Friday, July 31, 2009

Game Club @ Enterprise Library

Game Club!!!!

Ok gamers, it is exhibition time - open gaming time in public. Bring your group over for an afternoon of gaming at the library.

If you're reading this and don't know what we're talking about, no, it's not about Scrabble. Have you every watched your kids playing those games with cards where they trade them around? Or where they sit around talking and pretending they're on a fantastic adventure? You can too! Everyone is invited!

This program is for adults and teens. Established gaming groups and total newbies are welcome! Find out how these games are played, and why they're such a draw for kids of all ages. If you're really interested, perhaps you can join in!

Enterprise Library will provide the space (tables and chairs). You bring your gaming crew and play! Come watch and ask questions about role playing games, collectible card games, massive multiplayer online games, miniature gaming, historical gaming and even live action role playing.

When: Sunday, August 2nd at 11 a.m.
Where: Enterprise Library
Room: Conference Room

For more details, to participate or enlist your gaming crew, contact Paul at 507-3761.

Book Review: Danny: The Champion of the World

Danny: The Champion of the World
Roald Dahl
Children's Fiction
205 (fast) pages!

What would you do if your mom had died when you were a tiny baby, and your dad had to raise you alone, and he was so poor that you had to live in an old gypsy wagon, and you had to work with your dad even when you were a little kid? Sounds pretty grim?

It's really not grim if your dad is the very best dad in the whole world. The wagon you live in is snug and trim, and your dad sleeps on the top bunk and you're on the bottom bunk, and he tells you marvelous stories every night before you go to sleep. And it's so wonderful when you wake up at night and can hear your dad sleeping so safe and close.

And you love working with your dad, who's showing you how to do all the stuff he does, so you can grow up and become even better that he is and invent marvelous things.

And your dad loves you a lot, and you love him.

Now how about if there's a wicked neighbor who's really mean. He calls you names and kicks your dog, and is just all around a crummy guy. And he hurts your dad. Could you and your dad think up a really amazing practical joke to play on this mean guy? A joke so wonderful that you'd go down in the history of the area as the most incredible family in the world? If so, you could be just like Danny, the Champion of the World!

Everyone has read or seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or James and the Giant Peach. A lot of Dahl's books are pretty fantastic and have a lot of magic and fantasy in them. Danny: The Champion of the World is different. It's a great story about things that could really happen to a kid and his dad. The kid and the dad are believable and fun.

This is an especially fun book to read aloud to your kids. You and your kids will be laughing and talking about the book all the time. It's super!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Job Hunting Using Library Resources

In this tough economy, many people are losing their jobs. The Las Vegas–Clark County Library District has tools to help you find that new job!

Check out our Jobs & Careers Infoguide. This is One Stop Shopping for finding help! You'll find everything from Classified Ads, to help creating your new resume!

Not sure what a job's about? Scroll down to "National Resources", and click on Occupational Outlook Handbook. The government has created this amazing tool to tell you all about the job you're thinking of. What will you be doing? What training will you need? How much will you get paid? Will there be openings for you? Start here!

Next, go to Resume Maker at the top of the page, under "Databases". When you're ready to apply, you'll need an amazing resume to catch the company's attention, and convince them you're the best candidate! Resume Maker will help you create the Killer Resume, and the Hot Cover Letter, that will get you in the runnig for the job!

Don't forget all the books and DVDs the library has to give you a hand. You can see some great titles on the left side of the page, and search the library catalog, using the "For More Library Resources Try..." link, at the bottom left.

Here are a few titles to get you started:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

RITA Award Winners Announced!!!!!

If you love romance, then you know in April, the finalists for the RITA Awards were announced. For those of you who are not sure what the RITA Awards are, then let me give you a brief summary.

The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction. It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). It is named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.

Authors and editors submit manuscripts for consideration in the fall. In mid-spring, 100 finalists are announced. The winners are presented with a statuette in a ceremony held on the last day of the RWA National Conference each July.

Drum roll please!!! Now we bring you the RITA winners.

Contemporary Series Romance:
A Mother’s Wish by Karen Templeton

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure:
Danger Signals by Kathleen Creighton

Young Adult Romance: Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil, Book 2) by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Historical Romance: The Edge of Impropriety (Signet Eclipse) by Pam Rosenthal

Regency Historical Romance: My Lord and Spymaster (The Spymaster Series) by Joanna Bourne

Inspirational Romance: Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy Series #3) by Susan May Warren

Romance Novella: The Fall of Rogue Gerard by Stephanie Laurens in It Happened One Night

Paranormal Romance: Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Tribute by Nora Roberts

Romantic Suspense: Take No Prisoners (Black Ops, Book 2) by Cindy Gerard

Best First Book: Oh. My. Gods. By Tera Lynn Childs

Contemporary Single Title Romance: Not Another Bad Date (Avon Romance) by Rachel Gibson

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Tuesday’s New DVD Releases

It’s Tuesday again, which means more new DVD releases. Remember, you can request these items at your local library, so do so soon, because the list can get very looong! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. Don’t forget to see the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for August 4th:

Derek Charles (Idris Elba), a successful asset manager who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage to the beautiful Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles). But when Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp worker, starts stalking Derek, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Race to Witch Mountain
For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver (Dwayne Johnson) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them. "Race to Witch Mountain" is a fun and thrilling adventure featuring incredible special effects.

The Soloist
In "The Soloist," an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. "The Soloist" is directed by Joe Wright (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and Oscar® nominee for Best Picture "Atonement").

This week’s release with the most requests is Fast and Furious, with 747 requests!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review: All for Pie, Pie For All

All For Pie, Pie for All
David Martin
Children's picture book

Hungry for a slice of apple pie? Try All For Pie, Pie for All written by David Martin and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. This easy picture book is sure to get your mouth watering and make a great read aloud to share with preschool children.

In this cumulative tale, a family of cats savors a freshly baked apple pie. The leftover slice is enjoyed by some visiting mice, and their crumbs are feasted on in turn by a family of ants. The cozy watercolor illustrations add subtly to the delightful repetition in the plot.

Read it the first time to enjoy the story, and then read it again to look for similarities and differences in the animal families. Multiple readings will help early readers gain confidence in finding patterns in story structure. Read-alikes include The Little Red Hen and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Book Review: Tales of Wonder

Tales of Wonder
Houston Smith
Adult Biography
Huston Smith lived his first 16 years in China, the son of American missionaries. He describes it as "an earthy childhood...not hemmed in with scheduled activities, a subtle, almost transcendent sense of something else, the lovely undertone of just being, made itself felt" (9).

After attending Central College, Fayette, MO, Huston moved to the University of Chicago School of Divinity at the encouragement of his professor Edwin Walker. Huston says of Walker, "For an education all it takes is one great teacher, and I had that great teacher."

At Chicago, Smith studied with Dr. Henry Nelson Wieman, a leading theologian of the day, but today virtually unknown. However, none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jrwrote his own dissertation on Wieman's work. For his part, Smith married Wieman's only daughter, Kendra.

Superficially Smith's philosophy could look like soft-hearted cultural relativism. Yet, when you learn of the effort that he made to practice other religions, to learn them from the inside, there is no superficiality to his practice at all. The personal tragedies he has experienced add reality to his idealism. His oldest daughter died of cancer at age 50. A granddaughter was murdered, as unlikely as it seems, on a boat in the south Pacific.

He spent ten years each focusing on learning Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, in that order, all the while maintaining his Christian practices as well. During this time he took frequent world tours as faculty sponsor with various college student semesters abroad, his first trip funded by William Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina.

Smith's autobiography is organized like no other biography I've read. He takes the first 100 pages to tell his story conventionally enough, basically chronologically, or "horizontally" as he puts it. Then he goes back to look at his life "vertically," reviewing the changes in his thinking over the years without strict regard for chronology.

Huston Smith has probably done more than any other single person to raise awareness and appreciation among Americans for world religions. It began with a public television series that he filmed in the 1950s while teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. This spawned his book The World's Religions that sold millions of copies.

It is always reassuring to me to hear a 90-year-old professor of 50 years confess, "I was an agonizingly slow learner" (6).

Whether you are religious or not, I recommend Huston Smith's story as an example of how to learn to appreciate different perspectives, a skill that is increasingly vital today.

When Smith was writing his autobiography, he considered many different titles. Personally, I prefer one of the titles Smith rejected--Memories of a Failed Nobody.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Book Review: Tantalize

Title: Tantalize
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Quincie Morris is not a regular girl; she is addicted to her were-person best friend, Kiernan, who won’t acknowledge their love because he is afraid that he might hurt her. Her only other constant friend is Frank, the leather bound organizer she carries around like a security blanket. At 17, Quincie is the owner of her family's Italian restaurant that is in the transition from Fat Lorenzo's Restaurant, to Sanguini's: A Very Rare Restaurant (a vampire themed restaurant).

In the midst of the chaos of opening the new restaurant, their chef, Vaggio, is brutally murdered in the kitchen. This leaves Quincie and her family stunned and looking for a new vampire chef. They find Henry Johnson, AKA Bradley Sanguini, who is an amazing cook, and also flirtatious and dangerously fun. Little does Quincie know that real, dead, vampires aren't so far away and they aren't at all like the ones you see in the movies.

Quincie was named after Quincy P. Morris, the heroic Texan who helps destroy Dracula in Bram Stoker's book Dracula (1897), When all heck comes loose, can Quincie live up to her namesake?

Author Read-Alikes: Kim Harrison, Annette Curtis Klause, Stephenie Meyer.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Book Review: Starman Omnibus

Starman Omnibus Volume One
by James Robinson and Tony Harris and others
Genre: Superheroes

In the 1940s and 50s, Ted Knight protected Opal City as the costumed hero, Starman. Now retired, Ted watches as his son David takes on the mantle of Starman, while his other son, Jack, runs a store for collectibles. When one of Ted’s old enemies decides to take revenge, David is killed and Jack is reluctantly forced to take on the role of hero. He finds it suits him, and so Opal City finds itself under the watchful eye of a new Starman.

Truth is, I hadn’t planned on blogging about another superhero story so soon after All-Star Superman. Comics and graphic novels tell such a variety of types of stories, and I wanted to write about as broad a variety of genres as I could. But Starman is different.

Starman isn’t a superhero comic; it’s a comic about superheroes. It’s the story of Jack Knight and his friends and family. Some of them happen to put on costumes and have adventures, but it isn’t a story about a man who goes out looking for supervillians to fight, or opportunities to save the world. For that matter, Jack doesn’t even wear a costume. It’s the story of a man who ends up saving a group of circus freaks from a demonic ringmaster while he’s out looking for vintage Hawaiian shirts for his store. It’s the story of a man who meets up with the ghost of his dead brother once a year, just to chat and catch up on stuff.

It’s also the story of Opal City, its people and its history. The Shade, a supervillain anywhere else in the world, has made Opal his home for more than a hundred years. Through his journals, we are introduced to stories of times past. We learn of the Shade’s adventures with Oscar Wilde, and how a group of aging superheroes stopped a costumed villain and his cult from carrying out a murder spree.

James Robinson’s scripts are full of warmth and humor, giving the reader fully-fleshed-out characters we want to spend time with, even if we’re just listening to them talk over a cup of coffee about Hawaiian shirts (one of which may have a mystical entrance to Heaven painted on it) or old Viewmaster reels. Tony Harris’ art is dark and moody and distinctive from the very start. However, over the course of this volume (reprinting the first 17 issues of the monthly Starman comic) we see him grow and mature. His characters become more distinct and expressive, visually experiencing the emotion we hear in their words. In Starman, the small moments are more important than big epic scenes, and the illustrations convey that perfectly.

This is the first volume of six that will contain all of Jack Knight’s stories. Taken together, they tell a fantastic, detailed story about a man and his friends, some of whom just happen to have super powers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Library Event - Volunteers Needed!

Looking for a great opportunity to connect with other people in Las Vegas and share your life experience?

The Living Library is a world-wide project designed to reduce stereotypes and prejudices. The event works like a regular library – except that people (Living Books) are checked out, allowing strangers to connect in personal conversations to foster mutual understanding.

A Living Book is a person that is a public representative of a certain group based on current or past personal experience. The group is generally extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background, and for various reasons subject to stereotypes and prejudices. The Living Book will be available for “check out” for a short period of time, during which they will discuss their values with anyone interested and answer any questions about their particular group.

We are looking for Living Books to volunteer during the Library District's Living Library event on Saturday, October 17 at the Rainbow Library. Please call Scott Clonan at Rainbow Library, 507-3718, if you are willing to represent a Living Book or know of someone who might be interested. Check out the Living Library web page for more information!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Book Review: Hello My Name is Bob

Hello My Name is Bob
By Linas Alsenas
Children's Picture Book

Bob is a boring bear. His friend, Jack, is not boring at all. Bob enjoys calm things like counting toothpicks, or visiting the laundry room. Jack is totally taken with things like skateboards and alligator swamps! How can two such different bears be such good friends? It's not hard at all!

This is a fantastic picture book for younger kids, say Grade 2 and below. (OK, Grade 3, but pretend you're reading to their younger sibs...) Bob's pages are calm and simple. When Jack breaks onto the paper, the colors just pop! When the two are together, it's amazing to see the details that each of them notices - and those they miss entirely.

What sort of bear are you? Are you a Bob? Or a Jack? Anyone who loved the "L Song" ("La La La, Linoleum!) from Sesame Street will love this book!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Tuesday’s New DVD Releases

It’s Tuesday again, which means more new DVD releases. Remember, you can request these items at your local library, so do so soon, because the list can get very looong! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. Don’t forget to see the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for July 28th:

Fast and Furious: The gang is back! Dom, now a fugitive on the run, must team up with his onetime friend Brian, now an FBI agent, to find a loved one's killer. Bonus features include gag reel and commentary with director Justin Lin.

Dragonball Evolution: Goku is a powerful warrior who protects the Earth from an endless stream of rogues bent on dominating the universe and controlling the mystical objects known as Dragonballs. Roshi is the Master who guides Goku on the young man's epic quest to save the Earth from the forces of darkness.

This week’s release with the most requests is Coraline, with 606 requests!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Book Review: Never Enough

Title: Never Enough
Author: Miasha
Genre: Urban Fiction
In Never Enough, we see the continuation of Celess’ story from Secret Society. Charles/Celess has now gotten a full sex change operation and decides to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting and a modeling career. She becomes very successful and as a result of her fame, she is recognized by many “old flames.” Celess’ “old flame,” O contacts her and wants to meet up again. He is now in a witness protection program and reveals that he used to be an undercover agent. O also reveals that he had known all along that she was indeed a man, but that is why he fell in love. Once again, her life is in danger and we are taken on an incredible journey. Celess meets a new friend, Si-Si, who is eager to join her and experience the lifestyle that she thinks she deserves.

Si-Si needs money to take care of her ailing mother. When strange phone calls start coming in, Celess thinks someone is trying to murder her because of her past. This is when Si-Si reveals that she is on the run. What has Si-Si been hiding?

The two friends find themselves in many scadalous situations as did Celess and Trina in the first book. Although the book is short, it takes us on a tailspin journey that lasts about five years. During this time, readers see Celess and Si-Si achieve success at a rate that is unbelievable and faar fetched at best.

I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first one, but I think urban fiction readers will still enjoy it. Everything happens so fast, that it is really not believable. This book also exposes the “down low lifestyle.”

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Book Review: The Wedding Trap

Title: The Wedding TrapAuthor: Tracy Anne WarrenGenre: Historical (Victorian) Romance

Eliza is a wallflower, a polite, quiet young lady who has suddenly fallen into a fair fortune. Now all the seasons where she has tried unsuccessfully to entice a husband are irrelevant but she desperately needs a makeover. Her long time crush, Lord Christopher Winter has offered to do this for her and she can hardly believe her luck.

When Eliza emerges from her makeover she is truly a butterfly, and Lord Christopher or Kit to his friends is definitely moved by the transformation. Kit begins the lessons and slowly watches her become a social butterfly; the change is so striking that people who have known her for years do not recognize her! Eliza’s final lesson from Kit ignites a passion that leads to dangerous places. Can Eliza win Kits’ heart? Or will it simply end in her ruined reputation?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Library Event - Out at the Movies

Are you a parent and wondering why your teenager is so fascinated with Anime? The Clark County Library invites all adults to this discussion group to find out what Anime is and to also watch Anime Films. Following the movies, we will discuss why Anime is so popular and how you can stay aware of the latest trends in these teen movies.

Super Chicks Of Anime
When: Saturday, July 18th, 2:00pm
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Jewel Box Theater

We'll start with the undisputed Queen of Anime, Sailor Moon, then dive into fierce episodes of SuperGals and Cutey Honey. To prevent an overdose of shojo, we'll throw in an episode of Baki The Grappler as the cure. Open to the public age 18 and over.

Titles subject to change without notice.

For more information, please call 507-3458.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Book Review: One Man's Wilderness

One Man's Wilderness - an Alaskan odyssey
By Sam Keith, from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke
Non Fiction - Outdoor Adventure

Have you ever thought of dropping everything, and just going and living in a small cabin in the woods? There have been a lot of books on that topic - from the "Suicide by Alaska" book/movie Into the Wild, to Walden, to Little House in the Big Woods. In 1967, Richard Proenneke did exactly that. He retired early, and started building a cabin in the Alaska wilderness, starting with only a few hand tools, and ending with a snug cabin where he spent the winter and every summer after that.

This is a fairly short book. It was a fast, low-key and fascinating read. Having watched Frontier House, I knew that building a cabin from scratch was a pretty arduous task. And subsisting in the wilderness, without a nearby city, is lonely, scary and potentially deadly. Richard Proenneke made it all sound easy and matter of fact.

Proenneke detailed his day-to-day tasks. From building the cabin (from absolute scratch - finding logs, and peeling them...), to building the fireplace, to planting food, hunting and preserving the meat, and the variety of wildlife inhabiting the space he shared. He was vocal about the fly-in hunters and trappers who left a huge mess in their campsites, after they left.

I read the book on the recommendation of Dana Stabenow, who is best known for her Alaska-based mysteries. It dove-tailed in with her books marvelously.

This is an excellent book for anyone who's ever thought about living off the grid, or who enjoys outdoors adventures.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kids Library Event – 2 Kids Programs

Looking for a way to keep the kids cool today? Why not take them to the library. There are two events going on that will be entertaining and fun for all ages.

The first is a "Puppet Extravaganza @ Your Library," which is held at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive.

When: Thursday, July 16th, 3:00pm
Where: Rainbow Library
Venue: Multipurpose Room

You’ve enjoyed reading “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Little Red Hen as a child. Now, join us for this wonderful presentation as puppets come to life in this Puppet Extravaganza, featuring these two famed stories. Find out if the three little pigs are eaten by the big bad wolf or if the sky is really falling!

The second program is “Reading is Magic featuring Tony Daniels,” which is located just down the street at the Centennial Hills Library, 66711 N. Buffalo Drive.

When: Thursday, July 16th, 4:00pm
Where: Centennial Hills Library
Venue: Multipurpose Room

Take the magical road to reading and books with Tony Daniels! This popular show is filled with comedy, sleight of hand and plenty of audience participation.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program because there are only 15 days left.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Library Event- Actor/Author Visit- Tony Curtis

An Afternoon with Norm Clarke and Tony Curtis: Inside the Actors Studio, Vegas Style

When: Sunday, July 19. 2 p.m.
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Theater

It's Inside the Actors Studio, Vegas-style, as author and celebrity expert, Norm Clarke (Sinsational Celebrity Tales and 1,000 Naked Truths), interviews author, painter and Hollywood film star Tony Curtis in an in-depth Q & A session. Curtis' autobiography, American Prince: A Memoir, was released in October 2008. A book signing will follow the talk. Co-sponsored by Stephens Press.

Author: Norm Clarke and Tony Curtis

Norm Clarke (born 1942 in Terry, Montana) is an American gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Las Vegas, Nevada. His column, "Vegas Confidential," covers celebrities and near-celebrities and their doings in the bright lights of "Sin City." The column appears almost every day.

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925) is an American film actor. He is best known for light comic roles, especially as a musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. He has also played serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Since 1949, he has appeared in more than 100 films and has made frequent television appearances.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Tuesday’s New DVD Releases

It’s Tuesday again, which means more new DVD releases. Remember, you can request these items at your local library, so do so soon, because the list can get very looong! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. Don’t forget to see the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for July 21st:

Coraline: A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home - and save her family.

Watchmen: In the United States, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. But, when one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up, but no less determined, masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover the plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion, a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.

This week’s release with the most requests is "The Haunting In Conneticut," with 571 requests!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Urban Fiction Blog - Feature Author July, Miasha

Title: Mommy’s Angel
Author: Miasha
Genre: Urban Fiction
ISBN: 9781416542483

When you live with a parent who is addicted to drugs, what is the worst that can happen? This book shows the detailed life of Angel, a fifteen year old girl who tries to make the best out of a bad situation. She is sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend and then becomes pregnant. As a result of her pregnancy, her boyfriend accuses her of cheating and leaves her, which devastates her even more.

Her brother who was the soul provider is killed in a drive by shooting, which leaves Angel left to care for herself and her younger brother. She ends up stripping in a club, but when the club is raided she is left to figure out how she will continue to provide for her bother and herself. Along comes her brother’s friend to “help her out,” but is he really the savior she is looking for? He tries to convince her to become a prostitute and as a result her life is placed in even more danger.

Can it get any worse? She has now become addicted to drugs in order to block out all of the pain she has experienced. She ends up in a drug house where she sees her mom and a dispute ensues over the drugs. Here, we see what a life of drugs can lead to. I will not spoil the ending, but it is very heartfelt and you actually see that her mom truly loves her in spite of everything in the end.

Again, this is an easy summer read, with language that is perfect for the urban genre readers. I think this was one of her best books, because it allowed the reader to feel the raw emotions that Angel felt.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Library Event- Summer Financial Series

When: Monday, July 13, 2:00P.M.
Where: Clark County
Venue: Large Conference Room

Please join us for another one of our Summer Financial workshops as the Clark County Library presents, Recession-Proof Your Life: Planning For Your Retirement and Beyond

Summer Financial Series--Recession-Proof Your Life: Planning For Your Retirement and Beyond

It's time to stop procrastinating and start planning for your future! With money on everyone's minds during these uncertain economic times, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be on hand to answer your questions about retirement, long term health care for yourself and others, tax situations before and after death, and the money you CAN count on in Social Security. Free admission and open to the public. For more information, please call 507-3458.

Travel the World

Since it is travel season, I would like to introduce everyone to my favorite travel writer, Paul Theroux. The key is his perspective on the odd social situations where he finds himself. I think he what he does is celebrate the ordinary in lives that are very different from his and my own.

His three books that I have read are:

Dark Star Safari: This was my introduction to Theroux. To celebrate his 60th birthday, Theroux took an overland trip the length of Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town. This journey didn’t come completely out of the blue. Theroux started his career as a Peace Corps worker in Uganda. Along the way, the truck caravan he hitched a ride with in the borderlands between Ethiopia and Kenya got shot at by bandits. He also floated on the Zambezi River with a pot smoking guide.

The Great Railway Bazaar and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: I group these two together because the second book essentially retraces the trip, a half lifetime later, that Theroux originally took when he was 33-years-old. These books highlight Theroux’s great fascination with trains. He especially enjoyed the slow trains through India in the 1970’s.

Throughout his travels Theroux often goes out of his way to visit authors, such as Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer in South Africa, and to get lectures at various universities, often as cultural ambassador for the US State Department. It is some of these interactions that I find most memorable.

For example, in The Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Theroux visits Bilkent University in Turkey. There, a Professor Halman told Theroux that the problem with US foreign policy is, “American experts are the problem…They are academics and bureaucrats with vested interests…not sinister but obtuse…Advice-givers don’t travel enough” (66).

This theme of overland travel is found throughout modern travel writing. Air travel is shunned for distancing the traveler from the grit and grim of everyday life. Theroux also draws a strong distinction between travel and vacation. Travel can often be anything but restful.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Library Event- Musical Performance

The Sopranos Sisters will be making it's debut at the West Las Vegas Library. You are in for a treat when you attend this great musical perofmance.

When: Saturday, July 11. 2 p.m.
Where: West Las Vegas Library
Venue: Theatre

The Soprano Sisters
Join us as classically trained performance vocalists and divas of color, Nicole Pryor, Kimberly Kidd and Danielle White, present an afternoon of impressive vocals and musical interludes much like the female counterpart to Broadway's Three Mo Tenors. A little bit of blues and jazz but all with a classical undertone. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 507-3989.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Library Event - Summer Movie Series

The Clark County Library continues its summer movie series, Saturday Movie Matinee with one of this years biggest hits. This popular movie was based on the popular book featuring the same title by author, Greg Behrendt.

When: Saturday, July 11, 2:00P.M.
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Jewel Box Theater

Film: He's Just Not That Into You
Based on the wildly popular bestseller from Sex and the City authors Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He's Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings. They navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex... and hoping to be the exceptions to the "no-exceptions" rule. (2009, 129 min.)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Workshop - Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa free meditation seminar

Have you been overly stressed lately and need some relief? The Clark County Library, located at 1401 E. Flamingo is hosting a workshop that will provide participants with the techniques needed to end the stress in their lives through meditation.

When: Saturday, July 11. 1 p.m.
Where: Clark County Library
Venue: Large Conference Room

Falun Dafa is a workshop which teaches QiGong & meditation technique. Qigong (or ch'i kung) uses breathing techniques and slow graceful movements to develop qi and is said to improve health. Although qigong is often confused with martial arts or tai chi, qigong is usually much slower and focuses on the "qi" aspect to a much greater degree.

There are three main reasons why people do qigong: 1) To gain strength, improve health or reverse a disease 2) To gain skill working with qi so as to become a healer 3) To become more connected with the "Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit" for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe. (Wikipedia, accessed, 07/09/09)

This program is free and open to the public. All ages and fitness levels welcome to attend and participate. For more information, please call 255-9143.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Book Review - Urban Fiction- "Push"

Title: Push
Author: Sapphire
ISBN: 0679766758
Genre: Urban Fiction

This is the story of Precious Jones, a 15 year old that goes through more hardship than some adults in their lifetime. Plagued by an environment of poverty and abuse she feels like her life is going nowhere. In the story we see the trials and tribulations that Precious Jones goes through. Although not a true story, some girls around Precious age go through the same thing everyday. This poor girl was abused by her father, had 2 kids by him as well as contracted HIV from him. She also has to deal with the fact that she is illiterate, only able to read at a second grade level.

I found to this book to be both sad and uplifting, because Precious still showed determination to get out of her situation and become a better person. She didn’t let the verbal abuse of her mother or sexual abuse of her father stop her from wanting to become a better reader, to obtain her G.E.D., and be a good mother.

There were points in the book where it was hard to read only because it is told from Precious’ perspective. In reading the story you have to remember this is a girl who is illiterate and doesn’t speak proper English. I found myself having to re-read at certain points.

All in all I thought It was a good read, and I would like to see where Precious is in her life now. The book ended with her completing one of her goals but I would be really curious to see where life has taken her so far. Out of five stars I would give this book 4.5 out of 5. I like the realness factor of the story, and the message that was presented.

This review was written by Bronson Johnson/ Hotel Cashier Coordinator/MGM Grand Hotel