Saturday, May 29, 2010

Urban Fiction Author for May – Connie Briscoe

Title: Sisters and Husbands
Author: Connie Briscoe
Genre: Urban Fiction

Sisters & Husbands, the long-awaited sequel to Sisters & Lovers, opens with our heroine getting cold feet the day before her wedding. Beverly Jordan’s problem isn’t with her fiancĂ©, Julian, a smart, loving, computer animator with whom she’s deeply in love. The reason for her skittishness is the apparent collapse of her sisters’ marriages, especially that of her older sister Evelyn, whose long marriage to Kevin has inexplicably gone south. Beverly’s other sister, Charmaine, is in such a power struggle with her spoiled stepdaughter over the attentions of her husband, Tyrone, that their marriage, too, is shaky. With role models like these, one shouldn’t be surprised if the cold feet of a woman hours away from her wedding turn to blocks of ice.

Despite all the angst, Connie Briscoe writes with good humor, a lightness of touch and, best of all, a deep understanding of her characters; and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a delicious, jaw-dropping twist about half way through the novel. The sisters are good women, kind, sensible and empathetic, though Briscoe doesn’t hesitate to show their flaws. Beverly can be gullible; Evelyn, who likes to show off her affluence with things like Fendi handbags, has taken her marriage for granted; and Charmaine can be catty, though her compassion for her stepdaughter, husband, and son is what allows them to hang together as a family.

The sisters aren’t above sniping at each other, though their bond, in the end, is unbreakable. Briscoe surrounds them with equally believable characters that the reader grows to care for—with the exception of one miscreant who turns out to be dispensable anyway. The Jordan sisters’ parents are solid and hardworking and their kids are smart and well-behaved even through all the trauma. Though Charmaine and Evelyn’s husbands are exasperating, they, too, have their reasons: Kevin’s going through one of those midlife crises, and Tyrone is guilt-ridden over his divorce from his daughter’s mother and the fact that he doesn’t see her that often.

Sisters & Husbands celebrates the sometimes-overstretched ties of modern family life.

Review by Arlene McKanic

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
Young Adult Horror

Mary is an orphan. Both of her parents have been infected. They have become Unconsecrated, zombie-like creatures that inhabit the Forest of Hands and Teeth, which sprawls beyond the fenced-in village where Mary lives. The village is all Mary has ever known, and she has grown up believing that she is among the only people who have survived The Return, the result of the infection that has swept the world creating hordes of insatiable Unconsecrated that hunger for human flesh. Throughout her childhood, Mary's mother filled her head with stories of life before The Return and something unbelievable called the ocean.

As Mary grows and learns more about her village and its enigmatic governing body, The Sisterhood, she discovers shocking secrets about her life. When tragedy strikes her village, Mary is forced to face all the mystery and horror of the Forest of Hands and Teeth, while struggling with love, loss, and a hunger for the ocean that is as insatiable as the Unconsecrated's hunger for her flesh.

Read The Forest of Hands and Teeth to find out how Mary and her loved ones fare in the zombie apocalypse. While this nail-biting thriller has some truly scary moments, it also has some truly beautiful moments. Carrie Ryan's lyrical language laps over the reader like Mary's coveted ocean waves, gently pulling you in deeper. Looking for more suspenseful and interesting summer reads? Check out The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for June 1st;

Alice in Wonderland - Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an imaginative new twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

The Wolfman - Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro tear up the screen in this action-packed thriller. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father (Hopkins), his brother’s grieving fiancĂ©e (Emily Blunt) and a suspicious Scotland Yard Inspector (Hugo Weaving). When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death. Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins.

This week’s release with the most requests is Dear John with 702 requests.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Urban Fiction Author for May – Connie Briscoe

Title: Can’t Get Enough
Author: Connie Briscoe
Genre: Urban Fiction

The memorable men and women of P.G. County are back in Connie Briscoe's wickedly funny and deliciously daring novel of romance and betrayal, dangerous choices and seductive second chances."""This romp of a read combines lush settings, humorous dialogue and outrageous behavior . . ." "Ebony" magazine wrote of "P.G. County," Connie Briscoe's first excursion into the world of the overprivileged and undersatisfied inhabitants of an elite suburb of Washington, D.C. Readers will be delighted to learn that their mischievous machinations and meddlesome ways reach new heights--and sink to new depths--in CAN'T GET ENOUGH, the much-anticipated follow-up to "P.G. County,"

Barbara Bentley, the grand dame of P.G. County, is tentatively embarking on a fresh approach to life, abandoning the alcohol that served to soften the edges of her marriage to her bimbo-loving millionaire husband, Bradford. She's been sober for nearly a year, her part-time work as a real estate agent has boosted her self-confidence, and the unexpected attentions of a handsome young colleague have done wonders for her ego. For Jolene, Bradford's ambitious, conniving ex-mistress, the status she covets remains tantalizingly out of reach. Her decent, hard-working husband, Patrick, has left her for Pearl, a woman proud of her success as a beauty shop owner and eager to create a loving home for Patrick and his two mixed-up teenage daughters. Royalty comes to Silver Lake in the form of Veronique. She's rich, fabulous and everyone's new friend, or is she?

As the characters slip in and out of their Pratesi sheets and stride into mayhem and misdeeds in their Jimmy Choo shoes, CAN'T GET ENOUGH will hold readers spellbound. Adelectable and scrumptious page-turner, it ushers in spring with the fabulous force of a Gucci-clad lion.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mike’s Hardboiled Mystery Picks


Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful authors in the down and dirty mystery genre. Here are his picks for the month:

Gregg Hurwitz - While this author is better known for his stand alone thrillers, I really enjoy his Tim Rackley series. Tim Rackley is a Deputy U.S. Marshall who is one if the best until his daughter is murdered and the killer is set free on a legal technicality. Looking for vengenance he is invited to join the Commission, a group of people who have suffered as he has and are also looking for vengenance. When his secret life with the Commission starts to cost him everything left in his life, he takes a hard look at their agenda and doesn’t like what he discovers. The first book in the series is The Kill Clause. There are currently four books in this series.

Harry Hunsicker - This series features Dallas P. I. Lee Henry Oswald (yes, you read that correctly). While investigating the disappearnace of a high school classmate and watching out for his dying partner’s neice, Oswald discovers a conspiracy involving drug lords and real estate developers. In the end he must face the costly results of his decisions as he tries to save the life of his partner. The first book in the series is Still River. There are currently three books in this series.

Greg Rucka - Atticus Kodiak is a professional bodyguard hired to protect Felice Romero, director of a Manhattan abortion clinic targeted by militant pro-lifers. Both sides of the abortion debate are well presented in this novel. As Kodiak protects Dr. Romero and her daughter from bomb threats, shootings, and murders the action continually builds to an exciting climax. One of my favorite things about this series is the various interesting people that work with Kodiak. The fourth book in the series is Shooting at Midnight. There are currently seven books in this series.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Beat the Heat at your Local Library

Cool Programs at the Library
Are you looking for some fun and exciting things to do at your local library? Well we have some programs that we are sure you will enjoy.

Recipe Exchange
Summerlin LibraryThursday, May 20, 3:30 P.M-5:30 P.M.

Do you have favorite recipes that you would like to share? Great, this is the perfect place to exchange recipes. Perhaps you do not have any recipes, but you are interested in getting new ones. That is also great, because there are always lots to share. If you would like more information about this program, please call the Summerlin Library at 702-507-3866.

Would you like to see a movie that has been recently released on DVD? Is the waitlist too long for this movie? Well we have the solution. Just visit the Rainbow Library to see the move It’s Complicated.
Reel 2 Reel Film: It's Complicated
Rainbow Library
Thursday, May 20, 6 P.M.

It's Complicated (2009, 120 minutes, rated R).

Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski. A remarried lawyer (Baldwin) can't seem to stay away from his ex-wife (Meryl Streep) who has already moved on. Free admission and open to the public. Titles subject to change without notice. For more information, please call 507-3716.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday's DVD New Releases

Here are the releases for May 25th:

Dear John - It was two weeks that would change their lives forever. Soon after John (Channing Tatum) and Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) fall madly in love, their relationship is put on hold. With one leaving to complete his service, and the other to complete her college education, they pass the time by exchanging a continuous stream of love letters, until they can be reunited permanently a year later. But when war breaks out, their separation is extended indefinitely. Will their relationship survive the greatest test of all: the test of time? Based on the bestselling novel from the author of The Notebook, Dear John is a timeless romance that will warm your heart.

The Road - From Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country For Old Men, comes the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road. An all-star cast is featured in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece adventure, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of - a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.

This week’s release with the most requests is Valentine’s Day with 582 requests.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Save Money: Try A Stay-Cation

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for genuine ways to save money. Sometimes it is hard to let go of many of the things we have grown accustomed to having, but budget constraints have left all of us looking for ways to cut back. In the next few weeks, I am going to offer some helpful tips that will allow you to save tremendously and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #13
Take a Stay-Cation

A Stay-Cation is where you stay in your own hometown and visit the many attractions. You can do this to same money instead of going to another place. Many people travel to the city of Las Vegas for fun and adventure. Well we are right here, but many of us have not seen all of the attractions Las Vegas has to offer. Also, because we are considered locals, we receive huge discounts that other visitors may not be entitled to. We have many books on LasVegas that you can borrow to start your Stay-Cation. So, let’s get started!

To find books on Las Vegas, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage,
2. Click on "Library Catalog"
3. In the search box, enter "Las Vegas Travel"
4. Select the "Keyword” circle
5. Finally, click "Go"

How will this tip save you money?
1. No airplane tickets are needed. Airplane tickets can cost anywhere from $59 and up per person.
2. No rental car fees. Care rental fees can cost anywhere from $29 per day and up.
3. No hotel fees or staying with the dreaded relatives. Hotel fees can cost anywhere from $89 per night and up.
4. There are numerous other fees that can quickly add up, so just think of the money you are saving.

Ok, do you find this tip helpful? If so, just let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, without losing out on the things you have come to enjoy. What are some ways you have continued to have fun during this stressful time in the economy? Make sure you check back next week for the fourteenth tip. There are only six more tips, so make sure you do not miss any!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Urban Fiction Author for May – Connie Briscoe

Title: P.G. County
Author: Connie Briscoe
Genre: Urban Fiction

In the sprawling homes and upscale townhouses of the exclusive, largely African American Prince George's County, the lives of five women intersect-and the secrets, scandals, loves, and losses that ensue are par for the course where power, beauty, and wealth reside.
Barbara is the most influential woman in this swanky neighborhood, but she's got her hands full-one hand is busy dealing with her husband's wandering eye, while the other always needs a cocktail glass. Jolene is half of P.G. County's number-two couple-and she desperately wants what she doesn't have: namely Barbara's husband.

Pearl owns a hair salon and lives on the outskirts of the posh community with her son, Kenyatta. She's not only juggling a growing business and a bad divorce, but now she's has to cope with Kenyatta's less-than-ideal girlfriend. Candice is white and liberal, but her daughter's new beau tests her beliefs-and opens a can of worms she never knew existed. Lee is a runaway teen, a girl whose only connection to her father is an old photo and the belief that he's well-off and waiting for her in . . . P.G. COUNTY

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Movie Review: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (from the PBS series Nova)
by Louise Lockwood
Non-fiction DVD

The two lives in this film may better be described as perpendicular. Mark Everett, lead singer/songwriter for the rock band the Eels, sets out to learn more about his physicist father, Hugh Everett III, who died of a heart attack when Mark was 19.

Hugh Everett, the father, proposed the "Many Worlds," or actually many universes, theory to help explain the observor dilemma in quantum mechanics. The problem is best represented by the thought experiment known as "Schrodinger's Cat," developed by Erwin Schrodinger. To explain the behavior of subatomic particles, the thought experiment suggests that a cat in a box is simultaneously poisoned and unpoisoned, dead and alive. Hugh Everett's "Many Worlds" hypothesis avoids the dilemma by suggesting that the cat is dead and alive simultaneously, but in two seperate universes.

His son Mark, the rock star, confesses to having failed high school Algebra. There are other aspects of his father he finds equally baffling, such as the isolation his father lived in at home. A number of his father's former colleagues and classmates help account for his father's depression.

Apparently, after writing his dissertation at Princeton on the "Many Worlds" idea, Hugh was able to arrange a visit to Niels Bohr in Denmark, the leading quantum mechanics theorist. A friend who was there told Mark that the meeting did not go well as both men had so much invested in their respective ideas they were unable to persuade each other.

Frustrated with the initial lack of response to his idea, Hugh left academia and worked for the Pentagon and then in business for while, always hoping for more appreciation for his work. A few years before he died, Hugh was invited to speak at a physics conference at the University of Texas. From recordings Mark found in his basement, it appears the experience greatly lifted his father's spirits.

I recommend this documentary for the science and, especially, for the human drama portrayed. It is encouraging to see the reconciliation and understanding that can develop between a father and son, even decades after the father's death. Plus, the film introduced me to the music of the Eels!

See also: Schrodinger's Rabbits

or a critique of Many Worlds: Three Roads to Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin

and music of the Eels, including their latest, just released this year: End Times

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for May 18th;

Extraordinary Measures - Inspired by a true story, this drama is centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children’s rare genetic disorder. From the Academy Award® winning screenwriter of Chocolat and producers of Erin Brockovich! Based on the Wall Street Journal article and subsequent book, The Cure, by Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Geeta Anand.

Invictus - The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

The Spy Next Door - Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

Valentine’s Day - An all-star ensemble cast comes together in Valentine's Day, which follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine's Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.

This week’s release with the most requests is Legion with 599 requests.

Monday, May 10, 2010

FREE Computer Classes at the Library

Computers skills are a must when you are applying for jobs today. What if you do not have the basic computers skills you need? What can you do to develop those skills? Well the library offers FREE computer classes for all. These classes are held at many of our libraries, so check our website for the libraries and classes offered.

To check for computer classes, follow these simple instructions;1. Go to our homepage,
2. Click on ‘Events and Exhibits”
3. Under “Event Type,” select “Computer Classes”
4. Under “Library Branch,” select the library you want (Do you want to see all the libraries that have this event? If, so, just leave “All” selected)
5. Click search to get a list of classes offered

Here are just a few of the classes we offer;

Computer 101
This is a 2-hour introduction class for beginning users who are new to computers. You will learn the basics about the KEYBOARD and MOUSE. Registration is recommended.

Introduction to the Internet
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of the computer and mouse is required.

Learn what the Internet is, what a web browser is, how to use the browser to look up information on the Internet and how to navigate a web page. You will explore some of the popular search engines.

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of the computer and mouse is required.

This class will teach new computer users how to use the word processing software, Microsoft Word 2007. Students will learn how to create a new document, use ribbons, chuncks, quick toolbars, cut/copy & paste, spelling and grammar checking, inserting pictures from CLIP ART, printing and closing and saving documents.

We also have special computer classes just for Senior Citizens.

These are some great classes to get you started. You can also practice on any of our computers as long as you have a valid card number and pin. So what are you waiting for?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Really Cheap Gourmet Lunches

Money Saving tips from your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for genuine ways to save money. Sometimes it is hard to let go of many of the things we have grown accustomed to having, but budget constraints have left all of us looking for ways to cut back. In the next few weeks, I am going to offer some helpful tips that will allow you to save tremendously and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #12 Brown Bag It
If you take your lunch to school or work, you can save tremendously as well as have healthier eating choices. The library has lots of books that contain ideas for nutrition and fun lunches, so check them out. This is a cool way to get the family to work together as well as learn healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Sounds great, so let’s get started.

To find books on lunches, follow these simple steps:
1. Go to our homepage,
2. Click on "Library Catalog"
3. In the search box, enter "lunches" or "lunch"
4. Select the "Keyword” circle for lunches and the "subject" circle for "lunch"
5. Finally, click "Go"

How will this tip save you money?
1. One fast food meal can cost about $5 per day or more.
2. Taking your lunch to work or school can cost about $2 per meal.
3. You can save on gas. No driving to get to lunch.
4. More time to enjoy your lunch. No rushing to find something to eat.

Ok, do you find this tip helpful? If so, just let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, without losing out on the things you have come to enjoy. What are some ways you have continued to have fun during this stressful time in the economy? Make sure you check back next week for the thirteenth tip.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Urban Fiction Author for May – Connie Briscoe

Big Girls Do Cry
Connie Briscoe
Urban Fiction

Naomi Jefferson was born into a comfortable world only occasionally marred by racism - even when she is called a nigger after wandering into the wrong neighborhood; she learns not to let it touch her too deeply. As a teenager in the 1960s, her biggest concerns are when she'll give up her virginity and if you really can't get pregnant the first time, like her friends tell her. But when her adored older brother, Joshua, seemingly the family's chosen one who is destined for greatness, is killed in a tragic car accident on his way to a civil rights demonstration, the rift between black and white America suddenly becomes personal.

In an attempt to live up to Joshua's example, Naomi immerses herself in 1970s campus politics. But instead of finding herself, she loses her sense of who she is. She's unsure how to negotiate her way through a world where brothers die for no good reason and the one man she depends on most betrays her with another woman. Slapped in the face with such harsh realities, Naomi makes a decision: Politics are useless, romance is hopeless, and what she really needs is a career. But work and success in the 1980s aren't all they're cracked up to be, particularly since the promotions keep going to the white guys. Just when Naomi starts to think that the only person she can depend on is herself, two people walk into her life who make her believe once again that anything worth having is worth fighting for.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Book Review: Total Recall

Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything
Gordon C. Bell

Ever hear of Moore's Law? Originally coined by Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel, the "law" predicts that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles about every two years. This has proven to be true and also true for computer memory and a host of other attributes of electronic devices.

This book, published last year, is already out-of-date. The authors quote a price of $100 for a terabyte of computer memory, but already at the end of last year a friend purchased a 1-terabyte external hard drive for $60. This is the equivalent of approximately a million floppy disks. The authors predict that by 2020, the price will be about $100 for 250 terabytes of memory in your cell phone.

Due to this trend, authors Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell, both of Microsoft, predict that within 10 years, we will be recording all of our experiences--everything we read, everyone we meet, everything we eat, etc.--via tiny video cameras mounted on our bodies and other such devices. The extremely low cost and ease of recording will create a situation where we will have to decide not to record something rather than the other way around, as has been true through all of human history until now.

Obviously, there are privacy issues and the issue of painful memories. The authors counter that we will have personal control over what we make public and that just because everything is recorded does not mean that we will need to review everything; that would take another lifetime. The value is in the potential to retrieve anything if need be. Bell began his attempt at recording everything in 1998 by attempting to scan every bit of paper in his home and office. As just one example, he has found this especially useful in helping him get reacquainted with his many occasional work colleagues.

The book presents chapters on the impact on work, health, learning, and everyday life. An example from health may help illustrate the authors' point. Some years ago, Bell was in the hospital for several weeks following heart surgery. His doctor examined him for a rash on his chest, commenting that it looked to be improving. Bell knew for a fact that it was not clearing up. With nothing else to do, he had been taking digital photos of his chest and carefully comparing them everyday. He argues that, rather than being inundated with information, we still make many decisions based on inadequate information.

While the technology required for "remembering everything" appears well on its way, it seems to me that grappling with the social and ethical implications have much further to go. It might surprise many of us to stop and think about the amount of data about our daily lives that already has been recorded--such as the real reason stores offer us frequent shopper cards.

I recommend this book for starting the conversation now about the implications of these technologies.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo Events at the Library

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army pushed back the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla; a victory that resonated across the state of California. The first Cinco de Mayo celebration took place a year later, but throughout the years the history has been lost. (Retrieved 5/3/10, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, UCLA)

Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States (also voluntarily) and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. (Retrieved 5/3/10, Wikipedia)

I am sure there are lots of events planned across the city, but all events at the library are FREE. Check the library in your area to see what events are scheduled for this day. Here is one of the scheduled events we have planned for you.

Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert

Date - 5/7/2010, Friday, 7 p.m.
Library - Clark County Library
Room: Main Theater

While Cinco de Mayo technically is a few days earlier, we're still celebrating with a concert featuring students from the Clark County School District's Mariachi Music Instructional Program. Bring the family to listen to traditional mariachi favorites -- a program the whole family is sure to enjoy! Scheduled to perform are: Mariachi Los Tigres de Von Tobel Middle School, Mariachi Internacional de Las Vegas Academy, Mariachi Amanecer de Sunrise Mountain High School, Mariachi Alma del Canon de Cannon Springs High School, Mariachi Oro De Rancho High School and Ballet Sol de Rancho de Rancho High School. Co-sponsored by the Clark County School District, La Nueva 103.5 FM, Recuerdo 99.3 FM and Radio Variedades 870 AM.

To see more events;
1. Go to our homepage
2. Click on “Events and Exhibits”
3. In the “keyword” box, enter “Cinco de Mayo”

Here is one myth about Cinco de Mayo.

May 5th is Mexican Independence Day...
Mexican Independence Day is officially September 16th, and is traditionally celebrated by "El Grito" at 11:00pm on the night of September 15th.
To find other myths, click here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for May 11th:

Daybreakers - Two-time Academy Award nominee® Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

Edge of Darkness - Thomas Craven is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma, is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter's secret life and her killing. His investigation leads him into a dangerous looking-glass world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder -- and to shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven's solitary search for answers about his daughter's death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption.

Legion - After a terrifying biblical apocalypse descends upon the world, a group of strangers stranded in a remote truck stop diner in the Southwest unwittingly become humanity’s last line of defense when they discover the diner’s young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.

This week’s release with the most requests is Tooth Fairy with 525 requests.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Review: Chester

Melanie Watt
Children's Picture Book
Chester stands for:
C harming
H andsome
E nvy of mouse
S mart
T alented
E nvy of Melanie
R eally handsome
All author Melanie Watt wants to do is tell a nice story about a mouse who lives in a house in the country, but her attention-hogging cat, Chester, won't let her. Chester is equipped with a red marker that he uses to fill in his own words and pictures to Melanie's story, which he always tries to make about none other than himself. In the end, Chester gets his way, but not without a very pink surprise from Melanie.

Chester is a larger-than-life creative cat, and while his banter with Melanie is somewhat obnoxious, he's still charming. Think Garfield minus the lasagna obsession. Watt, who manages to make herself a character in the book, creates a cute conflict that young children in that rebellious stage (and their parents) will easily identify with and older children will find hilarious. It's no mystery why this book has been nominated by kids for a Nevada Young Readers' Award this year.

Children of all ages will enjoy Chester's unruly spirit and will get a kick out of his fate at the end of the story. Read Chester once for the story, and read it again and again to notice all the humorous details in the illustrations. The mouse, who this story is supposed to be about, makes some cute cameos.

If you like Chester, you'll also enjoy amusing books like My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the Whole World by Gilles Bachelet and other books in the Chester series by Melanie Watt.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Save Money: Get Fit for FREE

Money Saving tips from your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for genuine ways to save money. Sometimes it is hard to let go of many of the things we have grown accustomed to having, but budget constraints have left all of us looking for ways to cut back. In the next few weeks, I am going to offer some helpful tips that will allow you to save tremendously and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #11
Get Fit

Spring is the time to get fit for the summer. Who does not want to look good in Las Vegas when the temperatures are well above 95 degrees? Do not go out a purchase a gym membership; get the materials you need from the library.

You can borrow books or movies to help you get fit. There is a huge collection of exercise DVDs, so we are sure you will find something to suit your needs. We also have a large selection of nutrition books to go along with the exercise DVDs. You cannot get fit without proper diet and nutrition, so make sure this is part of your plan.

To find exercise books or DVDs, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage,
2. Click on "Library Catalog"
3. In the search box, enter "exercise" or the type of exercise you are interested in, such as “pilates,” “yoga” or “taebo” to narrow the search
4. Select the "Keyword” circle
5. Click on the drop down arrow under “View entire collection” and select DVD
6. Finally, click "Go"

To find books on diet and nutrition, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage,
2. Click on "Library Catalog"3. In the search box, enter "diet" or “eat healthy.
4. Select the "Keyword” circle
5. Finally, click "Go"

How will this tip save you money?
1. No gym membership fees. These can range for $25-$100 per month.
2. You do not have to buy workout clothes so you will not look out of place at the gym. One workout outfit can cost $20 or more, depending on the brand.
3. You do not have to spend money on gas to drive to the gym. Gas costs about $3 a gallon.
4. No child care costs if you have kids and need to take them to the gym with you.

Ok, do you find this tip helpful? If so, just let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, without losing out on the things you have come to enjoy. What are some ways you have continued to have fun during this stressful time in the economy? Make sure you check back next week for the twelfth tip.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Urban Fiction Author for May – Connie Briscoe

Title: A Long Way From Home
Author: Connie Briscoe
Genre: Urban Fiction

Noted African-American author Connie Briscoe remembers as a child seeing two portraits of very light-complexioned women on her grandmother's bureau and asking who the two white women were. She was told they were her great-great grandmother and great-great aunt. And they weren't white; both had been slaves up until the end of the Civil War. Being naturally curious, Briscoe set out to uncover the family history. From this research came A Long Way from Home. This emotional narrative is a multi-generational story of slavery, freedom, and the unbreakable bonds of family, as told through three unforgettable women.

A Long Way from Home recounts the lives of Susie, her daughter Clara, and her granddaughter Susan. Born and raised as privileged house slaves on Montpelier, the Virginia plantation of President James Madison and his wife Dolley Madison, these women are united by love, a fierce devotion to each other and ultimately, a desire for freedom.

For Susie, life holds no promise beyond the plantation. As a personal maid to Miss Dolley, she is content. Daughter Clara, however, longs to control her own destiny despite her mother's words of caution: "You don't know a thing about freedom, 'cause I don't know anything about it. It takes money and know-how to live free."

You don't just up and do it. Life changes for both women with the death of James Madison and the departure of his wife for her town house. As a result of neglectful management, the plantation eventually falls to a series of owners, each posing a new threat to Susie and Clara and the other longtime Madison slaves. Amid these devastating changes, Clara grows to womanhood and becomes a mother herself, giving birth to two light-skinned daughters, one of whom is Susan. She never reveals the identity of the girls' white father, and raises them as slaves. Yet the threat of separation is forever lurking, becoming a terrible reality when the younger daughter, Susan, is sold to a wealthy businessman in Richmond. She must create a new life, and it's in Civil War-torn Richmond that she finds love and the long-held dream of freedom.

Briscoe vividly recreates her family's history with dignity and honesty. This passionate tale pays homage to the African-American experience during the 1800s and to the ancestors, both black and white, whose lives and histories became forever entwined.

Review By Sharon Galligar Chance
Sharon Galligar Chance is the senior book reviewer for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas.