Turn Dreams into Reality with BrainFuse – HelpNow and JobNow!

TeenReadWeekHelpNow Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library,  HelpNow and JobNow can help make your dreams come true!  Use the reading section of SkillSurfer to strengthen their comprehension skills.  They can also help turn their dreams into reality by using many other of the services offered.  CollegeNow can help simplify the college application process.  You can even prepare for standardized tests in SkillSurfer. LEAP helps you build academic skills through targeted lessons, quizzes, and live, online tutoring. LEAP creates your learning plan based on a skills assessment that you take at the beginning of the course. To begin learning, click on the link to one of the courses assigned to you in the “Pending Courses” section below. You can also click a completed course to review your work.


Have teens looking for a job?  They can check out JobNow for resources and resume assistance.  Encourage them to look at the new eParachute section which helps users determine career paths that fit with the skills and types of people they enjoy working with.  After they complete all the steps, they can even see suggested college majors and available positions.  In order to help celebrate, we created an image you can share with your teens on your social media, blog, etc.

This Week Turn Dreams into Reality

trw14_facebook_profileThe Las Vegas-Clark County Library District celebrates Teen Read Week this week  October 12―18, 2014. Teens take time out from your busy schedules and celebrate the fun of reading in all its forms—books, magazines, eBooks, eAudio Books and more.

Why not choose to read something that can turn your dreams into reality? Whether its how to get into college, exploring which career interests you the most or just reading a fantasy book for fun, the library has resources waiting for you to discover! Visit Hot Topics to start your exploring! Want to attend an event. Visit the Teen Page for more information.


October Hot Topics in the News, Turn Them into a Research Topic!


BUSINESS: Apple Smart Watch    

TOPIC: Apple has released its newest major product, a smart watch called the Apple Watch. What are some of its most interesting features and how do they work? What are ways in which this watch could alter culture?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Apple watch
BUSINESS: eBay and PayPal Split              

TOPIC: PayPal, the mobile payment service is splitting off from eBay which had owned it since 2002. What are some of the circumstances that led up to the split? What impact is this having on eBay?

SEARCH  Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: eBay AND PayPal

BUSINESS: JPMorgan Chase Security Breach             

TOPIC: Banking and financial services giant JPMorgan Chase has suffered a security breach that has put the financial information of 76 million customers at risk. What caused the breach and what could have been done to prevent it? What is being done to repair the damage?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: JPMorgan AND investigat* AND (cyberattack OR data breach)

BUSINESS: Tax Break or Subsidy

TOPIC:   The European Union’s competition watchdog is claiming that Ireland’s negotiated tax arrangements with Apple amounts to state subsidy and is unfair to other companies. The government rejects the argument that they are facilitating exaggerated transfer pricing, where a company is essentially overcharging itself for things in one country to shift profits to low tax locations. Does transfer pricing seem right? Should companies seek to limit their taxes through any means possible? Is Apple the only company doing this?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Ireland AND Apple AND transfer pricing

For additional resources see Hot Topics – Leading Issues

October Hot Topics in the News, Turn Them into a Research Topic!

newsbank special reportsUse NewsBank Special Reports – Current Events Research Topics

Civics, Government and Politics: Combatting ISIS

TOPIC: The United States is leading a coalition of governments in the fight against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL.) The coalition is bombing IS troop positions, munitions dumps and economic entities in both Iraq and Syria. What other governments have joined the coalition? What are their rationales for doing so? How effective is a bombing campaign likely to be?


Civics, Government and Politics: Hong Kong Erupts

TOPIC: Students have led the protests against the fact that the Chinese Communist Party wants to choose all the candidates in the election for the leader of Hong Kong. The protesters think the elections should be open to all candidates. How did the authorities react to the protests?

SEARCH TERMS: Hong Kong AND elections AND protests

HEALTH: Ebola Virus   

TOPIC: The Ebola virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Dallas, Texas. How much contact with others has this patient had? What is being done to contain the virus? What are some things that U.S. hospitals are worried about when it comes to their capacity to treat and contain Ebola?


For additional resources see Hot Topics – Leading Issues

Columbus and other Explorers

Christopher Columbus

Explores the time in which Columbus lived, his voyages and discovery of the New World, and the Spanish settlements that resulted from them.



Provides detailed information on the world of exploration, from early expeditions to high-tech trips into space.

Find more information on other explorers in Hot Topics – Explorers