Friday, September 30, 2011

Brushbots!

What I want to know is HOW did I miss this? When Claire sent me the pictures, I was all, like, I want to do that too!





Claire, Patricia and Donovan made Brushbots (or BristleBots) out at the Centennial Hills Library. Basically, you chop the end off a toothbrush, add a small vibrating motor, and a battery. When you connect it all together, the Bot scoots all over, in unexpected directions!



Of course, there's more - but the best part is designing your bot. Starting with the toothbrush bristles, you can really bling up the little guy!



Claire promises me they'll be doing this program again! (Woo Hoo!)

And, at the end of November, Ginger is going to be doing a great self-portrait program. I can't draw to save my life, so I'm kind of afraid to see what I'll produce, but it sounds like fun!

Here's a "How To..." video for Brushbots:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Uncensored Voices

OK, the Banned Book event Tuesday evening was not what I was expecting. It was an uncomfortable evening all around, and I understand why my Lit teacher is giving extra credit for attending.

There was music playing when we came in to the theater. It was unusual, and I enjoyed it. I later found out it was from Listen to the Banned, a collection of banned or censored music from around the world.

Nevada Repertory Dance Theater started out the event with an eye-opening dance, performed to the words of a poem between two lovers. As the dance progressed, more and more clothing came off more and more of the dancers. There was never anything inappropriate, but... the dancing was suggestive.


At the end of the (really lovely, but blush-making) dance, a voice called out from the audience "Yep! That should have been censored!" Wow.

Here is the lineup of readers and what they read:
Maile Chapman: Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Senator Joe Neal: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Kris Saknussemm: Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
Jeanne Goodrich: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Andrew Kiraly: Naked Lunch, by William S Burroughs
Jane Heenan: Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Bob Brown: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Radbury
Dr. Laura Henkel: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Steve Sebelius: Areopagitica, by John Milton

I enjoyed most of the books. But I don't think I'd ever read Tropic of Cancer. Kris Saknussemm read a passage that included most of the words that my Mom would never allow in the house, including one word that she strictly forbad me EVER to say anywhere.

Some of the readings were kind of boring. Some of them really bothered me, like Tropic of Cancer. But I left the event really thinking about banned and censored items.
If I go to library school, I'm going to have to think a lot more about the topic of Banned and Censored. Is it OK to ban or censor stuff just because you don't like it? When is it OK? Should the 8 year old sitting next to me have been there at all? And what did he think about the books? (He got very bored, very fast, and fell asleep on his Mom's lap pretty quickly.)

It was an uncomfortable night. I'm glad I went.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 4 October 2011:

Bette Midler - the showgirl must go on
The Divine Miss M is back! Bette Midler returns in this Las Vegas extravaganza taped before a packed house at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Joining her is an entourage of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, 16 dazzling dancers she callsThe Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Thrilling audiences with her captivating performances, Ms. Midler's superstar power continues to shine as she belts out show-stopping renditions.

Buck
A richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life 'horse whisperer,' he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses, and people, with his understanding, compassion, and respect.

DisneyNature - African Cats
Set against one of the wildest places on Earth, experience the extraordinary adventure of two families as they strive to make a home in an untamed land. Stunning high-definition, breathtaking images bring viewers face-to-face with the majestic kings of the savanna and their true-life love, humor, and determination. Blending family bonds with the power and majesty of the wild, it's an exciting, awe-inspiring, and heart-touching experience.

Fabric of the Cosmos
Based on the book by physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we'd hardly recognize, a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

Fast Five
After Brian and Mia break Dom out of jail, they find themselves trapped in Rio de Janeiro and on the run from the law. Now one last job stands between them and freedom, but will they make it before the corrupt businessmen, or the feds, catch up to them?

The Heart Specialist
Suave Harvard Medical School grad Ray Howard seems destined to specialize in womanizing. That is, until he heads to Florida to intern under the tutelage of chief resident Dr. Sidney Zachary. With help from his girlfriend, 'Dr. Z' sets out to mold Ray into a caring, responsible doctor. Along the way, he shares some important truths and a whole lot of humor in this sexy romantic comedy.

Houdini
Wrapped in chains and encased in a crate, magician Harry Houdini was dropped into New York's icy East River. Horrified onlookers watched him emerge, unharmed, less than 60 second later. Easily the world's most famous escape artist, Houdini mesmerized audiences with astonishing acts of magic like the Water Torture Cell. A circus performer turned gifted artist, Houdini confronted humanity's greatest fears: entrapment, pain, and death.

Jacques Pepin - The essential Pepin
A new HD cooking series with Jacques Pepin, featuring whole episodes based on subjects such as poultry, shellfish, soup, fruit desserts and easy recipes that are practical for the home chef.

Kissinger
With Nixon embroiled in Watergate, Henry Kissinger was, for a time, the most powerful figure in the world. Even after leaving office he continued to act as counselor to successive presidents as well as governments around the globe. For many though, he is implicated in war crimes allegedly committed with his knowledge in countries from Cambodia to Chile. National Geographic peels away the mystique around the man who remains one of the most controversial figures in global politics.

Living Will
Will's best friend and roommate Belcher, a party bum slacker, returns from the dead as a cocky, mischievous, and perverted ghost. He soon discovers his cousin, Krista, has shacked up and moved in with his best friend, Will. Belcher will do anything and everything to destroy this relationship and get his prank buddy back.

MLB Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a rich history in Major League Baseball. This collection is chocked full of historic moments, players, and milestones in the club's history, and is a must for not only Angels fans, but baseball fans everywhere.

Prohibition
Explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor, and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. The utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality. When the country goes dry in 1920, after a century of debate, millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight.

Scream 4
The newest installment in the acclaimed franchise that ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s. In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghost Face, putting her friends and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Submarine
Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners, and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges, plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend while also struggling to reconcile his parents' marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door.

Tom & Jerry - Fur Flying Adventures Vol 3
Take one blue and white domestic cat. Add one small brown house mouse. Mix in a handful of chases, stir in a few falling anvils and top off with one brutish bulldog named Spike. Yields 14 delightful cartoons! This fast and funny collection rises to the occasion with a crazy camping trip (Sasquashed), a chase through a carnival's haunted house (Spook House Mouse), an Alaskan adventure (Northern Light Fish Fight), an encounter with an abominable snow rodent (Snow Mouse), and more.

White Wash
Although surfing originated in Hawaii as part of Polynesian culture, Americans adopted a blonde-haired, blue-eyed male surfer cliche that still dominates today. The role of black surfers is explored by introducing audiences to the likes of Michael Green, Rick Blocker, Sal Maselka, and Dr. Charles Ross. These guests recount their personal journey, while discussing surf history, its origin and revolution, all the while preserving the love of catching that giant wave. Narrated by Ben Harper.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Transformers - Dark of the Moon with 704 requests.

Hung - the complete second season had 87 requests,
Good Neighbors had 41 requests,
Kidnap + Rescue had 30 requests,
Prisoner of her past had 13 requests,
L'Amour Fou had 6 requests,
Beijing Taxi had 6 requests,
Ready, Set, Bag! had 6 requests, and
Music by Prudence had 0 requests.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weekend Update


What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 24 September 2011 through Friday 30 September 2011:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)

Saturday 9/24/2011:
West Charleston Library: Princeton Review - SAT Practice Test
Spring Valley Library: Job Skills Workshop
Clark County Library: Saturday Family Flix - Rango

Sunday 9/25/2011:
Centennial Hills Library: Princeton Review - Practice ACT Test

Monday 9/26/2011:
No Events Listed

Tuesday 9/27/2011:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Lupe Velez - the Mexican Spitfire - Mexican Spitfire's Baby
West Charleston Library: Medicare - Help with Parts B & D
Enterprise Library: Microsoft Excel 101
Clark County Library: Uncensored Voices

Wednesday 9/28/2011:
West Charleston Library: Healthy Aging: Up2Me

Thursday 9/29/2011:
Enterprise Library: Microsoft Excel 102

Friday 9/30/2011:
West Las Vegas Library: The Best of Broadway Las Vegas - Soulful Musical Celebration

Friday, September 23, 2011

Uncensored Voices

Have I mentioned that I really like my Lit professor? I love reading and writing and debating, and my Lit class is all full of those things.

Next week is Banned Book Week. My Lit prof says I can get EXTRA CREDIT for attending the UNCENSORED VOICES program next Tuesday.

I think I'd have attended anyway - it looks like a good and edgy program!

Some of the speakers will be Charles Bock (who wrote Beautiful Children), Bob Brown, who publishes the Review-Journal, Andrew Kiraly, Editor of KNPR's Desert Companion, political columnist Steve Sebelius, Laura Henkel who owns the Sin City Gallery, and our very own Jeanne Goodrich, who is the Library's Executive Director.

They'll be doing readings and performances. I hope they'll also do some discussion!

Working in the library, I hear a lot about the freedom to read. Librarians are really passionate on the topic. The folks who will be on the panel look like they'll all be equally passionate, and I want to watch the sparks fly!

Besides, the Nevada Repertory Dance Theater is making a special appearance. I love them!



Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom
Clark County Library
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
7 PM

Couponing to save big bucks!

I only work part-time at the Library. That lets me have time to go to school. The bad part of that is I only get a part-time paycheck. I'm a growing lizard! I need groceries!

It's not like when I was living at home - Mom's not buying the groceries (and the shampoo, and the hand lotion...) What they say about kids in school eating only ramen noodles and mac & cheese is uncomfortably true, at least those last few days before payday...

I am SO going to the Couponing Class at the Sunrise Library on Saturday! When I called Lynn Tyrell to RSVP for the class, she told me her kids in school had reduced their weekly shopping check to $40.00!

She's going to teach us how to organize coupons so they're not all over, how to plan trips to the store, the different kinds of coupons, and lots more.

She says I don't even need to bring a notebook - she'll have a handout, and a website, and everything I need.

I *really* need to learn this so I'll have a little money left over before payday!

Shop Smart, Save a Lot!
2PM Saturday
Sunrise Library
Call Lynn Tyrell at 521-3302 or the Sunrise Library at 507-3907 to RSVP! (That's so Lynn will know about how many handouts to bring!)

There are other Couponing Classes at other libraries, if you can't make this one!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Finding a Job...

I am *so* lucky to have a job with the Library. There aren't a lot of jobs out there for five and half foot tall orange lizards.

Sadly, some of my friends are out of work. The places they worked have closed because of the economy, and they're really hurting. Their parents can help a little, but they really want to work.

I hate to say this, though... I don't know how some of my friends got jobs in the first place. I love 'em - they're great friends! But I'm not sure I'd hire them, the way they look!

The Spring Valley Library has a couple of workshops - one this Saturday, and the other next Saturday. I'm making my friends go.

This Saturday, Patricia Nelson and Nevada Job Connect will be there. They'll show everyone how to get registered with the Job Connect website, and how to find open jobs. They'll also talk about job hunting tips, and generally show my friends how to find jobs they can apply for.

Next Saturday, Ronald Thomas and Nevada Partners will be at the Spring Valley Library to help folks improve their chance of GETTING a job, once they've applied for a job. They'll talk about what to wear, how to make a resume, how to behave in the interview - all those things people forget once they've been out of the job market for a while!

Job Skills Workshop
Saturday 9/24 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Spring Valley Library

Job Skills Workshop
Saturday 10/1 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Spring Valley Library

RSVP at 507-3821! (That's so they'll know how many handouts to bring.)

There are other Job Searching programs at other libraries, if you can't make it to these!

Library eBooks for Kindle - the party continues!

I'm always surprised when supposedly mature people go all tiddly on me! Yesterday, Amazon and Overdrive released Library eBooks for Kindle. When I got to work yesterday afternoon, there was a huge party going on in the Virtual Library. It was eye-opening. There was singing.

I was a bit hesitant to come in this morning, not being sure what I'd find. It's not as bad as I thought. They're not spraying each other with seltzer water any more. But there's still lots of laughter, High Five-ing, and this complicated hip-bump maneuver that I don't think I want to know any more about.

Can you say giddiness? (Grownups can be Very Odd.)

I got some Amazon Gift Cards for Christmas, and I've ordered a Kindle for myself, and I'll let you know what I find! Until then, here's a You-Tube video that shows the process. It looks pretty easy! It's a little less than 4 minutes long, and easy to follow.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SCORE! What I learned...

Last Saturday I attended the SCORE program - What SCORE and SBA can do for you. It was VERY interesting, and a bit intimidating! I figured all I'd need to do to start a mobile DJ business was get some business cards printed up, and put something up on Craig's List. I was way wrong! And I'm ***so*** glad I found out!

Bob Cushman really knows his stuff, and laid it all out neatly.

SCORE helps new business people find out all the legal requirements. There are compliance codes, and he talked about how to set up the basics - like getting a phone line and the like!

I knew I'd need some money (equipment, a van, some Bling! DJ's need Bling!), and Bob talked about where to get funding. SBA has created programs that are funder-approved, which makes it a *lot* easier to locate funding!

Finally, most funding sources want you to have a completed Business Plan before they'll give you a loan. SCORE is uber-helpful on that topic! I didn't have a business plan, but now I know what I need to do, and I know that SCORE is there to help make sure my Business Plan is the best it can be!




There are other SCORE / SBA programs at the library - How to re-plan your Business, Funding your Busines, and the Basics of Owning a Small Business (click on the poster above to see the dates and locations!)

If I'm going to start my DJ business, I know I'll need all the help I can get! And these folks are amazing and helpful!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 27 September 2011:

Beijing Taxi

A feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values. With stunning imagery of Beijing and a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, Beijing Taxi communicates a visceral sense of the common citizens' persistent attempts to grasp the elusive.

Good Neighbors

In the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in a small neighborhood in Montreal. The tenants of an old apartment house must figure out who they can trust and who they can't.

Hung - the complete second season

Set in the (still) recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Hung continues to revolve around the unorthodox efforts of divorced teacher/coach Ray Drecker to generate extra cash - by selling his 'winning tool' to desperate women.

Kidnap + Rescue

Every day hundreds of people are kidnapped. And it's happening here, in the United States. Get an inside look at the true stories of kidnapping, rescue, and recovery. This is a world that has been shrouded in secrecy, until now. Told in first person by the operators that risk their lives to bring home the victims of kidnapping and hostage situations.

L'Amour Fou

Few, if any, changed fashion like Yves Saint-Laurent did in the twentieth century. Follow the indelible icon through the eyes of lifetime love and business partner Pierre Berg, from his early days as a design prodigy for Christian Dior through his decades as the face of a fashion empire. Captured is the complete man behind the monogram, whose private struggles with depression and substance abuse often underscored his triumphs and innovations.

Music by Prudence

In Zimbabwe, where disabled babies are often killed at birth, Prudence not only survives but achieves social acceptance. A self-empowering story of one young woman who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice, conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability.

Prisoner of her past

Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother, who is a Holocaust survivor, believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he discovers remnants of a family he never knew he had. He also finds a group of psychiatrists in New Orleans who are helping young, traumatized survivors of Hurricane Katrina so they will not re-experience their childhood terrors.

Ready, Set, Bag!

Audiences have fallen in love with this surprising, fun film. About regular folks who find fulfillment in their work, always challenging themselves to do better, and who take care not to crush the eggs. We all shop at the grocery store and the checker or bagger is often the only personal contact we have. Chronicles the triumphs and challenges eight state champions experience on their road to the title of Best Bagger in America.

Transformers - Dark of the moon

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Bridesmaids with 1001 requests.

The Kennedys had 168 requests,
Spooky Buddies had 118 requests,
The Mentalist - complete 3rd season had 111 requests,
Castle - the complete 3rd season had 105 requests,
Body of Proof - The complete 1st season had 49 requests,
Dumbo had 49 requests,
Bride Flight had 44 requests,
Mike & Molly - Complete 1st Season had 43 requests,
Circo had 25 requests,
Hawaii Five-O - The complete 11th Season had 20 requests,
The Strange Case of Angelica had 16 requests,
Gettysburg had 10 requests,
I Want to See had 9 requests,
Ed Hardy - Tattoo the world had 7 requests, and
Lee & Grant had 3 requests.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend Update


What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 17 September 2011 through Friday 23 September 2011:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)

Saturday 9/17/2011:
West Charleston Library: Princeton Review - PRA Test
Spring Valley Library: Healthsource Lecture: Fibromyalgia
West Charleston Library: SCORE: What SCORE and the SBA can do for you
Clark County Library: Extreme Couponing 101
Centennial Hills Library: Princeton Review - Practice SAT Test

Sunday 9/18/2011:
Enterprise Library: Got Nook? Need Books?

Monday 9/19/2011:
No Events Listed

Tuesday 9/20/2011:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou - Lupe Velez - the Mexican Spitfire: The Mexican Spitfire Out West
Clark County Library: Non-Profit Survival Skills: Non-Profit Organizations and the IRS
Sahara West Library: Survival of the Fittest Lecture Series: Heart Disease

Wednesday 9/21/2011:
Clark County Library: Munch and Mingle for Non-Profits
West Charleston Library: Princeton Review - Roadmap to Grad School

Thursday 9/22/2011:
No Events Listed

Friday 9/23/2011:
No Events Listed

Friday, September 16, 2011

SCORE!

When I'm not in school, or working at the Library, I love music, and I love my friends. I've often thought I might like to start a little Mobile DJ job that I could do in the evenings, when I don't have homework!

I've had a couple friends get into pretty bad trouble, starting their own Small Business. They didn't get any help, and ended up losing a gob of money. That's no good!

The best advice I've gotten is from a friend - she suggested I talk with SCORE and the SBA - that's the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and the Small Business Administration. SCORE helped my friend with her business plan, and really gave her a realistic picture of what running her own business would be like.

SBA helped with the money and organizing, and the legal stuff. SBA and SCORE are the bomb!

So I'm off to the West Charleston Library tomorrow at 1PM, to sit in on the SCORE / SBA Workshop. The folks from SCORE and SBA will be there to tell me what they can do to help me - and I hope I'll get some excellent contacts to help me start setting up my DJ Business!

So, help me! What should I name the business? Neon's Tunes? Neon the DL (Disk Lizard)? I need ideas!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 20 September 2011:

Body of Proof - The complete 1st season
Step into the world of ABC's compelling new drama, with a sharp-witted, headstrong medical examiner with unorthodox crime-solving methods and strained relationships with the living. Dr. Megan Hunt was second to none, a brilliant neurosurgeon in a class all her own, but when her lifesaving gift is destroyed in a career-killing car accident, she reinvents herself as a medical examiner.

Bride Flight
A lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women who escape the gloom of post-WWII Holland for what they hope will be a better life in New Zealand. Ada, Marjorie, and Esther become fast friends during the long flight taking them to their waiting husbands. Upon arrival, they part ways to start their new lives, but their paths continue to cross with chance meetings resulting in adultery, betrayal, and near tragedy leading up to a reunion 50 years later.

Bridesmaids
Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.

Castle - the complete 3rd season
Famous mystery novelist Richard Castle and NYPD detective Kate Beckett return for the suspenseful third season of ABC's brilliantly funny series. Enjoy every inspired idea and flirtatious moment as this fiery duo solves the strangest homicides New York has to offer. It's the most entertaining season yet as Castle's wildly funny storytelling skills work their way into every case.

Circo
Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards their singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change.

Dumbo
Experience the daring adventures of the world's only flying elephant.

Ed Hardy - Tattoo the world
An artist's journey, following his unexpected rise to cult status and his phenomenal influence on pop culture. With one foot in the world of tattooing and the other planted in the fine arts, Hardy had each inform the other. In 2004, Hardy's images were spotted by a clothing designer and the Ed Hardy brand was born. Its immense success has allowed him to return to his personal art.

Gettysburg
Gettysburg will strip away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War and present the engagement in a new light: a visceral, terrifying experience with everything on the line. At its core, this is the story of the soldiers on the ground, not the generals who commanded from behind the frontlines. Compelling CGI and powerful action footage place viewers in the midst of the fighting, delivering both an emotional cinematic experience.

Hawaii Five-O - The complete 11th Season
Steve McGarrett is on a mission, leading an adrenaline-charged squad that never stops to catch its breath. And as long as McGarrett proudly dons the badge, thugs, thieves, and sociopathic criminals will never pollute the crystal-blue waters of his island paradise. All 21 episodes are full of sensational crimes and complex cases that fans expect.

I Want to see
While visiting Beirut to attend a glamorous gala, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve insists, 'Je veux voir' ('I want to see'), referring to the carnage wrought against innocent Lebanese civilians during Israel's attack on Lebanon in the summer of 2006. 'I feel it's impossible to stay on the fringe,' she adds, and she means it.

The Kennedys
Chronicles the saga of America's first 'royal' family during the 1960s, providing an intimate look at how Joseph Kennedy Sr. shaped his sons, John and Robert, to become two of the most influential men in the country's history. Told by Joe Kennedy, an ambitious and egocentric father, recounting the scandal, tragedy, public greatness, and private frailty of our nation's most fabled political family.

Lee & Grant
Produced with the cooperation of leading Civil War historian Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump, a personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War. Surprising details reveal the bold choices and almost godlike power Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee summoned on decisive battlefields like Vicksburg and Gettysburg that, within days of each other, turned the tide of the war.

The Mentalist - complete 3rd season
This season, Red John strikes into the heart of the CBI. Ever since the serial killer murdered Patrick Jane's family, the California Bureau of Investigation consultant and former faux-psychic has become obsessed with finding the man who destroyed his life. But after a homicide suspect is set ablaze in his jail cell and a CBI agent is later framed as Red John, Patrick realizes his adversary is closer than he imagined.

Mike & Molly - Complete 1st Season
A love story. It's about two people, ordinary yet extraordinary, who have always protected themselves and relied on their ability to laugh through life. Now, with the help of each other, and the Overeaters Anonymous meeting where they met, they are learning to open up and trust one another. But falling in love is no easy task, especially when surrounded by friends and family who are just a little too close, and a little too opinionated.

Spooky Buddies
Disney's irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going on. With the help of some unexpected new friends, including a friendly ghost, this exciting adventure is howling-good Buddy fun. In a race against a no good hound, the Buddies and their new friends, Pip, Zelda, Rodney, and Skip, must stop Warwick the Warlock, and save the world from his dastardly deeds.

The Strange Case of Angelica
A magical tale about a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty. But when he looks through his lens, the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Thor with 1060 requests.

The Tempest had 284 requests,
Meek's Cutoff had 193 requests,
Grey's Anatomy Season 7 had 140 requests,
Big Bang Theory, The Complete 4th Season had 140 requests,
Never Back down 2 - The Beatdown had 84 requests,
Rescue Me Complete 6th and Final Season had 83 requests,
Conan O'Brien - Can't Stop had 65 requests,
WWE Summerslam 2011 had 61 requests,
The Shunning had 60 requests,
Incendies had 48 requests,
Mythbusters Collection 7 had 41 requests,
Wishful Drinking had 41 requests,
Private Practice Complete 4th Season had 34 requests,
Ultimate Guide - Dolphins had 33 requests,
Le Quattro Volte had 18 requests, and
Leading Ladies had 14 requests.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekend Update


What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 10 September 2011 through Friday 16 September 2011:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)

Saturday 9/10/2011/2011:
Enterprise Library: Extreme Couponing 101
Summerlin Library: Summerlin Library Readers & Writers Corner: Editor and Writer Relationship
Sunrise Library: Princeton Review - Practice ACT Test
Centennial Hills Library: Extreme Couponing 101
West Las Vegas Library: Author's Speakeasy: Chef Bev with In the Kitchen with Chef Bev
Clark County Library: Flash! The Short, Short Fiction Contest
Clark County Library: Saturday Movie Matinee - Your Highness

Sunday 9/11/2011:
West Charleston Library: Las Vegas Scrapbook Club
West Charleston Library: Vegetable Gardening in the Desert
Centennial Hills Library: Maxwell Drake's Writing Workshop

Monday 9/12/2011:
Sahara West Library: Looking for a Job? - Section 1 - Email 101
Laughlin Library: United Blood Services Blood Drive
Sunrise Library: SCORE: Business Startup Basics

Tuesday 9/13/2011:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou - Lupe Velez - The Mexican Spitfire: The Mexican Spitfire
Sahara West Library: Looking for a Job? Section 2: Resume Writing 101
Sunrise Library: Princeton Review - Road Map to College
Centennial Hills Library: Film - Maxwell Drake's Writing Workshop
West Charleston Library: Adult Diabetes Education and Management Support Group (A.D.E.M.S.)

Wednesday 9/14/2011:
Sahara West Library: Looking for a Job? Section 3 - Online Job Hunting 101
Sahara West Library: Things You Should Know - Legal Series - Medical Malpractice
Clark County Library: UNLV Jazz Concert Series: Liberace Jazz Combo

Thursday 9/15/2011:
Centennial Hills Library: Arranged Awkwardness - Gallery Reception
Sahara West Library: Looking for a Job? Section 4 - Applying Online 101
Clark County Library: An Evening with Detective Chris Baughman: Prostitution, Human Trafficking and "Off the Street"

Friday 9/16/2011:
No Events Listed

Friday, September 9, 2011

Teens: Vote now for Teens Top Ten!

The end of voting is coming up next Friday, 9/16/2011! So vote NOW for your top three picks from the list of nominations.

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We've got the Annotated List (covers AND descriptions!) for you.

Oh, and did I mention...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flash! The Short, Short Fiction Contest

Have you heard of Flash Fiction? Or Flash Short Stories?

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is sponsoring a Flash Short (VERY SHORT!) Story Contest this Saturday, September 10th, from 2:30 - 5:30, at the Clark County Library.

This is the second year for the contest. 20 writers have enrolled. On Saturday they'll get the topic, and 90 minutes only, to write a 500 word (max) story.

The winners get cash prizes, and their stories will be published in Las Vegas CityLife Magazine. AND, they get to do a reading at the Book Festival on November 5th!

Flash Fiction is a a relatively new form of writing. It was spawned by the Internet's need for quick, accessible reads.

Folks who enter these types of contests are writers who appreciate a challenge, and who really want to test themselves.

The four local judges are literary professionals - writers, editors, and reviewers. They'll get the completed stories. Just like an old Blue Book test, the entries will be anonymous.

And, just like a Blue Book test, some of the writers will finish early, and be relaxed. Others will howl in frustration when time is called.

Come on out to the Clark County Library this Saturday, and cheer on the contestants!

You can learn more about Flash Fiction at Flash Fiction Online, and at Fiction Factor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Large Print New Arrivals

You turn 40, and suddenly restaurants start printing menus in tiny print... Even if you break down and buy some reading glasses, paperback books are printed way too small!

Sometimes, a Large Print book is the solution. (And, I've discovered, they're GREAT for reading on camping trips, with low light!)

Your library gets new Large Print books every month. Here are the new arrivals from last month. Now, if we could just do something about the way everyone has started mumbling...

General Large Print

Large Print Family & Relationships

Large Print Christian Fiction

Large Print Nonfiction

Large Print Other times, Other places

Large Print Lighthearted Mysteries

Large Print Mysteries & Thrillers

Large Print Romance

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 13 September 2011:

Big Bang Theory, The Complete 4th Season
This season the Big Bang gang's romantic universe expands. On the rebound from Penny, Leonard falls into the arms of Raj's sister Priya. Sheldon gets a girlfriend, or rather a friend who is a girl: Amy, a dour neurobiologist who declares herself besties with Penny. Howard and Bernadette heat up. And so do Raj and Bernadette (at least in Raj's Bollywood daydream). All in the furtherance of award-winning genius comedy.

Conan O'Brien - Can't Stop
After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show, O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music and comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. An intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers' room and rehearsal halls.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7
It's a year of new beginnings for the medical team of Seattle Grace Hospital as they slowly recover from the tragedy that hit too close to home. New relationships emerge and the strongest commitments are tested. From successes in the operating room to mistakes in the bedroom - and all the thrilling drama in between, the doctors find a way to survive as long as they lean on one another.

Incendies
After the death of their mother, a set of twins make a life-altering discovery. The pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about the father they thought was dead but who is still very much alive, as well as the brother they never knew existed. Along the way they will piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

Le Quattro Volte
An ineffably beautiful meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goatherder's soul as it passes from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. Director Michelangelo Frammartino was inspired by Pythagoras' belief in 'four-fold transmigration' of souls, but his film is far more physical than philosophical.

Leading Ladies
An infectious comedy about two sisters, their gay best friend, and their overzealous stage mom. The Campari family's life revolves entirely around ballroom dancing, so when one sister gets pregnant and the other plans to waltz out of the closet, their mom's vicarious pursuit of the Midwest Regional Ballroom Competition is in severe jeopardy. Find out what happens, however, as they learn to 'let love lead.'

Meek's Cutoff
A wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst, and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When they encounter a Native American, they must choose between following their guide or an 'enemy.'

Mythbusters Collection 7
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are special effects experts who will stop at nothing to find the truth. Using modern day science, they put everyday mythis and urban legends to the test to determine what's busted, and what's confirmed. Joined by fellow MythBusters Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, this team is always ready to take it to the next level with explosive results.

Never Back down 2 - The Beatdown
Four fighters from different backgrounds all train under an ex-MMA rising star and then have to fight each other, plus the traitor who is among them.

Private Practice Complete 4th Season
Join the Oceanside Wellness Group family as they try to balance work, friendship, and love while they lean on each other for the help and support they need. As Pete and Violet prepare for their wedding day, disagreements at the clinic put a strain on Addison and Sam's relationship.

Rescue Me Complete 6th and Final Season
This year the crew's fate hangs in the balance when the department decides to cut costs at the firehouse, the guys hatch a plan to sneak Lou out of the hospital, Damian attempts to leave the crew, and more.

The Shunning
Katie Lapp is a beautiful Amish girl who has always felt like something in her life was missing. But she just may find out what that is when a mysterious 'Englisher' comes to Lancaster County hoping to find the baby girl she gave up for adoption nineteen years ago.

The Tempest
This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge.

Thor
When the arrogant warrior Thor is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero.

Ultimate Guide - Dolphins
Peaceful, intelligent, friendly beings that swim as if they own the sea, dolphins have long evoked humans affection and fascination, but still little is known about them. Viewers will get a fresh look at the world of the dolphins and meet up with scientists who will provide a better understanding of them. See what happened 50 million years ago when wolf-like mammals evolved into the family of dolphins, porpoises, and killer whales.

Wishful Drinking
As she demonstrates in this uproarious and often poignant performance, Carrie Fisher is not just an accomplished actress, screenwriter and best selling author. She's the offspring of showbiz royalty, daughter of celebrated actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher, whose very public affair with Elizabeth Taylor ended a storybook marriage. Reveals the not-so-glittering side of being a celebrity, combining wry wit and raw facts to humanize Fisher's topsy-turvy life.

WWE Summerslam 2011
It's the biggest event of the Summer, and it continues to shine in Hollywood! The WWE Universe will be watching as the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment bring SummerSlam to the Staples Center. Last year's show saw WWE and World Heavyweight Championship Matches and a 7-on-7 battle pitting the best of Raw against the upstart Nexus. Who knows who the superstars of Raw and SmackDown will top themselves?

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Hanna with 551 requests.

Everything must go had 367 requests,
Two and a half men: Complete 8th season had 103 requests,
WWE Randy Orton: Evolution of a Predator had 53 requests,
Remembering 9/11: 10 year commemorative had 30 requests,
Alaska - The edge of life had 29 requests,
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga had 27 requests,
Denise Austin Sculpt & Burn Body Blitz had 20 requests, and
Rodney Yee's Daily Yoga had 19 requests.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Update


What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 3 September 2011 through Friday 9 September 2011:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)

Saturday 09/03/2011:
No Events Listed

Sunday 09/04/2011:
No Events Listed

Monday 09/05/2011:
ALL LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY! (See you tomorrow!)

Tuesday 09/06/2011:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou - Lupe Velez - the Mexican Spitfire: The Girl from Mexico
Sahara West Library: Survival of the Fittest Lecture Series: Children's Health & Wellness

Wednesday 09/07/2011:
Clark County Library: Owning a Small Business

Thursday 09/08/2011:
Enterprise Library: Got Nook? Need Books?
Clark County Library: UFOs - Myths, Conspiracies & Realities

Friday 09/09/2011:
Sunrise Library: Princeton Review - Study Skills

Friday, September 2, 2011

What Las Vegas is Reading!

What books are flying off the shelf at your library? We check each month, and find out what the most popular titles are!

Have you read the hottest things in print?

Adult Picks:
Fiction
Nonfiction


Kids Picks:
Fiction
Nonfiction
Picture Books
Early Readers

Teen Picks
Fiction
Nonfiction
Graphic Novels

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Valerie's Kids Picks

Valerie, at the Windmill Library, knows what kids are reading! She always has a book tucked away to enjoy, and knows which are the best! Each month, Valerie suggests three wonderful books for kids!

Here are Valerie's picks for the month:

Dragonbreath
Ursula Vernon


Danny Dragonbreath knows girls are trouble, but the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering lovesick tadpole, but she's also the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot.


Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Angel Berger


Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.


The Witches
Roald Dahl


A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.