Your Reference eBook Collection Just Got Easier to Use!


GVRL Britannica viewWhile uptake on eBooks has been phenomenally fast around the world, many users still long to see book content displayed in a traditional book format. Readers like the sense of “place” they experience on the printed page, the comfort of a familiar layout, and the reading breaks afforded by page turns.The book-like online reading experience is prevalent across popular reading platforms, and user expectations have now translated to research eBooks such as Gale Virtual Reference Library as well.

The latest update for GVRL is introduced specifically to exceed those expectations. Book content displays in PDF format — exactly as it would in a print copy of the book — yet readers retain the search ability and important tools typically only available within the less-visual HTML format, like the ability to create citations, download articles, and email content.gvrl browse book

To read a GVRL title in this format just click the Browse Book link under the cover of the book.

Try the DK Books on a tablet for a great Summer Reading experience.

 

Need some reading suggestions for Club Read or your road trip?


SummerGraphic2Did you know you can read a magazine or a book (eBooks and eAudio Books count too) for Club Read? That’s right! Take a look at Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens. There you will find magazines like National Geographic for Kids or Seventeen or Rolling Stones (download and keep for free) magazines! There are also great suggestions for books as well, both in print and eBook or eAudio format from the eMedia Catalog.  When you get tried of reading download a free movie or two from hoopla. Hey, mom and dad – movies are great for that summertime road trip or on the plane. Just download the movie to your tablet on the hoopla app and the kids have a movie to watch in the car or plane.

Reading suggestions for Summer Reading


kids ereading roomThis summer enjoy summer reading with Club Read at the Library! For some great reading suggestions, visit Hot Topics – Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens.

Beginner readers and kids in elementary grades don’t forget to use your own Kids eReading Room for more great suggestions.

Reading for fun is important!


srp2014As News Channel 8 in Las Vegas reported this week, reading for fun is very important for children and teens. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will be hosting our annual summer reading program – Club Read. Registration begins June 1.

To help you find great books to read this summer, follow Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens. And kids don’t forget the Kids eReading Room for other great books to read on your eReader, tablet or cell phone.

See other reading programs on News Channel 8 Las Vegas to see what’s available in your area besides Club Read.

Spotlight on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


asian pacificMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Library offers many resources to learn more about Asian-Pacific culture here are a few resources to get you started.