Brain Teaser – Eponyms

Eponyms are words or phrases that come from people’s names. So the watt was named after the Scottish engineer James Watt, and the Montessori method came from the name of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Try to identify these eponyms from the clues supplied.

  1. A scale for expressing the magnitude of earthquakes, named after an American seismologist (first name Charles). The scale ranges from 0 to 10.
  2. An engine, or a vehicle driven by one, or a heavy mineral oil, named after the German engineer (first name Rudolf) who designed the engine.
  3. A dessert consisting of meringue topped with fruit and whipped cream, named after a Russian ballerina (first name Anna).
  4. A shallow, circular dish, usually of glass, used especially for growing bacteria, etc., named after a German biologist.
  5. A woodwind musical instrument with a brass body, keys, and a single reed mouthpiece, invented by a Belgian whose first name was Adolphe.
  6. A nervous disorder characterized by spasms of the facial muscles, shoulders, and extremities, sometimes accompanied by grunts, barks, or words, especially obscenities, named after the French neurologist who described it.
  7. A high-jumping technique whereby the jumper clears the bar headfirst and backwards, named after the winner of the men’s high jump at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, who perfected the technique.
  8. A popular term for any minor error, or muddle, in speech or writing that appears to reveal an unconscious wish or preoccupation, named after an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist.
  9. A city and port in Macedonia (northern Greece) named after his wife by Cassander, one of Alexander the Great’s successors.
  10. In ice skating, a jump where the skater takes off from the inside back edge of one skate, spins up to three times in the air, and lands on the outside back edge of the other skate, named after a Swedish skater (first name Ulrich) who devised it.

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What is Librarybin?

It’s a downloadable bookstore! You will find this new link on our eBooks To Go Catalog (OverDrive). Patrons who don’t want to wait for a downloadable title or want a title we don’t own, can buy their own copy through the OverDrive website and best of all we get a percentage of the sale to use to purchase titles for our collection!

So if you buy downloadable content be sure to go through our eBooks To Go Catalog to support your library.

World Holidays Featured In May

Holidays provide a great way to introduce students to the culture and history of a country. “Observe” a world holiday in your classroom by asking students to research the holiday’s origins or learn more about a particular aspect of the country.

Bulgarians observe a public holiday on May 24 to celebrate the country’s accomplishments in science and culture and to honor two ninth-century Christian priests and missionaries, Cyril and Methodius. These Greek brothers are credited with formalizing the Cyrillic alphabet, which is used by a number of Eastern European languages, including Bulgarian, Russian, and Macedonian. Bulgarian, the country’s official language, is a Slavic language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet.

World Holidays Featured This Month

Kosovo – Dita Punes (Workers’ Day) – May 1
Known alternatively as Labor Day or International Workers’ Day, this holiday is celebrated in nearly 100 countries around the world.

Marshall Islands – Constitution Day – May 1
Marshallese consider this their Independence Day because it is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when the islands gained autonomy from the United States.

Namibia – Cassinga Day – May 4
Honors all who died to avert South African domination.

Mexico – Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) – May 5
This holiday is sometimes wrongly considered Mexico’s independence day (which actually takes place in September). Cinco de Mayo is instead a celebration of Mexico’s 1867 victory over the French.

Micronesia – The Proclamation of the Federated States of Micronesia – May 10
Celebrates the day in 1979 when Micronesia became an independent nation.

Liberia – National Unification Day – May 14
Celebrates the reconciliation of indigenous Liberians and Americo-Liberians (who descend from immigrants from the United States).

East Timor – Restoration of Independence – May 20
Celebrates East Timor’s independence from Indonesia, which was achieved on this date in 2002.

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Mobile Library Website – Beta Test

We will soon be launching a redesigned library website.  Along with the redesign we are launching a mobile library website designed to work on smart cell phones.  You can give the mobile website a test drive by going to

on your cell phone’s browser.

This site only has links which we felt were most important for our patrons using a cell phone.  If you feel something is missing your suggestions are most welcome.

If you have any problems with the site, please let us know.  We will need to know the type/model of cell phone you are using and the problem you had. So far we have done testing with staff cell phones and corrected most issues they encountered.

Note: For databases access, Computer Reservations and My Account you will need a valid library card from Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

More Electronic Resources Will Disappear

Starting May, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources; Access Science, Vault Career Library  and Visual Thesaurus

Access Science was good, but we think you may find that the Science Resource Center electronic resource contains a wealth of great information that is easy to find.

This general science resource contains information on:

  • Science topics – Any scientific term defined or explained. There is a list to choose from, or simply enter the term in the search box.
  • Biographies of famous scientist
  • Scientific magazines online

Instead of the Vault Career Library, you may want to try the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) electronic resource. In this electronic resource you can find information on the following:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Scholarships
  • Job Responsibilities
  • Skills needed for various jobs
  • Resume and cover letter tools
  • Job outlook and income levels for various jobs

The Visual Thesaurus can be replaced by using Credo Reference. This electronic resources is a one stop shop for the following:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Thesauri
  • Books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles.

Be sure to try the Concept Map, it’s really cool!

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find this electronic resource fun and easy to use? Why or why not?