Sunday, February 28, 2010

Save Money at the Library - Eat in, not out!

Money Saving Tips From your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for 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 #5 Cook more meals at home (This tip was also mentioned on the Valentines Day on a Budget posting)

Cook dinner at home. This is a great way to get the family together. You can learn a new recipe or make something traditional with a twist. We have lots of cook books in our collection that will help you make a fantastic dinner at home.
To find cooking books, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
2. Click on "Library Catalog"
3. In the search box, enter "Cookery"
4. Select the "Subject" circle and then click "Go"
5. This will give you a list of cooking books. Just click on any category that interests you.
6. Find a title and click on it to see where the items is located.

Oh no! The book you wanted is not at your home library. No problem, just click the "Request It" button, and we will send it to the library of your choice. (Your library must be part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District or the North Las Vegas Library District.)

Note: There are hundreds of books to choose from, so we are sure you will find something to interest you. If you want a specific type of cooking, like Asian or Seafood, just enter the term before cookery to limit the results.

How will cooking at home save you money?
1. Dinner for a family of four at a moderately priced restaurant can cost on average about $10-$12 per person.
2. Most dinners do not include a beverage, so that is an additional cost.
3. Tipping is approximately an additional 15% to 20% of the bill.

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. Make sure you check back next week for the sixth tip.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Urban Fiction - Feature Author's February - Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines


Title: Black Girl Lost
Author: Donald Goines
Genre: Urban Fiction

I was first introduced to Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines books as a teenager. When I read the books based on their lives, I was shocked. The language was a true reflection of the life they lead. In my opinion, IceBerg Slim and Donald Goines were the original writers of the urban fiction genre, although that term came into existence much later. Their writings are very gritty and give readers a glimpse into the dark life of pimpdom and ghetto life.It has been such a long time since I read either of these authors, but I wanted everyone to take a look back in time during African American History Month and read some true original urban fiction books that are a part of the African American culture and experience.

If you have not read either of these authors, you are in for a shock. Many of the urban authors that write today glamorize the hood life, but these two authors show the darker side and leave nothing to the imagination.Robert Goines, the African American writer who turned out 16 novels under his own name and his pseudonym, Al C. Clark, in his brief literary career, was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1937.In 1952, Goines enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, lying about his age to enlist. During his three-year stint in U.S.A.F. blues, he became a heroin addict while stationed in Korea and Japan, a monkey on his back that clung to him when he rejoined civilian life in 1955.Goines had first, while barred up and reduced to wearing prison stripes, tried his hand at writing westerns, but he was uninspired by the genre.

However, he found his muse when he discovered the writings of the ultra-cool Iceberg Slim, the legendary pimp and raconteur. Iceberg Slim's works such as his seminal Pimp inspired Goines to write the semi-autobiographical Whoreson, a novel about a mack born to his trade as the son of a street-walker. Whoreson was brought out in 1972 by Slim's publisher, Holloway House, which specialized in African American works. It was his second published novel, after 1971's Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie. Donald Goines and his wife were shot to death on October 21, 1974, under circumstances that remain a mystery. Some people believe they were killed in a drug deal that went wrong. (Retrieved 1/31/10, Shelfari.com)

Black Girl Lost
Sandra was a child born to a mother who loved alcohol more than her own child's life. While she was partying hard, Sandra was crying from starvation, missing her education because her clothes were always the source of ridicule at her school.

Things all changed when she found some balloons of raw uncut dope, and joined forces with Chink, the ugliest most well-dressed drug-dealer in school. He became her first lover and the only person who looked out for her more than herself. Chink came from a similar situation as Sandra and shared in her pain. This book is a roller coaster of action from Chink and Sandra getting busted, to a rape, and finally murder.

You have to get the book to find out all the juicy details because I don't want to give the whole book away. This is the ghetto love story of a lifetime and everyone should read this book.

Reviewed by Vanessia Young, amazon.com

Have you read any of Donald Goines’ books? If so, let us know what you think of this author. Do you find his books to be more real than the urban fiction books of today and how do you think his writing inspired the writings of authors today?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Book Review: Drive--The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
Daniel Pink
Non-Fiction

In retrospect, Daniel Pink's claims seem obvious, but so many of us have been taught that our own desires, that our own motivations don't matter that maybe the topic does deserve a book.

Using the metaphor of a computer operating system, Pink coins two new labels--Type I and Type X--to describe the main two views of motivation common at work, school, and home. Type I refers to intrinsic motivation while Type X refers to extrinsic motivation. Type X has been the dominate view for at least the last 200 years, while Pink sees the demand for increasingly creative work finally bringing a focus on intrinsic motivation to the fore.

Extrinsic motivation comes from outside a person and is reflected in practices that focus on rewards or punishments as motivations while intrinsic motivation relies on the sheer pleasure a person gets from doing something. Drawing on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and many others, Pink describes motivation as depending on three elements: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Pink's description of mastery was most striking to me. Mastery also is a set of three traits: a mindset, pain, and an asymptote. I was struck by the benefits Pink describes of having a mindset focused on the process of learning rather than on achieving a particular performance standard.

As people develop the learning mindset they become more creative and determined whereas when people are focused on earning a certain grade or achieving a certain goal and then fail, they are more likely to give up. Pink notes that research shows that the best predictor of college success is not IQ or test scores but "grit."

At his best, Pink tells stories of various companies around the world that have worked to increase these elements for their employees and have seen this in turn increase profitability. Not that profit is everything, though.

Pink also describes a new trend with the founding of companies called "low-profit corporations" or "social businesses" or "for-benefit organizations." These businesses differ from traditional organizations in that they are profitable businesses but that increasing profit is not their primary purpose. They are seeking to foster some social or environmental good with their profits.

My only objection to the book is the first chapter, focusing on historic research into motivation. I am a great fan of popular science, yet in this case it makes for a rather dry start to an otherwise very fascinating book. My advice, "Don't give up during the first chapter!"

I highly recommend this book!

Other authors recommended by Pink:
Gary Hamel
Carol Dweck
Peter Drucker

Fans of Malcolm Gladwell are likely to enjoy Daniel Pink and fans of Daniel Pink will likely enjoy Marcus Buckingham.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CD Review - Eric Benét - Hurricane


Title: HurricaneAuthor: Eric Benét
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Eric Benét is most famously known for his marriage to Academy Award winning actress, Halle Berry, but he can also sing. He is very talented, but does not get the fame and acclaim I think he deserves.
His music is very soothing and sentimental and seems to always put you in a “good mood.” His soul cries out to his listeners in each song he sings. He makes you feel the song in your soul and you feel as if the song is speaking directly to you or was made just for you in your time of need. Although Hurricane has been out a few years, it is still a must “listen to” CD that is timeless.

Benét was Erics’ mother's maiden name, and he was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is the youngest of five siblings.

Benét sang with a Top 100-style group called Gerard in the late 1980s. Benét, his sister Lisa, and his cousin George Nash Jr. formed a band called Benét and released a self-titled album in 1992, but it only sold 100,000 copies.

Benét's career-building, however, was interrupted by a series of personal tragedies. His father died of cancer. Next his girlfriend Tami Marie Stauff died of injuries suffered in an automobile crash (April 24, 1993) after languishing in a coma for five days. He took a job with Uniter Parcel Service in Milwaukee and eased back into music by producing demo recordings for local artists. (Retrieved Wikipedia 1/25/10)

The song Hurricane speaks of all the pain one endures, but just like a hurricane, it can be washed away just as easily as it came. Was he speaking of the many tragedies he has endured over time? Not sure, but in the song you can actually feel the depth of his voice. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

HurricaneSurrounded by everything I want
But nothing that I need
I was blinded by the absurdityLosing all identity
Sometimes what you fear the most is what you need
To find that road
Right around that curve a lesson learned
Now that I have the eyes to see
A hurricane, a hurricane
Is sometimes the only way to wash away the painA hurricane, a hurricane
Is sometimes the only thing that brings you back again

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bride of the Digital Bookmobile!

It's been almost a year since we saw the Digital Bookmobile. And, IT'S BACK! The Digital Bookmobile is making a return visit, on its triumpant National Tour!

You can visit the Digital Bookmobile in Las Vegas from 10 AM to 4 PM:
Thursday, February 25th at the West Charleston Library
Friday, February 26th at the Enterprise Library
Saturday, February 27th at the Summerlin Library

Last year, we were terrifically excited about all the downloadable eAudio books that we could finally put on our iPods, not just our MP3 players.

This year, we have the advent of the eReader! Sony Readers and Nooks are tremendously popular, and you can download eBooks ***FREE!!!*** from your library! No need to depend on purchasing from the company's eBookstore.(Sorry, Amazon's Kindle is still off limits to us. We're hoping the Kindle will become more accepting of Library eBooks soon!)

The Digital Bookmobile is not your grandfather's bookmobile. It's totally high-tech and fun. The best part is it's Hands-on! Check out the Bookmobile Experience to see the great stuff you can do!

Do you have a new eReader? Or MP3 player or media player, and you're not quite sure how to get the book or movie from the library's website to your device? Now is the time to dive right in! The Experts from Overdrive will be there to smooth your path and transform you into an eMedia Guru! Impress your friends with your technical prowess! Don't worry about "messing up", because we'll be there to make it easy, and make you look like the tech brainiac.

Oh, and we'll be giving away library goodies too! You're probably thinking pencils, bookmarks, and the normal Library Swag. But how does a MP3/video player sound? We're having a drawing for an MP3/Video player each day! Just take a tour of the Digital Bookmobile to get your ticket! We'll be drawing the winner at 4PM. You don't need to be there, but if you win, you need to get back to the library within 48 hours to pick up your prize. (There's only one entry per person, so bring your friends and family to maximize your chance to win!)

Stop by the Digital Bookmobile this weekend!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for March 2nd;

2012 - Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect that radiation from unprecedented solar storms is having on the earth. Helmsley learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson (Danny Glover) that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and unless they take steps to prepare for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world.

Ponyo - Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Academy Award–winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter, together with Disney, bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Plus, this 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray includes never-before-seen bonus features that take you on a journey deep into the film’s enchanted world. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. In defiance, Ponyo releases the magical water of life, and chaos reigns until balance is restored to the world they cherish. Ponyo will delight your family with its magnificent animation and timeless story.

Where the Wilds Things Are – Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

This week’s release with the most requests is The Informant with 606 requests.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Book Review: Chew, Volume 1, Taster's Choice

Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice
John Layman & Rob Guillory
Fiction, Graphic Novel

Tony Chu is a cibopathic detective, which means he gets psychic impressions from anything he eats. Best case: he can pick up clues from food a killer has touched. Worst case: he needs to nibble on the corpse of a murder victim. Since this isn’t the sort of investigative methods the police want to be known for, he finds himself thrown off the force.

However, he finds that the FDA is more receptive to his unique talents, and ends up with a new job almost immediately. Thing is, this story isn’t set in our world. It’s set in an alternate reality where chicken is illegal, and it’s the FDA’s job to enforce this ban. Soon, Chu stumbles across an investigation into a possible conspiracy. Is an outbreak of bird flu responsible for the chicken ban? Or is it something more complex and sinster?

After hearing what Chew is about, it should come as no surprise that it’s not entirely serious. What makes it work is the way it plays itself fairly straight within its absurd premise. The humor comes from the characters and situations, and doesn’t feel forced. As a result, Layman and Guillory have crafted a story that’s both hilarious and a compelling and suspenseful mystery.

The art, by Guillory, is clear and expressive. His distinct, individual style exaggerates the characters and their actions, but isn’t so cartoony that it undercuts the mystery. His layouts are imaginative without being confusing. This is apparently his first professional job, but he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on.

Because this book collects the first five chapters in an ongoing story, it isn’t complete in and of itself. Some storylines get closure, while others will continue on into future volumes. Fortunately, the world Layman and Guillory create, and the character of Tommy Chu himself, are interesting enough that readers will want to come back.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Save Money at the Library - Learn a Language!




Money Saving Tips From Your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for 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 money and not have to cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #4
Learn a Language
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, but could not afford to take a class? The library can help you learn a new language absolutely free.

As long as you are a resident of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and have a valid library card number and PIN, you can access this electronic resource from home. Otherwise, you must use this electronic inside one of our libraries.

Simply follow these steps to get started;
1. Go to our web site at lvccld.org
2. Click on “Databases A-Z"
3. Click on "Auralog Language Learning"
4. Scroll down to the middle of the screen and you will see "Click here" highlighted in blue.
5. You are now going to create an account. Enter all the information asked for. You will create a user name and password. (This is NOT your library card number.)


After you have created an account, you can decide which language you will study. Each time you log back in, you will be able to start where you left off. You get to work at your own pace. This resource will keep track of your skill level, so you never have to start from the beginning. What is also convenient about this resource is that you can access it from home anytime, day or night.

How will using this electronic resource save you money?1. No fees involved. You will save on tuition expenses.
2. No driving to class. Driving to a class takes gas, but using this resource from home will keep that gas money in your pocket.
3. No fees for additional class are needed. Suppose you decide to drop the class and can’t get your money back? With Auralog, you work at your own pace.

Do you think this is a good tip? 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. Make sure you check back next week for the fifth tip.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Urban Fiction - Feature Author's February - Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines

Title: Daddy Cool
Author: Donald Goines
Genre: Urban Fiction

I was first introduced to Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines books as a teenager. When I read the books based on their lives, I was shocked. The language was a true reflection of the life they lead. In my opinion, IceBerg Slim and Donald Goines were the original writers of the urban fiction genre, although that term came into existence much later. Their writings are very gritty and give readers a glimpse into the dark life of pimpdom and ghetto life.

It has been such a long time since I read either of these authors, but I wanted everyone to take a look back in time during African American History Month and read some true original urban fiction books that are a part of the African American culture and experience. If you have not read either of these authors, you are in for a shock. Many of the urban authors that write today glamorize the hood life, but these two authors show the darker side and leave nothing to the imagination.

Robert Goines, the African American writer who turned out 16 novels under his own name and his pseudonym, Al C. Clark, in his brief literary career, was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1937.

In 1952, Goines enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, lying about his age to enlist. During his three-year stint in U.S.A.F. blues, he became a heroin addict while stationed in Korea and Japan, a monkey on his back that clung to him when he rejoined civilian life in 1955.

Goines had first, while barred up and reduced to wearing prison stripes, tried his hand at writing westerns, but he was uninspired by the genre. However, he found his muse when he discovered the writings of the ultra-cool Iceberg Slim, the legendary pimp and raconteur. Iceberg Slim's works such as his seminal Pimp inspired Goines to write the semi-autobiographical Whoreson, a novel about a mack born to his trade as the son of a street-walker. Whoreson was brought out in 1972 by Slim's publisher, Holloway House, which specialized in African American works. It was his second published novel, after 1971's Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie. Donald Goines and his wife were shot to death on October 21, 1974, under circumstances that remain a mystery. Some people believe they were killed in a drug deal that went wrong. (Retrieved 1/31/10, Shelfari.com)

Larry Jackson, better known as Daddy Cool, is a ruthlessly efficient black hit man, equally effective with a gun or a knife in nailing his prey. The only thing that can melt his icy heart is his love for his teenage daughter Janet. But when the smooth talking youngblood pimp Ronald lures her into his stable, Daddy Cool must go into action with a fearsome vengeance.

This story rips at the heart. There are so many conflicts that you will stay on edge just waiting to see what happens next. Janet's two half brothers are jealous of the love that her dad (their stepdad) has for her. After a heated argument with her dad, she runs away. She decides to live with her boyfriend, a known pimp. Of course, he decides that she must earn money, so he decides to prostitute her. It is at this point that all things begin to come to light.

Daddy Cool has just received information that the rape of a friend's young daughter was done by his two stepsons. What will he do? Does his avenge his friend's daughter or does he save his wife's two sons? During this time, he also discovers that the two stepsons have known all along where his daughter was and he is filled with even more rage.

Daddy Cool sets out on a journey to bring his daughter home, so he pays Janet's boyfriend/pimp, Ronald, a visit. Will he kill Ronald or has he met his match? This is the climax of the story and you will see just how far a man will go for the love of his daughter.

Have you read any of Donald Goines’ books? If so, let us know what you think of this author. Do you find his books to be more real than the urban fiction books of today and how do you think his writing inspired the writings of authors today?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Malcolm X: A Biography

Malcolm X
Spike Lee/HBO documentary
Documentary DVD

This movie was originally released as a motion picture in 1992. It is based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.

Malcolm X divides the life of the African-American activist Malcolm X into three sections. The first section deals with the troubled childhood of Malcolm Little, whose father, a preacher, was murdered by the Black Legion and whose mother was institutionalized for insanity.

The second section follows Malcolm's life in prison, where a fellow inmate, Baines , introduces him to the teachings of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm eventually converts to the religion and becomes a disciple of Elijah Muhammed.

The third section follows Malcolm's pilgrimage to Mecca which greatly softens his beliefs, teaching him that Muslims come from all races, even whites, and he endeavors to break free of the strict dogma of the Nation of Islam, with tragic results.

When I first began watching this movie, I was extremely impressed with Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X in this movie. He brought Malcolm X back to life. After a while, you no longer saw an actor playing a character, you saw the actual person. Not many people can pull off acting in such great fashion, but Denzel has proven over an over again why he is one of the top paid actors in the movie industry today. This is a great movie to watch and you will surely be inspired by the man who believed in the phrase by any means necessary. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Malcolm X.

How did you like this movie? Do you think Denzel Washington provided an accurate portrayal of Malcolm X? Why or why not? What were your thoughts about the movie or the man (Malcolm) in general?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bad Girls Don't Die!

Bad Girls Don't Die
Katie Alender
Young Adult Fantasy

Alexis is your typical outcast, a person who doesn't fit in and who doesn't want to fit in. So when she suddenly needs the help of a cheerleader (aka her natural enemy) she cannot believe how desperate she has become. However, when a supernatural force threatens your innocent little sister and then your entire family, you would be desperate too. Alexis never believed in things like ghosts or haunted houses until the day she realizes that those stories are written about places like her very own house.

Now suddenly she is friends with Megan, the cheerleader and perhaps girlfriend to the enigmatic Carter (sterotypical preppy), and fighting a force that she cannot begin to understand. Alexis's quiet life has been turned upside down and now all she can hope to do is save her family before its too late.

Author read-alikes: Jennifer Allison, Kelley Armstrong, Joseph Delaney

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CD Spotlight - Ray J - For the Love of Ray J



Title: For the Love of Ray J
Author: Ray JMedia type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Recently, I watched the finale of the show For the Love of Ray J. I was pleasantly surprised by the woman he selected to be his girlfriend. She was actually my choice from the beginning. I thought her chances of winning were slim, considering the age difference between she and Ray J. I think he made a wise choice this season, but will it last?

This is the second season of the show and I am sure not the last. Last season he selected someone, but I guess it did not work out between the two, considering the new season this year. The show starts with 20 women who must compete for Ray J’s love. In the end, there are two participants left and he chooses one of the two. There was one episode where he sang to one of the women. It was then that I remembered he was a singer and a pretty good one at that. Anyway, this weeks CD spotlight is on Ray J. This is a CD that was made during the first season of his reality show.

His Life
The Southern California-bred, McComb, Mississippi, native began his pursuit of stardom at age 8, when he started receiving calls to do television commercials. By 12, Ray J was on television in a co-starring role on the critically acclaimed The Sinbad Show. Ray J's future as a successful entertainer was inevitable. His singing abilities landed him a recording deal when he was just 14. "EVERYTHING YOU WANT," Ray J's well-received first album proved that, like his big sis, recording and television superstar Brandy, he has what it takes to grab the entertainment world by storm. With a string of movie roles, a co-starring spot on the top-rated UPN sitcom, Moesha, and a brand new gig hosting The Source Sound Lab, Ray J has carved out a major niche for himself.

Ray J's musical vision has expanded tremendously since his 1996 debut. "Then, I didn't know what type of direction I wanted to go in," says Ray J. "Being that Brandy came out and blew up, I just went with the flow. But after my album dropped and I saw what was out there, I started to develop my own ideas about what I wanted to do with my music." (Retrieved lyricsyoulove.com, 02/10/10)

Song from the CD, Sexy Can I
Sexy Can I is more of an upbeat song that was played in clubs. It is more of a song that you can dance to, but it is equally as enjoyable in the car as a sing-a-long. The video is very sensual, but typical of the hip hop community. The video features many women of various ethnicities with very little clothing. To see the video, click here. Not a fan of the video, but I do like the song. Check out the entire CD and let us know which song is your favorite.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for February 23rd;

The Box - Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world...someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.


Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant – A boy unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. Fourteen-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Everybody’s Fine – A widower embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect.

The Informant - What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.

September Issue Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutler's new film, The September Issue, does for fashion what he did for politics in The War Room, taking the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people can't wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling 13 million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication.

An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable Creative Director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

Sorority Row – When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when, after graduation, a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret.

This week’s release with the most requests is the Law Abiding Citizen with 561 requests.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Libraries will be closed Monday, February 15th


The LasVegas-Clark County Library District branches, urban and outlying areas, will be closed today, February 15th, in honor of Presidents Day.

Why is the library closed?
The library is closed in observance of George Washington's birthday. Although his birthday is February 22, Presidents Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February that honors the birthdays of President Washington and President Lincoln.

By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term "Presidents Day" began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday observances as "Presidents Day," "Washington and Lincoln Day," or other such designations. (Retrieved Wikipedia, 2/11/10)

When will the library re-open?
All urban libraries will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What happens if my books are due on this date?
No worries, items will not be due on this, but the following day. You can also use the outside bookdrops if you need to return items on this date. Please remember, no DVDs or CDs can be placed in the outside bookdrop because they can get damaged.

I have homework. What can I do?
Although the library is closed, you can still access our electronic resources. These are available 24 hours a day. Just make sure you are part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District's taxing district, with a valid library card number and personal identification number.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Save Money at the Library - Entertainment

Money Saving Tips From Your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for 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 money and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #3
Entertainment


How do you keep the kids entertained or attend educational events without extending your budget? Attend programs at the library!

There are lots of activities to choose from. You can take classes, attend workshops, attend story times and watch movies, dance and theatrical performances.

To check what programs we have, follow these simple instructions;

1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org

2. Click on "Events and Exhibits”

3. Under “Event Type,” and select the type of program you're interested in

4. Under “Library Branch,” select the library you prefer. (To see all the libraries that have this event, leave “All” selected)

5. Click search

You can also see all events throughout the Library District by leaving “All” selected in each category and then clicking “Search.” This will give you a list of upcoming library-sponsored and community events. Each event is shown in chronological order, with the most recent event listed first.

Now that you have found something that you would like to attend, now what? Simply click on the title of the event to find out more information. Here are a few upcoming events that will be great for the entire family, “Valentiney” Pajama Story time, Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers: English country dance class, Family Finances, UNLV Jazz Concert Series and “Petstacular” Pet Fair.

Do you think this is a good tip? If so, just let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, so you don't have to lose out on the things you enjoy. Make sure you check back next week for the fourth tip.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Urban Fiction - Feature Author's February - Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines

Title: Doom Fox
Author: IceBerg Slim
Genre: Urban Fiction

I was first introduced to Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines books as a teenager. When I read the books based on their lives, I was shocked. The language was a true reflection of the life they lead. In my opinion, IceBerg Slim and Donald Goines were the original writers of the urban fiction genre, although that term came into existence much later. Their writings are very gritty and give readers a glimpse into the dark life of pimpdom and ghetto life. It has been such a long time since I read either of these authors, but I wanted everyone to take a look back in time during African American History Month and read some true original urban fiction books that are a part of the African American culture and experience. If you have not read either of these authors, you are in for a shock. Many of the urban authors who write today glamorize the hood life, but these two authors show the darker side and leave nothing to the imagination.

Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born Robert Lee Maupin in Chicago, Illinois, on August 4, 1918. He spent much of his childhood in Milwaukee and Rockford, Illinois, before returning to Chicago as a teenager.

His father having abandoned them, Slim's mother supported the family by working as a domestic and operating a beauty shop. He credits his mother for having prepared him for the pimp lifestyle by pampering him during his childhood.

At 18, Robert began his initiation into the life, adopting his nom de guerre, Iceberg Slim, and remained a pimp until age 42, predominantly in the Chicago area. He was incarcerated several times in conjunction with his crimes. It was this last stretch at the Cook County House of Corrections that finally motivated Iceberg to square up, and take to writing about his life experiences rather than pursuing a life of crime. Iceberg Slim passed away April 28, 1992, at age 73. (Retrieved popsubculture.com 1/31/10)

With books such as Trick Baby, Pimp, and Long White Con, Iceberg Slim detailed life in the American ghetto and became one of the secret inventors of the concept of cool. Ignored by the mainstream literary world, advertised by word of mouth, his underground classics crystallized the mixture of attitude and artistry that is found everywhere from blaxploitation to Bad Lieutenant, punk to hip-hop.

Doom Fox -- written in 1978 and unpublished until now -- is the last in his legendary series. It is set in Los Angeles during the postwar decades and evokes a world of low-riding chippie-catchers, prizefighters, prostitutes, and smooth-talking, irreligious preachers. Propelled by the story of Joe Kong Allen and his gorgeous, treacherous wife, Doom Fox incorporates elements of sex comedy, prison literature, and street fiction. At its base, it is a dead-on exploration of the violent frustrations of life in a disenfranchised community.

Have you read any of Iceberg Slims’ books? If so, let us know what you think of this author. Do you find his books to be more real than the urban fiction books of today and how do you think his writing inspired the writings of authors today?

Friday, February 12, 2010

African Americn History Month Movie - The Great Debaters

Title: The Great Debaters
Author: Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro
Genre: Fiction
Media: DVD

Inspired by a true story, The Great Debaters chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views.

Inspired by real events, the fascinating The Great Debaters reveals one of the seeds of the Civil Rights Movement in its story of Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington in a captivating performance) and his champion 1935 debate club from the all-African-American Wiley College in Texas. Tolson, a Wiley professor, labor organizer, modernist poet, and much else, runs a rigorous debate program at the school, selecting four students as his team in ’35, among them the future founder of the Congress of Racial Equality, James Farmer Jr. (Denzel Whitaker).

Washington, who directed The Great Debaters from a script by Robert Eisele (The Dale Earnhardt Story), anchors the story with the team’s measurable progress, but the film is also about the state of race relations in America at the height of the Great Depression. With lynchings of black men and women a common form of entertainment and black subjugation for many rural whites, the idea of talented and highly intelligent African-American young people learning to think on their feet during debates would seem almost a hopeless endeavor. But that’s not the way Tolson sees it, as his students serve themselves and the cause of racial equality in America with energetic arguments in favor of progressive government and non-violence as a viable social movement.

There are some startling moments in this movie, particularly the sight of a man found lynched and burned to death, and an extraordinary moment in which we see black sharecroppers and white farmers engaged with Tolson in arguments about unionizing together. Forest Whitaker is outstanding as Farmer’s emotionally-reserved father, also a Wiley professor. This is the kind of film where one hopes two great actors such as the elder Whitaker and Washington will have a scene together, and when it comes it’s as powerful as one might hope. (Review by Tom Keogh, amazon.com)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day on a Budget

Are you worried about how you can have a Happy Valentine's Day during this recession? Roses, chocolates and dinner are traditional things that we have come to expect, but many people are looking for alternative ways to enjoy this wonderful day. Hand made gifts have become very popular during this time. That is one way to save money. You can also cook dinner for your loved ones at home this year, which will also save money. Finally, attending a program at the library will allow you to save money on entertainment.

What are some things you can do to celebrate this "lovely" day? Here are three things that we think you may enjoy;

1. Create Valentine crafts with your family or your friends. We have an excellent electronic resource that will help you select crafts that are easy and fun to make. Make sure you are a resident of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, with a valid library card number and PIN. Do you meet all these criteria? If so, you can access this electronic resource from home. If not, you will have to visit one of our libraries to access it. Now let’s get started. After April 1, 2010 this electronic resource will no longer be available, so make sure you use it as much as possible before that date.

To get ideas, follow these simple steps
1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
2. Click on “Databases A-Z”
3. Click on “Hobbies and Crafts”
4. Click on the highlighted section, “Seasonal and Holiday” for Valentine crafts

There is so much to choose from. We hope you find just what you need to make this day special for yourself or someone else.

2. Attend a library program in celebration of Valentine's Day. What are your plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day? No plans? Check out the events we have planned for this special occasion. Here is one of the events we are sure you will enjoy.

Event - Valentine Scrapbooking Workshop
Location - Enterprise Library
Date – February 13th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come and join us for a free scrapbooking workshop hosted by Ms. Lori. Advice and instructions will be available for all skill levels. Bring your supplies and pictures as limited crafting supplies will be available. This is a free program for adults. Contact the Enterprise Library at 702-507-3761 for more information.

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3. Cook dinner at home. This is a great way to celebrate this occasion. You can learn a new recipe or make something traditional with a twist. We have lots of cook books in our collection that will help you make a fantastic dinner for two or many.


To find cooking books, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
2. Click on "Library Catalog"
3. In the search box, enter "Cookery"
4. Select the "Subject" circle and then click "Go"
5. This will give you a list of cooking books, just click on a category to choose from

There are hundreds of books to choose from, so we are sure you will find something to interest you. If you want a specific type of cooking, like Asian or Seafood, just enter the term before cookery to limit the results.

We hope you find these ideas to be worthwhile and we would love any comments you have.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Movie Review - Star Trek

Star Trek
Directed by: Jeffrey Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto
Video Release date: 11/17/09

Let me start by saying, that I have been a Star Trek fan since I watched the original re-runs as a teenager. I have watched all the movies and all the series, so this movie had a lot to live up to for me. I went to the theater with much trepidation and came out excited with what the filmmakers had done to update this much loved franchise.

The filmmakers decided to hit the franchise right at the heart with a re-telling of Kirk and crew's introduction to the Enterprise. The truly brilliant piece of storytelling is that there has been a shift in the time space continuum that changes everything that has happened in the previous television series, movies and books. This allows the writers free rein as to how the crew relationships begin and to begin a whole new history and franchise.

Not only is the story engaging, the casting was amazing. I was very worried about only seeing Sylor when watching Zachary Quinto play Spock, but he is transformed from the arch nemesis on Heroes to a spot-on Spock who struggles with his mixed heritage. Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana are great as Kirk and Uhura, but I think the best casting is Karl Urban as Bones. It was a wonder to watch all these new actors embrace characters that are beloved without satirizing them.

Star Trek (2009) is a mix between a great action flick and the restoration of a great franchise that has seen a decline in the last several years. It was exciting to see people of many different ages enjoying this, from the die-hard Trekkies to a whole new generation of people that will enjoy this franchise in its future incarnations. I highly recommend this movie to both Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. (My parents loved it!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for February 16th;

Coco Before Chanel - This is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

Good Hair – Chris Rock examines the cost, both financial and sociological, of African-American hair culture in this hilarious, Sundance award-winning film. Traveling from Atlanta to India to Harlem and everywhere in between, Rock tries to figure out how society determines exactly what is "good" hair.

Law Abiding Citizen - Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt.


Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton’s high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton’s crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.

This week’s release with the most requests is The Time Traveler's Wife with 878 requests.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saving Money at the Library: Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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 #3
Use the library’s magazines and newspapers

How many magazine or newspaper subscriptions do you have? If you have more than one, that is too many. Our libraries carry many of the popular magazine and newspapers that are published today. Please remember that every magazine and newspaper may not be available at all of our libraries. Magazines and newspapers can be accessed two ways;

1. Print editions – These are available at each library. The most current editions are normally on display in the periodical or newspaper section of your local library. If you do not see the magazine or newspaper that you need, just ask any staff member. Older editions are also sometimes available for check out. If there are magazines that you would like to keep for your collection, just browse our bookstores for donated magazines. These can be purchased for 10 cents at the libraries that have bookstores.

2. Electronic editions – There are several available, but I prefer Press Display. Press Display has newspapers from all over the world. These can be read online from home or in the library. Simply click on Databases A-Z from the Library's homepage. Next, scroll down to the P section and click on Press Display. This electronic resource contains popular newspapers like, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times and many more. Just click on USA or any other country from the country listing to see all the newspapers a particular country has.

How will this save you money?
1. No more subscription costs.
2. Magazines can be purchased in our bookstores for 10 cents
3. Less gas used by using the electronic editions

Did you find this tip helpful? What other ways can you think of that will save money?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Urban Fiction - Feature Author's February - Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines

Title: Mama Black Widow
Author: IceBerg Slim
Genre: Urban Fiction

I was first introduced to Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines books as a teenager. When I read the books based on their lives, I was shocked. The language was a true reflection of the life they lead. In my opinion, IceBerg Slim and Donald Goines were the original writers of the Urban Fiction Genre, although that term came in existence much later. Their writings are very gritty and give readers a glimpse into the dark life of pimpdom and ghetto life. It has been such a long time since I read either of these authors, but I wanted everyone to take a look back in time during African-American History Month and read some true original urban fictions books that are a part of the African-American culture and experience. If you have not read either of these authors, you are in for a shock. Many of the urban authors that write today glamorize the “hood life,” but these two authors show the darker side and leave nothing to the imagination.

Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born as Robert Lee Maupin in Chicago, Illinois on August 4th, 1918. He spent much of his childhood in Milwaukee and Rockford, Illinois before returning to Chicago as a teenager.

His father having abandoned them, Slim's mother supported the family by working as a domestic and operating a beauty shop. He credits his mother for having prepared him for the pimp lifestyle by pampering him during his childhood.

At 18, Robert began his initiation into the life, adopting his nom de guerre, Iceberg Slim and remained a pimp until age 42, predominantly in the Chicago area. He was incarcerated several times in conjunction with his crimes. It was this last stretch at the Cook County house of Corrections that finally motivated Iceberg to square up, and take to writing about his life experiences rather than pursuing a life of crime. Iceberg Slim passed away April 28, 1992 at age 73. (Retrieved popsubculture.com 1/31/10)

Mama Black Widow is the nickname of Otis Tilson, a comely and tragic black queen adrift with his brothers and sisters in the dark ghetto world of pimpdom and violent crime. His story is told in the gut-level language of the homosexual underworld--an unforgettable testament of life lived on the margins of a racist and predatory urban hell.

Have you read any of Iceberg Slims’ books? If so, let us know what you think of this author. Do you find his books to be more real than the Urban Fiction books of today and how do you think his writing inspired the writings of author's today?

Friday, February 5, 2010

African-American History Month Movie - The Rosa Parks Story


Title: The Rosa Parks Story
Author: Jaffe/Braunstein Films
Genre: Documentary

Angela Bassett plays the late Rosa Macauley Parks in this film highlighting her life. As a child, Rosa’s mom instilled in her, the love of learning. She developed confidence at an early age, which I think helped her to face the many challenges in life that she endured. The movie does lots of flashbacks to her childhood and will help to answer many of the questions in the movie.

In this movie, we see the courtship between Rosa and Raymond Parks. He brings flowers each day, but she refuses to see him. Finally, her mom allows him in to see Rosa and Rosa is shocked because she thought he had left like the many times before. They were married.

One particular incident in the movie unnerved me more than the bus incident in which she became a huge part of the civil rights movement. She goes to the court house on numerous occasions to register to vote and is always told she did not pass the test to become a registered voter. Anyway, she asks the clerk to tell her which answers she got wrong in order to correct them for the next time. The clerk was so nasty and told her that was against policy. Anyway, Rosa decided to copy the questions and answers on her final time taking the test to find out what she had gotten wrong. The clerk finally allowed her to receive her voter’s card when she threatened to get a lawyer and sue.

Rosa Parks is primarily known for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and was arrested. After her arrest, Parks became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement but suffered hardships as a result. She lost her job at the department store, and her husband quit his job after his boss forbade him from talking about his wife or the legal case.

This is a wonderful family as well as historical movie to watch. Many movies show the violent scenes of this time period, but some are to violent for children to watch. This movie has the violent parts, but they are implied in subtle ways without the actual scenes. This allows for open dialogue between the kids and the parents. You can explain what happens, but younger children are not exposed to things that are not easily explained. This is a must see movie, especially during African-American History Month.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review: The Battle for Duncragglin

Battle for Duncragglin
Andrew H. Vanderwal
Young Adult Historical Fiction

Alex Macpherson has been an orphan since his parents disappeared mysteriously in Scotland. Now he is on his way there to stay with his Aunt Fiona as his Uncle Larry has grown weary of taking care of him. Alex isn't really all that excited as he's never felt that his aunt liked him very much. However, when he arrives he is met by his aunt's neighbors, the McRaes, as his aunt has taken ill. This small but cheery family takes him in and he quickly becomes friends with the three children, Annie, Willie and little Craig.

Alex soon finds out that he is in walking distance from where his parents disappeared some years before and is determined to try and figure out what happened to them at the ruins of Dungragglin Castle. The children decide to wait until low tide and venture into the caves below the castle and find something completely unexpected. They find themselves in the middle of battle in 1296 and come face to face with William Wallace himself. Will they ever return to their own time? Will Alex find his parents?

Fall into 13th century Scotland and experience the epic battles first hand through the eyes of present day children!

Author Read-alikes: Edward Bloor, Linda Buchley-Archer, James A. Owen

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for February 9th;

Couples Retreat - The comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resorts couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.

A Serious Man - A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolf) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?

The Stepfather - Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?

Time Traveler’s Wife - Clare (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana) her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler--cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through the years with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, and never knowing when they will be reunited, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

This week’s release with the most requests is Zombieland with 506 requests.