Fred James, Acting Executive Director
The library has always been here for you and your family, providing materials for entertainment and learning, free programs to stimulate imaginations of all ages, and information to help you do everything from repair your own car to open your own business.
In May 2014, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District was one of five libraries to be honored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services with the National Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed on a museum or library. The District was honored for adapting its programs and services to the needs of a community suffering from high rates of unemployment, bankruptcy, and foreclosures during the difficult years now known as "the Great Recession."
While our community has turned around, we continue to offer products and services to help children and teens succeed in school, support families to develop early literacy skills, provide tools for job seekers, and much more. We are committed to: provide library materials in all formats; serve as a learning place for children and adults in all stages of life; and, continue as a relevant and engaged community partner who connects people to information and to each other.
In addition to free programs for children and teens, TechArt Studios is a program that launched in 2013 and continues to be an extremely popular and important resource for teens. Through digital media technologies such as graphic design, video game making, and DJ-ing, teens learn new skills and express themselves through the creative process while learning to work collaboratively and develop their interests for real-world application in their future academics and beyond.
Academic support for students of all ages is a critical service provided by your libraries. Kids and teens can find free tutoring at the library, both online as well as from live tutors in the Teachers in the Library program, thanks to the support from the Library District Foundation. Special homework help web pages for students all the way from prekindergarten through grade twelve provide free help including online tutors through online providers such as HelpNow from Brainfuse and Socrates.
The Library's website offers an array of resources to help you take a practice exam, find legal forms or speak another language. Public computers and free Wi-Fi in house (or Wi-Fi hotspots you can borrow) will help you stay connected to family and friends, look for a job, and even apply for one. Downloadable materials such as books, music, movies, and magazines make it possible to use your library without ever leaving home! And don't forget the educational and inspiring thousands of free concerts, movie series, author visits, book clubs, computer classes, and other programs for all ages.
This is YOUR library—a welcoming place with helpful and knowledgeable staff and a collection of items to satisfy your informational and entertainment desires. We look forward to seeing you soon!