Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Update


What's happening at your library next week?

Here's the schedule for events for grownups, for the week of Saturday 30 April 2011 through Friday 6 May 2011:
(Click on the link for times, and more information)

Saturday 4/30/2011:
West Charleston Library: Radon Awareness Program

Sunday 5/1/2011: Happy May Day!
Clark County Library: Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko in Concert
West Charleston Library: Las Vegas Latino Children's Short Film Festival

Monday 5/2/2011:
Las Vegas Library: An ounce of prevention / Programa de prevencion: Workshop (sessions in English and Spanish) Week 5
Whitney Library: SCORE: Small Business - Raising money for your business

Tuesday 5/3/2011:
Clark County Library: Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou - Tales from the South Pacific: Pagan love song

Wednesday 5/4/2011:
Clark County Library: UNLV Jazz Combos

Thursday 5/5/2011:
Clark County Library: Taking the mystery out of retirement

Friday 5/6/2011:
Clark County Library: Taking the mystery out of retirement
Clark County Library: Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert

Friday, April 29, 2011

OverDrive App for BlackBerry Enables eBook Download

With the release of OverDrive Media Console for Blackberry v2.1, Blackberry owners now can download EPUB eBooks from the library's digital collection directly to their mobile device. Similar to OverDrive's applications for Android and iPhone/iPad, this app includes a "Get Books" feature allowing users to find LVCCLD from within the app. Users can then browse the mobile version of our eMedia Catalog, check out an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook with their library card, and download the title directly to their BlackBerry device.





OverDrive Media Console for Blackberry can be downloaded for free from OverDrive's software page and the MobiHand Superstore. It can be installed on BlackBerry touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.7 or newer and non-touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.5 or newer. This makes the device compatible with 96 percent of all Blackberry devices. In the coming weeks, OverDrive Media Console is expected to be available in BlackBerry App World as well.


In addition to the Blackberry release, OverDrive Media Console for iPhone and Android also received a few updates. These updates incorporate new features such as a sleep timer, sepia display option, and improved performance for Android, as well as orientation lock for eBooks, night mode and sepia display option, and screen lock override for iPhone/iPad. Windows Phone 7 users can also look forward to the release of OverDrive Media Console for that platform with similar functionality in the near future.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Super Secret New eBooks


Each month, we pre-order new titles in eMedia.

These titles don't show up in the Wowbrary "Coming Soon" list.

They don't show up in our library catalog.

The ONLY place they are is in the eMedia catalog. But you'd never know it.

And, you can see them HERE! Click on Request It get on the waiting list for these new and upcoming releases!

Quick List: (Scroll down to see the book descriptions and release dates)

Jean M. Auel: The Mammoth Hunters


Jean M. Auel: The Valley of Horses


Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother


Carolyn G. Hart: Mint Julep Murder


Carolyn G. Hart: Deadly Valentine


Carolyn G. Hart: Honeymoon With Murder


Carolyn G. Hart: Death on Demand


Hannah Howell: Highland Knight


Hannah Howell: Highland Vow


Lisa Jackson: Devious


Iris Johansen: Always


Graham Joyce: The Silent Land


Jack Kilborn: Crime Stories


Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


George R.R. Martin: A Game of Thrones


Paula McLain: The Paris Wife


David Michaels: Combat Ops


Fern Michaels: Home Free


Janette Oke: Beyond the Gathering Storm


John Elder Robison: Be Different


Alexander McCall Smith: The Full Cupboard of Life


Alexander McCall Smith: Blue Shoes and Happiness


Danielle Steel: 44 Charles Street


Taylor Stevens: The Informationist


Meg Wolitzer: The Uncoupling


Coming Soon eBooks:

The Mammoth Hunters
Jean M. Auel
10/6/2010

Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi -the Mammoth Hunters -people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are "the Others." She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity.

Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by "flatheads," their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc.

It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory - dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic - who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.

Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.
The Valley of Horses
Jean M. Auel
10/6/2010

Ayla has grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman. Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself.

Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship.

One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don't fulfill her restless need for human companionship.

Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Amy Chua
3/11/2011
All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:
  • have a playdate
  • be in a school play
  • complain about not being in a school play
  • not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
  • play any instrument other than the piano or violin
  • not play the piano or violin
The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing:
  • Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse.
  • I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality.
  • If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"
But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.
Mint Julep Murder
Carolyn G. Hart
8/26/2009

Normally, Annie Laurence Darling would be eagerly awaiting her trip to Head Island, where this year's Dixie Book Festival is being held. But this year Annie has agreed to be the author liaison to five authors honored with the much-coveted Dixie Book Festival Medallions, and she fears she is going to have her hands full juggling murderous egos.

What Annie doesn't count on is the untimely death of ambitious Mint Julep Press publisher Kenneth Hazlitt. Hazlitt arrives at the Festival peddling a proposal for Song of the South, a trashy roman clef that details the indiscretions of some famous Southern authors at a writers' conference--writers who more than resemble the Dixie Festival Medallion winners.

When Hazlitt drops dead after drinking a hit of bourbon from his private stock, the evidence points to Annie--the fatal glass is imprinted with her fingerprints. As more and more evidence points her way, Annie and Max must act fast to catch a wily killer...before the police throw the book at Annie!
Deadly Valentine
Carolyn G. Hart
1/13/2010

Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance didn't really want to go to her neighbor's Valentine Day masked ball - particularly not after the voluptuous brunette made a pass at Annie's husband, Max. So when her dizzy mother-in-law, Laurel, made a surprise visit to Broward's Rock Island, Annie thought it would be a perfect excuse to skip the party.

She should have known better: True to form, Laurel accepted the invitation for all three of them. But the biggest surprise of all came at the party's end, when Annie found the amorous hostess in the gazebo - murdered.
Honeymoon With Murder
Carolyn G. Hart
1/13/2010

Just married, Annie Laurance, a mystery bookstore owner, and Max Darling, a police detective, receive a call that leads them to a murder and the disappearance of Annie's store assistant.
Death on Demand
Carolyn G. Hart
1/13/2010

At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.
Highland Knight
Hannah Howell
1/29/2010
When Cameron MacAlpin learns the identity of the golden beauty tossed before him as a debt payment, he can't believe his fortune! For cat-eyed Avery Murray is the perfect weapon to use against Payton Murray - Avery's brother - who dishonored Cameron's own sister.

Yet his plan to deliver the same insult and avenge his clan is thwarted by spirited Avery herself, who tempts him to forget everything but the passion coursing through his blood. Still, a knight of the Highlands owes his allegiance to his clan before all else - even his heart.

Avery is outraged at her captor's accusations against her brother. Though he makes no secret he intends to use her to avenge his sister's lost honour, he adds to her fury by vowing to take her by seduction not force. Worse, she knows deep inside that this virile knight stirs her as no other man ever has.

Courageously, passionately, she gives him freely what he vows to take - her body and her heart, knowing that she can lose all on the chance of everlasting love.
Highland Vow
Hannah Howell
1/29/2010

Ten years ago, young Elspeth Murray rescued a wounded young knight and lost her heart forever. Now, a stunning beauty and gifted healer, she is reunited with Cormac Armstrong when he saves her from an unwanted suitor.

But, Cormac is promised to another, a woman who has blinded him to her ruthlessness. Now, Elspeth must battle against the odds to claim a man and a love she will not be denied.

Cormac is stunned by the desire Elspeth's kiss awakens, tries to resist, and fails, the temptation she offers. A man of honour, he is torn by his pledge to another and his growing need for Elspeth. Blinded by duty and indecision, he is unaware that he is a pawn in a clever and deadly trap from which Elspeth is desperate to save him.
But, by the time he understands her gift of selfless devotion will it be too late to claim this perfect love?
Devious
Lisa Jackson
4/1/2011

The crime scene at St. Marguerite's cathedral in New Orleans is shocking, even to seasoned detectives like Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. A novice nun named Sister Camille has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an altar cloth.

Valerie Houston is devastated by her sister's death. For weeks, she'd begged Camille to leave St. Marguerite's, where she seemed determined to live as some kind of martyr. But Camille had a knack for making bad choices - she joined the convent in part because she'd fallen for Val's soon-to-be ex-husband, Slade.

Convinced the police aren't doing enough, Val begins to investigate. Slade, on a mission to repair their marriage, is determined to help her. But the deeper Val's inquiries go, the more twisted the case becomes.

St. Marguerite's is far from the tranquil retreat many believe, and everyone, from handsome Father Frank O'Toole to the mysterious Mother Superior, has their own agenda. Despite their closeness, even Camille had a hidden life Val never suspected.

But someone knew about Camille's past - and Val's, too. Now she has no choice but to catch a devious, depraved killer intent on purging St. Marguerite's of all its sins - before she becomes the next victim...
Always
Iris Johansen
3/22/2011
Lisa Landon makes her living with her voice - a voice fueled by a heartbreak she vows never to experience again. But despite her renown, Lisa’s real ambition is to escape the memories that follow her from one sold-out engagement to the next. Perhaps that’s what brings her to the exotic desert nation of Sedikhan and the nightclub where she meets Clancy Donahue.

Clancy takes one look at the beautiful, vulnerable chanteuse and knows she is exactly the woman he’s been searching for. The Sedikhan security chief needs to bait a trap for a terrorist moneyman, and Clancy is certain that Lisa will be irresistible.

What he doesn’t count on is that he won’t be able to resist her either - and that he’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means risking his own life.

With deadly plans in motion and Lisa in the crosshairs, Clancy realizes that before their romance can get to always, it will first have to reach tomorrow.
The Silent Land
Graham Joyce
3/29/2011
In the French Alps around Chamonix, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow--only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence.

Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive . . . again.

And as the couple begin to witness unsettling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to confront a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.
Crime Stories
Jack Kilborn
3/11/2011
This collection features twenty short stories from humorous thriller writer J. A. Konrath. Included are a few hardboiled tales, some noir, some parody and satire, a few straight-out comedy pieces, and a few stories that didn't fit into Konrath's other two collections, Horror Stories and Jack Daniels Stories.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
9/17/2008

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth.

He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. Blomkvist is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin
1/1/2003

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
The Paris Wife
Paula McLain
2/22/2011

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness - until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled "Lost Generation" - that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises.

Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage - a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for.
Combat Ops
David Michaels
3/29/2011

While in the heart of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, to take down terrorist leader Mullah Mohammed Zahed, Captain Scott Mitchell and his Ghost Recon team must navigate through a minefield of carnage and politics to accomplish their mission.

Home Free
Fern Michaels
4/1/2011
United by a desire to overcome their personal misfortunes, seven very different women formed an indelible bond and vowed to right wrongs wherever they found them. They've succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. After years known as the Vigilantes, Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle are enjoying their hard-won freedom and the chance at a normal life.

As it turns out, once you're a part of the Sisterhood, normal is a relative term. President Martine Connor, their long-time ally, has announced the formation of a top-secret organization. Officially, the CIC won't exist. Unofficially, they'll report directly to the president and tackle the jobs no one else can handle. For the Sisterhood, it's the end of an era - and the beginning of a whole new adventure...
Beyond the Gathering Storm
Janette Oke
3/2/2011

Henry - a Canadian Mountie like his father - struggles between the call of duty and the call of his heart. When he informs a young logger's wife of her husband's death, the memory of that loss haunts him for years.

Assigned to a new beat five years later, he rediscovers Amber and gains her trust... and eventually her heart.
Be Different
John Elder Robison
3/22/2011

In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn't exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.

In each story, he offers practical advice - for Aspergians and indeed for anyone who feels "different" - on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts. With his trademark honesty and unapologetic eccentricity, Robison addresses questions like:
  • How to read others and follow their behaviors when in uncertain social situations
  • Why manners matter
  • How to harness your powers of concentration to master difficult skills
  • How to deal with bullies
  • When to make an effort to fit in, and when to embrace eccentricity
  • How to identify special gifts and use them to your advantage
Every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their friends and family. Be Different will help readers and those they love find their path to success.
The Full Cupboard of Life
Alexander McCall Smith
4/20/2004
Eminently sensible Mma Precious Ramotswe continues her enterprise at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, a country that is indeed fortunate.

Still engaged to the estimable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe understands that she should not put too much pressure on him, as he has other concerns, especially a hair-raising request from the ever persuasive Mma Potokwane, matron of the orphan farm.

Besides Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady to check up on several suitors. Are these men interested in the lady or just her money? This may be a difficult case, but it's just the kind of problem Mma Ramotswe likes and she is, as we know, a very intuitive lady.
Blue Shoes and Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
4/18/2006

Life is good for Mma Ramotswe as she sets out with her usual resolve to solve people's problems, heal their misfortunes, and untangle the mysteries that make life interesting. And life is never dull on Tlokweng Road.

A new and rather too brusque advice columnist is appearing in the local paper. Then, a cobra is found in the offices of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Recently, the Mokolodi Game Preserve manager feels an infectious fear spreading among his workers, and a local doctor may be falsifying blood pressure readings. To further complicate matters, Grace Makutsi may have scared off her own fiancé.

Mma Ramotswe, however, is always up to the challenge.
44 Charles Street
Danielle Steel
4/5/2011

The plumbing leaked; the furniture was rescued from garage sales. And every inch was being restored to its original splendor - even as a relationship fell apart.
Owner of a struggling art gallery and newly separated from her boyfriend, Francesca Thayer does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders, and soon her Greenwich Village house becomes a whole new world.

First comes Eileen, a pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling for custody of his seven-year-old son. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to heal after the death of her husband.

Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope.
The Informationist
Taylor Stevens
3/8/2011

Vanessa "Michael" Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise.

Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running.

After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back.

Until now.

A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge.

Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she's tried for so long to forget.
The Uncoupling
Meg Wolitzer
4/5/2011

When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata - the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war - a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don't really understand.

As the women worry over their loss of passion, and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light.