Nevadans Connect to World and Save Bucks
Las Vegas, NV – Nevadans will be getting a free test drive of new ways to connect to the world today through Friday, during National Library Week. Nevadans can check out a new, safe, kid-friendly, on-line search program called "Serve Discover" for young learners. Another free program being introduced this week is "Culture Grams," which documents the daily life of people from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Nevada Library Association president Jeanette Hammons says the new software is tied to the theme "Worlds Connect at Your Library."
"Through the books we have, the movies, the access to the computer and the information through the Internet, you can connect with any part of the world - whether through facts or imagination, with the stories."
Nevadans also can check out "E-Library," a multi-media database with 20,000 of the most-studied topics for students, says Hammons, who also directs the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System. Library branches will be tracking the popularity of the new programs to see if they should be made permanent resources for patrons, she adds.
In what has become an annual tradition, Hammons says National Library Week offers Nevadans a chance to return overdue books without being clobbered by late fees.
"Everybody is cutting pennies and corners everywhere, and we don't want anyone to be upset because they owe a fine. This is a chance to take advantage of that fine-free week."
Fines are being waved for overdue books at most Nevada library branches today through Saturday, but patrons should check with their local branch, Hammons suggests, since some offer fine amnesty at other times of the year.
More information is available at www.ala.org.