and subject him to other expirements.

The early seasons sometimes suffer from jokes that only make sense to people from Minnesota. This doesn’t do too much damage since several hundred jokes are made during each film. In the second season MST3K made its premiere on Comedy Central. It found itself in a midnight time slot and the locality jokes became more minimal. Eventually the series moved to the Sci-fi channel and the plot changed dramatically. Over the course of the series the main players slowly left the show and by the last season there were none left.

When I was younger I stayed up on Saturday night and watched every episode. I’ve found they still have the same impact now as they did then. This may be because B-movies never age gracefully. They still suffer from the same flaws viewing after viewing.

If you like to point out all the absurdities to be found in low budget films you should give MST3K a try.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday’s New DVD releases

Every Tuesday we get the newest DVD releases and you can request them! These titles are usually very popular, so be sure to get your requests in early! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. See the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for next week, the 16th of June!

Friday the 13th - Amanda Righetti. Ignoring the warnings of the locals, a group of teenage camp counselors takes on the job of reopening Camp Crystal Lake -- on Friday the 13th no less, and raise the ire of Jason Voorhees, a masked, homicidal maniac.

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail - Tyler Perry. If you think Mabel Madea Simmons is crazy under normal circumstances, just watch what happens when she has a captive audience -- in jail! In this stage play, Madea gets thrown into the slammer amid a cell full of fellow inmates, everybody's favorite Southern matriarch lets her trademark gums flap, sharing her opinions with anyone who wants to listen (and even those who don't).

This week's release with the most requests has the highest I have seen since we started the blog: Gran Torino has 1002 requests on it!

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Year of Fog

Emma Balfour was 6 years old when she vanished while looking for sand dollars on a foggy beach in San Francisco. The year after her disappearance was one of searching, sleepless nights and nightmares for Abby because she is the reason Emma is lost.

Title: The Year of Fog
Author: Michelle Richmond
Genre: Psychological Fiction

Abby is engaged to a charming, funny, generous woman who happens to have an amazing little girl, Emma. It doesn't take Abby long to fall in love with this little girl and when she disappears, Abby's world falls apart. They search for Emma together, her and Jake (Emma's dad) but not a trace of her is found. The police presume that she has drowned but Abby cannot accept this and is determined to find her and bring her home to complete the perfect family she has created with Jake. Months go by and Jake moves on but Abby spends her nights searching for Emma, convinced that Emma is alive and waiting to be rescued. Her searching eventually takes her into the surreal world of surfing and Costa Rica. Is Emma still alive and will Abby get the happy ending she so desperately needs?

Read Alikes: Elizabeth Berg, Jennifer McMahon, Jodi Picoult

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Movie Review - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

This movie received 13 Academy Award nominations and won three, which usually means a no rental for me. My tastes tend to run contrary to the Academy’s. Also, this movie is about 2 ½ hours long and looked terribly slow, so I was not really looking forward to it.

Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
DVD Release date: 5/5/09

This film is an adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that was first published in Collier’s Magazine in 1921. The story is basically about a baby who is born as an old man and ages backwards, and how his life and relationships are affected by this phenomenon.

This movie takes that short story and transforms it into a visual piece of art. As I said, it is quite long and seemingly slow moving, but you become so involved in the story, that you don’t notice the time. Brad Pitt does a wonderful job as he slowly grows younger with Cate Blanchett, his one true love, growing older. Blanchett is so graceful in this movie; it was a joy to watch her.

The plot of the movie differs quite a lot from the short story however. In the short story, he is born as an old man, who can already talk and wants to smoke cigars. In the movie, he is born as a baby that looks very old, with the physical deformities that take place in a very elderly man. He is abandoned as a baby at a nursing home and left to grow up there. The movie is very reminiscent of Forest Gump in its style and movement.

This movie has been critically acclaimed as Brad Pitt’s best work and I would have to agree. I would highly recommend this film.