Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Did you miss it? The Job Hunting Workshop at Rainbow Library

Rainbow Library staff members, Teresa Manix (Branch Manager), Vickie Barnet (Assistant Branch Manager), Debbie Tinsler (Adult Services Librarian), Scott Clonan (Adult Services Librarian) and Rona Johnson (Adult Services Librarian/ Virtual Library) presented an excellent program that was attended by about 150 participants.

Highlights of the program included Scott Linklater, Author of "How to Land a Job in Las Vegas: Don't Gamble with Your Career." Scott is a fantastic speaker who highlighted his expereince in looking for a job. He discussed the pitfalls to avoid and how you can make your search more rewarding.

Nevada Patrner’s/ Culinary Training Academy’s Ana Pujlic spoke of the various programs this organization has. She also informed the audience of the vast amounts of stimulus money this organization has. This money will help those seeking to change careers or it can be used for those looking to enhance their skils in the tourism industry.

Nevada JobConnect was represented by Patricia Nelson and Jessica Hoyt. They presented an overview of their programs and job referral services and encouraged the community to check out what they have to offer.

Help of Southern Nevada’s Germaine Kinunwa discussed how your personality can affect you not only when you interview but in how you relate to your co-workers. She discussed this during a 30 minute "Personality Profile" workshop during the afternoon. She also did an overview of all the available resources HELP has to offer their clients.

Matt Vanada of CSN discussed the various tips and techniques that will be helpful when looking for employment. His session provided for lots of interaction with the audience.

Jackie Ingram of Wells Fargo discussed what it means to budget and how to develop a budget. She also discussed the need to make saving a priority. Elliot, another Wells Fargo employee discussed the on-line banking and the benefits of rolling over former employers 401K to a new IRA.

Maggie Mendez of Catholic Charities discussed the government fund training program for Seniors that she runs. She also discussed stimulus funded training programs for displaced workers of any age.

Rona Johnson of the Las Vegas-Clark County, Virtual Library presented a mini-workshop that showed patrons how they could prepare their resumes, using our Resume Maker electronic resource. There were about 10 people who utilized this service. They were very happy to see that the library had something like this that was free of charge.

All of the information was well received by those in attendance, so other libraries are thinking of hosting similiar events in the future, so make sure you check the Events and Exhibits page.

Tuesday, September 29, 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 October 6th;

Imagine That - Evan Danielson is a successful financial executive who has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter. When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter's imaginary world.

My Life in Ruins - Immerse yourself in this sunny, uplifting romantic comedy starring Oscar® nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Academy Award® winner Richard Dreyfuss. Vardalos delivers a charming performance as Georgia, a recently laid-off — though anything but laid-back — history professor-turned-travel guide to a motley crew of hilariously crass tourists. Georgia is fed up and ready to give up — until her new confidant Irv (Dreyfuss) opens her eyes and heart to a simple fact: There’s no finer way for a woman to find her kefi (a.k.a. mojo) than to lose herself in the arms of the “Greek god” (Alexis Georgoulis) who’s been hiding right under her nose!

Year One - When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

This week’s release with the most requests is Monsters VS Aliens with 942 requests!

Monday, September 28, 2009

CD Review - John Legend - Evolver

Title: Evolver
Author: John Legend
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

John Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American recording artist, musician and actor. He is the recipient of six Grammy Awards, and in 2007, was inducted into the Songwritiers Hall Of Fame. Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. (Wikipedia, retrieved September 22, 2009)

John Legend has been a favorite artist of mine since he released his debut album, Get Lifted in 2004. He has become very well known for his inspirational and soulful music. Evolver is true to John Legend’s style, although his collaboration with Andre 3000 is somewhat uncharacteristic, but a great surprise nonetheless. This CD contains a mixture of slow and fast songs, that as always provide a story or provides one with inspiration in good or bad times.

My favorite song on this CD is Everybody Knows. This is a true John Legend sound. This song tells how when things don’t work out, we miss the person and still wish he/she was there. However, for unknown reason, things sometimes don’t work and in the end, we say we wish the best for that person, even if they are with someone other than us. Do we really feel this way, or are we saying the politically correct thing.

It gets harder every day, but I can’t seem to shake the painI’m trying to find the words to say, please sayIt’s written all over my face, I can’tFunction the same when you’re not hereI’m calling your name and no one’s thereAnd I hope one day you’ll see nobody has it easy,I still can’t believe you found somebody knewBut I wish you the best, I guess.‘Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knowsHow to make it work, or how to ease the hurtWe’ve heard it all before, that everybody knowsHow to make it right, I wish we gave it one more tryOne more tryOne more try'Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows

To listen to this song, visit this page; Just click on the link to play the song.

John Legend performed at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, September 18, but I was not able to attend the concert. If you attended the concert, I would love to hear your feedback.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Audiobook Review: Sunrise over Fallujah & Fallen Angels

Sunrise Over Fallujah
Fallen Angels
By Walter Dean Myers
Narrated by JD Jackson

I've been a Walter Dean Myers fan for a long time. I read his Fallen Angels many years ago. When I listened to Fallujah, it didn't strike me that Birdie, the main character, was sending letters to his Uncle Richie, who was the main character in Angels.

Both books are amazing. Together, they're blockbusters. Both books follow teen boys as they've enlisted in the military, for different reasons. Richie Perry was heading to Vietnam, after graduating from high school and facing an uncertain future. Thirty five years later, his nephew, Robin (Birdie) Perry enlists after September 11th, because he desperately wanted to do something to help.

The contrast between the two wars is almost shocking. Richie has a gun and a helmet. Birdie has body armor and night vision goggles. Richie walks, and walks, and walks. Birdie scoots about in an armored vehicle and goes back to the Green Zone each evening. While both boys are convinced that the war will be ending almost immediately, both are mistaken.

Both boys are optimistic and idealistic at the beginning. Both have family problems and concerns that preoccupy their free moments. Both develop deep friendships.

Both books touch the heart of what it means to be in battle; what it means to "fight for your country" when it's not your country. In Fallujah, a couple months after "Mission Accomplished" Robin hears the shocking statement from a local that "the war you came here to fight is over. This war we're fighting now is a totally different war." (I have to paraphrase that - that's one of the disadvantages to audiobooks - can't go back and check exact quotes!) And, as another reviewer commented, the "pink mist" is going to haunt me for a very long time.

I listened to Fallujah in audio. JD Jackson is amazing as the voice of the book. I've just requested Angels in audio. Jackson is also the Voice for Angels, and I'm looking forward to hearing him deliver that one.

Read either book. Read both books. They're amazing.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

September Urban Fiction Author - Mary B. Morrison

Title: Never Again Once More
Author: HoneyB/ Mary B. Morrison
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of September is Mary B. Morrison. Mary B. Morrison has written many books and has also been a New York Times Bestselling author as well as an Essence Bestselling author many times.

In Soulmates Dissipate, her phenomenal Essence RM and Blackboard bestseller, Mary B. Morrison left readers cheering with her tell-it-like-it-is-and-then-some story of Jada and Wellington, two lovers whose connection is tested, but never broken. In this eagerly awaited sequel, Never Again Once More, Jada and Wellington find themselves facing new conflicts that will challenge the decisions they made years ago.

Jada chose Lawrence Anderson for all the wrong reasons. He was a steady, reliable husband who helped raise her son Darius. However, the only thing that was missing was true love. Did she make the right decision when she turned her back on Wellington Jones, her soul mate whose passion matched hers in sprit, sex and love?

For two decades, Jada and Wellington have stayed apart from each other. But now, things are falling apart in Jada’s life and she looks to Wellington to provide the support she needs. Darius is a young man out of touch and in trouble. When his destructive behavior threatens to destroy him, Jada reluctantly lets Wellington take more control and be the father Darius needs.

With each day back in Wellington's company, Jada begins to question the choices she has made in her life-choices made out of fear, out of foolish pride, out of denial. Slowly, she begins to realize that she still has one choice left: to get true to herself. Determined to make it work this time, Jada sets out on a mission to be with her true soul mate once again.

Sensual, moving, and real, this powerful novel shows us that in life, there are no guarantees that a woman has to rely on her own strength before she can trust the heart of a good man, and that love is never exactly what you want it to be...but what you make it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Stop the Violence!

School has started back, which means time for homework, fun and also fights. I know we want to put this part of school in the back of our minds, but it does happen.

Many schools have a policy that after a student is involved in a certain number of fights; they are sent to Alternative Placement. In Clark County School District Peterson Behavior JR/Sr School is the alternative placement school and is comprised of middle and high school students between the ages of 12-18, who have been expelled from their zoned schools.

Has your child been involved in many altercations which may lead to alternative placement? Why not take a proactive approach to try and eliminate your child from being expelled from school. Call the principal of the alternative school to see if it is possible to schedule a visit to the school. During the visit, you get to see the early morning procedure. Students have to wear the same basic uniform of beige khakis and white t-shirt. Each student must go through a metal detector and then get hand searched by the staff. The environment is not very positive, although I heard good things from various staff members.

Following the morning search, the principal will sit down to have a very candid conversation. This was very beneficial and I think many children will hear first hand why they will be happier in their zoned schools. He will discuss the many positive as well as negative aspects of the school. He will also discuss the statistics on the number of kids who end up coming back after the first time. He will offer many ideas for getting kids back on track. One positive way of getting these kids back on track is by offering incentives for good behavior and attendance.

In taking this proactive approach students and parents may see that this is perhaps not the best alternative route there is for education. This is not a bad school, but it is not a place where I think many kids would be happy to excel.

I have provided a list of books that will help parents and teens find a solution to resolving conflicts without resorting to fights.

Conflict resolution: the win-win situation / Carolyn Casey
The courage to change: a teen survival guide / by the Leave Out ViolencE teens; compiled by Brenda Zosky Proulx

School violence / Kate Burns, book editor

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Book Review: Suburban Nation

Suburban nation : the rise of sprawl and the decline of the American Dream
by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

Anyone who has followed my book reviews knows that I tend to prefer books that deal with social-cultural, historical, or philosophical issues. This book addresses all three and more! The three authors, all architects and urban planners, take on our entire built environment.

There are environmental arguments to be made against sprawl, and while I am concerned about those, I find the aesthetic and social arguments that dominate this book to be at least as compelling.

A series of events and policies, starting in the post-World War II years, has led US housing development to be dominated by wide streets, long blocks, and single use parcels of land. In other words, auto-friendly and not pedestrian-friendly development. This was not always the case. The authors demonstrate that given a honest choice, Americans tend to prefer traditional, mixed-use development.

The emphasis is on pedestrian friendly neighborhoods. There are obviously a number of factors. I was most impressed with the precision with which this question has been studied. The authors note that streets where the distance between the buildings across from each other is no more than 6 times the height of the buildings helps create the feel of an outdoor room, making pedestrians feel more comfortable.

The neighborhood design that the authors advocate includes:
  • Housing blocks with buildings of variety of sizes, though probably not a variety of styles.

  • Zoning for small stores within walking distance, perhaps downstairs from residences.

  • Garages placed behind houses.

  • Straight, narrow streets with short blocks. (The authors note that this sort of design sounds boring but it makes for a very walk able neighborhood and is the traditional design.)
There is certainly room to debate the broader themes and the details of the book, but I think it is a debate worth having and this book is as good as any a place to start.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Volunteer Homework Helpers needed At the Library District

Do you enjoy spending time helping kids? If so, we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help in our Homework Help Centers.

We have two centers, which are located at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Boulevard and the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N.Buffalo Drive.

Volunteer Homework Helpers assist school-age children after school with their homework in the library's Homework Help Centers. Many fun things include, listening to a child read, working through basic math like multiplication tables or division, helping with science projects, report writing or vocabulary lists.

If you can committ to two hours a week, we would love to have you!! Training on the District’s web site, databases and becoming familiar with the policies of the Homework Help Center is all it takes to become a volunteer Homework Helper.

If you are in high-school we ask that you be at least 16 years of age with a 3.5 GPA and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

All volunteers must pass a background security check provided by the Library District. Interested, great! just call 507-3584 for more information.

Tuesday, September 22, 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 September 29th:

Monsters vs. Aliens - When Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a “Monster” named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound filled with other “monsters” like herself. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, P.H.D.; the macho half-Ape-half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to save the world from imminent destruction.

Away We Go - Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch.

This week’s release with the most requests is Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with 470 requests!

Monday, September 21, 2009

CD Review - Chrisette Michelle - Epiphany

Title: Epiphany
Author: Chrisette Michele
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

The jazz-influenced vocalist, born Chrisette Michele Payne in 1982, developed her pipes through singing gospel, first performing for a congregation at age four. God and music were clearly instrumental in her upbringing: her father, who also played the organ, was a deacon, and her mother was the church's choir director.

Growing up in Patchogue, NY, a small town on Long Island, the young singer's parents always kept her busy with tap dancing, piano lessons, choir rehearsals, and the like. But at age 17, Michele had an epiphany. After a teacher gave her a CD containing the bossa nova standard The Girl from Ipanema, she was immediately won over to jazz by Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto's voice. (Copyright 2009 AOL, LLC All Rights Reserved, retrieved 09/17/09)

I loved her first CD, entitled, I Am, so I was very excited when I heard she had relesed her sophomore CD entitled, Ephinany.

This CD seemed more introspective than the first and it shows that she may have some longevity in the music business. Many artisit perish after their first CD, but her sound is soulful and not like many of the current artist today.

My favorite song on the latest CD is Blame it on Me. This is a great song that can have multiple meanings.

When relationships fail, whether friendships, love, marriage, etc. we are all looking for someone to blame. In this song she states that she is just as guilty of the demise of the relationship, so she to is to blame.

I look forward to seeing more of her music in the near future. If you like this CD, check out the following artists, Jill Scott, India Arie, or John Legend.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September Urban Fiction Author - Mary B. Morrison

Title: Soul Mates Dissipates
Author: HoneyB/ Mary B. Morrison
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of September is Mary B. Morrison. Mary B. Morrison has written many books and has also been a New York Times Bestselling author as well as an Essence Bestselling author many times.

Mary Morrison's debut novel, Soul Mates Dissipate, firmly places her in the forefront of African-American writers of women's fiction. With wit, warmth, sass and piercing insight, Morrison delivers a funny and bittersweet story of true love tested, in a voice that will touch the hearts and souls of readers everywhere.
Like her name, fashion photographer Jada Diamond Tanner sparkles. But while Jada has her pick of handsome, sophisticated lovers, she still hasn't found the one -- until she meets Wellington Jones. From the moment of their first embrace, Jada is sure Wellington is the soul mate she has waited for.

But while Jada and Wellington's love is exhilarating, they find themselves facing challenges they never could have imagined -- from Melanie Thompson, bright, beautiful, talented, and determined to win Wellington from Jada; and from Cynthia Jones, Wellington's overbearing socialite mother.

Ultimately, Jada is forced to make difficult choices -- choices that will send her on a journey of self-discovery. For while she learns painful lessons about love, trust and commitment, she also discovers, within herself, deep emotional strengths. . .and the courage to celebrate, with or without the man she loves, the joy each day can bring.

Earthy, sensual, hilarious and heartwarming, "Soul Mates Dissipate" will inspire and uplift us even as it keeps us laughing.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Film Movement DVDs

You probably know your library has movies. There may be hundreds of people on the waiting list for a movie weeks before the DVD is released. But we have more than blockbusters and big budget films. We also have some of the best films you’ve never heard of. You may never have heard of them, because they were not released in local theaters, or because they did not have big publicity budgets or maybe they just weren’t made by one of the big Hollywood studios.

The library has hundreds of films like this; some are from Film Movement. Film Movement is a distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films. It has films from 25 countries, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and many other major film festivals. And, Flim Movement DVDs usually come with a bonus – each one includes an award winning short film, that you would probably never get to see otherwise.

Film Movement wants to change the system of releasing independent, foreign and documentary films. They believe that the only way to change the system is to reach out to movie lovers directly. At its heart, Film Movement is a grassroots company dedicated to getting great films seen by as many people as possible, and “providing intelligent, beautiful and compelling art to an ever-growing community of consumers who want more than the standard Hollywood fare.”

The library has dozens of great movies distributed by Film Movement in our collection. Sometimes, we even show them in our theaters. We will be telling you about some of these movies over the next few weeks.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book Review: Final Crisis

Title: Final Crisis
Written by Grant Morrison
Illustrated by J. G. Jones and Carlos Pacheco
Genre: Graphic Novel, Superheroes

It’s the day evil won. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and all the superheroes on Earth have either been sidelined or are on the run from a pantheon of bad gods, reborn in human form. Can Earth be freed from the oppression of Darkseid and the evil New Gods of Apokolips? And which hero will pay the ultimate price?

Final Crisis is an explosion of imagination. Too often, superhero comics go in one of several directions. Either they are reduced to something as simple as two strong guys punching each other, or an attempt to tell a grim and gritty tale of what it would be like if superheroes lived in the real world, or they try to recapture the feel of comics past by imitating storytelling styles from thirty or forty years ago (usually badly). Final Crisis takes a world where ordinary people and aliens and gods and talking animals all live side by side, and exploits all the storytelling possibilities contained therein. It’s an epic tale where anything can happen, and no idea is too big or fantastic.

I’ve read Final Crisis twice so far - first when it was serialized as a monthly comic book series, and again when it was collected into this graphic novel - and keep finding new things. This is a dense, complex story that never quite takes you down the path you expect. It’s also a very difficult story to describe. When I talk about a bullet that kills a god by traveling back through time, I feel like I’m just talking nonsense. In the context of the story, it totally works.

Don’t take my word for it, though; read Final Crisis. It’s dense, complex, and beautifully illustrated. It is a fantastic expression of how imaginative a superhero comic can be.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Movie Review: The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones
Directed by Neil Burger
Adult DVD

Regardless of your views on the wars in the Middle East, I recommend this movie for its portrayal of the struggles of troops returning home. Plus, the story winds up in Las Vegas, with one of the last scenes shot on the steps of the Regional Justice Center.

The movie is not heavy on plot but definitely makes up for it in emotional impact. The movie unfolds as an impromptu road trip with three Army soldiers, 2 younger soldiers—played by Rachel McAdams and Michael Peña on leave, and one Reservist--played by Tim Robbins--being discharged. The three keep extending their time together as the dramas--that I imagine are all too common among returning troops—keep happening.

The movie appeals to me in the ordinariness of it all. Most of the trip occurs on the Interstate, with little scenery to speak of. There is some unlikely weather in Utah toward the end, but otherwise the movie is about ordinary folks trying to make sense, to make meaning out of the precariousness of their lives. The answer seems to be gratitude, as these soldiers, despite their wounds, consider themselves “they lucky ones.”

Tuesday, September 15, 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 September 22nd:

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women... in that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships--past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love...or if he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.

Observe and Report: At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt (SETH ROGEN) patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist. The master of his domain, he combats skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. Ronnie's delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven by his personal duty to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his under-appreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn him a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi (ANNA FARIS), the hot make-up counter clerk who won't give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison (RAY LIOTTA) of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops.

This week’s release with the most requests is X-Men Origins: Wolverines with 1092 requests!

Monday, September 14, 2009

CD Review - Laura Izibor - Let the Truth Be Told

Title: Let the Truth Be Told
Author: Laura Izibor
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Born to a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Izibor admits she didn't grow up in a musical household. "My mother raised five kids on her own, so there wasn't much time to buy records - it wasn't that kind of home. I found myself fancying music at about 13." Once the love for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Candi Staton, and Roberta Flack took hold, she was smitten for good. "One door opened to the next - first I discovered Marvin Gaye, and then Otis Redding, and I just fell in love with soul music." (Taken from her homepage,

In her debut CD, Laura Izibor has proven that she is a fresh new artist that we may need to watch. Her CD contains inspirational songs with a laid back melody. Very easy to listen to!

I first heard one of her songs while watching the TO (Terrell Owens) Show on VH1. At the end of the show, the artist CD label is featured. I was like who is that? Anyway, I checked the library catalog to see if we had the item and to my surprise, we were going to be getting it soon. So of course, I put myself on the list.

Well, I must say it was worth the wait! Her entire CD has songs that every generation can listen to. My favorite song in the first track on the CD, entitled, Shine.

In listening to this song, she talks about how sometimes you may not be where you want to be in your life, but instead of dwelling on the negative, we must just let our internal shine show. Once we do that all things will come.

You can here this song here.

Her music has been compared to other artist like, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys and Lauren Hill. If you like any of these artists, you will be guaranteed to be a new fan as well.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Review: Taken

Edward Bloor
Teen Fiction

I've always been a huge fan of the book Tangerine, by Edward Bloor. I learned so much about Florida, orange juice (which is actually tangerine juice!), orchards, soccer and high school sports.

Taken covers some of the same ground. It's 2035 (don't worry, this isn't really science fiction...), and the very rich are now living in armed complexes, protected and cared for by servants, who pretend to be proper English (or French) butlers and maids.

Kidnapping is big business, and there are "rules" everyone knows to follow. No one gets hurt, and there's a "redistribution of wealth". So when Charity Meyers is taken, she doesn't panic. At least not to start with.

But her abduction doesn't go as planned. And then the whole event becomes horrifying, in far too many ways.

There is a mostly happy ending to this book, but it is one that's going to make you think, a lot. What would you have done? What choice would you have made? What do you think Charity's life will be like now?

This is a great "moral dilemma" book. If you like Jodi Picoult books, you'll really enjoy Taken!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September Urban Fiction Author - Mary B. Morrison

Sweeter Than Honey
Who’s Loving You,
Unconditionally Single
By HoneyB/ Mary B. Morrison
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban Fiction author for the month of September is Mary B. Morrison. Mary B. Morrison has written many books and has also been a New York Times Bestselling author as well as an Essence Bestselling author many times.

Want a modern day African-American Soap Opera? As you can see, there are three books so far in this series, which are all filled with drama.

In the first book, Sweeter Than Honey, Valentino has an Escort service in Las Vegas that allows him to live a luxurious lifestyle. The women are his property and he can do with them whatever he pleases. This includes murder. The murder is where all the drama begins. After Valentino murders Sunny in a case of mistaken identity, her best friend and escort Madam vow to seek revenge.

Lace has had a life of misery. Her mom has always liked her sister Honey better than she. After Lace was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she is thrown out of the house. She meets Valentino who helps her by allowing her to be an escort in his high class prostitution ring. Here she learns the ends and outs of the business and is then placed in charge of all the girls. After she becomes the Madam, she witnesses the death of one of her favorite girls and vows to seek revenge against Valentino. She and Sapphire Bleu team up to have Valentino arrested. After he is arrested, they take the money he has hidden in his mansion and split it amongst themselves. Lace takes the money and decides to flee to Atlanta to start a counseling service that helps former prostitutes. She uses her dead sister’s name and now becomes Honey. She meets Grant Hill, a successful developer, also the brother of Benito, with whom Lace (now Honey) was romantically involved with for years.

Sapphire Bleu was also raped and molested by her step father and as a result decides to pursue a career in law enforcement to rid the streets of people like Valentino. She is especially enraged after she finds out that Valentino has killed her best friend Sunny in a case of mistaken identity. She teams up with Lace (Honey) to bring Valentino down. They will stop at nothing including faking Honey’s kidnapping after she escapes from being kidnapped by Valentino and Benito.

Are you still with me? I hope so, because it gets more confusing after this.

In the third book, Unconditionally Single, Grant is contacted by Sapphire Bleu. She tells him Honey is missing, so he decides to fly to Atlanta to find her. He realizes that he is still in love with her regardless of her past and decides to put up the $50 million. The thing is, Sapphire knows where Honey is all along, but Honey instructs her to keep her whereabouts secret. Sapphire and Grant were involved at one point in time, so she is jealous of his love for Honey.

Grant was also contacted by his brother Benito, Valentino’s sidekick to provide him with a place to stay. During this time, Grant meets a new older woman, Jada and they become involved. They are spotted at a basketball game and Honey sees this on television and decides to forego her fake kidnapping in order to go get her man, who is also her former lovers’ brother. During the time of her fake kidnapping, she is guarded by Hunter, former police and sex partner of Sapphire Bleu. Of course she sleeps with Hunter and he falls in love within days. Honey finds out about his wife and kids and vows that Grant is the only man for her.

I will end here, because there is still much to read in the three books and I hate spoiling the ending. The first two are pretty fast paced, but the third seems to drag on a bit much for me. I have mixed feelings about this series, because everyone had a sexual connection to someone else in the book and it was too much sexual mixing for me personally.

Urban Fiction readers and Erotica readers will find this series very entertaining, but be forewarned if you are not a huge fan of erotica. The sexual scenes are a bit explicit.

Let me know how you felt after reading one or all three of these books.

Happy Reading!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Book Review: Even Money

Even Money
Dick and Felix Francis

When Mary Francis died in 2000, I was certain that I would no longer be enjoying new Dick Francis racing mysteries. It was never a secret that Mary was the "research force" behind the wonderful novels that have taught me so much about Photography (Reflex), Gemology (Straight), High Finance (To the Hilt and Hot Money), Politics (10 Pound Penalty), and so much more.

I was thoroughly delighted when a new Dick Francis appeared in 2006 - Under Orders. Then two more arrived, co-written with his son Felix. It sounds like Mr. Francis has found a new researcher!

The newest Dick Francis, Even Money, follows the Francis Pattern - Racing And (fill in the blank). In this case, it's Racing and Bookmaking. Who knew that bookmaking could be both so interesting and so unremarkable, at the same time?

Briefly, bookmaker Ned Talbot (who was orphaned when he was a year old) is stunned when a man approaches him at a race and introduces himself as Ned's long dead father. An hour later, the father is bleeding to death in Ned's arms, after a savage mugging. Dad tells Ned to be careful about everyone...

The subsequent action introduces us to an insane asylum, Alzheimer's Disease, DefCon-type groups of techie teens, large scale electronic fraud, and old tragic stories it would probably have been better not to reveal.

While I never reached the point where I really liked or cared much about any of the characters, the action was non-stop and the twists and turns were captivating.

This is a great new read for any Francis-fans out there, or for anyone who enjoys a simple, not-too-violent, not-too-sexy mystery, with lots of cool information.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Can't get to the library and still need your books?

Did you know that the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has a program where disabled people can have library materials delivered to their home?

This service was established to provide needed information to those patrons of the Library District who, by medical necessity, are restricted to their homes on a long-term basis.

A letter from a physician, on letterhead, is required to participate in this program. The letter must state that, in the opinion of the physician, the patron is indeed homebound. It is requested that the letter also state the length of time the patron is expected to be homebound.

Once a person is identified as no longer being homebound the Department is to be notified and the patron will be removed from homebound status.

We are sorry, but this service does not apply for those patrons who have temporary or limited injuries that still provide for mobility.

Remember, you can request any materials you like, including the recently released bestsellers, popular dvds, magazines or cds. The list is endless!

If you are interested, you can find out more information by calling 702-507-3456. Don't forget, you will need a valid library card to take advantage of this service.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Library Event: Job Hunting 101

Las Vegas is currently experiencing the highest unemployment rate on record, at over 12%. This means there are over 100,000 people currently looking for work in the valley.

Every day dozens, if not hundreds, of people come to the library to use computers to apply for jobs. Others come to search for jobs or to borrow books of sample resumes. If you are currently unemployed, the library staff want to do whatever we can to aid you in your job search!

Great News! On Saturday, September 12, Rainbow Library is hosting an all day seminar, Job Hunting 101.

Where: Rainbow Library Meeting Room
When: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Call: 507-3716 for more information

Presentations will include:
  • local job referral services

  • vocational training programs

  • resume writing

  • interview skills

  • help for seniors

  • jobs created with stimulus funds

  • and more!

Presenters include:
  • Nevada Job Connect

  • HELP of Southern Nevada

  • Catholic Charities

  • Nevada Partners / Culinary Training

  • Wells Fargo Bank

  • College of Southern Nevada

  • Scott Linklater: Author of How to Land a Job in Las Vegas--Don't Gamble With Your Career

  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Tuesday, September 8, 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 September 15th:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated.

Next Day Air - When a misguided delivery driver inadvertently delivers a package containing concealed bricks of cocaine to the wrong address, it sets in motion a desperate search and battle for the coke between the furious dealer that sent it, the fearful intended recipients that missed it, and the conniving accidental recipients that plan to flip it. Time is running out and everyone's trying to get their hands on the package that's been sent...Next Day Air! Written by Melee Entertainment

This week’s release with the most requests is Crank 2: High Voltage with 643 requests!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Review: Eternal

Cynthia Leitich Smith
Young Adult Fantasy

Eternity was never so sweet!

Miranda is your typical teenager, worried about fitting in, boys and her reckless yet sweet best friend Lucy. She has always wanted to be popular, little did she know that all she had to do was die and that dream would come true.

Zachary is Miranda's guardian angel and once she is gone, he loses his mind with grief and falls off the angel grid. One year later he is visited by a fellow angel and told that he has a chance to redeem himself and that to do this he must kill a vampire or "Eternal" as they prefer to be called. It's not just any vampire, it is THE vampire and little does Zachary know that he will soon cross paths with Miranda and have his second chance to save her soul.

Miranda was taken and woke up in the opulent but dangerous world of Radford, the king of the "Eternals". This makes her a vampire princess! She accepts her new role but never really comes to terms with her necessity for blood drinking. Miranda innocently hires Zachary as her new personal assistant, not realizing that he had once been her guardian angel and begins down the rocky path to redemption.

Told in the voices of Miranda and Zachary in a diary like way, this book lends a narrative touch to an otherworldly situation. The story is riveting and well written, but definitely does not glamorize the life a of a vampire and is more creative and unique for it. A must read for any Twilight fan!!

Author Read-alikes: Kim Harrison, Stephenie Meyers, Alyson Noel,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Get your FREE library card!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Have you been putting off getting a library card, because you think there is a fee? Great News! Library cards are absolutely free! You just need to sign up. There are two ways to sign up!

1. Go to the library web page and click Cards and Services on the left hand side of the page. Next, look for the link to Sign up and follow the instructions for self registration. Don’t forget, this is a temporary number, so you have to go to the library with picture ID and proof of address to get the permanent card.

2. The next way is to simply visit your local library. Again, you will need picture ID and proof of address. Simply fill out the application and take it to the customer service counter with your ID and you can get a card in about 5 minutes.

It is just that easy. Ok, still not convinced? A library card can save you money!!!
Here are ways the library card can save you money;
1. You can check out books, magazines, cds, dvds and much more for free. This means no more buying books that you read only once or renting dvds that cost a fortune.

2. You can use the Internet on our computers for 1-2 hours per day without paying a fee. Please note, there is a fee to print. The fee is fifty cents for each page printed on the color printers and ten cents for each page printed on the black and white printers.

3. You can access our eMedia collection for free, if you are a resident of the city of Las Vegas. The card will allow you to download eBooks or eAudio books from NetLibrary and Overdrive, two large distributors of electronic information. Check out our selection here.

4. You can also use a lot of the library resources online, including language learning programs such as Auralog and Mango. We also have online resources that will help you with all those state exams, like the Civil Service exam or the infamous Real Estate exam. To see a list of all the databases we have to offer, click on Databases A-Z from our homepage.

As an added bonus, if you sign up for your free library card during the month of September, you will be automatically entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Premier Family Pass to the Springs Preserve. The pass gives unlimited access to the museums and galleries, gardens and trails for two adults and all children under 18 living in the same household.

Already got a card and want to find out what the Springs Preserve has to offer? No problem, just show your library card September 1-October 14, 2009 and get a "Buy One Adult Pass Get One Child’s Pass free" or receive 20% off an Annual Pass.

What card is in your pocket?!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

September Urban Fiction Author - Mary B. Morrison

The Urban fiction author for the month of September is Mary B. Morrison. Mary B. Morrison has written many books and has also been an Essence Bestseller author many times.

Title: Single Husbands
Author: HoneyB/ Mary B. Morrison
Genre: Urban Fiction

I came across this title by accident. I was looking for other books by Mary Morrison and this came up with the authors name HoneyB. So this is Mary Morrison writing under the pseudonym, HoneyB.

Ok, no problem, but when I saw the title, I was beyond shocked. How can a husband be single? Well after you read this book, you will see why.

Herschel is married to Nikki, a wealthy caterer who supplies foods to her wealthy clients. The twist is that all of the foods she prepares are a form of aphrodisiacs that help to entice her clients’ sexual appetites. Hershel loves Nikki, but he is tired of her attitude and no sex, so he finds comfort in other ways. He continues his affair with his sons’ mom and feels her head with empty promises of marriage and a lifetime commitment. His friend Anthony also provides comfort in more ways than I expected. After he finds out that his wife is pregnant, will he stop cheating? In the end, who does he decide to make a commitment to, his wife, his sons’ mom, or Anthony?

Brian has found the love of his life, Michelle. The two are inseparable and continue to have heated sex after many years of marriage, so why does he stray? After Brian meets a woman and has great sex with her, she does not go away. What happens next is why all men should be aware of whom they become involved with. She knows more information than she should and she could be the person who leads to the very destruction of this marriage. How is she finding out all this information? Will Michelle divorce him after she learns the truth of his many numerous affairs, or will she stay? Does she have secrets of her own?

Lexington and Donna have been married a long time, but she has let herself go. She no longer dresses sexy, so he no longer finds her desirable. To fulfill his sexual needs, he frequents a sex club, where he can choose to be with any woman he desires. There is a special woman in his life, but he is not willing to commit to her either. Will his wife discover the other woman he has been making love to for years or will she find out about his many sexcapades at the local sex club? What happens to their marriage, will it survive?

This book contains many sexual scenes, so beware if you do not like erotica. The storyline is great with the mixing and mingling of the couples and the various sexual encounters they have. This is a fast read and I think many who enjoy erotica as well as urban fiction will find this book a delight to read.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Review: A Perfect Mess

A perfect mess : the hidden benefits of disorder : how crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place
by Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Is cleanliness next to godliness? Whether or not all of the conclusions of A Perfect Mess are right, simply questioning conventional wisdom may accomplish the authors’ goal of challenging this adage.

Who would imagine that a librarian might be a closet messy? I confess to having piles of papers covering the kitchen table and stacks of books on the floor by the bed. Yet, the authors of A Perfect Mess claim there is an order to my piles. The books I refer to most often are on the top of the piles. I admit to a degree of emotional comfort too, in having my favorites close at hand, not organized on a shelf out in the living room.

The authors also demonstrate how my system, and that of people with messy desks, may save more time than the supposed time savings achieved by always filing papers so that you know right where they are. A messy desk can be “self-sorting,” with the most frequently used papers on top.

A professor of Management at Columbia University and Technology Writer, respectively, Abrahamson and Freedman analyze the benefits of messiness in areas far removed from the sheer organization of physical objects. For example, they also consider messy organizations, messy leadership, messy politics, and even messy thinking.

One memorable example of messy leadership involves Patrick Charmel, CEO of Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. The hospital had been losing business to newer hospitals for years. The hospital decided to build a new obstetrics ward and surveyed recent, new mothers about what they would like in the hospital.

Suggestions included unexpected requests for skylights and Jacuzzis. Rather than prioritize the list, Charmel persuaded the hospital board to use every single, messy suggestion. The plan paid off and now the hospital offers planning assistance around the country for hospitals planning additions.