In the Stacks: A Hodgepodge of Library Facts and Fun

newyearblogMany apologies dear readers! It has been such a time since I last wrote a blog. I know it has just been killing y’all inside not to get your latest library fix. Well I am back writing, and at such a marvelous time too. The holidays are among us, and a brand new year is starting just a matter of days from now. I have been wracking my brain for weeks, thinking about what to write about next. I have finally decided that I have a whole bunch of things I’d like to address here, and I can only hope that as a holiday gift, you all will enjoy what I have to say.

This last year has brought about so many wonderful things. This Library District still stands to be such an amazing place, both for staff and for patrons. There have been many new fantastic changes taking place, as well as tons and tons of new and exciting programs, in and effort for our community to get together and enjoy themselves. Specifics you ask? Well, where can I begin? Let me start by saying how fortunate we are to add a couple phenomenal new people to our staff. This year we sadly said farewell to our long standing, and in a word “perfect” Deputy Director Robb Morss. That was one phoenix we all were sad to lose, yet rising from its ashes is Mr. Tom Fay. Tom has come to us from the Henderson Public Library System, and what a positive impact he has already made. I have been told he has many wonderful ideas for us. I know that he is a man committed to excellence, and will take our district to new and wonderful heights. Following the introduction of Mr. Fay we have our brand new Programming and Venues Manager, Mr. Matthew McNally. Mr. McNally comes to us straight from Bally’s own Donn Arden’s Jubilee! Matthew has an extensive (and most impressive) background in theatre and production services. With Tom and Matt as our new head honchos in the district, there is no limit to the possibilities of greatness they will provide for us all.

On a sadder note, this coming year we will be losing our Executive Director Ms. Jeanne Goodrich. Jeanne has been with the district for many years now. She came to us right in the middle of Las Vegas’ drastic economic recession following the retirement of our previous Executive Director Mr. Dan Walters. When Dan left, a request for a new Director to help guide us through the impending repercussions of the ever worsening economy went out nationwide. Soon enough, we were left with only a few hopeful candidates to pick as our new Executive Director. I am here to say; thank goodness the final pick was Jeanne. Without her stepping up to the plate and immediately running all business in our District, there is no telling where we would be today. Jeanne will be greatly missed, and I know we all wish her the absolute best on her new life path. Thank you for all you have done (and luckily, for now, still do) for us Jeanne.

Well, with staff aside, there is still the matter of the ever growing services that the District offers daily to our public. This year started the final passing and launch of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, as many of you know it). Now in terms of the website to register for healthcare, there have been ups and downs. However, since day 1 LVCCLD has been there to answer any initial questions about it, and provide as much information as possible to helping every interested person about the various health plans and registration process. There are currently several local groups frequenting our various library branches to further the knowledge of the Affordable Care Act to all who sign up for their seminars & meet ups. For more information, you can always ask a local librarian, or just visit our website, www.lvccld.org.

Oh boy… what’s next? How about some general library card facts for everybody? Sound boring? I think not. There is some important information I must further emphasize to you all. To start, library cards do in fact expire everybody. I know… it is a major buzz kill. When you first sign up for a library card, we enter you into our expansive District-wide database. This creates a record for every person that gets a library card. That record is automatically set to a certain expiration date every year. Now there are some exceptions to this (I’ll spare you the details) but typically, every library card will expire one year to the day that you first get set up with your new card. When that year has come, you must go into any local library with your card and photo ID to renew your account. The staff will confirm your information and update your record. Why do we do this? Well say you move; we need the new address. If your old phone fell in the toilet and you replaced it with a brand new smart phone and got a whole new number (we all know it happens, don’t lie); we need that number. Well ok… we don’t NEED it, but it helps. What helps even more is having a valid email address for you so that we can notify you when items you check out are coming due. This was you can renew or return the items on time to prevent fees. Also, if you request an item, we send you an email the same day we process your hold at your requested library. Also, if you guys are wondering, NO we do not sell off your email address and other personal information. What gets put in your library record is strictly for library use only, and stays that way. We hold privacy of this information as a top priority. However, to ensure that what is in there is accurate, we need validation of the most current information for each record, hence… come in person and renew your cards once a year folks. On a side note… we also request that any and all fees on your record be paid on the renewal date as well. A chance to start fresh you might say. I guess that’s all I have to say about that. Still think all that sounds boring? Well… then I’m sorry.

OOOH! Something else popped into mind. In a recent blog I mentioned the literary awesomeness of Mr. Stephen King. I don’t think in that post I got to mention one very special item that has only recently been added to his long arsenal of … well… literary awesomeness. Actually, this one is only partially literary. You see years ago, Stephen King and a one, Mr. John Cougar Mellencamp (a great singer/songwriter, I strongly recommend y’all check him out) set about to create a new type of play. YES THEATRE FANS, A PLAY!!! This would incorporate Stephen King’s surreal/morbid storytelling with John Cougar’s country/rock singing/songwriting. The amazing result that followed was “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County”. They released a studio produced recording featuring the voices of such multi-talented artists as Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Matthew McConaughey, and Kris Kristofferson.  There are currently two different records for this title in our District. That being, that you can either pull a copy of this title off the regular book shelves, or a CD set from the CD section of any library. Either set will feature a music disc of the studio recorded version of the play, as well as a DVD with special bonus features. There is also a booklet showing the play in written form as well as other listed history of how this sensation of a play came to be. I had checked out a copy a couple of months ago, and I must say readers… it is kind of amazing.

I suppose this pretty much leaves my mentioning of the “tons and tons’’ of library programs and events. Well again dear readers, there are indeed tons and tons that we have all of time. Each one of them is just as good as the other depending on who is attending the events. If you stop by your local library, or look under “Events & Galleries” on our District website, you can access a whole array of fun and interesting programs throughout every one of our individual branches. There are storytimes for kids of all ages. There are movie showings for both children and adults. There are author visits as well as riveting seminars and church meetings. If you happen to be free during the upcoming season I know there are always plays put on by amazing local production companies such as the Broadway Bound and Signature Productions. There are also various concerts and recitals to entertain the public and expand the education of musical appreciation. It’s pretty cool stuff right?

So in conclusion everybody, there is no cap for the enjoyment in utilizing the Library District in your lives. There are countless opportunities to bring yourselves or your whole family in to any local branch and have a wonderful experience. There are books to read, computers to use, items to check out, databases to search, and eMedia questions to have answered (like… a LOT of questions to be answered right folks?). So… pretty please… with sugar on top… PLEASE… come into your local library. If you didn’t much this year, then in 2014.Come in, enjoy, open your mind to a whole new world of  i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i-o-n, and prepare to have your mind blown (though not literally, I must add for liability reasons) by our, in a word “perfect” Library District.

Until next time everybody… stay classy… stay “perfect” … HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

-Steve

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