Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our Next Blood Drive Has Been RESCHEDULED!

Mark your calendars now for our next blood drive! It will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 10 to 3 PM the Programming Room. You can schedule an appointment at:


or call, 702-562-2166

Our sponsor code is: greenvalleylibrary
Thanks in advance for participating in this important effort!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thrill the World at GVL

Saturday October 24th, 2009

Teens and librarians dance Michael Jackson's Thriller. About 75 people showed up to watch the fun. More photos on the library's Flickr page

Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's “Thriller.”
All official Thrill the World events are included in the numbers for setting and breaking World Records.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Capt. Bill Takes UltraMarathon Man to Luxembourg!

Capt. Bill sent me a picture of his travels with Ultra Marathon Man from Luxembourg. Hope everyone who went to see Dean this past Saturday had a great time!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Studying for a Test? Try Learning Express!

If you're studying for a test like the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, or GED, then try our database Learning Express. They even have Job and Career exams! The database offers comprehensive test prep and practice exams. The database is available from home by logging on to our link available here.

Good Luck!

Monday, October 19, 2009

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Award finalists were recently announced. The finalists are:


Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf) Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
FICTION JUDGES: Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Lydia Millet

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)
NONFICTION JUDGES: David Blight, Amanda Foreman, Steve Olson, Camille Paglia, John Phillip Santos

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Penguin Books)Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)
POETRY JUDGES: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A. Van Jordan, Cole Swensen, Kevin Young

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt) Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.) Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE JUDGES: Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, Gene Luen Yang
Gore Vidal
Dave Eggers
STATS - In 2009, 193 publishers submitted 1,129 books for the 2009 National Book Awards.
The total number of books by genre:
Fiction, 236
Nonfiction, 481
Poetry, 161
Young People's Lit., 251
More information can be found at: http://www.nationalbook.org/

Friday, October 16, 2009

Digital Downloads Are Here!

A recent article in the New York Times reports how libraries are attracting tech-savvy users by providing audiobooks and e-books through digital lending (the entire article can be found here). Here at the Henderson Library District, we offer downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and videos for all Henderson library users. Visit our site today at http://www.mypubliclibrary.com/digitaldownloads for a complete look at our collection!

October is Computer Learning Month!

October may almost be over, but don't forget about all of the computer resources now available at the Green Valley Library. In addition to our computer lab with over 25 terminals available to the public, we also offer a variety of computer classes for first-time users as well as for those looking to sharpen their tech skills. Visit our events calendar here to learn more and to register for upcoming classes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reading for a Record!

Thank you to everyone who participated in youth services event, Read for the Record (http://www.readfortherecord.org/), sponsored by the Jumpstart organization, where children across the globe read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar on the same day, October 8, 2009, in order to break a world record for the largest shared reading experience.

This is our first year working with Jumpstart in helping to promote awareness for at-risk preschool children. The program addresses the importance of literacy, social, and emotional skills so that every child can enter school prepared to learn!

This year our library district helped set the world record with other cities across the country. HDPL read to a total of 117 participants!! Great Job and many thanks to all of our parents, teachers, librarians, and teen volunteers!

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009

This year's Nobel Prize winner for Literature is Germany's Herta Müller. You can find out more about this outstanding author and a bibliography her work by visiting our Biography Resource Center located on our database page. The link is:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Joy of Liberace!

Michael and Karan Feder, local Henderson residents and the authors of Joy of Liberace: Retro Recipes from America's Kitschiest Kitchen, gave a fabulous presentation on Liberace and his love of cooking. Afterwards, we were entertained by a live piano performance by Rebecca Olschewski and enjoyed yummy cookies courtesy of Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens, which was originally owned by Liberace himself! Food, music and feather boas -- what a fun way to spend the afternoon!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

One Book Henderson Goes Global!

I struck up a conversation with a pilot on a recent flight back from New York. During the course of the conversation, I learned that he was an avid runner, hiker, and cyclist. I told him about our latest One Book Henderson project and offered to send him a copy of Ultra Marathon Man. The deal was that he's to send me pictures of where he takes the book. Above is the first picture taken at Anchorage on Sept 29th. Bill's review of the book states:

"What an inspiring story. I have never before read a book that length in one sitting. Thank you so much for sending me the copy. I am setting hiking and biking goals for next year because of this great read. If you see Dean pass my thanks on to him. Photo taken on coastal trail in Anchorage, AK. Always a nice run or walk after a long flight."

So has Ultra Marathon Man inspired anything new in your workout routine? Be sure to read the book and attend Dean Karnazes' talk on October 17 @ 6:30. The talk be held at:
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV
(This is a ticketed event. Please pick up your free ticket at any HDPL location.)

Check back here to find out where Pilot Bill takes Ultra Marathon Man next!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Display

Stop by our new book display highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th - Oct. 15th).

Discover information on the Hispanic culture, art, food, & history. Check out the literature from well-known Hispanic authors too!! And our collection of Spanish publications shouldn't be missed!! There's always lot's to learn at the Green Valley Library!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Have You BYKI'd Yet?

Have you tried BYKI yet? BYKI (Before You Know It) is our new language database. It offers instruction on over 70 languages. Our databases are available at:

We will be offering two training sessions for the public:

Tuesday, November 10 @ 1PM and Wednesday, November 18 @ 6:30 PM.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New York Times Great Children's Read

The New York Times held their 3rd Annual "Great Children's Read" event in NY this past weekend. With a little help from librarians from New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Libraries, they published a list favorite read-aloud stories for children 3 to 8 years old. The list can be found at:


Stop by the library and pick up one of these books tonight!

Fancy Nancy Party!

On October 2, Fancy Nancy fans enjoyed stories, spectacular ( a fancy word for great!) treats, and posh activities!!

Overlooked Books

I came across a blog posting about great books that aren't being read. The reason being that they have been overshadowed by Dan Brown and other authors.


Have you read any of these books?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Arts Alive!

Keep the Arts Alive! This event will be a night of art, poetry, music and coffee. It will include an art exhibitition by local artists, poetry readings, DJ spinning lounge music, and free coffee.

The Las Vegas Poets Organization http://www.lasvegaspoets.org/ created a banner on their website promoting this program. If you click on the banner, it will take you to the Las Vegas Poets Meetup website http://www.meetup.com/lasvegaspoets/. Here you can RSVP for the Arts Alive! event and sign up for future Las Vegas Poetry readings.

If you would like more information about the Arts Alive! program, please email Rachelle at rrsmith@hdpl.org.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Julie Austin @ the Library!

She’s lively and lovely, funny and fun, a fountain of knowledge on education, music and more. She’s children’s performer Julie Austin, renowned for her popular kids’ songs and early childhood workshops, who hosted a family concert on Saturday, Sept. 26 for both the Green Valley and Galleria libraries.

Julie’s concerts got kids moving, thinking, singing and signing -- which Julie incorporates through a combination of sign language and gestures called “sign mime.” Her performances always include such educational aspects as different languages and question-and-answer involvement to stimulate the child mind. It makes sense when you learn that Julie not only has an undergraduate degree in Musical Performance but also a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Julie’s special training includes High Scope Training of Teacher’s Training and she’s received numerous awards for her CDs such as the National Parent’s Choice Silver Honor’s Award for “Fandagumbo” -- a collection of self-written song favorites.

Various Julie Austin songs have already been incorporated in Henderson Libraries story times before, such as her “Everybody Says Hello,” at the beginning of the Galleria Library’s Summertime Tales this past June, July and August.

Youth Services staff members from Galleria, Green Valley, Paseo Verde , Gibson and Malcolm libraries in fact had the opportunity to participate in one of Julie’s training workshops the Friday before her concerts to learn more about how to utilize different kinds of music, stories and songs in library programs. Julie got the adults moving, thinking, singing and signing just as much as the kids!

For more information about Julie Austin, visit http://www.julieaustin.com/.

Help Us Help You-Take Our Survey

Please help us enhance our services by taking our quick patron survey. The survey can be found at: