Posts Written On April 15, 2019

21st Century Library in East Las Vegas on April 25

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Debuts 21st Century Library in East Las Vegas on April 25

As you all know, I have been taking Niko to storytime at the libraries here in Vegas since he was 4 weeks old. I am so impressed by all the locations and effort the staff puts into creating a community for families. As a child, I participated in Book it! and lots of reading. My mom was a huge fan of the library so even as an adult, I always have a library card. The LVCCLD even has audible books available so I may just stop my Audible membership this summer to make use of the free services!

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Just heard of the exciting new location that will be opening next week on 2851 East Bonanza Road.  Can’t wait to visit with Niko 🙂

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New facility will serve as community hub for learning and economic advancement

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) will celebrate the grand opening of its new library in East Las Vegas on Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. The 41,051-square-foot facility, which is located at 2851 East Bonanza Road, includes innovative 21st century design elements, as well as free educational resources, materials, and programs, intended to facilitate limitless learning and personal achievement for library users of all ages.

“Libraries are hubs for economic activity, civic engagement, imagination, and learning, which is why this new library is an important milestone for East Las Vegas,” said Dr. Ronald Heezen, executive director of LVCCLD. “This long-anticipated, state-of-the-art building will bring cutting edge technology, career assistance, English language classes, after-school tutoring, and so much more to this vibrant community. East Las Vegas residents will soon discover what all of our customers know, that the word ‘library’ has been redefined.”
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The East Las Vegas Library is surrounded by 14 elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools, and an estimated 71 percent of residents living in the area are young parents with children. With this in mind, the East Las Vegas Library was designed to offer a variety of critical resources for this diverse community.

To reflect the needs of the East Las Vegas community, the new library will include bilingual staff who are fully fluent in Spanish and English. About ten percent of the East Las Vegas Library collection is Spanish-language; nearly one-third of magazines and newspapers are available in Spanish; and bilingual resources in Spanish and English are available for children.

The library will house a materials collection of approximately 45,000 items, of which nearly 40 percent is dedicated to youth, including innovative STEAM offerings such as a Toy Lending Library. Kicking-off in fall 2019, thanks to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, the Teachers in Libraries program will offer free after-school tutoring.

As part of the new East Las Vegas Library’s 21st century model, customers will have access to cutting-edge technology and collaborative spaces, which include:

  • iPad Lending Program, a new service with 10 iPads available to check out and take home;
  • Computer Center, with 32 computers and 20 laptops available for check out (see Fact Sheet for more details on free computer access);
  • Tech Lab, featuring an audio/video production studio with an isolated recording booth, plus editing equipment and software, digital video cameras, and a green screen; plus industry-standard DJ equipment, where teens and adults can learn these skills;
  • Teen Sphere, where teens can meet up, hang out, and participate in gaming, crafts, and other cool activities;
  • Over 1,000 programs per year in early childhood and parenting education, media production, makerspace labs, and culinary and nutrition classes in our first-ever Demonstration Kitchen;
  • Multipurpose Room, with 3,461-square-feet of dividable space, which is available for the public to rent, and;
  • More places to gather, which include an art gallery, multi-generational living room, homework help center, children’s storyroom and outdoor play area, print center, conference and collaboration rooms, and more.

In addition, the Adult Learning Center/One-Stop Career Center, will house the library’s Community Adult Learning in Libraries (CALL) program, which offers classes in Adult Basic Education, English-language training, and Career Online High School. In the same space, the One-Stop Career Center will offer customers workforce training and readiness, financial aid, digital literacy, interview coaching, and employment searches to help move people into sustainable careers. The East Las Vegas Library also offers many free programs and eResources for creative, educational, and career development, available both in the branch and on the Library District website at

The new library is also features Café Con Leche, serving a variety of food and drink for library customers, with an exterior walk-up window where customers can order without having to enter the building. Another convenient exterior access point in the building is a drive-thru window, where customers can pick-up and return their books and materials from the comfort of their cars.

The modern, L-shaped East Las Vegas Library was built on an 8.5-acre parcel, located on East Bonanza Road, at the corner of 28th Street. The building features colorful canopies and tile at its entry, inviting glass walls, which flood the building with natural light; and an adjacent outdoor plaza for community gatherings, festivals, and activities. The library is also surrounded by lush, old growth Aleppo Pine trees, which classify it as an “urban forest.” According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an urban forest is defined as a collection of large trees within a city area, which helps improve air quality, serving as a filter for urban pollutants and fine particulates; and, improving physical and mental health by helping to decrease blood pressure and stress. The library was carefully positioned on a 5.63-acre section of the property to preserve as many of these trees as possible.

The old Las Vegas Library building, located at 833 North Las Vegas Blvd., now belongs to the City of Las Vegas and will no longer be a library site. The old Las Vegas Library will cease operating as of Saturday, April 20, at 6:00 pm, as staff and operations from this location will have officially moved over the new East Las Vegas branch.

About Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
About Las Vegas-Clark County Library District: The award-winning Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is an independent taxing entity that serves a diverse community across 8,000 square miles. Through its 25 branches and website, the Library District offers a collection of 2.8 million items consisting of books, movies, music (including streaming and downloadable), online resources, as well as free programs for all ages. The Library District is a vibrant and vital member of the community offering limitless learning; business and career advancement; government and social services support; and best of all, a place where customers find a sense of culture and community. For more information, please visit


Purina® and Ree Drummond Launch The Pioneer Woman™ Dog Treats

ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Purina® and Ree Drummond have teamed up to create The Pioneer Woman™ Dog Treats line. Launching exclusively at Walmart and Sam’s, the new treats line is inspired by the home-style recipes Ree Drummond makes for her own family on their ranch in Oklahoma, and backed by Purina’s 90 years of experience in pet nutrition.

“My friends at Purina and I share the same passion for creating tasty, nutritious food and we’re committed to bringing high quality ingredients to the forefront,” said Drummond. “Pets have always had a special place in my heart, so I’m thrilled that dogs everywhere can now experience a taste inspired by my family’s favorite recipes!”

The new line of adult dog treats is made with simple, high-quality ingredients and delivers a hearty, wholesome taste that dogs love. Offering nine delicious flavors in three different categories: Crunchy, Meaty and Chews, dog owners can now share their love for the simple, authentic goodness of home-style deliciousness with their dogs. Flavors include:

  • Crunchy
    • Chicken & Blueberry Recipe Waffles
    • Bacon, Maple & Apple Recipe Waffles
    • Classic Shortcake Biscuits
  • Meaty
    • Chicken & Apple Recipe Jerky Strips
    • Chicken Parmesan Recipe Bites
    • Chicken & Sweet Taters Recipe Bites
    • Beef & Brisket Recipe BBQ-Style Cuts
  • Chews
    • Drummies
    • Lil’ Drummies

“At Purina we strive to provide best-in-class pet nutrition, and we’re excited to explore a new frontier of dog treats with the American-favorite Pioneer Woman brand,'” said Ryan Gass, Senior Brand Manager of Purina Treats. “Both reigning from America’s Heartland, we know the value of a home-style meal and now have created a similar experience in the form of a treat for dogs. No matter which flavor you choose, your dog will get a treat he’ll love made with ingredients you can trust.”

To celebrate this new line of treats, Purina is bringing The Pioneer Woman’s ranch to the city. On May 15, all dogs (and fans) are welcome to visit Bryant Park in New York City to get a taste of the Oklahoma prairie. There will be plenty of The Pioneer Woman™ Dog Treats to go around and attendees will have a chance to experience Ree’s ranch firsthand.

Backed by the expertise of more than 500 scientists, including veterinarians, pet nutritionists and behaviorists, The Pioneer Woman™ Dog Treats line joins Purina’s portfolio of wet and dry pet food and treat options for pet owners looking for high quality, safe, best-in-class nutrition and treats for the pets they love every day of the year.

To learn more about Purina’s nutritional philosophy and how the work we are doing can help pets live long, healthy lives, visit

About Purina
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. Subscribe here to get the latest Purina news.

About The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond is the creator of the popular, award-winning “The Pioneer Woman” website, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and the host of her own show on the Food Network. Since launching her career in 2006, Drummond has grown her brand into a dynamic and successful company, all while being a wife and mother to four kids and a lovable pack of dogs on her ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. For more information on The Pioneer Woman products/licensing, contact, media inquiries, contact


Fun Toys For Easter Day!

Hey! It is so excited that Easter Day is coming! Especially if you have little ones, because you know how important the Easter Day means to kids. So many fun games and activities are waiting for them.

This year, do you want to surprise your kids with fun Easter toys? I think the answer is definitely yes! Making your kids and their little friends a even more special holiday with these toys, and I believe they will enjoy their playtime very much.

The first one, I would like to introduce Jumping Jack!

Kids will jump for joy when they play with Jumping Jack™, the world’s cutest bunny! Spin the spinner to see how many carrots you get to pick from Jack’s bunny hill. One of the carrots will make Jack jump, but it’s a different carrot every time. If he jumps on your turn, you’ll win if you catch him. Or, extra rules let every player try to catch him when he jumps. If no one catches Jack, then the player with the most carrots wins. This delightful preschool game teaches hand-eye coordination, taking turns and quick reactions. From the makers of Gooey Louie, Barbecue Party, and Pop the Pig. For ages 4 and up. 2-4 players.

Game Contents:

  • 1 Bunny Hill
  • 1 Jumping Jack Rabbit
  • 12 Carrots
  • 1 Spinner
  • 4 Baskets
  • 1 Instruction Sheet

The second one is Charades for Kids – Travel

This classic game of Charades is designed especially for kids to play and enjoy! With three levels of clues, kids of all ages can participate. Each card has a clue with a picture, so no reading is required (although the combination of the picture and its corresponding word reinforces early reading skills). Younger players can act out a toothbrush, a cat or a bumble bee! Older children can read the simple words and phrases and act out actions like eating spaghetti or playing guitar! This game is great for the whole family to play together as they try to guess the charade before time runs out! For 3 or more players, ages 4 and up.

  • Smaller version of the family favorite is great for travel!
  • Fun, active game gets kids moving
  • No reading required
  • 3 Levels of play

Game Contents:

  • 150 Charade Cards with 450 Charades
  • Sand Timer
  • Game Die
  • Complete Instructions

The third toy I want to introduce is my favorite! Lucky Ducks

This wacky, quacky matching game combines developmental skills for young children with the fun of a “My First Game.” Lucky Ducks offers all the benefits of memory and matching games in a format that’s easier for little fingers than cards. As a bonus, it helps kids with shape recognition and colors. Switch on the circular pond, and the ducks start swimming–the bottom side of each duck has a colored shape. Players take turns picking up a duck and looking at the color and shape; if it matches their color and shape they get to keep the duck. If it doesn’t match they put it back. The ducks continue to swim so it’s more challenging than a traditional memory game, but easy enough for even the youngest duck lovers to play. This extra challenge makes the game more fun for parents and kids to play together, with plenty of opportunities for fun and learning. For 2-4 players ages 3 and up.

  • A modern version of a traditional matching game that moves while players try to find a match
  • Simple format is easier for little fingers than cards and allows for independent gameplay
  • Reinforces key developmental skills like color matching and memory
  • More than 10 million units sold of this popular childhood game!
  • For 2-4 players, ages 3 and up

Game Contents:

  • 1 Pond Shaped Game Unit
  • 12 Ducks
  • 1 Sticker Sheet
  • Complete Instructions
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

About Goliath
Goliath® is one of the few remaining family-owned global toy and game companies. Goliath is an international manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of products. Examples include Wahu®, Rocket Fishing Rod®, Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Tri-Ominos®, Wordsearch, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo, Gooey Looey, and Catch the Fox.

The company has continued to see substantial growth with the acquisitions of Pressman Toy® and JAX® in the US, Crown & Andrews® and Britz ‘n Pieces/Wahu in Australia, Modelco® in France, and Elephanta® in New Zealand. Goliath is a market leader in TV-promoted games and is active in many other toy categories, such as puzzles, arts & crafts, outdoor, activity, and novelties. Goliath products now sell in more than 75 countries worldwide and the company has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. For more information, please