Ronald R. Heezen 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 for Museum and Library Service, 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 is starting to turn around, we continue to offer products and services to help children and teens succeed in school, support families to develop early literacy skills and provide tools for job seekers, English language learners and much more. We are guided by our strategic framework called Read Learn Achieve that outlines our commitment to promote reading and to provide library materials in all formats; as a learning place for children and adults in all stages of life; and as a relevant and engaged community partner that connects people to information and to each other.
In addition to free programs for children and teens, four of our urban branches have been designated as Family Place Libraries (Clark County, Las Vegas, Whitney and Windmill). These special areas focus on parents and caregivers as first teachers to develop early literacy skills and link library services with other local and regional family support agencies.
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 of your libraries. Kids and teens can find free tutoring at the library sponsored by the Library District Foundation, as well as help through the Teachers in the Library program at the Las Vegas Library and Sunrise Library, thanks to support from the Library District Foundation and the United Way of Southern Nevada's Women's Leadership Council. Special homework help web pages for students in PreKindergarten, grades PreK-5 and grades 6-12 provide free help including online tutors through HelpNow from Brainfuse.
The Library's website offers an array of resources to help you find a Medicare prescription plan, take a practice exam, find legal forms or speak another language. Public computers and free Wi-Fi help you stay connected to family and friends, look for a job or 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 hundreds of free concerts, movie series, author visits, book clubs, computer classes and other programs for all ages that educate and inspire.
Your library is 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!
Dr. Ronald R. Heezen